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JimMaldives Promotion House – Jim celebrated his 80th birthday in the most unique way possible this past month. Jim is handsome, charming, and active as ever at this ripe old age. Born and raised in England, Jim is soft spoke, friendly and the way he speaks, everything from his accent to his eager way of expressing things would keep any listener intent.

The Maldivian Islands are a gorgeous group of small islands scattered across the Indian Ocean. Glowing like emerald under the sunlight, these small islands are world famous for their luxury, comfort, natural beauty, and most of all, the natives who are eager , and more than happy to welcome you into their homes – and tell you their stories.

Jim has been a frequent visitor of the Maldives for the past couple of years since he first visited here in 2004. Travelling to Maldives three times a year after that, Jim is now windowed, and mostly stays at the Atoll Explorer during his stay. Arriving to Maldives to celebrate his birthday, Jim arrived with his close friend Maggie to the Atoll Explorer.

The boat, upon first glance, looks like your regular cruise boat. As it was a particularly windy day outside, the seas were a bit rough making my trip all the more exciting. Stepping on to the Atoll Explorer, I was greeted by the captain of the ship, and staff as well. The Dive School located right at the entrance of the ship – is run by only the best dive schools in Maldives, Euro Divers.


A small tour of the three storied cruise ship, and a brief introduction later, I met Jim for the first time. The minute we started talking, conversation flowed easily, and quickly, and my time spent on the boat wasn’t nearly enough for all of Jim’s exciting stories. One particular story moved me, as it obviously did him. Jim mentioned he felt accepted as part of the family on board, as part of the crew. One incident which he shared was particularly beautiful. ‘Mr. Moosa, a very quiet, reserved man.’ Jim began. ‘ As I came in and sat on this bench right here, Moosa got up, went to the bar, and came back with an Orange Juice. He didn’t say a word, but kept the glass of juice in front of me. And that right that meant more to me that you would ever know…’ Jim’s eyes glistened as he reminisced about the day. ‘I’ve been accepted as part of the family here, and you know…you don’t get there anywhere else’.

As an added bonus on this year’s first trip to the Maldives, Jim invited his best friend Maggie along with him. Having made a lot of trips to the capital island, Jim, like any other traveler, is not too keen to spend a lot of time in Male’. The roads are too crowded and too noisy compared to any other island and so he only comes to Male’ to do a little bit of shopping. Besides the capital Island, Jim has travelled to other resorts, but ‘this boat has always been my home away from home’.

Jim is part of the family at the boat. The crew knows him and they adore Jim’s company at any time of the year. This year, celebrating his 80th birthday was done in style. Started off with a beautiful dive underwater swimming with exotic fish of various colors, finishing the day off with a fantastic dinner on the deck of the boat, where all the guests on board were invited. The continuous flow of wine, good company on a boat somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean, does sum up to a good holiday.


Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives among the best hotels of 2024



Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives has been named one of the world’s best hotels according to TripAdvisor, placing it among the top 10% globally.

This island paradise boasts a prime location just 13 kilometers from Malé, the capital of the Maldives. Reachable by a quick 20-minute speedboat ride, Cinnamon Dhonveli offers both accessibility and an abundance of activities.

Surfers flock to the world-famous Pasta Point break, while divers and beach lovers can also enjoy the vibrant underwater world and pristine sands. This exciting island caters to a variety of interests, making it a popular destination in the Maldives.

Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts’ summer campaign is the perfect opportunity to experience this paradise. Whether you crave adventure, culinary delights, or encounters with marine life, there’s something for everyone. Bookings of four nights or more come with a complimentary transfer and your choice of two exciting benefits:

  • Explore the vibrant capital with a Malé City Excursion.
  • Embark on a Dolphin Watching trip for an unforgettable encounter.
  • Savor a romantic four-course Beach Dinner under the stars.
  • Relax and rejuvenate with a 45-minute Spa Treatment.
  • Create lasting memories with the “1 Kid Stays Free” offer.

Don’t miss your chance to tick this dream destination off your bucket list. Visit Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives and discover why it’s among the best hotels in the world!

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Nika Island Resort & Spa offers unmatched privacy with private beach villas



Nika Island Resort & Spa is redefining the tropical getaway with its exclusive private beach villas. This luxurious resort stands out as the only one in the Maldives offering all guests who book these exquisite accommodations direct access to a secluded stretch of beach.

Nika Island Resort’s allure lies in its unwavering commitment to providing an unparalleled experience. Their private beach villas cater to the most discerning travelers, offering a sanctuary of tranquility and luxury against the stunning Maldivian backdrop.

Guests choosing these exclusive villas are treated to unparalleled privacy and personalized service. From the moment they step onto the pristine sands of their private beach, meticulous attention to detail ensures every whim and desire is catered to.

The resort’s private beaches transform into secluded havens where guests can unwind and soak in the Maldives’ natural beauty. Imagine romantic sunset strolls, refreshing dips in crystal-clear waters, or simply basking in the sun on a plush lounger – all in complete privacy.

While these private beach villas may come at a premium, the unparalleled level of luxury, exclusivity, and personalized service they offer make them a worthwhile investment for travelers seeking an unforgettable escape.

Nika Maldives sets itself apart with a truly unique experience by seamlessly blending unparalleled luxury, exclusivity, and privacy with the Maldives’ natural beauty.

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Kandolhu Maldives: Dive into Paradise with Noovilu Sports



Nestled amidst the pristine beauty of the Maldives, Kandolhu Maldives offers guests a chance to create unforgettable memories with exciting activities provided by Noovilu Sports. Renowned for its Maldivian-inspired villas, stunning beaches, and vibrant house reef, Kandolhu provides the perfect backdrop for an adventurous or relaxing vacation.

Thrilling Adventures:

For adrenaline enthusiasts, Noovilu Sports offers various water sports like wakeboarding, windsurfing, and kneeboarding. Feel the rush of wind and experience the freedom of gliding across turquoise waters.

Tranquil Exploration:

For a more serene experience, opt for paddleboarding sessions. Explore the calm waters at your own pace, soak in the breathtaking scenery, and reconnect with nature.

Underwater Paradise:

Embark on a guided snorkeling tour led by experienced guides. Explore the vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful fish, graceful sea turtles, and other marine life. Every excursion is a journey into a wondrous underwater world.

Romantic Moments:

Celebrate love or simply enjoy each other’s company with a charming sunset cruise. Toast to your love amidst the stunning backdrop of a Maldivian sunset, creating unforgettable moments.

Beyond the Resort:

Adventure awaits beyond the resort with exciting excursions offered by Noovilu Sports. Witness the majestic Manta Rays on the popular Manta Ray Mission trip, or relax and unwind on a nearby sandbank with the Take it to the Bank trip.

Unforgettable Experiences:

With its diverse range of activities and commitment to exceptional service, Noovilu Sports redefines the guest experience at Kandolhu Maldives. Whether seeking adventure, relaxation, or romance, embark on a journey of discovery and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Dive into the excitement and explore the wonders of the Maldives with Noovilu Sports at Kandolhu Maldives.

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