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Whether you want to treat yourself to expert haircutting and styling, hairironing and curling, hair removal, galvanic anti-aging facial treatments ormake-up application before a night out at one of Bodu Hithi’s fine diningrestaurants, Coco Palm Bodu Hithi has launched the Coco Style beauty salon.

"Just because you are staying on a tropical island doesn’t mean you have to haveyour hair like Robinson Crusoe!", according to Coco Collection's SeniorMarketing Executive, Lulu Aishath.
The first customers at Coco Stylebeauty salon, launched on November 22, were the 2010 winner of Miss Francecontest, Malika Menard and the previous title holder Chloe Moutard, who were inthe resort recently for a segment of the Miss France 2011 contest.
Guests are welcome to treat themselves at the Coco Style beauty everyday between 10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 20:00 except on Tuesdays. Established aspart of a rebranding and reorganization of Sunland Hotels in 2005, the CocoCollection is Sunland Hotels’ luxury division. The renowned Coco Palm Resortsand Coco Spa brands are operated by the Coco Collection.  Coco Palm Resortscurrently consists of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and Coco Palm Bodu Hithi.


Beach House Maldives, part of the Waldorf Astoria and Hilton group, has launched a daily customised seaplane service to transfer its guests from Malé International Airport to the resort located in Haa Alifu atoll in the northern tip of the Maldives archipelago.

A brand new Dehavill and twin otter seaplane are also to be acquired by theresort this month to join the existing aircraft of the same make and model thatarrived in October to launch the service. The planes have been leased byTrans-Maldivian Airways (TMA) who will fly the planes to and from the resortdepending on guests' needs.
The Waldorf Astoria Resort is the first andonly resort in the atoll to offer seaplane transfers to its guests. FredericLebegue, general manager of Beach House Maldives, a Waldorf Astoria Resort,said: "With the launch of our customised seaplane into the Maldivian skies,we're putting the glamour back into travel, ensuring that our guests can begintheir Maldivian holiday from the moment they reach the airport. The seaplaneflight offers a ‘private jet' experience making this an inimitable way to travelwith aerial views of the islands below."#avg_ls_inline_popup { position: absolute; z-index: 9999; padding: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; width: 240px; overflow: hidden; word-wrap: break-word; color: black; font-size: 10px; text-align: left; line-height: 13px; }#avg_ls_inline_popup { position:absolute; z-index:9999; padding: 0px 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; width: 240px; overflow: hidden; word-wrap: break-word; color: black; font-size: 10px; text-align: left; line-height: 13px;}


The government's national budget for 2011 is compiled with a view to boostingthe long neglected mid-market tourism sector in Maldives, according to fourhigh-ranking government officials.

Dr. Mariyam Zulfa, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mahmood Raazee,the Minister of Economic Development, Dr. Ibrahim Didi, the Minister ofFisheries and Agriculture, and Ahmed Naseer, the State Minister for Tourism,Arts and Culture, told a local panel discussion that the economy of any countrycan be strengthened only through the "existence of a formidablemiddle-class."
The high-ranking government officials raised concern thatunless mid-market tourism was given a boost, the gap between the rich and thepoor in Maldives will widen.
The Maldives government is currentlyprivatizing major infrastructure sectors such as transport networks andencouraging private people to establish private guesthouses with a view todirectly benefiting from tourism.

Exotic Properties has been handed over Raafushi island in Noonu atoll to developinto a luxury resort after paying US$4 million in acquisition cost to theMinistry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

The company, registered in the Maldives with the objective of identifyingpotential properties for development of viable tourist resorts in the Maldives,also is set to be handed over Dhigali in the neighboring Raa Atoll after theisland's original winner failed to pay the acquisition cost. Exotic Propertiesis the second highest bidder with a proposal of US$4 million.
Raafushiand Dhigali are among the 8 islands the government of Maldives have put up fortender to develop into resorts, with the main aim of generating capital for theHousing Fund which is currently working towards addressing a housing shortage inthe capital Male' region.

Mega Maldives on Friday brought its first aircraft in time for the launch of theairlines' operations to the archipelago in December.

The 264-passenger capacity Boeing-767 will now undergo trial runs to meet thesafety and professional requirements of Maldives' civil aviationauthority.
Mega Maldives' Accounting and Administration Manager IbrahimRafiu said that the company will acquire a second plane next year to meet theairlines' original target of bringing in an annual 70,000 travellers to theluxury destination's paradise shores.
Mega Maldives is a joint venturebetween Mega Global Air Services (Maldives) Pvt Ltd and MG Charter AirLimited.

Per Aquum has rebranded its spas at Universal Resorts' Kurumba, Velassaru andBaros. The three resorts now each offer a 'Signature Treatment' from 'The Spa'that integrates traditional Maldivian herbal therapies along with Balinese,Swedish and Thai treatments.

"Each of the resorts' spas offers a uniquely serene ambiance in harmony with thesurrounding island and has a range of treatments which emphasizes a particularingredient local to the atolls, be it coconut oil, coconut nectar or'ghandakholi' leaf (sweet basil)," according to UniversalResorts.
Rifaa-Ath Saeed, Sales Manager - Velassaru and Kurumba Maldives,said that the rebrand will offer a more immersive experience for the travellerwho seeks a spa and wellness experience spliced with traditional customs toconjure up sensations of deep natural pleasure.


Male' International Airport was on Friday handed over officially for 25 years to GMR Malé International Airport (GMIAL), a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure Ltd (GIL) with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), for a major upgrade estimated at worth US$511 million.

The overhaul that is expected to increase the "brand value" of Maldives, set to undergo a major rebranding exercise next year, will see the construction of a new terminal by the year 2014. GMR has already recruited some staff from the Maldives Airports Company (MAC) which will now play only a regulatory role in ensuring safety and efficiency at Maldives' main international transit point.
At a function held to mark the handover, Maldives' President Mohamed Nasheed said that the Government of Maldives could not afford to generate the US$300 million required for the upgrade and therefore the viable option was to hand over development and administration of the airport to a multinational corporation tested and proven to be able to handle world-wide infrastructure projects.
Maldives' Minister of Economic Development, Mahmood Raazee told the function that privatisation of the archipelago's transport and communication networks and the economy in general was vital for future development.


Maldives has revealed a carbon audit report aimed at identifying the areas which contributed most to greenhouse gases and recommending mitigation measures. Issued via a live Internet audio press conference, the report was carried out by the Rothschild banking dynasty of Europe and its affiliated BeCitizen which are aiming to help the Maldives become carbon neutral by 2020.

The report stated that Maldives in 2009 emitted 1.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide via electricity generation, transport, waste and fishing. However, this is only about 0.003 percent of the total global carbon emissions and both the country's local population of 310,000 and the annual 650,000 international travellers to the environmentally delicate luxury destination were found to have emitted an equal amount of carbon dioxide -- 36 percent each, without including international flights.

Wind and solar power, energy-efficiency measures and buying international carbon offsets may be needed to cut net emissions because Maldives emissions may double by 2020 under a business-as-usual scenario, according to the report. The country's 97 resorts, projected to increase to 158 in 2020, will have to make an "important effort" as part of the national plan for two reasons, according to the report. "First, they represent a very large part of the country's emissions. Second, their clients are often rich and could provide international eco-funding through a tax system on the bed-night price."

Roof-mounted solar panels, small wind turbines and island-based anaerobic digestion plants are among technologies that will be "key" to the plan. Other measures mentioned include using solar-powered ferries, encouraging cycling in the capital Male' and tapping waste for energy from the gases it produces and fertilizer. The audit report was released ahead of the United Nations climate talks that will be held in Cancun, Mexico from November 29 to December 10, 2010. "Achieving carbon neutrality by 2020 is possible," said Flora Bernard, associate director of BeCitizen.

The government of Denmark has identified Maldives as a key recipient of a 40-million-dollar assistance program aimed at climate mitigation, key to the survival of the tourism-dependent archipelago.

Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Søren Pind and Minister for Climate Change and Energy Dr. Lykke Friis recently visited the Maldives to announce the program to assist Maldives, along with Indonesia and Kenya, in infrastructure and capacity building.

"What we take back home is that it is not enough just to talk about climate change, but you have to walk the walk", Dr. Friis said at a joint press conference held with Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed who is pushing for an ambitious program to make the environmentally fragile Maldives into the world's first carbon neutral nation by the year 2020.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts have taken over and rebranded the former Holiday Inn to add the 16-storey hotel into the company's prestigious chain, Traders Hotel, Male', Maldives.

Just five minutes boat ride to the capital Male' from the Male' International Airport, the four-star 117-room hotel aims to target mid-market tourists especially those who stop over for business and pleasure in a move towards MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) tourism.

Traders Hotel, Male’, Maldives is the tallest building in the whole archipelago and offers a breathtaking rooftop view of surrounding ocean and endless turquoise lagoons. The landmark hotel in the capital -- which sits in the major business and government area just a short walk from major tourist attractions such as the ancient Friday Mosque, Sultan's Park, and the National Museum -- also boasts a swimming pool on the terrace.




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