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Every dreamy, luxurious holiday that you ever dreamed of, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and even farther away from any and all stress: Lux* South Ari Atoll is the ultimate off-the-grid retreat.

Everything is fuss-free, from the thatch-roofed or over-water villas to impromptu movie nights on the bright-white beaches. Let the day pass-by while you relax by one of the two pools, go snorkeling or whale-shark spotting at the southern top of the atoll (internationally renowned for whale sharks), snorkel  in the untouched lagoon or let all your troubles be massaged away at the ocean-view spa.

Culinary delights ranging from local to Thai, Japanese, Italian or even fusion cuisine from seven restaurants and six different bars complete this lavish daydream.

As though that is not enough, the hotel’s ‘Tread Lightly’ program off sets 100% of the carbon emitted during every stay: enjoy a decadent holiday with a clear conscience. 

Lux Maldives

Dusit Thani Maldives, the idyllic resort set within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, has a relaxation plan for everyone and every mood.

Devarana Spa, described as a spa that ‘takes spa lovers on a cultural and sensory journey, offering a truly tranquil haven from the rigors of the outside world’ has even more different treatments now. The new options include Aromatic Warm Oil Massage, Exotic Maldivian Oil Massage, Aromatic Sea Facials, Sugar and Coconut Scrub and more treatments, each priced at less than $100!

A brand new fitness trail is also in construction, connecting the Spa to the Fitness Center.

Dusit Thani Maldives is also home to the only officially recognized Free-diving center in the country. 

Dusit Thani Dheravana Spa

Winner of TripAdvisors 2015s ‘Best Hotel in the World’, Gili Lankanfushi hosts unlimited exclusive luxurious wonders, most notable of which might be the ‘Bungalows on stilts’.

These bungalows set right above the water of the crystalline lagoon each come with a series of rooms, multiple decks, outdoor showers and even private butlers. The easy magic of the island is further enhanced with these rooms where you can watch stingrays and marine life laze around from the convenience of your private decks.

The island oozes rustic charm with their ‘barefoot from check-in to check-out’ policy. Laze around on the over-water hammocks or enjoy a drink at the glass-bottomed bar. Every experience is both simple and magnificent in its own right. 

Vilu reef, a tiny tranquil gem in Nilendhe Atoll has reopened as Sun Aqua Vilu Reef. Refreshed with brand new colors, this flagship property for Sun Aqua re-launched with an official ceremony, followed by dancing, live music and a beach-side banquet.

Vilu Reef boasts five different categories of newly refurbished rooms, including 15 brand new Sun Aqua Pool Villas. The different accommodations home luxurious comforts such as whirlpool bathtubs, lava-stone pools, private sundecks, plunge pools and even over-water hammocks.

The resort also hosts a myriad of activities such as Diving with 5* Gold Palm PADI / SSI Diamond Dive center, windsurfing and water-skiing. The Spa at the island offers a selection of signature and holistic therapies including Ayurvedic Wellness rituals and hydrotherapy.

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef is a short 40 minute seaplane ride away from the main international airport. 


The newly unveiled Sunset Ocean Pool Villas at Centara Grand Maldives offers can only be described as a brand new level of luxury.

With 110 square-meters of living space, these newly introduced villas offer luxury and privacy with a contemporary style: spacious bedroom and bathroom with both indoor and outdoor space. Stare out at the unmatched Maldivian horizon from the luxury of your bed, and enjoy the ‘Ultimate All-Inclusive’; a plan that aims to deliver a truly cash free holiday.

Visitors staying at the new villas have unlimited access to all amenities provided at the resort including premium dining, indoor and outdoor private lounges, champagne breakfasts, free flow open bars and watersports as well as daily spa treatments. 

Sunset-Ocean-Pool Villa-01

Soneva Fushi is the proud home of the first Art and Glass Studio in the Maldives. The contemporary studio consists of a retail boutique along with the art gallery, aiming to display and exhibit the art of international and local artists.

As an eco-conscious venture, Soneva Fushi has announced that the studio will attempt to recycle the glass waste produced by the resort into beautiful pieces of art. The resort aims to provide their guests with the exclusive chance to participate by attending special courses, interactive events and art exhibitions featuring both world-renowned artists and fresh Maldivian talent.

Soneva Fushi is an island resort located in the beautiful Baa Atoll, and is committed to the Soneva Group’s SLOW LIFE philosophy: Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences.

Glass Studio, Boutique and Gallery Soneva Fushi

Per Aqquum Niyama, famous for its exclusive underwater lounge, also has a fantastic treat in store for vacationing kids. The children’s club at the resort offers a unique range of activities for kids of all ages.

Explorers Kid’s Club caters to children from 12 months to 12 years (the only club to cater to children younger than 3 years) and is run by fully qualified childcare professionals with ‘an exceptionally high ratio of carers to children’.

Explorers Kid’s Club is divided into four ‘Tribes’, each catering to a different age group in order to provide the most exciting and interesting activities. Globetrotters caters to children under three with activities such as Finger-painting and Beach Trips. The other three tribes - Adventurers, Voyagers and Pioneers - are for children aged three and four, five to seven and eight to twelve respectively.

There are also theme days, such as Jungle Safari and Pirates and Princesses, while older children have options such as soccer and snorkeling, and even MasterChef classes for budding epicureans. 


Every time we travel, for whatever reason, we are part of a global movement; a movement that has the power to drive inclusive development, create jobs and build the sustainable societies we want for our future; a movement that builds mutual understanding and can help us safeguard our shared natural and cultural heritage.

This year on 27 September, we want you to talk Tourism. Help us raise awareness of the important impact tourism has on countries and communities around the world and its potential as a force for good, creating a better world for all.

#1billiontourists #WTD2015

Celebrated each year on 27 September, the purpose of World Tourism Day is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MSGs)and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.
Source: WTO Website

Asian Economy Countries (AEC) Culinary Challenge 2015, held at the Bangkok, has awarded the coveted ‘Gold Medal’ to the culinary team from Holiday Inn Kandooma Maldives.

Executive Chef Vincent Tan, Chef Nguyen Truong Luat and Chef Truong Vinh Co teamed up to represent the island resort in a challenge themed ‘Inspire and Create ASEAN Cuisines of Tomorrow’ and received the prestigious Gold Medal, winning over participants from 8 other countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.

“The latest award our team received is another testimony of our dedication and passion to outstanding culinary services we provide our guests and is a reflection of the hotel’s effort in creating Great Hotels Guests Love”, said Executive Chef Vincent Tan.

Holiday Inn Kandooma Maldives is located 40 minutes away from the international airport. The island resort is a popular family destination with ‘Kandoo Kids’ club and is famous as a haven for diving, surfing and their unbeatable seafood feast. 


Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resorts and Best Dives Maldives has announced a long-term partnership.

Best Dives Maldives, a company prominently committed towards marine life education and conversation, will provide all water-based activities and tours to guests at Outrigger Konotta, including snorkeling, scuba diving, water sports, fishing trips and excursions. Marine biologists will accompany guests during their activities with priority on education and conservation of the exceptional marine environment surrounding the resort.

Outrigger has long been committed to global coral health and conservation of the natural beauty of the marine environment, as displayed by their program OZONE (Outrigger’s zone).

Bitsy Kelley, a member of the Outrigger owning family and vice president of corporate communications for Outrigger Enterprises Group said, “I’m extremely proud that Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is embarking on a joint venture that will ensure both holiday enjoyment and coral reef knowledge for Outrigger guests”.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort opened on August 1 in the Maldives and the surrounding area in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll offers some of the most beautiful and largest hard coral fields in the world. 


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