Minor Hotel Group takes stakes in Per Aquum

HuvafenfushiPer Aquum Retreats, Resorts and Residence has welcomed Minor Hotel Group as a major stakeholder in its brand with a substantial investment of US$4 million. The Thailand based hotel owner, operator and investor plans to join forces with Universal Enterprises – Maldives and jointly develop the brand to result in at least five additional properties within the next five years.

The Per Aquum brand currently consists of three properties: Huvafenfushi and Niyama in the Maldives and Desert Palm in Dubai. With the addition of these three properties, the total tally of MHG’s portfolio has risen to over 91 properties across twelve countries.

Minor Hotel Group has had an ongoing partnership with the principals of Universal resort since the launch of the three luxury resorts in the Maldives in 2006 and 2007; Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, Anantara Veli Resort & Spa and Naladhu Maldives. It has also further strengthened its stance in the Maldives with the opening of Anantara  Kihavah Villas in early 2011. Speaking about the investment Mr Dillip Rajakarier who is the Chief Executive of MHG mentions that Per Aquum is a very well respected and exclusive brand and that they look forward to the opportunity to develop and further its working partnership with Universal Enterprises.

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Welcoming You to Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island – Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort 2013

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By: Mujah Muneer

The recipient of this year’s Indian Ocean Leading New Resort award at World Travel Awards this year was Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island, by locally owned hotel chain Coco Collection.

Regarded by many as one of the finest private getaways, Kuda Hithi Resort offers an absolute escape from the anxieties of daily life. The North Male’ Atoll island presents unmatched luxury  alongside innovative and modern design by prominent architect Guz Wilkinson, making the island the perfect natural haven for privacy-seeking visitors.

Coco Privé Kuda Hithi IslandThe island embraces a unique blend of five luxury villas complementing a grand Master Residence, thus accommodating up to 12 guests. Guests can be ensured the pleasure of magnificently built accommodation, offering a perfect balance of natural ambience and spacious tactile brilliance. The Master Residence comprises of two levels; of which the upper level consists of an open bedroom, living area, and spacious bathroom adjacent to a private deck with a breathtaking view of the azure sea and vibrant turquoise reef alongside a sunken lounge and Jacuzzi. Furthermore, the lower level offers additional amenities such as a library, a fabulous cocktail bar, gymnasium and steam shower.  The five luxury villas also have two private pools along with a shared infinity pool, meaning guests are never too far away from a relaxing private swim.

The island hideaway also offers plentiful outdoor dining and entertainment within the serene beauty of the island, while picturesque spots around the island such as the raised fire pit and fabulously stocked wine-cellar will surely thrill visitors. Guests are assured exquisite dishes of their desire by the resort’s chef and F&B staff around the clock in addition to a free flow of exclusive beverages, and they may also choose to dine at any of the five classy restaurants at the nearby Bodu Hithi resort owned by the hotel chain.

Other Key Amenities on offer at the Island:Coco Prive Diving

  • Personal Host Service
  • Daily spa treatment with dedicated spa therapist
  • Complimentary water sport activities including Wind Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking and Snorkelling
  • Scuba Dives for certified divers with qualified dive master

The island is located 30 KM north of Male’ International Airport, and visitors would be escorted to the destination via private transfer arranged by the resort. To arrange your holidays at Coco Privé Kuda Hithi or any other Maldivian resort, contact us at www.maldivestraveller.com

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Park Hyatt Hadahaa Maldives welcomes Resident Marine Biologist & Earth Check Coordinator: Ciara McCarten

Source: Maldives Promotion House

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A great deal of attention has been given to the protection and sustainability of the environment and Maldivian Resorts have taken extra steps to be at the forefront of this movement. In accordance with this, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa has introduced Ciara McCarten as its new resident Marine Biologist & Earth Check Coordinator.

Ciara would be offering weekly workshops and courses to measure coral, identify marine life and estimate fish stock, which would help in educating guests, staff and even local islanders on how to preserve, protect and sustain the environment. In addition to this CiaraPark-Hyatt-Maldives-Hadahaa-Scuba-Diving would also be carrying out weekly reef fish surveys to support the Darwin Initiative and Marine Conservation Society UK ‘ Darwin Reef Fish Project”. Guests, staff and locals also have the opportunity to participate in the Darwin Reef Fish Project and assist Ciara with surveys of the health and biodiversity of the reef.

Ciara McCarten expressed that she was delighted and excited to be joining an organization such as Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa that has a strong commitment to the environment.  She is also thrilled to be working so close to an environment with high levels of biodiversity and believes that hiring her is a strong poof of the resorts conservation initiatives.

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Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Pool SidePark Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa located 400 km south of the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in the North Huvadhoo Atoll. The only property of Park Hyatt brand in Maldives, this amazing resort epitomizes what the Park Hyatt brand stands for: elegance, luxury and comfort.  The surrounding Hadahaa reef is said to be one of the healthiest reefs in the world with a wide array of marine life and topography of coral unlike any other.  There are over 125 endangered species including coral in the Hadahaa Reef. It is also home to several species of stingray and sharks and the endangered Hawksbill Turtles and Napoleon Wrasses.

Island SpaPark Hyatt is the first resort in the Maldives to follow the EarthCheck certification standards for construction and operations.  The resort also takes great initiative to minimize its effects on the earth’s environment by employing energy saving techniques, water conservation, solid waste management and community initiatives. 

Jumeirah Maldives launches “Low Miles” Menu

Jumeirah logoJumeirah Vittaveli and Jumeirah Dhevanafushi have started a special “low miles menu” in their respective restaurants. Unveiled in their luxurious restaurants of Azara and Samsara, this menu is designed to lessen the carbon footprint of the hotel while providing quality service.

In accordance to the brands on-going commitment to lessen its impact on the environment, the menu’s which were created by Jumeirah Maldives chefs are designed to provide a culinary experience with a conscience. Highlighting the impacts a restaurant could have on the environment, the chefs at the renowned restaurants created low miles menu out of genuine concern for its surrounding environment.

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This new initiative, based on the concept of responsible luxury, intends to make most of the local fresh ingredients available of its nearby surroundings.  While providing a distinctive and delicious traditional cuisine, the chefs are also able to ensure minimal air and sea miles are required to bring in the ingredients needed for the menu. This in turn would minimize the harmful greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere during the transportation of the food.

The low miles menu compromises of a sustainable and delicious culinary experience with dishes such as Reef Fish Pappillote with vegetables, Coconut and Chili or Mild Yellow Fish Curry with Chapatti, Mango Chutney and Local Herb Salad. For desserts guests can tuck into to an authentic Maldivian Fruit Cocktail served with a Biscuit and also a Local Custard Cream or Friend Local Banana Fritters served with Island made Coconut Ice Cream. Jumeirah Vittaveli guests can also enjoy this amazing menu as part of destination dining with multiple setting such as a private romantic dinner at the beach or a celebration with a group of friends.

The Azara Restaurant of Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is a food lover’s heaven. International jumeirah-dhevanafushi-azara-03-hero-300x119cuisines are served among the brilliant backdrop of the Maldivian landscape. Feast for your hearts delight with the restaurants a la carte menu’s while enjoying the sophisticated beauty of the Maldivian beach.  Its sister restaurant Samsara in Jumeirah Vittaveli is equally impressive.  With views off the dazzling Indian Ocean, diners can indulge in an exciting mixture of Maldivian delicacies.  Impressive choices are available at this world class restaurant suitable for all types of food aficionados.

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Four Season Resorts Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy 2013 To Return This August

Source: Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings UK            

Kuda Hura SurfingReturning for the 3rd time, the highly anticipated Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy 2013 is set to start from the 26th of august to 2nd September 2013. This internationally acclaimed event with a winning prize of USD 25,000 to the champion is set to feature six ex-world champions. The surfing competition which is recognized as the most luxurious surfing event in the world has three main divisions of surfboard: retro single-fins, twin-fins and contemporary triple-fin thrusters

This year’s event is also hyped due to the return of Australian surfing legend andSunrise Water Bungalow With Pool two-time world champion, Damien “Dooma” Hardman (Narrabeen, New South Wales, Austrailia). Hardman has admitted he was thrilled at the prospect of returning to the Four Season’s property of Kuda Hura not only for surfing but also due to its luxurious surrounding. He was quoted as commenting that his wife is as excited as him about returning to beautiful holiday destination.

This even is organized in conjunction with luxury surf pioneers Tropicsurf of Noosa, Asutrailia and will one again feature a domestic Four Seasons Maldives Four Seasons Explorer in the horizonTrophy. This showcase would feature local Maldivians battling it out for the national champion’s title with a prize money worth 25,000 MVR. Both of the Surfing Champions and Domestic Champion events competitors would be hosted aboard the luxury Four Seasons Explorer surf vessel. At night you can expect all of the competitors, judges and spectators to mingle about at the Kuda Huraa Four Seasons Resorts beach for cocktails and dinner.

Event Coordinator Mark Winson of Tropicsurf, commenting on the year’s competition was quoted as expecting this years event to be the best one yet. With a strong number of international competitors from all corners of the globe being assembled, it would be certainly a treat for all enthusiasts of the sport.

For those wishing to view this amazing treat it is possible to book a room at Kuda Huraa. With special packages on offer, this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the legends in surfing while experiencing a brilliant holiday in the award winning resort Kuda Hura, voted number one in the Maldives by Conde Nast Traveller Readers Travel Awards 2012.

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Pure Hadahaa – A Complete Experience

park-hyatt-maldives-hadahaaWhat makes a perfect holiday experience? Is it the room that you stay at? The amazing culinary experience or the breathtaking sights you see? Park Hyatt Maldives by the Hyatt Company has decided to combine all these elements together to provide an unprecedented package that is sure to ignite all your senses. Dubbed “Pure Hadahaa – A Complete Experience”, the package is a new venture which aims to provide guests an opportunity to explore the Maldives as a destination and soak in all things that are brilliant. Combining elements such as gastronomy, adventure and rejuvenation this is a package which appeals to all kinds of visitors.

Park Hyatt - RoomPark Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa located 400 km south of the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in the North Huvadhoo Atoll. The only property of Park Hyatt brand in Maldives, this amazing resort epitomizes what the Park Hyatt brand stands for: elegance, luxury and comfort. A scenic seaplane ride over the brilliant Indian Ocean takes you to the destination. Nestling within the natural vegetation just steps away from the dazzling turquoise waters are 16 Park Villas and 20 Park Pool villas. A further 14 Park Water Villa’s all enjoy a direct access to the coral filled waters below with breathtaking panoramic sunset views.

Your culinary experience starts from the moment you arrive. With this package a great selection of premium brands of alcoholic beverage including beer, wine, champagne, spirits and liquers are available in all restaurants and bars. Relax with a refreshing drink atPark Hyatt Restuarant “The Bar”. This pool side Maldivian bar offers comfortable sofas’ romantic couples swing chairs and six intimate beach cabanas each facing breathtaking ocean views. If you are looking to be amazed head over to “The Dhoni”. An architectural marvel, this recreational living room area built by local fishing boat builders resemble an enormous upturned local fishing boat (Dhoni). Dinners are available at the amazing Batuta restaurant- the only indigenous restaurant serving gourmet regional cuisine. With spectacular views of the ocean, “The Dining Room” is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This contemporary a-la-carte dining restaurant is the perfect setting for guests and the staff is more than ready to customize the meals to your preference. The Pure Hadahaa also includes one private beach dinner amid the night skies, sure to be an un-forgetful experience. The package also includes complimentary mini bar for the whole stay which is restocked once daily.

To experience Maldives truly, one has to view the amazing underwater life unlike any other in the world. The reef explorer tour provides the opportunity to understand more about the intriguing nature of the Maldivian atolls and island formation. Climb aborad a private speedboat and discover what lies beyond the horizon. – Travel to several different locations within the atoll and discover the unique and fascinating history behind the topography of the Maldives. Explore a deserted island, and privately snorkel through untouched reef with your own personal guide. See how the coral reef grow and from the underwater structure that have created the scattering of beautiful islands.

With all this on offer, it is no wonder that they call it the complete experience. Go on an adventure unlike any other with this amazing package. Click on the following link to make booking now http://www.maldivestraveller.com/package/package_id/26/type/2

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Atmosphere Kanifushi to open in November

Source: Breaking Travel News

The upcoming resort brand “Atmosphere” is set to launch its first property in theAtmosphere-Kanifushi-Maldiv-250x167 Maldives, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives in the beautiful holiday destination this November.

Kanifushi Island located in the Lhaviyani Atoll of the Maldives is only a short 30 minute sea plane ride away from the countries Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Guests arriving to this new destination would be treated to a spectacular aerial show of the hundreds of islands below and the glistening bright blue sea enroute to the resort.

Atmosphere Kanifushi, which is to officially open its doors on the 1st of November 2013, is a five star resort that encompasses of over 2 kilometers of pristine white sandy beaches, a beautiful turquoise lagoon and a natural coral reef. The resort is to contain over 150 state of the art Sunset View villas, set among the lush green vegetation of the island. Providing seclusion and a direct access to the amazing beaches, Atmosphere Kanifushi promises exclusivity and luxury. The resort has a further three more categories of villas, all with open-air bathrooms, outdoor private areas, internet access and top of the line high tech amenities.

The other categories that Atmosphere Kanifushi is to introduce includes spacious Junior suites that contains an additional lounging area, family villas that interconnect to ensure that your loved ones are never too far away and finally magnificent Pool Villas with a large verandah and a plunge pool. The choices are abundant for all types, whether it be families looking for a good time or a honeymoon couple looking for the perfect start to their wedded life.

Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives embraces the Atmosphere brand image of projecting a perfect balance of bliss, tranquility, fun and value. The leisure facilities to be opened in this wonderful resort include “Akiri Spa”, a PADI licensed dive center and international dining options to be served to the patrons of the resort.

This new venture by Atmosphere looks to be an exciting new addition to its already impressive list of destinations and is poised to be one of its most well rounded and popular destinations.

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