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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The Great Adventure: Fishermen’s Paradise

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Staring into the deep blue sea, watching the sun’s golden rays slowly dip into the horizon in front, you slowly start to wonder if you are going to get lucky at all today. The taunting of your friends grows ever louder with every minute that pass by. When all hope is almost lost, you feel that sharp tug and you know that finally the time has come for you.  Then comes the mental and physical game you have to play. Seconds pass and you are left to wonder if you have done enough. Slowly but surely it surfaces, the fruit of your labor. You finally caught that elusive fish. This is the intense and exciting adventure of fishing. A sport that is rooted in our genes and one that thrives in the Maldives.

Long regarded as a honeymooner’s paradise, the idyllic country is littered with amazingBaros_Sandbank-1793_(0) sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. However Maldives is not only perfect for sunbathing and taking a dip into the water, it is also one of the most brilliant destinations to go fishing in.

Fishing has been one of the staples in the Maldivian economy for centuries. Before tourism became the main industry of the Maldives in the 1970’s fishing was long regarded as the bloodline of the country.  Every morning at the crack of dawn, the men of the families could be seen setting of in their boats and when they returned with their catch, the womenfolk would be ready to help them in processing the fish. With such a rich history in fishing, it is not a surprise that the waters of the Maldives is such a gem for all kinds of fishing adventures

The Indian Ocean, the only ocean which reverses the currents with the season is a haven for all types of fish. For the big game fishermen, marlins, tuna’s, sailfish and the ever famous skipjacks are plenty and ready for the adventurous souls.  Whisk of in a speedboat to the best fishing areas with the latest fishing gears that could be hired from the resorts or diving school and immerse yourself in a day of excitement. Although the rules are less, it is important to know where the protected marine areas are and the best fishing spots are. Locals who have spent countless of days fishing near their atolls would be more than glad to guide you along the way. Expect to encounter a variety of fishes such as barracuda’s, wahoo and yellow fin tuna’s in these waters.

If you are looking for a more relaxed environment, reef fishing might be the best choice forNight Fishing photo precious maldives you. With a wide array of marine life such as red snappers, emperors, squirrelfish and much more swimming in the reefs below, it is sure to be a treat that you would not forget soon.   Night fishing would be best suited for such trips and it would leave you with memories that you would cherish for a life time.  Whether it is the thrill of the catch or just staring into the endless skies at the glittering skies of the night above you, night fishing in the traditional Dhoni’s of the Maldives should not be an experience to be missed.

Whether its big game fishing or an outing with family and friends with a barbeque on the sandy banks, roasting up your days catch; fishing in the Maldives is sure to be an exciting adventure unlike any other.

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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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Exhilarating Adventures

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Escape from the dreary cold winter to the sunny side of life, Maldives. Incite all your senses in these amazing adventures packed packages on our Liveaboards.  What better way is there to explore the Maldives than on these majestic cruises that would take you on a journey of a lifetime. Dive in some of the most amazing waters and marine life.  Our Liveaboards are fully equipped to cater for all your needs and we ensure you that a trip with us would be one that you do not forget.

Liveaboard Tours are customized to ensure that you get the best of both worlds. Dive cruises that provide the opportunity to stop at some of the most famous dive sites in Maldives lets you explore a different environment every day. If lady luck smiles on you, there is a high chance of swimming along with majestic creatures such as whale sharks and dolphins and so on. As a destination that is considered as one of the richest in marine life, there is an ample supply of amazing creatures that you could see in these tours.

Cruising along in the azure blue seas as you soak up the sun in the sun decks, view the distant Islands looming up on the horizons, each island flanked by its own amazing sand banks and alluring crystal clear waters, you have the opportunity to stop by in some of these islands and immerse yourself in the local culture and experience a day as islanders.  At night get ready for an amazing barbeque at the beach with the starry skies overhead.

So join us today, and set sail on a journey that would set your senses alight.

Luxury chain COMO to open ‘Maalifushi’ in October 2013

By: Mujah Muneer

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Renowned international hotel chain COMO is set to unveil the unspoiled beauties of Thaa Atoll for visitors, with their resort ‘Maalifushi by COMO’ to be opened in October 2013. The first luxury resort island to be opened in the atoll known as ‘Kolhumadulu’ by locals, ‘Maalifushi’ will offer a sumptuous array of overwater villas and garden suites within the private island designed by Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi.

COMO presents the island resort as a tranquil family retreat, where all accommodation including the 33 overwater villas, 33 garden villas, suites and rooms reflect nature and cultural authenticity, and are spread amid the exuberant foliage of the tropical island. Children can be left to safely wander the unique beauty of the 8 hectare ‘Maalifushi’, and the resort offers the finest childcare and amenities as desired by families. ‘Maalifushi’ resort also offers family-friendly excursions such as beachside picnics and snorkeling, made more delightful with the abundance of nearby uninhabited islands and the presence of sealife such as manta-rays and dolphins in surrounding waters.

Visitors can be guaranteed a warm hospitality by passionate staff at the five-star resort, and a selection of restaurants and bars within the island promises to offer diverse options of luxury cuisine for guests throughout their stay. ‘Maalifushi’ island also hosts the award-winning luxury spa ‘COMO Shambhala Retreat’ – encompassing treatment rooms, open-air yoga pavilion, large pool, relaxation area, spa shop, and well equipped gym – where guests can relax under the guidance of top health therapists.

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Due to the island’s location within one of the most unspoiled and previously untouched atolls of the Maldives Islands, dive enthusiasts can be assured an unparalleled view of the underwater beauty of the Maldivian oceans. Visitors can immerse themselves in introductory diving lessons or full PADI courses at the resort island; an experience that would no doubt make their holidays truly memorable.

The resort island promises an unrivalled and inimitable holiday experience, where guests can create once-in-a -lifetime memories, comforted by the seclusion assured within the scenic island, and enclosed by pristine white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters.

Other Facilities & Services:

• Swimming pool
• Watersports & Dive centre, with complementary use of non-motorised water sports equipment, snorkelling equipment and daily snorkelling trips
• Resort boutique
•‘Madi ‘ restaurant offering all-day-dining, serving Maldivian, international and healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine
•‘Tai’ restaurant serving Japanese cuisine with a sunken sushi and teppanyaki bar.
•’Thila’ bar
• Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connection throughout the resort
• Complimentary use of the guest lounge, incorporating PC/Mac stations and flatscreen TV

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Maldivian Resorts

With the emergence of Maldives as a tourist destination in the 1970’s, it has not looked back and is now regarded as one of the most prestigious and amazing island destinations in the world. With its unique feature of having one resort per island, the Maldives offers its guests seclusion, privacy and intimacy.

Now featuring over a hundred resorts, each unique on its own right; Maldives can be your perfect holiday destination, be it honeymoon,family vacations or a spa getaway.

We at Maldives Traveller, aim to provide you with an extensive coverage of some of the most prestigious and exclusive resorts in the Maldives. Each hotel is selected for its dedication to the highest standard of luxury, unique sophistication and surrounding innovative facilities

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