Lux Maldives Resorts Launches Bespoke Wellness Programme

Designed to rejuvenate and revitalise the mind and body.



Lux Maldives Resorts & Hotels will be launching a new wellness concierge service for guests staying in Mauritius and Maldives properties from May onwards.

The service, Lux Me, will be led by health guru Stephen Price from the fitness and wellness company SP&CO. Lux Me offers tailored programmes designed to help guests improve their overall wellness during their holiday trip.

The Lux Me itinerary, which includes a fitness regime and nutritional diet, will be introduced to guests once they arrive at the resort.

The itinerary offers a vast range of fitness activities that allow guests to be at one with nature’s habitat, such as swimming with dolphins and whale sharks in Maldives, diving lessons, deep-sea fishing, horse riding on the beach, bike rides to local food markets, kitesurfing, paddle boarding and trekking.

For nutritional diet and wellness treatments, guests can also enjoy ancient traditional Chinese Zhengliao healing therapy and healthy cooking classes using the resort’s garden herbs.

Chief spa and wellness officer at Lux Resorts & Hotels, Jeff Butterworth said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Stephen Price to create this very bespoke programme. Lux Resorts & Hotels is all about celebrating life, so we are here to prove fitness and healthy eating can be part of a great holiday, and the rest of the family can join in the fun.”


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Maldives – Destination of the year !


Maldives have achieved 2nd place in the DIVER magazine destination of the year Award. The 17th Annual award ceremony was held during the London International Dive Show on Saturday, 14 February.

The Awards recognize the diving industry’s top brands; it is organized by DIVER magazine – an institution on the global diving scene for over fifty years and the most widely-read scuba magazine in the UK. Winners were voted by the readers of Diver Magazine and visitors to their website. Maldives won this award by beating the last year’s runner-up Malta, the first place was won by Egypt.

A large number of British tourists visit Maldives for diving inspired by the underwater beauty of Maldives. In 2014, 88,704 tourist arrivals were recorded from UK; it was the third largest market to Maldives in 2014.



The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Maldives launches New Spa by Thalgo

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The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi has launched 147 NEW experiences at The Spa by Thalgo in 2015. The Spa will offer experiences infused with the ancient healing principles of the East and West, in combination with 50 years of skincare knowledge from Thalgo, a pioneer in marine scientific research. By taking nourishment from the ocean in the form of algae, sea minerals and plant extracts, Thalgo products offer the peak of skincare excellence. Not just for accentuating femininity, the ‘Male Spa Menu’, ‘Sweet Pea Spa’ kids’ treatments and ‘The Spa Café’ which serves healthy and delicious cuisine, ensures a complete spa experience which the whole family can enjoy.

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The Spa by Thalgo

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi’s stunning surrounds allow guests to pace through rituals of relaxation, discovery, holistic renewal, and simply island-inspired indulgence, ideal accompaniments to the Thalgo products. As a whole, The Spa by Thalgo offers a comprehensive menu to ensure a truly holistic and personalised approach to wellbeing, with a specific focus on the ancient healing practices of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and Maldivian healers, boosted by 50 years of pioneering marine science. A team of Beauty Therapists, with the aid of a resident Ayurvedic Doctor, Chinese Medicine Consultant and Yoga Instructor harmonise energies as they move guests through a journey of self-discovery and holistic renewal during their stay.

New Thalgo products

Each Thalgo skincare product is a genuine concentrate of marine effectiveness, harnessing the powerful richness of the ocean, which is known for its renewing effects. These products are key to the new collection of anti-ageing facials, integrative slimming treatments and sensory spa journeys at the property.

Each Thalgo skincare product is a genuine concentrate of marine effectiveness, harnessing the powerful richness of the ocean, which is known for its renewing effects. These products are key to the new collection of anti-ageing facials, integrative slimming treatments and sensory spa journeys at the property.

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Maldives opens world’s first fully solar powered resort

Maldives opens world’s first fully solar powered resort

Gasfinolhu Island is officially raising the bar for green tourism all around the world. It has become switched off all diesel power generators and switched on to solar power to become the world’s first ever 100 percent solar powered resort. Gasfinolhu located 40 minutes from Malé, which will be operated by Club Med, feature solar panels capable of producing up to 1100 Kilowatts at power peak when the island really only needs around 600 Kilowatts at peak load. “The happiest moments are when I can see that the lights are still functioning after all the diesel generators have been switched off,” said ‘Champa’ Hussain Afeef, Gasfinolhu’s owner.

Known as one of the pioneers of tourism in the Maldives, Afeef first thought of the project in 2009 when Maldives announced it would become the planet’s first carbon neutral country by 2020.

“We wanted to do something different. I believe renewable energy is not just the future for tourism, but for all other industries as well,” he said.

The resort’s power system is completely programmed and includes computers that switch systems between direct solar power, 6682_dsc_5642battery power, or diesel generators, as required. Surplus power created in the daytime is stored in a large-scale battery system, which then in turn can power the resort throughout the night. As backup, the site includes three diesel generators in case there are consecutive days of rain and the batteries run out.

Gasfinolhu also counts on a centralized “chiller system” that uses cold water to cool air for air-conditioning purposes. In addition, a zero waste management system will also be established on the island in the coming years, Environmental Consultant Ahmed Shaig said.

Ibrahim Nashid, the chairman of Renewable Energy Maldives Pvt Ltd, said Gasfinolhu exhibits that “it is possible to provide power from indigenous energy sources without compromising luxury comfort.”

He added, “They also say that it would deter from aesthetics on a luxury resort, but Gasfinolhu destroys all of these myths. Its architecture is beautiful, some have said it’s the solar paneled spaces on the island that are the most beautiful.”

The resort is expected to open its doors by January 2015 and cost $8 million to build; according to Afeef, however, all money spent on the environmental system will be recovered within six to seven years.

“I hope this initiative will turn out to be a success. And I hope to see more and more resort developers employing such technologies in the future,” Afeef said.


Waiting To Welcome Our Younger Guests to Maldives



JA Manafaru Maldives Luxury Resort, offers an exciting adventure for the entire family including our younger guests. There is a wide range of activities and facilities designed to keep kids entertained and engaged, and parents relaxed and assured. Kids  are  invited  to   join  in  all  the   fun  and   games   of  JA 

JA-Manafaru-MaldivesManafaru’s dedicated Turtle Club, which offers a  schedule of daily activities for children aged 3-12, including pool games, treasure  hunts,  kids’ spa, arts  and  crafts, beach  fun, video games, guided snorkelling safaris and much more.

Facilities on the island also include designated indoor and outdoor play areas, and even kid-sized sun loungers.


We have also partnered with Worldwide Kids Co., a UK-certified childcare training and consultancy company with over 28 years of experience in designing childcare facilities and developing children’s club activities. They are in the process of creating an exciting variety of educational and fun games to keep our younger guests entertained.

Remember being on holiday with your parents when you were young? Were you always looking for something to do? At JA Manafaru Maldives, we make sure every guest, no matter how young or old, has plenty of choices. Here is an example of the activities we run to keep everyone happy during their stay.

  • Pool time – fun games and relaxation on mini sun loungersJA-Manafaru-Maldives
  • Kids’ spa treatments
  • Adventure island – explore the island, following clues, just like a treasure hunter
  • Beach Olympics – nothing more fun than running barefoot in the sand
  • Learn about the island’s environment – plant and sea life Learn about the Maldives and how the islands were created Movies and popcorn
  • Handicrafts to make and take home

Kuramathi Resort Maldives wins Food Safety Asia Commendation Award

Kuramathi wins Food Safety Asia Commendation Award (2)

2014 is proving to be a lucky year for Kuramathi, in the Maldives with successive trophies stacking up the awards mantelpiece – its latest addition; the FSA Commendation Award 2013. This is the second win of the prestigious title, after contending with 9 competitive resorts in the Maldives.Kuramathi-maldives

Countless thanks and gestures of gratefulness go to our team members with their strong resolution to adhere to safe, hygienic practices during food production, food preservation and storage. It is a difficult task given the size of Kuramathi as it caters to an average of 1,000 people a month. Executive Chef, Michel Muffat express his heartfelt thankfulness with a message, Awards come with a high price, as it calls for consistency, precision and integrity. These are the ingredients we always keep in handy when delivering tasteful food to our guests and team members while keeping an extra vigilant eye on how delicate they maybe if handled carelessly.



W Retreat Maldives collaborates with fashion designer Tahir sultan

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Maldives, 26 August 2014 – Bringing W Retreat Hotels passion for fashion to life, W Maldives amplifies the W Retreat experience to guests staying at the retreat by collaborating with highly celebrated designer, Tahir Sultan. Sultan will

w retreatunveil his Spring/Summer collection at the fourth edition of Dubai Fashion Forward, the Middle East’s largest fashion extravaganza which runs from  4 to 6 October 2014.

Of Kuwaiti and Indian heritage, Sultan has always been passionate about fashion. A graduate in Fashion Knits from Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design in London, Sultan has interned with some of the best designers in the world, including John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, before launching his own label in 2008. In 2012 he became the first Kuwaiti designer to show at London Fashion Week.

Sultan’s superior imagination for his new collection, named “Infinite days & Infinite nights” is inspired by the iconic W Retreat Maldives, its white sand beaches and turquoise lagoons, vibrant house-reef, rich aquatic life and unique shapes and colors of the corals. His new collection is a modern twist incorporating embroideries and prints referencing local Maldivian reefs and wildlife. His luxurious pieces pay particular attention to detail. Each piece is glamorous, colorful and unique, allowing women to feel empowered and feminine. His unique flip flops are already a must-have item on the island and were inspired while he went diving and explored the vibrant house reef. The colors on the sole of the shoes are completely unique to the Maldives.



Asian & Latin Tapas

Asian & Latin Tapas @ Kanuhura

Asian & Latin Tapas @ Kanuhura Maldives

Chef Jameel and his culinary team have created a wide variety of delightful Asian and Latin Tapas for
you to experience in our Araam Beach Bar and Handhuvaru Bar. After an adventurous outing with our
Watersports Team or whilst relaxing and taking in the views of the turquoise lagoon, discover a
selection of Asian Tapas.
At our Handhuvaru Bar, Chef Jameel and his culinary team presents you another side of the world withour Latin Tapas Menu inspired by South American cuisine, which are ideal after our complimentary
water activities in the pool or after your Spa Treatment.

Asian Tapas available daily from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM @ Araam Beach Bar
Latin Tapas available daily from 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM @ Handuvaru Bar

Be a Manta Scientist for a Day At Four Seasons Resort

Guests visiting Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru between May and November now have the opportunity Manta Scientist for a Dayto become a “Manta Scientist for a Day” thanks to a unique experience devised in conjunction with The Manta Trust.Guests are warmly invited to join the scientists on board. Viewed very much as part of the team, participants will discover how to spot manta rays and whale sharks in the water; help record critical environmental information; learn how to take ID photos; join in the identification process; and improve their free-diving technique. They may even get the chance to name a previously unseen manta, forever adding their mark to the world’s largest manta ray database.

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru can also sign up for Manta on Call – an exciting snorkelling experience that sees them whisked out to sea to swim with mantas – as well as private manta ray cruises.



Into The Blue Week At Soneva Fushi

Want to learn the art of free diving?Fancy discovering the mysteries of the deep on a night dive or learning how to take photos underwater?

Guests can join day-time snorkelling trips of various lengths to discover the reef and sea creatures. For those after something more 90043091.jpgunusual the chance to learn to freedive with our resident expert is not to be missed. Night snorkelling or diving is also on the cards for the adventurous – seeing glowing plankton and shining comb jellies are some of the rewards.
Children are also well-catered for, with a special programme to introduce little ones to the marvels of the sea. From swimming lessons in the sheltered lagoon to snorkelling sessions with the marine biologist, there’s something for all ages.

Into The Blue Week runs till 10th October 2014.