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Maldives Travel Awards 2014

By MATATO Maldives Travel Awards 2014 was officially launched during a sponsor signing ceremony and press briefing at Traders Hotel, Male. The 3rd annual edition will take place at the pioneer resort of the Indian Ocean, Kurumba Maldives on the 21stNovember 2014. The awards is a joint initiative of the Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) and leading Maldives event management company Highrise Private Limited, to provide the Maldives Tourism and Hospitality industry with recognition of their facilities and excellent guest service, and to encourage and raise service standards across the industry.


The awards comprises a total 23 categories covering the industry's key sectors; Resorts, Hotels, Guest Houses, Liveaboards, Transport & Aviation, Wellness & Spa, Business and Technology. Winners from each category are decided through an online public vote (40%) and a judging process (60%). At the end of the process the two scores are combined to determine an overall winner. Changes to this year's format include an extended  nomination period (1st April - 15th May) and an extended online public voting period (15th June - 30thSeptember). The number of categories a participant is eligible to nominate into has also been reduced to 3. It is hoped these changes will bring about increased participation and improve further the accuracy and fairness of the awards.


Yesterday's function, attended by MATATO executive board members, event sponsors and media, marked the opening of the nomination period as all corners of the Maldives Tourism and Hospitality industry were invited to submit their nomination forms and be a part of this fantastic initiative. President of MATATO, Abdulla Ghiyas, while addressing  the media,  called for greater participation and asserted that MATATO would do everything within its means to draw further support from the industry for the awards. He also thanked those who had actively contributed to the  growth of the MATATO Maldives Travel Awards into what is now a credible and widely respected award.


Also present was Mr. Ibrahim Saleem, Managing Director of MACL who will be main sponsoring the event as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport for the second successive year. Mr. Saleem commended MATATO and event organizers Highrise for their continued effort to improve the quality of the industry, and expressed his pleasure that MACL will once again be sponsoring this unique event. These sentiments were echoed by Jason Kruse, General Manager of Kurumba Maldives, host of this year's grand finale event. Mr Kruse spoke of his excitement that Kurumba Maldives will be hosting the event and said he was looking forward to working with the event management team to deliver a memorable occasion

Key Dates


Nomination period opens: 1st April

Nomination period closes: 15th May

Online public voting opens: 15th June

Online public voting closes: 30th September

Grand Finale Event: 21st November

Maldives Guest House

The Maldives are considered some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Located just to the south/southwest of India, the Maldives consists of several beautiful atolls that offer tremendous ocean views, gorgeous beaches and a warm, tropical climate.

The Maldives are also a burgeoning tourist destination as more families are taking a Maldives holiday now that ever. Despite the expense that some may incur when flying to the islands, there is a way to actually save a little money and get the most out of your trip by taking advantage of Maldives guest houses.

What is a Maldives Guest House?

Essentially, it is a house that caters to your needs as an individual, couple, family or group that is similar to a “bed and breakfast” concept in the United States. Instead of staying at a large, expensive Maldives resort, you can instead use the services of a guest house which features plenty of amenities while offering a low-cost way to spend your vacation.

Guest houses are a trending business in the Maldives and serves as a low-budget alternative to the more expensive luxury hotels that dot the islands. Featuring affordable, comfortable accommodations, staying at a Maldives guest house makes perfect sense for those who want to save money and still enjoy the best the islands have to offer.

The Maldives Guest House Advantages

There are a number of reasons why you should consider staying at a comfortable guest house rather than a larger, more expensive resort hotel.

Location: There simply is not a “bad” spot for any guest house in the Maldives. The unique nature of this collection of islands means that everywhere you look is a spectacular view and experience. The overall nature of the country and the location of the guest houses are simply unmatched anywhere in the world.

Comfort & Security: Staying in a guest house in the Maldives is certainly a unique experience, which is why the emphasis is made on security and comfort during your time in the country. The fact that virtually all of the guest houses are located on spectacular beaches is usually more than enough reason to feel comfortable about the Maldives guest house experience.

Amenities: The guest houses in the Maldives are geared towards making you as comfortable as possible. This is why they offer many amenities inside each house that is designed to help you feel just like you were at home. Well, a home with a spectacular ocean view or with many wonderful things to do at least.

Popular Maldives Guest Houses

What follows are a number of guest houses on the Maldives that have proven themselves to be some of the best places to spend your Maldives holiday. Each has its own unique characteristics while offering wonderful activities for your family. The following locations are all managed by HeyMaldives Affordable Guest House.

Blue Leaf Maldives at kudahuvadhoo island: The perfect place for the family to stay as the accommodations is just right for adults and children. You can take a day trip to a resort and enjoy the amenities they offer, take a fishing excursion and take advantage of a trip to the sand bank as well. However, this particular package does offer a private island trip as well, making your stay even more memorable.

Daravandhoo stay: here, you can take a day visit to a luxury resort and enjoy fishing, a trip to the beautiful sand bank and visit the lovely Hanifaru Bay which was recently visited by National Geographic News for its wondrous beauty and stunning ocean views. It helps that a complete package to the Daravandhoo includes a cheap domestic flight to save you even more money.

Mathiveri Inn: The perfect stay for couples who are on their honeymoon, the Mathiveri Inn offers scuba diving, water sports, fishing trip and bikinis are allowed. However, many couples will want to take advantage of the private island trip to fully enjoy their honeymoon on this private island stay.

Rasdhoo Inn: Another beautiful location offering plenty of activities including a fishing trip, snorkeling, diving and water sports. Plus, there is a private island trip where bikinis are allowed, making this a wonderful stay for couples looking to get away from it all.

Serene Sky Guest House: This beautiful house offers plenty of attractions for those looking to expand on their Maldives holiday adventures. You can take advantage of the scuba diving, water sports, manta watching and even taste some of the delicious fruit and vegetables growing on Thoddoo Island. Bikinis are allowed on Thoddoo Island and you can enjoy the best green island in the Maldives all while staying at the Serene Sky Guest House.

Dhigurah Inn: For those who want to enjoy getting up close and personal with whales, this is the perfect trip to take for your Maldives holiday adventure. There is whale watching and even a photo session with whales and sharks, too. You can also catch the many fish available in these waters and enjoy your stay at Dhiguarh while wearing a bikini as well. This is certainly one of the most interesting travel packages of any guest house in the Maldives.

Varuvaa Boutique: Here, you can find the best in fishing and snorkeling while enjoying your vacation in the Maldives. The Varuvaa is perfect for families and there is even a private island trip as well to add to the adventure. This is certainly one of the best guest houses in the Maldives for families and those who want to get the most out of their holiday.

For those who are interested in staying at one of these locations, they are all managed by heyMalvdives and you can check through them about any questions or recommendations about which type of resort is best for you and your family.

The guest houses in the Maldives certainly offer plenty of adventure for those who love this island group. Featuring all the amenities that you would find at larger Maldives resort locations for a much lower price, staying at one of these guest houses is arguably the best way to enjoy your Maldives vacation.

Banyan tree Celebrating 20 years with offers

Banyan tree Celebrating 20 years, the Romance of Travel has been defined by Banyan Tree’s exquisite charm, cultural authenticity and impeccable service. Celebrate this milestone with us to enjoy exclusive experiences and many offers on summer in Maldives.

Velaa Private Island opens golf academy

The island, home to 48 villas, is part of the Noonu Atoll, just north of Malé, the Maldivian capital. Owner Jiri Smejc and his wife Radka acquired the island with the intention of creating what they call ‘the most private place on earth’.

The course comprises six green complexes; all surrounded by bunkering and water features. Nine tee options give guests a range of hole choices at a variety of lengths, with the option for guests to book private tuition and reserve the academy for exclusive use at select times.

Amilla Fushi Maldives to be open on November 2014

By: Maldives finest .The visionary behind world's first underwater spa, Tom McLoughlin, is opening Amilla Fushi Maldives this November. Lady Gaga and Tom definitely understand the impact of being different. Tom is an Australian and this time he has brought a little difference from home. A couple of kangaroos have been imported from Dubai Zoo and released on Amilla Fushi, few months back.

A kangaroo may welcome you on arrival to the resort or at one of the outlets during the stay. We have heard its a friendly creature easily adaptable as pet. Having never encountered this creature before we just have to trust Tom.Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi, an island with greenish vegetation encircled with powdery white sand surrounded by gin-clear water, is located in widely popular UNESCO Biosphere reserve of Baa Atoll. The luxury island offers a collection of appealing accommodations including Ocean House, Tree House and Beach House. Dining and wining outlets of equally matching class are headed by Luke Mangan, a celebrity chef from Australia.Accommodation

The resort has not yet released its fact sheet. But, we do know from pictures that they have Ocean House and Tree House, the third category could be Beach House.

Ocean House: Pictures look amazing. The Ocean House faces the ocean, not the lagoon and that is a good thing. It is located at the reef drop off. We cant see from the pictures if there is any ladder or stairs to go down, but the current and waves look unsafe for normal guests without lifeguard. Also, room's deck gives a better view of the reef. It could be a timeless scene to stare at fish, usually there is a lot in the reef drop off. Amilla Fushi being located in Baa Atoll, you have a great chance of spotting dolphins from your room.


Tree House: For those who want a unique experience on the island there is Tree House accommodation to choose. Again, the resort not having released official information we have to depend on analysis of the pictures we have. It seems the tree houses are about 6 - 8 metres above ground. If you have previously experienced over-water accommodation this could be your ideal choice. Tree-top view would make you feel that you are living in one of the trees, at the comfort of luxury villas. Keep your camera or phone handy, there could be native species of birds visiting you. But, Maldivian birds are very shy, just like its people!

Coco Spa at Coco Bodu Hithi World Luxury Spa Awards 2014

By Maldives.net - Coco Spa at Coco Bodu Hithi has been awarded the Best Luxury Destination Spa in Maldives at the prestigious World Luxury Spa Awards 2014. The award of Best Luxury Destination Spa in Maldives is the latest achievement in an impressive list of awards for Coco Spa at Coco Bodu Hithi.

A division of Coco Collection, Coco Spa at Coco Bodu Hithi first opened its doors in 2006. This serene over-water Spa comprises eight treatment spaces, some of them with private Jacuzzi bath, as well as a Yoga & Thai Chi deck, and a Relaxation Area with Plunge Pool, Jacuzzi, and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. A retail boutique offering virgin Maldivian coconut oil, as well as professional spa products from [comfort zone] and THEMAE, pedicure and manicure room, and sauna & steam rooms complete the exceptional services of Coco Spa at Coco Bodu Hithi. In addition to signature treatments like the Island Seashell Massage, the spa offers a selection of treatments from THÉMAÉ Paris to soothe tension, inspire the soul, calm the mind and pamper the body. Set over the azure lagoon reflecting the tranquil waters beyond, this was the second Coco Spa opened at a Coco Collection property, the first one opening its doors on the lush and eco-friendlyCoco Palm Dhuni Kolhu.


“We are overjoyed that Coco Spa at Coco Bodu Hithi has been awarded the Best Luxury Destination Spa in Maldives by the World Luxury Spa Awards! Our entire team is very pleased to be a part of Coco Spa, an ideal destination for a rewarding spa journey with our professional therapists. As a team, we have always been committed to provide the best spa experience to each and every one of our guests. Our aim is to create a lasting impression among our guests and to provide them with a feeling of ultimate luxury and comfort” comments Saliani Ninyoman, Cluster Spa Manager at Coco Collection.


The World Luxury Spa Awards are one of the most respected and coveted industry accolades and recognize the exceptional services of Spas in Hotels and Resorts worldwide. Setting benchmarks in quality, the World Luxury Spa Awards highlight spas with outstanding service standards, attracting the attention of spa-goers as well as industry experts. Awards are presented to luxury spas in 14 different categories on a country and global basis and are accepted by the industry as the pinnacle of achievement for luxury spas worldwide.


Coco Spa at Coco Bodu Hithi is a multi-award winning spa that has been awarded the Best Luxury Fitness Spa in the Indian Ocean in 2013 and the Best Luxury Resort Spa in Maldives in 2011 and 2012 by the World Luxury Spa Awards. Coco Collection believes that these numerous awards are an affirmation of the high standards implemented at Coco Spa at Coco Bodu Hithi and looks forward to continue delivering excellence in service.

Valentine at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is launching a ‘Marry Me’ package for those planning to pop the question on Valentine’s Day.  Priced at US$150, the package includes a bottle of celebratory champagne and assistance from the resort in planning the proposal.  As part of the offer, couples dining in Ithaa undersea restaurant on February 14 can use the services of the dive centre for a memorable underwater proposal, complete with a diver swimming outside the windows of the restaurant to help ask the question.

Always a dream destination for romantics, the team at Conrad Maldives estimate they see an average of eight marriage proposals a week, with the underwater restaurant being the most popular location to pop the question.  Other romantic Valentine possibilities at the five-star hotel include a private candlelit dinner for two on the beach under the stars with a personal chef and waiter to tend to every need.  Perfect for enjoying views of the full moon and Milky Way overhead, the private beach dinner is priced at US$350 for two.

To add to the romance, the two spas at the luxury hotel offer Valentine’s packages.  At the Over-Water Spa on Rangali Island, couples can book an ‘Allure Ritual with Bath Experience’ priced at US$599 for two.  This 150-minute spa ritual incorporates a light body exfoliation, a rose bath, massage, facial and ends with a glass of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries served in the romantic surroundings of the over-water relaxation pavilion.

At the Spa Retreat on the main island, the 150-minute ‘Sweetheart Sensation’ is priced at US$699 for two and begins with a glass of champagne with chocolate-dipped strawberries before guests move on to enjoy a deluxe steam, sauna and rose bath session followed by a body exfoliation, a chocolate body wrap, a relaxing back massage and a chocolate mini facial.