Conrad Maldives Triumphs At World Travel Awards 2015

Conrad Maldives Wins Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel and Indian Ocean’s Leading Culinary Hotel

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island takes home two highly respected awards at this year’s annual World Travel Awards, winning the hot spot in two highly coveted categories: Indian Ocean’s Leading Culinary Hotel and Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel. These distinguished awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, and both accolades serve to recognise the commitment to excellence which Conrad Maldives has demonstrated over the past twelve months, not just as a hotel leader in the Indian Ocean, but also as the leader in this region from a gourmet and culinary perspective.The awards round off a great season of recognition for Conrad Maldives, as the World Travel Awards closely follow the resort being named to TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame as a recipient of the site’s Certificate of Excellence for the past five consecutive years – the result of positive feedback received from guests on TripAdvisor.

“We are incredibly honoured to have been recognised as the leading hotel in the region for both culinary and overall hotel experiences,” said Lyle Lewis, General Manager of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. “The recognition is a testament to what we deliver to our guests on a daily basis – the finest food and beverage with the widest variety available in the Maldives; personalised and anticipatory service; and an intimate connection to the lush surroundings of the Maldives and the Indian Ocean. For our world-class chefs and resort staff on the island, the awards from the industry via the World Travel Awards along with the recognition from guests via TripAdvisor lend encouragement to continually deliver the best for our guests each day.”

These awards mark an extremely exciting time for Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. The gourmet aficionados ‘go-to’ destination in the Indian Ocean, the resort provides no less than 12 restaurants and bars. Leaving no stone unturned in its pursuit of culinary offerings, restaurants range from the applauded Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, to the spa-inspired cuisine at Mandhoo, and the latest addition to the gourmet portfolio, Ufaa by Jereme Leung. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the globally recognised Ithaa Undersea Restaurant (celebrated this past April) – which has played a significant part in the resort’s repute as a dining destination to travel for. Youngest addition to the culinary scene, Ufaa by Jereme Leung, is the Maldives first celebrity chef restaurant heralded by renowned Chinese chef, Jereme Leung. Ufaa is an innovative Chinese concept offering authentic experiences highlighting the iconic flavours of China, and celebrates its first anniversary this September.

Conrad Maldives’ title as Leading Culinary Hotel in the Indian Ocean is underpinned by the worldly variety of cuisines on offer. From Japanese-style live cooking at the open-air Koko Grill, to 101 cheeses imported from the world over in The Cheese and Wine Bar and up to 1,400 different wine labels found in The Wine Cellar, Conrad Maldives understands that a remote location need not act as a barrier to fine dining and world-class wines. The resort’s array of culinary experiences promises to delight the palate of any discerning food lover.

Beyond food and beverage, Conrad Maldives offers exceptional accommodation, service, and environments that help to explain how it claimed the title of Leading Hotel overall in the Indian Ocean. The luxury resort offers three different experiences across two islands: the typical get-away-from-it-all Maldivian hideaway on tiny Rangali Island; the larger and livelier main island (linked to it by a 500m bridge), Rangalifinolhu, featuring water sports and various other facilities; and the over-water destination The Spa Retreat that operates as a resort-within-a-resort set 100m off the tip of the main island. No matter where they stay, guests can enjoy all the resort’s facilities in full, and will also benefit from the world-class anticipatory service of the resort’s exceptional staff – whether via simple bespoke requests or through full wedding and event planning available on the island.

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The world’s first undersea restaurant invites the world to celebrate the occasion on April 15, 2015


One decade ago, Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was spectacularly ‘sunk’ five metres into the waters of the Indian ocean and ever since it’s been the mecca for lovers of food, culture and architecture the world over. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Conrad Maldives will be hosting a Twitter Chat on Wednesday April 15, 2015 which will take place at 3pm GMT (10am EST).

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island invites the world to join the conversation and celebrate the birthday of this world famous dining location by sharing their memories of Ithaa on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Throughout the week of Ithaa’s birthday, users are invited to share their photos and memories using the hashtag #IthaaTurns10 users.

Sitting like a pearl beneath the waves (Ithaa translates as ‘pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dhivehi) the curved acrylic walls which give 180-degree panoramic views sets the trend for unique dining. It became the world’s first aquarium-style undersea restaurant – indulging diners with stunning views of the surrounding lagoon, reefs and tropical fish. Consistently recognised as the most beautiful restaurant in the world, Ithaa is fast becoming a 21st Century travel icon, so it is no surprise it is regarded as one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive places to eat.

“We are all excited to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of such an iconic restaurant” said Lyle Lewis, general manager, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. “I can think of no better way to celebrate such a momentous occasion than by sharing it with the whole world”

Envisioned by Mr. Ahmed Saleem of Crown Company PVT, owning company of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Mr.Saleem was inspired whilst travelling in Bali in 2001 and five years later Ithaa was brought to life by Mike Murphy of M J Murphy Limited in New Zealand who specialises in aquarium technology and at a cost of US $5 million, Ithaa took 85 tonnes of sand ballast (in sandbags) in order to be sunken onto the ocean bed. It wasn’t long before it became a cultural phenomenon and world-leader in beauty and cuisine that continues to intrigue and impress to this day.

Programme of Events

  • Memories of Ithaa – April 13-17, 2015

During the week of Ithaa’s 10th birthday, the resort will be posting content across its social media channels, inviting the world to share their memories of Ithaa and post photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • Ithaa’s 10th Birthday Twitter Chat at 3pm GMT (11am EST) on Wed April 15, 2015

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island (@ConradMaldives) invites the world to celebrate Ithaa’s 10th anniversary through a live Twitter Chat. This global discussion will encourage fans of Ithaa to share their memories, photos and stories of this world famous and iconic restaurant.

  • Exclusive Winemaker Dinner presented by Château Margaux – April 15, 2015

To coincide with the date the restaurant first opened its doors – April 15 – Ithaa will host a Château Margaux sommelier dinner. The unrivalled wine estate of Château Margaux dates back to the 17th Century and is renowned for its grapes as its prices. A bottle of 1787 Château Margaux was sold for $225,000 making it one of the world’s most expensive wines. This is the first time Château Margaux has been invited to host at Conrad Maldives.

Follow @ConradMaldives on Twitter and join the chat using #IthaaTurns10 on Wednesday April 15, 2015 at 3pm GMT/10am EST

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Ayada Maldives Resort Officially Opened

Ayada Maldives, the brand new luxury resort in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the Maldives is now open and welcomed its first guests on 30th October 2011.

Located amidst a pristine reef within the southern rim of the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the southern Maldives, 268 miles south of the capital Male. The island based resort occupies 150,000 square meters of undisturbed and indigenous vegetation and offers uninterrupted views of the breath taking Maldivian landscape.

Nestled within the lush vegetation of the island, guests can avail themselves to a variety of dining experiences found in the seven restaurants; each offering a unique culinary experience, an extensive 3500 sqm AySpa & Health Club by leading spa experts ESPA from the UK, a renowned dive and watersports center, kids club and tailor made experiences that will showcase the destination highlights of the Southern Maldives.

The resort comprises 33 Beach Villas, 4 Beach Suites, 14 Sunset Beach Suites, 33 Ocean Villas, 11 Sunset Lagoon Suites, 16 Sunset Ocean Suites and the outstanding duplex Ayada Royal Ocean Suite. Designed, planned and constructed keeping in mind the need to provide a unique yet accessible, luxurious yet simple, modern yet authentic experience for guests. All exterior and interior elements have been especially commissioned to use the most durable natural elements and as such there is an abundance of teak, marble and sandstone finishing’s on display. The resort pays special tribute to its Turkish influence by introducing subtle Ottoman style decorative elements in the guest villas and dining venues. Each of the spacious 50 water villas and 62 seafront villas are tastefully designed and furnished to provide privacy and comfort and exclusively offer: a private plunge pool with terrace, direct beach or ocean access and the service of your own dedicated Butler or Guest Relations Agent.

Ayada Maldives offers guests seven vividly enticing outlets; each with its unique influence. Ranging from exotic Asian flavours to tantalizing Mediterranean specialties, the unique “Ile de Joie” offering an extensive selection of quality wines and cheese with an array of the finest chocolate and a humidor stocked with a variety of the finest Cuban cigars available to the vibrant “Ottoman Lounge” complete with specialty coffees, teas and shisha, the dining experience at Ayada Maldives is complete with impeccable service and breathtaking views of the ocean and the horizon.

“Our vision for Ayada Maldives was to provide a sanctuary for visitors whereby we offer luxurious accommodation and diverse dining options complemented by genuine warmth and hospitality from our employees. It was of paramount importance to us to showcase the beauty and tranquility of the location and thus, the design features large open spaces whereby the natural elements play an integral part of the guest experience with every villa offering plunge pools with large outdoor terrace’s and either direct lagoon or beach access and some villas with glass floor panels. We also wanted to infuse elements of the Ottoman culture in to Ayada Maldives and as such subtle influences can be found in the decorative design of the villas, the Turkish hammam in the spa and the Ottoman Lounge ” Said Mr. Firat Aydeniz, member of the board of directors of the Aydeniz Group.

Ayada Maldives’ expansive AySpa has been exclusively designed by leading spa experts to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. Centrally located, AySpa is a 3500 sqm haven and forms an enclave within the island vegetation and other resort facilities. Using the natural surroundings as inspiration, the spa showcases sandstone floors with marble and timber hues to reinforce an indigenous feel to complete your spa experience. On offer at AySpa are 8 spacious and tranquil treatment villas some with their own hydrotherapy baths, a segregated steam and sauna area, a cold plunge pool, a warm vitality pool and the Maldives’ first unisex Turkish Hammam including an elaborate marble plinth that can be reserved for private use.

“The location of Ayada Maldives is ideal for the ultimate getaway. The distance from Male enables Ayada Maldives to be an intimate hideaway with our closest inhabited island more than 10 kms away. The proximity to the equatorial line allows for specialized excursions for the lucky few to cross this line. Situated on the outer rim of the atoll allows for Ayada Maldives to be in the vicinity of some of Maldives renowned surf spots and dive sites. The lack of artificial light allows guests to amaze themselves with a beautiful night sky glittering with breathtaking constellations and each villa is positioned to capture views of either the spectacular sunrise or sunsets with infinite views of the ocean” Mr. Aydeniz further noted.

Ayada Maldives exclusively features: “Ile De Joie” showcasing a variety of world class cheese, wines, chocolate and cigars from around the world, “The Ottoman Lounge” featuring a variety of specialty coffees, shisha with other Turkish delights, “AySpa” featuring the first Turkish hammam in the Maldives along with 2 Vichy showers with uniquely designed treatments to complement them, “The White Room” offering a unique setting for a wedding or large scale event with a garden setting for up to 450 people, proximity to the best surfing spots available in the Maldives, a large infinity pool with LED lights giving a starry effect in the night, recreational facilities ranging from tennis, mini football, volleyball, badminton and a games room with Xbox, PS3 and pool tables, private plunge pool in each villa, multi-level presidential suite, Kid’s Club and babysitting services, and over water hammocks in certain villa categories.

The onsite dive and watersports center offers a range of courses and experiences ranging from Discover Scuba Diving, Open Water Diver, Night Dives, Adventure Dives, Specialty Dive courses, snorkeling, canoeing, wind surfing, catamaran sailing, stand up paddling, and water skiing.

An unforgettable and indulgent journey of luxurious pampering awaits all visitors at Ayada Maldives. Savour the infinite views of the spectacular sunsets, delight in the magnificent coral reef, unwind with rejuvenating spa treatments, revel in the long stretches of pristine beach, partake in authentic Maldivian experiences or simply relax with the impeccable and personalized service.

Ayada Maldives is owned by Aydeniz Group, which was awarded Europe’s Leading Tourism Development Company 2010 and Asia’s Leading Inward Tourism Development Company 2010 also Maldives’ Leading New Resort and Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort at the 2011 World Travel Awards .

Ayada Maldives has been awarded an International Five Star Diamond Award from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences in recognition to their commitment to quality and passion to serve.

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Over 700,000 tourists visit Maldives first half of the year

More than 700,000 tourists visited the Maldives in the first seven months of this year, Tourism Ministry has revealed.

The number of tourists, who visited the Maldives from January to July 2011, increased by 18.3 percent to 520,483 compared to the 439,864 tourists in the same period of last year.

According to the Tourism Ministry, tourist arrivals to the Maldives in July increased by 26.7 percent to 72,516 compared to the same period of last year.

Statists revealed by the ministry show that China dominated the tourism market in the first seven months of the year with 103,734 tourists, which accounts for 19.9 percent of the total arrivals.

UK is the second-most contributor to the Maldives tourism industry with 60,021 tourists (11.7 percent) and Italy follows on the third with 53,493 tourists (10.3 percent).

Tourist arrivals from China increased by 65.6 percent from January-July 2011 while the number of tourists who visited the Maldives from UK and Italy decreased by 6.1 percent and 3.8 percent respectively.

Maldivian resorts operated 24,156 beds in the past seven months while the tourists spent 7.2 days on average. The average occupancy rate of the resorts stayed at 80.1 percent.

Source: Haveeru News Service

Maldives records 56.7% growth in Chinese market

The Maldives received more than 65,000 Chinese tourists in the first five months of this year, a 56.7 percent increase over the same period of 2010, according to the latest figures.

Figures from the Maldivian tourism authorities show that the number of Chinese tourists to the Maldives accounted for 16.6 percent of the total foreign tourists from January to May, ranking top of foreign visitors, followed by Italy with 47,900 tourists, Britain, Germany and France.

The Maldives, a popular tourist destination for Western tourists, has witnessed a rapidly growing number of Chinese tourists in recent years.

China became the Maldives’ largest tourist market in 2010, generating 120,000 tourists.

In an interview with Xinhua in early May, Mariyam Zulfa, Maldives’ minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, said the number of Chinese tourists to the Maldives are expected to rise to a new high in 2011.

The Maldives’ tourism authorities said China’s fast growing economy has made more and more people afford to enjoy overseas holidays.

Other major factors in attracting Chinese tourists include unique sand beaches, visa-free access and a variety of water sports.

The country’s tourism department plans to launch non-stop flights between the Maldives and China’s inland cities.