Nova Maldives is making a difference on World Ocean Day

Maldives, 06 May 2023, – Nova Maldives – The Maldives’ bright new star, Nova, is delighted to unleash a shoal of eco-inspired activities and events in celebration of World Ocean Day 2023.

The soulful island’s agenda will foster interest and awareness for guests and team members, from fascinating talk about marine life, to a series of sustainable initiatives. The celebration will start with a lagoon and house reef clean-up around the natural island to collect any plastic and debris for recycling. Guests will be invited into Nova’s coral adoption program to learn about the importance of coral reef restoration and rehabilitation, as well as the environmental threats facing the tropical archipelago. They will have the opportunity to plant corals around the reef and even to adopt one.

An awareness-raising session will also follow, where the Co-founder of Miyaru, Hamna Hussain will provide insight about the new non-profit organisation working at the intersection of humans and sharks. The Miyaru program is dedicated to the research and conservation of the understudied, predatory shark populations of the Maldives. Hamna will highlight environmental issues they face, along with captivating facts about the Maldives diverse ecosystem and its vibrant underwater world.

Located in the South Ari Atoll, a world-renowned whale shark and manta ray hotspot, Nova will take guests on an eco-conscious whale shark excursion, where they will have the chance to swim alongside them and to learn more about the majestic gentle giants’ dynamics, and protecting and preserving them. Moreover, guests will be invited to join the ocean art competition, conducted by local talented artist, where they can unleash their creativity with their own depiction of the awe-inspiring beauty of the Maldivian marine life. Finally, guests can compete in a quiz to nurture their knowledge on the ocean life, with a prize awaiting the winner.

Through commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible tourism, Nova is taking on the responsibility of safeguarding the astounding beauty for generations to come. Nova’s promise to ever-improve its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, and use mindfulness to keep sustainability at the core of everything the soulful island does.

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Nova is the bright new star among resorts in the Maldives, as it believes in a greater calling than simply a lifestyle holiday destination. It’s where people can live in the moment and immerse themselves into the spirit of the Maldives and the vibrant Nova community. Smart, playful, rooted and responsible, Nova embodies the very essence of the Pulse Hotels & Resorts brand. It’s a refreshing take on the all-inclusive concept that extends beyond the meals and services, welcoming everyone to enjoy what Nova offers. This 76- villa island is in South Ari Atoll and is reached by seaplane and guests of all ages are welcome at Nova, as we are a truly inclusive community. From beach volleyball and diving to local art and culture, from the stylish, laid-back land and over-water villas to deliciously fresh dining, Nova is about people taking the time to do what makes their soul happy.

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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Peter Evans in Maldives, cooking at Six Senses Laamu

Peter Evans, Channel Seven’s “My Restaurant Rules’ adored co-presenter, renowned chef and restaurateur is cooking at the new Maldivian Six Senses Laamu from 13-15 July this year.

If you surf, another attraction! Laamu has its own revered break just off the beach. Plus exotic bars, dining under the stars and a superb spa.

Escape winter – head to this stunning resort while Pete is in residence as guest chef.

His program:

– 13 July – A five course degustation dinner featuring several of his signature dishes at LEAF organic restaurant for up to 30 guests
– 14 July – A four course seafood dinner the following evening, at Deck a dance with its sunken tables, inspired by the catch of the day – for up to 20 guests.
– 15 July – Conducting an intimate cooking class for up to a dozen guests. Cooking Class (1 starter/1 main course/1 dessert) in LEAF kitchen at 11am followed by lunch.

From Pete – “I’m really excited and honoured to be invited to the Six Senses Laamu, can’t wait to get my hands on some of the local produce and especially the seafood, might event catch a wave if I’m lucky, see you there! ”

In keeping with Six Senses’ SLOW LIFE philosophy the popular Australian will be using as much local produce as possible, including herbs and vegetables from the island’s own organic garden, as well as the freshest local fish straight from the Indian Ocean.

Six Senses Laamu is a short plane ride south west of Male, the Maldivian capital.

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Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy 2011

Surfing goes five star and beyond from August 29 to September 5, 2011 at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa.

The Maldives is set to host the world’s most exclusive surfing event this August featuring six world champions, a leading five-star surfing resort, a luxurious 39-metre three-deck catamaran, and perfect reef break waves.

Conceived in conjunction with luxury surf pioneers Tropicsurf, Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy will see the sport’s biggest legends – including four-time world champion Mark Richards of Australia – compete across three disciplines that showcase the evolution of modern surfing. Competitors will contest the Single Fin (1970s), Twin Fin (70s and 80s) and Thruster (80s onwards) divisions for USD 25,000.00 prize money while enjoying the spoils of Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa.

Recent publicity is highlighting what the locals have known for years: that the Maldives is home to some of the world’s most impressive, consistent – and warmest – swells. Seven-time world champion Layne Beachley is looking forward to embracing the challenge in style. “I’ve never been to the Maldives and I can’t think of a better way to go than in five-star style,” says the Sydney surfer. “It will be back to basics in the ocean while living it up on land.”

Also included in the legendary line-up is 1988 world champion Barton Lynch of Australia, with three other surfers yet to be announced.

Never before has a surf competition amassed such a high-profile field in such exclusive surroundings. “It’s the ultimate surf competition showcasing a hand-picked field of iconic champions with the latest surf craft available,” says Event Co-ordinator and General Manager of Tropicsurf Mark Winson. “We’re talking about six of the sport’s most acclaimed surfers taking on old rivals while competing for high stakes in some of the best surf on the planet.”

Guests will rub shoulders with the contest’s participants in Kuda Huraa’s vibrant village-like resort – home to competitors, judges and supporters alike for the duration of the event.

The Resort’s all-inclusive four- or seven-night Champions Trophy package – available from August 29 to September 5, 2011 only – will also get right on top of the action with competition day passes aboard Four Seasons Explorer and three half-day surfing passes with Tropicsurf. The package also includes luxurious full board accommodation (excluding beverages); combined recreational activities including diving sessions, shark safari, dolphin cruise and sunset fishing; a Surfer’s Massage; nightly sundowners on Sunset Beach and a 50 percent discount off round-trip airport transfers via speedboat.

Shark Safari Snorkel at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

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The Shark Safari Snorkel at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa brings guests up close and personal with one of the most valuable and vulnerable fish in the sea.

It’s the stuff of missed heartbeats: You jump off the boat, adjust your snorkel and start swimming, trying to ignore the first two notes of the Jaws theme filling your head. Hovering above kaleidoscopic shoals, you start to wonder what’s behind you. Anything? No, surely not. There couldn’t be, could there? You turn in the water, slowly at first, only to see two 2-metre blacktip reef sharks swimming right towards you “¦ and just when you think you’re about to become lunch, they dart away in fear.

Just a 15-minute speedboat ride from Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, the waters around the island of Bandos are a playground for blacktip reef sharks, and it’s not uncommon to see up to eight at a time. Now, thanks to the new Shark Safari Snorkel, guests aged eight and over can join the Resort’s marine biologists on escorted snorkelling trips with these magnificent creatures.

But as scary as the notion may seem, there is a more serious side to the trip – to highlight the desperate plight of the ocean’s sharks. With 100 million killed each year for their fins, shark species worldwide are facing the very real threat of extinction. Eliminating sharks from our oceans would lead to an imbalance of other animals, threatening populations of the smallest creatures and resulting in catastrophic implications for the whole marine food chain. In 2009, the Republic of Maldives became the first nation in the region to impose a shark hunting ban within its waters, but the race is on: can mankind transform its irrational and devastating fear of these perfect predators into a will to preserve them, before it is too late?

Kuda Huraa’s Shark Safari Snorkel departs from the main jetty every Monday and Friday at 2:30 pm, followed by an educational talk on the ecological importance of sharks, conducted by the Resort’s marine biologists at 6:00 pm in the library. Each trip is limited to a maximum of 12 guests.

Taj Coral Reef in Maldives to be relaunched as ‘Vivanta by Taj’ by August 2009

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The Indian Hotel Company Ltd (IHCL’s) operated Taj Coral Reef Resort in Maldives will be relaunched under the ‘Vivanta by Taj’ banner by August 2009. The resort has undergone extensive refurbishment by architects Grounds Kent Architects and interior designers PWP Interiors. The property will be known as Vivanta By Taj Coral Reef Maldives.

The re-branded resort property will feature 62 villas, of which two are beach villa suites and will have private accommodation along with the in-house Jiva Spa. Other accommodation options include thatched beach villas with large beach side porticoes or the water villas, with private decks overlooking the lagoon.

Each villa is equipped with state-of-the-art LCD TV, home theater system with ipod connectivity, sound system, WiFi / high speed Internet and mini bars. The F&B options will include three restaurants Latitude, the all day dining restaurant, The Hembadhu Grill, which will offer an alfresco dining experience and the open air Reef Bar.

President inaugurates Hilton Maldives Irufushi Resort and Spa

President Mohamed Nasheed has, this afternoon, inaugurated Hilton Maldives Irufushi Resort and Spa in South Miladhunmadulu atoll.

Upon arrival at the resort, the President was greeted by Chairman of Sun Hotels, Mr Ahmed Siyam Mohamed and senior management of Hilton.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the President expressed hope that the resort would contribute for greater advancement of the tourism sector.

He also spoke on the importance of good management practices. Speaking in this regard, the President said good management practices were essential for sustainable tourism.

Stressing that the world was now undergoing an economic slowdown, the President called on all stakeholders in tourism industry to sacrifice their personal differences and to peacefully resolve any grievances that they may have.

President Nasheed also spoke on the importance of protecting the environment. He said that the resorts in the Maldives could play an important role in this endeavour. He further said democracy was an important adaptation measure to climate change.

SriLankan Airlines Pro Sponsors ASP WQS in the Maldives

Widely regarded as the most striking event on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS), the ASP WQS 6-Star PRIME SriLankan Airlines Pro in the Maldives has again drawn a brilliant field of 128 international surfers from 20 nations around the surfing world.

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Current ASP World Tour surfer and 2007 SriLankan Airlines Pro Champion Heitor Alves (Brazil) heads the field as the event’s No. 1 seed with a long list of magnificent surfers in the lineup that includes Phil Macdonald (Australia), Sunny Garcia (Hawaii/2000 ASP World Champion), Aritz Aranburu (Basque), Pat Gudauskas (USA), Masotoshi Ohno (Japan), Travis Logie (South Africa) and current No. 1-rated ASP WQS surfer Adam Melling (Australia).

This year’s event also welcomes esteemed international surf brand Ocean and Earth as a supporting sponsor.

“We have seen the amazing perfection that the Maldives event has delivered to surfing world over the past five years through the web, images and vision and Ocean and Earth are excited to be involved,” Paul Munten, Ocean and Earth International Chief Executive Officer, said. “I understand it’s the warmest waters of any ASP tour event in the world and with most surfing nations either just out of winter season or heading into winter it has to be the perfect place to be.”

Perfection off the reeling Pasta Point reef, set on the glorious Chaaya Island – Dhonveli, is what this event has become famous for.

The event runs from the luxurious Sunset Beach Deck Bar and Restaurant, a location that delivers highest quality surfing at close range to the judges, spectators and media making for one of competitive surfing’s truly unique quality experiences.

Sunny Garcia, one of ASP’s most experienced and venerated competitive surfers ever, summed up his first experience in the Maldives last year saying, “This place is amazing with fantastic waves, crystal clear warm waters in a setting that is so perfect for a high level event – I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get here and I’ll certainly be back.”

A Quarterfinalist last year, Sunny is back in the field for 2009, and in such quality waves will be a certain contender.

As an ASP WQS 6-Star PRIME-rated location, the SriLankan Airlines Pro offers maximum points and prize money and the event is vital to the chances of all competitors surfing not only to win this event but also to qualify for the elite 2010 ASP World Tour.

It’s the perfect mid-year venue to the ASP WQS season and whoever wins this year’s 2009 SriLankan Airlines Pro will be ideally set up for the year’s tour.

ASP Australasia as the event managers will ensure a quality live web along with Television News Feeds, class complimentary Digital Images for newspapers and websites, Web highlight packages and a dedicated 30 minute international television program.

Maldives Wins Best Island Award 2008

The Maldives has won the Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers Best Island Award for the year 2008. Maldives scored well in all 10 scoring criteria including the top mark for beaches.

The Maldives won this milestone award from the readers’ poll by successfully competing against Greek Islands, Mauritius, Barbados and Hawaii etc. This is the third consecutive year that Maldives won this award.

In addition, six Maldives resorts were among the best hotels in Overseas Leisure Hotels in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean category. They are One & Only Reethi Rah, Kanuhura Maldives, Soneva Gili, Fourseasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, Cocoa Island Resort and Huvafenfushi.