Hideaway Beach Maldives opens fresh water bottling plant

‘Do drink the local water’ is the advice given to guests staying at the all-suite Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives as it begins producing its own drinking water this August. The move to produce fresh water, made from desalinated ocean water, is one of the luxury resort’s newest steps towards delivering services with a sound environmentally-friendly purpose.

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“With the move to producing our own drinking water, we expect to save around 3,000 kilos of empty plastic bottles each year,” said general manager, Carsten Schieck. “Producing our own water saves on importing tonnes of bottled water each year and more importantly of course, greatly reduces the number of plastic bottles we need to dispose of in a country that’s still working on refining its recycling capabilities.

The five-star island resort expects to produce around 400 litres of drinking water every day – including both still and sparkling varieties – saving the importation of around 12 tonnes of drinking water each month. Tucked away in the middle of the staff village, the bottling plant is located behind the resort’s water desalination plant from where the water is piped in and undergoes two more rounds of filtration and sterilisation to ensure it meets international drinking standards. The water is served to guests in glass bottles which are then returned to the bottling plant for washing and re-filling.

Future ecological plans include the planting of organic herb gardens on the island, collecting rain water, recycling ‘grey water’ to use for watering the gardens in times of drought, identifying composting and waste re-use opportunities and increasing usage of solar power in various areas.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Introducing 75 NEW Deluxe Beach Villas with Pool

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, luxurious paradise resort situated in the Noonu Atoll, has invested in its luxury beach accommodation offering. By introducing 75 Deluxe Beach Villas with private pool, the resort offers even more ways to experience refined accommodation in the heart of one of the most beautiful parts of the Indian Ocean. This refurbishment enhances the resorts commitment to boutique hospitality on a large scale and will continue to focus on the fusion of impeccable service, embracing authentic cultural heritage and a dining wonderland of gourmet experiences. The NEW deluxe beach villas offer a world of relaxation and luxury in 150 sqm. This dedicated space offers the ideal retreat in which to experience the incredible beauty of the Maldives.

Inside the Deluxe Beach Villa with Pool

Step into the inviting ambiance of the deluxe beach villa and be transported into a tropical paradise. This open plan villa offers all the comforts of modern day living set in a traditional Maldivian style living space. Including luxurious day beds to relax upon, espresso machines and mini bar and a spacious atmosphere in which to enjoy a moment of cool refreshment or simply take in the beautiful surroundings. The walled outdoor bathroom offers both freedom and privacy, whether a dip in the spa bath is needed or a starlit shower in the open air. Several day beds are on offer throughout the villa, overlooking the pool, in the open plan living space and in the outdoor bathroom.

Outside the Deluxe Beach Villa with Pool

Wake to the sun streaming in through the large floor-to-ceiling windows, open the glass doors out onto the outside living space and take a moment to admire the private pool and inviting day bed opposite, with the most enchanting ocean views. Offering stunning vistas across a myriad of blue lagoons and extensive reefs, the beach villas open on to the white sandy beaches and warm turquoise waters. Each villa is however designed to ensure the utmost privacy, shaded by palms and set back from the beach. Cool off in the plunge pool and shower before enjoying one of the extensive selection of waterside restaurant experiences. The ultimate in luxury beach escapes.

Seven nights at the The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi (www.thesunsiyam.com) staying on a half board basis in a Deluxe Beach Villa with pool from £1899 per person including flights with Qatar Airways from London Heathrow. Book by 30.6.15 for travel between 1.6.15 and 30.6.15. Save up to £880 per couple. (0845 543 6615, travelbag.co.uk)

Destination Dining To Travel For – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

For decades, travellers have been coming to the Maldives in search of sublime sun and unrivalled natural beauty, but now Conrad Maldives Rangali Island gives another reason to tempt holidaymakers to its shores – their taste buds. This year, some of the world’s best chefs and winemakers are descending on the luxury resort to give guests an unparalleled dining experience with their gourmet gastronomy. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island continues to be at the forefront of destination dining with some 12 restaurants and bars all distinguished by the diversity of cuisine and uniqueness of settings.

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A food destination of firsts, being the first to understand that a remote location need not prohibit fine dining and good wines, the resort continues to tantalise guests’ taste buds with the best food and wine experiences not seen before in the country. Whether it’s sipping handpicked wine presented by biodynamic burgundy pioneer Vincent Giardin, enjoying a teppan dinner of fresh lobster under the stars at Koko Grill presented by Conrad Tokyo teppan Chef Nobuyasu Kamiko or crossing the bridge of Chinese Art and French Wine at Ufaa by Jereme Leung; these are tempting experiences worth travelling for.

Krug Ambassade at Ufaa by Jereme Leung

The Maldives’ first authentic Chinese restaurant has been handpicked to become the islands nation’s first Krug Ambassade restaurant. Ufaa joins an elite international network of exceptional restaurants including the UK’s iconic Fat Duck and Murano, Dinner at The Mandarin Oriental and l’Hôtel Georges V in Paris. Leung’s carefully crafted authentic and contemporary Chinese flavours featured are a perfect complement to Krug Champagne’s philosophy of quality and timeless taste preferred amongst luxury travellers. Krug Grand Cuvée will be available by the glass and the bottle.

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Conrad Tokyo features at Koko Grill

Guests will be treated to the cosmopolitan flavours of Tokyo in a meeting of two hotel greats. Head Japanese chef at Conrad Tokyo’s renowned Kazahana restaurant Nobuyasu Kamiko will showcase his culinary flair from March 2 to 15, 2015 at Conrad Maldives’ beach-front teppanyaki restaurant Koko Grill. Complemented with matching sake by Conrad Maldives head sommelier Kamal Malik, the eight-course menu is a must-try for the gourmet traveller and combines elements from Kamiko’s Japanese cuisine such as scallops wrapped with bamboo leaf and grilled lobster with shiro-miso denaku. The price for this one-off experience is $250 per person including eight courses and a glass of sparkling sake.

Vincent Giardin, producer of fine burgundies

Prepare your palate on March 30, 2015 as top burgundies from fine wine producer Vincent Giardin are showcased alongside a five-course dinner at The Wine Cellar, priced at $295 per person. Another five-course dinner with Vincent Giardin-paired burgundies is planned at over-water restaurant Mandhoo on April 2 for $255. Both evenings will be hosted by Marco Bruno Caschera, Brand Ambassador of the Vincent Giardin estate. With winemaking in his blood after being born into a family who have produced wines since the 17th Century, Vincent prides himself on producing biodynamic fine wines with no pesticides, chemical fertilizers and weedicides. He harvests by hand and demands a high standard which propels him one of the best in the world.

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Chinese Art meets French Wine at Ufaa by Jereme Leung

An artistic marriage of East meeting West, April 18, 2015 will mark Ufaa by Jereme Leung’s first winemaker dinner in collaboration with boutique winery Pont Des Arts, an exclusive, limited collection of wines created with the support of the finest winemakers from France and greatest artists from China. Presented by Thibault Pontallier one part of the duo behind Pont Des Arts, Pontallier, son of Paul Pontallier, Managing Director of Chateau Margaux will present a selection of wine from Bordeaux and Burgundy with vintages ranging from 2010 – 2012. Each vintage features art from renowned Chinese artists Zao Wou – Ki and contemporary artist Yue Minjun. The wine has been expertly been matched to a specially designed menu by Conrad Maldives Executive Chef and Ufaa namesake, Jereme Leung. Cost is $275 per person.

Nightly rates at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island start from US$1,240 (approx. £735), based on two sharing a Beach Villa on a Room Only basis. Rates are subject to change. Prevailing taxes and service charge apply. www.conradhotels.com/maldives

The First Undersea Restaurant in the World Celebrates 10th Anniversary

One decade ago, Ithaa 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. 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 set the trend for unique dining.

Ithaa undersea restaurant

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 that as one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive places to eat, there is no better place to showcase the finest wines.

Celebratory dining with Chateau Margaux at Ithaa restaurant in the Maldives in April

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 Chateau Margaux was sold for $225,000 making it one of the world’s most expensive wines. This is the first time Château Margaux have been invited to host a at Conrad Maldives.

Kamal Malik, head sommelier says: “Ithaa sets the trend for dining in the Maldives, being the first to understand and truly demonstrate that a remote location needn’t prohibit fine dining and good wines. It’s the obligatory choice for the gourmet traveller and has the most passionate, extensive and exclusive wine programme with more than 1,400+ labels and up to 20,000 bottles on the island. The Château Margaux sommelier dinner will add something extra special.” Past wine-pairing dinners have included Château Latour, hosted by Frederic Engerer, a Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Verticals dinner and a never-to-be-forgotten Louis Roederer Cristal Verticals event which marked Ithaa’s 5th anniversary, and most recently a Dom Pérignon verticals dinner hosted to mark the 10th year sinking of Ithaa in November 2014.


Meanwhile, inspirational fine dining is at the heart of the Conrad Maldives experience. Ithaa diners are offered ‘contemporary Maldivian cuisine’, taking local spices, seasonings and traditional cooking methods, but adding a western twist to create an innovative style of cooking that has not diminished in the past years.

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 Murphyof 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.

*To book the Chataux Margaux Sommelier Dinner contact [email protected]

Nightly rates at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island start from US$1,240 (approx. £735), based on two sharing a Beach Villa on a Room Only basis. Rates are subject to change. Prevailing taxes and service charge apply. www.conradhotels.com/maldives.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island opens brand new restaurant, Ufaa by Jereme Leung

Dining at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is an unparalleled dining experience unlike any other, with the opening of the island nation’s first authentic Chinese restaurant. Ufaa by Jereme Leung, which opened on September 27, is the resort’s 12th restaurant at the resort. The restaurant is a blend of provincial Chinese with western influences in all aspects of menu, décor and wine and tea selection.

Ufaa Restaurant
Ufaa Restaurant

Defined as happiness in the Maldivian language, Dhivehi, Ufaa is an innovative culinary concept, featuring multi-functional spaces, with settings for every mood. The informal ground floor Tea House boasts a purpose-built Yum Cha (Chinese tea) and dumpling counter, offering visitors all sorts of delicacies including succulent Xiao Long Bao dumplings, hand-made spring rolls and freshly baked pancakes stuffed with minced pork and preserved vegetables, and Leung’s signature handmade pulled noodles. In the evening under the starlit sky on the beach, guests can enjoy the iconic reunion hot pot featuring locally-caught seafood and the highest grade imported meats from Japan and Australia.

The Chinese restaurant on the first floor is a playful, modern twist on the traditional Chinese restaurant. Strong Chinese accents offer a sense of heritage, while homage is also paid to the idyllic island location. Ingredients such as caviar, goose oil and avocado are melded with traditional Chinese staples to create the perfect marriage of cultures and tastes. Each of the dishes is influenced by renowned culinary provinces of China including Liaoning, Shannxi, Changsha, Guandong and Zhejiang. The evening tasting menu is a constantly changing menu that updates each month to evolve with the island’s settings.

Beyond food, Ufaa presents various experiential options for guests to enjoy. The ground floor tea house features a number of communal and private spaces where guests can catch up and mingle over a game of Mahjong or a spot of karaoke in one of the restaurant’s custom-designed karaoke and Mahjong rooms.

The creative mastermind behind Ufaa’s cuisine and dining concept is the pioneer of contemporary Chinese cooking, Jereme Leung, a hugely successful chef-restaurateur. Renowned in China and honoured by twice The American Academy of Hospitality Science, to rank among one of the world’s best chefs. Citing his inspiration as traditional Asian recipes and home-grown cuisine, Jereme creates an exciting combination of classic Chinese cooking technique and innovative presentation. Leung’s cooking career spans decades, starting at the age of thirteen in Hong Kong, his expertise covers all four schools of Chinese cooking from barbecue, to dim sum, and wok cooking to knife-work with further inspiration drawn from his many years of cooking and developing restaurant concepts around the world.

Conrad Maldives is a one-of-a-kind dining destination in the Indian Ocean, offering guests a blend of cultures and entrancing marriage of tastes, providing an unforgettable gourmet experience for guests.

Nightly rates at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island start from US$1,240 (approx. £735), based on two sharing a Beach Villa on a Room Only basis. Rates are subject to change. Prevailing taxes and service charge apply.

For more information about Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, visit www.conradhotels.com/maldives

Most Beautiful Restaurant In the World

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s underwater restaurant is rated the ‘Most Beautiful Restaurant in the World’ by New York Daily News

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has been awarded the ‘Most Beautiful Restaurant In the World’ by the New York Daily News. Ithaa was selected as the “most beautiful dining destination on the planet” for its “stunning, unparalleled views”. Guests dine under a ceiling made of transparent acrylic that offers panoramic 180-degree views where schools of rainbow-coloured, tropical fish and sharks glide overhead as guests tuck into dishes such as caviar, duck agnolotti and Maldivian lobster carpaccio.

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While compiling the list, editors looked at “restaurants that had won awards and accolades for their design, the clout of the designer, location, and the destination’s overall reputation, be it from reputed sources like the Michelin guide or press reviews”.

Chef Ayyoub Salameh, who created the outstanding menu at Ithaa, was delighted at the recognition his signature restaurant has received, saying, “I think of my food in musical terms: I want diners to be able to hear the music of the food. I hope it brings a smile to their face. Ithaa is a very romantic place and I hope the food we’ve created create a talking point between the two diners at the table. Don’t be shy: although I may not be there at the table, I’m speaking to the diners through the food. If they can feel that, then I think the meal has been a success.”

For further information on the resort visit www.conradmaldives.com
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Conrad Maldives introduces Family Water Villas

Who said luxury family holidays are a thing of dreams? Conrad Maldives Rangali Island announces the opening of its new Family Water Villas this March. Created for families with older children, or friends travelling together, the seven new villas offer luxurious two-bedroom accommodation on stilts over the five-star resort’s lagoon.

Conrad Maldives Family Water Villa

“Our philosophy is to offer our guests the ultimate in resort accommodation on two islands and we’re constantly updating to ensure we remain an innovator in luxury hospitality,” said Peter Nilsson, general manager, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. “We’ve noted an increase in demand for two-bedroom over-water villas and have introduced these family water villas as a response to this need. Parents have the peace of mind that comes with having their children staying in the same villa, while the children will enjoy the privacy of their own separate bedroom.”

Conrad Maldives family water villa interior

Built in traditional Maldivian thatched-roof style, the 150-square metre villas are clustered around the Spa Retreat, one of two spas at the resort. Their spacious design blends contemporary Maldivian style in a natural harmony of wooden interiors and a breezy indoor-outdoor feel where the Indian Ocean is always in view. Luxury touches include a split-level sundeck with Jacuzzi, sun beds and dining area, as well as an indoor dining-and-lounge area next to the master bedroom and plenty of daybeds dotted around the villa. The bathroom’s clever design ensures that the windows can be fully opened to create an ‘outdoor bathing experience’. Steps from the private sundeck make it easy to snorkel to the nearby coral reef.

Younger travellers are welcomed at Conrad Maldives, with an active kids’ club and a host of activities and excursions to do every day.

For further information on the resort visit www.conradmaldives.com or follow on facebook: www.facebook.com/ConradMaldivesRangaliIsland and twitter: @ConradMaldives

Celebrate World Music Day with W Retreat & Spa Maldives

W Retreat & Spa Maldives will set the scene for World Music Day on 21 June.

World Music Day originating from France is celebrated in over 110 countries as a day of music indulgence where amateurs and professionals join the beat to magnify the night by sharing their music.

FISH Restaurant at W Maldives resort

Bringing W Hotels passion for music to life, the Retreat will unveil a different beat on World Music Day. Guests at W Maldives are invited to join creative concept of Safari dinner that will play host to vibrant beats. Resident DJ Lady Dee, will open the nights festivities by bringing electric and pulsating beats to W Maldives while nibbles are served at SIP, the Retreats sunset lounge bar. Starters await at iconic FISH restaurant as Saxophonist artist plays some tunes. FIRE, the Mongolian style BBQ restaurant sets the scene for a Bodu Beru live performance. Finally guest will gather up and savor sweet bites at WET while a Maldivian Live Band plays under moonlight.

Steve Delefortrie, Director of Operations says “This is a unique experience, which give the opportunity to our guests to sample & savor signature dishes in each of our venues whilst listening to music of the world.” To enjoy a small preview of the event follow W Maldives on the social media channels @WMaldives on Twitter and Facebook.com/WMaldivesRetreat

W Retreat & Spa Maldives is a tropical playground in the Indian Ocean that’s perfect for relaxing, playing, and recharging for your next adventure. Experience one of the 78 Retreats, either on the beachside or overwater which gives you access to endless Indian Ocean views. Abandon the expected and sample creative dining by Executive Chef Nikolaj Retpen in the retreats three dining experiences and two lounge concepts. Step into the spotlight at 15BELOW the Maldives only underground nightclub, and sip on one of the 90 varieties of vodka.

For more information on W Happenings at W Maldives, please visit www.wretreatmaldives.com/happenings

New Resort Brand coming to Maldives; with Atmosphere Kanifushi

Kanifushi Aerial

Atmosphere is an exciting, new “Indian Ocean resort brand”, promoted by the renowned Maldivian resort development & research group – Eon Resorts.

Offering unique experiences rooted in their natural and cultural environment of the region, Atmosphere places guests‟ emotions firmly at its core, crafting perfectly balanced, enriching experiences that intuitively respond to their individual needs and desires, whilst offering genuine value.

Whether in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, India or Seychelles, every hospitality experience under the Atmosphere brand will embark the discerning traveller on an immersive journey through the rich cultures of the Indian Ocean region, offering them a memorable experience of its colorful traditions, passionate spirit and heartfelt warmth.

Embracing “Art of Balance” as the key brand essence, Atmosphere finely balances bliss, tranquility, fun and value.

Opening in November 2013, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives will be the first resort under the Atmosphere brand, bringing together a fine fusion of contemporary design and Maldivian architecture amidst uniquely rich tropical vegetation, whilst preserving the true Maldivian spirit!

Located in the spectacular and sparsely populated Lhaviyani Atoll, lapped by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives is now entering the final phase of completion and will be positioned as an elegant five star resort, offering excellent value and a premium All-inclusive plan – “Platinum Plus”.

kanifushi Room Interior

Every villa at Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives spreads idyllically along a two kilometer long, pristine turquoise lagoon, offering maximum privacy and a magnificent sunset view. Vast living spaces with accentuating Maldivian interiors, complemented by breathtaking views of the ocean, enhance the in-villa experience.

A highly reputed resort developer, Eon Resorts has been the driving force behind some of the most successful resorts in the Maldives, including Island Hideaway, Constance Halaveli, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Jumeirah Vittaveli, and Viceroy Maldives.

Atmosphere is now all set to deliver the unique brand philosophy at Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives, by offering an elegant value-for-money proposition to the discerning traveller!

For more information please contact: [email protected]

Environment Protection in Maldives

The beach of a local island in Maldives

The Maldives has a good enough reason to be concerned about the protection of the environment. We have not contributed much to the factors causing global environmental change; yet we are among the most vulnerable! We ask you to enjoy the beauty and magic of this unique environment and to help us sustain it in its pristine form as long as possible.

Air is pure as can be. Unpolluted seas teeming with life of such diversity that boggles the mind. Nature at its very best. This is what we ask you to share with us for as long as possible. During your most welcome presence here, do help us by considering the following.

Avoid any activity that may harm any of the natural vegetation at your tourist resort or any of the islands your visit. Do refrain from killing fish unnecessarily. If you feel like doing some fishing, inquire about approved programs and practices. Keep in mind that spear guns are banned. Avoid handling coral growth and marine life. Please avoid littering. Note that not only your resort but even the narrowest side lane on the smallest fishing village is kept very clean. Do not discard batteries, dry cells, empty cans, bottles and other containers – especially polythene wrappings and bags – in places are not intended as disposal points.

If you are charitable enough, please do pick up any offending articles that less conscientious persons may have left behind. We shall be duly grateful.

Enjoy your stay in a clean environment and please help us preserve it!