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!

W Maldives named “Leading Hotel Suite” at the 20th World Travel Awards

Ocean Haven - W Retreat and Spa Maldives

W Retreat & Spa Maldives’ Ocean Haven suite has been named “Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Suite” at the 20th edition of the World Travel Awards 2013.

W Maldives – a private island and luxury playground in a wonderland of white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and breathtaking reefs. W Retreat & Spa Maldives offers jetsetters an exclusive escape, and indulgence in a pristine seaside sanctuary.

This year, what is known to be as” The Oscars of the Travel Industry” celebrated its 20th Anniversary. World Travel Awards is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, recognizing excellence in product and service.

Jennifer Buhr, General Manager at W Maldives said, “When our guests visit the retreat, they expect an experience that is a universe away from the norm. This Leading Hotel Suite award is a testimony of the ultimate Jetsetter experience that we provide to our guests daily. The Ocean Haven suite is a tropical dream with its oversized infinity edge plunge pool overlooking the Indian Ocean”.

Congratulating winners, President and founder of World Travel Award, Graham E Cooke said “The Indian Ocean continues to serve as an example of a responsible eco-tourism region whilst offering the most unique hospitality products and services. It strives to set the highest possible bar to raise the standards of excellence in travel and tourism and it has been an honor to hold the first ever Indian Ocean World Travel Awards here.”

For more information on Ocean Haven, please visit www.wretreatmaldives.com/OceanHaven

Follow W Maldives on the social media channels @WMaldives on Twitter and Facebook.com/WMaldivesRetreat

Purification Programme Introduced by Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa

Christmas and New Year is renowned for certain excesses of food, drinks and parties. Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa has a fabulously addictive new purification programme on its spa menu. Banish those toxins in a tropical paradise and be pampered with traditional Ayurvedic treatments from morning to night.

Primarily an introduction to detox diets, this treatment based package is ideal for novices wanting to join the sometimes daunting arena of detoxification. Try the three day purification programme which is based around ancient yoga practices, raw foods and Ayurvedic therapies.

Rising at sunset for yoga practice within the spa haven, a peaceful sanctuary set in the centre of the island silenced by the dense tropical foliage and a labyrinth of round pebbled pathways which are bordered by sleepy streams full of fish and colourful water lilies. Two hours of powerful yoga and breathing techniques awaken your body to the intensely indulgent day.

Most of the day is spent cocooned in the spa being pampered by experienced therapists, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings and catch some sunshine on the white sandy beaches of the resort.

A complete programme of Ayurvedic and other traditional therapies is worked out for you before your arrival so that your body can completely relax and take advantage of the cleansing actions of each treatment leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed. The therapists and the chefs do most of the work, you just need to follow the step by step programme for the best effect, relax and enjoy.

The food is all organic and raw and will cleanse you from the inside out. Tasty vegetarian food with zesty dressings, divine smoothies and delicious desserts, succulent fresh fruit and juices will break the barriers of any hunger pains and is surprisingly addictive. Fresh tastes and creative dishes are served throughout the resort in the various restaurants, so even if your partner is not joining you in this health kick, you can still dine together, but remember no cheating!

Package includes:

  • Morning and evening sessions of yoga, breathing exercises and meditation
  • Traditional Ayurvedic treatments including Abhyanaga, Shirodhara, Kizhi fomentation treatment, Marma massage
  • Traditioanl detox scrub, Japanese Shiatsu, Collagen eye treatment and a detox facial
  • Purification breakfast, lunch and dinner menus

Price: $1692.00 per person, plus taxes

For more information, contact the spa; [email protected]

Save 25% on stays at Waldorf Astoria Maldives

Guests can save 25% on stays at Waldorf Astoria Maldives for stays between 24 May and 23 September 2012

Across the globe, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is known for the premiere luxury experience it provides guests each day. And now, through the hotel brand’s participation in the Hilton HHonors Great Getaway promotion, guests can enjoy even more extraordinary experiences with 25% percent off stays at Waldorf Astoria Maldives between May 24 and September 23, 2012.

“We are delighted to be able to share this experience with our valued HHonors members” said General Manager, Alan Stocker “Guests can save 25% on room rates for bookings made from 24 May and experience the wonders of the Maldives”.

Travellers looking to experience the elegant sophistication and unparalleled service only offered by Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts can booked their Great Getaway stay at Waldorf Astoria Maldives by visiting WaldorfAstoria.com/GreatGetaway. Reservations must be made between May 17, 2012 and July 23, 2012, and stays must be completed between May 24, 2012 and September 23, 2012. For full terms and conditions of The Great Getaway sale, visit WaldorfAstoria.com/GreatGetaway. For more information on Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, visit Facebook at facebook.com/WaldorfAstoria or online at WaldorfAstoria.com.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

WALDORF ASTORIA is Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand of landmark hotels, with each one as singular and timeless as the brand’s namesake, The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York. From classic elegance to modern grandeur, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts each represent worldly sophistication and unparalleled guest service. From sumptuous spas and culinary excellence to world-class golf, each hotel & resort offers the exquisite accommodations and signature accoutrements that define refinement and sophistication. Discover Waldorf Astoria by visiting www.waldorfastoria.com. Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands

Russian May Holidays at Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort and Spa

The Hilton Iru Fushi Resort and Spa has introduced some special treats to your stay to make your spring holiday even more memorable.

Take a trip to the sunshine and prepare your mind, body and soul for the balmy summer months at home. With pretty much guaranteed sunshine, white sandy beaches and hideaways for relaxation, or if you prefer to take advantages of the plentiful activities available then the Maldives is the ideal destination at this time of year whether it be for couples, families or groups of friends.

The Spa at Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort is a luxurious ‘must do’ on every guest’s itinerary. Embracing the spirit of spa with a concept that combines the exotic and magical allure of the East with the world leaders in marine cosmetology, Thalgo, this retreat is nestled in the heart of the island. It takes a holistic approach to health and wellness and offers a range of treatments using modern techniques and top-of-the-range Thalgo products, as well as traditional Ayurveda-based principles. A resident Ayurvedic doctor from India is available for specialist guest consultations.

One of Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi’s key strengths its range of accommodation that encompasses everything from outstanding private villas set on the beach, the quintessential Maldivian over- water villas on stilts over the lagoon to the spacious and luxurious Retreats. These outstanding choice of villas, all spacious, exquisitely luxurious and with the latest high-tech features, give visitors to the five-star resort some of the best accommodation options in the Indian Ocean.

With eleven outlets for dining and drinking, there is never enough time to experience everything, the choice seems endless. Experience world class cuisine, which gives you flavours from the orient, the ocean or the grill.

Quote HIFMAY to receive a complimentary fruit basket and bottle of Champagne in your villa on arrival. Rates are from $236.00 including breakfast but excluding taxes.

For more information contact [email protected]