THE LEADING LUXURY TRAVEL EXHIBITION
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JW MARRIOTT MALDIVES RESORT & SPA
Set on the secluded Vagaru island in Shaviyani Atoll, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa is a 55-minute seaplane flight fr om Malé. Each of its 60 villas comes with a private pool, beautiful wooden deck, and many other luxuries that ensure an indulgent experience. The resort features a library, two pools, a spa, and a kids club. Its culinary destinations are diverse, with five restaurants, three full-service bars, and a wine room featuring 1,620 bottles and 320 labels of new and old-world wines fr om across the globe. Begin your gastronomic adventure with a hearty breakfast at Aailaa, the all-day dining restaurant. Open exclusively for lunch, the al fresco Fiamma, located on the poolside, is wh ere you’ll find the best of Italian fare. Kaashi is the resort’s treetop Thai restaurant that serves soulful food with panoramic views; next door, Rum Baan adds to the experience with its range of 98 signature rums from around the globe. Situated over water, Wabi Sabi presents a choice of Japanese-inspired smoked cocktails, sake, teas, and whiskies that make for great aperitifs while you savour a surreal sunset. For dinner, grab a seat at Hashi for traditional Japanese fare, or at Shio, which serves signature meat and seafood grills in a fine-dining setting. Better still, let the chef craft a personalized menu anywhere you like on the island. For adventurers, the resort offers daily excursions for diving, snorkeling, dolphin watching, and fishing. Jet-skis, kayaks, banana boats, paddleboards, and other water sports equipment can be hired. The branded FAMiLY by JW – Little Griffins Kids Club features a 43-foot-long pirate ship and offers 100 activities for the kids, for e.g. Scavenger Hunt & Treasure Opening, Family Balloon Twisting, Family Cupcake Decorating, and Pizza Making activities that keep the little ones entertained for hours. A holiday here is incomplete without a spa therapy. The state-of-the-art Spa by JW features six couple’s treatment rooms and a deluxe treatment suite, with a wide range of personalized therapies.
Located on Fesdu island in North Ari Atoll, W Maldives is perfect for a chic summer escape. Stay in one of the 77 luxurious villas spread across the heart-shaped island resort. You can choose between exclusive beach access and the overwater experience. The state-of-the-art villas feature a variety of amenities, including a private plunge pool, outdoor tropical showers and day beds, spacious indoor and outdoor living areas, BOSE sound system, and a 46-inch plasma screen TV. At night, bioluminescent jellyfish and plankton washing ashore on the island make for a wonderful sight. If you want to have an extravagant time at W Maldives, experience the ultimate getaway at the Extreme WOW Ocean Haven. The resort’s version of a presidential suite comes with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, spacious lounge area, glass panels on the floor that reveal the marine life in the lagoon, an infinity edge pool with Jacuzzi seats, and a sun deck with gorgeous panoramic views. For adventures in the Indian Ocean, sail in the two-cabin luxury yacht, Escape. True to its name, it offers exciting offshore experiences—from overnight diving expeditions to simply spending a day at sea. You could also sail to Gaathafushi, the resort’s own secluded island that looks straight out of a movie. Back at the resort, the combination of palm-fringed beaches, turquoise lagoons, ocean-to-table cuisine at six restaurants and bars, a dive center, and the AWAY® Spa keeps you engaged. Moreover, the Whatever/ Whenever® service pampers you throughout your stay—whether it’s a midnight craving or a dream excursion, no task is too small and no ask too big at W Maldives.
THE WESTIN MALDIVES MIRIANDHOO RESORT
Nature is often the best healer, and when you’re in the middle of a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site, home to one of the largest concentrations of Manta Rays in the world, you’re in for a treat. Set in Baa Atoll, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is well known for creating experiences that force you to stop, and let the surrounding nature take over. The resort boasts of a luxury Heavenly Spa by Westin™. Built overwater with a glass floor to enhance the sense of calm the water brings, the spa has range of treatments to leave guests re-energised and nourished in both mind and body. With a choice of four unique outlets, The Pearl, Island Kitchen, Hawker and Sunset Bar, guests can experience a delightful range of cuisines during their stay. There is also a state-of-the art WestinWorkout® Fitness Studio with TRX® functional training equipment – great for pre-run workouts, suspension training and offers app based instructional videos by TRX Master Instructors. In addition there all the facilities expected from a wellness escape including a multi-function recreation ground for tennis, basketball and volleyball. The resort also provides access to a nearby uninhabited private island - Hulhudhoo, just a short 700m speedboat trip across the ocean, wh ere guests can enjoy a bespoke castaway picnic, with nothing but the sky to watch over you. The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort experience is a reminder to slow down. With stunning views, set in the middle of the ocean, every whim and fancy catered to—it’s luxury at its relaxed best. And it’s waiting just for you.
SHERATON MALDIVES FULL MOON RESORT & SPA
The family-friendly Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa in the Maldives is a destination unto itself. Located on the Furanafushi Island in North Malé Atoll, it features 176 accommodation units—a tastefully designed assortment of deluxe rooms, cottages, water bungalows, and villas, as well as an expansive two-bedroom water suite. The fact that it is accessible by a 15-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport makes it a convenient getaway. Completely renovated in 2019, the tropical island resort keeps guests entertained throughout the duration of their stay. A collection of seven restaurants and bars offers a diverse selection of cuisines that range from authentic Thai fare to Indian, Chinese, Caribbean-inspired, and Mediterranean dishes. Sea Salt, which offers fresh seafood, is perfect for a romantic evening; Anchorage Bar is fit for a big family meal of pizzas and salads; Feast allows you to experience interactive cooking stations; Baan Thai and Masala Hut are recommended for their Asian flavours; fresh tacos and crafted cocktails are the winners at Kakuni Hut; ChopstiX is as good for a late lunch as it is for a date night and plates everything from dumplings to noodle bowls. While two freshwater pools, a tennis court, a 24-hour gym, and plenty of activities keep you active, the resort’s signature Shine Spa comes to the rescue when you need to relax. From sandbank picnics to sunset escapades for two, quality time on the island is a given. In a recent development, the resort has initiated a coral conservation project in collaboration with the local government and the team at Reefscapers, a team of marine biologists and consultants working with resorts to restore coral reefs in the Maldives. The on-site marine biologist offers educational sessions and guided snorkelling tours of the house reef, and guests can also participate in a coral fragment planting activity to do their bit.