Crown & Champa Resorts Travel Guide

Top Maldives Resorts To Visit In 2020

January 16, 2020

If you have decided upon the Maldives as your holiday destination for 2020 you are guaranteed the wow-factor – these beautiful tropical islands strung across the equator in the Indian Ocean are every bit the paradise you imagined. They all have the trademark sugar-soft white sand beaches, aquamarine lagoons and barefoot casual luxury so how can you pinpoint the one that’s right for your dream trip? Our collection of top Maldives resorts to visit in 2020 is a good place to start.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi is a sustainable, ultra-luxury retreat with the Anything.Anytime.Anywhere all-inclusive concept offering ‘everything under the moon’. Unlimited dining, unlimited spa treatments, unlimited water sports and scuba diving are all included in the package. Your personal butler will curate moments of magnificence at every turn – from days of effortless adventure to evenings of fine dining under the sea; from experiencing the healing qualities of Lonu Cave – the Maldives’ first Himalayan Salt Chamber, to joining the sommelier in the owner’s wine cellar. This award-winning luxury escape is 100% solar-powered, stunningly designed and guaranteed to take your breath away.

Hurawalhi Island Resort

Home to the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant, Hurawalhi Island Resort is a 5-star naturally chic adult’s escape that prides itself in treading lightly on the environment. The house reef surrounding the island is spectacular and teeming with life – you can join the resident marine biologists for snorkelling and learn more about the fragile eco-system. From the first meal at Hurawalhi, you will embark upon an exquisite culinary journey where the collection of choices and attention to detail, not to mention the otherworldly views are sure to sate your appetite.

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa 

Voted the most romantic resort in the Maldives, 4.5-star Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is a definite favourite among couples. The quality of food and beverage offerings at the resort is matched with the high standard of service delivered by the long-serving and dedicated team. With the picturesque sandbank to enjoy, excellent house reef for diving and snorkelling and close proximity to world-famous Hammerhead Shark Point, ‘Big Blue’, memories are just waiting to be made.

Komandoo Island Resort & Spa 

A true adults-only escape, Komandoo Island Resort & Spa is a 4.5-star boutique resort that is tailor-made for romance. On land, all is peaceful and serene with lush tropical paths meandering along the island, but venture along the house reef and you’ll find a very different story – it’s absolutely buzzing with life – huge shoals of fish darting around, turtles gliding by and moray eels watching from within the coral blocks. Experience the thrill of diving with an underwater scooter at Felivaru Kandu where the big fish like to hang out or opt for a more relaxed pastime with a treatment at the award-winning Duniye Spa.

Meeru Island Resort & Spa 

Meeru Island Resort & Spa is often cited as having one of the best beaches and lagoons in the Maldives and is a popular choice with both families and couples. As one of the larger Maldives resort islands, it offers a wide variety of activities – you can enjoy a bicycle ride around the island or even a game of golf on the pitch and putt course. If you’d like to find out more about local Maldivian culture you can visit Meeru’s museum, if relaxation is your top priority a visit to the spa will nourish the mind, body and soul. Romance is always on the menu in the Maldives and Meeru is a popular choice for couples wanting to renew their wedding vows, it’s the perfect location for the whole family to celebrate with you as it has not only a kid’s club but a teens club too!

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa 

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is a 4.5-star resort and home to one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, made perfect for snorkellers by way of the easy access from many different points. The island occupies an enviable location close to popular whale shark and manta ray hotspots so if you’re a scuba diver or snorkeller, you will be guaranteed an amazing experience. Vilamendhoo has dedicated adult’s only and family areas with activities to suit all tastes. Kids will love the wading pool and playground while adults can indulge in the spa treatments at award-winning Duniye Spa and sunset cocktails on the luxury deck.

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

Variety and choice are key features at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa; this large 4-star resort offers room categories and all-inclusive packages to suit all requirements with a vibrant dining and bar scene to match. Home to not only one of the largest dive centres in the Maldives, but also to the largest community of green sea turtles in the Maldives – meet them while snorkelling or diving and learn more from the resident marine biologist. At Kuredu you can be as active or laid-back as you wish, play golf at the 6-hole course, practise your swing at the Maldives’ longest driving range, go to the gym, enjoy water sports or take a yoga class. The kid’s club has an incredible selection of activities and offers babysitting too – Kuredu is a place for happy kids and happy parents too while the adult’s only area is a peaceful haven for couples.

Innahura Maldives Resort 

At Innahura Maldives Resort, life is easy. The atmosphere is unpretentious and laid back and the island offers all the essential components of a Maldives holiday at a more affordable price. Whether you’re travelling alone, with your partner, family or group of friends you will love the uncomplicated concept of Innahura. With unexplored dive and snorkel sites and one of the biggest coral reefs in the Maldives on the doorstep, adventure is never far away. Buffet dining, spa, gym, water sports and fishing complete the picture of an incredible holiday.

Champa Central Hotel The perfect base for travellers wanting to explore Malé city, capital of the Maldives, professionals on a business trip or tourists needing a stopover between connecting flights, Champa Central Hotel is a newly renovated 4-star hotel conveniently located in the centre of the city. Enjoy the best breakfast in Malé before exploring the famous fish market, visit the striking Grand Friday Mosque or buy souvenirs at the many shops. The lavish, well-appointed rooms, large roof-top restaurant, excellent conference facilities and direct airport transfers make this the best place to stay in Malé.

No matter which of the above Maldives resorts you choose, your 2020 holiday will be incredible and we’re sure you will fall in love with this amazing location.

Crown & Champa Resorts Travel Guide

When to Visit Maldives in 2020

January 16, 2020

If you’re planning a trip to the Maldives in 2020 and want to know when to visit, we’ve got good news… Maldives is a year-round holiday destination! With temperatures sitting at around 30°C, the equatorial sun shining almost every day and just enough rain to keep the palm trees green and vegetation lush, this is the idyllic tropical destination.

Two main monsoons govern the weather patterns of the Maldives and split the year into the low and high seasons.  The North-east Monsoon brings the high season with it and runs from November to April. At this time of year, the weather is usually great with long hours of sunshine, flat, mirror-like seas and great underwater visibility. This is the busiest time but, unlike other destinations, the beaches aren’t crowded and you’ll always be able to find peace and solitude.

The South-west Monsoon is from May to October, the Maldives’ low season, and you can experience less settled weather with a higher scattering of clouds, some rain but still a lot of sunshine. The underwater visibility can be reduced by higher levels of plankton and, for marine life enthusiasts, this is a cause for great celebration as the plankton-rich waters bring the gentle giants of the ocean – whale sharks and manta rays as well as an even greater abundance of fish. Lower prices make this a great value time to enjoy this dream destination.

As you look forward to your holiday, don’t worry about checking the weather – due to the vast area over which the Maldives is spread, and micro-climates varying even from one island to the next weather forecasts are unreliable; instead, visit the resort’s website and start planning the adventures you will have. There is a holiday of a lifetime awaiting you at Crown and Champa Resorts, all year round.

Awards

Crown & Champa Resorts bag TripAdvisor accolades

August 6, 2020
Crown & Champa Resorts is pleased to announce all of our resorts have been recognized in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® awards 2020. The accolades reflect the unbiased reviews of travelers from across the globe on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest online travel community. Hurawalhi Island Resort, home of the iconic 5.8 Undersea Restaurant and Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, the Maldives’ leading adultsonly resort were awarded with are Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best winners and  listed among Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Asia. The Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best is the highest honor. The award identifies and ranks the very best hotels, destinations, attractions, restaurants, in specific categories and geographic areas, as rated and reviewed by travelers. Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award winners are among the top 1% of listings on Tripadvisor. Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, Meeru Island Resort & Spa, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, Kuredu Island Resort & Spa and Innahura Maldives Resort are 2020 Travelers’ Choice Winners.  This places these resorts in the top 10% of hotels in the world. Travelers’ Choice (formerly Certificate of Excellence) recognizes properties that earn consistently great user reviews. Travelers’ Choice winners are among the 10% of hotels on Tripadvisor. The Travellers’ Choice Awards are based on millions of reviews and ratings, the company says, and this year’s winners are based on reviews from 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Crown & Champa Resorts, a leader in the Maldivian hospitality industry with over 40 years’ experience, currently with nine resorts and a city hotel in the collection— each targeting a unique traveller with the aim of offering experiences at great quality and value in different segments.
Travel Guide

Early Bird Offers for your Maldives holiday in 2020 and 2021

July 3, 2020

The wait is finally over, original Maldivian hospitality awaits you, and the Crown & Champa Resorts collection has something to offer for everyone.  Resorts will be welcoming guests back with safety in mind effective;

Opening September 1 , 2020:

  1. Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi
  2. Hurawalhi Maldives Island Resort
  3. Meeru Island Resort & Spa
  4. Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa
  5. Veligandu Island Resort & Spa
  6. Komandoo Maldives Island Resort
  7. Champa Central Hotel

Opening October 1 , 2020:

  1. Kuredu Island Resort & Spa
  2. Innahura Maldives Island Resort

For guests who are planing their holidays, we have a choice of early bird special offers into 2021.

Special Offers: For 2020 and 2021 stays

Hurawalhi Maldives Island Resort

15% off Early Bird Offer expiring Septemeber 30, 2020 
Book before September 30, 2020
Valid for stays during November 1, 2020, through and including the night of December 23, 2020.
Valid for stays during January 6, 2021, through and including the night of April 15, 2021.

25% off Early Bird Offer expiring February 28, 2021 
Book before February 28, 2021
Valid for stays during April 6, 2021, through and including the night of October 30, 2021.

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Innahura Maldives Island Resort

20% off Early Bird Offer expiring July 31, 2020 
Book before July 31, 2020
Valid for stays during November 1, 2020, through and including the night of December 23, 2020.
Valid for stays during January 7, 2021, through and including the night of April 5, 2021.

20% off Early Bird Offer expiring February 28, 2021 
Book before February 28, 2021
Valid for stays during April 6, 2021, through and including the night of September 30, 2021.

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Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

20% off Early Bird Offer expiring July 31, 2020
Book before July 31,  2020
Valid for stays during November 1, 2020, through and including the night of December 23, 2020.
Valid for stays during January 7, 2021, through and including the night of April 5, 2021.

25% off Early Bird Offer expiring February 28, 2021
Book before February  28,  2021
Valid for stays during April 6, 2021, through and including the night of September 30, 2021.

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Komandoo Island Resort & Spa

20% off Early Bird Offer expiring July 31,  2020
Book before July 31, 2020
Valid for stays during November 1, 2020, through and including the night of December 23, 2020.
Valid for stays during January 7, 2021, through and including the night of April 5, 2021.

25% off Early Bird Offer expiring February 28,  2021
Book before February 28, 2021
Valid for stays during April 6, 2021, through and including the night of September 30, 2021.

See all offers »

Meeru Island Resort & Spa

20% off Early Bird Offer expiring July  31, 2020 
Book before July 31, 2020
Valid for stays during November 1, 2020, through and including the night of December 23, 2020.

20% off Early Bird Offer expiring February 28, 2021
Book before February 28, 2021
Valid for stays during April 6, 2021, through and including the night of September 30, 2021.

See all offers »

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

20% off Early Bird Offer expiring July 31, 2020
Book before July 31,  2020
Valid for stays during November 1, 2020, through and including the night of December 23, 2020.

20% off Early Bird Offer expiring February 28, 2021
Book before February 28, 2021
Valid for stays during April 6, 2021, through and including the night of September 30, 2021.

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Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

15% off Early Bird Offer expiring July 31, 2020
Book before July 31, 2020
Valid for stays during November 1, 2020, through and including the night of December 23, 2020.

20% off Early Bird Offer expiring February 28, 2021
Book before February 28, 2021
Valid for stays during April 6, 2021, through and including the night of September 30, 2021.

See all offers »

Kagi Maldives Spa Island

40% off Early Bird Offer expiring October 31, 2020
Book before October 31,  2020
Valid for stays during September 1, 2020, through and including the night of December 19, 2020.

See offer»

Other Terms & Conditions:

  • The above offers are not combinable with any other offers.
  • The above offers are applicable to the accommodation rate only.
  • Valid on all accommodation categories and meal plans based on availability.
  • The above offers can only be booked through the respective resort website or by contacting the respective resorts reservation team
  • Other Terms & Conditions apply. Please review at the time of booking.

 

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Wellness

Global Wellness Day – 7 steps to wellness

June 13, 2020

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of of making choices towards a healthy & fulfilling life. In order to make Wellness a lifestyle, Global Wellness Day aims to adopt the following seven simple steps. What is important is not to implement all of the steps all at once, but to incorporate at least just a few of them into your daily life on a regular basis.

We’re sharing below and hope that you will use these healthy tips on Global Wellness Day and each day that follows.

  1. Walk one hour.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get the exercise you need to stay healthy. You feel happier as you walk because the brain secretes endorphin while you are walking. You can keep fit by walking. Your muscles get stronger, you lose belly fat, the level of cholesterol reduces and it helps you overcome your weight problems.

  1. Drink more water.

Clear skin, slimmer waistline and other reasons to sip more throughout the day. People who drink less water might suffer exhaustion, attention deficiency and memory problems. The more water you drink the less carbonated drink you consume.

  1. Don’t use single use plastic

This starts with refusing single-use plastic items such as shopping bags, straws, coffee stirrers, plastic bottles, cutlery, barrier and vegetable bags, and coffee cups. The plastic bottles made of petroleum waste cause innumerable damage to our health and the environment.

  1. Eat organic, locally sourced produce.

Try to consume foods which are produced through natural methods by using appropriate fertilization and weed control techniques without using pesticides and certain chemicals.

  1. Do a good deed.

Do a good deed to break your prejudices, to make the world a better place to live. See how you will change your life by changing someone else’s. Doing good makes us feel good, raises our spirits, builds a sense of community, creates a bond that benefits us now and in the future and is psychologically a very positive and useful thing to do.

  1. Eat a family dinner.

Eat a family dinner with your loved ones in a room where, if possible, there are no smart phones and TV. Talk about your day. Listen to each other’s recommendations. Some research shows that the family dinners with the loved ones have a psychologically positive effect on the children who suffer obesity.

  1. Go to bed at 10:00 p.m.

Sleep is a critical process during which our body regulates everything and repairs and heals itself. It slows down ageing and protects us from diseases. HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is released by the brain into the bloodstream during sleep and it’s release is part of the repair and restoration function of sleep. The major period of HRH release is in the first period of stage 3 sleep during the night.

Wellness at Crown & Champa Resorts

From the serene environment to the attentive and revitalizing rituals, award-winning Duniye Spa across the Crown & Champa Resorts properties is an oasis of relaxation. Therapeutic massages, antioxidant rich natural skin care and freshly prepared body exfoliation are just some of the restorative treatments available at Duniye Spas. Additionally they provide retreats featuring Yoga, meditation, reiki and sound healing. Choose from the best Resorts in the Maldives for your next retreat from the busy world, choose Crown & Champa Resorts.

 

Heart of CCR

Impact of continuing Training & Development and Quality of Service in Maldives in Post COVID -19

June 12, 2020

By Zakariyya Easa
As a country solely dependent on tourism, Maldives is amongst the worst affected countries in the Asia region and potentially globally, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, stated by recently released report by UNDP – Maldives (“Rapid Livelihood Assessment COVID 19”).

Remember, the economy has taken a hit. But the economy is not simply financial. The hotels industry is distinguished, among other services industry, by an everlasting competitiveness through an agile culture of imparted skills and talents delivered by L&D professionals across the organization.

The economy exists because of human capital and that capital requires support to grow and develop its resilience once again with careful nurturing of all the stakeholders, especially todays visionary and strategic HR/L&D leaders across in Maldives and in general around the globe.

Both Resorts and hotel industry is a human-intensive industry, the human element is crucial in this industry; where all the resorts and hotel activities and services are based on the human elements without denying the increasing modernity overflowing in to this industry.

Consequently, the need for well qualified and well-trained employees becomes a strategic objective. In turn, resorts and hotel’s human resource training system is a key factor in ensuring the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to achieve competitive advantage. Human touch is an inseparable element in hospitality service.

As learned from the recent virtual meetings organized by Maldivian Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP), there will be a huge skills gaps that would emerge and unpredictable shortage on required human capital in Maldives especially in hospitality industry. Obvious “leakage” of expatriates’ skills-sets will be imminent,   where many major high-class companies and resorts relied on, will no longer be available, especially when reopening the tourism activities in Maldives in post COVID era.

Can local workforce be able to manage? Will they be able to cope within the required skills and talents demanded by all the variety of service expectation of different categories of resorts and hotels in Maldives?  What sorts of skills and talents that would surface in post COVID – 19, resort/hotel operation as adjoining requirement?

As I believe, in hospitality sector, human capital development (L&D Activities) activities have to be a fundamental strategic business policy to achieve success and acquiring a competitive advantage. CCR, as a leading resorts operating company,  we believe that  a positive relationship between work-based training activities and customers’ behavioral intention, is highly considered a logical finding as customers satisfaction of quality of service and quality of the products offered in resorts and hotel operation.

The world of work has changed not only in Maldives. It has always been evolving, however, during post COVID -19 pandemic is more significant and expected beyond. The time and the service expectation has started changing. Think industrial revolution as well as the introduction of automation, digitalization, and contact-less, paper-less, demanded by Gen-CX, from millennials to centennials. This is future of this industry.  Are the HR and L&D professionals ready to mold the new skills-sets and talents that demands by new service expectation. Increasing productivity, learning new skills, acquiring re-skills and talents are vital for the time that we are entering now. Are L&D leaders prepared and skilled to meet the need?

I am sure all business leaders, not only HR/L&D professionals have had a gamut of emotions in the last few months. Inertia, panic, hope, fear. How can we rebound with loads of dreams that this industry looking for?  What is evident is the need to have a wide set of skills within the workforce. Swift adaptation on the majority of training now available online together with excellent remote support, it is a great time to invest for the future through training and upskilling and reskilling of teams through current techniques of blended approaches.

Preparing our HODs, operational managers as right –caliber of coaches and mentors for the operational teams. Inspecting what you expects through the true “eyes” operational leaders. Embracing resort team from top to bottom on technological adaptation.  Enabling operational implementation in line with newly amplified H&S measure to combat COVID -19 to live with “Ever–normal life” in resort operation. Both HR and L&D professionals and resorts management team, needs to focus on the following ranges of evolving work-force talent acquisitions to survive over rivals during post COVID and beyond in hospitality operation. Impact of continuing T&D and Quality of Service would be shifted upwards as the application of the following in the operation.

  • Workforce digital transformation and adaptation
  • Machine intelligence application at work
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence at work
  • Cross – Disciplines of Learning System ( Multi – Skilling, Re-skilling at work-force)
  • Working From HOME (WFH) and creating flexi-working culture among team members (no more micro-managing) – can this be applicable for resort operation?
  • How should human capital developers ensure Team Members’ Social Sustainability
  • Developing Training Programmes that would assist, team members mental well being
  • Preparing team members for “Work- Cultural Transformation” in Post – COVID19 and beyond
  • Preparing “teams” for Change Management during Digital Transformation
  • Adopting work team in to “Tele-Commuting” – different digital platforms for meeting teams, HODs and event organization – to adhere physical distancing as required
  • Emergence of “Different Talents Spectrums” in Post Covid 19 and preparing for those talent requirements( adjustments of Skills Gap, Developing Locals as required etc)
  • Operational Manager, HODs to become mentors and coachers for team member in operation to achieve service expectation

As an industry leader in L&D, CCR, Training & Development team and its business leaders, are fully immersed in to the new “curve and wave of service expectation” expecting from hospitality industry. We are prepared and adapting in to the best -fit agile – learning culture required for the “Ever-normal” operational journey.

Zakariyya “Zaki” Easa is the Director of Training & Development at Crown & Champa Resorts.

Heart of CCR

World Environment Day in the Maldives – Celebrating biodiversity

June 5, 2020

Every year on June 5th, World Environment Day is celebrated to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect the environment across more than 150 countries.

The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is “Celebrate Biodiversity”. This theme focuses on ‘time for nature’ and providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development.

But, as the world reconsiders its habits during the current pandemic, here are ways in which Crown and Champa Resorts is protecting biodiversity this World Environment Day.

Avoid single use plastics and try to limit your consumption and unnecessary waste Plastic causes severe damage to marine life like turtles, seabirds, whales, and other species. Across Crown & Champa Resorts properties we have eliminated single use plastics on plastic bags and straws, as well as plastic cups, bottles, utensils, and replaced them with environmentally friendly alternatives.

Planting more trees: Apart from purifying the air, trees also help us humans in many other ways which include climate control. With the increase in greenhouse gases, trees help in maintaining the air quality by emitting oxygen. Trees also act as habitat for wildlife. Forests are home 80% per cent terrestrial biodiversity of the world. More recently Veligandu Island resort, embarked on a coconut tree planting exercise for horticulture and as a method to control coastal soil erosion.  At Crown & Champa Resorts, guests will also see our landscaping inclusive of native and naturalized flora from grasses, shrubs to trees due to their adaptability in growing on the island soil and sustainable consumption on water.

Eco-Friendly bathroom amenities. Through Crown & Champa Resorts’s partnership with Healing Earth, a world-renowned luxury amenities provider, bathroom and Spa amenities are organic and bio-degradable. The products are free of any synthetic additives and are people, earth and animal-friendly, and the gentle manufacturing process ensures that the natural ingredients preserve the efficacy of their properties. In addition to that, they are biodegradable and ensure that no toxic pollutants run off into the sea and onto the fragile reefs, and housed in refillable recycled glass packaging.

Coral Reef Gardening on Kuredu & Meeru. Crown & Champa Resorts is doing its best to help preserve its reefs and has decided to give them a helping hand by transplanting coral to areas that need some support.

Coral reefs are important for many different reasons aside from supposedly containing the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They: protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms. Provide habitats and shelter for many marine organisms.

Crown & Champa Resorts is committed towards preserving the Maldives’ biodiversity through sustainable operations and various green initiatives. These initiatives include alternative sources of energy that include solar, food and water recycling facilities; a collection of greenhouses and desalination systems; and frequent island, reef and lagoon cleaning projects.