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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.

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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.

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Eco-Friendly Resorts for your Maldives Holiday

March 27, 2020
Hurawalhi Maldives arrival jetty

Energy and water are two resources often taken for granted but in recent years the environmental impact of their production has been highlighted prompting Crown & Champa Resorts to lead the way in balancing luxury tourism and sustainability with their eco-friendly Maldives offerings.

As the world comes together to switch off its lights on 28th March in celebration of Earth Hour, a global movement drawing attention to climate change, we take a look at how our Maldives’ resorts are taking a sustainable approach to their power needs.

One of the most important ingredients for a tropical holiday is sunny days and here in the Maldives, sunshine is in plentiful supply. Tapping into the power of the sun makes perfect environmental sense. Hurawalhi Island Resort, Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, Innahura Maldives Resort, Komandoo Island Resort & Spa and Meeru Island Resort & Spa all have solar panels in place to contribute towards their electricity requirements, whilst at Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi, that commitment has been taken even further with the entire resort’s power needs are capable of being powered by its extensive solar panels.

Also marked this month is World Water Day, an initiative bringing to the fore the need to protect the World’s most valuable resource, water, and limiting the environmental impact of producing clean drinking water as the population grows. At CCR we are very proud to have water desalination and bottling plants at our resorts, which are able to supply all the guests’ and team members’ drinking water requirements. Water is supplied in reusable glass bottles, eliminating the need for single-use plastic bottles and associated disposal issues. In-house production also prevents the need for transporting water to our resort islands and therefore reduces our carbon footprint further.

There are many more sustainable practices running through our resorts in the Maldives and they can be found in detail in our Sustainability Report.

Choose a Crown & Champa Resort for your eco-friendly Maldives holiday, resorts where luxury and sustainability go hand-in-hand.

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Love Valentine’s in the Maldives

February 14, 2020

The Maldives is the epitome of romance, the destination of dream honeymoon resorts and some of the most romantic hotels in the world. Couples escaping to any of the idyllic Crown and Champa Resorts this February will fall head over heels in love with the array of romantic indulgences with which to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Remember though, in the Maldives, every day is Valentine’s Day and love is celebrated throughout the year!

Love Maldives Resorts

Small, intimate resorts such as Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, Hurawalhi Island Resort & Spa and the adults-only Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, are custom-made for romance and couples will delight in the quiet and luxurious surroundings with service that is attentive yet discreet. Couples holidaying at the larger resorts of Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, Meeru Island Resort & Spa, Innahura Maldives Resort and Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa will not be disappointed when it comes to romantic things to do. There are many experiences and excursions tailored for love and plenty of quiet havens to be found around these stunning islands.

Love Romance

The Maldives has all the ingredients for a perfect romantic escape, no matter which resort you choose. From champagne breakfasts at your villa and candlelight dinners on the beach to indulgent couples’ massages at the spa and glorious sunsets sipping your favourite cocktail. Perhaps an exotic excursion to a deserted sandbank for the best day of your wildest dreams or a boat trip to spot dolphins, the choice is yours and, if a surprise treat is your plan, our resorts are experts in being discreet. Always dreamed of a beach wedding in paradise? Dreams come true in the Maldives with all of our resorts offering symbolic wedding ceremonies or exchange of vow events tailored to your requirements.

Love Yourself

Here at Crown and Champa Resorts, we believe in loving yourself too and whether your love is for the ocean, spa treatments or learning new things, a holiday is the perfect chance to take advantage of a little ‘me-time’. If you have a burning ambition to learn to dive or try a new water sport, seize the moment and sign up. Perhaps your own wellness needs to be pushed up the priority list? Join a yoga class, eat healthily from our sumptuous buffets and, above all, find time to relax in the beautiful surroundings.

Get ready to fall in love with the Maldives.

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Loving The Environment

February 14, 2020
kudadoo

The quintessential Maldives environment of pristine beaches, crystal clear lagoons, lush vegetation and a thriving coral reef ecosystem, coupled with luxury resorts, are the ingredients of a perfect holiday for many travellers. With environmental issues at the forefront of global concern, more and more people are citing eco-friendliness as a consideration when choosing a resort.

At Crown and Champa Resorts we place high importance on protecting the natural environment for future generations and constantly strive to reduce the impact our resorts have on the environment. As a testament to our sustainable approach, all our resorts have achieved the Travelife Gold Award. Travelife is dedicated to making holidays more sustainable and looks not only at the green choices resorts make but also the work they do with the local community.

The jewel in our sustainability crown is Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi. Opened in December 2018, it was not only designed and built from sustainable materials, its operations are fully solar-powered. In a country where the sun shines almost every day, it makes environmental sense to harness its power and Hurawalhi Island Resort, Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, Innahura Maldives Resort and Meeru Island Resort & Spa are doing exactly that to meet some of their electricity requirements.

Our desalination and water bottling plants provide each of our resorts with all the water they need, served in re-useable glass bottles, it saves an immense amount of single-use plastic water bottles from entering the environment.

Each department in our resorts plays its part in sustainability: the laundry and housekeeping departments use eco-friendly detergents and re-useable linen bags for laundry collection, with drying taking place naturally. Food and beverage teams source ingredients locally where possible, to support the local community and reduce pollution-related to transporting goods further than necessary – our guests benefit directly from having fresh local produce on the menu. We have teams of gardeners planting trees on our islands and putting their green fingers to use in the greenhouses to grow fruit, vegetables and salad items on site. In the bars, guests will find only environmentally friendly straws when enjoying their drinks.

The marine environment is one of the Maldives’ greatest treasure and regular reef and lagoon clean-ups are organised to help look after the underwater world. Marine Biology Centres located at some of our resorts offer not only education to the rest of our team and guests, they also run sessions for local school children, oversee coral reef regeneration programs and research the populations of manta rays and sea turtles. Worldwide, mantas are listed as a vulnerable species and turtles are endangered, but here in the Maldives, we are very fortunate to have healthy populations of these fascinating marine creatures.

There are many more sustainable practices running through our resorts in the Maldives and they can be found in detail in our Sustainability Report.

If you love the Maldives and love the environment choose a Crown and Champa Resort for your next tropical escape.