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Music Lovers Guide To The Maldives

November 14, 2020
Music in Maldives

Music is one of the best ways to experience the Maldivian culture and tradition. The most common and famous form of music in the Maldives is boduberu drumming and singing, which has become part of the Maldivian identity. Boduberu means a big drum. This traditional music is performed by 15 people and starts with a slow beat and with a soft tempo and increments until it becomes very fast-paced drumming. The boduberu performers wear a traditional sarong and a white short-sleeved shirt. Both men and women sing and dance to the drumming.

 

Maldives Music Through Out The Years

Even though boduberu is the most popular type of music in the Maldives there is a lot more to Maldivian music to than the only boduberu. Maldives traditional poetic styles lhen (poems), fairihi (Rhyme), raivaru (toddy tapper songs), bandhi are also part of the Maldivian culture. In the 1980s the Maldivian music was heavily influenced by Indias Hindi songs. The 80s and 90s generation watched Indian movies, Hindi songs and the majority of the people understand Hindi. But many famous singers and musicians tried to create original music.

Arguably the most influential band ever in the Maldives is Zero Degree. Formed in 1988, the band created its album by travelling across archipelago islands recording natural rhythm beats to capture the island lifestyle and culture. These cultural rhythms ranged from, early morning birdcalls, the swishing of winnowing rice ashore, and many more. With these unique styles, Zero Degree released two albums, “Dhoni” and “Island Pulse”. Zero Degree also gained fame internationally is well known for its locally influenced music and tunes invoking the Maldivian culture and heritage.

The modern Maldivian artists perform electronic dance music, rap music, and modern boduberu groups have revied old tales and sagas and made into new exciting music pieces. Now again, music is more than a form of entertainment, it’s an integral part of the heritage and a way to express themselves. Development of tourism and the hospitality industry paved the career for many musicians and the local talents are widely appreciated throughout the industry. Now live music and DJ have become a livelihood for many local artists. Listening to live music in the Maldives during your beach holiday is sure to be a memory you’ll keep for years to come. Come experience Maldivian music with us.


Meet Musician Mezzo and his Guitar at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa this December 2020.
Mohamed Majid, popularly known as Mezzo, is playing at Kuredu Resort Maldives since Kuredu’s reopening. A well-known musician in the Maldives, Mezzo has also performed at gigs around the world, including South Africa, Europe and Seychelles, and his music has been featured on MTV. Learn more »

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Yachting in the Maldives

October 10, 2020

The Maldives is 99% ocean. Situated near the equator, the archipelago with atolls and its island dotting across the Indian ocean and is draped in 365 days of summer, with white sandy palm-fringed tropical islands above the water and an amazing underwater world below the waves. This makes the Maldives a top, year-round destination to experience yachting.

The properties of the Crown & Champa Resorts offer our guests many experiences when it comes to yachting in the Maldives. The resorts facilitate private yachting with POA and excursion packages.

Many ways to yacht in the Maldives,

  • Chase the sunset. Be it romance or at the end of a dive trip, sunset cruising is a popular option our guests love.
  • The yachts make another location to renew your wedding vows and take wedding photography ( Tell the world you had a beach wedding, a wedding on a yacht, a wedding on a sandbank and even underwater. Ask your resort how they can accommodate multiple wedding ceremonies during your stay in the Maldives)
  • Go on a diving excursion.
  • Travelling with friends? have your get-togethers onboard.

Island hop with Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi’s Bella

Yachting in Kudadoo

Bespoke excursions, romantic celebrations and luxurious transfers. Ask your butler to make Bella whisk you away on adventures that are limited only by your imagination.

Bella is a Princess 55 Motor Yacht, built by the Princess Yachts. Luxuriously spacious with interiors etho the Flybridge range flows.

www.kudadoo.com | Discover Bella and her wanderlust itinerates 

Yachting with Hurawalhi Maldives Island

Yachting in Hurawalhi

Set your adventurous spirit free by chartering Bella, Hurawalhi’s luxury yacht. Guest can choose a few hours, or an entire day, aboard the impeccably designed vessel for bespoke excursions and experiences. Cruise with your loved one, cruise the atolls or tailor-make your trips and arrange an inter-island transfer.

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Yachting at Kagi Maldives Spa Island

Yachting in Kagi Maldives

From luxury day sailing to full moon cruising across the Indian ocean, yachting will be an option for guests to enjoy in Kagi, the well-being focused resort.

www.kagimaldives.com | Kagi is open for reservation

Yachting with Veligandu, the secluded island

Yachting in Veligandu

Veligandu’s Gadha (lovingly named as the strong-one-of-the ocean in Dhivehi), is a tastefully appointed Nomad 65 by Gulf Craft. 

65ft long and 18ft wide, the three-deck modern customized luxury motor yacht comprise of three guest cabins on the lower deck, fully air-conditioned living area, a bar along with a kitchen on the middle deck and an open air space at the top deck to wallow in the breath-taking ocean views.

Gadha is available for day-long Ari atoll cruising, for dive and snorkelling trips, gourmet dinner cruising at sunset and a choice of deep-sea sailing options for romance, star gazing and relaxation.

www.veligandu.com | Ask your island host or reservations for bespoke itineraries  

Cruise the sea in full sail with Komandoo

Yachting in Komandoo

The Maldives truly adults-only resort, Komandoo Island Resort & Spa offers a choice of fantastic opportunities and exploration options aboard the classic motor sailing yacht Britt, in full sail. Excursions can be booked while on the island through your resort champion. Popular with guests are full-day atoll sailing in the Lhaviyani with sunbathing, snorkelling and diving.

www.komandoo.com | Ask your resort champion during your stay for itineraries 

Tailored cruising aboard Meeru’s Norah

Yachting in Meeru

Norah is a Princess 62 Motor Yacht, built by the Princess Yachts with elegantly appointed interiors and takes guests exploring the north Maldives. Let Norah take on excursions to snorkel through the most picturesque reefs and experience spectacular marine life, visit sandbanks and chase sunsets. The yacht is also available for transfers to arrive or depart in privacy, convenience, comfort and style.

www.meeru.com | Contact [email protected] for details. Learn more

Go on an Ocean Discovery tour on Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa’s Goma

Yachting in Vilamendhoo

Spend a full day out at sea, hopping in and out of the ocean, searching for the hidden gems that the South Ari atoll is famous for, including majestic whale sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, reef sharks, with Vilamendhoo’s beautiful wooden yacht Gomafulhu (meaning beautiful lady in descriptive Dhivehi). With the beauty Goma cruising in full sail, this wooden motor yacht offers a unique experience to dive trips and leisure cruising.

www.vilamendhoo.com | Contact [email protected] for details. Learn more about the Ocean Discovery Tour.

Atoll cruising with Kuredu

Yachting in Kuredu

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa offers sailing excursions on board the wooden yacht ‘Britt’ which becomes one of the many guests’ holiday highlight. The yacht excursion itinerary starts off with breakfast on board, cruise through the waters past uninhabited islands, a local island, sandbanks and stunning lagoons, mid-day anchoring in one of the calm lagoons to serve guest lunch.

www.kuredu.com | Learn more

Yachting is one of the many ways guests at Crown & Champa Resorts let you discover the joy of sailing. All our resorts boast deep sea fishing boats, traditional yet motorized Maldivian Dhonis for excursions and speed boats to experience the joy of ocean cruising.

 

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Golf in Maldives: Perfect your Swing in tropical paradise

September 5, 2020
Golf in Maldives

If you are a seasoned golfer or a beginner, Crown & Champa Resorts offer fantastic golf experiences, including large courses, driving ranges and ‘au courant’ golf clubs on the islands, making them the best choices for golf enthusiasts in the Maldives!

Perfect your swing at the Maldives’ first golf course in Kuredu Island Resort, Maldives or enjoy the 9-hole Pitch & Putt Golf Course at the Meeru Island Resort & Spa

Kuredu Resort & Spa

Golf in Maldives

Kuredu Resorts & Spa golf club is located on the eastern portion of the island, surrounded by palm trees, playing golf could not be any more peaceful than it is here. Kuredu Golf Club boasts a full-size driving range and a large Hux – ley putting green to perfect your stroke. 

If you have never associated golf with the Maldives, Kuredu Resort Maldives is proud to introduce you to yet another trendsetting activity in this island nation. The resorts’ golf club allows guests to fit in a golfing fix between leisurely days at the beach and spa visits during their stay. 

Kuredu Golf shop, fully equipped with Kuredu golf merchandising for fanatics and Kuredu also has a golf bar to rest after sensational golf round or to watch your favourite sports matches live on satellite TV.

Guest in sister resorts – Hurawalhi, Kudadoo and Komandoo can enjoy a round of golf in Kuredu gold club, which is 10mins speed boat transfer away.

Meeru Island Resort & Spa

Golf in Maldives

Located in the centre of the island, next to the Golf Driving Range and Putting Green, you can play 9 holes over 480 yards on this 2000 sqm course (21,000 sq. ft.).

Golf Lessons on the driving range or on the golf course can be scheduled from Sports Center. Fun golf and tournaments are scheduled each week. Clubs and balls are available for rent from the Sports Center. A range of golf accessories, including Meeru logo golf caps, shirts and balls are available for purchase at the Resort Gift Shop.

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Maldives – The Fun Islands

July 10, 2020

An unforgettable family adventure awaits in the Maldives. On the pristine beaches, the whole family can vacation in the sun. The crystal-clear ocean, promises an endless array of escapades, above the water in kayaks or diving to snorkelling below even for younger guests. These Crown & Champa Resorts offer the perfect balance of beautiful surroundings and family-oriented facilities to make your vacation a break to remember.

One of the largest islands in the Maldives, with distinct family-friendly and adult-friendly areas, Kuredu Island Resort & Spa offers vast room on land for play.The islands Kid’s Club is an idyllic hub for kids to have fun and make new friends with supervised activities. With a world-class tennis court, golf range and football field available, kids can take part in their favourite sports while on vacation. To help in finding Nemo, the professional dive and watersports centre is one of the largest in the region, and the team is on hand to equip your young ones with the skills they need for exploration. Kuredu’s is also boasts an active culinary scene with fourteen bars and restaurants to serve your appetite.

Meeru Island Resort & Spa guarantees a quintessential beach holiday that the whole family will enjoy. A speedboat away from the airport, Meeru is easily accessible, particularly after a long flight. The large island surrounded by stretches of powder-soft beach will enchant every member of your family.Days in Meeru can be spent lounging on the beach, swimming in the family pool that comes with a wading pool for kids, enjoying refreshing snacks from Meeru Café, playing table tennis with the staff, or learning about Maldivian culture in Meeru Museum. Don’t miss the large whale skeleton outside the museum for unique vacation pictures.

Pack your spirit of adventure and head over to Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa to discover the true colours of the Maldives. This dive resort, with separate family facilities, is perfect for all kinds of adventures.Vilamendhoo boasts of a magnificent house reef, and proximity to whale shark spots all year round. A variety of excursions on offer, such as Family Adventure and Ocean Discovery, grant you the opportunity to spot these and other magnificent marine creatures.The dive centre on the island also offers introductory diving courses for children.

 

Experiences Heart of CCR

Celebrating World Turtle Day

May 22, 2020

World Turtle Day is May 23rd each year and is celebrated throughout the world.  This annual observance is held to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Though turtles have existed more than 100 million years, outliving dinosaurs, they are rapidly disappearing. Sea turtles, in particular face several threats from plastic pollution to the destruction of feeding and nesting sites.

Five of the world’s seven species of sea turtle call Maldives home, including the endangered Olive Ridley. Almost half of all the identified green sea turtles in the Maldives live in Lhaviyani Atoll, where Crown & Champa Resorts  has five of its properties and nearly all of them can be found around the Kuredu Island Resort   hose reef. In neighboring Komandoo Island Resort & Spa’s house reef, you are most likely see Green Sea Turtles as well as Hawksbill Sea Turtles.

At all of our properties, it is common for guests’ snorkeling or diving to come across these graceful creatures. Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, well-known for whale shark spotting in the South Ari Atoll is also close to the world renowned Turtle Reef.  Hawkbills Sea Turtles and Green sea turtle can be seen all year round around Veligandu Island Resort & Spa.

All Crown & Champa Resorts are on the watch for ghost nets when out at sea and as seen in a recent video from Meeru Island Resort & Spa, this vigilance rescued a Maldivian sea turtle. Education is a must to ensure turtle conservation. At Hurawalhi Maldives, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, Komandoo Island Resort and Kuredu, guests can participate in adopting a turtle with the Olive Ridley Project. We will continue to rescue, protect turtles and conserve their natural habitat for them.

How to Swim with Sea Turtles

For almost a hundred million years sea turtles and their ancestors have roamed the oceans. However these Though  tough survivors are classified as endangered and their future is uncertain. To pay respect to them, us and your descendants, please observe our code of conduct:

  • Do not disrupt the turtles’ natural behaviour!
  • Do not touch them! They can feel through their carapace and hate to be touched!
  • Do not prevent them from taking a breath of air on the surface, they can drown immediately!
  • Do not provoke them! If you do, you’re likely to experience one of world’s most powerful bites.
  • There is no best way to ride a turtle. Do not even think about it!

Source: Olive Ridley Project