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5 Tips to Holistic Wellness: On Holiday and At Home

June 20, 2018
Holistic Wellness and Yoga Maldives

In a constantly changing and challenging world, it’s increasingly difficult to live authentically, peacefully and happy. Increasing numbers of burnout and other stress symptoms are alarming. As Renate Hermes, certified Wellness & Transformation Coach, Group Spa Director and Co-Owner of Duniye Spa Group Maldives, says:


“Life is not a straight line, but a wonderful meandering discovery of that powerful place within”


What a better place to be to start that peaceful discovery than in our beautiful islands.

Time away, to an Island far away from the busy life does wonders for the soul, and so does day-to-day activities that enhance mindfulness such as yoga and meditation. Focusing on Wellness and the various ways to reconnect with yourself, the present moment and simple techniques to reinvigorate your sense of wonder, Crown & Champa Resorts and the Duniye Spa Group offer 5 Tips to Holistic Wellness while on holiday, as well as in the comfort of your own home and daily routine.


Kuredu Water Bottles


Tip #5: Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is important in maintaining your wellbeing on a day-to-day level. 70% of the body is made up of water, which keeps the muscles and joints functioning, the brain protected, boosts your immune health, digestion, and even mood.


On Holiday

Each of the Crown & Champa Resorts offers respective amounts of complimentary water in reusable glass bottles per day, per room to keep you hydrated while on holiday in the Maldives. Purchase a unique and branded water bottle from the Gift Shops to carry with you around the Island.

At Home

Set a goal for your daily amount of water intake and stick to it throughout the day, be it at the office with a special water bottle or at home, in between meals and snacks. Setting reminders or placing the water bottle where most visible can help keep you on track and hydrated each day.


Tropical Island Retreat Maldives


Tip #4: Take Time to Unplug

“Unplugging” from the Internet promotes, more than most in this electronic-era, mindfulness of the present moment. It allows you to pause, take in life as it happens and importantly, helps you develop an acute awareness of your own thoughts and feelings.


On Holiday

Some of our Resorts actively promote “unplugging” to appreciate the idyllic destination, such as no-WiFi Zones that allow guests to interact in person. Other ways include a variety of Duniye Spa treatments and rituals, specifically designed to reconnect your body, mind and soul, including Yoga, Meditation, Reiki and Sound Healing.

At Home

Choose a specific time and duration of the day to intentionally unplug and put away all electronic devices. This could be an hour before you start your day, allowing you to set the tone for your day or an hour before you sleep, allowing you to recap on your day, both promoting mindfulness.


Healthy Eating Maldives


Tip #3: Mind What You Eat

Minding what you eat goes beyond diets. It includes learning the origin of the produce you eat, as well as really tasting the various flavor combinations in a meal. This promotes an awareness of your body and the “fuel” it needs to function in a busy world while highlighting what to increase or decrease.


On Holiday

Our Resorts feature organic gardens, where fresh produce is grown and incorporated into the meals served at Buffets and a la carte Restaurants. Guests can participate in an Island Tour to learn how the produce is grown and harvested at each Resort. For specifically vegetarian and gluten-free preferences, the Resorts offer clearly marked stations and labels with delicious cuisine to select from.

At Home

Keep an eye on your organic and non-organic produce, as well as your processed and non-processed goods. Try to include as much plants to meals as possible, as these contain an array of enzymes, vitamins and minerals. A little known secret is the benefits of the Indian herb, Turmeric. Used as a supplement, researchers have found that Turmeric can help restore memory, decrease inflammation and lower blood pressure among many other benefits.


Fun things to do in Maldives


Tip #2: Move the Body Often

Sitting at your desk all day can decrease your blood flow and energy levels, cause back and hip problems and lowers the production of healthy antioxidants. Exercise, including regular stretching, promotes detoxification, oxygenates your cells and keeps your body alive.


On Holiday

Whether you prefer a stroll around the Island after meals, a workout with a view, or adventure sports, Crown & Champa Resorts offers a variety of activities to keep your body alive, including Nature Walks, Bicycle Rentals, fantastic Snorkeling and Diving, as well as Water Sports and fully equipped Fitness Centers.

At Home

Opt for a walk around the office building during your lunch break, or choose the staircase instead of the elevator to keep your body moving. The brief walks to your colleagues’ desk across the hall are just as helpful in keeping your body oxygenated and blood circulation flowing.



Tip #1: Finding a Healthy Balance

The key to incorporating these for holistic wellness is to find the ideal balance for your lifestyle and wellness needs. Be it at home or on a well-deserved holiday, a healthy balance promotes inner and outer wellbeing, mindfulness, healthier relationships with loved ones and productivity.


On Holiday

Striking the right balance on holiday includes choosing the right holiday package for your needs. Our Resorts offer options for a seamless tropical vacation in paradise such as the Full Board and All Inclusive Plus plans to cater to your requirements, where the All Inclusive Plus Plan includes a range of activities to enjoy throughout your stay and keep you active. Still, the Islands certainly provide the ideal atmosphere to relax and unwind, while you take in nature at it’s best.

At Home

With mindfulness and an awareness of what your body, mind and soul needs as key ingredients, day-to-day tasks can be prioritized, filtered to provide more meaning and wellness. This includes social interactions, work projects; personal health and fitness routines; and meaningful relationships with loved ones.



Choose from the best Resorts in the Maldives for your next retreat from the busy world. Choose Crown & Champa Resorts.


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A week dedicated to the Environment and the Ocean in the Maldives

June 11, 2018

World Environment Day on June 5, and World Oceans Day on June 8, marks an eventful week in the Maldives, with our Resorts hosting and participating in educational initiatives towards environmental sustainability in the Maldives under the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution”. The initiatives are designed to create awareness and show support for the annually celebrated events, while advocating and involving guests and staff in our daily commitment towards a sustainable future.


5-Star Hurawalhi Island Resort combines sustainability and luxury in the Maldives with by solar-powered energy, paper straws and glass bottle. The eco-friendly Resort hosted a special nature walk around the Island and planted two new Banyan Trees. The highlights of the week included a presentation by Kirsty, Resident Marine Biologist, snorkeling on a coral reef and a visit to an uninhabited island for a beach cleanup on World Oceans Day.



At Kuredu Island Resort & Spa and Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, greener measures and operations are a daily exercise, where reusable straws and linen bags are used instead of plastic. Guests and staff are continuously informed and engaged on the various ways to help contribute to sustaining the beauty of each Resort and the Maldives as one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.



Each hand counts in the efforts to creating awareness and making positive change. For Meeru Island Resort & Spa, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa and Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, guests and staff members join the engaging activities of the week, such as tree planting, lagoon and reef cleaning, as well as educational Back-of-House Tours and Nature Walks. The Resorts incorporate the ongoing tasks towards a sustainable future with an insightful experience of daily operations, where guests can see first-hand, how the water is bottled into our recyclable glass water bottles.


Crown & Champa Resorts is committed towards preserving the Maldives and global environment through sustainable operations and various green initiatives. These initiatives include alternative sources of energy; water-bottling plants to reduce plastic consumption; food and water recycling facilities; a collection of greenhouses and desalination systems; and frequent island, reef and lagoon cleaning projects.

Read our full Sustainability Report here »


To find out how you can help while on holiday in the Maldives, download your free copy of the 5 quick tips to saving water & energy.


Celebrating World Turtle Day 2018 the Maldivian Way

May 24, 2018
Kuredu Turtle Release with Olive Ridley Project

World Turtle Day, May 23, is an annually observed awareness day that aims to raise attention, knowledge and respect for turtles around the world. Here, in the Maldives, precious Sea Turtles are one of the frequently spotted residents of the underwater world.


Guests who enjoy snorkeling and diving around the lagoons often spot the 5 Sea Turtle species that are most prominent in the Maldives. Namely, the Green Sea Turtle, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead and Leatherback.


Although these have been spotted all around the various Atolls, the Lhaviyani Atoll is known as the hub for Green and Hawksbill Sea Turtles. So far, 170 Green Sea Turtles and 103 Hawksbill Turtles have been identified. Hawksbill Turtles are known to frequent Komandoo Island Resort & Spa’s House Reef, where 24 of the 103 identified in the atoll were spotted.


Kuredu Island Resort & Spa dedicated the day towards educational tours and the highlight of the day, the release of rehabilitated Sea Turtles with Dr. Stephanie Köhnk, the resident Sea Turtle Biologist and Olive Ridley Project team member.


Guests from 5-Star Hurawalhi Island Resort were also in attendance for the special occasion. Hurawalhi has aptly listed Turtle Snorkeling with Marine Biologist as one of their must-do Bucket List holiday experiences.



Kuredu Turtle Release with Olive Ridley Project

Image by ProDivers Maldives at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa


Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles have been spotted more in the Ari Atoll, were Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is located in the southern most part of the Atoll. The Resort, known for its fantastic House Reef and marine life, hosted an educational presentation with guidelines to observe when swimming with Sea Turtles, whether snorkeling or diving.


Meeru Island Resort & Spa recently introduced the Turtle Explorer Excursion, designed to bring you closer to these ancient creatures in a respectful and mindful way. Guests can explore two of the best reefs of North Male’ Atoll including Turtle Reef.


Crown & Champa Resorts across the Atoll are continuously providing guidelines, information and educational tours to raise awareness on our shelled friends. Most notably, the Resorts have made efforts towards protecting Sea Turtles together with organizations such as the Olive Ridley Project, Olive Ridley Project, Marine Savers, Prodivers Maldives, Ocean Group Maldives and Euro-Divers Maldives.


Read our 8 quick facts and trivia about Sea Turtles for more information.


NatGeo Travel Photograph at Mirihi Island Goes Viral

May 6, 2018
NatGeo ravel Photographer Contest Mohamed Shareef Mirihi Island

Chasing Lunch: “A baby black-tip reef shark swims through a swarm of silver sprats at lunch time in the lagoon of Mirihi Island in Maldives.” – Mohamed Shareef


A recent photograph by Mohamed Shareef, General Manager at Mirihi Island, Maldives has gone viral across established online publications such as The Washington Post, The Daily Mail and The Telegraph. National Geographic editors consider the entry one of the best and one of their TOP picks for the contest so far.


The photograph, which was entered into the Nature category of the contest, displays a single baby black-tip reef shark swimming through a swarm of sliver sprats in the Island’s crystal clear lagoon, where they learn how to feed in a nursery.


Mirihi Island is located in the South Ari Atoll, reachable from Velana International Airport on a 30-minute picturesque seaplane flight. After having been freshly renovated and reopened in December 2014, the small paradise combines modern and traditional elements with a new shine while still maintaining its unique Maldivian character.


Voting opens from June 11 – 15, on the NatGeo Travel website for you to choose your favorite photographs from each category. Voters will also be able to select the Peoples’ Choice winners. In addition to the prestigious title, the overall winner will also receive a grand prize of US$10,000 and be featured on NatGeo Travel Instagram.


Remember to vote for the iconic capture by Mohamed Shareef, General Manager at Mirihi Island as the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest.

Secrets to Success

Secrets to Successful Human Resource Management

May 4, 2018

Recruiting and retaining skilled employees is an essential part of the Hospitality Industry, so much so that Resorts & Hotels invest most of their resources on HR Departments to find the right talent and ensure existing employees are well cared for.


Liezette S. Robles, Human Resource Manager for award-winning Crown & Champa Resorts (CCR) has been with the group for over 7 years and offers insightful secrets to success in Human Resources in the Maldives.


Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Liezette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of the City of Manila (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila). She has extensive experience in the Human Resources Departments of various Resorts & Hotels, including the start of her career at El Nido Resorts in Makati, Philippines in 1995; La Cigale Hotel in Doha, Qatar in 2008; and then joining Crown & Champa Resorts in 2010.


The extensive experience provides keen insight into the changes in Human Resources, especially in the Hospitality industry and in the Maldives. “A lot has changed and improved in the recruitment process. Policies and procedures were not followed as strictly as they should have and often no standard forms were established,” she adds.


Over the years, CCR has only further grown as a leading group in the Travel & Hospitality Industry of the Maldives. The need to stay up-to-date with policies, regulations and procedures is crucial to a seamless HR Department and to help in finding the right talent.


In her advise to HR Managers, Recruiters and companies looking to improve their employee retention and general wellness of employees, Liezette lists the following:


  1. Build a good network with other Resorts and trusted recruitment agencies.
  2. Follow standard procedures and policies in the recruitment process.
  3. Use interviews as a more personal and in-depth approach to selecting candidates.
  4. Foster an open-door corporate culture that encourages employees to communicate.
  5. Walk-the-talk and follow what you implement.


CCR treats its employees as a family. Most of the long serving employees feel that they have found a second home in CCR. The open door policy is also a big advantage. Anyone can speak directly to the CEO or even the Owners. That makes the staff feel heard, valued, important and mostly, that they belong.


Crown & Champa Resorts’ core values are the foundation of HR Departmental goals, resulting in some of the top reasons why CCR employees are happy to work within the group. These values also provide for the health, educational, lifestyle and professional wellbeing of employees, as well as the overall growth of the group.


Start making improvements within your own department. Read the 5 common hiring mistakes and how to fix them, for successful recruitment and essentially, higher employee retention and employee wellness.