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Setting the Standard in Eco-tourism in the Maldives

January 23, 2019
Hurawalhi Solar Power

Throughout the world, people are becoming more conscious of sustainable travelling. There is increased awareness and a concerted effort to find ways of ensuring that tourism is maintained long-term without harming the natural and cultural environment. At Crown & Champa Resorts, we are not only conscious of global environmental issues, but we also acknowledge our responsibility towards the environment.

 

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The Retreat at Kudadoo. The gently sloping roof grates generate electricity.

 

As detailed in our Sustainability Report, we commit to carrying out operations in a sustainable manner and take every step to minimise the operational impact towards preserving the environment in which our resorts operate. We continuously practice this commitment by implementing various measures across our resorts. A great example is Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi. Officially opened in December 2018, Kudadoo is developed by renowned architect Yuji Yamazaki using sustainable building materials. Now, its operations are fully solar powered with environmentally conscious activities and amenities such as The Retreat.

 

5-star Hurawalhi Island Resort offers both luxury and sustainability through the use of solar-power energy, installed on the roofs of the main jetty, 5.8 Undersea Restaurant walkway, and 7 buildings in the team area. Kuredu Island Resort & Spa and Komandoo Island Resort & Spa have put in place greener measures by using reusable linen bags instead of plastic. Meeru Island Resort & Spa and Veligandu Island Resort & Spa have already implemented the use of eco-friendly straws, and Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa practices sustainable fishing practices that allow the continuation of the diverse marine ecology. Across all resorts, guests are informed of the different ways we can all help with sustaining the beauty of the resort and the Maldives.

 

Eco-Friendly rubbish bag

 

As Crown & Champa Resorts, we aim to continue implementing green initiatives such as alternative sources of energy, water bottling plants that reduce plastic consumption, greenhouses, desalination systems, food and water recycling facilities and frequent island, reef and lagoon cleaning projects. Further, we are carrying out a coral re-growth program at the Meeru Coral Garden that aims to revitalise the reefs. With these initiatives in place, we seek to ensure that each of our resorts upholds the standards of our sustainability report for years to come.

 

Past reef cleaning activity

 

For travellers, read our tips on saving water and energy while on holiday here.

 

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Planning the Perfect Family Vacation In The Maldives

January 13, 2019

Planning a wonderful vacation for the entire family can seem daunting. However, armed with these useful tips, it’s possible, even easy to put together a holiday that the whole family will love.

Research

Every vacation starts with proper planning. To get the most out of your vacation, start by doing your research. Is your destination family friendly? Does it have sleeping facilities for kids? Which rooms do you need to book? Are the activities child-friendly? Doing research will help you avoid inconveniences miles away from home. Our family plan for children under 15 years provides discounted rates for rooms, meals and some transfers. On our family-friendly resorts, children can roam about and play on the pristine beach without fear of disturbing anyone. Kuredu Island Resort & Spa’s Private Pool Family Suite, Garden and Beach bungalows accommodate 2 adults and 1 child while Meeru Island Resort & Spa and Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa’s Garden Rooms and Beach Villas accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. The children can have their own day beds, as well as baby cots upon request.

Get the Kids Involved

A great way to get the kids excited about the vacation is to involve them in the process whenever possible. In the days leading up to the vacation, you can learn about your destination together. Visiting the website and browsing together can be useful. This will allow them to ask any questions they may have. It will also lessen their surprise or shock about the destination. Another great tip is to ask them to help you pack for the trip. This will help them get excited about the upcoming adventure.

Plan

Adventure doesn’t have to be spontaneous. Sometimes, a little planning can go a long way. Find out what activities are best for your kids to enjoy and carve out time for them. You may find the island picture perfect and dreamy, but the kids are likely to need more entertainment. Plan for their time to ensure each day brings a different adventure. The wading pool available at Kuredu and the Komas Kids Club at Meeru provide a lovely escape.  The Kids Club at Kuredu for children aged between 3 and 12 has an activity program that ensures a good time throughout. The outdoor play areas are the perfect places for the kids to let loose and make new friends. For ocean adventures, the introductory Scuba diving course at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa for children aged 10 years and above is a must try. There is no boredom in paradise.

Our final tip would be to relax and enjoy, you are in paradise after all. To book your next family vacation, visit the individual resort websites and take advantage of the special offers.

We can’t wait to welcome you!

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A Complete Guide To The Maldives

January 7, 2019
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Leave your shoes behind and explore this tropical paradise. Arguably one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, the Maldives is famed for its endless, un-spoilt beaches, crystal clear waters and beautiful weather. Every year, holidaymakers travel to this wonderful haven, seeking a little rest and restoration. If you are looking to escape to this idyllic destination, here are a few things to consider.

 

The Country

The Maldives is an Asian country located on the Indian Ocean. A tropical island, the weather is usually hot and sunny throughout the year, with skies nearly as blue as the water. Temperatures typically range from 23ºC-31ºC making it suitable for anyone looking for a little sun and sand. Though the best weather is experienced between November and April, it is one of the few countries you can visit all year round.

 

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The Resort

The ideal vacation starts by picking the perfect resort. From expansive, life of the party resorts to quieter, smaller, retreats, there is something for everyone here. Hurawalhi Island Resort’s luxury is unparalleled offering the perfect blend of comfort, serenity and adventure. The newest resort, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island is purposefully created for privacy with the luxury of anything, anywhere, anytime. Not too far off is Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, an adult only resort that is custom made for romance. If you are travelling with family, Meeru Island Resort & Spa and Kuredu Island Resort and Spa are family friendly resorts that make sure every member of the family is well taken care of. Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is a swimmer’s paradise with access to the finest House Reef in the Maldives. The traditional Maldivian Bodu Beru drums welcome you to Veligandu Island Resort & Spa where the charm of the Maldives is mixed with exceptional hospitality to create a unique holiday experience.

 

The Holiday

The Maldives is picture perfect from every angle. Whether you would like to witness the stunning views from the comfort of your porch or to enjoy the numerous excursions on offer at the resorts, is entirely up to you. Your vacation can be as fully packed or as relaxed as you want it to be. You can start the day off with a hearty breakfast at the buffet-style restaurants, grab your fins and explore the lagoon at midday and settle in for a nightcap at the bar. For a little extra pampering, a drop by the Duniye Spa will do you a lot of good. If you would like to learn more about the rich Maldivian history and culture, stop by the museum at Meeru Island Resort & Spa. Additionally, the frequently arranged island visits from each resort will give you an opportunity to interact with the locals.

 

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The Budget

 For a worry-free holiday experience, we recommend taking advantage of the special offers shared on the individual resort websites. Early bird offers enable you to book your holiday well in advance, so start the planning process and save some money! Further, opt for the All Inclusive Packages, as they come with a string of benefits while offering you the best value for money.

 

Now that you have the inside scoop, explore our resorts and book your dream vacation to paradise today.

Choose Crown & Champa Resorts.

Awards News

Crown & Champa Resorts wins Leading CSR Program at Maldives Travel Awards 2018

December 29, 2018
Maldives Travel Awards 2018

In an exclusive soiree on Thursday, December 27, 2018, Crown & Champa Resorts received the ‘Leading CSR Program’ for 2018 in the Maldives Travel Awards. The event, held at Paradise Island Resort, welcomed over 200 industry professionals to celebrate the winners across all 25 categories in the gala edition.

 

The award serves a formal testament of the continuous aim to increase the sustainability of operations through positive contributions to biodiversity conservation, cultural heritage preservation and community development. Within the extensive Sustainability Report is the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to promote local employment and fair trade, support local entrepreneurs, respect local communities, implement policies against commercial exploitation and practice responsible sourcing.

 

Read the full Sustainability Report »

 

5-Star luxury resort, Hurawalhi Island Resort has been bestowed the ‘Leading All-Inclusive Resort’ award, which highlights the resort’s generous and value-for-money plan that allows guests to luxuriate in a carefree getaway in the Maldives. Having been in operation for 2 years, Hurawalhi sets an exemplary path for sustainable luxury and elegance with a traditional Maldivian touch that is rooted in the core values of Crown & Champa Resorts.

 

View Hurawalhi’s complete All Inclusive Plus package »

 

Finally, the Maldives Travel Awards named Duniye Spa the ‘Leading Wellness and Spa Brand’ for 2018, adding to the spa’s stellar reputation as one of the best in the Maldives. Founded in 2002 by a group of international hotel owners, Duniye Spa is a leading spa management and consultancy company in the Maldives and Indian Ocean region. The spa offers a holistic approach to well-being using world-class facilities, natural products and the care provided by each professional therapist.

 

Visit the Duniye Spa website »

 

Crown & Champa Resorts offers guests 40 years of expertise in the hospitality industry. Each resort is individually crafted to reflect its surroundings and heritage, creating getaways filled with authentic beauty and allure, and catering for all types of guests and island experiences.

Awards News

Kudadoo Maldives: World’s Best New Luxury Hotel

December 23, 2018
Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

Newly opened Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi has been named the world’s best new luxury hotel for 2018 by the prestigious, members-only Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI). The independent luxury review site conducted an assessment of the year’s top hotels, published in a recent CNN Travel article, with the private island firmly in the lead.

 

The experts at LTI find that the blend of modern luxury, sustainability and excellence in architectural design make Kudadoo “a truly special and intimate private island resort.” In fact, the accolade reiterates the essential promise of affording precisely what the discerning traveller desires – the luxury of time, space and unhindered connections.

 

Having only been officially open since December 1, 2018, Kudadoo’s commitment to world-class eco-tourism shines through each aspect of the island that it is embedded in and developed together with the renowned architect, Yuji Yamazaki, from 100% solar-powered operations and sustainable building material to environmentally conscious activities, amenities and food.

 

Kudadoo features 13 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom residences located atop an aquamarine lagoon, each with a private infinity pool and a private butler. The all-encompassing AAA concept affords residents at Kudadoo an effortless adventure whenever they wish, the choice to indulge in unscripted culinary treats at any time and anywhere, as well as rest and reset with the help of the various well-being options as often as they like.

 

At Kudadoo, anything is available, at any time and anywhere.

 

LTI is an independent, members-only digital resource for global luxury travel intelligence that identifies the front runners of luxury travel based on a comprehensive algorithm covering 118 touch points with weighted scores. The top 15 new luxury hotels from the worldwide survey include:

 

  1. Kudadoo Private Island, Maldives
  2. Joali, Maldives
  3. Amanyangyun, Shanghai
  4. Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
  5. Zuri, Zanzibar
  6. Chable Maroma, Mexico
  7. Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos
  8. Capella Ubud, Bali
  9. Royal Champagne, Champillon
  10. Como Uma Canggu, Bali
  11. Solaz, Los Cabos
  12. The Murray, Hong Kong
  13. Nobu Hotel, Marbella
  14. Six Senses, Fiji
  15. Hotel Gloria de Sant Jaume, Mallorca

 

Visit www.kudadoo.com and explore the hallmarks of luxurious living.