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Scuba Diving in the Maldives

October 22, 2018
Scuba Diving in Maldives

With over 700 varieties of fish that have been seen around the lovely coral reefs and atolls of the Maldives, Scuba Diving is one of the best ways to experience the spectacular underwater world. Crown & Champa Resorts offers the ideal opportunity to start your diving adventure, expand your knowledge of our marine life or add a few more dives to your log.

 

The teams of professional and friendly dive instructors on the islands are ready to make your stay in the Maldives an unforgettable one!

 

In the South Ari Atoll, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa and Mirihi Island Resort are the ideal locations to start your scuba diving adventures. With a plethora of tropical fish, the atoll also offers sightings of the majestic Whale Shark and Manta Rays. The house reefs are spectacular with budding corals and located a short swim from the shores. The atoll also offers prime dive sites such as Kuda Rah Thila, Broken Rock and a variety of shipwrecks to explore.

 

Although Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is located in one of the relatively smaller atolls, the North Ari Atoll, there are 18 dive sites on offer. The atoll is famous for the abundance of reef sharks and dive sites that range from easy-going to more challenging for experienced divers. The types of dive sites include thilas, channels, walls and reefs such as the premier dive sites of the Atoll, the Rasdhoo Reef and Madivaru Corner.

 

Euro-Divers Meeru Island

Courtesy of Euro-Divers Meeru Island

 

Meeru Island Resort & Spa in the North Male Atoll offers boat dives to all the best dive sites in the atoll, including Fairytale Reef, Helegeli Thila and Lankan Manta Point with the Manta Trust Marine Biologist. With the ongoing Manta research, each day presents a new opportunity to log as many manta sightings as possible.

 

Over in the Lhaviyani Atoll, popularly known as the sea turtle hub, dozens of hawksbill and green sea turtles have been recorded on Komandoo Island Resort & Spa’s House Reef. Kuredu Island Resort & Spa is located near the aptly named Kuredu Express and Kuredu Caves that are filled with an abundance of marine life, including eagle rays, grey reef sharks, large schools of jackfish, giant sweetlips, napoleons, green sea turtles and stingrays.

 

The rocky dive site, Mashura is one of the famous out reefs on the eastern end of the Lhaviyani Atoll, ideal for diving guests at Hurawalhi Island Resort. Here, you can expect to see many scorpion fish and honeycomb moray eels, humpback snappers, yellow snappers, cleaner shrimp, sweetlips and red-tailed butterfly fish.

 

Book your stay at any of the resorts by clicking on the name and add a fantastic underwater experience to your holiday in the Maldives.

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Visit Crown & Champa Resorts at ITB Asia 2018

October 16, 2018
Maldives Travel CCR

 

Award-winning hospitality group in the Maldives, Crown & Champa Resorts will be exhibiting at this year’s most anticipated trade show in the Asia Pacific. ITB Asia is held from October 17 – 19, 2018 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Visit booth number P41 for a look at the group’s latest offerings and products.

 

Now in the 11th year, ITB Asia brings together travel and hospitality professionals for a three-day, B2B convention that attracts international exhibitors of all sectors within the travel and hospitality, including Asia Pacific’s leading travel companies, and emerging small and medium-sized enterprises.

 

In 2017, ITB Asia hosted over 940 exhibitors from 113 countries, which was an 11% increase from the previous year. Other highlights include over 22,000 business appointments recorded during the show and a spectacular 77% growth from its first edition.

 

Much like the parent event – ITB Berlin – the trade show is designed to be the main event for the Asia Pacific travel industry. ITB Asia offers opportunities for professionals and experts to showcase a variety of products, establish global contacts and reach, as well as discuss the rapidly growing market.

 

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

 

Visit the Crown & Champa Resorts at booth number P41.

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Coming Soon: Innahura and Kudadoo Private Island Maldives

October 5, 2018
Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

Award-winning Crown & Champa Resorts will be adding two new resorts in the Lhaviyani Atoll of Maldives by December 2018, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi and Innahura Maldives Resort. These bring the total to 9 resorts in the collection, offering a truly diverse guest experience with each resort exuding its own unique personality and charm.

 

Freedom Reimagined at Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

As the first top-end 5-star, truly all-inclusive, resort in the Maldives, Kudadoo ensures a secluded getaway purposefully crafted for an exclusive experience and luxury redefined. The private island comes alive with effortless adventures with the motto ‘anything, anytime, anywhere’. Personal butlers are available 24 hours a day to assist in making this possible by facilitating authentic experiences that capture the senses.

 

The resort comprises of just 15 over-water Ocean Residences, each with a 44sqm terrace pool, and additional accommodation for guests’ personal staff as part of the seamless experience.

 

“With Kudadoo, we wanted to create an experience that would reflect the natural beauty of the Maldives while being environmentally conscious; the resort is purely powered by solar panels, and innovates the all-inclusive landscape in the Maldives; with the introduction of an all-inclusive that covers everything on the resort. The resort will also offer the first Himalayan Salt Room to the Maldives at the wellness spa.” – Martin Vossen, CEO of Crown & Champa Resorts.

 

Here, Life is Easy: Innahura Maldives Resort

Innahura introduces a more affordable experience of the Maldives. This newly built 3-star island resort boasts 78 Beach Bungalows complemented by an overwater bar, main bar and a wholesome buffet style restaurant at the shore – a getaway for the fun loving young and naturally young at heart.

 

The resort offers a cost-effective option that includes an easy atmosphere, laidback environment and a touch of local Maldivian flavours. The All-inclusive Easy programme is an affordable package designed with this approach in mind, where guests can enjoy a hassle free holiday and the option to add their favourite drinks, snacks, experiences and activities to their package.

 

“We wanted to open up the Maldives to a whole new market, in order to ensure Innahura is an affordable option we decided to give travellers the quintessential Maldives holiday alongside the power to choose what they want in their holiday AI package. The AI Easy package was created as an essential selection of food, drinks and non-motorised activities, as a result the resort doesn’t follow the traditional AI package, which is filled with things guests don’t really need and don’t always use or enjoy. The new AI Easy package allows guests to choose what they want as extras, fit this into their budget and have a minimal fuss getaway.” – Martin Vossen, CEO of Crown & Champa Resorts.

 

Both resorts further accentuate the growing collection of resorts, with the aim to cater to a diverse range of travel needs, experiences and preferences in the Maldives. Guest will be able to choose from 3-Star to 5-Star, boutique and private island destinations for their holiday, all offering the best value-for-money and exceptional service that Crown & Champa Resorts is known for.

 

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Secrets to Successful Training & Development in the Maldives

September 20, 2018

Zakariyya “Zaki” Easa, Training & Development Manager for award-winning Crown & Champa Resorts has been with the company for over 19 years and offers insightful secrets to success in Training & Development in the Maldives.

 

Training & Development is an essential department in any organization, where employees are further equipped with a range of skills designed to enhance their job performance and shape their overall career goals. In the Hospitality Industry, resorts and hotels further invest their resources on training employees, and most importantly, developing the necessary skills within the company.

 

Born and raised in the Maldives, Zaki holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Open University of Malaysia; a Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Honours from the University of Toulouse in France (via Taylor’s University of Malaysia); and has maintained a successful track record working in various departments of the hospitality industry.

 

He has grown in his career with Crown & Champa Resorts during the past 19 years, focusing on all the operational departments from junior levels to executive levels. His multifaceted management skills include the highest level of compliance-based activities, such as Implementation and HACCP/Food Safety Training, and currently leading the Training and Development team representing the entire award-winning group.

 

Zaki’s acute knowledge and experience allows him to observe the various changes in the training processes employed by various companies in the Maldives, ‘the perspective of Employee Training and Development has drastically changed over the years in Maldives, from least valued sector to the most vital strategic business tool towards a necessary competitive edge’, he mentions. He further emphasises the need to have skilled trainers at the various Crown & Champa Resorts properties.

 

“To sustain business success, quality standards and continuity of service improvements at a competitive edge, multi-skilled and experienced trainers are vital. Their partnership is inseparable from a company’s business strategies and the business plans.”

 

Open communication and genuine partnership are some of the reasons why the Training & Development Department at Crown & Champa Resorts is so successful and essentially, one of the leading teams in the Maldives. Zaki finds that although each company is unique, very few keep the global workforce in mind when creating training portfolios. Key factors such as cultural and generational differences in the workforce affect how receptive an employee is to any training activity.

 

There are many facets to understanding the factors that affect an employee’s development within a company. Zaki mentions, ‘not having clear expectations at an operational level, as well as a career and succession plan.’ He further states that career goals serve as a fundamental motivational tool for any employee who wants to work in this industry. ‘A development plan with a realistic time frame builds trusted social contract between employees and employers’, he adds. This plan eventually helps to sustain continuous service improvements by retaining qualified and experience employees.

 

Crown & Champa Resorts offer a variety of development programmes for the benefit of the employee, the company and our guests. These include a Sponsorship Programme for in-house staff, Graduate Management Training Programme, as well as Departmental and Inter-Resort Cross Exposure Programme.

 

“Apart from basic education qualification, good behaviour, a positive attitude, flexibility and a passionate for your work. The ideal scholarship programme candidate is a person who loves to learn and improve knowledge/skills, is results oriented and a people’s person.”

 

Find out more about one of the successful recipients of a Crown & Champa Resorts scholarship here.

 

Download our 5 ways to improve your Training & Development Methods and enhance your own teams… the Crown & Champa Resorts way.

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Destination Maldives: The Idyllic Islands

September 5, 2018
Maldives Islands

The Maldives has been awarded several international accolades over the years attesting to the sheer beauty of the Islands, as well as a hint at what makes the country one of the TOP travel destinations in the world. The awards include: Best Honeymoon Destination, Best Sea Destination, Best Travel Destination, World’s Leading Beach Destination, World’s Leading Dive Destination and Indian Ocean’s Best Spa Destination.

 

In the archipelago of coral islands, grouped into 26 atolls, the Maldives is purely surrounded by the pristine Indian Ocean. Each Island boasts its own charm and beauty, which saw the first tourist arrivals in 1972 completely engulfed with the idyllic paradise. The Tourism Industry of Maldives continued to grow at an exceptional rate with almost 800 establishments to date across all atolls catering to the increasing number of tourist arrivals each year.

 

Vilamendhoo Maldives

 

The Islands

With sand as soft as powder, spanning around the Island, The Maldives calls for a “no shoes, no news” lifestyle. Travelers enjoy the barefoot luxuries afforded by Resorts that make up the entirety of each Island. Days are spent under swaying palm trees along the beach and the sound of the shore inviting you for a swim.

 

Another captivating reason why the Maldives is the perfect holiday destination is the crystal clear lagoon that surrounds each Island. The pristine shades of blue ranging from sparkling turquoise to royal blue are inviting enough for a swim and often times, to explore the colorful marine life that lies beneath.

 

Kuredu Maldives

 

The Marine Life

The shallow lagoons are perfect for snorkeling, while the reef walls offer a variety of sea life for more experienced divers to explore. The fantastic underwater diversity includes lively corals and over 2000 species of fish, ranging from Sea Turtles, Reef Fish and Reef Sharks to Moray Eels, Rays and Whale Sharks.

 

Maldives Underwater

 

The People

Hospitality and Service are some of the subtlest yet important reasons why travelers return to the Islands, year after year; the warmth and friendliness of staff, the personalized service and authentic culture, as well as the artful touches that make each stay unforgettable.

 

Veligandu Island

 

Leading Hotel & Resorts Group in the Maldives, Crown & Champa Resorts combines the natural and authentic charm of an untouched tropical Island, with specially designed accommodation and experiences to suit each traveler’s needs. The properties place emphasis on the Maldivian hospitality that makes the Islands more than just a popular holiday destination, for many, the Maldives become a second home.

 

Meeru Island Maldives

 

Crown & Champa Resorts properties are located in the North Male’ Atoll, Meeru Island Resort & Spa; the Ari Atoll, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa in the North, as well as Mirihi Island Resort and Vilamendhoo island Resort & Spa in the South; the capital city of Male’, Champa Central Hotel; and the Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island Resort, Kuredu Island Resort & Spa and Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, as well as Kudadoo Private Island by Hurawalhi Island Resort and Innahura Island Resort coming soon.