On May 23, 2019, the world observes World Turtle Day. This is an annual observance that is marked to celebrate and create awareness on the need for the protection of turtles from their disappearing habitats across the world. In the Maldives, the tropical waters are home to many of the seven species of sea turtles. Guests travel from far and wide to explore the sea in search of these wonderful creatures.
Across our properties, there are opportunities to spot sea turtles. Green Sea Turtles can be frequently observed in Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, where there is seagrass aplenty. In neighbouring Komandoo Island Resort & Spa’s house reef, you are likely to eye Green Sea Turtles as well as Hawksbill Sea Turtles. Turtle Reef, a dive site just off Innahura Maldives Resort, is the location where 48 Hawksbill Sea Turtles were spotted in a single dive! In the south, Loggerhead Sea Turtles and Leatherback Turtles have been spotted in the South Ari Atoll waters where Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is located. Most of our resorts have excursions that allow you to hopefully spot these gentle creatures.
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. Plastic bags can be mistaken for food and when ingested, potentially lead to death by blocking the sea turtle’s intestines.
As part of our Sustainability Plan, we are committed to having a minimal operational impact on the environment within which our resorts operate. This means taking care of the natural environment to ensure that sea turtles and other marine life do not lose their homes. Secondly, we also create awareness throughout our resorts on avoiding plastic pollution and respecting marine life.
Read our sustainability plan here and more about sea turtles here.
Happy World Turtle Day!
A few months after its grand opening, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island has been listed on the highly acclaimed Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List 2019. The definitive list is compiled after scouting five hundred hotels from across the six continents and recognises the best new hotels in the world. Condé Nast Traveler writes that:
“Ultimately, the hotels that land on this list are the absolute best of the best; the game-changing, boundary-pushing, vacation-making openings that are so good, we’re already dreaming about going back.”
The first ever Himalayan Salt Chamber in the Maldives
Kudadoo’s all-encompassing AAA concept, spectacular design, one of a kind spa, remarkable unscripted dining, and sustainability efforts are just some of the few things that make it stand out. Guests are afforded the luxury of effortless adventures where anything is possible.
The Retreat in Kudadoo
In similar great news, Kudadoo is also a finalist in the Hospitality Design Magazine’s 15th annual HD Awards, a premier competition that celebrates the best in hospitality project and product design. This is a great testament to the great work that Crown & Champa Resorts together with architect Yuji Yamazaki did to create a stunning and sustainable resort.
Read more about the award-winning Kudadoo, here.
At Crown and Champa Resorts, our goal is to exceed expectations by providing a unique combination of outstanding accommodations and exceptional service so as to accomplish our vision of being recognised as the most successful hotel and resort management group in the Maldives. With the recent opening of Innahura Maldives Resort, we are making great strides towards our vision.
Innahura Maldives Resort finally opened its doors, welcoming the first guests to the unpretentious gem tucked in the heart of Lhaviyani Atoll. The guests were met with song and dance, fresh towels and refreshing Kurumba drinks. As the staff welcomed them to the sound of the beating Bodu Beru Drums, the smiles on everyone’s faces were a great sign of the joyful moments to come.
At Innahura, life is easy. The 3-Star resort affords guests the opportunity to have a holiday that is as adventurous or as laid-back as they please. Combining the quintessential sun, sand and sea elements with a traditional Maldivian twist, Innahura allows travellers of all ages to appreciate the beauty of the Maldives. Here, guests will enjoy authentic experiences that come without a hefty price tag.
Boasting of 78 Beach Bungalows, a stunning restaurant, two well-stocked bars, a Prodivers centre, watersports centre, spa, and a well-equipped gym, Innahura is a dream Maldivian getaway. Furthermore, the joyful Innahura team is always at hand to anticipate and meet the guests’ needs.
Experience Innahura Maldives Resort for yourself and enjoy the easy life!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!