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7 Things Your Travel Bucket List Should Include in 2019

December 15, 2018
Veligandu Drone Package

In 2019, the perfect travel goals include a trip to a remote island, surrounded by pearly beaches, turquoise waters, abundant marine life and the air of nature’s very best. This is what makes the Maldives the ultimate destination for any holidaymaker, whether travelling solo, with friends, family or on a romantic getaway with your loved one.

 

Find out 7 things you can add to your travel bucket list in 2019 for an unforgettable experience of tropical paradise.

 

  1. Indulge in award-winning spa treatments

Give yourself the gift of pure bliss during your holiday in the Maldives. Allow the qualified and professional therapists at Duniye Spa to guide you into the ultimate state of calm and relaxation, from therapeutic massages and antioxidant-rich natural skin care to freshly prepared body exfoliation.

 

Discover our TOP 3 Duniye Spa experiences »

 

Meeru Sunset Trip on a Yacht

 

  1. Explore the yacht Life

Between Meeru Island Resort & Spa’s Sunset Trip on a Yacht and Luxury Sailing at Hurawalhi Island Resort, Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, as well as Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, you can enjoy the scenic views of the Indian Ocean with a chance to see dolphins out at play.

 

Watch a preview of what to expect from Meeru’s yacht experience »

 

  1. Swim with Whale Sharks, Manta Rays and Sea Turtles

With over 700 varieties of fish that have been seen around the lovely coral reefs and atolls of the Maldives, Crown & Champa Resorts offers a plethora of ways to explore the fascinating marine life. Whether a beginner or advanced diver, each resort features qualified and professional diving experts to start your adventure, as well as excursion guides to show you around the top spots for manta rays and sea turtles while Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa offers the ideal location to spot whale sharks too.

 

Read more about Scuba Diving in the Maldives »

 

Underwater Restaurant Maldives

 

  1. Try some destination dining

The Maldives is most popularly known and awarded as one of the most romantic destinations in the world and with a magical setting, your evenings turn into an unforgettable experience to highlight the holiday. Choose your desired location, be it on the beach, out at sea and even 5.8 meters undersea.

 

Explore our guide to Destination Dining in the Maldives »

 

  1. Take it easy

You may have heard of the “no shoes, no news” motto that enthuses the relaxed nature of the Maldivian islands, where tranquillity, serenity and the luxuries of nature are at bay. With Innahura Maldives Resort, the motto is “Here, Life is Easy”, encouraging you to take the time out and savour life’s small pleasures.

 

  1. Make a travel video

No travel bucket list is complete without a compilation of all your favourite holiday moments, especially from a destination as picturesque as the Maldives. Our resorts offer in-house photography studios to capture your perfect images in paradise, whether on a honeymoon, celebrating a unique wedding ceremony or simply having fun in the sun. Veligandu Island Resort & Spa’s Drone Package allows you to take your travel photography to a new level and create lasting, high-quality images and videos to share with your friends and family too.

 

 

  1. The private island experience

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi combines an environmentally conscious design, sheer comfort and the utmost privacy in precious moments of indulgence. With 15 over-water Ocean Residences, each with a 44sqm infinity plunge pool, and additional accommodation for guests’ personal staff, the experience allows you to just be.

 

Anything. Anytime. Anywhere.

Choose the best collection of resorts in the Maldives and add memorable travel experiences to your bucket list for 2019.

 

Visit www.crownandchamparesorts.com.

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2018 in Review: Top 5 Highlights for Crown & Champa Resorts

December 2, 2018
Crown & Champa Resorts Team
  1. Leading Hospitality Company in the Maldives

On February 22, 2018, Crown & Champa Resorts was among the TOP companies to be awarded the GOLD 100 plaque in an exclusive invite-only event at Bandos Island Resort & Spa. The Corporate Maldives GOLD 100 Awards celebrate exceptionally performing companies and leading businesses in the Maldives, and of the 10 000 companies, Crown & Champa Resorts has achieved this prestigious accolade for the second year in a row.

 

  1. Secrets to Success

As an award-winning resort and hotel group, we have also shared insights into our continued success. The Secrets to Success series featured prominent team members, who gave valuable insider tips in their respective fields, such as Sales & Marketing, Training & Development and Human Resource Management. Some of our resorts have also taken the initiative to highlight the work that team members do within the property.

 

Secrets to Success: Part II Sales & Marketing Maldives with Ahmed Shaheen

 

  1. Trade Shows

Throughout 2018, we participated in over 25 Travel Fairs and Trade Shows worldwide in 2018, including the leading travel events, ITB in Germany and Asia; WTM London; International Luxury Travel Market; JATA World Travel Fair; Arabian Travel Market; Travel Trade Maldives; and Thai International Travel Fair.

 

Each succeeded at expanding the Maldives travel and hospitality industry, as well as the Crown & Champa Resorts brand in the various markets, together with Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators (MATATO); and Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporations (MMPRC).

 

  1. Sustainability

Crown & Champa Resorts’ awareness and commitment towards preserving the Maldives environment continued in 2018, to include initiatives to reduce plastic use in individual properties. We aim to operate in accordance with the best possible standards in a responsible manner that highlights the care we have for our guests, our teams, the island communities teams and our marine ecology. Read more in our Sustainability Report »

 

 

  1. New Resorts

The addition of two new resorts to the collection is the hallmark of 2018, the much-anticipated Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi, which officially opened on December 1, 2018, and Innahura Maldives Resort, set to open early 2019. Both resorts offer an appealing sense of escape from the busy city life with Kudadoo as the first top-end 5-star, truly all-inclusive, resort in the Maldives and Innahura as a cost-effective option that includes an easy atmosphere, laidback environment and a touch of local Maldivian flavours.

 

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

 

Bonus Highlight

On March 1, 2018, the owners of Crown & Champa Resorts opened the first private, state-of-the-art tertiary institution in the country – Tree Top Hospital. The hospital features 210 inpatient beds, a wide range of specialised services and facilities that are benchmarked to international quality standards, and is accessible to locals, expatriates and tourists. Tree Top Hospital is a significant step toward providing quality medical treatment and an important milestone in the expansion of healthcare in the Maldives.

 

With so many remarkable highlights, we look forward to an even more prosperous 2019 as the leading hospitality company in the Maldives.

 

Add the Maldives to your bucket list of travel destinations and choose Crown & Champa Resorts.

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Added Value: All Inclusive Package Upgrades

November 12, 2018
Meeru Island Resort Maldives

As a highly rated travel destination, the Maldives is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to just lay back and relax under a palm tree or spend your days swimming in the warm turquoise waters. These comforts are enhanced by a value-for-money All Inclusive package that allows you to eat, drink and even discover fun things to do during your vacation. The Crown & Champa Resorts properties have made upgrades to their All Inclusive packages to offer you the best and most carefree experience of the Maldives.

 

To catch up on the highlights offered by each resort, read our previous blog post – A Seamless All Inclusive Plus Holiday in the Maldives.

 

By popular demand, the upgrades include milkshakes and smoothies to quench your thirst during your tropical retreat. The blended drinks form part of the unlimited ‘all you can drink’ beverages offered by the glass for you to enjoy all day at the bars and restaurants.

 

Another noticeable upgrade in the package is the inclusion of assorted snacks in the minibars, as well as juices such as orange and mixed fruit for you to delight in from the comfort of your own villa.

 

Komandoo Island Resort Maldives

 

Additional perks by the properties include an ‘all you can eat’ snack menu with pizzas, burgers and ice-cream from Vilamendhoo, Meeru and Veligandu; daily coffee capsules on Komandoo’s All Inclusive Plus; a Dhangethi Island Excursion at Vilamendhoo; as well as Snorkelling Trips, a Dhiffushi Island Excursion and use of the Pitch’n Putt Golf course at Meeru.

 

Kuredu’s All Inclusive Gold package now offers access to all bars, a selection of wines and premium spirits, a late a la carte breakfast and dinner or lunch at Franco’s, snorkelling equipment rental and use of non-motorised water sports equipment. The same upgrades can also be enjoyed at Komandoo, with a la carte dinners at Aqua Restaurant.

The All Inclusive package updates apply to the following Crown & Champa Resorts properties:

 

For full details on the new All Inclusive packages, please visit the individual websites by clicking on the desired property name.

Choose Crown & Champa Resorts and enjoy added value on your next holiday in the Maldives.

 

Secrets to Success

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.