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8 Reasons to try Fine Dining in the Maldives

August 15, 2018
Mirihi Award Wining Restaurant

Crown & Champa Resorts, the leading Hotel & Resort Management group in the Maldives, currently manages 8 properties across the Atolls that feature ‘optional’ Fine Dining and each with unique offerings. Read the 8 reasons to enhance your evenings in paradise with an a la carte dinner:

 

#1: Mirihi’s Muraka Restaurant

Enjoy the dazzling sunsets in the South Ari Atoll from the decked terrace at Muraka Restaurant, Mirihi Island Resort’s award-wining eatery. The Restaurant features eight exclusive tables with a range of delicacies such as delicious seafood, lobster or Angus beef, all served with the perfect wine paring from an award-winning list. The 5-Star Boutique Resort has also been shortlisted in the 7th Annual Food and Travel Magazine Reader Awards as International Hotel of the Year 2018.

 

#2: Vilamendhoo’s Asian Wok Restaurant

Another Fine Dining experience to enjoy in the South Ari Atoll of the Maldives, is over-the-water Asian Wok Restaurant at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa. The a la carte Restaurant is a sight to behold and offers a range of Asian specialties, including Teppanyaki. At Asian Wok, guests can learn interesting recipes from the skilled chefs and make their own lunch.

 

#3: Meeru’s Hot Rock Restaurant

Hot Rock Restaurant & Bar is on the eastern side of Meeru Island Resort & Spa, located in the North Male’ Atoll of the Maldives. The Restaurant offering idyllic views of the lagoon and a vast selection of delectable meats to choose from, served on a ceramic hot rock to cook at your table, to your perfection. Enjoy a range of meat and game including such exotics as Kangaroo Tenderloin and Ostrich Filet.

 

#4: Veligandu’s Madivaru Restaurant

In traditional Maldivian style architecture, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa’s Madivaru Restaurant offers an authentic Fine Dining experience in the North Ari Atoll. The a la carte dining venue offers fresh, grilled seafood and prime beef along with tranquil views of the shore. Guests can choose to dine indoors and feel the soft sand beneath their feet or on the outdoor deck with the soft tropical breeze.

 

#5: Hurawalhi’s Aquarium Restaurant

The Aquarium Restaurant at Hurawalhi Island Resort in the Lhaviyani Atoll is a contemporary venue, located over-the-water for scenic views of the Indian Ocean. The Restaurant offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, offering the finest quality of prime beef and a contemporary a la carte menu that is thoughtfully sourced, organic and artisanal, with an emphasis on the freshest of local seafood.

 

#6: Komandoo’s Aqua Fine Dining

Also in the Lhaviyanhi Atoll, Komandoo Island Resort & Spa’s a la carte Restaurant, Aqua is… Simply Spectacular. Resting on stilts over the lagoon with glass floors, Aqua reveals the ocean life beneath your feet while you enjoy tantalizing cuisine to satisfy all palates. Every meal is prepared with passion and flair by our culinary team of chefs using fresh local ingredients such as s yellow fin tuna, lobster and many more delicacies from the Indian Ocean.

 

#7: Franco’s at Kuredu

If you are looking to explore a wide selection of Mediterranean food delights in a cozy setting, then Franco’s at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa in the Lhaviyani Atoll is the Ideal venue for you. The menu includes quality Spanish, Greek and Italian food highlights with spices, herbs and other fresh ingredients from Resort’s own greenhouse. Guest can also enjoy pizza and burger options as afternoon snacks.

 

#8: Champa Central Hotel’s Roof Top Restaurant

In the heart of Male’ City, Champa Central Hotel is known as the most convenient Hotel for business and transit travelers, as well as for events and special weddings. The Roof Top Restaurant is located on the 10th floor of the Hotel and offers an a la carte menu with a variety of international selections, specializing in Indian cuisine along with spectacular views of the city.

 

Choose Crown & Champa Resorts for your next holiday destination and experience the heights of Fine Dining in the Maldives. To explore each Resort, simply click on name.

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A Seamless All Inclusive Holiday in the Maldives

August 12, 2018
All Inclusive Holiday

With Crown & Champa Resorts, the motto “no shoes, no news” gives you an idea of the barefoot luxuries offered by the Islands and the relaxed atmosphere of each Resort. Whether it is the soft, white sandy beach or the personalized service from our team, we aim to contribute to your seamless and stress-free holiday in the Maldives.

 

Other ways that this motto is experienced is in the design of our value-for-money All Inclusive packages, from the “all-you-can-eat” Buffet options to the “all-you-can-drink” beverage selections and a range of unique activities to enjoy. Take a look some of the Highlights of what each Resort has to offer:

 

All Inclusive Holiday

 

Go for Gold at family-friendly Kuredu Island Resort & Spa. Enjoy a 3-course menu dinner at Mediterranean restaurant, Franco’s, as well as a 1-hour relaxing treatment from the prestigious Duniye Spa. For certified divers, the All Inclusive Gold package also includes 1 Orientation Dive to explore the vast and colorful marine life around the Lhaviyani Atoll.

 

Start your All Inclusive Plus Holiday at Komandoo Island Resort & Spa with a group snorkeling lesson to kick off your underwater adventures. Known as the ‘Sea Turtle Hub’, Komandoo’s marine life is a dream to explore. When you are ready, the ProDivers team is happy to guide you along your next step… Scuba Diving!

 

All Inclusive Holiday

 

Experience the beauty of golf at Meeru Island Resort & Spa while surrounded by the idyllic turquoise waters and soft, sandy beach of the Island. The All Inclusive Plus package offers a Group Golf Driving Range Lesson with equipment to get you started and, with enough practice, you could swing your way to Pro status before your return home. Read more about Meeru’s All Inclusive Plus package.

 

With the All Inclusive Plus package, you can enjoy a scenic sunset cruise across the North Ari Atoll at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa. The Sunset “Lucky Dolphin” Punch Cruise allows you capture the beautiful sunsets of the Maldives and, if you are lucky, you will get to watch a pod of dolphins at play.

 

All Inclusive Holiday

 

Arrive to a chilled, 375ml bottle of champagne in your luxurious Villa at Hurawalhi Island Resort. Your 5-Star, All Inclusive getaway to the Lhaviyani Atoll features a variety of group lessons to get you started, including Snorkeling, Windsurfing, Tennis and Yoga. Enjoy the best of the Maldives and explore a different sport from the available facilities.

 

Practice the art of Yoga during the newly introduced group Yoga Sessions with award winning Duniye Spa at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa. The sessions are regularly scheduled and include Pranayama, Asanas and Yoga Nidra under the serene environment of tropical paradise. Read more about Vilamendhoo’s All Inclusive Plus package.

 

Read more of what each Resort has to offer in their packages and click the Resort name to book your seamless, All Inclusive holiday in the Maldives with Crown & Champa Resorts.

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Romantic Honeymoon Escape in the Maldives

August 4, 2018
Meeru Maldives Weddings

Nothing spells romance quite like a romantic escape to a tropical Island, in the ‘middle of nowhere’, surrounded by swaying coconut palm trees, sand as soft as powder and warm turquoise water. For you and your loved one, Crown & Champa Resorts offers the opportunity to make your dreams a reality and indulge in the getaway of a lifetime.

 

If the Maldives, named one of the TOP destinations for couples is not enough motivation, choose from a range of charming Villas, romantic amenities, couples activities and dining experiences to add to your honeymoon escape and live the dream.

 

Hurawalhi Romantic Ocean Villa

 

The Romantic Ocean Villa at 5-Star Hurawalhi Island Resort takes the celebration of love to the next level. Watch the golden rays paint the sky from the spacious deck leading to the crystal clear lagoon, complete with an indulgent bathtub to inspire the start of forever together. Visit Hurawalhi’s very own Dream Island to enjoy a scenic half-day picnic on your own patch of paradise.

 

Adults-only Komandoo Island Resort & Spa is the ideal Island for honeymooners to enjoy the peace, tranquility and relaxation of paradise. In a Jacuzzi Beach Villa, newly weds are afforded spacious luxury with access to the beautiful powdery white beach that encircles the tropical island. Surprise your partner with a decorated Jacuzzi and patio area, including some fine sparkling wine and a selection of tropical fruits.

 

Romantic Jacuzzi Maldives

 

Situated above Kuredu Island Resort & Spa’s turquoise water, Sangu’s Honeymoon Suite is the perfect choice for your special getaway. Built on wooden stilts and connected by a walkway, the Honeymoon Suite features a secluded veranda with a private Jacuzzi, perfect for breezy sunbathing, sharing romantic moments and admiring crimson sunsets.

 

Wake up to magnificent views of the sunrise from your Water Front Villa at Meeru Island Resort & Spa, located on the beach at the water’s edge for you to enjoy a refreshing swim in the warm, turquoise waters or simply relax on the sundeck loungers. Arrive to a beautifully decorated bed to honor your celebration, as well as a tropical fruit plate for two and add a delicious Champagne Breakfast to enjoy in the privacy of your own room.

 

 

Allow 5-Star Boutique, Mirihi Island Resort to spoil you with the luxurious Water Villas overlooking the ocean through large sliding glass doors. Step outside on the private deck area, relax and enjoy each other’s company as each balcony is designed to guarantee complete privacy. Take your loved one along on the Sunset Cruise with live acoustic music and the chance to spot dazzling dolphins playing in the ocean.

 

Veligandu Island Resorts & Spa’s spacious Jacuzzi Water Villas are located over-the-water, in the lagoon and a short walk along your private jetty. You and your beau enjoy the luxuries of this secluded hideaway with a private walled-in outdoor area featuring a Jacuzzi for two “under the stars”. Amplify your special occasion with a romantic Star Gazing Cruise across the Indian Ocean, including a glass of non-alcoholic sparkling wine and canapés.

 

 

The tropical Jacuzzi Water Villas, located in the adults-only area of Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is the perfect choice for a unique and adventurous spark to your honeymoon escape. Step right into the lagoon from your deck and swim together towards the magnificent House Reef for a truly memorable love story. Later, indulge in a His & Hers Balinese massage from award-winning Duniye Spa, complete with champagne, candles and the aroma of pure essential oils.

 

That’s not all…

 

Recreate the destination wedding of your dreams on the beach, aboard a luxury yacht and even 5.8 meters undersea. Capture each and every memory to take home with you from the Photography Studios available at each Resort.

 

For more information, or to book your romantic honeymoon escape, simply click on your preferred Resort name.

 

The ideal way to start forever together is with a Crown & Champa Resorts holiday.

Secrets to Success

Secrets to Successful Sales & Marketing in the Maldives

July 25, 2018

Ahmed Shaheen, Director of Sales & Marketing for award-winning Crown & Champa Resorts (‘CCR’) has been with the company for over 23 years and offers insightful secrets to success in the Sales & Marketing arena of the Maldives.

 

From Market Trends, Sales Strategies and Marketing Plans to Sales Calls, International Trade Shows and Lead Generation, Sales & Marketing is an essential department in the Hospitality Industry, which is visible in multiple stages of the Guests’ Journey between initial knowledge of a destination, to the checkout and aftersales experience.

 

Year after year, CCR continues to grow as leading Resort & Hotel brand in the Maldives, which currently manages a total of 8 properties with several new developments underway. The Sales & Marketing Department ensures that each Resort and Hotel individually, as well as a part of the renowned group, is well represented across all Markets and platforms among our partners, Travel Agents and Tour Operators.

 

Born and raised in Maldives, Shaheen holds a Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management from Taylor’s College in Malaysia and has climbed the ladder from a young age with experience in various departments of the hospitality industry. He has grown in his career with CCR during the past 23 years focusing on Accounts, Operations, Sales & Marketing and currently now taking lead of the Sales & Marketing team representing the entire award-winning Group.

 

Travel and Hospitality in the Maldives is a rapidly changing environment and an industry where one has to focus to stay ahead of the market. CCR’s diverse and experienced Sales & Marketing team sets the Group apart. Shaheen adds that, ‘each member in the team contributes valuable experience and knowledge to our sales strategies in order to keep up with the new trends of each market in the world and the destination itself.”

 

In his advise to Sales & Marketing professionals on setting a successful sales strategy, Shaheen lists the follow key points:

 

  1. Listen to your sources and evaluate their statements, concerns, suggestions and opinions.
  2. Discuss with your team of experts and evaluate the same.
  3. Use the contributions to implement a customized strategy.

 

“By listening to our valued partners all around the world, we focus on evolving our brand and creating new trends for our partners to join us on our journey of new and fresh offerings.”

 

International Trade Fairs are a great way for Sales & Marketing professionals to foster Business-to-Business (B2B) partnerships, including some of the World’s leading travel events like ITB Berlin and the World Travel Market. At such events, Shaheen estimates that the team manages an average of 70 meetings including Tour Operator functions and networking events.

 

“A typical day at a trade show for our team includes a combination of meetings to acquire, developing and retain partners. With each partner, we actively solicit discussions on how we can improve, as well as plan and strategize how to keep up with the market trends and empower these relationships.”

 

The goal, to ensure that Crown & Champa Resorts remains the best partner in the Maldives, is intrinsically linked to the Group’s vision, as well as the mission to exceed all expectations, whether from behind-the-scenes, as with Sales & Marketing efforts, harnessing valuable feedback from partnerships or improving the overall guest experience.

 

Learn more about Sales & Marketing efforts in the Travel and Hospitality Industry. Read the 5 little known facts and the link between these efforts and the guest experience.

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8 Must-Try Bucket List Experiences for Group Travels to the Maldives

July 6, 2018
Bucket List: Group Travel

Travel companions can be loved ones, partners, family, friends or even a combination of all. Making plans to travel as a group of friends and family can be tedious all around, from varying tastes and preferences down to the different ideas of the perfect holiday. Crown & Champa Resorts’ collection of award-winning Resorts in the Maldives offers the unique opportunity to fine-tune your holiday and cater to a wide range of experiences.

 

Read our 8 must-try bucket list experiences for group travel, whether you’re an adventure-seeker or simply enjoy relaxing on the idyllic white, soft sandy beaches of the Maldives Islands.

 

Hurawalhi Snorkeling

Photographs by Steve, diving instructor.

 

  1. Fluoro Snorkeling

Also known as fluorescent snorkeling, Fluoro Snorkeling is one of Hurawalhi Island Resort’s Bucket List experiences, where you can expect to see the reef in a whole new light using specialised equipment such as the yellow mask filter and a blue light torch available at the ProDivers Center. From fluorescing anemones, shrimps and feather stars to brain corals and certain fish species, the reef and many of its critters glow in stunning neon-bright colors at night.

 

  1. Luxury Sailing

At Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, join a Sailing Excursion and spend a day on the surreal waters of Lhaviyani Atoll. Cruise through calm waters and turquoise lagoons whilst discovering untouched reefs with abundant marine life. One of the highlights of the trip is the notorious shipwreck at Felivaru. The talented chef will prepare an extravagant lunch on-board whilst anchoring in the lagoon of an uninhabited island. After lunch explore the beach and if you are lucky, grab the chance to swim with mantas and the famous turtles of the Atoll.

 

Kuredu White Night Party

Kuredu White Night Party

 

  1. Party on an Island

Dance the night away at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa’s White Night Party and experience the true tropical Island feeling. “No shoes, no news” is the motto, where you can enjoy dancing on the soft white sand along to the latest by our renowned DJ. Guests, first time visits and repeaters alike consider this event a must-try while on the Island. Don’t forget to bring your all-white attire.

 

  1. Wine Tasting

Ruhgandu is a unique Wine Lounge at Mirihi Island Resort, which offers you the chance to explore around 300 of the best wine and Champagnes on the Island, selected rarities from all over the world. Spend the evening in the 6-seater table and enjoy light-hearted conversations with friends and family over wine specialties in the cool and relaxing atmosphere of the Resort.

 

Mirihi Wine Lounge

Mirihi Wine Lounge

 

  1. Island Hopping

Take the group out to explore more than one Island in the Maldives while on holiday at Meeru Island Resort & Spa. Visit 3 on an Island Hopping Excursion, including a typical local fishing island, a resort island and a shopping island. You will enjoy a delectable BBQ lunch in a Local Island and have time to snorkel and swim. Don’t forget to bring US$ cash along to shop for locally made and handcrafted souvenirs to take back home with you.

 

  1. Cruising at Sunset

Sail across the stunning Indian Ocean at sunset and enjoy breathtaking views of the crimson sky at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa. The Sunset ‘Punch’ Lucky Dolphin Cruise departs in the late afternoon on a traditional Dhoni, sailing through the North Ari Atoll of the Maldives and offering you the chance to photograph a beautiful tropical sunset with a glass of special punch in hand. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to watch the dolphins play!

 

Veligandu Sunset Cruise

Veligandu Sunset Cruise

 

  1. Discover the Marine Life

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa’s Ocean Discovery Full-Day Excursion is a must for all snorkeling enthusiasts! This full day excursion will take you to the 2 most famous snorkeling spots in the Maldives: Manta Point and Whale Shark Point (not guaranteed to spot them on every excursion). To top off your snorkeling experience, you will also visit popular reefs in this area to see as many different sea creatures in one day and enjoy a delicious lunch on board.

 

  1. Local Guided Tours

For a local experience like no other, book a Sightseeing Excursion around Male’ City, the Capital of the Maldives, with Champa Central Hotel. The modern and centrally located hotel provides a prime location for you to explore the popular tourist attractions with your own guide, including the National Museum on Chandhanee Magu and the Old Friday Mosque on Medhuziyaarai Magu. The Artificial Beach is just 500 meters from the Hotel.

 

Choose the best collection of Resorts in the Maldives and tailor your group travel experience and unforgettable holiday in tropical paradise!

 

Visit www.crownandchamparesorts.com