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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!

 

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A Guide to Destination Dining in the Maldives

June 28, 2018
Kuredu Beach Dinner

The Maldives Islands are considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world for the plethora of romantic ways to spend an evening with your loved one in tropical paradise. Explore the simple guide to unique destination dining experiences in the Maldives and enjoy the ultimate combination of tranquility, culinary expertise and exceptional service with Crown & Champa Resorts.

 

On the Beach

Experience a wonderful sense of the world under your feet, sand between your toes and stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Meeru Island Resort & Spa, Komandoo Island Resort & Spa and Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa offer an intimate and private candlelight dinner on the beach underneath a starlit sky.

 

With a Veli Dinner from Kuredu Island Resort & Spa and Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, a decorated sandy table and sandy chair are dug into soft and white sand to provide the most romantic venue, complete with scenic views of paradise and a divine menu to enjoy.

 

Komandoo Beach Dinner

 

Out at Sea

Take sailing to the next level with the flair of luxury at Hurawalhi Island Resort and through the glorious Indian Ocean with your loved one. Enjoy the serenity, peacefulness and romance that draws lovebirds to this heavenly piece of paradise.

 

What better way to stargaze than on a cruise with that special someone in the middle of the ocean? Spend the evening together at Veligandu under a beautiful sky full of stars with a glass of sparkling wine and canapés.

 

Luxury Sailing Maldives

 

Under the Sea

Hurawalhi’s spectacular 5.8 Undersea Restaurant is the world’s largest, all-glass underwater restaurant and offers one-of-a-kind romantic dining experience. Guests enjoy a multi-course tasting extravaganza of Haute cuisine, garnished with a state-of-the-art location 5.8 meters below the lagoon.

 

Underwater Restaurant Maldives

 

Private Luxuries

Spend the morning in bed and relish the luxuries of a delicious Champagne Breakfast, brought to your Villa. Later, indulge in a romantic private dinner on your porch or terrace and enjoy the pristine views of paradise with your loved one.

 

Have your own, secluded Island Picnic surrounded by soft white sandy beach and stunning turquoise lagoon to snorkel and swim around, be it Dream Island, Madivaru Island or a special Robinson Crusoe Excursion.

 

Private Island Picnic Maldives

 

Enjoy the privacy and intimacy of a secluded, peaceful, natural setting in the Maldives with Crown & Champa Resorts.

 

Click on each Resort name to book your next holiday and find out more information about the unique destination dining experiences in paradise.

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Top 3 Duniye Spa Experiences for your Maldivian Holiday

May 18, 2018
Duniye Spa, Meeru Island Resort & Spa

Award-winning Duniye Spa has become a leader in spa management, wellness and holistic healing in the Maldives and the Indian Ocean at large. Guests across all Crown & Champa Resorts appreciate the quality of enchanting spa and well-being rituals that promote within you a sense of personal paradise.

 

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, antioxidant rich natural skin care and freshly prepared body exfoliation.

 

Here are the top 3 spa experiences for you to indulge in and enhance your Maldivian holiday:

 

#3: Maldivian Island Paradise

 

The Maldivian Island Paradise indulgence delivers a true island experience that lingers on long after the treatment itself. The signature treatment makes use of the natural and healing properties of coconut to create harmony between body, mind and soul.

 

120 minutes of relaxation begin at the sound of the singing bowl and a sea salt foot scrub, followed by a tropical full-body massage with 100% virgin coconut oil. Your body will also be smoothed and coated with freshly ground coconut and vanilla body polish to make your skin glow. Lastly, enjoy a luxurious coconut hair mask combined with an Indian head massage using coconut oil infused with rosemary.

 

Duniye Spa Products

 

#2: Heaven on Earth

 

As the name suggests, the Heaven on Earth treatment leaves your body, mind and soul floating on a cloud with attentive massages and premium facial products. The 90-minute signature treatment begins with the same Asian-inspired foot ritual to unwind and connect.

 

Allow your body drift away into deep relaxation with a stimulating Balinese massage and the sounds of Tibetan singing bowls. After which, our therapists begin the rejuvenating facial using premium organic Healing Earth™ products, which include the highly celebrated antioxidant-rich Pinotage grape seed oil and most active botanical essence.

 

#1: Sense of Touch

 

Certainly a guest favorite and the top most recommended treatment at Duniye Spa, the Sense of Touch is the ultimate indulgence, fusing the world’s best massage techniques inspired by African and oriental healing traditions. This signature treatment is the perfect escape into personal paradise.

 

Expect a deeply relaxing and uplifting massage experience, using ginger and lemongrass herbal poultices to evoke a warm, nutrient-rich relief for tense muscles. This massage works with the body’s natural energy system to harmonise the energy flow, while using the miracle African Potato body balm to revive your senses and enrich your skin with anti-oxidants and deep hydration.

 

Indulge in these top choices for a relaxing, rejuvenating and healing treatment in tropical paradise. Choose Crown & Champa Resorts on your next trip to the Maldives.

 

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NatGeo Travel Photograph at Mirihi Island Goes Viral

May 6, 2018
NatGeo ravel Photographer Contest Mohamed Shareef Mirihi Island

Chasing Lunch: “A baby black-tip reef shark swims through a swarm of silver sprats at lunch time in the lagoon of Mirihi Island in Maldives.” – Mohamed Shareef

 

A recent photograph by Mohamed Shareef, General Manager at Mirihi Island, Maldives has gone viral across established online publications such as The Washington Post, The Daily Mail and The Telegraph. National Geographic editors consider the entry one of the best and one of their TOP picks for the contest so far.

 

The photograph, which was entered into the Nature category of the contest, displays a single baby black-tip reef shark swimming through a swarm of sliver sprats in the Island’s crystal clear lagoon, where they learn how to feed in a nursery.

 

Mirihi Island is located in the South Ari Atoll, reachable from Velana International Airport on a 30-minute picturesque seaplane flight. After having been freshly renovated and reopened in December 2014, the small paradise combines modern and traditional elements with a new shine while still maintaining its unique Maldivian character.

 

Voting opens from June 11 – 15, on the NatGeo Travel website for you to choose your favorite photographs from each category. Voters will also be able to select the Peoples’ Choice winners. In addition to the prestigious title, the overall winner will also receive a grand prize of US$10,000 and be featured on NatGeo Travel Instagram.

 

Remember to vote for the iconic capture by Mohamed Shareef, General Manager at Mirihi Island as the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest.

Secrets to Success

Secrets to Successful Human Resource Management

May 4, 2018

Recruiting and retaining skilled employees is an essential part of the Hospitality Industry, so much so that Resorts & Hotels invest most of their resources on HR Departments to find the right talent and ensure existing employees are well cared for.

 

Liezette S. Robles, Human Resource Manager for award-winning Crown & Champa Resorts (CCR) has been with the group for over 7 years and offers insightful secrets to success in Human Resources in the Maldives.

 

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Liezette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of the City of Manila (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila). She has extensive experience in the Human Resources Departments of various Resorts & Hotels, including the start of her career at El Nido Resorts in Makati, Philippines in 1995; La Cigale Hotel in Doha, Qatar in 2008; and then joining Crown & Champa Resorts in 2010.

 

The extensive experience provides keen insight into the changes in Human Resources, especially in the Hospitality industry and in the Maldives. “A lot has changed and improved in the recruitment process. Policies and procedures were not followed as strictly as they should have and often no standard forms were established,” she adds.

 

Over the years, CCR has only further grown as a leading group in the Travel & Hospitality Industry of the Maldives. The need to stay up-to-date with policies, regulations and procedures is crucial to a seamless HR Department and to help in finding the right talent.

 

In her advise to HR Managers, Recruiters and companies looking to improve their employee retention and general wellness of employees, Liezette lists the following:

 

  1. Build a good network with other Resorts and trusted recruitment agencies.
  2. Follow standard procedures and policies in the recruitment process.
  3. Use interviews as a more personal and in-depth approach to selecting candidates.
  4. Foster an open-door corporate culture that encourages employees to communicate.
  5. Walk-the-talk and follow what you implement.

 

CCR treats its employees as a family. Most of the long serving employees feel that they have found a second home in CCR. The open door policy is also a big advantage. Anyone can speak directly to the CEO or even the Owners. That makes the staff feel heard, valued, important and mostly, that they belong.

 

Crown & Champa Resorts’ core values are the foundation of HR Departmental goals, resulting in some of the top reasons why CCR employees are happy to work within the group. These values also provide for the health, educational, lifestyle and professional wellbeing of employees, as well as the overall growth of the group.

 

Start making improvements within your own department. Read the 5 common hiring mistakes and how to fix them, for successful recruitment and essentially, higher employee retention and employee wellness.