Crown & Champa Resorts Travel Guide

Top Maldives Resorts To Visit

January 16, 2020

If you have decided upon the Maldives as your holiday destination for 2021 you are guaranteed the wow-factor, safety and freedom of space – the conditions much desired by the new normal travellers.  These beautiful tropical islands strung across the equator in the Indian Ocean are every bit the paradise you imagined. They all have the trademark sugar-soft white sand beaches, aquamarine lagoons and barefoot casual luxury so how can you pinpoint the one that’s right for your dream trip? Our collection of top Maldives resorts to visit in 2021 is a good place to start.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi is a sustainable, ultra-luxury retreat with the Anything.Anytime.Anywhere all-inclusive concept offering ‘everything under the moon’. Unlimited dining, unlimited spa treatments, unlimited water sports and scuba diving are all included in the package. Your personal butler will curate moments of magnificence at every turn – from days of effortless adventure to evenings of fine dining under the sea; from experiencing the healing qualities of Lonu Cave – the Maldives’ first Himalayan Salt Chamber, to joining the sommelier in the owner’s wine cellar. This award-winning luxury escape is 100% solar-powered, stunningly designed and guaranteed to take your breath away.

Hurawalhi Island Resort

Home to the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant, Hurawalhi Island Resort is a 5-star naturally chic adult’s escape that prides itself in treading lightly on the environment. The house reef surrounding the island is spectacular and teeming with life – you can join the resident marine biologists for snorkelling and learn more about the fragile eco-system. From the first meal at Hurawalhi, you will embark upon an exquisite culinary journey where the collection of choices and attention to detail, not to mention the otherworldly views are sure to sate your appetite.

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa 

Voted the most romantic resort in the Maldives, 4.5-star Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is a definite favourite among couples. The quality of food and beverage offerings at the resort is matched with the high standard of service delivered by the long-serving and dedicated team. With the picturesque sandbank to enjoy, excellent house reef for diving and snorkelling and close proximity to world-famous Hammerhead Shark Point, ‘Big Blue’, memories are just waiting to be made.

Komandoo Island Resort & Spa 

A true adults-only escape, Komandoo Island Resort & Spa is a 4.5-star boutique resort that is tailor-made for romance. On land, all is peaceful and serene with lush tropical paths meandering along the island, but venture along the house reef and you’ll find a very different story – it’s absolutely buzzing with life – huge shoals of fish darting around, turtles gliding by and moray eels watching from within the coral blocks. Experience the thrill of diving with an underwater scooter at Felivaru Kandu where the big fish like to hang out or opt for a more relaxed pastime with a treatment at the award-winning Duniye Spa.

Meeru Island Resort & Spa 

Meeru Island Resort & Spa is often cited as having one of the best beaches and lagoons in the Maldives and is a popular choice with both families and couples. As one of the larger Maldives resort islands, it offers a wide variety of activities – you can enjoy a bicycle ride around the island or even a game of golf on the pitch and putt course. If you’d like to find out more about local Maldivian culture you can visit Meeru’s museum, if relaxation is your top priority a visit to the spa will nourish the mind, body and soul. Romance is always on the menu in the Maldives and Meeru is a popular choice for couples wanting to renew their wedding vows, it’s the perfect location for the whole family to celebrate with you as it has not only a kid’s club but a teens club too!

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa 

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is a 4.5-star resort and home to one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, made perfect for snorkellers by way of the easy access from many different points. The island occupies an enviable location close to popular whale shark and manta ray hotspots so if you’re a scuba diver or snorkeller, you will be guaranteed an amazing experience. Vilamendhoo has dedicated adult’s only and family areas with activities to suit all tastes. Kids will love the wading pool and playground while adults can indulge in the spa treatments at award-winning Duniye Spa and sunset cocktails on the luxury deck.

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

Variety and choice are key features at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa; this large 4-star resort offers room categories and all-inclusive packages to suit all requirements with a vibrant dining and bar scene to match. Home to not only one of the largest dive centres in the Maldives, but also to the largest community of green sea turtles in the Maldives – meet them while snorkelling or diving and learn more from the resident marine biologist. At Kuredu you can be as active or laid-back as you wish, play golf at the 6-hole course, practise your swing at the Maldives’ longest driving range, go to the gym, enjoy water sports or take a yoga class. The kid’s club has an incredible selection of activities and offers babysitting too – Kuredu is a place for happy kids and happy parents too while the adult’s only area is a peaceful haven for couples.

Innahura Maldives Resort 

At Innahura Maldives Resort, life is easy. The atmosphere is unpretentious and laid back and the island offers all the essential components of a Maldives holiday at a more affordable price. Whether you’re travelling alone, with your partner, family or group of friends you will love the uncomplicated concept of Innahura. With unexplored dive and snorkel sites and one of the biggest coral reefs in the Maldives on the doorstep, adventure is never far away. Buffet dining, spa, gym, water sports and fishing complete the picture of an incredible holiday.

Champa Central Hotel The perfect base for travellers wanting to explore Malé city, capital of the Maldives, professionals on a business trip or tourists needing a stopover between connecting flights, Champa Central Hotel is a newly renovated 4-star hotel conveniently located in the centre of the city. Enjoy the best breakfast in Malé before exploring the famous fish market, visit the striking Grand Friday Mosque or buy souvenirs at the many shops. The lavish, well-appointed rooms, large roof-top restaurant, excellent conference facilities and direct airport transfers make this the best place to stay in Malé.

No matter which of the above Maldives resorts you choose, your 2021 holiday will be incredible and we’re sure you will fall in love with this amazing location.

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When to Visit Maldives in 2020

January 16, 2020
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If you’re planning a trip to the Maldives in 2020 and want to know when to visit, we’ve got good news… Maldives is a year-round holiday destination! With temperatures sitting at around 30°C, the equatorial sun shining almost every day and just enough rain to keep the palm trees green and vegetation lush, this is the idyllic tropical destination.

Two main monsoons govern the weather patterns of the Maldives and split the year into the low and high seasons.  The North-east Monsoon brings the high season with it and runs from November to April. At this time of year, the weather is usually great with long hours of sunshine, flat, mirror-like seas and great underwater visibility. This is the busiest time but, unlike other destinations, the beaches aren’t crowded and you’ll always be able to find peace and solitude.

The South-west Monsoon is from May to October, the Maldives’ low season, and you can experience less settled weather with a higher scattering of clouds, some rain but still a lot of sunshine. The underwater visibility can be reduced by higher levels of plankton and, for marine life enthusiasts, this is a cause for great celebration as the plankton-rich waters bring the gentle giants of the ocean – whale sharks and manta rays as well as an even greater abundance of fish. Lower prices make this a great value time to enjoy this dream destination.

As you look forward to your holiday, don’t worry about checking the weather – due to the vast area over which the Maldives is spread, and micro-climates varying even from one island to the next weather forecasts are unreliable; instead, visit the resort’s website and start planning the adventures you will have. There is a holiday of a lifetime awaiting you at Crown and Champa Resorts, all year round.

Komandoo Island Resort & Spa News

Adults-only Komandoo Island Resort & Spa Launches New Dinner Menu, Infused with Local Maldivian Style and Flavour at Aqua Restaurant

September 21, 2021
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Aqua Restaurant at Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, Maldives

The imaginative new menu at Aqua highlights a global cuisine with a Maldivian touch and island-inspired ingredients.

Komandoo Island Resort & Spa’s over-the-water à la carte restaurant Aqua has debuted a new dinner menu. Starting today, resort guests will have the opportunity to experience an imaginative menu, where the best of international favourites are infused with local Maldivian flavours and island-grown ingredients. 

Chef Christian Wiedenmann - Komandoo Maldives' AquaConceptualised by Executive Chef Christian Wiedenmann, the menu highlights a global cuisine with a Maldivian touch. All-natural, fragrant herbs and aromatic spices are sourced much from the island’s bounty, with seafood freshly caught within the atoll and delivered by island fishermen and produce from trusted local suppliers. 

Each dish is elevated with a local Maldivian twist, and a dash of island’s spice served in an inspiring setting over the turquoise lagoon. Dining at Aqua is truly an immersive culinary journey through the region’s unique flavours,” said Chef Christian. 

Kicking off the menu are dishes like ‘ihi homos’, which comes with curry leaf tempura lemongrass and scented seafood broth; ‘sustainable pole caught yellowfin tuna’ with beach herbs and pickled white radish; ‘Hinnavaru fisherman’s catch of the day’, served with Thai salad and steamed jasmine rice, and ‘kukulhu riha 1.0′, sous vide corn-fed chicken breast, enriched with Maldivian coconut curry sauce and served with steamed broccoli.

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To complement the dining experience, guests can indulge in freshly-baked bread with special ‘curry leaf  butter, served at the beginning of a meal and choose their favourite bottle from the restaurant’s specially selected collection of premium wines. 

Diners can finish their meal on a sweet note with ‘coconut bavaroise dome’, a luscious medley of mango fruit leather, mango coulis, mango sorbet coconut crumble, and meringue and a tempting ‘mishti doi’, combining Bengali-style baked yoghurt and caramelised Lhaviyani Atoll banana. 

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Commenting on the new menu, Dustin Kennedy, Komandoo Maldives’ Resident Manager, said: “Guests can truly connect with the local Maldivian tastes and flavours through the fine-casual dining experience at Aqua: the welcome traditional ‘kurumba’ coconut drink, the Maldivian background music, regionally-inspired décor, and the inventive gourmet cuisine that offers a new twist on local and international fare – lovingly prepared and mindfully plated. Additionally, our team of Champions have an abundance of captivating stories to tell about the food and the Maldivian way of life, including customs and traditions. We cannot wait to share the experience with our guests.

Resting on stilts over the famed Maldives lagoon, Aqua’s location provides guests with the chance to dine under a blanket of starry skies and appreciate glimpses of the spectacular sea life that thrives in the beautiful warm waters. 

Aqua Restaurant is open daily for dinner from 19:30 – 21:30. For reservations, which are recommended, please email [email protected] 

Download the Komandoo App to view the menu and other culinary experiences: Download the Komandoo Mobile App

For more information about Aqua Restaurant at Komandoo Maldives, please visit https://www.komandoo.com/aqua/


Find Your Perfect Paradise in the Maldives with Crown & Champa Resorts

Crown & Champa Resorts - The Maldives' Leading Resort Collection

Crown & Champa Resorts caters to every purpose of travel and connects travellers with a passion for a life fully lived to the best of this idyllic destination, offering world-class hospitality, thoughtful and attentive service, and authentic Maldivian experiences.

The diverse collection of properties includes Kudadoo Maldives Private IslandHurawalhi Island ResortKagi Maldives Spa IslandVeligandu Island Resort & SpaKomandoo Island Resort & SpaMeeru Island Resort & SpaVilamendhoo Island Resort & SpaKuredu Island Resort & SpaInnahura Maldives Resort, and one city hotel, Champa Central Hotel.

www.crownandchamparesorts.com | [email protected] 

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Crown & Champa Resorts Supports World Cleanup Day with Groupwide Green Initiatives 

September 15, 2021

2021 World Cleanup Day with Crown & Champa Resorts in the Maldives 

The leading resort collection in the Maldives raises awareness in recognition of World Cleanup Day through green-inspired activities. 

On the third Saturday of September every year, volunteers from across the globe come together to help make the world a cleaner and healthier place to live. World Cleanup Day is one of the largest community-based environmental programmes to engage more than 180 countries to tackle and generate action on the global waste crisis. 

Crown & Champa Resorts will lend its full support to the worldwide initiative on 18 September with activities and events that aim to raise awareness and educate team members, guests, and partners about the importance of protecting the environment. While the resort collection is all about providing travellers with ‘a life fully lived’ moments, locally-inspired experiences, and connecting them to the very best of the Maldives, it is also committed to treading lightly on the planet. 

  • Kudadoo Maldives Private Island and Hurawalhi Island Resortwill invite residents and guests to visit the Marine Biology Centre to gain insights into the Maldives’ unique marine environment and the properties’ conservation efforts. 
  • Kagi Maldives Spa Islandwill carry out a tree-planting activity to propagate native flora on the island. 
  • Veligandu Island Resort & Spawill arrange an island-cleaning event for marine debris reduction. 
  • Komandoo Island Resort & Spawill organise a planting activity in its organic garden, which already houses a variety of vegetables, herbs, and spices. Additionally, an island and house reef cleaning initiative will be arranged in cooperation with Prodivers Maldives – Komandoo team. 
  • Meeru Island Resort & Spawill conduct a lagoon cleaning operation in collaboration with Euro-Divers Meeru. 
  • Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa: will invite resort associates and guests for a house reef cleaning drive organised by the SEA (sports, excursions, and activities) team. 
  • Kuredu Island Resort & Spa: will organise three clean-up sessions in partnership with Prodivers Maldives: lagoon, house reef, and island, to be participated by divers, non-divers, guests, and staff. 
  • Innahura Maldives Resortwill invite guests and team members to dedicate a portion of their time and energy for an island clean-up effort. 

This World Cleanup Day initiative by Crown & Champa Resorts is part of the group’s commitment towards a sustainable tomorrow, guided by its core values: respect, empathy, sincerity, openness, reliability, trust, and sensitivity.

The collection’s sustainability endeavours go beyond the operational aspects of each property to create a positive impact on the community – economically, socially, and culturally. This includes eliminating single-use plastics, minimising unnecessary consumption of resources, protecting marine life and biodiversity, supporting local livelihood, and promoting local culture and heritage. 

Find Your Perfect Paradise in the Maldives with Crown & Champa Resorts

Crown & Champa Resorts' Meeru and Kuredu Attain 10,000 Guest Reviews on Tripadvisor

Crown & Champa Resorts caters to every purpose of travel and connects travellers with a passion for a life fully lived to the best of this idyllic destination, offering world-class hospitality, thoughtful and attentive service, and authentic Maldivian experiences.

The diverse collection of properties includes Kudadoo Maldives Private IslandHurawalhi Island ResortKagi Maldives Spa IslandVeligandu Island Resort & SpaKomandoo Island Resort & SpaMeeru Island Resort & SpaVilamendhoo Island Resort & SpaKuredu Island Resort & SpaInnahura Maldives Resort, and one city hotel, Champa Central Hotel.

www.crownandchamparesorts.com | [email protected] 

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Crown & Champa Resorts’ Meeru and Kuredu Attain 10,000 Guest Reviews on Tripadvisor

September 2, 2021
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Meeru and Kuredu Reach 10,000 Mark on Tripadvisor 

The resorts have reached the highest number of reviews received by any property in the Maldives. 

Crown & Champa Resorts, the leading resort collection in the Maldives, is pleased to announce that two of its properties: Meeru Island Resort & Spa and Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, have reached their 10,000th guest review with an ‘Excellent’ rating on Tripadvisor – the world’s largest travel website.

The 10,000 mark is the highest number of reviews received by any resort in the Maldives, representing the teams’ consistent hard work, impeccable service, and excellent hospitality to guests.

Meeru - 10,000 Guest Reviews on TripadvisorLocated in North Malé Atoll, just a 55-minute speedboat journey across the vivid turquoise waters from Velana International Airport, Meeru Island Resort & Spa is renowned for providing ‘..simply MALDIVES moments and consistently receiving great reviews from travellers. The resort takes great pride in offering top travel value and an exceptional array of experiences for holidaymakers of all ages. Guests have described their experience of the palm-fringed paradise as ‘dreamy honeymoon retreat’‘amazing island resort’, and ‘highly recommended’. 

Explore more: www.meeru.com

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Kuredu Island Resort & Spanestled on its own private island in the pristine Lhaviyani Atoll, only a 40-minute scenic seaplane journey from Velana International Airport, affords guests a vacation experience that is much more than just a beach holiday. The vibrant, action-filled resort has something for everyone, plenty to do for those who enjoy remaining active, and for those who want to simply relax and get away from it all. It has been honoured with Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice (formerly known as Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence) every year since 2012. Kuredu guests have found their holiday experience as ‘paradise on Earth’, ‘the perfect place to relax’, and ‘the best holiday’. 

Explore more: www.kuredu.com

Find Your Perfect Paradise with Crown & Champa Resorts 

Crown & Champa Resorts' Meeru and Kuredu Attain 10,000 Guest Reviews on Tripadvisor

Catering to every purpose of travel, Crown & Champa Resorts connects travellers with a passion for a life fully lived to the very best of this idyllic destination, offering world-class hospitality, thoughtful and attentive service, and authentic Maldivian experiences.

The diverse collection of properties includes Kudadoo Maldives Private IslandHurawalhi Island Resort, Kagi Maldives Spa Island, Veligandu Island Resort & SpaKomandoo Island Resort & SpaMeeru Island Resort & SpaKuredu Island Resort & SpaInnahura Maldives Resort, and one city hotel, Champa Central Hotel.

www.crownandchamparesorts.com | [email protected] 

Travel Guide

Epic Ways to Come Out of Lockdown – Travelling to the Maldives

August 18, 2021
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If you are planning to treat yourself with international travel, one can find simple pleasures of staying at a beach resort, holiday indulgences, to bucket list experiences in the Maldives with Crown & Champa Resorts. 

Paradise Islands in Bio Bubbles

The collection’s private island resorts is a one island destination, offering a safe bio bubble but with many things to do and a one-stop location to tick off the multitude of life’s moments you had to postpone due to travel restrictions. 

The Maldives has been open since June 2020 and has not closed its international borders even once, making the island nation a reliable destination to plan your getaway. Guests will be whisked away on the scenic boat and seaplane transfers directly from the Maldives’ Malé Velana International Airport [IATA: MLE] to resort islands. 

The resort collection has accommodated flexible cancellation and supported all guests, their travel partners, and tour operators to rebook. In addition, for guests travelling, departure PCR testing is facilitated at the resorts.

[Related: Is Maldives safe to travel? YES. Maldives is a WTTC Global Safe Travels Destination »]

Whether it is revenge travel with last-minute wanderlust or meticulously planned holidays ready to be executed through the confidence in vaccinations, reopening of international borders, and travel restrictions ease, here is a list of ideas of things to do in the Maldives based on your purpose of travel.

Treating Yourself to International Travel: Epic Ways to Come Out of Lockdown

The Romantic Traveller

Intimate elopements, romantic honeymoons, renewals of vows ceremonies or just spending quality time with a loved one. Whatever you’re celebrating, the resorts offer the perfect setting for two.

[Related: Here is why the Maldives is the top and affordable destination for beach weddings »]

Anniversary Vacations and Trips

Blissful babymoons, birthdays, after exam and achievement parties. Weave in all the anniversary celebrations you had to postpone into your next beach holiday.

Multi-generational Family Holidays

Private island resorts are the perfect solution for guests looking for the ideal opportunity and destination for large gatherings of friends and family without social distancing.

Solo Travel Adventures

For needed me time, solo travellers will never run out of things to do at any of the properties of Crown & Champa Resorts. Be it just lazing on the beach, snorkeling with turtles, wine tasting, spa, cooking lessons, yoga, an Instagram photo spree, dancing to the drums on cultural theme nights, soaking in Jacuzzi with sea views to learning to dive, there are endless of activities and experiences our resorts will offer based on your lifestyle.

Sports Travel + Vacation

Professional sportsmen and women have been choosing the collection’s tennis and paddle tennis courts and the resorts as their training destinations.
The resorts provide a good selection of activities for low altitude endurance training and include fitness centres.
While the pro athletes and professionals do their daily routine, their families and friends can enjoy the fun in the sun.

Great Outdoor & Tropical Holidays

The land and the sea provide a great choice of activities for guests of all ages.

For young guests age 0-12 years
Children can enjoy playgrounds, wading pools, wide beaches, shallow waters, and select family excursions.

[For wholesome family holidays – The fun islands »]

Things to do on land:
Walk on the beach or jog, stroll and run through the island pathways
Visit the organic gardens at the resorts
Play Golf in the Maldives
Rent a bicycle on our larger islands, play tennis, badminton, beach volleyball and a variety of outdoor sports
Practice yoga with Duniye Spa

Things to Do in the Sea:
Enjoy motorized water sports; jet ski, banana boats, parasailing, and more at select resorts
Do non-motorized water sports. Kayaking, wind sailing, paddle boarding
Sea swimming
Luxury yachting and boating
Fishing

Things to do underwater
Snorkelling
Diving: Single tank, two-tank, turtle excursions, manta excursions, ship wreaks, whale shark excursions. See the dive & snorkelling guide to the Maldives to learn more

Learn New Skills and Experience Travel

Join a retreat
Take a cooking class to learn a Maldivian curry
Learn to dive or do your next dive certificate
Learn windsurfing, try kite surfing, parasailing, or wakeboarding!
Experience the Maldivian culture and taste the local cuisine

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Exercising Al-fresco: Make Your Maldives Island Your Gym

August 18, 2021

The Maldives is great to respite, soak in the sun on a beach holiday, for diving, romance, and indulgence. Guests can add wellbeing and outdoor exercising to the list of things to do in the Maldives.

Each of our resorts has air-conditioned fitness centres with ocean vistas and some with tropical views amidst lush gardens. The private islands, being at sea level, are a perfect spot for low altitude endurance training. With clean air and surrounded by the sea, our resorts offer a great place for our guests to embrace nature and get inventive with their fitness regime while on holiday.

Here are 8 ways to get your workout at our resorts

1.  Swim

Dip into the sea or the freshwater pools at our resorts. Every island in the collection includes their own lagoon and swimming pools. Saltwater is known for its therapeutic effects and warm seawater, generally 25°C to 30 °C (77 to 86 °F). Swimming offers the benefit of increased heart rate, muscle toning, stamina, and endurance without stressing your body.

2. Scuba dive  & 3.  Snorkelling

Exploring the underwater world is an excellent way of being active. It will double as a well-being activity, putting your whole body to test while calming your mind and regulating your breathing.

[Related: Scuba Diving And Snorkeling In Maldives »]

4. Sea Kayaking

This calorie-burning activity is fun and helps exercise your back, shoulders, arms, chest, and abs. Choose from single or twin kayaks at our resorts’ water sports centre. Complimentary use of kayaks is included in most of the collection’s All-Inclusive Packages.

5. Stand up Paddle Boarding

Also known as SUP Surfing, this activity uses your core muscles to keep you balanced an oversized surfboard with a paddle. This gentle activity is easy to learn, exercise your body while not exerting pressure. Paddle boarding at sunset is a bucket list activity. Ask your resort’s Water Sports centre for paddle boards.

6. Running & Jogging

A jog on the beach or run through the islands’ coconut canopied roads and pathways – an activity suitable for guests of all ages to improve cardiovascular fitness and build strong bones.

7. Increase your flexibility

Stretch. Roll out your yoga mats on the beach or the verandas of your villas with sea views. The Duniye Spas at each of the resorts also offer yoga sessions for the guests to enjoy.

8. Play Racquet Sports

Tennis, badminton, paddle tennis, and table tennis.  Our properties provide a choice of facilities to burn those calories with intense and fun under the tropical weather.

[Related: Play padel tennis – on the court ranked as one of the most spectacular paddle tennis courts in the world »]