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World Turtle Day: Sea Turtles Nesting on the Beaches of Our Island Resorts in the Maldives

May 21, 2021
Sea Turtle Lays Eggs on Kagi Maldives Spa Island

Critically Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle Lays Eggs on Kagi Maldives Spa Island’s Beach

Team members of Kagi Maldives Spa Island witnessed Mother Nature’s wonders first hand on Saturday, 15 May 2021, when a critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle laid her eggs at the resort’s beachfront, eight days before World Turtle Day on 23 May, an annual observance to shine a light on the need to protect turtles from their disappearing habitats across the world.  

After the mother turtle slowly dragged herself back to the ocean, the resort team promptly secured the nesting site with a protective fence and clearly marked with a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. The resort hopes to see the emergence of the hatchlings by the end of July. This was not the first event where a turtle laid eggs at the resort, as there are currently two more nests expected to hatch in June.

[Related: June Sea Turtle Hatching At Kagi Maldives Spa Island »]

Sea Turtle Nesting in The Maldives at Kagi Maldives Spa Island

Like many sea turtles, Hawksbills also known as Eretmochelys imbricata, are listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, due to their beautiful, translucent shell being used for decoration and fashion purposes.

According to studies carried out by the Olive Ridley Project, Hawksbill turtles reach sexual maturity at around 30 years of age and can lay up to 200 eggs in each nest that take forty-five to sixty days to hatch. Interestingly, female Hawksbill turtles return to their hatching sites every two to three years to lay their own eggs.

Sea Turtle Nesting in The Maldives at Kagi Maldives Spa Island-2

Located at the tip of North Malé, which is in the heart of Malé Atoll, Kagi Maldives Spa Island is a luxury boutique resort offering a mindful wellness retreat in an inspiring island setting. The 50 all-pool villa resort boasts a spectacular house reef surrounding the island where many resident sea turtles thrive, and some of which choose the island resort as their nesting ground.

More Sea Turtle Nesting & Hatching Sightings At Our Island Resorts

Sea Turtle Hatching Maldives @ Kuredu, Vilamendhoo, Komandoo

Prodivers Maldives, in partnership with the Olive Ridley Project, has identified over 500 sea turtles in the Lhaviyani Atoll. The majority of them can be found at the world-renowned turtle hotspot – Kureduwhere marine life enthusiasts can meet one of about 270 sea turtles residing in the area. 

Lhaviyani Atoll’s large sea turtle population allows guests of Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, Hurawalhi Island Resort, Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, and Innahura Maldives Resort to experience snorkelling or diving with these ancient creatures and learn more about the significance of their conservation. 

Sea Turtle Experiences Across the Collection

Across the Crown & Champa Resorts Collection, there are opportunities to experience ecologically considerate sea turtle encounters. Green sea turtles can be frequently observed at the ultra-luxury Kudadoo Private Island, the naturally chic Hurawalhi Island Resort, and the top-rated Kuredu Island Resort & Spa.  At the adults-only (18+) Komandoo Island Resort & SpaGreen sea turtles and Hawksbill sea turtles can be spotted around the house reef. In the Ari Atoll, where the secluded haven of Veligandu Island Resort & Spa and the diver’s paradise of Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa are situated, Loggerhead sea turtles and Leatherback turtles can be seen swimming and enjoying the waters; whilst the Olive Ridley sea turtles prosper around the family-friendly Meeru Island Resort & Spa in the North Malé Atoll. Turtle Reef, a dive site just off the laid-back Innahura Maldives Resort, is the location where forty-eight (48) Hawksbill sea turtles were spotted in a single dive. 

Sea Turtle Experiences Maldives

Adopt a Sea Turtle in Partnership with the Olive Ridley Project

At Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, Hurawalhi Island Resort, Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, and Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, guests can participate in adopting a turtle with the Olive Ridley Project and help support conservation efforts. These endeavours include, but are not limited to:

  • research, education, and community engagement in all aspects of sea turtle conservation
  • supporting the monitoring, protection, and release efforts of Olive Ridley sea turtles and their hatchlings carried out by trained members of the local communities

Crown & Champa Resorts, the leading resort collection in the Maldives, continuously provides guidelines, information, and environmentally conscious excursions to raise awareness for these graceful creatures of the ocean. Additionally, the resorts work closely with organisations such as ProDivers Maldives, Ocean Group Maldives, and Euro-Divers Maldives to help protect sea turtles in the Maldives. 

Spa, Wellness & Wellbeing

Celebrate June Wellness with Crown & Champa Resorts

May 17, 2021
Kudadoo Aerial Yoga

Celebrate June Wellness with Yoga, Spa, Holistic Healing, Active Sports, and More from Crown & Champa Resorts

Crown & Champa Resorts, the leading resort collection in the Maldives, will celebrate June Wellness this year with inspiring wellbeing activities and energising experiences at its luxurious properties.

Wellness is integral to the ethos and offerings across the collection, and June Wellness is an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on the benefits of healthy living and the remarkable ways to integrate wellness into everyday life. 

Nine (9) Crown & Champa properties will offer a myriad of specially curated experiences, including revitalising spa treatments, holistic wellness, culinary journeys, and mindfulness sessions on Saturday, 12 June, in observance of Global Wellness Day.

Celebrated in more than 100 countries across the world, Global Wellness Day was first established in 2012 as a day to come together and appreciate the beauty and variety of life, with an emphasis on living well, and inspired by the mantra: “One day can change your whole life.” 

Global Wellness Day offerings at Crown & Champa Resorts will include: 

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island: Already booked out for June, guests at this ultra-luxury Maldives resort will have the opportunity to spend the day exploring the island’s complimentary active wellness experiences: from swimming, kayaking, and snorkelling in the turquoise lagoon. 

Hurawalhi Island Resort: The adults-only luxury resort will offer a spa experience for couples called ‘Romantic Retreat’, a 75-minute defining body ritual featuring a choice of renewing Asian massages set in a tranquil and romantic setting. Private yoga can also be arranged on the private decks of guest villas, enhanced by uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. 

Kagi Maldives Spa Island: The Lifestyle Reset Retreats will guide guests towards a more balanced and authentic life, with a comprehensive programme consisting of yoga and meditation, renewing spa treatments and holistic healing, alongside wholesome meals and locally-inspired experiences for the ultimate wellbeing-focused holiday. 

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa: Alongside healthy and detox drinks and locally-sourced menu items on offer, the secluded haven will further spoil romantic couples with ‘Heaven On Earth’. This signature spa treatment is the ultimate body and face ritual, featuring an Oriental massage, followed by a nourishing hand therapy and hydrating facials. The celestial sounds of Tibetan singing bowls complete this blissful experience.  

Komandoo Island Resort & Spa: Guests at the truly adults-only (18+) resort can take advantage of its spa’s signature ‘Him & Her Treatment’, a romantic indulgence featuring restorative and calming Balinese Massage, that is followed by champagne, for couples to fully savour the pampering experience. 

Meeru Island Resort & Spa: The family-friendly resort will host several activities throughout the property’s tropical grounds, including yoga on the beach, a morning run through the golf course and a sustainable garden tour. Younger guests can spend time cycling around the island or take part in a complete Excursion Program, suitable for the whole family.

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa: The famed dive resort in the South Ari Atoll not only offers a fantastic choice of ocean activities including diving, snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking but also presents on-request healthy cooking classes which allow guests to learn how to prepare a nutritious feast, using fresh and natural ingredients from land and sea.

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa: A comprehensive calendar of health and fitness activities will include beach runs, yoga sessions, boot camp classes, Pilates training, and non-motorised water sports. Guests can also sample a variety of healthy juices and bites available at the resort’s extensive selection of food & beverage outlets. 

Innahura Maldives Resort: The laid-back, easy-going resort will offer ‘Sound Bath’, a meditative experience where those in attendance will fall into a deep state of relaxation and healing as an expert therapist uses a set of Himalayan singing bowls to balance mind, body, and spirit.

International Day of Yoga

In celebration of International Day of Yoga on 21 June, Duniye Spas will be offering a special yoga class on the beach from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm complimentary for all guests. Participating resorts include Hurawalhi Island Resort, Kagi Maldives Spa Island, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, Meeru Island Resort & Spa, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, and Innahura Maldives Resort. Guests joining the yoga session can conclude the experience with a 75-minute deeply relaxing Indian Head and Deep Tissue Massage. 

Soulful Monday: Workplace Wellness

Conducted by the experienced team of Duniye Spas, Soulful Monday will be offered to all resort teams scheduled every Monday starting 7 June. This unique 30-minute happiness and energy booster soulful session is dedicated to promoting wellness at the workplace and embracing a healthy lifestyle. 

Celebrating Wellness Year-Round at Crown & Champa Resorts

At Crown & Champa Resorts, we offer a range of spa and wellness experiences across our properties all year-round. To learn more about our diverse portfolio of resorts in the Maldives, please visit the Crown & Champa Resorts Collection.

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Properties of Crown & Champa Resorts Win 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

May 17, 2021
Crown & Champa Resorts Wins 6 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards

Properties of Crown & Champa Resorts Recognised with a 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

Crown & Champa Resorts, the leading resort collection in the Maldivesis pleased to announce that its properties have been awarded the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice ® 2021.

Recipients of this year’s Travellers’ Choice Award are the secluded haven of Veligandu Island Resort & Spathe truly adults-only (18+) Komandoo Island Resort & Spathe famed dive resort of Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spathe top-rated Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, and the laid-back Innahura Maldives Resort, placing the properties in the top 10% of hospitality businesses worldwide.

Hurawalhi Island Resorthome to the iconic 5.8 All-glass, Undersea Restaurant, is awarded the Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best – the highest honour Tripadvisor bestows, and is ranked as #10 amongst the Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Asia. The five-star resort is accessible by a 40-minute scenic seaplane flight from the main airport, and features 90 luxuriously appointed villas, including 60 Ocean Villas and 30 Beach Villas, for grown-ups who are seeking a perfect balance of barefoot luxury and enchanting adventures.

2021 TripAdvisor Top Hotels for Romance - Hurawalhi Maldives

Award winners are recognised based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from Tripadvisor’s global community of travellers. 

Catering to every purpose of travel, Crown & Champa Resorts Collection 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.

Each of the resorts in the collection promises a safe and beautiful holiday experience, whether it be for a rejuvenating solo holiday, a romantic getaway on an adults-only island, or a fun family vacation for multi-generational travellers. 

News Travel Guide

The Maldives’ Most Instagrammable Spots

May 13, 2021
The Maldives' Most Instagrammable Spots

The 10 Most Instagrammable Spots in the Maldives

The Maldives is as if made for the ‘gram! With glimmering blue waters, tropical skies, and picturesque white sandy beaches, it is clear to see why the island nation is one of the most desired destinations for bucket-list holidays. 

To help you capture the most awe-inspiring, Instagram-worthy images, scroll down to discover the 10 most popular spots at our idyllic island resorts in the Maldives. 

1. The Retreat at Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

The Maldives' Most Instagrammable Spots - Kudadoo Private Island

The Retreat is Kudadoo Maldives Private Island‘s iconic two-storey architectural masterpiece that houses all the quintessential delights of high-end leisure. Located atop an aquamarine lagoon, it is where you can socialise, dine, and address your wellbeing needs amidst picture-perfect natural surrounds. Not to mention that your photos taken here are sure to get your Instagram followers double-tapping and commenting!

Explore more: @KudadooMaldives

2. 5.8, the World’s Largest, All-glass Undersea Restaurant

The Maldives' Most Instagrammable Spots - 5.8 Undersea Restaurant

Sitting 5.8 metres under the ocean, below Hurawalhi Maldives, you can experience the Maldives’ trendiest restaurant – the world’s largest underwater dining venue – and expect a culinary journey like no other at 5.8. 

Explore more: @hurawalhi

3. The Ocean Pool Villas at Hurawalhi Island Resort

The Maldives' Most Instagrammable Spots - Hurawalhi Maldives Resort

Whether it is #VillaGoals, #BreakfastGoals or #PoolGoals that you wish to achieve for your feed,  the naturally chic, five-star Hurawalhi Island Resort has no shortage of spectacular photo opportunities to help you fulfil all that and more.

Explore more: @hurawalhi

4. The Minimalist Swing Hanging from a Coconut Tree at Kagi Maldives Spa Island

The Maldives' Most Instagrammable Spots - Kagi Maldives Spa Island

With captivating views of the turquoise lagoon, the minimalist swing hanging from a coconut tree at the wellbeing-focused Kagi Maldives Spa Island is a picturesque spot to relax during the day or from which to watch the world go by.

Explore more: @KagiMaldives

5. The Cocoon Beach Chair at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

The Maldives' Most Instagrammable Spots - Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

The secluded haven of Veligandu Island Resort & Spa will never be short of photogenic spots to take your pictures in. One of the guests’ favourites is this charming cocoon chair on the beach with the tropical scenery as your backdrop.

Explore more: @VeliganduIsland

6. The Wooden Walkways Connecting the Overwater Villas at Komandoo Island Resort & Spa

The Maldives' Most Instagrammable Spots - Komandoo Island Resort

The open-air, wooden walkways that connect the overwater villas at the adults-only (18+) Komandoo Island Resort & Spa create the perfect setting for that #IGFeedGoals Instagram capture. Take a long stroll down the walkway with your #OOTD (Outfit of the Day) or have your prenup or wedding photos taken here. 

Explore more: @KomandooMaldives

7. The Infinity Pool at Meeru Island Resort & Spa

The Maldives' Most Instagrammable Spots - Meeru Island Resort & Spa

With endless views of the ocean and some of best sunset vistas,  it is no wonder that the infinity pool in the palm-fringed paradise of Meeru Island Resort & Spa is such a well-liked spot for a ‘gram or two.

Explore more: @MeeruIsland

8. The Magical Setting of South Ari Atoll at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

The Maldives' Most Instagrammable Spots - Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

With Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa’s prime location in South Ari Atoll, renowned for whale shark and manta ray hotspots, expect to find some of the most crystal-clear waters and richest marine life in the Maldives.

Explore more: @Vilamendhoo

9. The Sea Swing at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

The Maldives' Most Instagrammable Spots - Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

Spend lovey-dovey moments or bring out your inner child on the sea swing at the top-rated Kuredu Island Resort & Spa. Make sure you have your camera on hand to capture those #TravelGoals experiences.

Explore more: @Kuredu_Island_Resort 

10. The Unbelievably Blue Lagoon at Innahura Maldives Resort

The Maldives' Most Instagrammable Spots - Innahura Maldives Resort

If you are seeking to fill your Instagram feed with dreamy blues, go no further than the unpretentious, laid-back paradise of Innahura Maldives Resort.

Explore more: @Innahura 

Looking for the best resorts from which to experience the picture-perfect Maldives?

The resorts within our collection tick all the boxes for a safe and beautiful holiday experience in paradise. 


Kudadoo Maldives Private Islandan ultra-luxury, fully-inclusive resort located in the magnificent surrounds of Lhaviyani Atoll. 

Hurawalhi Island Resorta naturally-chic adults’ escape where luxury treads lightly, balancing barefoot bliss with enchanting adventures. 

Boutique Retreat 

Kagi Maldives Spa Islanda luxury boutique resort offering a mindful wellness retreat in an inspiring island setting. 


Meeru Island Resort & Spa: a tranquil paradise of swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches, with a myriad of experiences and activities for families and couples alike.  

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa: a top-rated resort with a wide selection of accommodations, sports, dining, and entertainment. 

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa: a popular dive resort located in the South Ari Atoll, renowned for whale shark and manta ray hotspots. 

Top Romantic 

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa: Asia and the Maldives’ top romantic resort offering the ultimate secluded island retreat. 

Komandoo Island Resort & Spa: the Maldives’ leading adults-only resort (18+ years) ideal for couples, solo travellers, and groups of friends. 


Innahura Maldives Resort: an all-beach bungalow resort with a fun, laid-back atmosphere perfect for those who are always up for fun and new adventures. 

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