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LUX* NMA gets new executive chef

This is one of our favourite spots in Male Atoll, possibly the whole of the country, and they have just got themselves a new executive chef, Taylor Shearman, from Aus.  She began her culinary journey as a kitchen apprentice and worked at some of Australia’s best restaurants. During this time, […]

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Two Lily resorts extend PCR testing on departure

Departing guests can get scanned for COVID-19 till 31 March 2020 with two adults and one child per booking getting tested for free, Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa and Lily Beach Resort and Spa have announced in press releases. It’s part of the two resorts’ efforts to smooth out travel […]

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Maafaru lab testing Maldivians for free

Maldivians get up to 100 free COVID-19 tests a day at the Maafaru coronavirus testing lab in Noonu Atoll, a press release from Soneva states. The lab is a joint venture between Soneva Foundation and Velaa Private Resort and was recently reopened following upgrades to increase testing capacity. It has […]

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Three places to be this Valentine’s Day

We thought we’d pick three of our favourites for the year, and believe us, this is not completely random, there is a very human element involved.   Amilla’s Valentine’s Gift Amilla has a 3-day programme for this year’s day of love, and they are doing something really cool. The resort is […]

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Soneva Jani embarks on Chapter Two

Soneva Jani is introducing guests to Chapter Two. Among other things, this second chapter entails 27 luxurious Water Reserves built at the southern tip of Medhufaru Island, guaranteeing even more seclusion, space and privacy. Three brand new dining outlets are also at hand – Overseas by Bocuse d’Or winning Mathias […]

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CNN’s Call To Earth features manta ray conservation in the Maldives

This month, CNN’s environment focused program Call to Earth sheds light on the conservation efforts taking place in the Maldives to protect the manta ray.  CNN meets Beth Faulkner, the Baa Atoll project manager of the Maldivian Manta Ray Project to understand how the conservation group learns about their reproductive […]

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Dazzle and win big at BBM Chef’s Challenge 2021

Best Buy Maldives (BBM) is calling for Maldivian chefs to impress and win monthly prizes through March 2021 and to win big at their Chef’s Challenge.  Participation requires three steps. First, craft a dish with at least one of these popular brands.  Then snap pics of your work, highlighting the […]

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Two publishing pros are 2021’s Barefoot Booksellers

Alice Spencer and Aislinn Shivakumar have quite possibly the best jobs in the world – as Barefoot Booksellers on two stunning Soneva properties in the Maldives. Alice is a senior press officer at Penguin Random House now on sabbatical to set up the Bookseller on Soneva Jani, a first for […]

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Hotel Jen introduces karaoke nights

Hotel Jen recently introduced karaoke nights aimed at locals in an effort to make life in Male a little fun for those stuck in the city with nowhere to go. Jen kicked off the inaugural event with a ceremony and it saw the participation of prominent local musicians including De […]

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Kaimoo resorts awarded gold certificate for COVID safety

Three Kaimoo properties, Summer Island, Embudu Village and Equator Village have received gold certificates for their efforts in helping curb the spread of COVID-19, the group said in a press release. It’s an international certification awarded to the resorts in December by Hotel Resilient, a group that aims to be […]