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Encounter Majestic Manta Rays In The Maldives – At Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort

A haven of natural tranquillity, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in the Maldives is a top destination for seeing some of the world’s rarest sea creatures. What’s more, until November this beautiful island resort enjoys its ‘manta ray season’, offering divers, swimmers, snorkellers and even dry-land spectators an even greater chance of spotting one of nature’s more unusual creatures.

Manta Rays In The Maldives
Manta Rays In The Maldives

While manta rays are an endangered species in most parts of the world, they thrive in the Maldives’ waters, especially during the summer months when the higher level of plankton in the water and the prevailing winds and currents of the hot weather entice rays of all shapes and sizes to migrate to Olhuveli’s tempting shores. Continue Reading

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Action & Adventure At Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort, Maldives

Kite Surfing OlhuveliFor those seeking the ultimate aesthetic adventure, picture-perfect Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort is the ideal destination providing a beautiful backdrop for thrill seekers and active holidaymakers wanting to make the most of the Maldives’ watery wonderland. Located an exhilarating 45–minute speedboat transfer from the airport, this four-star deluxe resort is nestled amid tropical vegetation and surrounded by a vast sandy, award-winning beach and a crystal clear lagoon, offering a bountiful array of activities for guests.

With a house reef that plays host to a rich diversity of marine life, the resort boasts a PADI five-star diving school, giving guests an unrivalled choice of dive courses from Discover Scuba Diving classes to specialist Nitrox and RE-breather courses. Even snorkelling has been given the action treatment with a recently added PADI Skin Diver course, so adults and children can learn the skills of surface diving.

While back on the surface, the all-encompassing watersports centre offers everything from fast and furious catamaran sailing to self-guided canoe safaris, in which guests can circa-navigate the island before picnicking on the nearby private ‘Dream Island’. Olhuveli has one of the first registered kite-surfing schools in the Maldives and the location is perfect for this extreme sport as beginners can learn safely in the shallow waters of the lagoon. For the more advanced, a nearby famous surf spot beckons from May to October – great fun for kite-surfers, windsurfers and just plain surfing! If this isn’t cutting-edge enough, wakeboarding definitely will be. A stylish mixture of water-skiing, surfing and snowboarding, it is guaranteed to cause a splash. Continue Reading

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Relax And Rejuvenate At Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort

It’s been a long winter, but with spring just around the corner, those wanting to relax and rejuvenate winter-worn, neglected bodies should head to Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in the Maldives. This luxury island retreat enables guests to do as little or as much as they want, offering gorgeous, quiet beaches, a choice of watersports and a selection of restaurants serving fresh and healthy cuisine.

Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort
Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort

In addition, Olhuveli is home to an exotic Sun Spa, with treatment rooms hidden away in the lush vegetation, including secluded spa pavilions with a rain shower and outdoor baths. Taking a holistic approach to well-being, therapists offer a fusion of traditional rituals which are perfect for both men and women, including Swedish, Balinese, Japanese Shiatsu, Thai and aromatherapy massages and the Sun Spa Signature – a massage simultaneously performed by two therapists, using a combination of Asian techniques. Continue Reading

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September Escapes to Mallorca, Morocco and Maldives

September Escapes For Couples & Singles

The kids are back at school, which means flight prices are usually cheaper, resorts aren’t rammed, hotels are no longer full of screaming kids (or stressed out parents) and couples/singles can enjoy a leisurely holiday in the sunshine without the fear of a nine-year-old jumping on top of them in the pool. Welcome to September and a list of suggestions for a lovely sunshine escape to Mallorca, Morocco and the Maldives…

Cassellas de Baix Outdoor Seating in Mallorca
Cassellas de Baix Outdoor Seating in Mallorca

· Mallorcan Farmhouse Retreat (Couples) – from £423 per person

How about a rural retreat in Mallorca? Accommodation specialists Mallorca Farmhouses have a selection of lovely self-catering cottages and farmhouses that are completely remote with no neighbours, no noise, no set meal times and nobody else to have to share the pool with! Continue Reading

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New Canoe Safari Adventure In The Maldives

Who said the Maldives was just for sun, sand and smooching couples? Situated on the tip of the watersports haven South Malé Atoll, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort has just launched a brand new canoe safari, ideal for those wanting to step off the island and enjoy its sparkling, shallow lagoon, deep channels, numerous sandbanks and even a private island!

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Safari Adventure In The Maldives

Suitable for both active families and adventurous couples, this self-guided safari offers the ultimate day out. It includes canoe hire, a picnic to enjoy on neighbouring Dream Island and snorkel and fins – for intrepid water-babies who want to dive into the deeper blue waters and explore the resort’s house reef.

Thomson (www.thomson.co.uk / 0871 230 2555) offers a seven-night package to Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort. Available for selected departures in September from £1,555 per person (saving £286 per person), the price includes return flights from Gatwick, accommodation in a deluxe room on an all-inclusive basis, resort speedboat transfers, taxes and surcharges.

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Turtles Hatch at Baros Maldives

For the first time since its renovation as a luxury resort in 2005, turtles have hatched in the wild at Baros Maldives.

This happened on the morning of Wednesday 21 July 2010 when guests were surprised to see tiny Hawksbill turtle hatchlings emerging from the sand beside Deluxe Villa 117, which is in a quiet area with its own private beach entrance.

The resident marine biologist at Baros Maldives explained that turtles hatch from eggs laid in a hole dug in the sand by the mother turtle about 60 days before. They hatch underground but dig their way out, usually in the late evening or at night and follow the moon light towards the water.

Turtles know by the sand temperature if it is day or night. It was cool on 21 July due to rain and this lowered the sand temperature, enabling guests to enjoy the rare daytime sight of turtles emerging from the sand and scrambling towards the sea.


Turtles Hatched at Baros Maldives

A female turtle usually lays several batches of eggs at two to three week intervals on the same beach, so there is a chance that the same turtle has laid eggs elsewhere on the island. If so, guests are hoping to see another hatching at Baros Maldives soon. Continue Reading

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Diving Delights In The Maldives – With Sun Hotels & Resorts

For underwater lovers, nothing comes close to the pleasure of diving in the Maldives. This collection of 1,190 atolls and islands that string together like teardrops in the Indian Ocean, offer divers of all ages and experience the chance to marvel at an unspoilt underwater world.

With a choice of two stunning islands to stay on, Sun Hotels & Resorts offers not just amazing accommodation and excellent resort facilities, but also the exceptional services of a Sun International Diving School with PADI Gold Palm status which can be found at Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort and Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort.

Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort (South Malé Atoll)
The diving sites around this four-star 133-room resort have everything to offer. The long house reef is beautiful and safe and ideal for those learning to dive.

But what makes Olhuveli so special and popular with divers from all over the world is the access to over 35 dive sites, making it possible to dive with whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles, tuna, Napoleon fish and even dolphins.


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Experienced divers will enjoy a 30-metre reef channel drift dive where they can be serenaded by surgeon fish dancing around the air bubbles from the airtank or come face-to-face with black tip and hammer head sharks as they hang out on the flat sand shelf of the reef’s edge. Continue Reading

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Olhuveli Offers Football Fans And Foes The Perfect Getaway

For those looking to soak up the sun as well as the atmosphere of the largest sporting event in the world, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort (www.olhuveli.com) in the Maldives is offering football fans and their other halves the perfect getaway throughout the FIFA World Cup.

With live matches showing outside the Lagoon bar, 25% discount on all alcoholic beverages and a light snack buffet after midnight, Olhuveli offers a fantastic alternative venue to watch the football stars on the large outdoor screen under the night sky. In addition, the special drinks menu has a medley of beers and cocktails to tantalise the taste buds during games, from a Cappelo Cosmo to a World Cup Woo Woo.

The Sun Spa is also on hand with a range of treatments guaranteed to whisk guests in to a world of rest and relaxation. Valid between 11 June and 11 July, footy supporters can take advantage of a complimentary Football Frenzy Foot Massage with every Sun Spa Signature Massage taken – the perfect remedy for pre-match nerves!


Watch Football

For the aspiring Gerards and Lampards out there, Olhuveli plans to invite guests of all ages to join in the island’s weekly beach football matches. Continue Reading

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Sunshine & Savings In The Maldives – With Sun Hotels & Resorts

Fed-up of waiting for summer to arrive? Dreaming of a white-sand beach, warm, azure-blue sea and lazy days stretching into balmy relaxing evenings?

Would love to visit a tropical island but wondering if the holiday budget is more suited to the Mediterranean than the Indian Ocean? Then think again, as Sun Hotels & Resorts, who have two idyllic resorts in the Maldives, have announced lower high-season rates and a reduction in the all-inclusive supplement – perfect for those seeking sunshine and savings!


Olhuveli Sandbank

Available through selected tour operators and valid for departure from 16 April until 31 October, choose from two beautiful resorts: Continue Reading

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Maldives

HotelTravel.com’s Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Maldives Low-lying, laidback and surrounded by some of the planet’s clearest and bluest waters, the Maldives remain a popular choice for honeymooners, and those seeking once-in-a-lifetime holiday experiences. HotelTravel.com is proud to present its Top 10 reasons to visit the Maldives.

From key feeder markets like Singapore, Hong Kong and other Asian countries it is also a short-haul flight, greatly reducing the carbon footprint of air travel.

HotelTravel.com recently completed its customer survey of the most romantic holiday choices on the planet with the Maldives taking top honours. Continue Reading

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Holiday Inn Opens in Malé, Maldives

The Holiday Inn Malé, located in Malé, the capital city of the Maldives, welcomed its first guests on Monday.

Located on the corner of Ameer Ahmed Magu, Holiday Inn Malé lies near the harbourfront, shops and markets and within a short walking distance to the various historical places of interest like the Old Friday Mosque, Sultan Park and The Presidential Palace.

The hotel provides the perfect gateway to holidaymakers heading out to outlying resort islands.

holiday-inn-hotel-in-male-maldivesHoliday Inn Malé features 117 stylish rooms, including 17 Superior Rooms, 77 Deluxe Rooms, 13 Deluxe Ocean view Rooms, 9 Premiere Rooms and a Presidential Suite.

All rooms feature either a king bed or two twin beds and offer amenities such as broadband Internet, LCD TVs, minibar, complimentary tea/coffee making facilities and in-room safes.

For dining and entertainment, there is a Lobby Café, an all day dining restaurant, a rooftop restaurant offering European/Japanese fusion cuisine and a 24 hour in-room dining.

The hotel also has a rooftop swimming pool, a well equipped fitness centre and a Coconut Spa. Other activities include scuba diving and snorkeling, big game fishing, island excursions and picnics, Malé city tour, photo flights, resort day visits, submarine trips and others. Continue Reading

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The World’s Best Beaches And Pools

Since the beginning of time, people have flocked to the water for medicinal and spiritual reasons. What’s in your memory of summers gone by?

It seems for all of us there is that memory of a sapphire-blue swimming pool or the teasing ocean rush. We laid in the sun working on our tan, sat in the shade reading a wonderful book, walked the water’s edge searching for seashells or simply played like a fish.

There is still time to visit one of these fabulous all-inclusive resorts where you will be WOWED by their beach or pool.

banyan tree maldives best beachesTake a trip to ResortCompete – they have the largest collection of all-inclusive resorts on the web, over 700+- where you will find these top resorts to sooth your soul this summer.

Here are ResortCompete Specialists top recommendations:

Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico – The impression of an unending horizon is yours as you soak in the impressive 23,000 square foot infinity pool at the Grand Velas Resort. Or perhaps you’d prefer the warmth of the infinity Jacuzzi, available to guests aged 18 and up; a plunge in either provides a view that seems to reach right out into beautiful Banderas Bay, and beyond. Have a bite to eat in the poolside restaurant, or let teams of waiters bring you tropical drink concoctions as you bask in the sun.

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