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Fah Thai Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

“FAH THAI” is the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd.

HAPPENINGS MALDIVES If

HAPPENINGS MALDIVES If you’ve got time in Malé before heading out to your atoll of choice, consider a tour in the capital city. A street grid plan makes directions easy, stroll are easily accomplished in a few hours, or join a guided tour with information that can be provided at your guesthouse or hotel. Wander around the friendly town and take in sights like Sultan Park, which now sits on former palace grounds in the 16th century and the President’s palace, Mulee Aage, in a colonial-style bungalow design. There’s the National Museum and the golden-domed Grand Friday Mosque, SPOTLIGHT A Malé Kind of Day ULTIMATE BEST Being praised as Asia’s Best Airport Hotel by the International Hotel Awards three years in a row is of high accolade. Ticking off all the right boxes for views and service and beyond has propelled the Hulhule Island Hotel to international recognition. Located on the other side of the Maldivian capital Malé, a stay at one of the hotel’s 136 luxurious guest rooms promises unobstructed views of the magnificent blue sea and pristine private beach. It’s among one the top choices of superstars and VIPs as the place to recharge before embarking on their journey to the islands. To unwind, there’s the spa’s traditional Balinese massage for starters, or a variety of sports such as golf, beach volleyball, tennis and basketball as other leisure time options. If there’s a desire to visit the capital of Malé, a shuttle boat service is at the ready. hih.com.mv and the historic, 17th century Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), often described as looking like a wedding cake. Check beforehand to see which buildings allow drop-in visitors. The main market offers a local spectrum of fresh seafood, enticing fruits and vegetables, including fabrics and items every household needs in colourful displays. At the Malé main waterfront esplanade and boat harbour, village ferries and resort launches run along the strikingly blue waters to several points in North Malé Atoll’s numerous islands. visitmaldives.com SAVING A NATURAL BEAUTY Consisting of 26 atolls, all 1,190 islands of the Maldives are inhabited – but not with humans as the majority. With a total area of about 90,000 square kilometres, the Maldives has a long history as rich as other places on earth. Once seized by Portugal and later a part of Ceylon before Great Britain, Maldivian independence came in 1953, followed by a series of reforms and development. Now, some hotel properties are working hard to ensure that this tropical getaway maintains its beauty. The blue atolls with their extensive coral islands, and corals are vulnerable to strong waves, winds, currents and rising temperatures that can wreck or uproot them. They are addressing the issue of coral bleaching, as the coral is described as being deprived of the algae that provides 80 per cent of its nutrients. The Centara Ras Fushi, as part of their CSR activity with hotel guests, organises regular re-planting events and nurseries for such corals. Guests are invited to join their coral recovery programme in which Best Dives offers educational activities with trained divers who provide guidance through proper replanting procedures. Two types of corals – hard and soft – are maintained and replanted at the ridges around the resort, a popular snorkelling spot. centarahotelsresorts.com/centara/crf, +960 664 3880 128