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ITB Berlin News 2020 #3

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I REGION I ASIA IParadise Island JA Manafaru Maldives Transforms into All-Inclusive ResortThe Maldives –celebrating (very)different experiencesJA ManafaruMaldivestransforms intoall-inclusiveresortJA Manafaru Maldives has announced it is to become an“all-Inclusive resort”, allowing guests to benefit from anall-inclusive meal plan which offers a culinary journey ofseven restaurants and bars, complimentary experiencesand premium beverages from 11am-11pm.The island is situated in themagnificent lagoon-ringed HaaAlifu Atoll at the northern tip of theMaldives.General Manager, Karen Merrick,commented: "Once you set footon this paradise island, all yourworries fade away. We don't wantour guests to spend a momenttrying to add up costs in their head,we want them to experience pureescapism and a deep, mindfulconnection with the stunningnatural surrounds. This is thebest value we've ever offered, soeven more guests will now getthe opportunity to experience JAManafaru."Fringed with exquisite powderbeaches and crystal-clear watersteeming with exotic marine life, thechic hideaway features 84 luxuriousbeachfront and over-water villasand residences, each with theirown private plunge pool. Sevenscenic dining destinations providea wealth of options with traditionalIndian Ocean cuisine, internationalfare and seafood feasts allavailable on the All-Inclusive plan.The signature restaurant - WhiteOrchid - sits in the middle of theocean treating guests to balmybreezes as they indulge in awardwinningAsian fare. Guests can alsoenjoy a wide range of premiumbeverages across multiple venuesincluding Horizon Lounge with itsocean views, Andiamo Bistro andPool with its lush green backdropand Ocean Grill, beachfront diningunder the stars. Activities aboundfor both adults and children witha dive, water sports and excursioncentre and Marine AwarenessCentre to conserve local ecologyAbhijit GhoshGeneral Manager,Jumeirah VittaveliJumeirah Vittaveli, on Bolifushi island in the Maldivescontinues to surprise… now with – wait for it – an iceskating rink. We asked General Manager Abhijit Ghosh totell us more about the innovations introduced at the resortover the past year.Indeed, we have successfullyintroduced the first eco-friendlyartificial ice rink in the country, theonly place where you can do yourpirouettes in the open air, next tothe powder soft sand and Indianocean. When it comes to luxury,the 3,500sqm 5-bedroom RoyalResidence offers the ultimate privateplayground for the extraordinarytraveller – family reunions, weddingcelebrations, a friends’ getaway –celebrate all this and more in yourown private hideaway including twoswimming pools, spa treatmentroom, gym, as well as your very ownTeppanyaki-style restaurant.Last year, we refurbished 16overwater villas to include waterslides – offering guests theopportunity to enter the magicalunderwater world of the Maldivesin a whole new way! Late in 2019,we launched the 85ft Azimutsuperyacht MY Vittaveli, with 4cabins. This yacht is our newest villacategory, inviting guests to explorethe Maldives wherever their fancymight take them.For this year, we plan to enhanceour butler services, introduce a newMichelin star Chef series, togetherwith a host of visiting practitionersat our Talise Spa. We will continueour focus on our dining venues,surprising guests with the launchof new innovative concepts, andplan to have an extraordinary newguest experience – to be launchedin the second half of the year so I amnot able to reveal too many detailsyet, but it will be an immersiveexperience for all senses!Jumeirah Vittaveli - MY Vittaveli at East shore with SpaITB BERLIN NEWS • THURSDAY 19 TH MARCH 2020 • 35

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