NEW YORK FINESSE IN THE INDIAN OCEAN
As one of the newest launches in the Maldives, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort certainly has the wow-factor in spades, winning gongs for its architecture and delivering New York style uber-luxury to discerning guests, from the signature Iridium spa to the brand’s legendary butler service and traditions, such as the evening champagne sabering ritual. Valid for stays until November 30, the resort is offering Eid travellers a “Summer in Paradise” package, with savings of up to 20 per cent on room rate, champagne, fruit and sweets on arrival, daily buffet breakfast at ALBA, and up to US$100 food and beverage credits per adult per day. What’s more, two kids under 12 can stay and dine for free per villa.
A MALDIVIAN PLAYGROUND
Set on two pristine islands, Chill and Play, in the idyllic Dhaalu Atoll, Niyama Private Islands Maldives has plenty to tempt sybarites seeking an Eid Al Adha break, with the much-loved Explorers Kids Club and a whopping nine restaurants, including treehouse restaurant Nest and the world’s first underwater playground Subsix. The good news? The resort’s brand-new “Stay Longer” offer means you can linger awhile longer enjoying it all, with up 40 per cent off the room rate, a free upgrade to half board and one rejuvenating 60-minute treatment for two at the award-winning overwater Niyama Spa. Simply by book a stay of at least two nights online before 30 September – rates start from AED2,086++ (approx. US$567) per night for two adults and two children.
GILI GIVES MORE
Eid is always a time for giving but at Gili Lankanfushi, a luxurious, yet eco-minded resort just a quick boat ride away in the North Malé Atoll, it’s also about taking away – especially when it comes to shoes. The “no news, no shoes” policy means guests are free to pad about barefoot around the island, whether it’s between their Robinson Crusoe-style overwater villas to breakfast or to the gorgeous Meera Spa. Now, with the “Gili Gives More” package, the resort is offering guests a choice of accommodation in a Villa Suite, Residence or Crusoe Residence, with complimentary return transfers from Malé, complimentary daily gourmet breakfast by the beach and exquisite dinner experience at the Main Restaurant for two persons. Villas start from US$ 970 ++ per night with a minimum four-night stay.
FAMILY TIME IN PARADISE
Just a 20-minute ride on board a luxurious motorised catamaran from Malé, getting to Jumeirah Vittaveli is a breeze – and that’s exactly what you want in a long-weekend destination, along with a relaxing spa treatments and an enormous infinity pool complete with servers doling out iced towels, fruit skewers and daily specialty shooters, of course! Ideal for Eid (or any other long weekend), the resort has concocted a “Weekend Getaway” package, offering a four-night stay to guests paying for three nights. Valid for stays until 20 December 2017, and applicable to stays over either a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, the package includes daily complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi, complimentary access to the outstanding Kuda Koli Kids Club, and free non-motorised water sports and Vittaveli Cycles to explore the island. Families too, can rejoice, as children under age of 12 can dine for free when ordering from the kids’ menu.
Set on a tropical 23-hectare coral island in the Raa Atoll, Furaveri Island Resort & Spa is not only owned and managed by a local Maldivian family and mostly staffed by Maldivians, but honouring the culture of the island archipelago nation is woven throughout the philosophy. Oh and did we mention it’s absolutely stunning? Take the chance to experience the island’s bountiful beauty with the “Eid Al-Adha 2017” offer, which is a steal with a three-night stay in an Over Water Villa starting from as little as US$1,815. Valid until 31st October 2017, this package includes three nights full-board accommodation, a 60-minute couples’ massage, a 15-minute jet ski for two, complimentary Wi-Fi, snorkelling and non-motorised water sports and an early check-in and late check out (subject to availability).
Whether you want to stay close to Malé or venture a little further to the southern tip of the Baa Atoll – a UNESCO biosphere reserve – Coco Collection has an idyllic island resort to suit, and in celebration of Eid Al Adha, Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu Maldives are offering a special package granting their guests a free night in paradise. The deal will see you staying four nights and paying only for three, with complimentary return transfers for two, daily breakfast, a welcome platter of fruits, dates and chocolates, along with a complimentary sunset shisha for two, and an additional 10 per cent discount on all treatments at Coco Spa. Valid for bookings received by the 4th of September and for stays between the 31st August to the 7th September 2017, simply quote the booking code “EIDCC”.