The Maldives island you can actually afford - Introducing Kandima Maldives

Newly open in 2017, Kandima Maldives is one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Located on a lush 3 km long tropical island in the Dhaalu Atoll, just a quick 45-minute seaplane flight from Male, Kandima is anything but ordinary.

It’s large natural lagoon and lush tropical island surroundings are what ‘Insta Dreams’ are made of.

Kandima is an entirely new concept for the Maldives, Fun, Social & Affordable – with prices starting from 250 AUD per person per night on half board (Breakfast & Dinner) this tropical oasis has all your Instagram fantasies without the price tag.

Yes, so Finally there is an Island in the Maladies you can actually afford to visit.

The resort offers a choice of 274 stylishly designed studios, beach and aqua villas, with nine different room categories to choose from.

Kandima’s entry-level rooms are the most contemporary concept the Maldives’ has ever seen. The Sky Studios, rather than being over the ocean are situated along the main beach and have a private terrace and endless panoramic tropical views of the lagoon and it’s 50 shades of blue.

The Sky Studios mean your can finally afford to go on that luxury dream holiday without having to save your entire life or sell an internal organ. It also means the Maldives are no longer just a destination for Honeymooners.

This game changing resort breaks the mould of the Maldives traditional ‘couples only’ style and encourages guest to interact and socialise.

The resort doesn’t get hung up on luxury and exclusivity – it’s for everyone; families, couples and groups of friends, whether you seek relaxation, adventure, wellbeing, sport, spa experiences or just family time, Kandima Maldives will have something for everyone.

At Kandima our fun, social and playful spirit means if you get tired of staring into the eye’s of your significant other over a candle light dinner on a private beach; there is still loads to do. The resort hosts pool parties with international DJ’s, cooking classes, beach games and massage workshops as well as paddle boarding, windsurfing and cocktail tastings. You can snorkel on the nearby reef, do sunrise and aerial yoga, art classes and the resort also has the largest kids’ club in the country called Kandiland so it’s perfect for groups of friends or families.

And if that isn’t enough to get you on the next flight out, the resort also has one of the largest culinary offerings in the Maldives with 10 Bars & Restaurants including a Steak House, Chinese & Mediterranean restaurants, a Beach Club and an Adults Only Cocktail Bar.

The Maldives has been screaming out for something different; According to Kandima ”We’re not an extremely highly priced, exclusive resort. We want our guests to be sociable and inclusive but most of all, we want them to feel that they’re getting value for their hard-earned cash. What’s exciting about Kandima is that it’s opening up possibilities to friends, families and couples who can now experience this beautiful country whereas they never dreamt they could.”

The resort has 5* facilities but at 4* prices. They don’t charge thousands of dollars a night, and the resort has now put the Maldives on the radar of a whole new group of people – #OurKindOfPeople as the resort like to say! Kandima is fun, accessible and really is a place for everyone.

With Scoot, Sri Lanka & Singapore Airlines offering flights from Australia to Male it’s never been easier for Australians to get to the Maldives. From Male, the capital city, Kandima is just a quick 45-minute seaplane ride away!

YOLO, So what are you waiting for? Let those tropical good vibes roll.

Source: Kandima


Jingle-Bells Time at Six Senses Zighy Bay

Six Senses Zighy Bay has designed a festive program this year that promises guests an unforgettable stay, with a wide variety of fun-filled activities for the whole family to enjoy, from adventure activities and spa/wellness treats to tempting gastronomic experiences, all of which have been crafted specifically to embrace the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

With the winter temperature hovering around between 26-29 degrees, the weather is perfect in December for a break at Six Senses Zighy Bay. Guests can enjoy many activities on the ground, in the water and up in the air, including paragliding, mountain biking, dhow cruising, snorkeling, diving and fishing.

Dine.
The festive week gets underway at the beachside Shua Shack, with a unique family-style Bedouin dining experience under the stars, featuring local specialties including Shuwa, hot and cold mezze, live stations of shawarma, falafel, saj and a wide selection of hot dishes from around the globe.

At the gala dinner on Christmas Eve, slow roasted turkey, wagyu beef and the grill station bring a traditional flavor, while a seafood extravaganza will serve up the best produce from the waters surrounding the lovely resort.

The hotel’s renowned mountain-top restaurant, Sense on the Edge, is hosting a Christmas Gourmet Gala dinner featuring festive specials crafted with flavors from around the world.

Price OMR 70++ per guest and includes a welcome glass of French bubbly.

To welcome the New Year, Six Senses will create a lavish, out-of-the-ordinary party by the resort’s saltwater pool where guests can sample a ‘Global Tastes’ buffet as they party the night away. Children will have their own designated buffet corner.
Price: OMR 154++ per guest and excludes beverages.

Relax.
House guests looking to bliss out during their stay will be pampered by the experienced wellness team at Six Senses Spa Zighy Bay, where therapeutic treatments range from a Traditional Balinese Detox Massage and Fire Cupping Therapy to The Royal Javanese Back Massage that features the use of hot stones, deep pressure massage and specialist oils.

Discover.
Children and adults can enjoy activities which embrace and highlight the local culture, from microlight flights, paragliding, excursions to the local town and the historical fort, picturesque cruises, water skiing, fun tubing, rock climbing, Sabatyn 4×4 to the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Musandam and other tours which make the most of the resort’s unique surrounding natural landscape.

Meanwhile, parents wanting a little private time can take their children (ages 4 to 11) to the Chaica’s Club where they can enjoy supervised baking, arts & crafts and creating Christmas tree decorations. Energetic teenagers have their own Al-Feetean’s Club where they can participate in many land and water sports.

Six Senses Zighy Bay has been named among the Middle East’s ‘Top Four Resorts by readers of luxury travel bible, Conde Nast Traveler in its 2017 Readers Choice Award. Now in its 30th year, the awards are based on the ratings submitted by more than 300,000 readers covering more than 7,000 hotels and resorts in 610 cities.

For more information on Six Senses Zighy Bay and assistance with bookings, please visit www.sixsenses.com/resorts/zighy-bay/accommodation/villas-and-suites, email reservations- zighy@sixsenses.com or call +968 26735558.

Source: Six Senses Zighy Bay


Mr & Mrs Smith Get a Room gift card - the perfect pressie

Mr & Mrs Smith has partnered with illustrator of the moment, Angelica Hicks – a fashion favourite whose playful penmanship adorned Gucci’s summer T-shirt collection this year – to create the ultimate gift for hotel-lovers this Christmas.

Angelica’s exclusively designed limited-edition Get a Room! gift card is shot through with her trademark wit and charm, featuring a hand-drawn lobby scene that brings Mr & Mrs Smith to life as the ‘travel club for hotel lovers’.

It was such an enjoyably open brief and a chance to have some fun with all things travel – who isn’t a hotel lover at heart? For anyone who gets a gift card in their stocking this year, I hope it gets them excited about their getaway…’

Angelica Hicks, artist

‘This year we wanted to collaborate with a global artist who would not only come up with something really unique for us but who also wholeheartedly understands what the Mr & Mrs Smith travel club is all about. Angelica has created a fun, inventive and stylish gift card design full of Smith’s sense of mischief – and hers. Put one on your Christmas list…’

James Lohan, co-founder and Creative Director, Mr & Mrs Smith

To inspire art-lovers across the globe, Angelica has shared her hand-picked hotlist of the coolest creative escapes and, as a companion piece to the gift card design, she has also produced a short animation using some of its key motifs. Both will be online at mrandmrssmith.com/shop from 1 November 2017. Angelica will also be a judge at the forthcoming Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards.

The limited-edition gift card is available in any amount from £50 upwards, and can be put towards a booking at any of the 1,000 stylish stays in Mr & Mrs Smith’s global collection. They’ll be officially on sale at mrandmrssmith.com/shop from 1 November.

Source: mrandmrssmith


Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous - December 8 to 10 in Thailand

The annual Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous, regarded by leading industry players as the definitive superyacht event in Asia, is set to return to the luxury resort on December 8 to 10, after the incredible success of the inaugural event in 2016.

Hailed as the most prestigious yachting destination in Thailand, Kata Rocks’ oceanfront location is an idyllic destination for the invitation-only, world-class event, with the luxury yachting world beginning the official countdown to the momentous three daylong rendezvous.

Designed to bring like-minded people together including Kata Rocks villa owners, superyacht owners and discerning guests with an interest in yachting and luxury lifestyle as well as industry professionals, the Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous will bring some of the world’s most iconic superyacht brands to Phuket.

Featuring a series of bespoke activities, the three-day event will include a welcome reception on a superyacht, a cruise to a secluded beach for a gourmet BBQ at The Surin Phuket, an exclusive cocktail party hosted by global media authority in super yachting Boat International, as well as several private cocktail parties, superyacht owner’s dinners, and on the water showcases presented by Sea-Doo.

Recognised as the world leader in the field of pure custom superyachts in terms of craftsmanship, design, engineering and construction, famed Dutch superyacht builder Feadship will return as a key co-sponsor while hosting the exclusive superyacht owner’s dinner for the second consecutive year.

In addition, Benetti, one of Italy’s most prestigious motor yacht brands known for its fine craftsmanship and refined sense of Italian design along with Vista Jet, one of the world’s most innovative private jet companies with experiences in over 187 countries worldwide, will host an exclusive dinner in Kata Rock’s iconic Sky Villa Penthouse, leveraging a dream pairing of superyacht and private jet charters.

With last year’s event welcoming 17 superyachts to Phuket’s west coast including iconic superyachts such as the 93m Lauren L and 51m Northern Sun, an even more impressive turnout is expected at Asia’s leading superyacht event.

Empowering its mission to elevate Phuket to superior destination status, the KRSR captures the interest and imagination of both the yachting world’s sophisticated elite, together with ultra-high net worth individuals, enticing them to sample a multitude of new and exciting, emotionally-resonating experiences, together with the pristine beauty of Thailand’s Andaman Sea.

The Andaman Sea’s majestic body of water is what remains the region’s marquee attraction, relatively unexplored and where less than 10% of the world’s superyachts have ever dropped anchor, with the region offering a vast, multicultural cruising ground more than five times traditional superyacht playground such as the Caribbean Islands.

For more information, visit www.katarockssuperyachtrendezvous.com


Bondi Hipsters star in new destination marketing campaign for Travel Portland

Travel Portland is flipping destination marketing on its beanie-wearing head with an exciting new campaign launching today featuring Dom and Adrian, aka Christiaan Van Vuuren and Nick Boshier, aka the Bondi Hipsters.

Over a series of eight episodes dropped over a five-week period on Facebook and YouTube, viewers will get to follow the pair on their pilgrimage to Portland – the city that’s “cool af” – and their inspirational mecca to explore new business ventures and outcool the Portland locals.

“Portland as a destination is anything but traditional,” said Ajay Date, Vice President of Marketing for Travel Portland, the city’s destination marketing organisation. “So, we want to tell our story in a way that really stands out for potential travellers.

The Bondi Hipsters are the perfect partners to get the message across in an entertaining way.  We hope travellers will come away with a better understanding of Portland without the hard sell that often comes along with travel marketing.”

A music video style episode will kick off the campaign.  It provides glimpses into the journey to come as the Bondi Hipsters riff about “Heading to Portland to be a creator, maker, originator … designer, founder, generator.”

In the following instalments, the pair will showcase the city as they look to take what’s cool and make it better, forging new paths as winemakers (collabs not blends!), fashionistas – with their new “Nuclear Winter” designer line, zealot baristas with strict standards of behaviour, craft brewers with a questionable brand and donut makers baking “don’t nuts.”

Along the way they meet a collection of Portland locals who “organically” reveal that the city’s cool factor is ultimately bigger than the two of them.

The US is a “must-see” holiday choice for travellers from Australia and New Zealand – still ranking #1 as the most visited long-haul destination.

“We know that the culture of a city and its people influence their travel choices, so we wanted to really bring that to the forefront,” said Date. “Our goal is to make Portland shine as a US travel destination to consider, showcasing its thriving creative community in all things food, craft beer, wine, coffee, music and design.”

Australia’s leading travel agent, Flight Centre, has come on board to help extend the message and is the call to action point for a competition that will run alongside the campaign offering consumers the chance to win a trip for two to Portland following in the Bondi Hipsters’ footsteps and staying in the hip and newly expanding Jupiter Hotel.

To enter, consumers need to click on https://www.flightcentre.com.au/win

“We are so excited to see the reaction to the Bondi Hipsters taking the next step on their journey and meeting their Portland counterparts,” said Date. “Once people have watched Dom and Adrian take on Portland, we hope they will come and experience the city for themselves.”

Source: Travel Portland