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Aardvark Safaris Expands into The Maldives

September 27, 2017 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email
Aardvark Safaris announces its expansion into The Maldives – On offering holidays to this magnificent island archipelago Aardvark Safaris co-owner, Alice Gully says, “The Maldives seemed like a natural addition to our portfolio of Indian Ocean beach holidays.

We are finding more and more people want a beach flop for a week or so to recharge and The Maldives is an idyllic spot for a relaxing break.  It combines well with a safari holiday too – the extra flight to get there is well worth it for a wonderful contrast to wildlife viewing.”

Aardvark Safaris creates bespoke itineraries for all its clients allowing expectations and wishes to be met, thus ensuring incredible holidays.  For inspiration and bookings, contact the Aardvark Safaris / 01980 849160

News from the Maldives:

LUX* North Malé Atoll – Opening Early 2018
A short transfer from Malé by luxury speedboat, the intimate LUX* North Malé Atoll resort bucks the usual Maldivian trend, replacing traditional thatched villas with over-sized, penthouse residences. A visual feast of nautical forms and tones, the resort is elegantly styled by Singapore design group Miaja in a scheme that blends superyacht panache with a vibrant South Beach pulse.  The 60 double storey residences sit either on the beach or over water, and guests will benefit from a minimum living area of 255m2.

Each residence is crowned with a fully-featured 120m2 reef terrace – a magnificent private deck, elevated five metres above the giant house lagoon – from which guests will be able to marvel at a unique perspective on the planet’s flattest country. Big Green Egg BBQs, a rooftop bar, cinema and SONOS, a yoga plinth, starlight jacuzzi and outdoor games help to create the ultimate skylounge for people who love the high life. Two restaurants, Beach Rouge and a Café LUX*, a bar, wine cave, LUX* Me Spa and kids club complete the offering.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £7,100 for two people for seven nights on a bed and breakfast basis in a Beach Villa.  Price includes return speedboat transfers to Malé. For booking contact Aardvark Safaris / 01980 849160

Baglioni Resort Maldives – Opening March 2018
Italian-owned Baglioni Resort Maldives, located on Maagau in Dhaalu Atoll, will offer a piece of island paradise when it opens in spring 2018.  Guests staying here will enjoy an unforgettable stay with a blend of sport, relaxation and mouth-watering gourmet dining. The elegant design of the 96-villa resort will be complemented with the Baglioni Spa which, along with a yoga pavilion, will offer guests a deeply relaxing experience via a host of luxury natural treatments in a lush, tropical setting. Meanwhile, beach volleyball, the beach gym and a range of watersports will keep the more active guests entertained. Ideal for those with families, the resort will offer a kids club from 3-12 years old including theme days, cooking courses such as pizza and ice cream-making, and indoor and outdoor play areas.

Available through Aardvark Safaris. Prices to be released 2018. For booking contact Aardvark / 01980 849160

The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah – Opening Summer 2018
The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah will open in summer 2018. Just a stroll away from its sister resort, the more intimate Residence Falhumaafushi Island, both properties lie in the south of the archipelago, in Gaafu Alifu atoll.  Although on different islands they will be linked by a bridge and together the two resorts will form one of the largest resort offerings in the Maldives.

The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah will draw on the philosophy for which The Residence is renowned – warm hospitality, a sense of place, attention to detail and an individual personality.  However, close to three times larger than the neighbouring resort, Dhigurah is being created specifically with families in mind.  A playground for younger guests, there will be plenty of space to explore and learn.  The 173 expansive beach and water villas enjoy plenty of natural light and the use of warming rich and natural tones of stone and wood will create a luxurious but welcoming atmosphere.

Available through Aardvark Safaris. Prices to be released 2018. For booking contact Aardvark / 01980 849160

JA Manfaru – New Seatopia Programme

This winter JA Manfaru, an exclusive hideaway resort around 329km north of Malé, is launching a new Seatopia programme.  Created by resident marine biologist Stacy Mallaby, guests will have the opportunity to help Stacy in her quest to combat coral bleaching and protect the deep blue seas of the Maldives. JA Manafaru is working with marine biologists to develop ways to help protect the coral ahead of the anticipated environmental stresses of our climate cycles.  For a country of atolls and small coral islands encircled by azure lagoons, coral bleaching is an increasing problem in the Maldives.  2017 is the first time in history there have been two consecutive years of mass bleaching, something not predicted to happen in our oceans until 2050.

Guests will be able to contribute to the on-going conservation efforts through a variety of new Seatopia initiatives. A dedicated new space on the island will house information, presentations and film screenings for guests of all ages, hosted by Stacy Mallaby. Complimentary presentations throughout the week will include ‘Young Environmentalist’ for the  smaller guests, coral reef and snorkelling information sessions, and an array of different games and exercises to help guests understand what is going on around them. For those looking to get even more involved, options include adopting a coral frame – attaching pieces of living coral to a handmade structure – and planting it on the ocean floor. Each frame will be tagged with names and dates so guests can receive updates on how the corals are progressing once they have returned home.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £5,900 for two people for seven nights on a bed and breakfast basis in a Beach Bungalow with Private Pool. Price includes return seaplane transfer from Malé. For booking contact Aardvark Safaris / 01980 849160

Gili Lankanfushi – New Marine Biology Lab
In June, Maldivian eco-resort Gili Lankanfushi opened its innovative new marine biology centre. Gili Veshi, which translates as Gili Environment in the local Dhivehi language, will become the island’s primary marine research facility and the central hub for all sustainability and conservation issues, as well as offering a host of new guest experiences.

Nature lovers can get involved through participating in monthly reef clean efforts, coral watch dives to check on new specimens, and Crown of Thorns eradication dives to remove the invasive starfish species. Guests can also opt to sponsor the team’s research and conservation efforts, or offset their carbon footprint by planting carbon-sinking seagrass.

The island’s smallest guests will not be forgotten, with a variety of experiences and activities tailor-made for children. New educational treasure hunts throughout the island, both on dry land and beneath the waves, will see children seeking out clues about the island’s environment, accompanied by the marine biology team.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £6,300 for two people for seven nights in a Villa Suite on a bed and breakfast basis.  Price includes return speedboat transfers from Malé. For booking contact Aardvark Safaris / 01980 849160

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