Remotely located in Huvadhoo Atoll, one of the largest and deepest natural atolls in the world, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is a barefoot luxury resort immersed in the magnificent nature of the Maldives.
The resort embraces a SLOW life concept – a life that is sustainable, local, organic and whole where spending quality time with loved ones is enhanced by inspiring experiences, local culture and the beauty of the surroundings. Just 55 km from the Equator, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa caters to luxury travellers looking for a tranquil hideaway.
The resort is delighted to unveil the much anticipated residence that embodies a unique harmony with nature, allowing for a sense of reconnection, privacy and the utmost in luxury relaxation. Encompassing the importance of the untouched natural surrounds, and mindful of our passion for sustainability, our spectacular THE Overwater Reef Residence is brilliantly designed and captivatingly mesmerising.
Nestled into the serene edge of the house reef, THE Overwater Reef Residence is surrounded by unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean. Featuring 895 sqm of comfort and luxury, the residence houses three bedrooms with ensuite air-conditioned bathrooms to comfortably accommodate up to six guests and two children. Inspired by the serene colors of the lagoon and house reef, the overwater retreat boasts the comforts of home and is decorated in a contemporary style with soft furnishings of light brown and aquamarine that combine with state-of-the-art room control features for a blissful ambiance.
An incredible feature of THE Overwater Reef Residence is its massive 16-meter long freshwater infinity pool with an extended terrace with sunken loungers and a shaded outdoor dining and barbecue area. Separate decks off the infinity pool adjoin the master and king bedrooms for premier pool access.
The facilities within THE Overwater Reef Residence are exceptional. Guests can relax in the large whirlpool on the master bedroom terrace, or keep to a daily fitness routine in the private state-of-the-art gym. Indulge in an outdoor dining experience under the stars over intimate conversations and let the residence’s personal chef and butler cater to your every need. Relax with family and friends in the TV room with 85-inch TV and next-generation games console. Practice self-care with the in-villa spa treatments as skilled therapists use the best techniques and therapies for total rejuvenation. Direct access to the lagoon house reef allows for the best in overwater living and underwater explorations. The options while staying in THE Overwater Reef Residence are endless, and all ensure total reconnection to the surrounding nature and a sense of self-love.
THE Overwater Reef Residence is presented with exceptional personalised Maldivian hospitality, impeccable services and unique opportunities for experiential memories. THE Overwater Reef Residence is available for bookings through www.parkhyattmaldives.com or contact the reservation team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Visit Maldives
China on track to becoming top source market for tourist arrivals by year’s end
Tourism Minister, Dr Abdulla Mausoom has said that China, to which Maldives opened borders earlier this year, will become Maldives’ number one source market for tourism arrivals by the end of the year.
So far this year, 133,962 tourists have arrived from China. That is 10 percent of the total 1.3 million tourists.
As of July this year, 78,158 tourists visited Maldives from China. Since then, more than 50,000 tourists have come from the country in the past one and a half months alone.
Russia has the highest number of tourists so far this year. 152,967 tourists have visited from the country so far, or 11.7 percent of the total.
The second most tourists have visited from India, which is 144,041 tourists or 11 percent.
“China, which is only 1.5 percent behind Russia and 0.8 percent behind India, is fast approaching Maldives’ number one tourist market,” Mausoom said.
He said if it goes at this rate, the Chinese market is expected to top the list before the end of the year.
Fee increased for tourist vessels docking in Maldives
Anew rule has been gazetted to increase the fees of tourist vessels coming to Maldives.
According to the rules, which were gazetted on Thursday, a tourist vessel must arrive in Maldives after arranging an agent to take care of business for the vessel.
Such agentship shall be available to people who have been authorized by the Customs to act as agents for foreign vessels arriving in Maldives under the prescribed regulations. If the agent assigned to the vehicle changes, the Ministry must be notified within three days of the change.
It shall be the responsibility of the agent in charge of any vessel brought into the Maldives under these rules to pay any fees or taxes payable before the vessel leaves. It is also the responsibility of the agent to obtain the permit and pay the fees as per the new regulations.
If the vessel is larger than 20 metres, the cruising permit holders will be required to pay US$100 per day to the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority during the period of docking the vessel in Maldives. Vehicles smaller than 20 meters will not be charged any fee for 90 days.
In addition, foreign tourist vessels docked and operating in Maldivian territory for more than one year will be allowed to do so upon payment of US$3,500 for renewal of the permit.
The ministry said that if the rules are violated, the violator will be fined a large amount. The rules, gazetted Thursday, impose a fine of $1,000 for the first violation, $2,000 for the second violation and $6,000 for more than two violations.
Most tourists visited from China last month
Data shows that most people visited Maldives from China last month after the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism, Sri Lanka achieved a growth of 1553.4 percent in the Chinese market in July.
China was the largest tourist market in Maldives until 2019.
Before the outbreak, 284,029 tourists arrived from China in 2019. This accounted for 16.7 percent of the total tourist arrivals that year.
The number of Chinese tourists fell sharply in March 2020 following the closure of the Chinese border during the COVID-19 pandemic. This trend continued until the border reopened this year after three years.
China resumed direct flights to Maldives on January 18, 2023. A total of 92,391 tourists visited Maldives from China as of July this year. The number of tourists that visited Maldives last month was 151,587 people. Out of that 28939 tourists were from China.
China is currently the third-largest tourist market in Maldives.
The Ministry of Tourism said the number of Chinese tourists has been growing rapidly in the past six months since China opened to travel. The ministry said it hoped to achieve pre-pandemic levels as soon as possible.
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