Saturday, 13 May 2017

MALDIVES: A Romantic & Surprise Underwater Marriage Proposal at OZEN Maadhoo

OZEN by Atmosphere’s very own underwater fine‐dining restaurant was the location for a unique Marriage Proposal! A discerning in‐house guest made a surprise proposal to his girlfriend at the M6m, during a romantic, fine‐dining experience, and proposed – “Will you Marry me?”!

The surprise proposal – UNDERWATER, was certainly very special and a unique experience indeed for the couple and for all the other couples dining at the M6m, who witnessed this wonderfully romantic Surprise! M6m on all days, except for Monday & Thursday Lunches (when families are invited to dine) is an ‘Adults‐Only’ fine‐dining restaurant.

The guest has been in constant touch with the OZEN team for the past month, in carefully pre‐arranging the entire sequence of events for this SPECIAL moment and the lady was just not aware of this impending and highly momentous occasion event that was going to occur, during this specific dining experience!

A diver along with OZEN’s very own ‘Mermaid’ swam down to the window facing the couple’s table and unveiled a banner stating ‘Will You Marry Me?’! The lady was absolutely in awe, shocked and totally delighted with this incredible experience and of course, the answer was ‘YES’, with tears of Joy flowing!

The rest of the couples, dining at M6m, joined in and applauded this amazing experience with a ‘Taittinger BRUT’ champagne toast! Minus Six Meters (M6m) is the FIRST underwater restaurant in the Male’ Atoll of the Maldives, with its specialty cuisine being Modern Seafood. This fine dining experience is included within the resort’s uniquely exclusive Luxury All‐Inclusive plan ‐ ‘The Atmosphere INDUGENCE™ ‘!

The Award Winning Luxury resort – OZEN by Atmosphere ‐ just under a year old ‐ has already seen its fair share of romantic moments from celebrity stays, dozens of island weddings & renewal of vows and similar exotic and romantic proposals since opening! This romantic Marriage Proposal has however been, by far the MOST creatively Romantic Experience, since the resort’s inception.

The Annual Outlook Traveller Awards is currently in its 10th Edition. The awards facilitates the best in the travel industry, with 28 categories, the awards take a 360⁰ view of the tourism sector and the way it has been growing in the last year. This year the awards were divided into three categories—15 Jury awards, two Editor’s Choice awards and 11 Readers’ Choice awards.

Since its inception in June 2001, Outlook Traveller has catered to the needs of the growing number of travellers. A pioneer in many ways, the magazine has steadily over the last 16 years published many articles on the hidden gems of India, thereby contributing to the tourist flow. As an organisation, Outlook Traveller believes in partnering with society to bring about awareness and aid in disciplined changes for the welfare of all.

Travel and Tourism sector of India ranks 7th in the world in terms of the total contribution to the country’s GDP. Indian outbound market has been one of the fastest growing market in the recent years, from 13 million in 2010 to 19.4 million in 2015. This is expected to grow further with 32.3 million outbound trips in 2020 making India the fastest growing market in the world. Maldives is among the top choices for Indian travellers resulting in a growth of 27.9% at the end of 2016.

Best Spa Hotel in Maldives including an International Five Star Standard is confirmed for The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives at the International Hotel Awards 2017.

Announcement of the National and Regional winners and awarding will take place at The Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park Bangkok, Thailand at the Gala Event on 26th May.

Maldives Marketing and Public Relation Corporation together with partners from the Maldivian Tourism Industry are participating at the 24th Annual Arabian Travel Market. The event opened today and will go on till the 27th April 2017.

The Maldives delegation is led by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr. Hussain Lirar accompanied by Acting Managing Director of MMRPC, Mr. Haris Mohamed.

The Ambassador Designate of Maldives for United Arab Emirates, Dr. Hussain Niyaz will part of the official Maldives Delegation. A total of 59 companies and over 125 participants have travelled to Dubai to attend ATM 2017 fair to showcase their products.

Maldives…the Sunnyside of Life is showcased at a 200 square meter stand with a new design concept showing the natural beauty of the destination through colourful images.

During the four day exhibition, special activities will be carried out at the Maldives stand to attract more visitors. This includes social media campaigns which aim to increase the online presence of the destination.

Visitors can take pictures at the Maldives stand and upload to social media platforms with the hash tag #visitmaldives #ATMDubai to win instant gifts and at the same time experience the underwater beauty of the Maldives through VR Gears. The main focus for this year will be meeting with Airlines to identify joint marketing avenues which is mutual beneficial for the Airlines and for the Destination.

Arabian Travel Market held it first exhibition back in 1994. The fair has now grown over the years and is now recognized as the largest Travel and Trade Show in the Middle East region. Arabian Travel Market and ATM now attracts over 30,000 trade visitor to the show. Major industry stakeholders from the region and from all over world conduct business during the 4 days of exhibition.

Apart from usual business meetings, special events have been organized during ATM this year by the orgnisers which includes Speed Networking, Bloggers Speed Networking and ATM Roundtable for the participants to make the most of the event.

The Middle East region especially the United Arab Emirate and Saudi Arabia market holds much potential. In the 2016 a total of the 51,330 tourists from the region visited Maldives. This was a growth of 22.3 percent compared to arrivals in 2015. By February 2017 a total of 7,350 tourists from the region spent their holiday in Maldives which is a growth 3.9 percent compared to the same period of 2016.

Middle East is already the most well connected region to the Maldives. Daily flights from the major regional carriers direct to the destination. Hence, with the efforts in ATM the Middle East Market is expected to perform well in 2017.

The International Hotel Awards is the international 5-star standard of hotel ratings. It is the only organization to provide 5-star accolades at an international level. The International Hotel Awards global competition determines the finest hotels and hospitality companies in the world.

Main purpose of these awards is in recognizing excellence in the hotel and hospitality industry on a global scale and to promote international standard. As such winning the much deserved award brings forth The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives to an even higher level.

With the entire island a sanctuary of natural beauty, there is no need to hide away. Instead The Spa by Thalgo at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is an open immersion – in organic earth and vibrant sea – the elements from which Ayurveda draws its centuries-old healing power.

At The Spa by Thalgo France we have perfected this ancient holistic tradition, blending its timeless wisdom with contemporary practices found both East and West. Our resident Ayurvedic Doctor guides our guests on their own personalized journeys to wellness both during their stay and beyond.

Meanwhile, expert practitioners – in traditional massage, authentic Maldivian-inspired rituals and world-renowned wellness practices – combine finely honed knowledge with a naturally healing touch. All this in a setting that mirrors the natural splendor of the island.

Wood, stone, water and light – all the fundamental elements of the earth – come together in perfect harmony in the design of the Spa’s 20 treatment rooms. Hydrotherapy pools, steam rooms and saunas are offered to complement your treatments. Meanwhile, dedicated relaxation areas are designed as natural sanctuaries, allowing you to take a moment before emerging renewed.

Amilla Fushi’s relaxed and unstuffy approach to glamour has ensured its place as a favourite among elite travellers visiting the Maldives. Nowhere is its barefoot luxury approach more evident than in its chilled-out foodie hub Baazaar, which gives guests the opportunity to indulge in diverse culinary offerings from around the world whilst relaxing around one of the biggest swimming pools in the Maldives.

As part of Amilla Fushi’s always exciting and ever-evolving food and beverage offerings, a visiting chef’s programme has been created that introduces internationally renowned culinary talents as well as world famous brands to enhance guests’ island experience.

In the coming 12 months, Barolo Grill at Baazaar will showcase a select series of pop-ups by culinary greats, kicking off on 1 – 10 May 2017 with the first of four stages this year by the team from Gordon Ramsay’s celebrated London restaurant, Bread Street Kitchen. A further three Bread Street Kitchen pop-ups are scheduled for 16 – 27 October, 19 December 2017 to 10 January 2018 (Festive Season) and 23 March to 7 April 2018 (Easter).

Reflecting a similarly relaxed approach, London’s Bread Street Kitchen is a lively hangout that uses fresh, seasonal ingredients and delivers globally inspired menus to the high standards expected from a Gordon Ramsay Restaurant.

The pop up’s menu at Amilla Fushi will feature signature dishes from Bread Street Kitchen London, many of which have been given unique Maldivian twists.

Grass-fed meats cooked on an open flame grill, will sit alongside classics recreated using local ingredients, such as Red Snapper carpaccio, ginger dressing, horseradish, avocado and wakame; spicy tuna tartare with chilli garlic, sesame oil, spring onions and wonton crisps; Chermoula spiced prawns with pickled veg, shallots, celery and chilli dressing, and a compressed Bombay Gin watermelon salad.

The Bread Street Kitchen Amilla Fushi will also offer a daily fish special. Gordon Ramsay chefs will choose a fish that has come in on the boats and create a bespoke fish dish each day.

The Bread Street Kitchen London cocktail list has also been given a Maldivian makeover, bringing tropical flavours into classic cocktails. Mouthwatering cocktails created especially for the event include It’s About Thyme, a refreshing vodka-based cocktail with Limoncello, thyme syrup, Champagne and lemon foam, the fruity Grey Goose Royal, with Grey Goose vodka, Aperol, lime, passion fruit and Testulat Brut cart d’Or and many more.

The upcoming calendar of pop up events further underlines Amilla’s deserved reputation for culinary excellence and creativity, complementing the sophisticated, gourmet Emperor General Store cafĂ©-deli, the carefully curated fine wines and artisanal cheeses at the island’s The Wine Shop & Cellar Door.

Amilla’s fabulous 60-cover, signature over-water restaurant Feeling Koi – brainchild of the resort’s curator and CEO of the Small Maldives Island Co., Mark Hehir – showcases a selection of artfully crafted sushi, nigiri and sashimi in Japanese-inspired minimalist surroundings, with a private open-air dining room and open deck seating by the water’s edge and an open kitchen.