We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Eid Al Fitr than going to the Maldives. Wait, hold on, we found one. Knowing that you’re going to a picture-perfect destination there that is offering a special GCC Eid offer!
These two resorts with stunning white-sand beaches, amazing underwater worlds and beautiful, colourful flora and fauna are inviting you to have a blissful paradise break.
Coco Bodu Hithi
Coco Collection has boutique five-star hotels on some of the most beautiful islands in the Maldives. And while each hotel celebrates traditional Maldivian architecture and ambiance, they differ in character. Coco Bodu Hithi, one of their luxe resorts, is situated in the North Malé Atoll, a convenient 40 minutes away from Malé airport.
Coco Bodu Hithi is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the relaxing, dreamy pace of island life. As well as the pristine palm-fringed beaches with white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters, beach vagabonds will love what they see under the water too, including Hawksbill turtles, Nurse sharks, manta rays and colourful reefs.
The award-winning spa has eight rooms where guests can indulge in restorative treatments inspired by ancient Indonesian, Thai and Indian techniques. Plus, there’s a Jacuzzi, cold plunge pool, sauna, steam room, boutique and fitness centre. And yogis get to try out their favourite moves on a deck during sunrise and sunset. For those with an adventurous side, the hotel offers tailored excursions and activities like Water Play, Dream Dive and Go Eco.
For the foodies, the ideal hideaway has culinary choices that range from fine dining, found in Aqua, to barbecues on the beach. Most guests get to experience many different tastes at Air, where the breakfast buffets and themed dinners are served.
The package: The team at Coco Bodu Hithi have lined up a special package for GCC visitors. As well as a 25 percent discount on room rates, guests who stay for a minimum of three nights are offered complimentary transfers, daily breakfast and dinner, plus a welcome platter of fruits, dates and chocolates. They also get a complimentary sunset shisha for two and an additional 10 percent discount on all treatments at Coco Spa.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Designed as a celebration of Maldivian culture, Conrad Maldives on Rangali Island is the perfect destination for couples and families who are looking for an ideal escape from the daily grind and the summer heat. And as well as its stunning natural beauty, the resort that featured in Time magazine’s World’s Greatest Places List 2018 offers something for everyone, including avid divers and snorkellers. The island’s pristine location makes it one of the best spots for underwater discovery, with thrill-seekers coming across the opportunity to swim with manta rays and whale sharks. Sunset and night fishing, island hopping and dolphin cruises are also available for those who prefer to stay above water. Culture vultures who want to explore the local scene and those looking for soul-enriching discoveries won’t be disappointed either.
For a relaxing time, the over-water spa offers treatments corresponding with the chakra systems of the body, as well as couples’ and customised massages. There’s also a secluded serenity deck with a whirlpool. Then there’s the tucked-away Spa Retreat, where over-water spa villas have their own private double treatment rooms and sun decks with whirlpools. As well as tailored holistic treatments, guests can enjoy organic food at the restaurant and beauty options.
What’s more, the property is world-famous thanks to being home to the first underwater restaurant and residence. The two-storey, three-bedroom THE MURAKA, a demonstration of modern design and technology, is the world’s only undersea residence that takes guests on a transformative journey into the deep. And the revolutionary Ithaa is an extraordinary culinary experience that fully immerses diners in the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort also has 10 other places guests can wine and dine in, and unsurprisingly, some of them award-winning.
The package: The ‘Island Retreat Package’ is for two adults who book for a minimum of three nights. As well as taking advantage of an exclusive rate per night, there are complimentary round-trip seaplane transfers from Malé at certain times.
Guests can stay in one of the resort’s private and stunning Beach Villas. Guests really get a taste of island living in these villas, which have distinct features like outdoor showers, where you can take in all the beautiful flora and fauna.
Breakfast and dinner at Atoll Market restaurant are also included in the ‘Island Retreat Package’. Renowned for its floor of soft sand and outdoor tables in a garden filled with frangipani trees, you can indulge in a culinary tour of the world while experiencing the buffets. If you want to have a taste of the Maldives back at home, you can learn local cooking techniques with dim sum and noodle-making classes.
Bookings for the ‘Island Retreat Package’ must be prepaid and completed 15 days prior to arrival.
For those with large families, the staff is welcoming guests at the property’s renovated Deluxe Beach Villas. Set amongst lush tropical flora and fauna, each villa offers privacy as well as luxurious amenities.