Jumeirah opens second Maldives resort in 2011
Hotelier Middle East Staff
December 14th, 2011
Dubai's Jumeirah Group has opened its second resort in the Maldives this year. The Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives follows the launch of Jumeirah Dhevanafushi earlier in 2011.
The resort is located 20 minutes by speedboat from Malé International Airport, making it a convenient option for travellers visiting the Maldives. The property features 91 villa-suites, all with their own private pool. The resort introduces a variety of accommodation options on the island and over water, ranging from 184m2 to 800m2.
Other highlights include three restaurants, a bar, a 1080 sq m Talise Spa and comprehensive facilities for young children and teenagers such as Sinbad’s Kids Club for children from two to 12 years of age, a teen club for those aged 12 and above, and a dedicated family and children’s pool adjacent to the Kids and Teens clubs
The resort also offers specific children’s menus in all three restaurants and throughout the in-villa dining menu. The Talise spa has also introduced special treatment programmes for families.Named ‘Aaila’ - the Maldivian word for family - ‘Aaila Time’ invites families to enjoy an awakening of a personal reconnection, whilst the ila ‘beyond’ journey educates young adults aged between 12 and 16 about the joy of spa, preparing them for a lifetime of wellbeing.
A major focus for the resort is its gastronomic offering, with a wide variety of cuisine catering for every type of palate, Executive Chef Kai Boeddinghaus, whose work in Kameha Suite in Frankfurt previously earned him a Michelin star, maintains a culture of excellence in the resort’s three restaurants, whether for relaxed al fresco dining by the sea, or cocktails and culinary sophistication within themed interiors, through his own unique style and flair combining modern Mediterranean and Asian influences.
Jumeirah Group has opened a total of six new hotels in 2011: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives, Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai in China and Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany. With new properties opening in Dubai, Kuwait, London, Rome, Azerbaijan, and Mallorca in the coming six months, Jumeirah Group expects to have doubled its portfolio of hotels, resorts and serviced residences under management since the start of 2011.