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Air France Starts Flight Operations to the Maldives

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The flag carrier of France, Air France has started flight operations to the Maldives yesterday, 19th December 2020.

The flag carrier of France, Air France has started flight operations to the Maldives. According to the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), the airline started its operations to the Maldives yesterday, 19th December 2020.

MACL had revealed that the Air France flight carried 268 passengers to the Maldives yesterday. Furthermore, the airline will operate 3 weekly flights to the tropical island destination. France is one of the leading tourist markets to the Maldives. Likewise, in 2019, the country contributed to a 3.5% of tourist arrival market share with 59,738 arrivals.

Restarting @airfrance to Maldives @VelanaAirport is an encouraging sign of our tourism bouncing back. Thanks #AirFrance.

Tourism Minister of the Maldives, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom tweeted.

A number of airlines have restarted their flight operations to the Maldives. With the addition of France, 20 airlines are currently flying to the Maldives from around the globe. Bahrain’s flag carrier, GulfAir has also recently restarted its flight operations to the Maldives.

While Air France just started flight operations to the Maldives, other major airlines started their operations within a few days after the Maldives reopened its borders on 15th July 2020. Since then, many of these airlines have increased their flight frequency to the island nation as well. Emirates recently increased its frequency to 4 daily flights to the island archipelago.

Also read: Maldives Records Over 4,500 Tourist Arrivals in a Single Day

The Maldives recently celebrated the arrival of 100,000th tourist since the border reopening, followed by the milestone of 500,000 arrivals in 2020. Additionally, the island nation has also recorded the highest number of tourist arrivals yesterday. According to Maldives’ Tourism Minister, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, 4567 tourists arrived in the Maldives yesterday (a beautiful number indeed!).

Colliding with the holiday season, tourists arrivals to the Maldives have steadily grown. Meanwhile, the Maldives predicts it will reach over 1.5 million tourist arrivals in 2021.

Feature image by Velana International Airport via Twitter

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An Invite to the Front Row: SO/ Maldives Grand Opening Party!

SO/Maldives proudly announces the grand opening party of its exquisite runway.

SO/ Maldives is set to host its grand opening on March 23, 2024. This much-anticipated event of the season is titled ‘An Invite to the Front Row’. The event promises a soirée of collaborative elegance for an unforgettable glamorous experience for its guests.

The Grand Opening Party – An Invite to the Front Row

The grand opening party is set to be a feast for your senses. The resort is bringing culinary delights, fashion-forward statements, avant-garde designs and artistic flair. With this, SO/ Maldives invites guests to take a seat in the front row and witness the convergence of global talent and Maldivian charm.

An invite to the Front Row encapsulates the essence of SO/Maldives- a convergence of global excellence set against the unparalleled beauty of our island. We extend an exclusive invitation to our guests to us on this extraordinary journey with incredible collaborations providing them a truly glamorous stay while embracing our DNA, says Jesper Soerensen – General Manager of SO/Maldives.

Experience one of the First-International Fashion Shows in the Maldives with Milin!

SO/ Maldives will unveil its inaugural fashion show, considered to be one of the first international fashion shows in the Maldives. As the island turns into an oceanfront runway, guests can witness the harmonious blend of haute couture and paradisical setting. The fashion show will showcase the swimwear collection debuted by the esteemed Thai fashion house, Milin.

Partnership with Riffath

SO/ Maldives is partnering with local talent Riffath. Riffath is a distinguished Maldivian High Fashion Brand, launching its exclusive SO/Maldives’ Flying Dress Edits. The resort is also teaming up with Timeless Maldives Photo Studio. The resort’s guests are empowered to unleash their inner models for a bespoke once-in-a-lifetime photo and drone shoot, adorned in a gown with an extended hem that gratefully dances in the wind.

Beach Takeover with Veuve Clicquot Champagne House

Veuve Cliquot Champagne House is taking over the beach at SO/ Maldives to bring an exquisite evening. The beach glam-up is done with the Lazuli Beach Club Bar for a memorable night that redefined elegance and indulgence!

Culinary Delights with Chef Dharshan Munidasa

Chef Dharshan Munidasa, a dual Sri Lankan – Japanese heritage chef hailed for his accolades commands the spotlight at SO/ Maldives. Chef Dharshan’s menu is set to redefine conventional boundaries. Guests are invited to enjoy the exquisite flavours at the Ministry of Crab, Nihonashi Blue, and Carne Diem Grill.

To add to this, Jenna Hemsworth, Australia’s most influential and award-winning female bartender also showcases her creativity. Jenna will be taking over the bar to craft expertly curated cocktails.

Musical Bliss with world-class DJs

Guests are welcome to enjoy a series of live performances from world-class musicians and DJs. Groove to the innovative beats of one of the leading Maldivin bands, YJ Hameed Music. The vibes are set to create a rhythm that resonates with the spirit of the island’s spirit. Lydia Sarunrat Deane, a Thai sensation will also be filling the air with enchanting melodies. End the night as DJ Karrouhat from Dubai takes everyone on an electrifying-after party journey.

The Grand Opening Party will be hosted by Matthew Deane, a well-known Thai-Australian singer, model, actor and television presenter.

Exclusive Wellness & Fitness Retreats

Embark on a transformative fitness journey with the introduction of a week-long detox and fun session by Jumping Fitness, an innovative fitness regimen that originated in the Czech Republic. In collaboration with London-based wellness partner salon C. Steller, renowned for its modern approach to wellness, the resort is set to launch new spa experiences that promise ultimate rejuvenation.

Earth Hour

SO/ Maldives invites guests to experience an eco-conscious revelry. Guests are welcome to enjoy the beauty of nature intertwines with the joy of celebration. Witness as the island runway dims, unveiling a beach bonfire beneath the starlit sky. Immense in the rhythmic beats of Maldivian Boduberu and the serene glow.

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