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Cocoon Maldives to host Dance Festival with One Maldivian and Like Lisbon-Lisbon’s International Kizomba Energy

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Cocoon Maldives is hosting a Dance Festival in collaboration with One Maldivian and Like Lisbon-Lisbon’s International Kizomba Energy.

Have you ever dreamt of dancing and relaxing on a tropical island? Cocoon Maldives giving you a chance to experience one of the most anticipated dance festivals in the Maldives with renowned instructors, great food, music and a chance to interact with the dance community!

Cocoon Maldives plans to host one of the most luxurious Dance Festival in collaboration with One Maldivian and Like Lisbon- Lisbon’s International Kizomba Energy from 04th -12th December 2021 for Afro-Latin Dance Holidays.

You will get to experience progressive Bachata, Salsa, Kizomba and Tarraxinha dance style workshops with instructors, Social Dancing Nights and Sunset Parties with one of the finest DJs to make your vacation even more memorable.

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Joao & Giedre

Joao & Giedre are specialized in Kizomba and have been teaching together since 2012. They lived in Stockholm from 2012 till mid-2015 creating and developing the Kizomba scene. In 2015 they moved to Frankfurt (Germany) and own a Kizomba school called “Kizomba Fabrik”, where they give weekly classes and organize parties.

They are a part of different Kizomba festivals and weekenders all around the world teaching in over 40 countries. Their classes are known as very detailed and highly technical, they focus on Kizomba, Samba and Tarraxinha, pay a lot of attention to the Angolan culture. They created a modern class of Kizomba fusion with tango in 2011, which has become one of their most popular classes together with musicality

Mark-Anthony & Olesia

Mark-Anthony & Olesia were among the first ones to teach kizomba in Ukraine. Their classes are fun, full of cultural information, great knowledge about music and history and they have the ability to teach students with different dance experiences and make it easy and fun at the same time. They teach all styles of Latin dances along with Kizomba, Semba & Taaraxinha.

Robert & Jean

Robert & Jean started learning Cuban and Colombian Salsa in 1992 with the first generation of instructors in the UK: Xihomara Granados, Nelson Batista, and Ramiro Zapata and Zina. They were later introduced to New York-style ‘cross-body’ Salsa by Pedro Gomez, a Puerto Rican teacher based in Italy.

Since then they have studied with many famous US proponents of that style including Eddie Torres, Nelson Flores of Descarga Latina Dance Company, Tomas Guerrero of Santo Rico Dance Company and Frankie Martinez.

They started teaching and founded Mambo City in 1999. Both Robert and Jean teach at Mambo City venues and Robert also DJs (as Cruz and Bobby Blanco). He has a diverse musical background and is a former session musician who has played Reggae and R&B on a semi-professional basis.

They have been teaching at Depo dance Café for the past 6 years and Ravado Studio for around 10 months. They have travelled the world entertaining audiences with their creative shows and fun workshops. When the music speaks you should listen. Their motto is “Dance, Live, Laugh, Connect.” and we might as well just do what they say.

All of the resort’s in-house guests will have the opportunity to participate in this festival for a special rate of USD150 per day pass per person and USD400 weekly pass per person. Likewise, Cocoon Maldives offers special discounts for couples looking to join this exclusive festival.

Book your holidays now to experience this one-of-a-kind event in Cocoon Maldives; The First Design Hotel in the Maldives located in stunning Lhaviyani Atoll.

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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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