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Festive Celebrations in Maldives Resorts You Can't Miss

Fantastical Festive Celebrations at JOALI Maldives
From grand gala dinners on Christmas Eve to fireworks on New Year's, Maldives is the best place to celebrate this festive season.

There is no more memorable place to spend the holidays with family and friends than the Maldives. Maldivian resorts go all out for the entire festive season, making sure not to leave out a single detail. From grand gala dinners on Christmas Eve to brunch and fireworks on New Year’s, the archipelago is the best place to celebrate. So relax, unwind and go with the flow of these enchanting festive celebrations.

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Festive Celebrations in Maldives Resorts

From 22nd December 2021 to 7th January 2022, embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience with LUX* South Ari Atoll. This festive programme captures the soul of the Indian Ocean.

This Christmas, immerse yourself in the rich art, eccentric culture and heritage of the Maldives. Talented Maldivian artists will be on hand to help you create your own masterpiece to take home; a reminder of your time in paradise with the ones you love most. The resort has something planned for everyone — couples, families, singles, and young ones.

During this festive season, the island will also be celebrating its 10th anniversary with the introduction of the Coral Adoption programme. Guests can play a part in helping restore damaged and degraded reefs around the island by adopting and planting a coral frame.

Latino Vibes

Celebrate Christmas in splendour with Raffles Maldives Meradhoo. Each event has been branded with a cool Latino theme sure to make you want to join in the fiesta.

The world-class Cuban band Sweet Habana will be playing a range of music, from classic ’40s and ’50s tracks to modern-day salsa and hot timber. Furthermore, key highlights include a spectacular firework show, a global gourmet adventure, and fancy wine pairing dinners. Have a blast at Raffles Maldives’ Christmas extravaganza this holiday season.

Check out Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s festive program here.

What the Dickens!

Festive Celebrations in Maldives Resorts

Guest at Amilla Maldives will be entertained by performances and workshops from 22nd December to 7th January 2022. ‘What the Dickens! An Island Christmas Carol Cabaret’ will be thrilling the crowds on Christmas Eve.

Also read: Pixie Lott Joins Amilla Maldives’ Star-Studded New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

Christmas Day will be celebrated with a delicious brunch, followed by a Gala Dinner with traditional fare. After brunch, Santa will be arriving island-style to hand out gifts. Furthermore, the resort has a star-studded lineup of performers this year; headliners include British DJ Shift K3y and homegrown Maldivian talent Limestone Band.

Amilla also presents a golden opportunity for guests of all nationalities to learn about another culture. Russian guests will be treated to a visit from ‘Ded Moroz’, or Grandfather Frost, who is to arrive on New Year’s Eve with his granddaughter, the Snow Maiden.

View Amilla Maldives’ festive brochure here.

A Tropical-Chic Festive Season

Festive Celebrations in Maldives Resorts

Set in one of the Maldives’ largest crystal-clear resort lagoons, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is the ultimate destination for a picture-perfect festive holiday.

Guests here are invited to reconnect with their loved ones through fun activities such as the Perfume Master Class and the creating souvenirs at the new Sustainability Lab. Rediscover your zest for life with thrilling water activities. Rebalance the body and mind with the visiting wellness experts, and enjoy lavish festive menus created by Michelin-starred guest chefs.

To welcome 2022 in style, the resort will host a tropical-chic ’70s party. The event will feature music from the talented ABBA Tribute Band and a whole host of other sensational acts. Then, a spectacular firework show will light up the beautiful Maldivian sky as the clock turns to midnight.

View Fairmont Maldives’ festive lineup here.

Christmas in a Castle, New Year in a Beach Shack

Festive Celebrations in Maldives Resorts

The theme for this year’s Christmas a Mirihi Island Resort is ‘Christmas in a Castle’, with regal purples and glittering silver. In contrast, the theme for the New Year’s celebrations is ‘Beach Shack’, the colours being turquoise and teal.

The in-house artist will be transforming the main Dhonveli Restaurant with art pieces created especially for the events. The festivities at Mirihi include a whale shark seeker cruise, house reef discovery, chocolate tasting, a magic show, and more.

The Glamorous 70’s

Travel back in time to the Glamorous ’70s at Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives. From colourful tropical escapes and the famed Maldivian white coral sands, the resort is offering an unforgettable Christmas with mouth-watering feasts.

See also: Enjoy a Warm Festive Season in the Maldives with Accor

Mövenpick has also organized an array of activities to occupy both kids and adults alike, so there is no room for boredom. The live entertainment lineup includes British DJ Paul Rees, Electric Girls Band from Poland, and the StaySee Band from Ukraine. So don your most stunning 70’s wear and party all night, every night at Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives.

Flip through Mövenpick Maldives’ festive brochure here.

Rejoice at Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu Resort Maldives

The stylish Radisson Blu Resort Maldives has arranged a wonderful array of festivities, from family-fun Christmas to romantic New Year getaway, they have all the ingredients to suit everyone throughout the holidays.

Families and couples will enter the magical realm of Christmas in the Maldives with a Tree Lighting ceremony to the sound of joyous Christmas Carols during which eggnog, sparkling wine, and delicacies will be served. 

Ring in the New Year with the Chef’s special 2022 trending canapés at the cocktail reception, then head down for a Masquerade Countdown Party on the beach. Keeping the revelries alive on the first few days of 2022, start with a healthy brunch and wrap the festivities with an experiential wine-pairing dinner at the resort’s wine cellar, The Lab.

Fantastical Festive Celebrations

JOALI Maldives will be hosting a fantasy-world inspired three-week calendar of enchanting festive activities and joyful experiences for all ages. The paradise island will be transformed into an otherworldly playground that blends past and present, fantasy and reality.

Guests can take part in a range of traditional family experiences throughout the festive period, such as the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony; the unveiling of the culinary art-designed Gingerbread House, getting a visit from Santa Claus, JOALI style; and watching the ball drop for New Year’s Eve, welcoming 2022.

Where are you planning to visit this festive season? Book your last-minute island getaway now and welcome the new year at the sunny side of life!

Feature image by JOALI Maldives

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Looking Ahead: Festivities in Maldives Resorts for the Coming Months

Did you know that the Maldives is not only a destination for stunning beaches and luxurious resorts but also a hub of vibrant festivities and celebrations?

As we move through 2024, several resorts are gearing up to host an array of exciting events, promising unforgettable experiences for their guests. Here’s a glimpse into what’s in store:

World Turtle Day at Amilla Maldives

Amilla Maldives will celebrate World Turtle Day this May 23rd. The resort is celebrating with educational activities aimed at raising awareness about turtle conservation. Guests can participate in activities that support preservation efforts while enjoying the resort’s natural beauty​.

Unforgettable Spring Festivities at Dusit Thani Maldives

From 29 March to 15 May 2024, Dusit Thani Maldives will host vibrant springtime festivities, featuring special events for Easter, Eid al-Fitr, and Thailand’s Songkran Water Festival. Guests can enjoy unique cultural experiences, live music, and festive activities, along with exclusive packages and promotions for a memorable stay.

Wellness Retreats Throughout the Year

Resorts that focus on wellness & health always offer wellness retreats throughout the year. In addition to getting advice from experts, guests can also get curated experiences from these retreats. Soneva Resorts, Amilla Maldives, as well as Patina Maldives, feature some amazing experiences for guests. In addition to these resorts, guests can also look into any resort that focuses on spa & wellness retreats.

Eid Celebrations

Just like any other celebrations in the Maldives, Maldives resorts bring travellers festive Eid celebrations. This vibrant festivity is marked with special offers and a variety of activities perfect for families to enjoy. This year, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, Sun Siyam Resorts, and Bandos Maldives offered colourful Eid celebrations.

Christmas & Easter Celebrations

Easter & Christmas celebrations are arguably some of the most widely celebrated festivity in Maldives resorts. During this time period, many resorts turn into wonderlands not only for kids but also for adults. As people book their getaway to enjoy the warm climate of the Maldives, this is also the high tourist season in the country. From December to January, almost every day brings something new. Whether it’s brunch, beach parties, pool parties or fun with Santa, you won’t get bored!

New Year’s Eve & New Year

Although many places would say this is the same celebration, in the Maldives New Year’s Eve and New Year’s celebrations are also different. New Year’s Eve is usually made up of festive gala dinners straight out of a dream. Guests can enjoy live entertainment, amazing meals and endless drinks! Some of the usual highlights also include fireworks and fire dancers.

New Year’s Day is followed by brunches and more activities to welcome the new year. During this period of time, the resorts host an abundance of parties and themed celebrations as well. Guests can also explore the Orthodox Christmas celebration in January, which is the last celebration of the festivities.

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