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Glam and Glitz Festive Experiences at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru

Glam and Glitz Festive Experiences at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru
Festive performances set against a stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean await guests of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru.

Underwater adventures, a beach fashion show, and festive performances set against a stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean await guests of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru this year.

The Festive Celebration will begin with the decorating and lighting of the Christmas trees on both islands. Christmas Eve will be traditional with a slight twist as Santa will arrive by ‘dhoni’ instead of the sleigh on the 24th. Santa’s arrival will be followed by lively Christmas carols while guests enjoy cocktails and canapés.

On the morning of the 25th, Santa and his divers will visit the Rannamaari Wreck to check out the resident guitarfish, jacks and batfish. The evening will be filled with magic and wonders. Activities such as Toddy Sunset Ritual and Local Market Experience will showcase local culture and tradition. In addition, the Moodhu Collection Fashion Show at Banyan Tree Beach will feature a selection of Banyan Tree Gallery items. It will also showcase hand-painted t-shirts designed by Abdulla Shakeeb, the talented in-house artist and Executive Housekeeper of Angsana Ihuru.

Guests are encouraged to glam up with white and gold for New Year’s Eve, or they can come as they are; even barefoot if they prefer.

The much-anticipated activity ‘Swim Across the Channel’, an 890-meter swim between the two islands, will also take place on the first of January to start the year with a fun-filled and healthy activity.

A series of fun activities await for the kids at Angsana Ihuru’s newly opened Kids Club. There is something for the little ones every day, plus an exciting Kiddies Magic Workshop that will leave them in awe. For something a little more festive, kids can decorate their own gingerbread man, create Christmas cards, or go Treasure Hunting.

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru are located in North Male’ Atoll, just 25 minutes away from the airport by speedboat. The two resorts are about 890 meters apart, less than five minutes by boat. Each island has its unique charm, and guests staying in either resort can enjoy the best of both worlds. Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, a spa-centric all-pool villa resort, is a haven for those who seek a relaxing retreat. Angsana Ihuru is the perfect spot for the active. It is a dive-centric resort, home to the legendary Rannamaari Wreck.

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Explore a Multitude of Football Camps at Siyam World This Year!

As part of its ongoing line-up of five-star experiences, Siyam World Maldives kicked off a series of unforgettable spring football camps. The resort will be featuring star players Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.

Siyam World Maldives encouraged guests to let their football skills blossom over a series of football camps. These camps will utilise the resort’s state-of-the-art sports complex and FIFA-sized soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. Participants enjoyed world-class coaching and immersive experiences designed to enhance their football techniques and passion for the sport.

Spanish Goal-keeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo

The action-packed schedule began with Spanish goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo. He graced the sandy shores from the 19th to the 23rd of March. Adrian is a key player for Liverpool FC and the Andalusia National team. During his time at the resort, he helped younger guests understand how to deal with pressure and develop key life skills. This also included developing a performance mindset.

Football Camp Experiences with Wayne Bridge

Next on the roster was Wayne Bridge who came to Siyam World from from 22nd to 31st March. He is a renowned English left-back, who returned to Siyam World for a second time already. With his infectious energy and wealth of experience from clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, Wayne inspired guests to “tackle” challenges head-on and score big on and off the field.

Francesco Totti Lights up Siyam World Football Camp

Following Wayne’s lead was the legendary Francesco Totti, lighting up Siyam World for a second time as well. He visited from 28th March to 4th April. Totti is known for his flair and loyalty to AS Roma. He brought a touch of Italian passion to the Maldives, teaching participants the art of precision and creativity in football. 

Once described by Maradona as “the best player he has ever seen”, the gifted World Cup winner and legendarily loyal one-club player (AS Roma) will be on hand to help holidaymakers hone their football skills and play to their full potential.

Michael Owen Graces the Shores of Siyam World

Closing out the star-studded lineup was Michael Owen. He is the youngest-ever Ballon d’Or winner, who graced Siyam World from the 1st to the 5th of April. Michael Owen is joining as part of the recently announced partnership with Football Escapes. Michael’s lightning-fast moves and goal-scoring prowess electrified the pitch, inspiring a new generation of football stars. Throughout the action-packed week, participants savoured daily football sessions led by Owen, a team of UEFA-licensed coaches, and internet sensation Eman – popularly known as SV2 from his viral YouTube skills videos.

Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 15 seized the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game, from tactics to technical skills. To add to the holiday experience, families enjoyed a memorable parents’ match, providing moms and dads with a chance to showcase their skills on the pitch.

Collaboration with Football Escapes – Rip Ferdinand

Later this year, and in collaboration with Football Escapes, Rio Ferdinand will also be hosting a football camp from 28 October to 1 November. He is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time. Ferdinand is famous for being one of the world’s best defenders. He will be bringing the skills he learned whilst playing for West Ham, Manchester United and Leeds United plus the England national team. 

At Siyam World, we are undoubtedly a paradise for sports enthusiasts, offering exceptional facilities for both water and land sports. My passion for football, which began in childhood collection jerseys of football legends, is embodied in our FIFTA- regulation football field. We host many football aficionados, including owners of prized jerseys and past champions who still share a deep love for the game. Siyam World is where sportsmanship thrives, providing an unparalleled destination for active trave;ers, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

The incredible resort has had the pleasure of hosting several other esteemed football legends. Italian champion Nicola Ventola graced the resort in January. Additionally, Bobo Vieri and Marco Materazzi also showcased their skills on the pitch. Joining them were players like Juan Sebastián Verón, Esteban Cambiasso, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Carlos Puyol, and Jay Jay Okocha.

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