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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.

Feature image by Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

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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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