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How the World’s Largest Seaplane Terminal Makes Travel to Maldives Resorts Easier!

Velana International Airport made seaplane travel easier for passengers connecting to Maldives resorts in 2022. This was the year when the Noovilu Seaplane Terminal was introduced, marking the launch of the largest seaplane terminal in the world. Since then, this beautiful seaplane terminal has marked the start and end of the journey for every traveller connecting to a Maldives resort by seaplane.

A Journey to the Noovilu Seaplane Terminal

Upon arrival at the Velana International Airport (VIA), travellers must locate the correct counter for check-in. For seaplanes, it’s going to be one of the three operators: Trans Maldivian (TMA), Manta Air or Maldivian. If your resort has a lounge based at VIA, you can often head straight there to relax and cool down. From there, a resort vehicle or the airport bus will transport you to the beautiful Noovilu Seaplane Terminal.

Quite a number of resorts have already developed their own lounges for travellers to relax, unwind and grab a snack before travelling. One of the best parts is that you can even sneak in a quick shower at some of these lounges! If the resort does not have a dedicated lounge, travellers can explore the main lounge which is accessible to all. There’s always fresh beverages, hot drinks, an amazing view, and free Wi-Fi for travellers here. If you’re extra hungry, you can also order meals at any of the outlets based at the terminal.

Coral Lounge by Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA)

If you’re flying with TMA, you can explore the Coral Lounge. This new VIP lounge is located on the 2nd floor, offering VIP guests the best of the terminal. With one of the best views, guests can watch the seaplanes landing and take off from the water runways. In addition to the scenic view and comfortable seating, the terminal also provides:

  • Dedicated quiet zone with recliners & massage chairs
  • An array of meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Kids play area with toys and activity books
  • Comfortable washrooms with baby changing facilities & showers
  • Service staff to take care of your every need, with special assistance for wheel-chair bound passengers

Although repeated guests are quite used to the workings of the seaplane terminal, new travellers shouldn’t worry about the process. If you’ve booked directly with the hotel, a representative will ensure your check-in and departure go smoothly. With the Noovilu Seaplane terminal, your journey to paradise is made easier, convenient and fun!

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The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands for the Ultimate Eid Al-Adha Getaway

Enjoy an unforgettable Eid Al-Adha adventure unlike any other at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands. The beautiful Maldives resort invites GCC visitors to indulge themselves in a world of unmatched glamour, elegance, and personalized experiences.

To kickstart your Eid holiday, engulf yourself in a gastronomic voyage of Levantine pleasures at The White Journey. The White Journey restaurant offers evening meals among the beautiful beaches of the hotel’s island. The Ritz Carlton Maldives also offers seven restaurants and bars scattered over the specialized Culinary Island. Guests can also explore the Grand Sunset Beach, and Fari Marina Village, providing personalized dining for every palate.

The scent of freshly made espresso will awaken guests, taking them on a short detour to Italy at La Locanda, where Italian meals and cultures unravel. Catch the sunset at Iwau, an outdoor eatery with two teppanyaki burners that provide a holistic dining atmosphere. Perfect for family quality time, the Beach Shack offers a laid-back, playful ambience that embraces the Mediterranean. As the Eid celebrations come to an end, travellers are invited to a sublime Maldivian Night, with the island’s soul-infused into every scrumptious delicacy.

Idyllic panoramas paired with aquatic life provide a picturesque setting for a variety of unique Eid activities. Whether you wish to bask in the warm sunlight on the white sand waters, join a stimulating chakra meditation class, or take an evening boat ride, the Ritz-Carlton Maldives promises an extraordinary Maldivian adventure this Eid al Adha. Those looking to boost their physical strength may try a Killer Abs class or engage in the thrilling atmosphere of a group Aerial Hoop Class. For individuals looking for a more creative release, consider attending the Eid Design Artistry workshop to spark your inner artist.

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