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JW Marriott Resort to be Developed in South Malé Atoll

W Marriott Resort to be developed in South Malé Atoll
HIMA Holdings,has partnered with Sanken Group and Singapore-based SHH, to develop an 80 villa luxury resort under the JW Marriott Brand.


HIMA Holdings, a Maldivian-based real estate holding company, has partnered with Sri Lanka-based Sanken Group and Singapore-based Singapore Hospitality Holdings Pte Ltd (SHH), a subsidiary of Orca Holding, to develop an 80 villa luxury resort under the JW Marriott Brand.

The resort will be constructed in the Emboodhoo Lagoon, a prime location with only a 10-minute speed boat ride from Velana International Airport. This will be an attractive offering for travellers seeking a luxury product with proximity to the capital, Malé.

For nearly three decades, JW Marriott has evolved to own an enviable niche in the growing luxury tier within Marriott International, the strongest hospitality brand in the world.

The resilience shown by Maldives Tourism during these challenging times has given a lot of confidence for foreign investors like Mr. Laith Pharaon and Sanken to continue investing in the Maldives.

Mr. Mevan Gunatilleke, Deputy CEO of Sanken Group

Further, Mr. Gunatilleke appreciated Sri Lankan Banks, NTB (Nations Trust Bank) and DFCC, for strongly backing Sanken and promoting strategic investments in the Maldives.

Mr. Ahmed Hassan Maniku, Chairman of HIMA Holdings, who owns the neighbouring resort Taj Exotica, highlighted the location of the proposed resort as a key differentiator and the importance of collaboration with the correct partners to execute successful ventures.

Mr. Pharaon stated, “The Maldives continues to be a bright spot in the high-end hospitality space and we are honoured to be part of this tripartite joint venture with such experienced partners.”

Orca Holding’s current hospitality investments include the breath-taking Amari Havodda in the Maldives, as well as the soon to open Alila Maldives resort, to trailblazing projects with Soho House in Spain, and the Zetter hotel portfolio in the UK. Past hospitality investments include Six Senses in Asia, and Hyatt and Four Seasons branded projects in Latin America.

Sanken, the leading construction company in the region, with an active presence in Maldives since 1980s, has constructed several iconic developments in the Maldives, with Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands being the latest addition to the portfolio. The JW Marriott will be Sanken’s fourth investment in the Maldives since Amari Havodda in 2015.

Feature image by Momentum Maldives

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Earth Week at Oaga Art Resort: Connect with the Beauty of Nature

Oaga Art Resort is getting ready to celebrate Earth Week with Nature's Embrace!

Oaga Art Resort is dedicating a week to connecting with the beauty and wonder of the planet! In celebration of Earth Week, the resort is curating a programme with meaningful experiences and deep appreciation for the Earth from March 21st to 27th, 2024.

Earth Week Specials at Oaga Art Resort

On March 21st, the resort will celebrate Poetry Day to unwind with Earth-inspired creativity. Start your day with a poetic breakfast, followed by a lunchtime fusion of traditional Maldivian Boduberu beats and poetry called ‘Farihi’. As the sun goes down, guests are invited to enjoy poetry reading and a captivating performance by local duo ‘Something Lovely’.

On March 22nd, guests can enjoy a Boduberu jam session at lunch. As the nighttime falls, witness the artistry of a sand artist as they create their magic on the Raa Baa deck.

On March 23rd, Connect with Nature in a mindful way. As part of the Earth Hour, a candlelit Earth meditation and Sound healing session will be hosted. Guests can also savour a delicious Earth-conscious buffet and enjoy unplugged music around a bonfire! Additionally, a special coral planting cocktail will take place at sunset. At this event, guests can also help plant 60+ coral frames in Oaga’s reef nursery. The project is carried out in partnership with Coralive, aiming to completely resort to the house reef by 2028.

Celebrate Holi with an Eco Twist on March 25th. Create stunning sand mandalas and participate in the traditional Full Moon ritual. Oaga Art Resort will also be hosting a glow-in-the-dark Holi Full moon party with minimal lighting!

Reflect and reminisce under the stars on March 26th. Cuddle up for a captivating movie night! The Grand Finale, with World Theatre Day will be hosted on March 27th. The resort will be hosting a puppet show in addition to live performances by the Sky Rock band. End the night with a special Earth-themed solo performance at the Kaa Kada dinner in celebration of World Theatre Day.

Earth Week and so Much More!

Guests are welcome to enjoy these activities and so much more at Oaga. The resort is all about fun, creative and new experiences. The Earth Week celebrations are weaved into the activities throughout Oaga Art Resort during this period. Oaga Art Resort is the perfect spot for an all-inclusive getaway. The Greatest All-inclusive plan redefines your resort experience!

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