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Lunar New Year Celebrations at Kuda Villingili – A Look Back

Kuda Villingili Maldives held a vibrant celebration in honor of the Lunar New Year, which ushered in the auspicious Year of the Dragon with a myriad of festive activities and experiences for guests to enjoy.

On February 10, guests indulged in an enchanting array of experiences. These experiences were designed to bring prosperity, joy, and good fortune in the Year of the Dragon.

The resort adorned captivating decorations symbolising luck and prosperity throughout its premises. Vibrant red lanterns adorned the pathways and intricate dragon motifs adorning communal spaces. The decorations at the resort created an atmosphere of excitement and celebration.

Culinary Delights and Entertainment

Guests at Kuda Villingili Maldives savored an exquisite culinary journey. The resort showcased traditional Lunar New Year delicacies alongside the resort’s signature gourmet offerings. The feast featured Chinese dishes to themed cocktails infused with festive flavours. Every dining experience delighted the senses and evoked the spirit of the season.

Guests also palso artook in a variety of immersive activities and entertainment. Traditional dragon dances, lantern-making workshops, and fortune-telling sessions, provided moments of joy and cultural enrichment for guests of all ages.

The Kuda Fiyo Kids Club at the resort resonated with joy and laughter. Organizers arranged activities such as paper plate dragon crafting, Chinese lantern making, paper plate hand fun, dragon mask creation, paper chain dragon crafting, and chase the dragon tail game to get the young guests in the mood for the Chinese New Year.

For guests seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, the resort’s award-winning spa also offered a selection of Lunar New Year-inspired wellness treatments, designed to balance the body, mind, and spirit, and promote a sense of renewal and vitality for the year ahead.

At Kuda Villingili, we are committed to creating unforgettable moments for our guests, and our Lunar New Year celebrations were a testament to our dedication to providing unique and immersive experiences that resonate with travellers from around the world, says Deepa Manuel, General Manager, Kuda Villingili Maldives.

Inviting guests to embark on a memorable journey infused with the spirit of the Lunar New Year, Kuda Villingili Maldives offered adventure, romance as well as relaxation, allowing them to celebrate the Year of the Dragon in unparalleled luxury and style.

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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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