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Maldives Nominated for Indian Ocean’s Prestigious Categories at the 28th World Travel Awards

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The Maldives has been nominated in 10 exciting ‘Indian Ocean’ categories at the 28th annual World Travel Awards.

The World Travel Awards nominated the Maldives in 10 exciting ‘Indian Ocean’ categories at the 28th annual World Travel Awards; one of the most prestigious honours programmes in the global travel trade and tourism industry.

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to recognize, reward and celebrate distinguished destinations across all key sectors and segments of the travel trade, tourism, and hospitality industries.

The Maldives is nominated for the following Indian ocean categories this year:

  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination 2021
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination 2021
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination 2021
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination 2021
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Destination 2021
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2021
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination 2021
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Tourist Board 2021: Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Wedding Destination 2021
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination 2021

In addition, Maldives is also nominated at the World Cruise Awards, the sister event of World Travel Awards that serves to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the global cruise sector.

Voting for the Indian Ocean categories is now open and runs until midnight on 01st September 2021 and the voting for World Cruise Awards ends midnight on 31st August 2021. The nominee gaining the most votes in a category will be the winner.

Voting for Indian ocean categories is at:
Voting for Best Cruise Destination at:

As the Maldives has welcomed over half a million travellers and is on its way to achieve pre-pandemic arrival figures and revive the Maldivian tourism industry, the nominations at the 28th World Travel Awards will aid in strengthening the image and increase the brand presence globally.

Additionally, Maldives has secured multiple awards in various categories over the years including the Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination 2020, Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination 2020, Indian, Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination 2020, Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination 2020 and the iconic, World’s Leading Destination 2020 award.

The destination also won the famed Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination award 13 times within the past 16 years.

Feature image by Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

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Experience the Thrill of Summer with the Family Fun Summer Package at Sheraton Maldives!

Summer is almost here and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is inviting families to experience the breathtaking paradise of the Maldives. Travellers can now explore the thrill of summer and more at Sheraton Maldives with the ‘Family Fun Summer’ Package. If you were thinking about booking a family trip this one is perfect for you. With this amazing package children under 12 dine and stay for free! Families can also immerse themselves in a host of specially curated experiences. This includes educational kids club programs, coral propagation activities, as well as culinary and wellness journeys, all-embracing sustainable travel and catering to eco-conscious travellers.

Families planning a tropical getaway this summer can look forward to exciting adventures at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. The five-star resort welcomes families to explore the natural splendour of North Male Atoll on the private island of Furanafushi. Guests can choose from a range of premium villas and overwater bungalows that feature breathtaking views of the lush gardens, pristine white-sand beaches, shimmering blue lagoon, or the Indian Ocean.

Explore the Signature Side by Side Family Program this Summer

Guests can delve into the resort’s signature ‘Side by Side’ Family Program, designed to create memorable moments that bring families together. From cooking classes, mom and daughter face mask making, and Maldivian palm weaving to engaging fun games, ‘Side By Side’ promises cherished memories for families. The resort boasts seven restaurants and bars, each offering a variety of delectable menus sourced with fresh organic produce from Chef Garden and Furana Organic Garden, perfect for families.

A Touch of Sustainability with the Adopt a Coral Activity!

Guests are also invited to participate in the ‘Adopt A Coral’ – coral planting activity led by the resident Marine Biologist and learn about coral propagation to help grow new colonies in the resort’s lagoon. This program, part of Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy, allows guests to create meaningful travel experiences. Families can enjoy a guided snorkelling tour or join a dolphin cruise on a traditional Maldivian Cruise Dhoni.

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With the ‘Family Fun Summer’ package, guests can savour daily breakfasts and buffet dinners. This includes Feast Restaurant or you can enjoy three-course à la carte meals at select restaurants. Kids will receive a special welcome amenity, and children under 12 can stay and dine for free. Additionally, complimentary access to the Kid’s Club is provided for children ages 4 to 12. The resort is conveniently accessible by a complimentary 15-minute speedboat ride, ensuring a stress-free journey for families.

Guests can reserve their extraordinary summer retreat before May 31, 2024. This is valid for stays until September 30, 2024. With this, guests can enjoy other benefits such as daily breakfasts and dinners, and complimentary access to the gym and kids’ club. Moreover, guests can also enjoy non-motorized water sports activities. For more information, visit the website at or book the Family Fun Summer package here. Marriott Bonvoy members can seamlessly earn and redeem their points on stays and experiences at the resorts. 

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