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The Nautilus Maldives unveils ‘a place beyond time’ video
The Nautilus Maldives has unveiled a video themed on ‘a place beyond time’ showcasing the island’s philosophy of giving absolute freedom to its guests in a place where time has no meaning and convention is set aside. The video demonstrates that a stay at The Nautilus is noticeably different from other luxury resorts, according to the resort: where service is truly bespoke and activities follow the lead of the natural rhythms of nature; sunrise, sunset, the tides, the phases of the moon.
With only 26 beach and ocean houses on a tiny coral reef-encircled island, The Nautilus Maldives is a bohemian hideaway located in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. At The Nautilus Maldives, a kaleidoscopic wonderland of incredible marine life awaits discovery: trips to world-renowned Hanifaru Bay to swim amongst whale sharks and manta rays; diving on iridescent coral reefs; exploring remote sandbanks and deserted islands or just cruising the ocean on a custom-built yacht are among the many adventures guests can look forward to.
Built by a Maldivian entrepreneur, The Nautilus Maldives, which is due to open its shores in January 2019, is his ultimate project in the country, created to express his personal vision of the best that luxury can be – not just in the Maldives, but worldwide. A celebration of the individual spirit, The Nautilus offers liberation and freedom unconditional. For more information about The Nautilus Maldives, please visit thenautilusmaldives.com.
Centara makes life easier for Chinese travellers by accepting WeChat Pay
Centara Hotels & Resorts has announced that it is now accepting WeChat Pay transactions on its websites for online room reservations. The service is currently available at its hotels in Thailand, but the company expects to roll out WeChat Pay service at all Centara Hotels & Resorts globally by the end of 2018, thus providing convenience to customers, especially Chinese guests.
According to Centara Hotels, this is in addition to the 15 hotels that already deploy nearly 100 EDC devices for QR code scanning on WeChat Pay, making it the largest hotel group in Thailand offering Chinese tourists omnichannel payment solutions. Bills for accommodation, restaurants and spa treatments can also be paid directly from smartphones.
WeChat Pay is the payment solution of WeChat, one of the largest social networks in China. WeChat Pay has become the main cashless payment method for daily small transactions in China and has more than 800 million active users in its database. For more information about properties operated by Centara Hotels & Resorts in the Maldives, please visit centarahotelsresorts.com.
Cocoon Maldives bags HolidayCheck’s Recommended Hotels of 2018 title
Cocoon Maldives has been awarded HolidayCheck’s Recommended Hotels of 2018 title. Now in its seventh year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller’s reviews and ratings on HolidayCheck over the past year.
Cocoon Maldives was also recently nominated for the 2018 South Asian Travel Award (SATA), which celebrates innovation in the field of Leading Designer Hotel, Leading Beach Hotel and in the field of Leading F&B Hotel. Cocoon Maldives, designed by Italian-based LAGO, is competing for the award from the Resorts category for which it won Leading Design Hotel award last year.
Cocoon Maldives, located in Ookolhufinolhu Island in Lhaviyani Atoll, blends the best of Italian design with Maldives’ stunning natural beauty. Cocoon’s interiors are exclusively designed by LAGO, one of Italy’s finest design companies. For more information about Cocoon Maldives, please visit cocoonmaldives.com.