A Hilton subsidiary has entered into an agreement with
Sun Travels and Tours, to manage the Hilton Maldives/Iru Fushi Resort &
Spa. A conversion hotel project, the property currently known as the
Irufushi Beach & Spa Resort is scheduled to open as a Hilton Worldwide
Resort in July 2009.
Martin Rinck, President Hilton Hotels
Corporation – Asia Pacific, said, “The beauty of the
Maldives, its pristine white beaches, turquoise waters and
fascinating underwater world continues to entice yachting and
diving enthusiasts, spa seekers and honeymooners looking for an
island hideaway. This is one of the most exotic and idyllic island
destinations in the world, and we are delighted to add the Hilton
flag to the Conrad brand already present.”
Comprising 220 villas, the Hilton Maldives/Iru Fushi Resort & Spa
will sprawl over 52 acres of powdery white sands and abundant
tropical vegetation on Medhafushi which is nestled within the
unspoiled Noonu Atoll.
The resort will offer a
range of room options, from beach villas that open onto private
shores and are surrounded by rich tropical foliage, to over-water
villas with private whirlpools and sundecks from which guests can
take in uninterrupted views across the Indian Ocean.
Four unique restaurants will enable guests to embark on an
epicurean journey during their stay. From an alfresco restaurant
with live stations and grills serving freshly caught seafood to a
fine dining restaurant blending local and international flavours.
A selection of distinctive bars and an over water wine cellar will
allow guests to unwind with beverages and watch the famous
Located approximately 60 kilometres north of Malé
International Airport, the resort is easily accessed by a 45-minute
A spa sanctuary with 21 private spa pavilions
will be complemented by a fitness centre, swimming pool, tennis courts
and a range of water sport activities, while book lovers can curl up at
the resort library and Internet cafe.
Famed for its
beautiful and rare underwater reefs, warm water temperatures and high
visibility, the Maldives enjoys a reputation as one of the best diving
destinations in the world. The Hilton Maldives will have a diving centre
on property to enable guests to learn to scuba dive with qualified
trainers as well as enable dive enthusiasts to make the most of their
experience of the house reef and crystal clear waters of Noonu Atoll.
Over 30 dive sites are available to explore within an hour from the
island, all with an abundance of marine life and a rich variety of
"We're thrilled to welcome the Hilton
Maldives/Iru Fushi Resort & Spa to our portfolio," said Jeff Diskin,
senior vice president - Brand Management, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. "This
beautiful location, coupled with our unique brand of Hilton hospitality
is sure to make this hotel a favorite among the world's travellers."
The management contract will further
enhance Hilton Hotels’ presence in the Maldivian archipelago, where the
company will have several of its Hilton Family of Hotels Brands. The
Hilton Maldives will build on the success of the Conrad Maldives Rangali
Island which opened in 1997 (originally as a Hilton hotel before being
rebranded to the Conrad in 2007). The Doubletree by Hilton Malé is also
scheduled to open in the Republic’s capital, Malé, in 2011.
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