Carpe Diem Maldives has unveiled plans to expand
operations from three dive and surf cruises to include an 115
pool-villa resort in Raa Atoll, northern Maldives.
The private island Carpe Diem Beach Resort &
Spa, scheduled to open June 2018, will have 115 private pool
villas each with sliding doors that lead on to a large deck with a
shaded seating area and a sun-drenched plunge pool.
Speaking on the expansion,
Managing Director of Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt. Ltd., Amir Mansoor,
said, “From our first boat a decade ago, Carpe Diem Maldives has
grown to become a collection of three unique liveaboard dive and
surf cruises, each catering for 20-22 guests. We are the only liveaboard operator in the Maldives to offer diving adventures
with a team of all-Maldivian Dive Masters. With the expansion into
resorts, Carpe Diem Maldives becomes the only hospitality brand in
the country to offer year-round liveaboard cruises that can be
combined with a resort stay. This vibrant new offering and
collection of activities brings a fresh approach to holidays, one
that also meets the changing traveller demographics to this
the cusp where Raa and Baa atolls meet, the area is rich in marine
diversity; Baa atoll, renown for the annual Manta Ray migration
from May to November in Hanifaru UNESCO Marine Biosphere, is just
15 minutes away by speedboat.
The home base of Raa Atoll is
teeming with wildlife and a survey in June this year by US-based
marine organisation Coral Reef CPR identified an extraordinary
array of rare coral species, some of which are 500-1000 years old,
attracting over 215 fish species to the house reef at Carpe Diem
Beach Resort & Spa.
The resort’s General Manager, Socrates
Alvaro, said, “At Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa the emphasis is
on a social holiday where like-minded travellers meet. Today’s
holidaymakers are seeking a more engaging environment paired with
adventure and excitement, rather than a romance and honeymoon
emphasis, and Carpe Diem Maldives is set to deliver on that rising
market demand. With new budget airline routes into Male, and the
new travel trends to this destination, it means the Maldives is
now more accessible to a much wider demographic than previously,
and that’s very exciting.”
Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa is a
40-minute seaplane ride from Malé International Airport, or a
20-minute flight to Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll
combined with a 25-minute speedboat ride.
The resort will offer a choice of five Over
Water Pool Villas dedicated to solo travellers looking to
share twin bed accommodation, omitting the need for a single
A full-board stay for all guests at Carpe Diem Beach
Resort & Spa includes house wines and beer, as well as access to
an inflatable water park in the private lagoon.
Full-board room rates
accommodating 2 adults and 2 children, or 3 adults, start from
US$899 per villa, per night, and for solo travellers in a shared
twin-bed Over Water Pool Villa from US$450. The resort is already
accepting bookings for stays from 1 June 2018 onwards.
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