What’s going on at Yas Island in April



Location: Yas Marina Circuit
Dates: 20 – 21 April
It has come down to this! Final round of Yas Super Street Challenge is just around the corner. Yas Super Street Challenge brings you drag racing in its raw form with over 50 cars competing, 5 categories of racing and cash prizes for the taking. From the streets to the strip, watch cars going head to head in a test of skill and speed. Come see what street racing is all about at Yas Marina Circuit on 20-21 April 2017.

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Location: Abu Dhabi

Date: 28 April

In support of the Make a Wish Foundation, the 7th annual Captain’s Charity Golf Day at Yas Links Abu Dhabi will take place on Friday 28th April 2017. Entry fee is AED500 per person (discounts for members apply) and includes a round of golf on the Championship Links Course (shot gun start at 1pm) followed by a gala dinner around the Pool with charity auction and entertainment.

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Yas Times


‘Yas Times’ is a platform that gives you a true insiders look into the vibrant life of Yas Island. We cover the best experiences through the eyes of those who live, work and visit the island. Connect with the people and stories that bring Yas Island to life and experience what makes it the world-class leisure and entertainment destination it is today.
Tables adorned with silverware on crisp white tablecloths, delectable signature dishes and a captivating view of the Yas Marina; Cipriani at the Yas Yacht Club checks all the boxes of…
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Beyond The Need for Speed – A Close Encounter At the Centre of Action

Since the beginning of time, people have come together to enjoy friendly competition, cheering on and celebrating the victories of their favourite teams and athletes. The concept of the colosseum…
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Penghu County: Home to beautiful beaches and islands

Penghu County in Taiwan houses 90 beautiful islands.

Some unexplored places to visit in Penghu County:

jiao Island – Surrounded by numerous reefs, from a distance, the island looks like a white sand mirage floating in the sea. The island is a favorite place for snorkelling.

Shihli Beach- A perfect place for walking in the sand, soaking up the sun, swimming in the soothing water, camping, or simply enjoying a pleasant afternoon at peaceful destination.

Wang’an Island – Due to its romantic beaches, this island is often called “Honeymoon Island’

Xiaobaisha Island – Known for its pure white sand beaches, this well preserved island is in an ideal destination for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkelling.

Top 5 ‘must-dos’ in Jordan!

  • Night visit of Petra! Trek up the Monastry and get lost in the stunning caves of the area
  • Snorkelling in Aqaba — and discover its beautiful underwater life
  • Floating in the Dead Sea — the rich mineral content and salts will leave you refreshed!
  • Camping overnight in Wadi Rum — revel in its Mars-like landscape!
  • Enjoy the shisha cafes and shopping in Amman — a cosmopolitan and urban capital city!

Wadi Rum

Petra: Jordan’s prized possession

Petra, Jordan’s most valuable treasure is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area around 6th century BC.

The outstanding architecture of the Petra valley showcases hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings.

Petra is known for Al-Khazneh, The Treasury, a massive façade which is 30m wide and 43m high and is carved out of dusky pink rock-face. It was carved in the early 1st century as the tomb of an important Nabataean king.

The beautifully organized rose red city of Petra is also home to the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery.

The two excellent museums namely the Petra Archaeological Museum and the Petra Nabataean Museum gives an insight into Petra’s colorful past.


The Mystical Delicacy of the far eastern hot pot and Mangolian style BBQ

Don’t let the title fool you, as this month we are thrilled to share the most exciting news about a favourite pastime on Kuramathi; dining! Set in an intimate and enclosed space featuring urban tribal art just beside Inguru restaurant in the Thundi area, a new avenue opens up for eager guests who love the idea of an epicurean meal served fresh and hot.

The concept of the restaurant is loosely termed as a fun restaurant that incorporates the element of a community-style dining experience with family and friends. It introduces tables with an integrated ‘hot pot’ mechanism designed to create a unique and novel group dining experience. This will mark a first for Kuramathi Maldives, and the idea is inspired upon by none other than the Mongolian tribes and their traditions of cooking meat and vegetables over a fiery camp fire. It has now reached the shores of this island to tantalize the taste buds of eager palates.

Choose from the 3 packages on offer, seafood, meat and a nifty ‘surf and turf’ combo.

A typical dining experience for someone that might opt for the seafood would be as follows. Begin with a simple choice of base; whether it’s flavourful Thai tom yam, chicken clear soup or a Classic Chinese hot pot soup.

Next, you decide how you wish to cook your pick of fresh ingredients (that include peeled shrimp tail, Reef Fish Fillet sliced, New Zealand half mussel, squid, shrimp meat ball, rice vermicelli, Chinese cabbage, green cabbage, carrot, baby corn, white radish, celery stick, spring onion, assorted Asian mushrooms, Chinese hot pot sauce, Coconut Lime Dip, Thai sukiyaki sauce & steamed Jasmine rice) in either a traditional Chinese hot pot, or as a Mongolian sizzling BBQ. Waiters/waitresses assist you, to further fulfil and complete this amazing experience.

Yes, indeed it is a feast to behold, so make haste to reserve this vivid gastronomic voyage!

Relaunch of MV Sunset Queen, Luxury Cruiser

Since its launch in 2004, it has been one of the most sought after luxury cruiser in the Maldives. The popularity and demand for this cruiser is sure to rise with the relaunch. MV Sunset Queen offers a host of attractions ranging from its contemporary accommodation to its incorporation of open spaces – four decks. One of the highlights is Jacuzzi experience at the top deck coupled with stunning views. Opt to cruise with us for an array of possibilities which awaits you aboard. For divers, snorkelers and surfers alike our cruiser offers you unlimited spots in the pristine and inviting waters of the Maldives. We cater for your every need, with personalized attention to detail on each and every journey.

Why you will love it!

Maldives Amilla Fushi adds Mystique Garden to Magical

Destination Dinning Locations

The evolution of the island dining experience continues apace at maverick Maldivian home from home, Amilla Fushi, with the unveiling of its newest Destination Dining space: the magical Mystique Garden. Wreathed in banyans and coconut palms in the lush heart of the island, this hidden, lantern-lit glade is a reflection of the fresh, creative approach of Amilla’s chefs, offering guests an enchanting new personalized private dining experience with a dash of Amilla’s signature sparkle.

Guests entering the Mystique Garden can let their imagination run wild with a bespoke menu tailored to their personal tastes by a dedicated private chef, or delve into Amilla’s carefully crafted, family-style Destination Dining set menus. Mouthwatering options include a succulent Seafood BBQ where oysters, prawns, squid and reef fish take centre stage; an Asian inspired feast featuring Peking duck, Hong Kong noodles and a Royal Tandoori selection; or an Arabian grill showcasing shrimp majboos, lahem meshwi, kofta, shish taouk, lamb ouzi and fish sharmola. The vibrant Vegetarian BBQ menu includes gnocchi, wild mushroom risotto, mixed tandoori with fruit chat, BBQ baked sweet potato and marinated vegetable skewers.

Providing a fairytale, festival-inspired sylvan counterpoint to the Robinson Crusoe vibes of Destination Dining on the island’s Sandbank, the new Mystique Garden is the latest chapter in the story of culinary creativity currently unfolding at Amilla Fushi. The resort also recently announced a year-long series of pop-up residencies by some of the hottest names in the business, kicking off with a four-stage partnership with Gordon Ramsay’s celebrated Bread Street Kitchen at Barolo Grill at Baazaar. The first Bread Street Kitchen pop-up is underway right now, with three more confirmed for 16 – 27 October; 19 December 2017 to 10 January 2018 and 23 March to 7 April 2018 for culinary excellence and creativity, complementing the sophisticated, gourmet Emperor General Store café-deli, the carefully curated fine wines and artisanal cheeses at the island’s The Wine Shop & Cellar Door. Amilla’s fabulous 60-cover, signature over-water restaurant Feeling Koi – brainchild of the resort’s curator and CEO of the Small Maldives Island Co., Mark Hehir – showcases a selection of artfully crafted sushi, nigiri and sashimi in Japanese-inspired minimalist surroundings, with a private open-air dining room and open deck seating by the water’s edge and an open kitchen.

Time for Taiwan Lantern festival!

This festival is held in different cities of Taiwan every year. This year, the Taiwan Lantern Festival kick starts on 11th February 2017 and ends on 19th February 2017.

Did you know?

  • The Lantern Festival is an ancient Chinese tradition that dates back more than 2,000-years that closes out the Lunar New Year season.
  • Initially, it started as a religious observance, but later fireworks and riddle-guessing contests also became a part of these celebrations to make the occasion a gala affair.
  • The lantern, a source of light, is a traditional symbol of the lengthening days of spring.
  • The festival is also called the Little New Year.

Recently, the Discovery Channel recommended the Taiwan Lantern Festival as one of the best holiday celebration events.

Dance of lights in the sky – Penghu Ocean Fireworks Festival

If you are the kind who have been dreaming of galaxy experience, this is the festival to be. At the Penghu Fireworks Festival of Taiwan, it is so easy to let the bright lights transport you to the magical world of joy.

Come join the happy people of Taiwan at the Guanyin Pavilion, where the unique ocean bay environment of Penghu and the romantic Siying Rainbow Bridge perfectly complement the stunning fireworks.


  • Watch the fireworks go up at very close range (300 mts). Eight- to sixteen-inch aerial shells are launched from the ocean, exploding into a spectacular display in the night sky
  • Enjoy performances by renowned artists and local performance groups
  • Mingle with the locals and learn about diverse cultures
  • Free of traffic congestion the festival is safe for solo travelers and allows tourists to soak in the romance of the moment
  • Experience breathtaking natural scenery
  • Savour seasonal seafood dishes
  • Romance the star-embellished night sky

Farm to pool at six senses laamu a menu as fresh and organic as it gets

LAAMU, Maldives – March 22, 2017 – Six Senses Laamu features an organic garden where 40 different herbs, vegetables, salad leaves and micro-herbs are grown. Chef Martin and his culinary team have teamed up with the gardeners to create a daily-changing menu, entirely based on fresh and organic ingredients, served by the pool at Sip Sip.

The menu features a different starter, salad, pizza and dessert every day for guests to choose from. “The idea is to offer guests an additional healthy set of light dish options to enjoy by the pool with locally sourced ingredients.

Everything is prepared simply with no addition of processed or modified foods,” says Martin, executive chef.

Chef Martin shares one of his favorite, so far, Farm to Pool recipes for Goats’ Cheese Salad.

  • 20 grams of mixed lettuce leaves
  • Five cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • Quarter of an onion
  • Three goat’s cheese patties
  • One tablespoon of mango compote
  • Four sundried tomatoes
  • Micro herbs
  • Balsamic dressing
  • Salt & pepper

Pane the goats’ cheese in flour, egg and panko breadcrumb and then shallow fry the goats’ cheese, until golden.

Combine lettuce and dressing.

Garnish with homemade semi dried tomato, mango compote and micro herbs.
Arrange the crispy goats’ cheese on top of the salad.

From all the Farmers and Chefs at Six Senses Laamu: Meerukon’ Kaalacchey (Bon Appétit).

Six Senses Laamu goats’ cheese salad

Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, deep in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a beautiful coral house reef.

Most of the villas and facilities are built overwater, however beach villas and on-land dining is an option. All villas offer a sense of privacy and seclusion, with an amazing view to the Ocean and Maldivian nature.

Six Senses Laamu offers a wide range of dining options, with cuisines from around the world, a swimming pool with a sunken bar, an ice cream parlor, an overwater wine cellar and a signature Chill bar.

Many activities, excursions and options are available for everyone to enjoy, both over water and underwater, in addition to the Six Senses Spa.

Many activities, excursions and options are available for everyone to enjoy, both over water and underwater, in addition to the Six Senses Spa.

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 11 resorts and 29 spas in 20 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas. Aggressive development plans will triple the portfolio over the next five years with resort, hotel and spa openings underway in Austria, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and United States.

Six Senses operates resorts in far-flung locations of incredible natural beauty known for their distinctive and diverse design personalities. Each of the nine properties is supported by a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design. Six Senses hotels which share the same vision and values found at their award-winning resorts will premiere in urban locations in 2019.

Six Senses Spas offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists. Six Senses Spas are located in all Six Senses and Evason resorts; 18 additional standalone spas are located in prestigious hotels and resorts as well as the premier class lounges of two major airports.

Evason introduces a collection of two unique resorts that follow the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and to the community. Family friendly, these properties also provide a strong value focus while offering a vast array of guest services and personal attention.

Hotelier Summit – Maldives

First ever “Hotelier Summit – Maldives” has been scheduled to be held during TTM 2017. The summit will be first of its kind and held on 12th July 2017 at Dharubaaruge.

“Hotelier Summit Maldives” delves into the unique challenges faced by the hospitality industry, by offering a solution-oriented platform that facilitates Face to Face meetings, networking activities and information exchange amongst the most elite assemblage of Hotel investors, leading hotel owners, operators, developers, architects, interior designers, consultants, industry experts and service providers making it the most sought after business summit by the hospitality fraternity of Maldives.

Maldives recorded 1.2 million tourist arrivals in 2016 with a total of receipts around USD 2.5 billion. With the rapid changes in global travel markets, Maldives continues to strengthen its foothold as one of the leading tourist destinations in the world. While tourism still remains the leading economic industry in the country by far, innovative new approaches in marketing are required to ensure the sector remains at the top.

TTM aims to facilitate the tourism industry of Maldives to reach the ultimate target of 2 million tourists with over USD 3.5 billion in receipts by the end of 2020. More than 300 hoteliers, suppliers, related industries and travel industry professionals from Maldives and abroad are expected to visit TTM to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends in Maldives.

For more information please contact:
Travel Trade Maldives (TTM)
Tel | +960 3011720
Email: ttm@traveltrademaldives.com

About TTM: Travel Trade Maldives (TTM) is the platform that connects the travel trade community of the Maldives to the global network of travel agents easily and instantly. Staged annually in Maldives, it will be a vibrant must attend business-to-business event presenting a diverse range of hoteliers to local & International travel professionals.

Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli appoints new General Manager: Bill Ignatitadis

OBLU at Helengeli has appointed a new General Manager; Mr. Bill Ignatiadis. Previously posted as the Resort manager of the first operty under the Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts Hospitality brand as the Resort Manager at Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives in Lhaviyani Atoll up until the beginning of 2017; Bill has now moved into Helengeli Island.

Bill’s previous experience includes working in several world‐renowned brands back in his native Australia including LVMH, One & Only, and ACCOR properties, and other unique environments and locations. Together with the wealth of experience acquired from such high‐end brands, Bill also comes from a strong Food & Beverage background which he is seamlessly incorporating into OBLU Helengeli’s operations.

When asked about his first impression of OBLU at Helengeli, Bill said;

“I really fell in love with straightaway. It is fun, funky, fresh but still has that relaxed island feel. The House‐Reef is really just spectacular and being able to see dolphins almost daily 50 meters from breakfast is just inspiring! Helengeli Island encompasses the true essence of The Maldives! ”

OBLU at Helengeli follows Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts core brand philosophy of ‘The Joy of Giving’ which is deeply interwoven into the resort’s customer experience and this is clearly shown from the positive feedback and sheer number of repeater guests that have returned to Helengeli since it’s launch in November 2015.

Aside from the beautifully contemporary and vibrant design style of the resort, Bill believes the core strength of OBLU at Helengeli is the staff and how they are so genuinely engaged in providing guests with ‘best in class’ service and ensuring each guest have memorable experiences during stay. OBLU having a significant number of repeater guests specifically returning because of individual staff members is truly inspiring to him.

OBLU at Helengeli continues to strive forward in the 4‐Star Superior segment, having recently been selected within the “TOP 100 Resorts of the World” by ITS Germany and awarded the prestigious ITS RedStar Award.
For More information: www.oblu‐helengeli.com

Visitor arrivals to Jordan from India grows by 18.40%

The Jordan Tourism Board has announced the 2016 Indian arrival figures have shown an precedented growth of 18.40%, and the same day visitor arrivals from India has declined by 4.50%, which indicates that visitors are now spending more time in the country.

The India Representative office of JTB, Think Strawberries has set a goal to take Jordan to the position of ‘Most Desirable Destination’ for the Indian traveler by 2019 by achieving higher visitor arrivals and increasing the overnight stay steadily.

Camel ride in Petra

Explore Taiwan on a bike

The bike rental service is available in:

  • Taipei City
  • New Taipei City
  • Taoyuan City
  • Hsinchu City
  • Taichung City
  • Changhua County

How to rent a YouBike?

Payment by Easy Card:

  • Swipe the card on the sensor dock. Once the green light is on, pull the bike out to use.
  • When returning the bike, choose an empty dock with a blue light. Press the bike onto the rail and push it to the front. The blue light will start to blink and make beeping sounds when the bike is securely locked into the dock. Swipe the Easy Card to pay. When all is done, the light turns back to green.
Payment by Credit Card / Cell Phone:
  • Choose a payment method at the kiosk and choose a bike. Pull the bike out in 90 seconds.
  • When returning the bike, choose an empty dock with a blue light. Press the bike onto the rail and push it to the front. The system will calculate and charge the fees automatically.

YouBikes are pocket friendly!

  • NT$10 per 30 minutes in the first 4 hours of use.
  • NT$20 per 30 minutes from the 4th to the 8th hours.
  • With an Easy Card, the first 30 minute of use is free of charge.
  • You must also know NT$ is Rs 2 only!