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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterWaldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts will soon welcome guests to the heart of the South Malé Atoll with the highly-anticipated opening of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. Set to debut on 1 July, the all-villa resort spans across three private islands, providing secluded enclaves and a tranquil escape for discerning travellers, complete with a plethora of activities for guests of all generations.Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will offer a sophisticated and serene retreat just 30-minutes from Malé International Airport via the resort’s private yacht. An escape for families and couples in search of space and exclusivity, the resort boasts 122 luxuriously appointed villas, each equipped with a pool and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean in its own private enclave. Each reef, beach and overwater villa will open onto an indoor and outdoor deck featuring a swinging daybed, dining gazebo, an infinity pool, in-water lounge and an outdoor shower.Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi | 1 Bedroom Overwater Villa BedroomIn line with Waldorf Astoria’s legacy of culinary expertise, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will offer 11 exceptional, specialty-dining venues. Each venue will deliver distinctive, immersive dining experiences – the variety of which is a first in the Maldives. Guests can enjoy an elevated treetop-dining concept at Terra, featuring spectacular views of the ocean and horizon, as well as exquisite food and wine pairings in a tranquil setting seemingly chiselled out of the face of a boulder at The Rock. Yasmeen will boast authentic Middle Eastern flatbreads and mezzes, impeccably prepared crispy Peking duck fresh out of the first wood-fired oven in the Maldives, and embracing the garden-to-table concept, Glow will serve healthy and holistic cuisine made from the freshest ingredients harvested from the resort’s herb garden. To further elevate Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi’s culinary offerings, the hotel will be announcing a partnership with a world-renowned chef and restaurant in the coming weeks.Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi | TerraWaldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi | The Rock“As the fifth Waldorf Astoria to open in the region, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi represents a significant milestone in the brand’s continued growth in Asia Pacific following the successful opening of Waldorf Astoria Bangkok last year,” said Daniel Welk, Vice President, Luxury and Lifestyle Group, Asia Pacific, Hilton.“We are extremely proud to bring the brand to a destination as synonymous with luxury as the Maldives, and we look forward to delivering unforgettable experiences that reflect Waldorf Astoria’s unique sense of place and iconic service standards.”For those seeking the ultimate in exclusivity, the Ithaafushi Private Island features a two-bedroom overwater villa as well as a three-bedroom beach villa. The 2,975 square-metre island sanctuary – accessible by yacht – comes complete with a dedicated chef and personal concierge team, as well as its own spa, gym, five swimming pools, entertainment centre and pristine beaches. Two Stella Maris Ocean Villas – accessible only by boat – will also allow discerning guests to enjoy unrivalled privacy. Floor-to-ceiling windows, chef service, a jacuzzi and direct ocean access will make for an unforgettable and memorable escape.Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi | SpaFor additional pampering, guests can visit the Waldorf Astoria Spa, comprised of ten idyllic overwater or garden treatment villas, which will offer an extensive menu of treatments and Asian-inspired therapies focusing on relaxation and rebalance. The Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park, a water park for young guests, and the Lagoon Pool, are ideal for families looking to enjoy a variety of activities with ease. Other facilities include the beachfront, 40-meter Mirror Pool; the Ocean Pavilion, which will host a range of wellness activities; a fully-equipped fitness centre; and a combined water sport and PADI dive centre.Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi | 1 Bedroom Overwater VillaWaldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will be begin taking bookings from 1 July 2019 and is located at Ithaafushi Island, South Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives.See waldorfastoriamaldives.comLead image: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi | Stella Maris Ocean VillaGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Third Canadian detained in China

first_imgLondon best pest control Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. /Photo via Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China’s Foreign Ministry, at a regular news conference in Beijing, China on January 6, 2016. (Reuters)A third Canadian citizen has been detained in China, a Canadian newspaper reported on Wednesday, amid a diplomatic spat between Beijing and Ottawa over the arrest of a Chinese telecoms executive. A Canadian newspaper is reporting that a third Canadian has been detained in China. Previously, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were detained. The detentions came after Canadian police arrested Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou. Canada’s foreign ministry said it was “aware of a Canadian citizen” having been detained, according to the National Post, which cited a ministry spokesperson.The spokesperson did not provide further details and did not suggest that the detention was linked to the arrest on December 1 of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, the report said.Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing that she had “not heard” about the reported detention.The recent detention of two Canadians has raised questions whether Beijing is holding them in retaliation for Meng’s arrest, though no link has officially been made between the cases.Meng was released on bail last week in Vancouver pending a US extradition hearing on US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking business dealings Huawei is alleged to have had with Iran.National security concerns China has accused the other detainees – former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and China-based business consultant Michael Spavor – of activities “that endanger China’s national security.”They were both detained on December 10.Kovrig is a Hong Kong-based senior adviser at the International Crisis Group think tank, while Spavor facilitates trips to North Korea and helped former NBA star Dennis Rodman travel to the neighbouring country.Beijing has threatened Canada with “grave consequences” if Meng is not freed and Chinese state-run media have criticised the arrest, saying it was politically motivated.Ottawa has repeatedly said the arrest was not political but rather a judicial process in keeping with an extradition treaty Ottawa has with Washington.But despite escalating tensions between the two countries, the Canadian embassy in China does not seem to be holding back.On Tuesday it posted a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Charter 08, a widely circulated online petition that called for political reform in China, on Chinese social media.Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died last year from liver cancer while in police custody, was arrested after co-authoring the petition, which urged protection of basic human rights and the reform of China’s one-party system.Source: AFPlast_img read more