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COMO Hotels and Resorts to open new property in The Maldives for October 2013

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COMO Hotels and Resorts to open new property in The Maldives for October 2013

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View of the Thaa Atoll from the Maalifushi Water Villa Pool.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 11, 2013 (Toronto, ON) – COMO Hotels and Resorts has announced it will open an exclusive new property in the Maldives this October. Maalifushi by COMO, an eight-hectare private island in the southerly Thaa Atoll, will be the company’s second resort in the Maldives. Its sister property, Cocoa Island by COMO, located further north in the South Malé Atoll, opened in 2002.

The 66-room property will be the first luxury resort on the unspoilt Thaa Atoll where it will offer away-from-it-all seclusion and an abundant underwater experience. The island’s pristine white sands and bright turquoise lagoons are neighboured by a string of uninhabited islands – perfect dashes of powdery sand and lolling palm trees – including another island belonging to the resort that can be booked for castaway picnics and romantic private dining.

On the main resort island, tropical vegetation featuring exotic birdlife provides lush curtains for private rooms, suites and villas, as well as Maalifushi’s ‘Madi’ restaurant, ‘Thila’ pool and lounge bar. Overwater accommodation, including a number of exclusive luxury suites and villas with private pools, as well as ‘Tai’ restaurant, can be found on the west of the island, all offering uninterrupted views across the ocean.  Interiors throughout the resort are by Japanese designer Koichiro Ikebuchi; they will bear the hallmarks of COMO’s signature, pared-back style, with locally sourced materials, natural light and open vistas taking centre stage.

Underwater, the Thaa Atoll boasts a range of unspoiled corals, attracting a whole host of colourful reef fish and sea creatures. Opportunities to spot magnificent Hammerhead and Whale Sharks also offer a rare environment for dive enthusiasts.

Other key highlights of Maalifushi by COMO will include:

• Three expansive, two-bedroom overwater COMO Villas
• ‘Madi’ restaurant featuring all-day international, Maldivian and healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine
• Overwater ‘Tai’ restaurant and bar serving Japanese-inspired cuisine incorporating fresh, locally-sourced fish and seafood
• COMO Shambhala Retreat spa with gym, eight overwater treatment rooms and yoga pavilion
• On-island Dive Centre and guided diving excursions including a Marine Biologist and PADI instructors
• Activities and excursions including dolphin cruises, fishing, snorkeling and sailing

Maalifushi by COMO will be reached by a 50-minute seaplane ride from the Maldives’s main airport at Malé.

For more information please visit: comohotels.com/maalifushi

About the COMO Group and COMO Hotels and Resorts
COMO Hotels and Resorts creates personalised luxury travel experiences in its Urban Hotels, Island Resorts, Adventure Retreats and Wellness Resorts – highlighting wellness, cuisine, adventure and culture, service and design – while always trying to uphold a strong, sustainable approach towards the people and places where we operate.

Founded by Christina Ong, COMO Hotels and Resorts develops and manages handpicked, individually curated properties: The Halkin by COMO in London, two Metropolitan by COMO hotels in London and Bangkok, Parrot Cay by COMO in the Turks and Caicos, Cocoa Island by COMO in the Maldives, and three Uma by COMO experience resorts in Bali and Bhutan. Point Yamu by COMO is a new property in Phuket, Thailand, opening 2013. The company also manages COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali in partnership with its sister brand in wellness, COMO Shambhala, which promotes health, relaxation and learning through its products, services, cuisine, treatments and spa facilities within each COMO property.

Vacations That Make You a Better Man: From wine tasting, to jungle survival and adventure sports

VACATIONS THAT MAKE YOU A BETTER MAN

From wine tasting, to jungle survival and adventure sports; here are some travel suggestions for the modern man

Vacation days are a precious commodity and although some men might be happy to squander them laying on a beach, here are some travel suggestions aimed at increasing knowledge, physical prowess and even helping to make the world a better place. 

Pump Up The Pedal Pressure

Forget the Lycra, dressed from head to toe in protective gear; downhill mountain bikers are the gladiators of the two-wheel world. EnjoyWhistler.com offers a package including mountainside accommodation, a bike lesson on Whistler Mountain, and then a trip to the Scandinave Spa so you too can feel like you faced the arena – and won. For more information visit www.EnjoyWhistler.com

Me Tarzan: Jungle Survival Training

Be the knight in shining armour, rather than the paper pusher behind him. Leave the desk job behind and embark on a trip to the jungle. Learn expert survival training whilst helping to protect stunning habitat and cultural landmarks in places like Belize, Borneo, and the Himalayas. For more information visit www.GoVoluntouring.com

Brain vs. Braun: Intellectual Summer Camp

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could drop a line about cloning genes into your usual chat-up repertoire? Or perhaps a little something on geology, or the human quest for truth? Head to Quest University Canada for a week-long adult intellectual summer camp and you’ll certainly learn something to liven up the conversation. For more information visit www.QuestU.com

Into the Wild: Whitewater Rafting and Fishing

You know you’re a man when you can jump off a cliff called the “Devil’s Elbow”. Part of Sunwolf’s “Elaho River Expedition”, their full-day summer whitewater rafting trip includes conquering grade five rapids and a dip in the glacial waters if you’re brave enough to face the Devil’s Elbow drop. If you visit during the colder months the rivers teem with steelhead trout just begging to be reeled in. For more information visit www.Sunwolf.net

Learning the Lingo: Give and Surf          

Learn how to surf and brush up on your Spanish in Bocas del Toro, Panama while you help the local community. Get a tan, learn the lingo and catch some waves whilst assisting in the day-to-day running of a preschool for the local children. For more information visit www.GoVoluntouring.com

Cool Combination: Savvy Skier and Wine Aficionado

Kill two birds with one stone at Big White Ski Resort, based in the heart of Canadian wine country. Learn to navigate your way around not only the slopes but also the wine list with their “Groomers and Grapes Package”, which includes a tour of the local wineries. With 700cm of powdery snow, 118 runs to explore and a 60ft manmade ice tower to clamber up, who doesn’t like a man who can handle the cold? For more information visit www.BigWhite.com

Manmade Impact: Heal The World

Adventure philanthropy can take you all over the world, whether you want to help build an orphanage in Guatemala, install solar panels in Nicaragua or help with a water treatment system in Malaysia. No construction experience required, just some muscle and a sense of adventure. For more information visit www.GoVoluntouring.com

COMO Hotels and Resorts, in collaboration with MasterCard, invites guests to ‘Purchase with Purpose™’

Como Hotels and Resorts

COMO Hotels and Resorts, in collaboration with MasterCard, invites guests to ‘Purchase
with Purpose™’

Como HotelsTuesday, September 11, 2012. (Singapore) – For the third year running, COMO Hotels and Resorts is teaming up with MasterCard to support development projects and charities across the globe.

From October 1 to December 31, 2012, COMO guests can help local community projects raise US $30 everytime they pay for their stay using their MasterCard. MasterCard’s generous contribution builds upon COMO’s partnerships with grassroots organisations to support underserved communities and enable sustainable livelihoods.

The MasterCard initiative applies across COMO’s nine luxury properties, this year including the newly-opened, Uma by COMO in Punakha, Bhutan. Each COMO property runs social and environmental programmes for staff and the local community throughout the year, focusing on projects and charities with immediate relevance to each location.

Projects currently supported by COMO that will benefit from MasterCard’s Purchase with Purpose™ donation include:

  • St. Mungo’s (personal and skill development for homeless women restarting life after domestic violence and the sex trade) in London, supported by The Halkin by COMO and Metropolitan by COMO, London, UK
  • Goodwill Group Foundation (vocational skills training for underserved young women) in Bangkok, supported by Metropolitan by COMO, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Maafushi and Guraidhoo Schools (hospitality skills training facilities for both high schools) in the Maldives, supported by Cocoa Island by COMO, The Maldives
  • Raymond Gardiner High School (sewing and hospitality skills training facilities) in North Caicos, supported by Parrot Cay by COMO, The Turks and Caicos
  • Loden Foundation (micro-grants for young female Bhutanese entrepreneurs) in Bhutan, supported by Uma by COMO, Paro and Punakha, Bhutan
  • Bali International Women’s Association (welfare services and employment initiatives) in Bali, supported by Uma by COMO, Ubud, Bali
  • Tirta Kumara Kindergarten (extension of classroom facilities) in Bali, supported by COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

COMO Hotels and Resorts and MasterCard have worked together for the Purchase with Purpose programme since 2010, enabling community investment of US$ 75,580 thus far.

Kuno Fasel, Chief Operating Officer for COMO Hotels and Resorts, said: “COMO Hotels and Resorts is delighted to collaborate with MasterCard on Purchase with Purpose. The program builds upon community efforts by our properties throughout the year, so our staff takes great pride in sharing the initiative with our guests. Our guests, in turn, have demonstrated great interest in the projects as they focus on education, entrepreneurialism and supporting the local economy.”

Georgette Tan, group head, Communications, Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa, MasterCard Worldwide, said: “More and more, we find that our well-travelled MasterCard cardholders are eager to give back to the community and continue to demonstrate a sense of responsibility about the products they are purchasing. We are pleased to collaborate once again with COMO through the Purchase with Purpose program. MasterCard cardholders who stay at COMO look forward to the program and appreciate the opportunity it presents – knowing they can make a difference, just by using their credit card.”

About COMO Hotels and Resorts
Founded by Christina Ong, COMO Hotels and Resorts is known for its handpicked, intimate and individually-curated properties. COMO Hotels and Resorts provides custom-made luxury travel experiences offering culture, memorable cuisine, adventure and wellness combined with the essence of COMO Shambhala. The COMO properties are: Cocoa Island by COMO, The Maldives; Parrot Cay by COMO, The Turks and Caicos; The Halkin, by COMO, London; Metropolitan by COMO, London and Bangkok; Uma by COMO, Ubud, Bali; Uma by COMO Paro and Punakha, Bhutan and COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali. For more information, please visit www.comohotels.com

MasterCard Purchase with Purpose™
MasterCard’s corporate social responsibility platform (CSR) in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) is focused primarily on bettering the quality of life for women and children. MasterCard does this by supporting a broad range of women’s and children’s causes through scholarships, financial assistance, educational and various sustainability programs, helping provide them with the skills required to stand on their own feet and support themselves and their families. This ultimately improves life and prospects within the communities that these empowered women live and work. Apart from the educational aspects of MasterCard’s CSR programs in APMEA, consumer education is an important area of focus for MasterCard given the significance of financial literacy in improving lives and the socioeconomic standing of families throughout the region.

A key component of MasterCard’s social responsibility and citizenship efforts across the region is MasterCard Purchase with Purpose™. Based on the concept of transactional philanthropy, it is at the heart of a drive by MasterCard to encourage responsible spending while, at the same time, making a difference in someone else’s life. Across APMEA, MasterCard Purchase with Purpose initiatives involve cardholders in the company’s efforts to give back to the community whenever they use their MasterCard cards. More information on MasterCard Purchase with Purpose in the region is available at www.mastercard.com/sea/purchasewithpurpose
Image: Jorge Monje, former GM of Uma Paro, presenting a cheque to their community partner Kela Goemba, a nunnery in Bhutan. Last year’s program supported the reparation of a dormitory which was damaged in an earthquake.