Mohamed Mirzaq

diving in maldives
diving in maldives

Diving in Maldives

Maldives as a magnificent diving spot is respected by scuba divers from all four corners of the globe. A diverse diving topology and an explosive abundance of marine life has made Maldives one of the best dive spots in the world.

You can dive in Maldives either from the holiday resort you are staying in or from a liveaboard (safari vessel) which will take you to multiple dive spots during your journey. Most resorts come with international standard dive schools which offer diving licenses via diving courses in multiple languages. You can be a novice or an experienced diver, or you may wish to attain a higher level of diving expertise, and these dive schools will help you. Usually you will be taking out a boat during the day (or night) to explore different dive spots in the vicinity. If you wish to sample the underwater life of Maldives from a more extensive menu, a liveaboard will be your best option. These vessels sail through different atolls and offer dive trips to diverse locations in the country with the help of in-house expert divers and quality dive equipment.

diving in maldives

Spot whale sharks, magnificent mantas, turtles, hammerhead sharks and reef sharks all year round. At every site you can witness the Napoleon wrasse, snappers, sweetlips, parrot fish and jacks swimming around you. There are breathtaking caves, caverns, over hangs and even shipwrecks to be explored at your leisure.

Maldives offer warm seas (between 26-29 degrees Celsius) throughout the year and visibility high enough for you to spot passing fish from as far as 50 meters away!

You can dive Maldives all year round. You can dive in the northeast monsoon from December to May where seas are a lot calmer and you can enjoy greater visibility on the western side of the country. This is also the time of the year when the current is the strongest. On the southwest monsoon from June to November the seas are rougher, winds stronger and visibility best on the eastern side of the country.

Some of the best diving spots in Maldives include, Ari Atoll, Vaavu Atoll, North Male’ Atoll, South Male’  Atoll, and Addu Atoll.

The Arabian Travel Market 2015
The Arabian Travel Market 2015

The Arabian Travel Market 2015

Travel Centre Maldives, together with 92 representatives from 47 companies in the Maldives, is taking part in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) held in Dubai, UAE from 4th – 7th May 2015. This would be the 5th year that Travel Centre Maldives has participated in the ATM event.

Arabian Travel Market is an event where tourism destinations around the world and from the Middle East, exhibit a multiple range of accommodation options, awe-inspiring tourist attractions and new airline routes. It is the largest trade and consumer travel show in the Gulf region, opening business potential within the Middle East for outbound and inbound tourism professionals.

ATM is an ideal platform for suppliers and travel agents from Maldives to create marketing networks with their counterparts in Middle East and United Arab Emirates (UAE). 2015 marks the island nations 16th year of participation in this event. Taking part in this annual Arabian Travel Market has strengthened the presence of Maldives, The Sunny Side of Life in the Middle East Market. And the continuous support shown by Maldives for this annual event has shown potential growth in the tourism industry for the country in the past few years.

The Maldives pavilion is 200 sq meters and themed as a beach resort with a water bungalow where visitors can experience a little bit of paradise on earth. The concept showcased the uniqueness of a beach bungalow in Maldives resorts along with its tradition and culture. The Maldivian delegation updated the travel trade and members of the media at the event on new developments and products in the country as well.

A total number of 6,395 tourists from the Middle Eastern region visited the Maldives from January to February 2015. Which is a growth of 14.7% compared to the same period in the previous year. The Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is one of the most essential exhibitions to present the tropical paradise as a luxurious destination to the market. Therefore, Travel Centre Maldives is a tour operator that aims to attract more tourists to the archipelago and increase the target number of each month in the tourism sector of Maldives.

A must visit holiday destination
A must visit holiday destination

A must visit holiday destination

If you cannot decide on where to spend your vacation. Then turn your attention towards a tiny archipelago made entirely of coral reef islands that are dispersed over the Indian Ocean, called the Maldives! This island nation is a tropical paradise and has a pure nature and some of the clearest waters on earth. It is without a doubt, a must visit holiday destination.

Maldives is often known as the Sunny Side of Life or paradise on earth. This is because of the tropical climate and the pristine beauty of each individual coral island. The island nation rarely experiences cold weather. It has a constant temperature which is usually warm throughout the year. The sun is always seen when you look up at the sky, even on most rainy days. Apart from the ideal holiday weather, the nature and beauty of this archipelago is like nowhere else in the world. Each island has a beach made of powder white sand, palm trees and other foliage of green. The shore is ringed by water of turquoise hue of absolute clarity that you can make out the fishes swimming beneath your feet.

Another vital reason why Maldives is a must visit holiday destination, is the underwater beauty! The ocean in Maldives is unique and one of a kind made of a diverse ecosystem that consists of vigorous coral reefs and different types of fishes. Thousands of tourists come to Maldives throughout the year to discover the beauty lying underneath the surface of the crystal water and so, the vacation spot has become a famous diving destination and is often known as a diver’s paradise.

Maldives is a must visit holiday destination for anyone looking to have a holiday surrounded by the beautiful Indian Ocean. To make your visit to this tropical paradise even better, a large number of famous hotel brands has opened luxurious resorts to give you the perfect vacation experience in a peaceful and beautiful setting.

If you are planning to spend your holiday in this top tourist destination then do contact Travel Centre Maldives. We will help you to pick out the best affordable resorts in the Sunny Side of Life.

Kurumba Maldives Proudly Hosted the Fundraising Event
Kurumba Maldives Proudly Hosted the Fundraising Event

Kurumba Maldives Proudly Hosted the Fundraising Event

On Friday 24th April Kurumba Maldives proudly hosted the fundraising event “Party with a Purpose”. This event was held for the fourth year running in aid of 72 orphaned children residing at “Kudakudhinge Hiyaa” located on Villingili island. Support from 10 different Maldivian performers, many suppliers and partners contributed to raise over US$21,000. This upcoming year, the funds will be destined to the development of the “Early Childhood Play and Development Training Programme” for caretakers, in cooperation with the local non-governmental organization ARC – Advocating the Rights for the Children, amongst other projects.

Local artists volunteered their time to perform Maldivian and international tunes with bands, DJ’s and a Bodu Beru groups performing for guests’ enjoyment. Performances took place at the Water Sports Beach Stage between 3.00pm to 7.00 pm and at Kandu Bar from 7pm until 12am. The musicians who offered their time and joie de vivre were: Duo Saxophone, Mishy featuring Thoo, Rishvan Imon, The Woods, Def Note, DETUNE, DJ Paiday, DJ Shammi, DJ Sadaf ft. Veli Spa team, as well as the Kurumba Bodu Beru team.

The set up for the event would have not been possible without the vital support of Event Maldives as well as a taskforce of more than 50 team members from Kurumba itself donating their time.

Local and foreign suppliers; Wrist, Cosmopolitan, SIMDI Beverages, Grape Expectations, MMI Maldives, Navean, Coca Cola, Regal Seafoods, Euromarketing Maldives, VB Brothers, SAFCO and Yeoman Group donated goods that were used as refreshments and nourishment throughout the day, from which all proceeds went to the cause.

The silent auction was graced this year with the tremendous support of 18 resorts and 2 major airline carriers as sponsors. This was conducted throughout the event with guests bidding for the following resorts and prizes:

Velassaru, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Kanuhura, Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Soneva Fushi, Sheraton Full Moon Resort & Spa, Niyama, Bandos, Jumeirah Vittaveli, Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, Holiday Inn Kandooma, Huvafen Fushi, Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef, W Retreat & Spa, LUX* Maldives, Crown & Champa Resorts, Constance Halaveli, Constance Moofushi, Rihiveli Island Resort, Thulhagiri, Gili Lankanfushi, Hotel Jen, Universal Resorts, Kurumba Maldives, Veli Spa, Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways

The afternoon and evening was a great success with many locals, expatriates and senior business invitees plus Kurumba’s in house guests joining in. There was non-stop live entertainment across the two venues and the day was blessed with perfect weather to host such an event.

The Kudakudhinge Hiyaa orphanage, located on Villingili island hosts children between the ages of 6 months and 21 years old. This is a self-supporting service that requires help from the community and industry in order to continue providing a caring, safe and educational environment for these children.

Jason Kruse, General Manager of Kurumba Maldives stated: “For the fourth consecutive year, this event has proven to be successful. We cannot thank enough and are overwhelmed by the support of the local performers providing their time, suppliers donating food and beverage items and resorts and airlines, contributing with vouchers for the Silent Auction. We definitely intend to maintain this popular yearly event and raise greater funds year after year for a good cause.”

New Standard in Green Tourism - Fully Solar Powered Maldives Resort
New Standard in Green Tourism - Fully Solar Powered Maldives Resort

New Standard in Green Tourism – Fully Solar Powered Maldives Resort

New Standard in Green Tourism – Fully Solar Powered Maldives Resort – The sparsely vegetated sandbank, approximately 40 minutes from Malé, Gasfinolhu Island is the first 100 percent solar-powered luxury resort in the world. While setting a higher standard for the tourism sector in Maldives, Gasfinolhu owner ‘Champa’ Hussain Afeef, one of the pioneers of the tourism industry in the Maldives, believes renewable energy should be the future of all industries. The resort, developed by Global Pvt Ltd will be operated by Club Med and will open for business in January 2015.

Even though the island only requires 600 Kilowatts at peak load at full occupancy, Gasfinolhu’s 6,500 square meters of solar panel are capable of producing 1100 Kilowatts at power peak. Surplus power generated during the daytime is stored in an extensive battery system, hence being capable of powering the resort throughout the night. Furthermore three diesel generators are always on standby in case of an emergency. In addition to solar power, a zero waste management system will also be installed on the island in the future.

Gasfinolhu demonstrates that it is possible to provide power from indigenous energy sources without compromising luxury comfort. The project also debunks several myths on the use of solar energy in the Maldives. The Maldives’ 109 resorts use 49 percent of the US$470 million diesel imported into the country annually. The figure totals to over a third of the country’s GDP. The capital city itself, uses 90 percent of the inhabited islands’ energy consumption. If the resorts and Malé transition to renewable energy, it liberates more money to state funds for health and education, and increases the country’s energy security.

As stated by Afeef, Gasfinolhu will recover a total of $8 million spent on the solar system within the next few years. However, without a solar power system, Gasfinolhu would spend over $1.5 million to fuel power its 30 water bungalows and 22 rooms on the beach front. Normally, a resort with a vast 200 to 300 beds would spend over $4 million on fuel per year. However, it would not be cost effective for these existing resorts to transition to solar power all at once. A gradual transition was advised by Afeef, by redesigning and converting facilities that consume electricity the most such as the laundry, desalination plant and kitchen to solar power first.

Exquisite Villas on The Coco Privé Maldives
Exquisite Villas on The Coco Privé Maldives

Exquisite Villas on The Coco Privé Maldives

In the midst of the Indian Ocean, The Coco Privé resort is located in the North Male’ Atoll on a remote private island in the Maldives. Overlooking its crystal clear waters, The Kuda Hithi Island Coco Privé was a project that came into existence as a result of a remarkable collaboration between Coco Privé and award-winning architect Guz Wilkinson. It is the ultimate private island experience attracting discerning guests from across the globe. It is described as: ‘Your personal retreat in paradise; luxurious villas on your own private island express who you are, your passions and your place in the world. This is your space to breathe and escape; your home away from home.’

Coco Privé reflects an exquisite lifestyle characterized by luxury and intimacy, well-appointed spaces provides the perfect balance to guests as it offers luxury finishes and amenities that remains in harmony with nature. Accommodation encompasses of one grand Master Residence and five luxurious villas with private swimming pools, each surrounded by soft sand beaches and lush vegetation with impeccable interiors blending with the outdoors, for accompanying guests up to 12 in total. Every Coco Privé guest is given a totally individual experience, tailored to the finest detail. Within this split-level retreat exists a spacious master bedroom, living and dining areas, private Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor shower, mini bar, library and exclusive wine cellar.

Various outdoor dining and entertainment spaces are all featured within the resort’s 13,000 meter square tropical grounds, offering exclusive settings for dining, socializing or relaxing. Furthermore, a team of efficient yet discreet lifestyle hosts are on hand to guarantee the guests’ needs and desires are met throughout their stay, providing them with the ultimate luxury escape. Moreover, guests will also be provided with:

  • Personal Host Service throughout the stay
  • All meals, exquisitely prepared by Coco Privé’s private chef
  • Premium selection of unlimited beverages
  • Daily spa treatment with dedicated spa therapist
  • Complimentary water sport activities including Wind Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking and Snorkeling
  • Scuba Dives for certified divers with qualified dive master
  • Personalized Mini Bar selection
  • Bespoke packages including fishing, sand bank picnics and sleeping under the stars are also available upon request, at an additional cost

As part of the Coco Privé experience, guests will be met at Malé International Airport and transported via yacht, 30km north to Kuda Hithi Island.

Alison’s Adventures - Maldives
Alison’s Adventures - Maldives

Alison’s Adventures – Maldives

Alison’s Adventures – Maldives : Allison’s Teal appeared on the Discovery Channel’s reality show, Naked and Afraid last year, as the world watched Teal and her partner survive 21 days under the hot scorching sun on an uninhabited island in the Maldives, without food or water. However, she was more stunned at the amount of plastic bottles she saw scattered across the usually idyllic beaches and its crystal-clear waters.

“I told myself that I had to come back,” Alison told The Huffington Post. “I wanted to see what I could do for a land that helped me survive for almost a month.” Alison’s Adventures – Maldives

Therefore this past summer, Teal decided to return to the Maldives as a part of her online film series Alison’s Adventures with photographer Sarah Lee and Australian filmmaker Mark Tipple to show the world what wasn’t filmed during the 40 minutes that ran on TV. Teal discovered that before the show was set for filming, two villages had already spent an entire week cleaning the tiny remote island. Alison took part in a beach clean-up upon her return back to Maldives, with a team of local volunteers and now helps companies which make rubbish into clothes. Her key objective was to clean the island while raising awareness about plastic pollution.

Teal and her crew furthermore documented the Maldives’ Trash Island, also known as Thilafushi with permission from the country’s government. Thilafushi is an artificial island and acts as one of the country’s main landfills which is only a few miles away from the Maldivian capital of Malé. Approximately 300 to 400 tons of trash are discarded on the island daily.

“I chose to highlight [Trash Island] as a global issue and not just to pick on the Maldives. It’s still beautiful there!” she told HuffPost. Alison’s Adventures – Maldives

Alison’s work with Repreve, turns plastic waste into usable products for the popular brands including, North Face, Volcom, Polartec, Roxy, Odina Bikins, Patagonia, Ford, and Teeki hot pants.

Ten things you must do in the Maldives

Holidays in Maldives Sunny side Life

Holidays

You’ll think you’re in paradise on holidays in the Maldives. Everybody wants something different from their Maldives experience and our range of carefully selected hotels cater to every taste, budget and requirement.

Pamper yourself at award-winning spas, sample exquisite cuisine or explore the incredible underwater world while diving or snorkelling. Admire the world-class reefs from a different perspective at Huvafen Fushi’s amazing underwater spa or the spectacular underwater restaurant at Anantara Kihavah Villas. Create unforgettablefamily memories at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi or embrace the laid back Maldivian lifestyle and fill your days doing nothing at Soneva Fushi by Six Senses.

Beach holidays in the Maldives

The Maldives is the ultimate beach destination. A desert island paradise, with spectacular white sand beaches and bright turquoise sea. Stay in an oceanfront bungalow, with the beach on your doorstep. Lounge in a hammock beneath the swaying palm trees or take in the spectacular sea view from your private terrace. The warm year round climate makes relaxing Maldives beach holidays very appealing, and the inviting crystal-clear lagoons are perfect for water sports, snorkelling and diving.

Cheap holidays in the Maldives

Enjoy paradise for less on cheap holidays in the Maldives. Choose an affordable resort with simple accommodation or an All Inclusive hotel, where there are no hidden surprises. Simplicity is a way of life in the Maldives. Sand floors and outdoor bathrooms create an authentic Maldivian experience, with unembellished bungalows providing the perfect base for your budget holiday.

Luxury holidays in the Maldives

You won’t be disappointed with a luxury break in the Maldives. The exquisite resorts will exceed all expectations. The attention to detail is impeccable, from Champagne in your room on arrival to private dining beneath the stars. Choose an ultra-modern overwater villa with an infinity swimming pool, state-of-the-art amenities and a private butler who will cater to your every need. Or escape from it all and stay at a secluded resort, where the only sound is the lapping waves.

Package holidays in the Maldives

Save money when you book a Maldives package. Book a flight + hotel together and enjoy a luxury holiday for less. Choose one of our carefully selected hotels, from cheap, value-for-money hotels to opulent five star resorts. Our resorts all have their own unique personalities, ranging from the ultra hip and trendy to secluded hotels that offer pure escapism. Our flexible packages are easy to book, whether it’s a special occasion, family holiday or an indulgent beach break.

All Inclusive holidays in the Maldives

Our All Inclusive hotels are an excellent choice for affordable holidays and are ideal for families. These resorts take the stress out of your holiday, as you don’t have to worry about extravagant food and bar bills at the end of your holiday. Many include non-motorised water sports, but there is also an array of activities available at an additional charge. Book a refreshing spa treatment or an exciting diving excursion when you get there.

Conrad Maldives Rangali
Conrad Maldives Rangali

Conrad Maldives Rangali Resort Deals

two islands – two exceptional experiences

This resort combines three individual experiences on two islands, linked by a bridge and surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and lagoon. The beach villas and the Spa Retreat are located on Rangalifinolhu Island whilst the Water villas are on Rangali Island.

Barefoot luxury meets unpretentious style at the six-star Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Recently awarded “The Best Water Villas in the World”, “The Best Suites in the World” and “Best Spa Resort in the Maldives”, this luxury resort offers three different resort experiences on two islands. Conrad Maldives Rangali Resort Deals.

Guests can enjoy the quintessential Maldivian hideaway on tiny Rangali Island while also having access to the facilities of the larger and livelier main island which is linked to it by a 500m bridge.  The third resort experience is at the Spa Retreat, an over-water destination spa that operates as a resort-within-a-resort set 100m off the tip of the main island.

Conrad Maldives resort
Conrad Maldives resort

Accommodation varies from 50 romantic water villas on Rangali Island and 79 contemporary beach villas tucked away amongst tropical greenery on the main island to 21 stunning over-water villas at the Spa Retreat, each with a separate spa treatment room.

No matter where they stay, guests can enjoy all the resort’s facilities in full, which includes 11 restaurants and bars, two different spas, two pools and unique experiences such as manta watching at night, turtle conservation, dolphin-spotting excursions and snorkeling with whale sharks.

A gastronomist’s dream, the resort is the home to world-class dining such as Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the only all-glass undersea restaurant in the world, Japanese-inspired dishes under the stars at Koko Grill, 101 of the world’s best cheeses in the Cheese Bar or The Wine Cellar for degustation wine dinners hosted by chef and sommelier.  Over 20,000 bottles of fine wines, from rare vintages to new discoveries, ensure that every meal becomes a feast for the senses. Conrad Maldives Rangali Resort Deals.

For relaxation, guests can find bliss in the resort’s two spas, enjoy an extensive range of excursions, diving and watersports options – including a submarine – snorkel the resort’s vibrant coral reef which is just steps from the beach or simply celebrate the art of doing nothing in a million different ways on the world’s most perfect beaches.

Beach Villas

The 79 beach villas are scattered in tropical gardens and are just steps from the beach. Superb living areas are arranged around courtyards with springs, while huge outdoor garden-bathrooms offer a taste of the tropics. There are plush daybeds, lush Frette pillows to sink into; with the addition of a private plunge pool and garden for all Deluxe Beach Villas.

The Spa Retreat & Spa Water Villas

The Spa Retreat & Spa Water Villas Conrad Maldives
The Spa Retreat & Spa Water Villas Conrad Maldives

A secluded retreat set on stilts over the lagoon at the tip of the island. The Spa has 9 treatment rooms, 21 Spa Water Villas and a Spa Restaurant. Perfect for those seeking a total spa experience

The large Spa Water Villas have a private sundeck, direct access to the lagoon and a separate treatment villa for totally private in-villa massages and therapies.

Water Villas

50 water villas of ever increasing degrees of luxury offering sweeping views of the lagoon and iridescent sunsets.

Dining options in the 7  restaurants and 3 bars are served in stunning locations, the most famous being the all glass undersea restaurant which sits five metres beneath the waves next to a coral reef. Book in advance!

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Maldives Luxury Holiday ResortsMaldives Luxury Holiday Resorts
Maldives Luxury Holiday Resorts

Maldives Luxury Holiday Resorts

There are some truly wonderful resorts in the Maldives. Resort offer different skills and types of luxury. We’ve create the three terms of Barefoot, Modern, and Elegant Luxuries to help loosely group hotels contribution similar experiences together in order to help differentiate them. One type of luxury is not better than the other, they are just different. Below is a explanation of different types of luxury. Typically, one type of luxury appeals to a person more than another. There are resorts in each luxury grouping that are of the highest quality. Some guests will mix and match and split their vacation between two different types of luxuries.

Barefoot Luxury – You are encouraged to go barefoot around the resorts. These resorts tend to be a bit more casual in dress and style, yet can still be some of the best resorts in the Maldives. The villas tend to be built of different types of wood and hand-carved features are common. The resorts tend to be more environmentally sensible than the other types of luxuries. The resorts are often smaller in size and have a more boutique feel. Bathrooms tend to be outdoor or open air. The villas tend to be large and spacious. While the resorts are more casual, there is still a nice level of superiority.

Modern Luxury – These resorts tend to be more of the cool, fashionable, and “in” places to stay. The resorts are elegant and stylish yet the design of the villas tends to integrate more of a modern style of architecture. Less wood is used around the resorts and villas in favor of sleek and fashionable styles. The resorts tend to have impressive architecture and amazing features such as underwater restaurants, underground wine cellars, over water bars, and pools in the over water villas. Typically these resorts are smaller and offer a more boutique feel.

Elegant Luxury – These resorts are what many people characteristically think of when they think of traditional luxury. Guests tend to get a bit more dressed up for meals. The villas use materials such as marble and granite in the architecture and design, especially in the bathrooms. The rooms and structures are grand, spacious, and impressive. The resorts are elegant, grand, and sophisticated. The resorts tend to be larger in terms of number of rooms and size of the island than the Barefoot and Modern Luxuries.

Maldives Resort Summary

Super Luxury Resorts – The finest resorts that exist

Velaa Private Island (Elegant Luxury – but very comfortable)

Cheval Blanc Randheli (Elegant Luxury)

Truly Amazing Resorts

One&Only Reethi Rah (Elegant Luxury)

Huvafen Fushi (Modern Luxury)

Gili Lankanfushi (Barefoot Luxury)

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi (Elegant Luxury)

5 ½ Star

Niyama Maldives (Modern Luxury)

Anantara Kihavah (Modern Luxury)

Jumeirah Vittaveli (Elegant Luxury)

Soneva Fushi (Barefoot Luxury)

Island Hideaway (Barefoot Luxury)

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru (Elegant Luxury)

Shangri-La Villingili (Elegant Luxury)

Naladhu Resort (Elegant Luxury)

5-Star

Coco Palm Bodu Hithi (Modern Luxury)

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa (Modern Luxury)

Viceroy Maldives (Elegant Luxury)

Constance Halaveli Resort (Modern Luxury)

W Retreat & Spa (Modern Luxury)

Six Senses Laamu (Barefoot Luxury)

Cocoa Island (Barefoot Luxury)

Beach House Maldives (Elegant Luxury)

Taj Exotica Resort (Elegant Luxury)

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa (Elegant Luxury)

Baros Maldives (Elegant)

Anantara Dhigu (Elegant Luxury)

Anantara Veli (Resort Luxury)

Conrad Maldives (Resort Luxury)

5-Star All Inclusive

Lily Beach Resort Maldives

Constance Moofushi

Still in Pre-Opening and Too New to Rate

Maalifushi by COMO (Barefoot Luxury)

Rates (Reference Purposes Only, Rates Are Approximate For Entry Level Rooms)

Super Luxury Resorts – Starting at US$1,600+ per night and going up from there

Truly Amazing Resorts– US $1000+ per night

5 ½ Star – Approximately US $700 – $1,000 per night

5 Star – Approximately US $500 – $750 per night

Private Islands, 4-Star, and Boat/Yacht Rentals – Rates Available Upon Request