DEVELOP YOUR SEA SKILLS IN THE MADLIVES

Learn Something New in 2013 At Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort 

Combine a holiday with a taste of something new in 2013 and enlist on a lesson in paradise. With beautiful calm lagoons ready to be enjoyed by thrill seekers and amateur explorers alike, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in the Maldives is the ideal destination for those looking to pick up a new skill on holiday.

Visitors hoping to tan and tone will soon be reaping the benefits after some kite-surfing lessons. Located on the tip of South Malé Atoll, the four-star Olhuveli is home to one of the only registered kite-surfing schools in the Maldives. Surrounded by a naturally shallow and sandy bottom lagoon, it is the perfect place for beginners to try their hand at the exhilarating watersport. Once up to speed, guests will be treated to the ride-of-a-lifetime as the specially-designed board glides across the turquoise water, giving kite-surfers the ultimate feeling of weightlessness. Private lessons start from US$80 per person and add an enviable skill to boast about on return.

Water Sports World at Olhuveli holds the supreme antidote for speed enthusiasts, with waterski experts on hand to deliver adrenalin-pumping courses that will leave guests wanting more. Once balance is achieved on the water, glide around the island and take in the breathtaking views of the swirling lagoon and gleaming sandy beaches. Beginner lessons start from US$55 per person and don’t forget to take home this new found skill as there are plenty of places to practice in the UK.  

But if the idea of peacefully cruising the underwater world sounds more appealing, then picking up a PADI diving qualification in the Maldives could be just the answer. Olhuveli’s thriving water life is the perfect escape from the sun’s rays and offers a captivating journey through colourful reefs and corals. Teaming with incredible species from octopus and the majestic green sea turtle to manta ray and elegant lionfish, there’s plenty to discover in these tropical depths. The resort’s five-star PADI Sun Diving Centre is fully equipped to support all diving abilities and offers a range of courses including tailored training for beginners from US$175 per person.  

After a session in the sea, guests can bask on the white sands that await their return or head to the one of Olhuveli’s restaurants for a much needed, freshly prepared meal. The resort also boasts two large pools, a Sun Spa and a free, daily children’s programme and babysitting service on request. Only 45 minutes by speedboat from Malé airport, Olhuveli is nestled amid tropical vegetation and boasts a vast award-winning beach.

British Airways (0844 493 0758 / www.ba.com/maldives ) offers seven nights for the price of six at Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort from £1,349 per person (saving £75 per person) , based on two adults sharing. Valid for selected departures between 1 May and 14 July, the price includes return flights from London, accommodation in a deluxe room on a half-board basis, speedboat transfers, taxes and surcharges.

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Sun Hotels & Resorts’ owns and manages two luxury hotels in the Maldives. These include Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort and Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort. These hotels were incorporated into the Sun Hotels & Resorts brand in 2007 and each offers a Sun International Diving School - with PADI Gold Palm status and extensive courses for beginners through to the more experienced – and a Sun Spa. Taking a holistic approach to health and wellness derived using the five elements of Chinese medicine and traditional treatments; each Sun Spa provides an unrivalled variety of treatments based on aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Swedish, Balinese, Thai and Shiatsu practices. Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort - www.olhuvelimaldives.comLocated on the tip of South Malé Atoll and only 45 minutes by speedboat from the airport, this beautiful island retreat is suitable for the whole family and offers stunning beaches, abundant sandbanks and superb recreational activities. Facilities at the 166-room resort include a selection of restaurants and bars, two large pools with infinity edge, a separate children’s pool, floodlit tennis, volleyball and an excellent watersports centre with kite-surfing, wake boarding, big game fishing and dolphin safaris to name a few. A large, shallow blue lagoon surrounds the whole island, which also makes it great for snorkelling.

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