The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, opening June 1, introduces a collection of immersive ocean experiences through Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Program and Fari Islands Collaboration. The property is situated on the northeastern rim of the North Malé Atoll of the Fari Islands.
Available to guests of the property, the immersive experiences including diving through coral-encrusted shipwreck sites and snorkeling with endangered turtles. Additional dive sites, including Helengeli Thila and South Ari Atoll, are located close by and are home to species like tuna, rays and whale sharks. A few miles from the resort is Lankan Manta Point, which attracts hundreds of manta rays August through November.
The property partnered with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society to bring its Ambassadors of the Environment Program to guests. The program’s full list of offerings is still under development. Some dive spots currently on the list include Victory Wreck, Lankan Manta Point, Banana Reef and Barracuda Giri (Okobe Thila).
In addition to the Jean-Michel Cousteau partnership, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands partners with Frank Heidinger of Parley for the Oceans. Heidinger brings environmental awareness to guest programming to provide a sustainable travel experience. The property operates mainly on solar energy and pursues a variety of sustainability initiatives.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit now offers a new, 90-minute Mexican Doll Workshop perfect for families. Children are invited to design their own Mexican rag doll using colored ribbons and fabrics. Offering a unique bonding experience for families, the workshop also supports the local community and honors the indigenous women who started the craft.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
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