Maldives Travel Awards 2018 — Gala Celebrations takes Place



The Maldives Travel Awards gala took place on Thursday evening at the Paradise Island Resort, which also hosted the first gala of the premier travel event of the Maldives back in 2012.

More than 200 industry professionals came together at the Gala, to celebrate the winners in 25 categories of the gala edition.

The Gala Edition is exclusive for resorts, airlines and liveaboards operating in the Maldives.


Leading CSR Programme: Crown & Champa Resorts

Property for Leading Human Resources Management: One&Only Reethi Rah

Leading Meeting and Conference Resort: Paradise Island Resort

Leading Dive/Water Sports Centre: Sun Siyam Diving

Leading Wellness and Spa Resort: The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives

Leading Airport Hotel: Equator Village

Leading Dive Resort: Bandos Maldives

Leading Eco-Resort: Six Senses Laamu

Leading International Carrier: SriLankan Airlines

Leading Surf Resort: Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

Leading Liveaboard: Horizon 3

Leading Liveaboard Brand: Voyages Maldives

Leading Local Hotel/Resort Brand: Sun Aqua

Leading International Hotel/Resort Brand: Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Leading All-Inclusive Resort: Hurawalhi Maldives

Most Supportive Resorts: Paradise Island Resort

Newcomer of the Year: Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

Leading Family Resort: Amilla Fushi

Leading Designer Resort: Kandima Maldives

Leading F&B Resort: One&Only Reethi Rah

Leading F&B Outlet: Le 1947, Cheval Blanc Randheli

Leading Private Island: Naladhu Private Island Maldives

Leading Beach Resort: Cocoon Maldives

Leading Luxury Resort: Cheval Blanc Randheli

Most Romantic Resort: Huvafen Fushi

This year, Maldives Travel Awards showed a record number of nominations in all the major categories.

Winners were selected based on a combined rating of scores awarded by a panel of judges and popular vote collected via SMS and online platforms. More than 250,000 votes were registered on both platforms in 2018. The panel of judges, representing six industry professionals, travelled to nominated properties over a period of one month to evaluate the nominees. Winners in some of the categories in the Gala Edition such as airlines are decided on popular vote alone.

Winners of Maldives Travel Awards People’s Edition were also announced at the gala. The five exceptional travel professionals recognised in the People’s Edition include:

Ali Ahmed – Director at Vista Company

Ismail Hameed – Managing Director at Highrise Pvt Ltd

Hussain Waheed – Airport Manager at One&Only Reethi Rah

Mark Hehir – CEO and Curator at The Small Maldives Island Co.

Qaisar Naseem – Group General Manager at Villa Hotels Resorts (Recognition for Outstanding Performance in Travel Industry)

Initiated in 2012 by MATATO, Maldives Travel Awards celebrate and honour the best tourism and hospitality products in the Maldives, while fostering relationships with suppliers and local travel agents. From 20 categories in 2012, the awards have now expanded into three editions totalling 55 categories.

Just like last year, MATATO is hosting the People’s Edition to recognize successful pioneers and long serving individuals in the tourism industry, a Guesthouse Edition, which celebrates the outstanding performance of the up and coming guesthouse sector, and the Grand Gala, which is exclusive for winners in the categories for resorts, airlines and liveaboards.