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Omani-owned 40-acre resort in Maldives beckons tourists

14 Jul 2021 By ANIRBAN RAY

Situated in a picturesque island in the Maldives, the newly opened Kuda Villingili Resort has an Omani connection. It is owned by an Omani firm and has a special corner to cater to guests from the sultanate. 

Spread over 40 acres, it comprises 36 water villas, 31 beach villas, 30 ‘sky heaven villas’ and seven restaurants, with every cabana in beachfront villas designed to witness sunset and sunrise. The resort also boasts of the biggest swimming pool in the Maldives.

Owned by Omani firm MFAR Group, the company is currently planning to acquire one more island with a 12-acre beach for future expansion of the resort. 

Speaking about the property, Moihiyuddeen Mohammed Ali, owner of the project, said, “This Omani-owned island guarantees an excellent treat to guests. The property is far away from the sultanate yet close to the hearts of many Omanis who visit Maldives often. The Kuda Villingili Resort presents the best natural setting for a truly enjoyable holiday featuring the sun, sand and sea.” 

Ali informed that the company is also in talks with the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism to train Omani youth in the hospitality sector in the Maldives. “A number of young Omani hospitality aspirants can look forward to be trained by globally renowned experts in the future,” he said. 

The resort has an ‘Omani Corner’ which is designed to cater to guests from Oman. The corner has luxurious villas styled like Omani homes with pools and expansive green landscaping. 

Its seven restaurants offer European, Mediterranean, Indian, Asian, Arabic, American and Italian cuisines prepared by reputed chefs from different parts of the world. Besides leisurely experiences, including local sightseeing (after the COVID-19 pandemic), it offers snorkelling, scuba diving, jet skiing and parasailing among other water sports. The resort is also an ideal venue for weddings and conferences.

“Kuda Villingili offers a friendly environment for couples, adults and children to celebrate any occasion. It’s an Omani resort par excellence, located in the Maldives but offering authentic Omani hospitality and gastronomy. It’s simply a home away from home.”

The idea for the resort originated more than two decades ago when Mohammad Ali – Moihiyuddeen’s father – visited the island nation on a short break from work. 

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