Cora Cora Maldives is a new luxury a five-star resort, which is set to open on October 2021. This stunning new resort is located on the pristine Raa Atoll, offering a one-of-a-kind immersive experience of the Indian Ocean. The resort just 45 minutes by seaplane from Velana International Airport, or 30 minutes by domestic flight followed by a 20-minute speedboat trip.
Cora Cora Maldives features 100 beautiful villas that overlook the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean with authentic Maldivian experience. Furthermore, it includes Four new restaurants, featuring a Japanese restaurant complete with traditional Teppanyaki table, an Asian Restaurant and an Italian Beach Club Restaurant as well as a Bazaar serving an array of international cuisine. The resort will also serve an array of healthy options and plant-based dishes, including home-made vegan ice cream created using fresh fruits and organic ingredient.
Cora Cora Maldives will be the first resort in the Maldives to showcase a licensed art gallery and museum. It will be open for guests to explore over 400 incredible local artefacts in the collection, along with the rich history of the Maldives in its breath-taking natural surroundings. The resort also offer PADI certified diving school.
Martin van der Reijden will be the General Manager of the resort. He has over 10 years of experience working in the Maldives, on major hotel projects such as Crossroads, Lux* North Male Atoll, Per Aquum resorts and 16 years with Hilton International. Martin is known for his work in supporting local talents and for his solid expertise in leading on all aspects of pre-opening, from planning and construction to team-building, finance and IT infrastructure with a passion for the destination. Moreover, as a former managing director for hotel interior design company Miaja Design, he will be well placed to ensure a strong design aesthetic, which reflects the setting and culture of the resort.
In addition the resort has appointed Vishen Mootoo as Director of Sales and Marketing. He has more than 15 years’ experience with island hotels and resorts, and is known for his clarity of vision, proactive working style and friendly attitude. He said Maamigli Island, where the resort is located, already feels like a home-from-home, “As an Indian Ocean native, it’s like I’m coming to work with my neighbour, which makes this renovation and rebranding project feel very personal and important to me.
Although the basic structure remains the same, everything else has changed. The concept is much more fun, light and colourful than the previous resort, with a completely new offering to appeal to the growing demand for affordable luxury all-inclusive,” he explained. “We chose the new name – Cora Cora Maldives – to reflect both the friendliness of the resort and our spectacular, well-preserved house coral reef, easily accessed by swimming from the beach. I’m thrilled to be part of this amazing project,” said Vishen. “I can’t wait to reconnect with all of our colleagues in the industry, from tour operators and travel agents to destination management companies. We look forward to welcoming you soon to Cora Cora Maldives.”