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Raffles Maldives Meradhoo - Experience Freediving with Bastien Soleil
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo - Experience Freediving with Bastien Soleil

Experience Freediving with Bastien Soleil

For the first time in Maldives, we are delighted to offer our guests the opportunity to discover the beauty of Freediving with one of the best freedivers in the world, Bastien Soleil.

As a successful designer, marketeer and communications expert, Bastien escaped the hectic city life of his native France to travel extensively in Asia in search of a simpler life. Along the way, 5 years ago, he found freediving, which proved to be a transformative experience. Now he uses his old skills to develop his new love: bringing people together, creating collaborations between likeminded spirits and trying to change our attitude towards the environment. Bastien became a professional freediver and underwater photographer with more than 1000 dives per year and taught freediving to hundreds of peoples from all around the world from 12 to 70 years old.

Bastien Soleil is a professional freediving instructor (Apnea Total / AIDA / Padi) and a professional underwater photographer. Bastien offers 2 day course and certification from December 16 – January 15.

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Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Launches Festive Programme ‘Extravaganza’

From Freediving, to Big Game Fishing and a Touch of Cuban Salsa, Raffles Maldives’ Festive Countdown 2021 Champions All That Encompasses an Island Escape

This festive season, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo invites guests to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year with Extravaganza, a spirited schedule of adventure, music, colour and wellness.

From 22nd December to 7th January, the twin-island resort in the Maldives’ remote and pristine Gaafu Alifu Atoll will play host to a range of experts, presenting a non-stop programme of adventure and unique dining experiences. Among Extravaganza’s many highlights will be a succession of performances by Cuban salsa band Sweet Habana and an opportunity to learn the art of Boduberu, as well as the country’s dance culture with Master Abdul Wadhood.

Our host, one of the world’s best free divers Bastien Soleil will offer guests an opportunity to discover the beauty of freediving amongst our endlessly fascinating reefs. A first for the Maldives, Bastien will be in residency from 16th December to 15th January, with his expertise boasting over 1000 dives per year.

Adventure aplenty, catch your dream fish with Big Game Fishing Master Mikhail Karpovich who’s on-site to guide you through the resort’s healthy reefs, giving you the opportunity to dine on your catch at Firepit, amongst a sunken table and seating that has been carved from the sand – the first restaurant of its kind in the country.

Discover and understand one of mother nature’s most beautiful masterpieces with our passionate resident marine biologist. With extensive knowledge in the marine ecosystem, Giulia Pellizzato will be on hand to connect guests directly with the underwater environment through a unique Marine Discovery program and snorkelling tours.

Also joining Extravaganza is Deependra Singh, Indian Yoga Master who is on-site to unite breathing, meditation, and movement, enhancing one’s overall sense of mindfulness, health and wellbeing, as well as increasing flexibility and decreasing stress levels. Whether it be a private session from your villa or a sunrise awakening from the spa deck, Mr. Singh is on-hand to guide you through Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Prananyama or meditation.

Extravaganza presents themed evenings and delectable dining experiences – from Christmas Eve Dinner, Welcoming Santa Claus, Turkish and Mediterranean dinner parties, and a New Year gala dinner. Additional entertainment will include belly and fire dancers, circus performers, nightly DJ performances by DJ Majesty and Flamenco shows.

Your gastronomic journey – from special breakfasts, lunches, or dinner – will take setting amongst the property’s varied dining offerings. Among them, The Firepit is an outdoor barbecue restaurant where tables and chairs are carved from the sand and set directly on the shore for uninterrupted views of the starlit sky; for fine dining soundtracked by gently lapping waves, overwater Yuzu makes judicious use of the best sustainably sourced local fish to serve exceptional Nikkei cuisine. For a New Year’s Eve cocktail, the Long Bar’s Maldives Sling is a golden blend of gin, grapefruit, coconut, cinnamon and clove that mirrors the Maldivian sunset.

Some of the largest villas in the country, here each beach and overwater residence come with a large marble bathtub, private pool and outdoor shower, with the newly built 1,700 square metre Royal Residence ready to play host to up 15 guests. Raffles’ legendary service reaches new heights at this exclusive Indian Ocean hideaway, too: dedicated Marine Butlers are on hand to lead snorkelling tours of the resort’s two wondrous house reefs (watch out for Apollo and friends, the 20 resident hawksbill and green turtles) and Children’s Butlers are on standby to meet the needs of younger guests.

Clink here to see our Festive Program!