AMILLA MALDIVES TRANSFORMS INTO THE SECRET GARDEN FOR EASTER
Botanical spa treatments, island-grown ingredients, art masterclasses, and a kids soccer camp hosted by football legend Tim Sherwood
Renowned for its spectacular seasonal celebrations, Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences has announced an enchanting Easter programme inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved classic, ‘The Secret Garden’. Reflecting its heartfelt commitment to sustainability and resourcefulness, Amilla’s magical interpretation will take guests on a path of discovery, with themes of sustainability, renewal, rebirth and wellness woven into the festivities.
The Easter programme runs from 4 - 24 April 2022, encompassing Easter, Orthodox Easter and several other awareness days, with themed celebrations for all ages around the island. Kicking off the celebrations on World Health Day on 7 April, Amilla guests are invited to the resort’s open-air Italian restaurant, Barolo, to enjoy a unique wellness menu showcasing the revolutionary Homemade@Amilla concept, championing nourishing, fresh ingredients grown in Amilla’s organic and hydroponic gardens. The resort’s award-winning Javvu Spa will also offer rejuvenating botanical treatments featuring island-grown ingredients, from aromatic flowers such as jasmine, wild marigolds and hibiscus to therapeutic herbs including lemongrass and mint.
From 13-18 April, Amilla will also welcome Premier League winner and former Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood to the resort to lead a complimentary football masterclass for kids. Tim will share his skills and techniques at a daily two-hour boot camp, before hosting a closing ceremony to present participants with a personal certificate and medal.
With Good Friday coinciding with World Art Day on 15 April this year, guests are encouraged to turn their creative skills and imagination to leaf papermaking in the ‘Secret Garden Shed’ and a sand art class by visiting Maldivian sand artist, Lia. In residence at Amilla throughout April, Lia will present four art shows a week, with themes varying from ‘The Secret Garden’ to traditional Maldivian folk tales.
On Easter Sunday, younger guests will be invited on an epic Amilla Easter Quest, exploring the island’s natural wonders to discover intriguing surprises, before coming together for a delectable gala dinner in the evening.
The celebrations continue on Easter Monday with a colourful pop-up Maldivian ‘village’ showcasing the island nation’s history to commemorate World Heritage Day; while on 21 April, a fiesta of traditional Maldivian lacquer art, storytelling, juggling classes and an ‘Amilla Creations’ show mark International Creativity Day. On Orthodox Easter Sunday, 24 April, the Easter programme concludes with ‘Nature Bunny’ leading crafts, Easter egg-tossing competitions and a delicious cocktail evening.
Exsus Travel (020 7563 1303; www.exsus.com) offers seven nights at Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences from £12,085 per family - saving £2,825 per family. Price based on two adults and one child under 12 years sharing a Treetop Pool Villa on B&B, up to 30 per cent discount on accommodation, and includes return seaplane transfers and economy flights from London with Turkish Airlines.
Valid for stays up to 03 May 2022. Accommodation discount offer is valid up to 19 December 2022. Offer subject to availability at the time of booking, blackout dates may apply. Terms & Conditions apply.
About Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences
A large, verdant natural island in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences is an enchanting space for families, friends and couples to roam and play. Most of its 67 Villas and Residences are gracefully elevated over crystal clear waters; to venture through the island’s white sand fringe into its shaded heart reveals a surprisingly wild, green place – the inspiration for its organic garden-to-table concept. The resort’s Homemade@Amilla and Homegrown@Amilla initiatives are manifestations of a heartfelt commitment towards sustainability and resourcefulness. Indigenous ingredients - sea almonds, screwpines, countless coconuts, fragrant frangipani - are celebrated alongside the homemade, homegrown and homebrewed, bringing personality and vigour to nutritious, immunity-boosting menus. While not strictly a wellness resort, embracing dietary lifestyles is an intuitive part of Amilla’s Wellness Your Way, a fresh, holistic and highly customised approach to wellness that encompasses nutrition, mindfulness, movement and spa.
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