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PATINA MALDIVES, FARI ISLANDS: COSMOPOLITAN OCEAN EVENT CELEBRATES OCEAN AS CATALYST FOR CONNECTION



Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, recently hosted the four-day Cosmopolitan Ocean festival, an immersive event that redefined the ocean as a cross-cultural nexus for human connection. The festival featured a notable collaboration between West Coast fashion label STAMPD and Patina Maldives, resulting in a limited capsule collection showcasing prints from Chris Stamp’s photographs captured during his November 2022 visit to the island. The collection, themed “Water Radio,” is now available at an on-island pop-up store until the end of November and online on STAMPD’s website.


The launch event witnessed the presence of influential figures including artist Daniel Arsham, jeweller Greg Yuna, pro BMX athlete Nigel Sylvester, former NFL player Victor Cruz, sound engineer Devon Turnbull, and Australian surfboard designer Hayden Cox. Additionally, the release of a limited print photobook titled “Island Camo”, inspired by Patina Maldives, will contribute its profits to support local community projects on Gafaaru island.

A standout moment of the festival was the introduction of Thallasophile Parfum - the exclusive Cosmopolitan Ocean scent designed to replicate the power and effect of the ocean, housed in a recyclable glass vessel, crafted by renowned Margate-based natural skincare and wild fragrance specialists, Haeckels. The festival commenced with an intersensory opening ritual featuring a soundscape by Welsh electronic musician Kelly Lee Owens, celebrating this bespoke creation.

Pamela Longobardi, an ocean art activist, unveiled a remarkable large-scale ocean plastics art installation titled “Ocean Archaeology of Our Time.” This captivating artwork has now become a part of Patina Maldives’ esteemed permanent collection.

It has been a great honour to be part of the New Life Habits / Cosmopolitan Ocean project that Patina Maldives has launched. My contribution, the large-scale ocean plastic wall piece “Ocean Archeology of Our Time” was created by the collaborative cleaning efforts of many of Patina’s fine staff and expert woodworkers. It is dedicated to all beings of the world. It is a monument to this moment of transformation in human history where we are taking a new path, making global changes to correct the environmental problems of plastic pollution. Patina Maldives' commitment to a new level of sustainability is a model for using creativity and innovation to achieve new ways of being in the world.” - Pamela Longobardi Avery Whitmore, a healing arts practitioner and a veteran of the resort's recent Experience as Healing event, led a series of sound healing, breathwork, and meditation sessions that resonated with participants. These sessions encompassed both large communal activities and customised private sessions, fostering personal growth and transformation. An exciting afternoon yacht race took place on Day 3 of the festival, with results of the competition announced on Patina’s Stargazing pier with cocktails, concluded by a communal dinner that showcased the best of Maldivian cuisine. Guests dived into “Ocean Inspirations” on Day 4 of Cosmopolitan Ocean - a thought-provoking panel that featured programme luminaries Chris Stamp, Pamela Longobardi, Avery Whitmore, and Kelly Lee Owens. These cultural influencers engaged in a dialogue that delved into the intersection of art, nature, and human expression.



As a poignant culmination to the discussion, Avery Whitmore led a beachfront commitment ceremony, where attendees pledged their dedication to embracing New Life Habits and forging a deeper connection with the ocean. Cosmopolitan Ocean is the second large instalment of the Pathways series, a distinguished event series at Patina Maldives designed to stimulate enduring personal transformations, introduce new lifestyle practices, and infuse guests’ lives with deeper meaning and intention. The series made its debut in June with the Experience as Healing event, bringing together wellness, ancient spiritual practices, and the frontier of biohacking to inspire guests. Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, as part of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) DISCOVERY loyalty programme, is committed to enhancing the experience for PATINA DISCOVERY members at all levels. The resort offers VIP recognition, exclusive rewards, and access to members-only experiences. For further information and updates on Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, and upcoming events, please visit www.patinahotels.com/maldives.


Images can be downloaded here.


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ABOUT PATINA MALDIVES, FARI ISLANDS

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands is the inaugural flagship property from sophisticated new lifestyle brand Patina Hotels & Resorts, the latest hospitality concept by Capella Hotel Group. Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, Patina Maldives offers 90 contemporary one- to three-bedroom Beach and Water Pool Villas, alongside 20 Fari Studios, all of which embody a harmony of sanctuary and stimulation. Set in the Fari Islands archipelago in North Malé Atoll, guests can immerse themselves in a new expression of island life through thoughtful tailor-made wellness journeys, interactive music programmes, captivating culinary experiences, and bask in the light-filled Amarta, a James Turrell Skyspace pavilion — all while embracing the vibrant social scene that emanates from the destination’s communal heart: the Fari Marina Village and Fari Beach Club.


ABOUT PATINA HOTELS & RESORTS

Patina Hotels & Resorts is the latest hospitality concept from Capella Hotel Group. Born out of guests’ desire to honour individuality, Patina appeals to a new generation of travellers who seek deeper connections with themselves and the world around them. The human-centred design flows with the natural modes people are in, gently and intuitively providing for each guest’s individual needs, ensuring that no two stays are exactly the same. A five-star, sophisticated lifestyle brand, Patina Maldives, Fari Islands was the first launch, with further properties in Osaka and Sanya also in development. Patina Hotels & Resorts is a member partner of DISCOVERY, a multi-brand loyalty programme representing a collection of 40 independent hotel brands over 100 countries worldwide.


ABOUT FARI ISLANDS

Fari Islands is an elevated Maldivian resort experience that celebrates nature, craft and connection. A Pontiac Land Group development anchored by three world-class hospitality brands, Fari Islands is located in the North Malé Atoll within the Maldives, a 50-minute luxury boat transfer from Malé International Airport. The archipelago also features the picturesque Fari Marina Village, built around a vibrant Beach Club, charming boutiques and a selection of handpicked, upscale food and beverage options. Spaces have been masterfully designed by renowned architects from Studio MK27 (by Marcio Kogan), Kengo Kuma & Associates, and Kerry Hill Architects, to bring about a delicate balance of serene and social. One of the islands is home to a thoughtful hospitality campus; Fari Campus is a dedicated island for staff with a focus on community, education, and engagement, and is the first of its kind in the Maldives.


ABOUT STAMPD

Stampd provides a curation of quality designs inspired by our passion for the arts, travel and the outdoors. We are inquisitive yet introspective with the mission to provide an artistic & pragmatic collection that best serves our lifestyle.


Our garments celebrate both urban and outdoor active lifestyles, weaving in narratives that pay homage to the inspiration and nostalgia behind our favorite pastimes that range from city to the beach.


Stampd was established in 2013, born from a passion project of founder Chris Stamp’s final 6 months of business school. By 2015, Chris was awarded the title of one of GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers in America and soon after was a finalist of the prestigious Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund in 2016. That same year, Stampd partnered with New York-based Snarkitecture firm, to open the first Stampd flagship store in Los Angeles at 130 S. La Brea Avenue.


Since then, Stampd has collaborated with many globally influential artists and brands, including Puma, IKEA, Daniel Arsham, Futura and most recently, Nobu Matsuhisa.


For further press information and images, please contact: Laura Goh (laura@frogandwolfpr.com), Leanne Barton (leanne@frogandwolfpr.com), Nat Frogley (nat@frogandwolfpr.com) or Flora Gandolfo (flora@frogandwolfpr.com) at Frog & Wolf PR.

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