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Outrigger Resorts Celebrates World Oceans Month with OZONE Eco-Activities

June 9, 2017

Outrigger Resorts Celebrates World Oceans Month with OZONE Eco-Activities
Guests can get in the OZONE with hands-on educational activities and lectures, beach cleanups, eco-tourism packages and more as part of Outrigger’s global conservation initiative

HONOLULU – Outrigger Resorts is kicking off World Oceans Month with enough coral planted, monitored and protected to cover approximately 100 football fields’ worth of coral since the 2015 launch of its global conservation initiative, OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE).

In response to more than 60 percent of the world’s reefs depleting and under immediate threat from climate change, land-based pollution and unsustainable fishing, Outrigger’s OZONE conservation program encourages guests to become part of the solution. Coral planting in Fiji, snorkeling with a resident marine biologist in Maldives, viewing the ocean through a glass bottom boat in Mauritius, swimming with sea turtles in Hawaii, visiting a marine rehabilitation center in Thailand, and walking through an underwater aquarium tunnel in Guam are a sample of the hands-on educational opportunities offered year-round for Outrigger guests.

This June, throughout World Oceans Month, Outrigger Resorts properties worldwide are offering a diverse range of immersive activities and conservation opportunities for Outrigger guests to get in the OZONE mind-set and make a difference, even while on vacation.

We define ‘The Outrigger Way’ as caring for the guest, the host and the place – OZONE is Outrigger’s pathway of action to care for the oceans surrounding the iconic destinations at which Outrigger Resorts are located,” said Sean Dee, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Outrigger Enterprises Group. “With help from our guests, Outrigger has grown and protected 100 football fields’ worth of coral, but this is just the beginning – the level of interest and engagement has inspired us to continue offering OZONE experiences that are eco-friendly, memorable and make a positive impact.”

OZONE Month + World Oceans Month Highlights
Outrigger Resorts’ beachfront properties are offering a range of educational and volunteer activities, family entertainment, exciting adventures and more – all in an effort to preserve the global coral systems and oceans’ biodiversity. Highlights from each destination include:
Hawaii: Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort will feature live Hawaiian music, educational exhibits, games and more at the Waikiki Aquarium on June 24.
Visitors of the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort are invited to visit and partake in an educational tour at the Phuket Aquarium and the Phuket Marine Biological Center, a rehabilitation center for turtles and other marine life that have been injured by debris, as well as participate in a local beach cleanup. Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort will be planting coconut trees and doing a beach cleanup.
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort will host an educational workshop for building and then sinking “fish houses” made of transplanted coral, which will become a coral nursery and attract a number of fish and other marine life over time. Castaway Island, Fiji will host a butterfly fish count, coastal tree planting, sunset kayak and night snorkel for guests.
Outrigger Guam Beach Resort is adjacent to and supports UnderWater World – Guam’s popular aquarium that teaches about the island’s vibrant sea life with a spectacular walk-through glass tunnel. The property will have a beach cleanup and mini fair with educational outreach, ocean crafts, raffle drawings and face painting.
Those visiting Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort can participate in a coral restoration workshop with the resident marine biologist, have some fun with a special #worldoceansday selfie stand with props and join in family activities available through the resort.
Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort will offer educational activities and glass bottom boat tours for guests to discover the beauty of various coral gardens in the lagoon in front of the resort.
OZONE Eco-Adventure Package
Guests at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort are invited to explore the ocean and safely scope out the fascinating world of Hawaii’s endangered green sea turtles with the OZONE Eco-Adventure Package. The offer features a buy-one, get-one-free Snorkel Eco-Adventure Sail Tour, two admission tickets to the Waikiki Aquarium and an in-room welcome gift that includes reef-friendly sunscreen, swim goggles, and a dive mesh bag to help with collecting plastics and other debris found in the ocean or on the beach. Starting at $239 per room, per night (taxes and fees not included), reservations can be made online at outrigger.com/ozone.

Conservation in Action
While the OZONE program will be highlighted on World Oceans Day, June 8, with special activations across all properties, Outrigger Resorts participate in year-round global and local efforts with dozens of opportunities for marine education and conservation activities. Outrigger hosts put the company’s conservation mission into action by participating in green initiatives across local communities such as marine environment educational sessions, field trips to beaches, coastal wetlands and mangroves and beach clean ups. As a result of the clean-up efforts, Outrigger’s Waikiki properties collectively recycled more than 354,000 pounds of aluminium, plastic, paper and glass.

Located on iconic beaches in Hawaii, Thailand, Guam, Fiji, Mauritius, and Maldives, Outrigger Resorts is dedicated to marine preservation and works year-round on a range of initiatives to generate awareness for the cause, as well as create opportunities for guests to help with the crucial marine ecosystems conservation. Please visit www.outrigger.com/events to learn more about each Outrigger Resort’s activations, as well as www.outrigger.com/ozone for more information.

Outrigger Resorts would also like to thank all its global partners for making World Oceans Month 2017 a success:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Polynesian Voyaging Society
Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System
Waikiki Aquarium (Hawaii)
Underwater World (Guam)
Mamanuca Environment Society (Fiji)
Reef Conservation Mauritius
Best Dives Maldives
Pure Blue Foundation in Thailand

 


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New International Airport Boosts Holiday Options to Maldives

January 19, 2017

New International Airport Boosts Holiday Options to Maldives

KONOTTA, MALDIVES – The opening of international flights to Gan airport, adjacent to Addu township in the south of the Maldives, has opened a new era for the region – providing an alternative transportation offering that can save travellers valuable vacation time.

On 1 December SriLankan Airlines started flying from Colombo to the upgraded Gan airport, formerly a UK Royal Air Force refilling base until 1976 when it became a domestic airport. SriLankan Airlines now departs Colombo for Gan four times a week – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays — at 06.55 for the 110-minute journey, using a 150-seat Airbus 320.

Since we consider Maldives our extended home market, we will explore every avenue to make sure that Gan receives the attention and visibility that it deserves,” said Saminda Perera, General Manager – Marketing, SriLankan Airlines.

Resorts in the south of the country have responded favourably.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has added an on-demand 30-minute Trans Maldivian Airlines sea plane service between Gan and our luxurious hideaway to meet the new service and provide additional convenience to our guests,” said John Allanson, General Manager of Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort.

“Whether vacationers travel here to enjoy our spacious over-water villas, varied water sport activities or Navasana Spa – we know that the journey here is part of the holiday experience, so we warmly welcome the new option,” he said.

Allanson said Gan is “virtually on the doorstep” of the Outrigger and all the resorts in the southern atolls of Seenu, Gnaviyani, Gaafu Dhaalu and Gaafu Alifu.

Having international services landing directly in Gan 545 kms south of Male saves an estimated three hours on travel time to resorts in the south as it eliminates the need to connect with a scheduled commercial flight from Male to domestic airports in the south.

Hoteliers in the southern atolls now hope that airlines, especially those with big feeder hubs in the Middle East, will also introduce flights directly to Gan.

Gan international airport is currently served by domestic carriers Maldivian and Flyme, as well as SriLankan. Private jets are also able to land and park at Gan due to its new international status.

On SriLankan, round-trip tickets from Colombo to Gan start from around USD330. Outrigger is offering a limited-time New Year’s Deal up to 30-percent off when booking direct on www.Outrigger.com.

For any tourist who wishes to spend a holiday in an ambience which is not overcrowded and where not many things come between you and the turquoise Indian ocean, the Gan area is an ideal destination….it is for tourists who explore deeper,” said Saminda.

Outrigger in Mauritius Introduces New Spa Offerings

August 11, 2016

Outrigger in Mauritius Introduces New Spa Offerings
In partnership with Aromatherapy Associates, a new spa menu has been introduced to take holiday pampering in Mauritius to a higher level

BEL OMBRE, MAURITIUS – The Navasana Spa at the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has introduced a range of 15 new treatments using essential oils from Aromatherapy Associates of London.

The expanded menu offers new treatments, for both men and women, as well as locally inspired offerings such as Mauritian massage, wellness personalized massages, whole-body scrubs, new body wraps, and more holistic treatments.

The new menu and integrated approach will be launched in early August under the guidance of the resort’s renowned Reiki master, Jeeten.

The 15 Aromatherapy Associate treatments include scrubs and wraps, facials, men’s facials, hair nourishment and eye care. At the top end, guests can lose themselves in experiences such as Clear Your Mind, Uplift Your Mood and Sleep Deeply, each one lasting 120 minutes.

For men there is the new Refinery Essential Facial (60 mins), the Refinery Power Lift Facial (90 mins) and the Refinery Ultimate Face and Body Treatment (90 mins).

“The result for men or women is beautiful, glowing, healthy skin free from harsh chemicals and unnecessary synthetics,” says Jeeten. “At the Navasana Spa we aim to share the true power of essential oils and the incredible effects they have at a therapeutic level.”

Jeeten has also introduced a Mauritian Massage (75 mins), which is a full body spa treatment by a local expert done to the vibrations of Mauritian sega music coupled with bamboo techniques.

A new Wellness Personalised Massage is also designed to address each person’s specific needs by using techniques such as deep tissue, Shiatsu, reflexology and stretching.

“The entire Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort is a holistic experience in itself,” says General Manager, Pieter van der Hoeven. “Beach life, exquisite food and drink, music, excursions and now well-being in our spa, all of this makes up the full Outrigger holiday experience.”

Outrigger prepares a Festive Season Special in Mauritius

December 2, 2015

Outrigger prepares a Festive Season Special in Mauritius

BEL OMBRE, MAURITIUS — The Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has announced a special seasonal selection of dining, dancing and delectable drinks for Christmas and New Year. There’ll be a lot of sensational tastes, sega dancing, jazz, chill out music and activities for the children along the way.

The stylish beachfront property on the south coast of Mauritius offers something new, delicious and exotic each day from 21 December to 10 January, with Russian Christmas festivities on 7 January part of the special events.

Highlights from the extensive program (here) include interactive dining experiences that celebrate Christmas tastes from around the world, the seasonal best of Mauritian cuisine at the Plantation Club, seafood extravaganzas (particularly lobster), dancing, a laser show, fireworks at the right moments, and an extensive list of supervised activities for kids.

Santa will be on the beach on Christmas Day. British Christmas flavours abound on the 23rd. For over two weeks there will be delectable champagne breakfasts, hot jazz bands, hip DJs and exotic sega dancing. There’ll be mellow chill out sounds by the pool for the go-slow bits in between.

Events will be spread around the beautifully landscaped resort from the colonial style Plantation Club and the interactive kitchens of Mercado to the fun, beach side informal moments at Willie’s Rum and Crab Shack, Bar Bleu and Edgewater.

Throughout the festive period, Outrigger’s Coral Kids Club will entertain the children with fitness classes, face painting, musical games, tennis starter classes, henna tattoo sessions, limbo fiestas, movie nights at the outdoor cinema, and more.

There’ll be nowhere quite like the Outrigger in Mauritius this Christmas and New Year,” said General Manager, Pieter van der Hoeven. “We’re providing a one-stop seasonal sensation by the beach for our international guests and discerning local visitors,” he said.

For a full list of taste experiences, events and music at Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort, see the full program here.

For reservations and enquiries please contact our reservation team on (+230) 623 5000 or email resa.mauritius@outrigger-mu.com. Visit OutriggerMauritius.com.

Outrigger Acquires Two Fiji Properties

February 3, 2014

Outrigger Acquires Two Fiji Properties
Outrigger on the Lagoon * Fiji and Castaway Island, Fiji join the Outrigger portfolio as ‘owned and managed’ resorts

PRESS RELEASE
Bangkok, 3 February, 2014 Hawaii-based Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging, retail and hospitality companies in the Asia-Pacific and Oceania regions, continues to expand its global portfolio of absolute beachfront properties with the announcement today that it has purchased from its partner, Mr. Geoffrey Shaw, the complete shareholding in the ownership company of Outrigger on the Lagoon * Fiji, and his privately held Castaway Island, Fiji – an iconic “private” island escape accessible only by boat, seaplane or helicopter. The two award-winning resorts combine to offer the perfect Fiji islands holiday experience. The transaction closed on January 31, 2014, for an undisclosed amount and gives Outrigger 100% ownership of Outrigger on the Lagoon * Fiji and Castaway Island, Fiji.

“This acquisition is consistent with the strategic growth of Outrigger in the Asia-Pacific region,” said David Carey, president and chief executive officer of Outrigger Enterprises Group. “With over 66 years of experience in tropical resort destinations, our full acquisition of these two beautiful, absolute beachfront properties fits perfectly with our expansion strategies. We plan to have Outrigger resorts in the best beachfront locations in the best resort destinations in the Asia-Pacific region,” he added.

Since starting its expansion into the Asia-Pacific region in 2008, Outrigger has grown its global presence to include properties currently open or under development in Australia; Guam; Bali; Phuket and Phi Phi Island, Thailand; Mauritius; Hainan Island, China; and Vietnam.

Mr. Shaw will continue as a consultant to Outrigger. “We have enjoyed a long working relationship with Geoff and look forward to utilizing his expertise as a consultant as Outrigger continues to work with the Fijian community to welcome visitors to the islands,” Mr. Carey said.

Outrigger on the Lagoon * Fiji
The Outrigger on the Lagoon * Fiji is located on a 140 hectare (346 acre) piece of beachfront property in the heart of Fiji’s Coral Coast, one hour’s drive from Nadi International Airport. Australian businessman, Geoffrey Shaw, as company owner and developer of the hotel site, selected Outrigger Hotels and Resorts to manage the resort on opening, largely because of the success and values the Outrigger brand brings in operating hotels and resorts in island destinations.

Construction of the resort commenced in late 1998, with Mr.Shaw’s company overseeing the hotel’s development. Outrigger purchased a minority interest during the construction stage and provided extensive technical support throughout the development period. The resort opened on October 1, 2000, and today is branded the Outrigger on the Lagoon * Fiji.

According to Mr. Carey, Mr. Shaw has been instrumental in the property’s success over the past thirteen years. He obtained the necessary government approvals and community consent to redevelop the site into his vision of a unique Fijian waterfront village, combining individual bungalow ‘bure’ and hotel room accommodations set amongst lush tropical vegetation.The herculean task included moving a portion of the Queen’s Highway, the main road between Nadi and the capital city of Suva, and transplanting 250,000 tropical plants and trees. Today, individual bures set amongst the gardens and beachside along the water’s edge, together with modern low-rise hotel rooms and suites, swimming pools, multiple restaurants and a wide range of recreational facilities, combine with the genuine hospitality of the Fijians to deliver a unique guest experience.

Castaway Island, Fiji
Castaway Island, Fiji is a pristine private island resort located in the heart of Fiji’s Mamanuca Island group approximately 30 kilometres (18 miles) offshore from the main Fijian island of Viti Levu. The island’s 70 hectares (174 acres) are covered in rich tropical rainforest and surrounded by white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and the azure waters of the South Pacific.

Sixty-six spacious bungalow ‘bures’ featuring traditional Fijian style thatched roofs are nestled amongst lush tropical gardens or beachside at the water’s edge. Stylish air conditioned interiors feature natural rattan and local timber furnishings and high vaulted ceilings lined with hand painted ‘tapa’ cloth — each one a unique and individual design. This private island resort, which boasts an annual 44% guest return rate, offers two fresh water swimming pools, four restaurants and bars, a wide range of water sports and activities including PADI scuba diving, surfing, and a renowned kids club.

Operations of both Outrigger on the Lagoon * Fiji and Castaway Island will be overseen by the Outrigger Asia-Pacific team from its regional offices in Phuket, Thailand. “We are excited to have both of these outstanding resorts in our portfolio. The unique and natural service culture of Fiji is a perfect fit for the Outrigger brand,” said Darren Edmonstone, Outrigger managing director, Asia-Pacific.

For more information on Outrigger on the Lagoon * Fiji and Castaway Island, Fiji, or to make reservations, visit http://www.outrigger.com or call toll free 800-OUTRIGGER (1-800-688-7444). You can also e-mail reservations@outrigger.com or contact your preferred travel agent.

Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa Now Open

January 31, 2014

Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa Now Open

The Hawaii-based company’s portfolio of beachfront leisure resorts increases its presence across the Pacific, Asia and now the Indian Ocean

The beachfront Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa is now open. The Deluxe 181-room, all sea-view resort opened 30 January and is the first in the Indian Ocean belonging to Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, the 66-year old Hawaii-based hospitality company which now has 45 properties open or under development in eight countries.

“The expansion of the Outrigger brand into the Indian Ocean is the latest development showing the strategic commitment of Outrigger to open stunning resorts in desirable and iconic warm water beachfront locations around the world,” said Darren Edmonstone, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.

“Ownership of the property in Mauritius gives Outrigger the unique opportunity to share the locally-rich sense of place and discovery that guests look for when they go on holiday,” he said. “The wonderful warmth, colour and exotic mixes that characterise Mauritius can now be experienced at the new Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa,” he added.

The Republic of Mauritius is located 2,000 kms off the southeast coast of Africa and 1,100 kms from the east coast of Madagascar. In Mauritius the absolute beachfront property has an idyllic location on the southern tip of the island in the Bel Ombre nature reserve, adjacent to the Heritage Golf Club. The new Outrigger resort is surrounded on the landward side by expansive sugar cane plantations.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts purchased the property in May 2013 and have completed an extensive refurbishment program.

The Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa General Manager, Frederic Chretien, said: “The Outrigger dream for Mauritius has come true. From today we are delivering our acclaimed Outrigger hospitality that blends the needs of the most discerning traveller with the charm and tradition of an early 17th century Mauritian sugar cane plantation on the island’s southern coast.”

Getting to Mauritius from Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa is easy. Direct flights connect Mauritius with Perth, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Paris, London, Dubai, Johannesburg and numerous other cities in Africa.

The new Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa is a 45-minute drive from the international airport (MRU) and a 90-minute drive from the capital, Port Louis.

Outrigger will host an official grand opening ceremony and celebration at the resort on 18 April this year.

For bookings visit http://www.outriggermauritius.com or email resa.mauritius@outrigger-mu.com

For further information contact Mr. Frederick de Marcy Chelin, the Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa Director of Sales and Marketing. Email: dosm.mauritius@outrigger-mu.com. Tel: +230 6235000; Mobile: +230 4994275; Skype: frederick.de.marcy.chelin

About Outrigger Enterprises Group
Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging, retail and hospitality companies in the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions and continues to expand its presence throughout the area. A family-owned company with 66 years of hospitality experience, Outrigger runs a highly-successful, multi-branded portfolio of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Hotels & Resorts, OHANA® Hotels & Resorts, Embassy Suites®, Holiday Inn® Best Western®, Wyndham Vacation Ownership® and Hilton Grand Vacations. Currently, Outrigger operates and/or has under development 45 properties with approximately 11,000 rooms located in Hawaii; Australia; Guam; Fiji; Bali; Thailand; Mauritius; Vietnam; and Hainan Island, China. Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, and Asia. For on-line information, log on at http://www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com and http://www.outrigger.com.

Thailand’s Idyllic Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort

March 14, 2012

Thailand’s Idyllic Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and Spa Now Bookable on Outrigger.com

PHUKET, 8 March 2012 – Tourists and travel industry professionals can now research and book holidays at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and Spa in southern Thailand on the Outrigger website, outrigger.com.

Outrigger assumed full sales and marketing responsibility for the resort in November 2011 and will have complete operational control by November 1, 2012, when the absolute beachfront property will become the Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort and Spa.

“The property is known among repeat guests for its wonderful setting and service,” said General Manager Chao Treenawongse. “We are currently in the process of adding an additional 38 villas, as well as making some improvements to the facilities and procedures so that we will be consistent with Outrigger’s brand standards by November 2012,” he said.

Numerous informative pages about the Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and Spa on http://www.outrigger.com give online visitors detailed information on room types, the four onsite restaurant and bars, the current Wana Spa, traditional Thai and western weddings, dive centre tours, travel deals and how to get there. Evocative pictures show a perfect tropical island beach setting with dramatic views beyond powder white sand and coconut palms to distant islands.

The all-villa and deluxe bungalow resort pages make it easy to check availability and book stays. The new website zone contains special promotion rates. For example, Phi Phi Island Village Best Rates apply until March 31, 2013 and range from THB6,000 (US$200) for a superior bungalow to THB18,000 (US$600) for a beachfront junior suite and THB21,200 (US$706) for a hillside pool villa. The rates are subject to 18.7% service tax and charges and are per room for two people sharing and include American buffet breakfast for two.

Bookings made 30 days before arrival for stays of a minimum of three nights between 1 April and 30 September 2012 receive a complimentary set lunch for two.

For information and bookings, visit the new Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and Spa zone on the Outrigger website. Or tel: (+66) 75 628 900. Email: rsvn01@ppisland.com.

About Outrigger Enterprises Group
Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging and hospitality companies in the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions and continues to expand its presence throughout the area. A family-owned company with more than 60 years of hospitality experience, Outrigger runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Hotels & Resorts, OHANA® Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger Condominium Collection®, Embassy Suites®, Best Western®, Courtyard® by Marriott, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership®. Currently, Outrigger operates and/or has under development 47 properties with more than 11,000 rooms located in Hawaii; Australia; Guam; Fiji; Bali; Thailand; Vietnam; and Hainan Island, China. Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, the mainland USA and Asia. For on-line information, log on at www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com and www.outrigger.com.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific
Ste 105-108, Plaza Del Mar, No. 1 Pasak-Koktanod Rd
Cherngtalay Sub-Dist., Thalang District
Phuket Province, 83110 Thailand
Tel: (+66) 76 318 230
Fax: (+66) 76 318 232
Email:laguna@outrigger.co.th

Media Contact, Asia
Ken Scott
ScottAsia Communications
Mobile: (+66) 81 931 2753
Email: ken@scottasia.net
Anchalee Sriwongsa
ScottAsia Communications
Tel: (+66) 2 860 8227
Email: ann@scottasia.net

Nancy Daniels, APR, Director of PR, Corporate head office
Outrigger Enterprises Group
Phone: +1 808 921 6839
Email: nancy.daniels@outrigger.com


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