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AccorHotels welcomes first guests at new Maldives Mercure property

Mercure Maldives Kooddoo ResortLast week saw the official opening of the 68-villa Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort. The Gaafu Alifu Atoll premises in the Indian Island nation is aimed at the discerning traveller and offers a mix of beachside and raised over-water villas.

Unlike the majority of the resorts and hotels on outlying atolls of the Maldives, the Mercure Kooddoo is fairly easy to get to and does not require a lengthy transfer by speedboat. The reason for this is that Kooddoo Airport is more or less within walking distance.

Despite the proximity of the airport, it is unlikely to disturb the tranquillity for guests as it only receives six flights on an average day. From a practical viewpoint, flight times of only 40 minutes from Malé International Airport are a godsend.

Patrick Basset is Asia region operations officer for Accor. He said the hotelier was pleased to be the proprietor of a premier establishment which provided an enhanced guest experience yet offered maximum value for money.

The Mercure Maldives Kooddoo is a top choice for fans of water and adventure sports. Activities on tap are jet-skiing, diving, snorkelling, canoeing, sailing and pedal-boating. A decent sized swimming pool, onsite tennis courts and a state-of-the-art fitness centre are the chief leisure facilities.

Twenty of the villas come with the added bonuses of private swimming pools. The villas boast all conveniences and these include adjustable air-conditioning, safes, wireless internet and minibars. Dining is a delight and offers the choice of the tastes of Asia at the Alita Restaurant or signature tapas at the Vistas Cafe.

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