Guinness World Record for the longest underwater kiss broken in the Maldives

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14 February, 2023

This February, LUX* South Ari Atoll officially hosted the Guinness World Record for the longest underwater kiss to mark the Valentine's Day 2023.

Global hospitality group The Lux Collective’s well-loved LUX* South Ari Atoll in the Maldives is the official resort host of South African-based conservation couple, Beth Neale and Miles Cloutier, who break the Guinness World Record for the longest underwater kiss to mark the Valentine’s Day 2023.

A mermaid at heart, Beth Neale is a 4-time South African freediving champion, conservation filmmaker, Pure Apnea Master freediving instructor and a qualified Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) advanced scuba diver. Together with her husband, a renowned director Miles Cloutier, they took their love to new lengths, breaking the previous world record of 3 minutes 24 seconds 34 frames set in Italy in 2010. Through sharing their underwater love story, they hope to inspire others to fall in love with the magic and wonders of the underwater world. The couple believes that oceans need all the love possible to safeguard them for the future generations.

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The new record of the longest underwater kiss of 4 minutes and 6 seconds took place on 4 February 2023, at LUX* South Ari Atoll, one of the largest resorts in the Maldives. The event was attended by the Guinness World Records Official Adjudicator Mr. Swapnil Dangarikar who confirmed the achievement. The record was celebrated with a champagne ceremony on the island, followed by a surprise greeting by Trans Maldivian Airlines for the couple on their way back home.

During the celebration of this great milestone, Beth shared, “Breaking a Guinness World Record for the longest underwater kiss at LUX* South Ari Atoll is a dream come true – it is the world’s most romantic destination resort and the pinnacle of eco-conscious luxury. Surrounded by pristine ocean thriving with life, it is a true island paradise with no better destination to share our underwater love story!”

Miles enthused, “It is such a privilege to partner with The Lux Collective, which shares our goal of promoting sustainability and ocean conservation. The infinity pool overlooking the ocean was the perfect location for this world record breaking kiss. We feel that Valentine’s Day is the best time to share our new record, as it’s a reflection of our love for the underwater world and for each other. And what better way to make the moment last than with a 4-minute kiss!”

John Rogers, General Manager of the resort, added, “Our heartiest congratulations to Beth and Miles! It is an honour to witness the achievement, and LUX* South Ari Atoll is proud to be associated with Guinness World Records and to be part of this award-winning moment.”

This record showcases the Maldives as the ultimate romantic destination, and LUX* South Ari Atoll continues to be the top island resort for wedding and honeymoon travel as well as once-in-a-lifetime romantic getaways. Offering extraordinary experiences and surprises, this uniquely chic island offers the most inspiring eco-conscious luxury escapes for couples.


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The Lux Collective, of which the purpose is to make each moment matter and to care about what matters, LUX* South Ari Atoll is committed to contributing in any way, big or small, to make eco-tourism a success in the Maldives. Cutting-edge designer villas and world-class dining can be found only a 30-minute seaplane transfer away from Malé International Airport, making LUX* South Ari Atoll one of the most exciting resorts in the Maldives. Excellent eating and drinking is always a cut above the rest at LUX*! A relaxed atmosphere provides refinement at every step with anything from an impromptu movie theater on the beach to pop-up music performances. The lagoon is ideal for snorkeling with whale sharks, and two swimming pools and a spa on this idyllic island offer a guiet break from the beach.

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