The Man Who Made The Maldives A Luxury Destination

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Maldives On a Budget

11 November, 2019

Crown & Champa Resort’s Lars Petre featured by Forbes as ‘The Man Who Made The Maldives A Luxury Mecca’.

When Lars Petre first stumbled upon the Maldives as a young Swede on vacation in 1985, the whole trip was a happy accident. After a ski vacation was canceled because the ski resort had to close due to too much snow (imagine – what a problem to have!) Petre and a friend detoured to Geneva and hopped on a flight to Colombo instead.

Just three years later, Petre opened his first resort, Kuredu, with Maldivian partners in December 1988. Over the past three decades, his company Crown & Champa Resorts has grown to own or manage 10 resorts, a dozen locations of Duniye Spa and six diving centers across the tropical archipelago.

Being an industry pioneer in the Maldives, he talks about his challenges in opening the Kuredu resort and gives an insight into the industry addressing the climate-related issues and the changes in the market. Read Full Story

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Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

Each of the Crown & Champa Resorts is its private island paradise with sparkling lagoons, swaying palm trees and natural sandy beaches. With international tourism in the Maldives celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015, this group of 4 to 4½ Star Resorts has earned an excellent reputation. While the Resorts have proudly been operating for many years, they have maintained their competitiveness through constant renovation and upgrades to maintain the highest international standards. Today (2019) Crown & Champa runs 10 luxury resorts in the Maldives, including Hurawalhi Island Resort & Spa, Mirihi Island and newest Kudadoo Maldives Private Island. Read More

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