The two hotel brands join forces to provide the best of both worlds of luxury travel

The trip from Dubai to the Maldives just got that much better – a new twin stay partnership announced by Palazzo Versace Dubai and LUX* Resorts & Hotels (LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas and LUX* North Male Resort & Villas) means that guests making the transit will now be travelling in unparalleled style. Travellers will get to experience the vibrancy and glamour of Dubai and the tranquility and beauty of the Maldives in just one booking, all the while staying at the world’s most iconic branded resorts.

The three ultra-luxury properties offer the best of both worlds – Palazzo Versace Dubai immerses guests in the ultimate luxury and opulence of Dubai, while LUX* Resorts & Hotels provides the pure serenity and escapism of the Maldives. In terms of style, the two could not be more different – Palazzo Versace Dubai was built in neoclassical style, reminiscent of a 16th-century Italian palace, while LUX* Resorts & Hotels abides by a bright, retro-chic and minimalistic approach.

A stay at the iconic Palazzo Versace Dubai will transport guests to the vibrant runways of Milan Fashion Week, at the exclusive property embellished in gold and Versace fabrics. The twin stay partnership allows guests to indulge in La Dolce Vita before heading off to the island blues of the Maldives – from sunbathing at La Piscina to a stroll through the lush gardens and sumptuous meals at Vanitas, the hotel provides a true luxury retreat for leisure travellers.

“We aim to create incredible memories for our guests, and the joined forces with LUX* Resorts & Hotels will appeal to the loyal patrons of both brands. By working together across all facets of the travellers’ hotel stays, we will curate new and exclusive packages that feature unique culinary and wellness experiences in all three properties”, said Monther Darwish, Managing Director of Palazzo Versace Dubai.

“We are thrilled to be working alongside Palazzo Versace Dubai, two vastly different properties but very aligned in terms of market positioning and segmentation which will help to strengthen our foothold further in the Middle East,” added Roshan Radhay, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, Maldives & Middle East.

Guests of LUX* Resorts & Hotels in the Maldives and Palazzo Versace Dubai will avail these exclusive perks:

Experience a week-long Dubai and Maldives holiday with a five-night stay at Palazzo Versace Dubai and a two-night stay in either LUX* North Malé Atoll Resort & Villas starting from USD 4,979 or LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas starting from USD 4,199.

Begin your holiday by exploring the vibrant city of Dubai before jetting off to the Maldives, where you can immerse yourself in complete serenity at the plush LUX* North Malé Atoll Resort & Villas or elegant LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas.


Palazzo Versace Dubai

  • 5 nights stay in a Versace-designed room or suite of your choice at Palazzo Versace Dubai

  • Return airport transfers

  • Daily breakfast for 2 adults

  • Choice of lunch or dinner for two daily during the stay

  • Complimentary access to Laguna Waterpark for 2 adults, once during the stay

  • 20% discount on F&B (except Q’s Bar & Lounge and the brunches)

  • 20% discount on massages at The SPA

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access

LUX* North Malé Atoll Resort & Villas

  • 2 nights stay in a double-storey overwater villa with a private rooftop and infinity pool, overlooking the lagoon

  • Return airport transfers for two by speedboat

  • Breakfast for two adults daily during the stay

  • Complimentary non-motorized water sports such as canoes, stand-up paddle boards, windsurfing, pedal boats and snorkeling

  • Complimentary Private Roof Top Cinema Paradiso all under the stars experience and with popcorn

  • Complimentary PCR test on arrival at the resort

  • Complimentary butler service

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi services

  • Promo code: PVD/LNMA

LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas

  • 2 nights stay in a Romantic Pool Water Villa with a private deck, a hanging bird’s nest swing, and a drop-down projector

  • Return airport transfers for two by seaplane

  • Breakfast for two adults daily during the stay

  • Complimentary bicycles for the duration of your stay

  • Complimentary non-motorized water sports such as canoes, pedal boat and snorkeling trips to house reef

  • Complimentary unlimited signature coffees roasted in house at Café LUX*

  • Complimentary PCR test on arrival at the resort

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi services

  • Promo code: PVD/LSAA

Terms and conditions:

  • Offer is subject to availability at time of booking and is valid on stays from 1st April 2021 to 30th September 2021

  • Offer is applicable on new bookings only, reserved under the offer codes

  • The resorts have the right to withdraw the offer without prior notice

  • Black-out dates apply

For more information or to make a reservation, email:

LUX* Resorts & Hotels:

Palazzo Versace Dubai:

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Despite the closing of 2020’s Spring climbing season due to Covid-19, Nepali activist and mountaineer Dawa Steven Sherpa, with the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation’s support, led a 47-day expedition to clean the base camps of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu, removing 2.2 tons of waste.

March 2021 - Continuing Bally’s tradition of sponsoring alpine expeditions that dates back to 1930, along with the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation’s mission to safeguard the world’s mountain environments, Bally returned to the Himalayas in Fall 2020. Fulfilling the first half of its “8 X 8000 M” pledge to clean up the base camps of Nepal’s eight 8,000-meter mountains, the preservation project will be phased out over a two-year period.

Following a delay due to pandemic-related restrictions closing the Spring climbing season, Dawa Steven Sherpa, who also led Bally Peak Outlook’s successful 2019 initiative to clean Everest from base camp to the peak, was able to commence Phase 1 of “8 X 8000M” from 9 September - 23 October, embarking on a 47-day expedition.

The unprecedented events brought upon by Covid-19 have had consequential effects on Nepal, whose tourism industry supports over 1 million jobs and comprises 7.9% of its GDP. In 2019, the country hosted nearly 1.2 million international arrivals, of which Everest climbers spent approximately US$ 300 million alone. The Bally Peak Outlook Foundation project was able to provide critical income for local communities in the Himalayan region, employing professional climbers, cleaners, sorters, packers, porters, as well as dedicated support teams on the ground at each base camp who were all native to the mountain region.

Traveling from West to East, Dawa’s expedition team successfully removed 2.2 tons of waste from the four base camps of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, climbing two mountains, Baruntse (7,129m) and Mera Peak (6,540m), and crossing four alpine glaciated passes, Chola Pass (5,440m), Amphulabsa Pass (5,870m), West Col (6,140m) and Sherpani Col (6,147m), since official trails were closed due to Covid-19. Adhering to strict safety and protocol measures, PCR tests were initially facilitated at Kathmandu, and alternate, remote routes were taken to prevent any possibility of inter-village transmission.

Due to the high altitude and demanding terrain, approximately half of the expedition team was composed of ethnic Sherpa, whose unique genetic pathways allow them to live and work in extreme mountain environments. To highlight the Sherpa voices of the high Himalayas, Bally presents a five-part series of short documentary films dedicated to Phase 1 of “8 X 8000M” and its four majestic mountain peaks, narrated by the people who are an intrinsic part of its everyday life.

Dawa, who is a passionate environmental activist and tourism entrepreneur, introduces Everest in the first episode, having led expeditions that have removed over 20,000kg of garbage since 2008. The second film hears from Jamling Tenzing Norgay, renowned climber and son of Tenzing Norgay, who first summited Everest in 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary, while wearing iconic Bally Reindeer boots. Norgay sheds light on Cho Oyu and the positive effects of sustainable tourism in the Himalayas.

The third episode features Yankila Sherpa, a trailblazing female entrepreneur from Olangchung Gola, a remote village of Eastern Nepal. She speaks to the spiritual relationship that Sherpa communities share with the mountains, including Makalu, as chief advisor of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.The fourth documentary follows expert climber Naga Dorjee Sherpa, who was born and raised in the Everest region’s Khumjung village. Featuring Lhotse, Naga shares his insights as one of the Himalayan community’s most prominent expedition Sirdars, or leaders, to the younger generation, including Dawa, who he has worked with since 2006.

The synopsis episode summarizes Phase 1 of the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation’s “8 X 8000M” expedition. Walking a distance of 452 kilometers with a total elevation gain of 11,500m, the team reached its highest point at Baruntse (7,129m) after starting from Khumjung (3,780m), its lowest altitude.

Phase 2 of the “8 X 8,000M” expedition will take place over the course of 2021, when teams, led by Dawa, will clean up the base camps of Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156m), Annapurna (8,091m), as well as Everest (8,848m) for a third time.

“After being locked down in quarantine, that feeling of being out in the mountains was incredible, but it was also a lot of hard work. We put in everything we had and weren’t going to accept a halfhearted effort. There were a lot of emotions attached to this expedition, and we were so tired by the end, but it was deeply fulfilling to return the mountains as they should be – pristine.” – Dawa Steven Sherpa, Leader, Eco Everest Expeditions and CEO, Asian Trekking

Why base camps?

  • According to the Himalayan Database, a record of all mountaineering expeditions in Nepal, over 10,500 expeditions have attempted to climb the country’s 8,000-meter peaks, including Everest, since 1905.

  • Basecampsareamongthemostinhabitedareasonthemountainsduringclimbingseason,andfrequentsitesforpollution.

  • Becauseoftheirremoteaccessandextremeconditions,includingthehighcostoftransportationandalackofresources, these heavily trafficked areas have rarely been cleaned, amassing decades of garbage.

What waste was collected?

  • Cho Oyu’s Base Camp on the Nepal side was cleaned for the first time, with debris such as old vodka bottles buried in the sand adjacent to Gokyo 6th lake. In total, 500kg of garbage dating back to the ‘80s was removed.

  • At Everest Base Camp, 780kg of waste was collected, including tin cans, old glass, broken tents, and wooden crates with medical syringes from an early ‘70s Italian expedition.

  • Lhotse Base Camp, which was also cleaned for the first time, had 300kg of waste.

  • Makalu posed the greatest difficulty, due to its six base camps being spread along the length of the Barun Glacier. Due to physical constraints, five were cleaned except for Makalu High Camp, totaling 604kg of garbage.

  • All collected waste was separated, classified and transferred to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee. Batteries and other toxic material were sent to the Kathmandu Metropolitan Office for safe disposal.


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