Glice® Synthethic Ice Rink in the Maldives Covered by CNN


An ice rink is quite possibly the last thing you would expected in a tropical paradise such as the Maldives; but then again, it’s a dream destination, so you are allowed, if not urged, to dream a little! The Jumeirah Vittaveli has made this particular and unlikely dream come true and opted for Glice®, when installing the first synthetic ice rink in the Maldives. Read the full story, as seen on CNN, below. To find out how Glice® synthetic ice rinks are rewriting the physical laws of ice sports, visit https://www.glicerink.com

Here is the story, published on CNN:

Is this the most unlikely place for an ice rink?

(CNN) — A tropical island nation in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is best known for its 1,000-some islands and over-the-top experiences.

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers an “Instagram Butler” service and an all-glass, underwater restaurant; Soneva Jani provides private water slides for all its overwater villas; and The Private Reserve is the world’s largest overwater villa.

But this spring, there’s another reason to visit: the destination‘s first ice rink.

Dubbed “Ice Ice Maybe…,” the1,829-square-foot (170-square-meter) rink opened in March at the Jumeirah Vittaveli resort, located about 20 minutes by boat from the capital of Malé.

“We named it ‘Ice Ice Maybe…’ to imply that it’s not a traditional cool-down ice skating rink,” Amit Majumder, general manager of Jumeirah Vittaveli, tells CNN Travel.

“It’s a synthetic rink that’s built on the beach, so you can go swimming in the tropical waters then go skating right after — or vice versa.”

The Maldives’ first ice rink

The idea for the ice rink first began percolating in December 2016, right around Christmas time.

“We had some regular guests who have been staying with us for many years now,” says Majumder.

“The family’s daughter sort of challenged us to build the rink. She said she wanted to have a skiing and adventure holiday, but her parents wanted to keep coming back to the Maldives.”

So Majumder set out to deliver the best of both worlds.

“The project was challenging in the Maldives — it’s not like Europe, where people already know about ice rinks,” says Majumder.

“It was a steep learning curve. We did a lot of research to learn about the equipment we’d need, how high the safety boundaries should be, the optimum size of the rink ….”

A zero-energy ice rink

A non-negotiable component of the project was finding an environmentally friendly solution.

“While researching, we actually visited a few real ice rinks,” says Majumder.

“This is where I met Olympic gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko (who performed at the rink’s opening ceremony). I went to see his rink in Russia, which is made of real ice. That’s where I learned how much energy a traditional rink really uses.”

To keep a conventional rink frozen, you have to refrigerate it, which requires constant electricity and water.

“We’re an island, so we have to be very careful about our impact,” says Majumder. “Every kilowatt hour of energy we use causes burning of diesel or fossil fuels, so a traditional rink was out of the question.”

Instead, the hotel enlisted Swiss company Glice to build an artificial, zero-energy rink.

“A regular guest, whose daughter ice skates, told us about the synthetic Glice ice rink,” recalls Majumder.

“We experimented in a small area first and, when we saw that it worked well, we expanded.”

Composed of 25-30 interlocking plastic ice sheets, the rink’s synthetic sheets — made of silicon and plastic — do not require chilly temperatures to produce that gliding sensation.

As such, the rink can withstand the fiery Maldivian temperatures, which hover around the mid-80s Fahrenheit most of the year.

“Some people assume it is going to be cold, since it’s an ‘ice’ rink, but that’s not the case,” says Majumder.

“The atmosphere is slightly cooler, because of the shade, but there’s no artificial cooling needed since it’s a synthetic rink.”

A cool perk

At first glance, the ice rink looks like any other Maldivian villa with its wooden stilts and thatched roof.

“We wanted to blend the rink into the architecture of the Maldives,” says Majumder.

“The only big difference is that we have added some glass panels on the roof to let some natural sunlight come through. It’s unlike any ice rink I’ve ever seen.”

A fast favorite among families, in particular, the rink is exclusively available to hotel guests.

“We try to keep the experience as private as possible for the residents on the island,” says Majumder.

“The only exception would be that we open the rink to locals from time to time, so our neighbors can experience the sport.”

For hotel guests, each two-hour skating session ($75 per person) includes skate rental, protective gear, souvenirs and an ice cream sundae afterward — to ensure you’ve properly cooled down before gliding back to the beach.

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Get Carried Away by This Tropical Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in a Maldivian Dream Location at Jumeirah Vittaveli

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Olympic Gold Medalist Evgeni Plushenko Inaugurates First Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in the Maldives at Jumeirah Vittaveli


The Maldives are the kind of tropical paradise we envision in our sweetest vacation dreams: palm-fringed islands flecking a turquoise sea and sand as white as snow. But sand is sand, snow is snow and ice is ice, right? Maybe! “Ice, Ice, Maybe” is the motto of the latest Maldives attraction and a first in the island realm – a Glice® synthetic ice rink amid the tropical scenery. The extravagant leisure addition was inaugurated last week at the Jumeirah Vittaveli by none less than multiple Olympic gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko with family.

Glice® synthetic ice rinks are operated entirely without water at a zero-energy level to allow for sustainable ice skating worldwide, in any climate, and regardless of seasons. Learn more about the fascinating molecular technology here: https://www.glicerink.com/artificial-ice-rink-technology/


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Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in the Maldives Covered by The Telegraph


Tiny palm fringed islets, glistening white sand, and turquoise coral waters – the Maldives are an island paradise par excellence and probably the last place on earth where you would expect to ice skate. Yet, thanks to Glice® synthetic ice rinks there are no real world boundaries to one’s ice skating imagination anymore! To find out how Glice® is shaping the future of ice sports, visit: https://www.glicerink.com

Read the full story here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/maldives/articles/jumeirah-vittaveli-hotel-to-open-maldives-first-ice-skating-rink/

Winter is coming early to the Maldives this year with the opening of the country’s first ‘ice-skating rink’.

The attraction has been conceived by Jumeirah Vittaveli, a luxury island resort situated a 20-minute catamaran ride from the capital, Malé.

However, unlike most artificial ice rinks, which are created by freezing a layer of water over a base of concrete (a process that requires a lot of power), the Jumeirah’s rink will be made entirely out of synthetic materials.

Using artificial ice plates made out of plastic, developed by leading Swiss company Glice®, the rink will reportedly not require electricity or water to operate.

It is set to open at the beginning of December – a month when temperatures across the islands average around 27 degrees Celsius.

“The ice rink is a perfect expression of our goal to always wow guests,” says the hotel’s General Manager, Amit Majumder.

“We have many guests who keep coming back to us and I often hear that one of the reasons for their return is that they love to be surprised by our updates and developments each time they come.”

The hotel, which is part of the Dubai-based Jumeirah Group, comprises a collection of 43 thatched villas. Each faces onto the beach and comes with its own private garden and pool. The seven Ocean suites are even more secluded, with each one accessible only by boat.

A stay in the ultra-exclusive Royal Residence, meanwhile, at a vast 3,500 square metres (equivalent to two thirds of a football pitch), includes use of a private restaurant, gym, spa and team of staff. It costs US$35,000 (approx. £26,290) a night.

Facilities at the hotel include an Asian-inspired spa and a ‘house’ coral reef. An on-site water sports centre offers snorkelling equipment and diving trips, along with jet-skiing, windsurfing and deep sea fishing.

The addition of an ‘ice rink’ marks the start of a packed festive season at the hotel, which will be celebrating with gala dinners on the beach, a visit from Father Christmas on Christmas Day, and a New Year’s party on December 31 featuring DJ sets, fireworks and a live fire dance.

The rink is just the latest extravagant project conceived by the Maldives’ plethora of luxury resorts.

The region currently boasts several underwater restaurants – Hurawalhi claims to have the largest – and there’s a sub-aquatic spa at Huvafen Fushi resort.

Another Maldivian resort, the Conrad Rangali, recently announced the launch of the world’s first Instagram butler service

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