NewsMarch 11, 2021

Lti Maafushivaru Welcomes Maria Bravo – Founder of the Global Gift Foundation

“I’m taken aback by how clean the water that surrounds the island is. I’ve been in many different places like Bora-bora, Greece, Hawaii and other holiday destinations in the world but nothing compares to the Maldivian ocean!” said Maria Bravo during her recent visit to Lti Maafushivaru, shortly after her first awe-inspiring seaplane ride which left her speechless seeing the island gems of the Maldives from above.

Lti Maafushivaru welcomed Maria Bravo over 5 nights after attending a range of philanthropic events in Dubai. For her arrival on Sunday 28 February, the resort management team gathered on the arrival jetty, all wearing the Global Equity Limited Edition Tee in support of the Global Gift Foundation, which was founded by Ms Bravo in 2013. The Global Gift Foundation aims to create a positive impact on the lives of the children, women, and families in need across the world.


Ms Bravo’s story starts in Marbella, Spain; due to her study of business and nature of work; she has lived in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. After several years spent working in the Entertainment Industry producing and acting in Films and Television, Maria decided to use her existing status and business connections to bring forward an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy and impacting positive changes in the world.

Maria has branded some of the highest profile events in the philanthropic world with her celebrity clients that work closely with her. She brings together the worlds of philanthropy, celebrities, and corporations to give financial support and media awareness to fiscally responsible foundations worldwide.

Maria’s daily Instagram stories and posts showcasing the beauty of lti Maafushivaru island highlight how much she enjoyed her idyllic and unique island experiences. Maria also posted an extensive TripAdvisor review declaring how important this kind of holiday is for her, to recharge and disconnect from what is happening in the world, allowing her to bounce back to the new normal with positivity.

During an overview catch-up with the resort’s Marketing Team, Maria congratulated the resort for doing a great job in maintaining the island’s natural beauty while providing impeccable service to all guests and first-class dining experiences. Lti Maafushivaru ranks 1st out of 38 resorts in South Ari Atoll as of today, and currently sits on rank 3rd out of 418 resorts in the Maldives, based on traveller rating on TripAdvisor. Additionally, she mentioned that she felt safe and worry-free throughout her stay, thanks to the resort’s COVID-19 safety guidelines and practices.

Maria plans to initiate the Global Gifters annual gathering location for 2021 to lti Maafushivaru. Global Gifters are people who support the Global Gift Foundation in some a variety of ways, inclusing volunteering, by purchasing a ticket for gala dinner, or by committing to the foundation by becoming members, partners, raising social awareness or connecting the foundation’s mission among their own contact networks. Some notable Global Gifters include Eva Longoria, David and Victoria Beckham, Antonio Banderas, Tony Parker, Goldie Hawn, Deepak Chopra, Terrence Howard, Ronaldo Cristiano, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Ronan Keating, Alec Baldwin and many more.

For 2021, the main objective of the initiative gathering will focus on the ocean, marine life conservation, plastic use reduction and sustainability which Maria considers extremely important to discuss and raise awareness of. Given the different sustainability practices that lti Maafushivaru is implementing in its daily resort operation, alongside the exceptional location of the Maldives in terms of ocean health, the resort is the perfect place to host the annual event. Maria stated that she can’t wait to return and show to her “Global Gifters” all that lti Maafushiravu offers.

For more information about the Global Gift Foundation, please visit the website at