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Saturday 1 February 2020

Win a luxury holiday to the Maldives!

Closing Date: Sunday September 22 2019

Win a luxury holiday to the Maldives!
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Be in with a chance to win a holiday of a lifetime: A seven-night holiday in the Maldives for two, staying at two of the prestigious Coco Collection resorts, Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kohlu, including a pair of business class flights with ‘World’s Best Airline’ Qatar Airways.

Coco Palm Dhuni Kohlu

Arrive by seaplane and spend 4 nights of this magical trip in the Coco Palm Dhuni Kohlu. Dhuni Kolhu lies in the stunning southern waters of the Baa Atoll. The 30-minute journey by seaplane from Malé International Airport gives guests a stunning start to their holiday – a bird’s eye view of the azure lagoons and curling atolls. It’s a taste of the natural reality that comes with your Maldives vacation. As you land, you are entering one of the world’s essential havens – a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve and home to incredible marine life and reefs.

Coco Bodu Hithi

Arrive by speedboat and spend 3 nights in Coco Bodu Hithi. Bodu Hithi Island, in North Malé Atoll, is a beautiful Maldivian resort. The rhythm of life here is serene. The essential tropical mood stimulates and refreshes the senses, and the mystery of the House Reef meets the open elegance of pristine palm-fringed beaches.

Qatar Airways

A multiple award-winning airline, flying to over 160 destinations worldwide, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.

Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.

To enter, complete form below along with the unique code found in the Sunday Independent on September 15th and 22nd.

Terms & Conditions

By entering this competition, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions and consent to your data being managed in accordance with our Privacy Statement.

Prize Specific Terms and Conditions:
  1. The competition is to win a 7-night trip for two to the Maldives.Prize includes 2 return business class flights to Maldives from Dublin Airport, via Doha, with Qatar Airways.4 nights in Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, and 3 nights in Coco Bodu Hithi. Seaplane/Domestic transfer from Malé International Airport– Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu – Malé International Airport. Speedboat transfers from Malé International Airport – Coco Bodu Hithi – Malé. Half Board basis at the buffet restaurants.

  2. To enter the competition, fill in your details on this online form.

  3. The competition runs from September 15th to 22nd until 11.59pm.

  4. Winner will be notified by phone/email and details will be passed on to Qatar Airways Promotions to arrange your prize.

COCO Collection Terms:

  1. Travel Period – 15 May 2020 – 30 November 2020.

  2. Supplements – High/peak season surcharge should they wish to travel outside of this period. All Inclusive supplement should they wish to upgrades.

Qatar Airways Terms:

  1. Flights are booked in a prize-winner category and all seats are subject to availability within that category.

  2. Taxes and surcharged included.

  3. Blackout dates are peak travel times such as Christmas, Easter, and school holidays. Please review available dates at time of booking.

  4. This prize is to be booked between the 15th March 2020 and 31st August 2020. After this date the prize is no longer valid and the ticket cannot be extended.

  5. Travel must be completed within three months form the date the ticket is booked. Latest date for return travel is 30th November 2020. Please note that we will not be able to extend this date.

  6. Prize tickets must be booked together for travel on the same flights.

  7. Prize tickets apply only to Qatar Airways flights originating from Dublin – alliances, partners, and franchise routes are not included.

  8. Ticket to be issued in the winner’s names only.

  9. Once tickets are issued, no changes are permitted.

  10. Entrants must live in either the Republic of Ireland and be over 18 years of age.

  11. The competition is not open to employees of INM or Qatar Airways.

Generic Terms and conditions

  1. The promoters are Independent News and Media Public Limited Company, 27-32 Talbot St, Dublin 1 (“INM”). 

  2. By entering, all eligible entrants agree to abide by each and all these terms and conditions.  The entry form will be part of the overall terms and conditions. Misrepresentative or fraudulent entries will invalidate an entry.  Where a competition involves a voting process: offering or receiving any incentive for voting is not permitted and will invalidate the vote, and may disqualify the recipient of the vote.  INM reserves the right, with or without cause, to exclude entrants and withhold prizes for violating any of these terms and conditions.  INM reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions.  Any amendments will be published on the website.

  3. Promotion is open to anybody over 18 years of age.  INM reserves the right to request written proof of age from the winner.

  4. Employees and agents of INM or any company connected with the promotion or any of INM’s associated companies are not eligible to take part in the applicable competition, nor are their immediate family members. For these purposes an "immediate family member" includes a spouse, partner, child, step child, grandchild, brother, step brother, sister, step sister, parent, step parent or legal guardian.

  5. Each entrant can enter an email address once only.

  6. Only one name is permitted on the application form  and any winnings will be allocated to the person named on the entry form. Persons may enter as often as they wish provided that each entry is on an official entry form found in printed newspaper.

  7. Photocopies of the application form will not be accepted, or entry forms sent to any address other than that stated on the entry form or entry forms sent by fax or e-mail will not be entitled to participate in the promotion. Incomplete, illegible or late applications will not be accepted. Entry forms on which more than one person’s name appears will not be accepted.

  8. Use of a false email, name or address by an entrant will disqualify them from receiving any prize.

  9. The competition winning entry will be selected in a draw by an independent judge.  The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence or communication will be entered into. Winner (s) will be contacted by email or telephone. Other print entries will be immediately destroyed once winner has been chosen.

  10. In the case of conflict between these rules and such specific directions/terms and conditions, these rules shall prevail.  By participating in this competition, you are deemed to accept these rules and the specific directions/terms and conditions applicable to the individual prizes, as specified above.

  11. Failure to claim a prize within 7 days will make any claim invalid.  Prizes not claimed within the specified time limit will be deemed to have been forfeited and may be disposed of by INM without any liability to the winner.  

  12. No responsibility is accepted for entries damaged, lost or mislaid and proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of delivery.  No entries will be accepted by agents, in bulk or from third parties.

  13. Winners will be notified within 20 days of the relevant closing date by email, phone or post. Names of winners of major promotions are available on https://competitions.independent.ie/winners.

  14. INM will endeavour to deliver all prizes within 14 days of winning.  Where this is not possible the winner will be notified of the delay by INM.

  15. Any additional costs and expenses incurred by the prize winner are to be the responsibility of the prize winner.

  16. Unless otherwise stated, all taxes, insurances, fees and surcharges are to be the sole responsibility of the prize winner.

  17. The determination and decision of INM on all matters shall be final and no competition correspondence will be entered into. INM reserve the right in their reasonable discretion: (a) to disqualify any claimant, competitor or nominee whose conduct is contrary to the spirit of the rules or the intention of the promotion and to declare as void any or all of their claims or entries based on such conduct; (b) to declare as void any claims or entries resulting from any printing, production and/or distribution errors (including but not limited to any error(s) in the magazine, this website, and/or other printed materials, or where there has been error(s) in any aspect of the preparation for or conduct of the promotion materially affecting the result of the promotion or the number of claimants or the value of claims; (c) to add to or to waive any rules on reasonable notice; and/or (d) to cancel the promotion or any part of it at any stage in the event of circumstances beyond INM’s reasonable control.

  18. Prizes are non-transferable and may not be re-sold.  All prizes, including holiday dates, are subject to availability.  If a prize is unavailable due to circumstances out of INM’s control, INM will take all reasonable steps to substitute the prize with a suitable alternative.  No cash alternative will be awarded in lieu of stated prize(s).

  19. INM accepts no responsibility for the supply, non-supply, purported non-supply or delay in supply of prizes to be provided by a third party including, without limitation, failure of the prize winner to receive ownership of the prize.  Prize winners are responsible for booking and/or completing other formalities directly with the specified third party.

  20. The promotion may also be declared void should a printing or production error in connection with the competition appear in the magazine or on this website.

  21. Entrants acknowledge and accept that publicity may be given to competition winners and winners’ names and images may be published on Independent.ie website, social media channels and other website(s) relating to the promotion. Winners must co-operate fully for publicity purposes if so required.

  22. All entrants agree not to engage in any interviews or make any statements in connection with or arising from the competition without the written consent of INM.

  23. INM reserves the right to publish entries (including parts of entries) other than the winning entry and publication does not necessarily mean the entrant has won a prize.

  24. All competition entrants can opt-in to marketing materials or newsletters by ticking the appropriate box(es) on the entry form. If entrant opts in to marketing for Qatar Airways, your details will be shared with Qatar Airways and/or COCO Collection in accordance with their privacy policy.

  25. INM will not be liable for technical, hardware, or software failures of any kind or lost or unavailable network connections that may limit or prohibit an eligible entrant’s ability to participate in the competition.  Other than death or personal injury arising from the acts or omissions of INM or its employees, INM will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the winner’s (or their guest’s) enjoyment of the prize.

  26. INM reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend a competition and/or vary competition rules at any time without prior notice.