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The #VillaDrawingChallenge Winner

Villa hotels and resorts are delighted to announce the winner of their 'Villa Drawings Challenge' Instagram competition. Ranny Albuquerque has won the prize of a luxury holiday to Paradise Island for two people, staying in a Beach Villa, including breakfast for four nights with speed boat transfer.

The competition was introduced across each of the Villa Hotels & Resorts Instagram channels back at the beginning of April to interact with audiences at home and to provide them with a positive, creative task during these difficult and challenging times. The response from entrants was overwhelming, and the time, patience and talent were much inspiring. Over 120 participants took part in submitting their artwork, and these can all be seen on the hashtag #VillaDrawingChallenge on Instagram.

The judges chose ten finalists from the entrants' artwork, and their choices were based on the island experience or feature the artwork portrayed, as well as the technique, combination of colours, emotion created, medium used, and overall sense of place established. The top ten finalists then had their artwork shared on the 'Villa Hotels' Instagram page, and audiences were asked to vote by liking their favourite image. Ranny Albuquerque's sketch drawing of Sun Island won with an impressive total of 1,555 likes and an astounding 345 comments.

Villa Hotels & Resorts also generously offered a second and third prize to boost further the engagement of the competition to two lucky individuals who voted for their favourite image. These individuals were chosen at random and have won a 'two nights on half board stay at a Villa resort of their choice'.

In referring to the participants of the Challenge, Sana Qasim, Director, of the Villa Hotels and Resorts said:
"Thank you, everyone, who took the time to participate in this challenge. Your love and passion poured into the entries are incredible. I am profoundly touched by some of the drawings that brought back my fond memories of our resorts. Each entry avidly depicts a participant's unforgettable experience, reminding of a fabulous time on one of our gorgeous Maldivian resorts. As we remain home due to Covid-19, my thoughts are on a brighter future when we can travel again with our loved ones. That future will meet us soon, and you can visit us again. Tell us about your dreams; our resorts await you, to colour your dreams with the most memorable holiday in the Maldives."

Villa Hotels & Resorts much look forward to welcoming each of the winners to enjoy a unique dream holiday to the Maldives and hope that this competition has given them and all who took part, some positive relief and joy during these unprecedented times.