Slinky Ink

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National Tattoo Day today. And the swimsuit attire is a great opportunity to show off all of one’s artistic body ink. If I had a tattoo, I might have to incorporate an Maldives island into it, but if you are short of ideas, then this group of fashionistas has a bounty-ful gallery of possibilities…

  1. Anna Aksyuk (Russia) – Velaa [ABOVE]
  2. Chiara Biasi (Italy) – Halaveli
    Chiara Biasi (Italy) – Halaveli
       
  3. Natashka Makarenko (Belarus) – Cinnamon Dhonveli
    Natashka Makarenko (Belarus) - Cinnamon Dhonveli
      
  4. Ksusha Krasivchik (Russia) – W Maldives
    Ksusha Krasivchik (Russia) - W Maldives
       
  5. Tracy Kiss (United Kingdom) – Kandima
    Tracy Kiss (United Kingdom) - Kandima
        
  6. Anastasiya Kot (Russia) – Kuredu
    Anastasiya Kot (Russia) - Kuredu
       
  7. Kristina Malinovskaya (Russia)
    Kristina Malinovskaya (Russia)
       
  8. Greben Schikova (Russia) – Sun Island
    Greben Schikova (Russia) - Sun Island
       
  9. Giulia Parenza (Italy) – Diffushi
    Giulia Parenza (Italy) - Diffushi
       
  10. Svyatoslava Vladzimirskaya (Russia) – Paradise Island
    Svyatoslava Vladzimirskaya (Russia) - Paradise Island
      
  11. Giada Longo (Italy) – Dhiggiri
    Giada Longo (Italy) – Dhiggiri 2
      
  12. Lexy Roxx (Germany) – Vadoo
    Lexy Roxx (Germany) - Vadoo
       
  13. Giulia Delellis (Italy) – Hurawalhi
    Giulia Delellis (Italy) - Hurawalhi
       
  14. Jamie Genevieve (United Kingdom) – Soneva Jani
    Jamie Genevieve (United Kingdom) - Soneva Jani
       
  15. Inna Zaripova (Russia) – Fihalhohi
    Inna Zaripova (Russia)
       
  16. Cat Kedi (Turkey) – Paradise Island
    Cat Kedi (Turkey) - Paradise Island
       
  17. Cenna (Indonesia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Cenna (Indonesia) - Six Senses Laamu

       
  18. Aleksandra Belousova (Russia) – Angsana Velavaru
    Aleksandra Belousova (Russia) - Angsana Velavaru
       
  19. Laura Fremiot (Italy) – Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa
    Laura Fremiot (Italy) - Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa
      
  20. Natasha Ivanovs (Russia) – Maalifushi
    Natasha Ivanovs (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  21. Paige Rene (USA) – Maalhoss
    Paige Rene (USA) - Maalhoss
       
  22. Bebaa (USA) – Ayada
    Bebaa (USA) - Ayada
       
  23. Samantha Richelle (Philippines) – Hideaway Beach
    Samantha Richelle (Philippines) - Hideaway Beach
       
  24. Valentina Vignali (Italy) – Cocoon
    Valentina Vignali (Italy) - Cocoon
       
  25. Shir Yashar Kritzer (Israel) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
    Shir Yashar Kritzer (Israel) - Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
       
  26. Kukiss (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Kukiss (Russia) - NIYAMA
      
  27. Leyla (Russia) – Club Rannalhi
    Leyla (Russia) - Club Rannalhi
       
  28. Dani Matos (Portugal) – Cinnamon Hakuraa Hura
    Dani Matos (Portugal) - Cinnamon Hakuraa Hura
       
  29. Vera Sidika (Kenya) – Kooddoo
    Vera Sidika (Kenya) – Kooddoo
       
  30. Saskia Reuter (Germany) – Rihiveli Beach
    Saskia Reuter (Germany) - Rihiveli Beach
       
  31. Daria Schmidt (Russia) – Royal Island
    Daria Schmidt (Russia) - Royal Island
       
  32. Athena Silverfox (Netherlands) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Athena Silverfox (Netherlands) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  33. Mari (Austria) – Furaveri
    Mari (Austria) - Furaveri
       
  34. Cherry Preston (Germany)
    Cherry Preston (Germany)
       
  35. Karen El-Khazen (Lebanon) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Karen El-Khazen (Lebanon) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  36. Janet Bitoni (Germany) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
    Janet Bitoni (Germany) - Atmosphere Kanifushi
       
  37. Amanda Fox (Italy) – Vakarufalhi
    Amanda Fox (Italy)
       
  38. Nadia Prikhodko (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Nadia Prikhodko (Russia) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
       
  39. Lera Bukinaa (Russia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Lera Bukinaa (Russia) - Centara Ras Fushi
       
  40. Joey Lim (Malaysia) – W Maldives
    Joey Lim (Malaysia) - W Retreat
       
  41. Alicja Sudakowska (Poland) – Maalifushi
    Alicja Sudakowska (Poland) - Maalifushi
       
  42. Adelina Pestritu (Romania) – Sun Island
    Adelina Pestritu (Romania) - Sun Island
       
  43. Camila Storchi (Brazil) – Sun Island
    Camila Storchi (Brazil) - Sun Island
       
  44. Mercede Fadda (Italy) – Vadoo
    Mercede Fadda (Italy) - Vadoo
       
  45. Yakushevskaya (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Yakushevskaya (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  46. Erika Gassani (Italy) – Alimatha
    Erika Gassani (Italy) - Alimatha
       
  47. Manuela Mosca (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Manuela Mosca (United Kingdom) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  48. Puma (Russia) – Ayada
    Puma (Russia) – Ayada
       
  49. Viktoria Devil (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Viktoria Devil (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  50. Christina Mizi (Germany) – Kuredu
    Christina Mizi (Germany) - Kuredu
       
  51. A. Greys (Russia) – Sun Island
    A Greys (Russia) - Sun Island
       
  52. Mia Dolls (France) – Sun Island
    Mia Dolls (France)
         
  53. Coach Nutty (Thailand) – Velassaru
    Coach Nutty (Thailand) - Velassaru
      
  54. Marlowe Vincent (Australia) – Meedhupparu
    Marlowe Vincent (Australia) - Meedhupparu
       
  55. Kira Eagle (Russia) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    Kira Eagle (Russia) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
      
  56. Nastya (Russia) – Rihiveli Beach
    Nastya (Russia) - Rihiveli Beach
       
  57. Marina Qwerty (Ukraine) – Meeru
    Marina Qwerty (Ukraine) - Meeru
       
  58. Marita Surma (Poland) – Meeru
    Marita Surma (Poland) - Meeru
       
  59. Bewty (Thailand) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Bewty (Thailand) – Centara Ras Fushi
      
  60. Elaine Kimm (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Elaine Kimm (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
       
  61. Polly Kole (Russia) – Millaidhoo
    Polly Kole (Russia) – Millaidhoo
      
  62. Charlie Tighe (USA) – W Maldives
    Charlie Tighe (USA) – W Retreat
      
  63. Adrianne Nicole (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Adrianne Nicole (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
       
  64. Natalya (Russia) – Constance Moofushi
    Natalya (Russia) – Constance Moofushi
      
  65. Sonja Naauao (France) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Sonja Naauao (France) – Centara Ras Fushi  
        
  66. Anna Chernyakhovskaya (Russia) – Maalifushi
    Anna Chernyakhovskaya (Russia) – Maalifushi
       
  67. Bantik Boy (Russia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Bantik Boy (Russia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
       

Pool Sharks

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The very first resort attribute I tracked was whether a property had a pool or not. Despite being surrounded by mill pond aquamarine lagoons, the kids still enjoyed the sand-free and salt-free water of a pool. Hence I created a spreadsheet so I could keep track of which resorts had pools. Back in the 90s, less than half of the resorts had a pool. Now it is rare for a resort not to have pool and many of the rooms have their own private pools. And it’s not just the kids who love them. The adult crowd of fashionistas love a good dip in the pool as todays’ National Swimming Pool Day collection shows:

  1. Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah [ABOVE and BOTTOM Cocoon]
  2. Pamela Reif (Germany) – Vommuli
    Pamela Reif (Germany) – Vommuli
      
  3. Ekaterina Smirnova (Russia)
    Ekaterina Smirnova (Russia)
       
  4. Kate Onyshchenko (Russia) – Sun Island
    Kate Onyshchenko (Russia) - Sun Island
       
  5. Duda Lukyanova (OAE) – Hideaway Beach
    Duda Lukyanova (OAE) - Hideaway Beach
      
  6. Alice Fabbrica (Italy) – Kandima
    Alice Fabbrica (Italy) – Kandima
      
  7. Margarita Lorens (Russia) – Kandooma
    Margarita Lorens (Russia) - Kandooma
      
  8. Svyatoslava Vladzimirskaya (Russia) – Paradise Island
    Svyatoslava Vladzimirskaya (Russia) - Paradise Island
       
  9. Natalie Danish (Ukraine) – Cocoon
    Natalie Danish (Ukraine) - Cocoon
       
  10. Olga ST (Russia) – JA Manafaru
    Olga ST (Russia) – JA Manafaru
       
  11. Ania Szubert (Poland) – Kuramathi
    Ania Szubert (Poland) - Kuramathi
       
  12. Irina (Russia) – Kuredu
    Irina (Russia) – Kuredu
       
  13. Amanda Strachan (Canada) – Milaidhoo
    Amanda Strachan (Canada) - Milaidhoo
       
  14. Emma (Australia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Emma (Australia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  15. Elvira Bar David (Russia) – Constance Halaveli
    Elvira Bar David (Russia) - Constance Halaveli
       
  16. Kristyna Teimerova (Czech) – Furaveri
    Kristyna Teimerova (Czech) - Vilu Reef
       
  17. Nataly Shpakova (Russia) – Vadoo
    Nataly Shpakova (Russia) - Vadoo
       
  18. Vladzimirskaya Svyatoslava (Russia) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Vladzimirskaya Svyatoslava (Russia) - Gili Lankanfushi

       
  19. LeToya Luckett-Walker (USA) – Vommuli
    LeToya Luckett-Walker (USA) - Vommuli
       
  20. Steffanie Roberts (Australia) – Finolhu
    Steffanie Roberts (Australia) - Finolhu
       
  21. Ilenia Lai (Italy) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Ilenia Lai (Italy) - Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
       
  22. Yadi Liang (China) – Angsana Velavaru
    Yadi Liang (China) - Angsana Velavaru
       
  23. Brooke Hil (USA) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Brooke Hil (USA) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
       
  24. Yulia Rybakova (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Yulia Rybakova (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  25. Victoria Lopyreva (Russia) – W Maldives
    Victoria Lopyreva (Russia) – JA Manafaru

  26. Montana Rose Brown (United Kingdom) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Montana Rose Brown (United Kingdom) - Jumeirah Vittaveli
       
  27. Myrtille Revemont (France) – St. Regis Vommuli
    Myrtille Revemont (France) – St. Regis Vommuli 2
       
  28. Adriana Jennings (Australia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Adriana Jennings (Australia) – Ranveli  
       
  29. Belinda Young (Taiwan) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Belinda Young (Taiwan) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
       
  30. Ann Korshun (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Ann Korshun (Russia) – Summer Island
       
  31. Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – NIYAMA
       
  32. Sammi G. (China) – Vilamendhoo
    Sammi G (China) - Vilamendhoo
       
  33. Lily Berry (Australia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Lily Berry (Australia) - Centara Ras Fushi
      
  34. Alana Mamaeva (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Alana Mamaeva (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  35. Est Are (Nigeria) – Kurumba
    Est Are (Nigeria) - Maafushivaru
       
  36. Dasha Sidorova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Dasha Sidorova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  37. Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
        
  38. Ester Evans (Russia) – Constance Halaveli
    Ester Evans (Russia) - Constance Halaveli
       
  39. Rose Huntington-Whiteley (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Rose Huntington-Whiteley (United Kingdom) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
       
  40. Ashley Alexiss (USA) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Ashley Alexiss (USA) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  41. Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
       
  42. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  43. Karen Clifton (USA) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Karen Clifton (USA) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  44. Anna Chibisova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Anna Chibisova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  45. Rym Saidi (Tunisia)
    Rym Saidi (Tunisia)
       
  46. Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazil) – ShangriLa Vilingili
    Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazil) - Shangri-La Vilingili – GQ Brasil
       
  47. Julia Adasheva (Russia) – Taj Exotica
    Julia Adasheva (Russia) – Taj Exotica
       
  48. Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
       
  49. Annette Rian Skjølberg (Norway) – Anantara Dhigu
    Annette Rian Skjølberg (Norway) – Anantara Dhigu
       
  50. Silje Alice (Norway) – Anantara Dhigu
    Silje Alice (Norway) - Anantara Dhigu
       
  51. Laura Muljadi (Indonesia) – Velaa
    Laura Muljadi (Indonesia) – Velaa
       
  52. Jessica Lee Buchanan (South Africa) – NIYAMA
    Jessica Lee Buchanan (South Africa) – NIYAMA
       
  53. Marvel Mayu (Japan) – Amari Havodda
    Marvel Mayu (Japan) - Amari Havodda
       
  54. Perrie Edwards (United Kingdom) – The Residence
    Perrie Edwards (United Kingdom) – The Residence
       
  55. Natalie Morris (USA) – Velassaru
    Natalie Morris (USA) – Velassaru
       
  56. Wang Likun (China) – LUX Maldives
    Wang Likun (China) – LUX Maldives
       
  57. Giulia Andrea Gaudino (Italy) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Giulia Andrea Gaudino (Italy) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
       
  58. Yuliya Sazh (Ukraine) – Lily Beach
    Yuliya Sazh (Ukraine) – Lily Beach
        
  59. Jennifer Trinh (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Jennifer Trinh (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  60. Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
    Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
       
  61. Mandira Bedi (India) – Hideaway Beach
    Mandira Bedi (India) – Hideaway Beach
       
  62. Raica Oliveira (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Raica Oliveira (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
       
  63. Yanita Yancheva (Bulgaria) – Anantara Veli
    Yanita Yancheva (Bulgaria) – Anantara Veli
       
  64. Margo Bushueva (Russian) – Ayada
    Margo Bushueva (Russian) – Ayada
       
  65. Palbunky (Australia) – Conrad Rangali
    Palbunky (Australia) – Conrad Rangali
      
  66. Enikő Mahilik (Hungary) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Enikő Mahilik (Hungary) – Gili Lankanfushi
       
  67. Innessa Dudakova (Austria) – Constance Halaveli
    Innessa Dudakova (Austria) – Constance Halaveli
       
  68. Elle (Australia) – W Maldives
    Elle (Australia) – W Retreat
       
  69. Ann-Katrin Vida (Germany) – Coco Bodu Hithi
    Ann-Katrin Vida (Germany) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
      
  70. Patricia Panigoro (Indonesia) – Velaa
    Patricia Panigoro (Indonesia) – Velaa
       
  71. Mind Napasasi (Thailand) – Vadoo
    Mind Napasasi (Thailand) – Vadoo
          

    

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Sharing Daily…It’s Worth It

Seth Godin - maldives beach

Happy Birthday to Seth Godin. Seth is of my inspirations to the wide range of blogging that I do, the most prominent of which is Maldives Complete here. These days you can’t swing a palm frond without hitting a blogger (especially in the Maldives), but when I started in 2009, the whole medium was quite novel. Seth was one of the first to embrace and extoll the platform and provided lots of tip and insights both explicitly and through example of his own work.

  • This is post 7,000” – “The secret to writing a daily blog is to write every day. And to queue it up and blog it. There is no other secret…The discipline of sharing something daily is priceless. Sometimes there are typos. I hope that they’re rare and I try to fix them. Over time, the blog adds up. People remember a blog post a year after I wrote it. Or they begin a practice, take an action, make a connection, something that grows over time. The blog resonates with people in so many fields, it’s thrilling to see how it can provoke positive action. It’s true that I’d write this blog even if no one read it, but I want to thank you for reading it, for being here day after day. It’s more fun that way.”
  • Susdat” – “Writer’s block is a myth, a recent invention, a cultural malady. More important than the output, though, is the act itself. The act of doing it every day. When you commit to a practice, you will certainly have days when you don’t feel like it, when you believe it’s not your best work, when the muse deserts you. But, when you keep your commitment, the muse returns. When you keep your commitment, the work happens. It doesn’t matter if anyone reads it, buys it, sponsors it or shares it. It matters that you show up. Show up, sit down and type.”
  • Gaztelugatxe – “There’s an island off the coast of Spain that houses a church. The church has 230 steps to the top, and it’s said that it’s worth the climb. What a great expression. Gaztelugatxe can now mean, ‘it’s a lot of steps, but worth it.’ The opposite of fast and easy but worthless.”

The first two posts referenced above talk about ‘daily practice’ and while I may not post every day, I would say that I do something on Maldives Complete every day – respond to emails, update date, investigate leads, research pieces, etc.  His thoughts help to express the answer to the 2nd most frequently asked question that I get (the first being “What is the best resort”), and that is “Why do you do Maldives Complete?”.

Piscine Pelotons

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The sub-aquatic landscape of the Maldives is also filled with its own photogenic teams of sporty packs in a daily Tour de Fish forming colourful underwater tapestries (thanks Verena)…

  1. Blue Striped Snappers
    Fish - Yellow Striped Snappers
        
  2. Fusilier
    Fish - Glass Fish
       

  3. Moorish Idol
    Fish - Moorish Idol
      

  4. Yellow Sweepers
    Fish - Yellow Sweepers
       

  5. Orange Anthias
    Fish - Orange Anthia
       

  6. Convict Surgeonfish
    Fish - Convict Surgeonfish
       

  7. Oriental Sweetlips
    Fish - Oriental Sweetlips
        

  8. Humpback Snapper
    Fish - Humpback Snapper
       

  9. Gold Spot Emperor
    Fish - Gold Spot Emperor
        

  10. Humbug Dascyllus
    Fish - Humbug Damsel Fish
       

  11. Yellow-fin Surgeonfish
    Fish - Yellow Fin Surgeonfish
       

Tour de Maldives

The biggest sporting event in terms of live spectators starts today. No, not the World Cup (which is biggest sporting event in the world in terms of television viewers). The Tour de France. And the near daily “Tour de Maldives” has a comparably large peloton. Though nearly all Maldives resorts don’t have paved surfaces for proper road cycling. But they do have jetties which it turns out is just as popular a Kodak photo spot as any for the Team Fashionista…

  1. Liz Hurley (United Kingdom) – Velaa [ABOVE]
  2. Ksy Reva (Russia) – Canareef
    Ksy Reva (Russia) - Canareef
        
  3. Ekaterina Kame (Russia) – Amilla Fushi
    Ekaterina Kame (Russia) - Conrad Rangali
        
  4. Tiger Lily (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Tiger Lily (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  5. Alice Fabbrica (Italy) – Kandima
    Alice Fabbrica (Italy) – Kandima
       
  6. Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  7. Patricia Bright (United Kingdom) – Soneva Jani
    Patricia Bright (United Kingdom) - Conrad Ranga  

       
  8. Julia Levchenko (Russia) – Velaa
    Julia Levchenko (Russia) - Velaa
      
  9. Kate Onyshchenko (Russia) – Paradise Island
    Kate Onyshchenko (Russia) - Paradise Island
       
  10. Alena Yurzina (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Alena Yurzina (Russia) - NIYAMA
      
  11. Julia Matvienko (Russia) – Amilla Fushi
    Julia Matvienko (Russia) - Amilla Fushi
      
  12. Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Anantarah Kihavah Villas
    Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
      
  13. Marina Comes (United Kingdom) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Marina Comes (United Kingdom) - Gili Lankanfushi
      
  14. Ann Korshun (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Ann Korshun (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  15. Belen Hostalet (Spain) – Ayada
    Belen Hostalet (Spain) - Vommuli
      
  16. Hildegunn Taipale (Norway) – Soneva Jani
    Hildegunn Taipale (Norway) - Soneva Jani
       
  17. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi 2
      
  18. Aggie Lal (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Aggie Lal (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
     
  19. Mary Muravieva, Iraida and Albina (Russia) – Meedhupparu
    Mary Muravieva, Iraida and Albina (Russia) – Meedhupparu 2
      
  20. Bridget Bahl and Caroline Einhoff (USA / Germany) – ShangriLa Villingili
    Bridget Bahl and Caroline Einhoff (USA - Germany) – Shangri-La Villingili
      
  21. Vanessa Midori (Japan) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Vanessa Midori (Japan) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
        
  22. Nataly Osmann (Russia) – Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah
    Nataly Osmann (Russia) - Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah

        
  23. Camila Carril (Brazil) – Six Senses Laamu
    Camila Carril (Brazil) - Six Senses Laamu

        
  24. Fiorella Mattheis (Brazil) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Fiorella Mattheis (Brazil) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
      
  25. Miriam Rod (Iran) – Ayada
    Miriam Rod (Iran) – JA Manafaru 2

       
  26. Coco Airi (Japan) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Coco Airi (Japan) - Gili Lankanfushi
      
  27. Nika Shatova (Russia) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Nika Shatova (Russia) - Shangri-La Vilingili
      
  28. Chloe Kahn (United Kingdom) – Dusit Thani
    Chloe Kahn (United Kingdom) - Dusit Thani
      
  29. Milana Koroleva (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
    Milana Koroleva (Russia) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
      
  30. Anella Miller and Sveta Bilyalova (Russia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Anella Miller and Sveta Bilyalova(Russia) - Medhufushi
      
  31. Karidad (Philippines) – Paradise Island
    Karidad (Philippines) - Paradise Island
       
  32. Jane Konsol (Lebanon) – Sun Island
    Jane Konsol (Lebanon) - Sun Island
      
  33. Ekaterina Ilina (Russia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Ekaterina Ilina (Russia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  34. Koi Ling (Hong Kong) – Conrad Rangali
    Koi Ling (Hong Kong) - Conrad Rangali
      
  35. Figen Faic (Turkey) – Sun Island
    Figen Faic (Turkey) - Sun Island
      
  36. Mindy The Lion (Canada) – Amilla Fushi
    Mindy The Lion (Canada) - Baros
     
  37. Denise Mak (Canada) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Denise Mak (Canada) - Gili Lankanfushi
      
  38. Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) – NIYAMA
    Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) - Conrad Rangali
      
  39. Irena Kozachenko (Ukraine) – Six Senses Laamu
    Irena Kozachenko (Ukraine) - Six Senses Laamu
      
  40. Zana Pali (Australia) – Shangri-La Villingilli
    Zana Pali (Australia) - Six Senses Laamu

        
  41. Taise Dias (Brazil) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Taise Dias (Brazil) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
      
  42. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – NIYAMA
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru
      
  43. Juju Norremose (Brazil) – NIYAMA
    Juju Norremose (Brazil) - NIYAMA
      
  44. Carol Magalhães (Brazil) – Maalifushi
    Carol Magalhães (Brazil) - Maalifushi
      
  45. Valentina Miletic (Croatia) – Maalifushi
    Valentina Miletic (Croatia) - Maalifushi
       
  46. Alyssa Ramos (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Alyssa Ramos (USA) - Shangri-La Vilingili
       
  47. Mirijam (Germany) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Mirijam (Germany) – One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  48. Tori Zats (Ukraine) – NIYAMA
    Tori Zats (Ukraine) – NIYAMA
       
  49. Jenia Shtefan (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Jenia Shtefan (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
       
  50. Lucy LK (OAE) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Lucy LK (OAE) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
       
  51. Greta Rose Evans (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Greta Rose Evans (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
       
  52. Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Shangri-La Villingilli
    Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
       
  53. Miriam Rod (Iran) – JA Manafaru
    Miriam Rod (Iran) – JA Manafaru
       
  54. Chelsea Yamase (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Chelsea Yamase (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
     
  55. Ekaterina Goroshko (Russia) – The Residence
    Ekaterina (Russia) – The Residence
        
  56. Helen Owen (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Helen Owen (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
      
  57. Anna Giaz (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Anna Giaz (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  58. Oxana K (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Oxana K (Russia) – NIYAMA

  59. Yuliao Braztsova (Russia) – Velaa
    Yuliao Braztsova (Russia) – Velaa
      

Best of the Maldives: Family Reviews – Anantara Dhigu

TA family reviews

Even with nearly 100 stays in the Maldives, my knowledge of the destination pales in comparison of the travel community whose aggregate experience is many orders of magnitude larger. A while back I did some crude attempts data mining the great store of insight in TripAdvisor reviews and Forum about the resorts most frequently suggested by Destination Experts as well as the resorts most frequently asked about. Those posts are a bit out of date now, but it was still a curious exercise. Now DE’s Stu and Nikki have done their own investigation into the stars of the family properties in the Maldives. They measured the number of reviews that were tagged as “Family” stays as an indicator of popularity for various resorts in the family segment. The results can be found above (with a link to the original document). Not surprisingly, the bottom group is comprised largely of the “Adults Only” (or “Children Restricted”) resorts.

  

Stars With Stripes

Samantha Hoopes (USA) – Gili Lankanfushi

Happy Birthday USA! Americans today will be celebrating with hot dogs, fireworks and of course a parade of stars and stripes. In the Maldives, the old Red, White and Blue is paraded by the fashionista regiment all year round…

  1. Samantha Hoopes (USA) – Gili Lankanfushi [ABOVE]
  2. Lilia Gjerstad (Norway) – Sun Siyma Irufushi
    Lilia Gjerstad (Norway) – Sun Siyma Irufushi
      
  3. Jemmy Real (Hong Kong) –AaaVeee
    Jemmy Real (Hong Kong) –AaaVeee

        
  4. DP (USA)
    DP (USA)
       
  5. Yuko Arakawa (Japan) – Embudu
    Yuko Arakawa (Japan) - Embudu
       
  6. Kseniia Kochenkova (Greece) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Kseniia Kochenkova (Greece) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  7. Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
    Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
       
  8. Keyana Strand (USA) – Reethi Faru
    Keyana Strand (USA) - Reethi Faru

      
  9. Emma (USA) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Emma (USA) – Centara Ras Fushi 2

        
  10. Anna Chibisova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Anna Chibisova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  11. Kristina Malinovskaya (Russia)
    Kristina Malinovskaya (Russia)
      
  12. Hannah Le (Japan) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Centara Ras Fushi

Best of the Maldives: Cinema Pillows – Finolhu

Finolhu - cinema seating

“Stay Out of the Sun Day” today! It was established to encourage everyone to give our skin a break from the sun’s ray. If you are going to sequester yourself inside today, then you might as well be as comfy as lying on the soft white sands of the beach or a cushy lilo. Something like the giant Fatboy cushions at Finolhu’s cinema room. We have a cinema room at home and one of the best parts is being able to enjoy a blockbuster is lounging in consummate comfort while doing so. So you can tune into your favourite tropical island flick like “Swiss Family Robinson” or “Castaway” and enjoy all of the tropical scenery completely out of the sun.

Finolhu - cinema cushions

Best of the Maldives: Postcard Service – One & Only Reethi Rah

One and Only Reethi Rah postcards

One of my pet peeves when I visit a resort is if they don’t have postcards that show the resort. Postcards might seem a bit of a throwback, but we still send them to family who enjoy getting a real thing from our worldwide destinations. Aside from simply finding a good card of where you are, you can also run into a bit of kafuffle finding stamps and even a box to post them in (though all resorts will take them and post them), One & Only Reethi Rah does it all for you they provide fine postcards of the resort for you in your room *and* once you write them, they wil stamp and post them for you. Wish I was there!