Best of the Maldives: Round Glass Bottom Sink – Dhawa Ihuru

Dhawa  Ihuru - glass bottom sink

I love a creative sink. We are in the midst of remodelling our current house and looking at fun sink designs. Our previous home had glass sinks in the master bath, but I was especially enchanted by Dhawa Ihuru’s “glass bottom” sinks. I had come across one before, but I liked this one so much as well that I decided to give it a post distinguished (perhaps somewhat trivially) by its shape. With all sorts of glass bottom boats, canoes, floats, etc in the water sports centers, it seems only fitting to have a glass-bottom in the water closet.

Best of the Maldives: Accessible Public Toilets – Amilla Maldives

Amilla - accessible toiler

Another entry in the expansive catalogue of accessibility innovations by Amilla Maldives, this one applying one of their villa innovations to their public amenities:

  • “Our restaurant area guest washrooms are accessible by a playful “fish ramp” and we are currently building a second block which will feature a “whale shark” ramp. Adding to our desire to integrate accessibility into something special.”

Best of the Maldives: Convenient Kids Club – Cora Cora

Cora Cora - accessible kids club

Anyone taking their children on a holiday in the Maldives (which is an ever increasing number) is certainly keen on sharing their company. But sometimes kids want a break from the parents and visa-versa. Most of the time, the resort kids clubs are tucked away in some remote section of the island interior, but Cora Cora has positioned its kids club right in the center of the action. The club has its own water view (which only a few other kids clubs have). It is near the pool, reception and several restaurants so close to where the parents might be hanging out (“Adults Club”?) savouring a cocktail or lounging by the pool. It is easy for the anxious parents to pop over to check in on the children, or for the kids club staff to get the parents if they are needed. And it is easy for anxious children to be comforted by the notion that mom and dad are “just over there”.

Best of the Maldives: Mangrove Lakes – Soneva Jani

Soneva Jani - mangrove lakes 1

The Maldives is renowned as a water wonderland of immersed in the ocean surroundings. Despite having nearly 100 times more water than land, the land also features a number of inland water bodies. If you are interested in interior waterfront, Noonu Atoll is the place for them. Inhabited island Kendhikulhudhoo boasts the largest lake in the Maldives. And among the resort islands, Soneva Jani has 3 mangrove lakes. They are not only a distinctive site for human guests, but also are particularly appealing to all the various birds in the destination.

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Best of the Maldives: Eco-Cleaning – Amilla

Amilla - eco cleaning

Choice of ingredients and packaging is the first line of attack in saving the environment. The mantra “Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle” is intended in that order or priority. Reducing consumption of the things that harm the environment has the biggest impact in sustaining it. These changes can go all the way to the backroom considerations of the cleaning products a property uses. Amilla Maldives has adopted the appropriately named Ocean Saver for its domestic needs:

  • Just drop one of our plant based, non toxic EcoDrops into an empty bottle filled with tap water and shake! No fuss, no mess and zero plastic waste.

For a cleaner conscience.

Best of the Maldives: Mosquito Control – Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi - mosquito control

The most common response to the question of “which species on the planet would you like to get rid of” is “mosquitos”. The are a very problematic creature transmitting many (sometimes deadly) diseases while very few species depend on eating them. I’ve never experienced many “mossies” during my many stays, but the tropical environments are common breeding grounds for them, visitors sometimes get bothered by them and the country has had reports of dengue fever in the past.

A typical measure is fumigation which some resorts do in the late afternoon and early evening, but this process can be noisy and irritating as well as contain troublesome chemicals. As CNN reports in its article “A paradise island vacation with no mosquito bites – and no chemicals”, Soneva Fushi has introduced an innovative technology to keep the numbers down in the least intrusive and more environmentally friendly way:

  • |Soneva first employed the Biogents system in 2019, using two different types of traps – more than 500 in total positioned around the island. The first type, called the BG-GAT, is a passive trap meant for tiger mosquitoes that have already bitten someone and are searching for a place to lay eggs, according to Oines. The second type, the BG-Mosquitaire CO2, is meant to attract mosquitoes searching for blood, which it does by using carbon dioxide created through yeast and sugar fermentation, plus lactic acid, which mimics human skin. Beyond just using the traps, the resort has educated staffers on mosquito ecology. Now, the Soneva team does inspections of the property to identify and reduce things like tarps, fallen coconut shells and anything else that could hold stagnant water, which is necessary for the bugs to breed… The resort said it recorded a dramatic decrease in the island’s mosquito population by upwards of 98% in the first year.

Best of the Maldives: Herbal Compression Workshop – Cora Cora

Cora Cora - herbal compression workshop 1

Sometimes “BestOfs” are doubly good. I have not only not seen “herbal compression” treatments at a spa, but I have certainly not seen a workshop that teaches you who to make your own. But Cora Cora has put these together is a distinctively creative wellness experience. The herbal compresses are heated in a special steamer and then the warm herb compress is then applied (either directly to skin or through thin pyjamas) during a massage. The compress itself is made of a collectin of herbs wrapped tightly in a thin muslin or cotton cloth.

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Best of the Maldives: Tattoos – NIYAMA

NIYAMA - tattoos

Maldives leaves a permanent impression on any visitor. And if you want to commemorate that memory just as indelibly, NIYAMA offers its own tattoo artist.

  • “Get inked in a unique and artistic way by our resident tattoo artist Dui aka Jabb from Thailand. His strengths lie in minimalistic tattoos, realistic tattoos, and tattoo touch-ups.”

This is one case where is dolphin tattoo is completely acceptable.

Best of the Maldives: Largest Sand Sculptures – Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Sun Siyam Iru Veli - sand sculptures

Growing up in a beach town (Ipswich, Massachusetts) that features a famous sand-castle contest (which we entered one year building a scene from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”), I love a bit of creative sand construction. With this post, I’ve added a new tag for “Sand Sculpture”, and these creations Sun Siyam Iru Fushi are literally the biggest yet. In fact, the biggest in the world.

  • “Renowned sand artist Nathaniel Alapide, Guinness World Record holder of the largest sand image, astounded guests with his latest masterpiece created at the breathtaking Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. Alapide, known for his intricate and mesmerizing sand art creations.”

Drone-shot Insta-ready as well…

Sun Siyam Iru Veli - sand sculpture 2