Guide to Hammocks in the Maldives

Chill out in a hammock on the beach and enjoy the pleasure of sharing this special moment together

Hammocks come in a variety of styles and settings with the tropical paradise of the Maldives showcasing them all. Here is a Maldives Complete catalogue so you can find the hammock that’s right for your midday snooze swaying in the ocean breezes (partly inspired by Sakis post “The Art of Doing Nothing” which features a more artistic collection including #5 below)

  1. Classic HammockConrad Rangali Maldives [ABOVE]
  2. Traditional Maldivian Hammock SeatBandos
    Hammock - traditional Maldivian
  3. Woven – Baros
    Hammock - woven
  4. Cloth W Retreat
    Hammock - colourful
  5. SingleCocoa Island (thanks Paola)
    Hammock - single

  6. Canopy Beach Hammock
    Hammock - canopy beach hammock
  7. Beach Stand – Six Senses Laamu
    Hammock - beach stand
  8. Over Water HammockAnantara Dhigu
    Hammock - over water
  9. Shaded Over Water HammockTaj Exotica
    Hammock - shaded over water (2)
  10. Floating HammockConstance Halaveli
    Hammock - floating
  11. Water Villa Deck HammockVelassaru
    Hammock - water villa deck
  12. Pool-Side HammockThe Residence
    Hammock - pool side
  13. Trampoline Style HammockAngsana Velavaru
    Hammock - water villa trampoline
  14. Fish Net HammockOne & Only Reethi Rah
    Hammock - water villa fish net
  15. Pool Canopy HammockNIYAMA
    Hammock - pool canopy

Hammock Hamlet

anon - Shangri-La Villingili

If 3 hammocks isn’t enough for you, how about eight times that number?  When you think of that iconic, tropical deserted island image – a plot of sand with a palm tree – the very next step up in island category is the two palm version.  Just enough to suspend a hammock swaying in the ocean breeze.  And few people appreciate a lazy hammock than the Maldives fashionista set…

  1. Tridha Choudhury (India) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Tridha Choudhury (India) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  2. Mali Kosinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Mali Kosinska (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  3. Erica Mena (USA) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Erica Mena (USA) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  4. Tia Lineker (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Tia Lineker (United Kingdom) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  5. Goldie Berlin (Germany) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Goldie Berlin (Germany) - Gili Lankanfushi
  6. Shanti Griffin (Australia) – Nika
    Shanti Griffin (Australia) - Nika
  7. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) - Hurawalhi
  8. Aggie Lal (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Aggie Lal (USA) - Six Senses Laamu
  9. Mary Alejo (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
    Mary Alejo (USA) - Anantara Dhigu
  10. S. Teodosieva (Russia) – Nika
    S Teodosieva  (Russia) - Nika
  11. Yana Leventseva (Thailand) – Royal
    Yana Leventseva (Thailand) - Royal
  12. Olga ST (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Olga ST (Russia) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
  13. Eryn Krouse (USA) – Club Med Mani
    Eryn Krouse (USA) - Club Med Mani
  14. Melissa Celestine Koh (Singapore) – W Maldives
    Melissa Celestine Koh (Singapore) - W Retreat
  15. Anastasia (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Anastasia (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
  16. Jennifer Lopez (USA) – Velaa
    Jennifer Lopez (USA) - Velaa
  17. Tatiana Vasilieva (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Tatiana Vasilieva (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
  18. Kira Maryanova (Russia) – Vilu Reef
    Kira Maryanova (Russia) - Vilu Reef
  19. Lindsay Silberman (USA) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Lindsay Silberman (USA) - Gili Lankanfushi
  20. Athena Silverfox (Netherlands) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Athena Silverfox (Netherlands) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  21. Boriana Dimitrova (Bulgaria) – Anantara Dhigu
    Boriana Dimitrova (Bulgaria) - Anantara Dhigu
  22. Hester Winkel (Netherlands) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Hester Winkel (Netherlands) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  23. Park Shin-hye (South Korea) – Soneva Jani
    Park Shin-hye (South Korea) - Soneva Jani

Best of the Maldives: Beach Rugby Pitch – Cinnamon Hakura Huraa

Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa - beach rugby pitch

Six Nations might have concluded this weekend, but you can carry on your place kicks in paradise at Cinnamon Hakuraa Hura. They not only have one of the only rugby pitches, complete with regulation goal posts and boundary line, but it is also set on the beach beside Hakuraa Hura’s expansive lagoon. The Sri Lankan run resort has a number of Sri Lankan staff you play regularly if you are looking to join in a seaside scrum.

Best of the Maldives: Rugged Workout – Finolhu

Finolhu - fitness

It’s not just celebrities who face gruelling challenges, whether for reality TV or just their own Instagram feed (check out Sophie Turner battling her own thorny game below). If you want to steel up your fitness for any challenge life throws at you, Finolhu offers not only a complete training course facility, but also their own star trainer to help you out:

  • “Finolhu has partnered with the renowned UFC GYM, the elite fitness concept from global phenomenon Ultimate Fighting Championship®. A UFC GYM Master Trainer will be based on island at Finolhu’s The Cove Club from October 1, offering a blend of traditional workout facilities and mixed martial arts to enhance the fitness levels of guests with a variety of personal training and group classes.”

Do you even jungle gym tho #CocoPrive @cocopriveprivateisland

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Best of the Maldives: Celebrity Reality TV – Vadoo

A really big show with really big names requires more than a really big villa. In fact, it might require an entire resort like Tropika Island Of Treasure Maldives has done with Vadoo. Not the first reality TV show in the Maldives (actually this is the third prompting me to add the “Reality TV” tag), but maybe the biggest now featuring celebrities battling it out in paradise. Many of the episodes are being posted on YouTube so if you just want to follow the frolicking fun wherever you are (even if you don’t recognise the South African stars), you can tune in.

Best of the Maldives: Biggest Water Villa – Gili Lankanfushi

Gili Lankanfushi’s Private Residence    St Regis Vommulis John Jacob Astor Estate
Gili Lankanfushi Private Reserve                                                St. Regis Vommuli John Jacob Astor Estate

Sometimes the “Best” (and “Biggest”) of the Maldives can become an ever escalating arms race of hyperbolic luxury. One of the more curious bragging rights tussle is over the “Largest Water Villa in the Maldives

For years, the reigning champion was Gili Lankanfushi’s Private Residence.  I had it listed as 1400 sqm.  Then, a couple of years ago came along St. Regis Vommuli’s John Jacob Astor Estate listed as 1540 sqm, putting the voluminous into the Vommuli.  A YouTube video tour “Largest overwater villa in the Maldives” heralded it as the new crown holder in the outsize overwater villa league table. But then, I read this listicle piece by Lina Travel, “Largest Overwater Villas in the Maldives” which put Gili back on top listing the Private Residence at a larger 1700 sqm. I contacted the resort and they explained, “We had an extension of the Private Reserve in 2015, making the total area 1700 sqm.”

Gili Lankanfushi - private reserve

Best of the Maldives: Elevation – Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi - elevation

For the high-flying Maldives clientele, you don’t get much more elevated (especially in this part of the world famous for being so low lying) than Soneva Fushi resort. Coincidentally, Soneva’s acronym “SFR” (Soneva Fushi resort) echoes the original icon of high living in castaway paradise – Swiss Family Robinson. Here is a list of the lofty luxury you can find there…

  • Treehouse – Let’s start with the fundamentals of elevated living – the Treehouse. As in “Villa Suite with Treehouse”. Especially suited as an annex for children.
    Soneva - villa treehouse
  • Kids Club – If your childhood Disney fantasies overcome you and you decide to take the treehouse for yourself, at least the kids get the multi-story labyrinth of whimsy that is the “Den” kids club with plenty of climbing places including their own outdoor play treehouse.
    Soneva Fushi kids club 1
  • Dining – But the whole family can enjoy a soaring supper at the “Fresh in the Garden” (or over the garden) restaurant deck.
    Soneva Fushi restaurant table 2
  • Walkway – Of course, to get there you need the obligatory Indian Jones rope bridge. One the first, longest and highest.
    Soneva Fushi - rope bridge
  • Spa – The second story treatment rooms and chill out area adds a vista to your vinyasa.
    Soneva Fushi - spa
  • Toilet – Loo with a view.  ‘Nuff said.
    Soneva Fushi self-composting toilet
  • Palm Tree Climbing – If you don’t have the climbing dexterity of some of the Maldivians.
    Soneva Fushi - palm wine harvesting
  • Villas – Taller villas than anywhere in the Maldives with sweeping wrap-around decks for 360 degree views.
    Soneva Fushi - residences
  • Mattresses – The thickest mattresses in the Maldives so even when you lie down, you get lifted up.
    Soneva Fushi - bed
  • Ceilings – And when you do lie down, your gaze extends quite high to some soaring ceilings that exemplify the SFR chic aesthetic.
    Soneva Fushi beams
  • Observatory – If none of that is high enough for you, Soneva was the pioneer of lifting their guest up to the star above with the first astronomical observatory in the Maldives. Naturally, the telescope itself is nestled in the treetops accessed by a canopy crossing walkway.
    Soneva Fushi - observatory

There is one exception which is Soneva’s sunken pool seating which is the lowest seating in the Maldives being literally below ground level (without being underground).

Like the Maldives Only Taller

Huma Island - Philippines

As I discussed in my post “Maldives Methadone”, one of the most frequently discussed topic amongst Maldives addicts (known as victims of “Maldivitis”) is the question “Is there anywhere else on Earth like the Maldives?” (hopefully a little cheaper).

If you truly take the unique blend of characteristics that make the Maldives the very definition of Bounty-bar iconic paradise, then the selection is rather limited. So to extend the boundaries a little more generously, I’ve assembled a second tier collection of tropical islands that are like the Maldives in every way except elevation.

Unfortunately, adding a bit of topological height doesn’t really seem to lower the price that much. Most of the rates are comparable to top high-end 4-stars or value priced 5-star properties in the Maldives. But if you are okay with a largish pile of rocks instead a smallish plot of sand for your tropical island, then here are some Maldives cousins…

  1. Huma Island, Philippines (£484 per night) [ABOVE]
  2. Club Paradise Palawan, Philippines (£308 per night)
    Club Paradise Palawan - Philippines
  3. Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar (£427 per night)
    Constance Tsarabanjina - Madagascar
  4. Petit St. Vincent, Grenadines (£665 per night)
    Petit St. Vincent - Grenadines
  5. Komodo Resort, Sebayur Indonesia (£380 per night)
    Komodo Resort - Sebayur (Indonesia)
  6. Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji (£560 per night)
    Royal Davui Island Resort - Fiji