Cape Crusaders


Spain’s National Day today is a chance to demonstrate your Paso skills, one of the more popular sachets in the fashionista posing repertoire. As you Strictly (now in full swing) fans will appreciate, the Paso Doble, the female dancer not only sports a flowing cape, but she actually represents “the cape” in the dance which depicts a bull fight. Olé!

  1. Moumita Moitra (India)  [ABOVE]
  2. Karina (Russia)
    Karina (Russia)
  3. Alana Panday (India) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Alana Panday (India) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
  4. Veronika Kart (Russia)
    Veronika Kart (Russia)
  5. Aseeva Nataliya (Russia) – Olhuveli
    Aseeva Nataliya (Russia) - Olhuveli
  6. Reyhna Pandit (India) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Reyhna Pandit (India) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  7. Jelena Karleuša (Serbia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Jelena Karleuša (Serbia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  8. Maria Ponomaryova (Russia) – Ayada
    Maria Ponomaryova (Russia) – Ayada 2
  9. Ksenia Dzhalaganiya (Russia)
    Ksenia Dzhalaganiya (Russia)
  10. Natalia Isaeva (Russia) – Paradise Island
    Natalia Isaeva (Russia) - Gili Lankanfushi
  11. Maria Sionova (Russia) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Maria Sionova (Russia) - Gili Lankanfushi 2
  12. Dyna Sarahah (Maldives) – Meeru
    Dyna Sarahah (Maldives) - Meeru
  13. Anna Bortsova (Russia)
    Anna Bortsova (Russia)
  14. Elina Ray (Russia)
    Elina Ray (Russia)
  15. Akanksha Singh (India) – Sun Island
    Akanksha Singh (India) - Sun Island
  16. Evelyn Evven (Russia) – Kuramathi
    Evelyn Evven (Russia) - Kuramathi
  17. Niklath Ali
    Niklath Ali
  18. Kristina Krayt (Russia) – Cocoon
    Kristina Krayt (Russia) - Cocoon 
  19. Evelina Strau (Italy) – Anantara Dhigu
    Evelina Strau (Italy) - Anantara Dhigu
  20. Ania Szubert (Poland) – Kuramathi
    Ania Szubert (Poland) - Kuramathi
  21. Luxury Travel Babe (USA) – NIYAMA
    Luxury Travel Babe (NIYAMA)
  22. Loves Nature (Russia) – Dhigurah
    Loves Nature (Russia) - Dhigurah
  23. Big Head Spinach (China)
    Big Head Spinach (China)
  24. Olga ST (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Olga ST (Russia) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
  25. Anna Ionicheva (Russia) – Sun Island
    Anna Ionicheva (Russia) - Sun Island
  26. Ksenia Rai (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Ksenia Rai (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
  27. Anastasia Klubnichkina (Russia) – W Maldives
    Anastasia Klubnichkina (Russia) - W Retreat
  28. Nyusha (Russia) – Finolhu
    Nyusha (Russia) - Finolhu
  29. Boriana Dimitrova (Bulgaria) – Anantara Dhigu
    Boriana Dimitrova (Bulgaria) - Anantara Dhigu
  30. Eltis (Russia) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
    Eltis (Russia) - Atmosphere Kanifushi
  31. Irina Makosh (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
    Irina Makosh (Russia) - Conrad Rangali
  32. Ksenia Selezneva (Russia) – Cocoon
    Ksenia Selezneva (Russia) - Cocoon
  33. Melanie Martin (France) – Kandima
    Melanie Martin (France) – Kandima
  34. Scarlett De La Torre (Hong Kong) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Scarlett De La Torre (Hong Kong) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  35. Palbunky (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Palbunky (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
  36. Belinda Morgan (Australia) – Club Med Kani
    Belinda Morgan (Australia) – Club Med Kani
  37. Anna Lapina (Russia) – Furaveri
    Anna Lapina (Russia) - Furaveri
  38. Olga Storozhuk (Ukraine) – AaaVeee
    Olga Storozhuk (Ukraine) – AaaVeee
  39. Raileanu Madalina Elena (Italy) – Meeru
    Raileanu Madalina Elena (Italy) - Meeru
  40. Valentin Tsareva (Russia) – Thoddoo
    Valentin Tsareva (Russia) - Thoddoo
  41. Ming Xi (China) – Canareef
    Ming Xi (China) - Canareef
  42. Carola Remer (Germany) – Canareef
    Carola Remer (Germany) – Canareef 2
  43. Viktoria (Germany) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Viktoria (Germany) - Jumeirah Vittaveli 2
  44. Anna Chibisova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Anna Chibisova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  45. Juli Markova (Russia) – Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi
    Juli Markova (Russia) - Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi
  46. Anita (Spain) – Olhuveli
    Anita (Spain) - Olhuveli
  47. Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee
    Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee
  48. Katrina Kaif (India) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Katrina Kaif (India) - Shangri-La Vilingili
  49. Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) – Conrad Rangali
    Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) - Conrad Rangali
  50. Olga Igorevna Zavyalova (Russia) – Rihiveli Beach
    Olga Igorevna Zavyalova (Russia) - Rihiveli Beach
  51. Nelli Chernova (Russia) – Irufushi
    Nelli Chernova (Russia) - Irufushi}
  52. Mammami A (Thailand) – Hideaway Beach
    Mammami A (Thailand) - Hideaway Beach
  53. Katinka Hutchinson (USA)
    Katinka Hutchinson (USA)
  54. Alyssa Ramos (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Alyssa Ramos (USA) - Shangri-La Vilingili.JPG - 2
  55. Raica Oliveira (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Raica Oliveira (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  56. Ann-Katrin Brommel (Germany) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
    Ann-Katrin Brommel (Germany) – Atmosphere Kanifushi - 2
  57. Kim Tae Hee (South Korea) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Kim Tae Hee (South Korea) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
  58. Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas

Best of the Maldives: Egg Croissant – LUX North Male Atoll

LUX North Male Male Atoll - truffle croissant

Happy Egg Day. Obviously, not Easter, but the national holiday to celebrate all things EGGY. I love me my breakfasts. Lori often remarks that I don’t just eat breakfast, I eat Breakfast #1, Breakfast #2, and then I top it all off with Breakfast Dessert. I also thorough savour the delicately rich flavour of truffle. So LUX North Male Atoll’s Truffle Egg Croissant was a treat for me.


Best of the Maldives: Octopus Sprinkler – LUX North Male Atoll

LUX North Male Atoll - octopus sprinkler

Octopus Day today celebrating one of our favourite creatures (with whom we shared a particularly thrilling encounter during this summer’s tour). This year’s Maldives octopus feature is LUX North Male Atoll’s octopus sprinkler at their kids club.

If that’s not charming enough, then check out this video of an octopus sleeping and dreaming (!) that’s been going a bit viral lately…

Best of the Maldives: Chroma Therapy – Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi - chromatherapy 1

‘Hue’ can saturate yourself in the most colourful treatment in the Maldives with Amilla Fushi’s Sensora light therapy:

  • The Sensora light modulation technology is one of the most advanced chromotherapy systems in the world, clinically proven to bring the brain to rest, effortlessly reduce stress and induce deep relaxation. Sensora offers a unique multi-sensorial environment combining light, sound and kinaesthetic vibration. The advanced colour-light system recharges the brain’s electrical field and positively interacts with various bio-rhythms such as brainwaves, breath and heartbeat. The combination of associated colours and frequencies offers many beneficial effects including deeper relaxation; enhanced alertness; increased release of endorphins and reduction in chronic pain, helping to fight insomnia and fatigue; treat anxiety, mental tension and depression; and much more.”

An appropriate complement to the sunlight therapy that draws to many to Maldives in the first place.

Amilla Fushi - chromatherapy 2

Best of the Maldives: Spa AI – Kandolhu

Kandolhu - spa ai

At Kandolhu immerses you in the art of a deal with their “Spa AI” package. You can relax about a spa splurge and leave behind your worries about a wallet purge:

  • “The new offering provide unlimited access to the entire range of spa treatments including VOYA body experiences, YonKa facial treatments, skincare options and a wide range of specialised massages. Skilled therapists personalise daily treatments and activities according to the guests’ wellness needs. By unlimited, no restrictions are applied from visit frequency to type of treatment. Curated instructional videos, Manduka towels and mats, specially designed wellness beverages and healthy mixed fruit plates are provided to all guests booked for this package. A preferred discount is given on all VOYA and Yonka retail products sold at the spa.”

Let your aches and cares melt away instead of your budget.

Best of the Maldives: Art of Seating – Joali

Joali - art seating

  • I wanted to help draw guests into an immersive experience in which they can relax and feel the waves and textures of the island.” – Dough Johston – Coiled

Joali immersive art motif is not merely about immersing yourself amongst an expansive collection of art, but also becoming part of the art itself. Not just the piece of artwork, but the surroundings of paradise that frame it, imbue it and inspire it.

One of my favourite parts of an art museum is the seating. After a few hours of standing and soaking in the works of creativity, weary legs can do battle with energized eyes. I especially appreciate seats situated directly opposite particularly engaging works so I can stop and take the piece in a literally relaxed manner. Joali doesn’t just have seating to enjoy its works…the seating are the works. The best collection of artistic seating I’ve seen since the Copenhagen Design Museum. With the added distinction that you can actually sit in them (and are encouraged to do so as a part of the immersive process.

  • These works at JOALI are vessels that carry my past. They now breath the air of the MALDIVES and their surfaces will absorb the heat of this wonderful island. They will now listen to stories and befriend guests as they live and age.” – Reinaldo Senguino – Ceramic Mini Stools [BELOW]
  • Combining traditional technique with playful fabrication, my work embraces – and at the same time protests – functionalism…” – Chris Wolston – Terra Cotta Furniture [BOTTOM]

Joali - ceremic seat


Joali - seating art 1

Freeze Frieze


Maldives resort distinctions are like London busses…you wait forever, and then a bunch come along all at once. That’s the case with the clever content of “Animated Wedding GIFs” featured as item #20 in Part 5 of the “Haven’t Seen Yet” series. Now there’s a whole collection of these Maldives-own Mannequin Challenges (albeit technology assisted)…

  1. Sailor Moona (China) – NIYAMA [ABOVE]
  2. Coco Laite (Germany) – Holiday Island



  3. Sania Camelli (Russia) – Dhigali


  4. Karina Leyman (Russia)


  5. Natasha Davydova (Russia) – Soneva Fushi


  6. Bernshtein (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi


  7. Ariel (Taiwan) – Dhigali



  8. Man Chia (Malaysia) – Ayada


  9. Nadya Kiss (Russia)


  10. Chou Chou (Vietnam) – W Maldives

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  11. Maria Medvedeva (Russia)


  12. Camila Carril (Brazil) – Six Senses Laamu


  13. Maria Karieva (Ukraine)

9 Top Tips for Maldives Influencer Collaboration

Bruce blog writing

While the previous post laid out the fundamentals of “Influencer Collaboration” straight from the authority of a leading marketing director in the Maldives, I wanted to share some of my own personal perspectives on the subject. At first, I thought that I might do a larger uber-piece on the subject that combined last week’s “10 Things Luxury Resorts Look For In An ‘Influencer Collaboration’” with these tips, but it got too big and unwieldly and the points really address slightly different dimensions (the previous one is more about fundamentals, while this one is more tips).

My own tips come from years of research tours to the Maldives where I have experienced the entire gamut from paying completely full whack rack rates (in fact, paying a premium because I was only there for a day or so) to getting a completely comped VIP treatment (usually from resort management who just love the Maldives Complete website and its general benefit to Maldives tourism as much as expect direct benefit to their resort).

But such collaboration has been challenged by the tsunami of wannabe Instagrammers trying to blag freebie trips on the basis of how cute they look in a bikini and how good their boyfriend is with an SLR.  If you are an aspiring blogger looking to tick the Maldives off your bucket list without shattering your personal funds, then here are a few suggestions…

  1. Be Realistic – You need to have at least 10k Followers to even be looked at by a Maldives resort marketing manager.  50k is probably a better cut-off (though this is the point where it can be more flexible depending on some of the other listed considerations).  Even then you have lots of competition (more than 1,500 Instgrammers/Bloggers with Followers over 10k visited the Maldives in the past 3 years.  In fact, over 160 bloggers with more than a million followers visited).
  2. Sell the Content – Mind you, content is commoditizing at a rapid pace as resorts are reaping the benefits of mountains of free, crowdsourced content of every geo-tagged post.  But if you have a distinctive angle to your content – eg. special editing effects, special writing or photography style special focus area – then the property might be more interested in getting that content produced (that it can re-use and refer to) than your less interesting Followers exposure.
  3. Avoid the Cliches – Thousands of blogs posts have waxed eloquently about the palm trees and pina coladas.  Try to avoid the cliché topics (eg.  colours of the ocean, white sand, sunny weather, charming service) unless you can lend a truly poetic articulation or unique perspective.
  4. Sell the Engagement – Sure, you’ve got thousands of Followers.  So does everybody.  But do your Followers actually respond to your posts considering to visit themselves?  Or are they just life-style porn voyeurs sitting on their couch without even a passport?
  5. Be Clear About Your Proposition – Media pack, stats, examples, clear proposal of what you will produce (see the previous post).
  6. Don’t Get Greedy – Marketing managers are rife with stories of hubristic bloggers with a few thousands followers looking for an all-expenses paid, VIP-treatment week long stay for them and their boyfriend in exchange for a single photo on their Instagram feed.  Maybe look for a bit of a discounted rate for a couple of day stay and propose a wide range of content and posting.
  7. Understand Resort Economics – Some things like buffet meals and rooms in low periods of the year can have negligible marginal cost for the resort by having you there so cutting you a break is easier.  But other items – eg. fuel consuming transfers, alcohol, a la carte meals, spa treatments – do cost them money and so they are much more constrained on how generous they can be.
  8. Know the Resort’s Market – If you are a relatively small blogger on the world stage, but you are a pretty prominent one in Denmark, then find the resorts that get a good number of guests from that market (eg.  Canareef has a regular charter from Denmark).
  9. Look for Unsung Resorts – Everyone wants to go to the fanciest 5-star resorts, but there are about 140 resorts and a number of the less glamorous ones get decidedly less inundated with requests and so might be more open (or at least less cynical and jaded).  Don’t approach One & Only Reethi Rah unless you are an A-list red-carpet celebrity (and even then you probably won’t get too much notice since A-list celebrities are OORR’s core customer base).