If you want to re-create your favourite scene from the movie “Big” or just improvise your own version of “Barefootin’”, Soneva Fushi has brought the Gulliver-scale piano with the introduction of its “Audio Floor”. Or you might want to compose your very own ‘Sonata Footsie.’
One of the top joys of the Maldives – throw on your swimsuit, grab your snorkeling gear and head out to the house reef.
Oh wait, don’t forget the villa key. Now where to put it (swimsuits don’t really have many secure pockets). Instead of the typical credit-card style proximity keys, NIYAMA has key band for guests. It’s completely waterproof so they can wear it in the pool, on the housereef or wherever. (thanks again Paola)
Particularly good for people who wouldn’t remember their own head if it wasn’t attached to them.
Another site making use of Google’s array of online mapping tools is the Dive Board website. It calls itself the “the largest online logbook” providing a database of dive sites around the world. Users can register and log their own dives on the website. Each dive site has a short profile including such information as Dives logged, Longitude and Latitude, and pictures.
But the real power of the site is how is has integrated with Google Maps complete with drill down functionality. At a “high” level, you can scan an entire atoll and it will show you some markers for individual dive sites. But in areas with lots of diving, it will have a coloured circle and a number both indicated the number of dive sites in that sub-area. If you then zoom in, the map will display further discrete dive sites, or even more circles indicating where you need to drill down further in order to distinguish the sites’ specific location. I love the elegance of this solution. You get high level scan-ability as well as drill-down detail. This capability was one of the great benefits of the Microsoft Deep Zoom technology that I exploited for the British Admiralty Maps (unfortunately, the Deep Zoom control only works in Internet Explorer now that Chrome has dropped support for Silverlight technology).
I appreciate the importance of drilling down in making the Maldives Complete Dive Site database. That part of Maldives Complete also works with a basic amount of drill down. There is a top level overview of all the Maldives allowing a user to choose their atoll (most people stay within a certain atoll when visiting a diving. The Atoll view which shows all of the sites in an atoll. You can squeeze them into a PC screen-sized map half the time, but the other half, denser sections of the atoll require a sub-area drill-down map.
Club Med Finolhu provides a state-of-the-art virtual buggy to tour you around their new property. A number of resort feature “virtual tours”, but many are a bit clunky image stitching. Finolhu Villas uses the popular Google Street View technology. I’m still waiting for a Google Street View of a house reef though (see #17)!
The latest Australian fashion extends beyond its globetrotting digerati. “Pop ups” are the big new trend especially in London dining. One & Only Reethi Rah has introduced a pop-up store featuring down-under designer Camilla Franks…
“From November 2015 to April 2016, One & Only Reethi Rah guests can browse through a stunning pop-up store at NEO Beach by Australian designer Camilla Franks. Camilla is well-known for her colourful, vibrant and lively collections which combine intricate craftsmanship, prints and detail to create truly individualistic designs. The 2015 season has already seen One & Only launch its own fashion label, partner with the world-renowned fashion house Missoni to release a bespoke capsule collection and launch a Melissa Odabash pop-up store at One & Reethi Rah. A breathtaking aquamarine Issa dress will also be available at exclusively One & Only resorts including One & Only Reethi Rah this year.”
I especially like the Camilla Frank styled buggy decorated as a part of the offer. So you can pop over to the pop up with a pop art buggy!
Happy Australia Day, mates! There seems to be a rash of “National Days” in the Indian Ocean this particular week (India National Day is also today). So, a chance to celebrate the Australians who have flocked to the Maldives. You would think that Australia would have enough sunshine, but even the Diggers dig this paradise.
Australia is especially prominent country in the #Maldives digiverse. While it ranks only 14th in terms of visitor numbers, but when it comes to the Maldives Complete social media database (models, athletes, celebrities, bloggers), it’s chockers with Wallabies coming in 4th (behind Russia, UK and US). What’s not surprising is that the Aussie-pedigreed resort, Amilla Fushi, is the most popular down under – 3 of the highest 7 ranked Australian digi-personalities visited there. Mind you, the two countries do share a fair bit in common – extreme island nations (one the world’s largest and the other the world’s smallest islands), big surf culture (3 of those featured are surfers), and the biggest coral reef system in the world. Not to mention the ubiquitous sunshine and effervescent demeanour of the people.
May your national day be as ripper as the togs you snap.
1. Jennifer Hawkins – Amilla Fushi
2. Laura Bingle – One & Only Reethi Rah
3. Natalie Tran – LUX Maldives
4. Shanina Shaik – Anantara Veli
5. Ricki-Lee Coulter – Conrad Maldives
6. Nicole Warne – Amilla Fushi
7. Erin Victoria Holland – Amilla Fushi
8. Jasmin Howell – Six Senses Laamu
9. Jessica Stein – W Retreat
10. Nikki Van Dijk – Maalifhusi
11. Sarah Stephens – Coco Palm Dhoni Kholhi
12. Shiralee Coleman – Constance Moofushi
13. Amanda Bisk – Four Seasons Landaa Giaavaru
14. Gabby Epstein – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
15. Jean Carmela – Maafushivaru
16. Sophie Rose Leisk – Shangri-La Villingili
17. Steph Claire Smith (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
18. Georgia Fish (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
19. Chontel Duncan (Australia) – Meeru
20. Victoria Lee – Six Senses Laamu
21. Adriana Jennings – Maalifushi
22. Elle – W Retreat
23. Karina Irby – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
24. Kat Harding – Four Season Kuda Huraa
25. Maddison Clare – Centara Ras Fushi
26. Margaret MacPherson – Club Med Finolhu Villas
27. Pippa – Gili Lankanfushi
28. Renee Henderson – Filitheyo
29. Maddie Cox – Anantara Veli
30. Melanie Kyle Oldenburg (Australia) – Olhuveli
|Name||Resort||Primary||Total Points||Instagram Followers||Twitter Followers||Facebook Likes|
|1||Jennifer Hawkins||Amilla Fushi||Model||17||628,000||1,107,000|
|2||Laura Bingle||One & Only Reethi Rah||Model||16||435,000||3,182||201,000|
|3||Natalie Tran||LUX Maldives||Blogger||16||66,600||235,000|
|4||Shanina Shaik||Anantara Veli||Model||14||508,000||35,000||40,123|
|5||Ricki-Lee Coulter||Conrad Rangali||Actress||13||159,000||31,000|
|6||Nicole Warne||Amilla Fushi||Blogger||12||1,300,000||29,700||320,000|
|7||Erin Victoria Holland||Amilla Fushi||Model||10||5,853||654,000|
|8||Jasmin Howell||Six Senses Laamu||Blogger||10||192,000||10,300||11,523|
|9||Jessica Stein||W Retreat||Blogger||10||1,800,000||35,700||7,958|
|10||Niki Van Dijk||Maalifushi||Athlete||10||185,000||3,012||21,415|
|11||Sarah Stephens||Coco Palm Dhonakuni||Model||10||24,700||2,006|
|12||Shiralee Coleman||Anantara Dhigu||Model||8||204,000||615||23,510|
|13||Amanda Bisk||Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru||Yoga||6||485,000||22,000|
|14||Gabby Epstein||Loama Resort at Maamigili||Model||6||1,000,000|
|16||Sophie Rose Leisk||Shangri-La Vilingili||Blogger||6||11,400||598||100|
|17||Steph Smith||Adaaran Hudhuran fushi||Model||6||862,000||4,501|
|18||Georgia Fish||Four Seasons Kuda Huraa||Athlete||5||4,810||22,072|
|20||Victoria Lee||Six Senses Laamu||Model||4||22,600||5,063|
|23||Karina Irby||Adaaran Hudhuran fushi||Model||3||147,000|
|24||Kat Harding||Four Seasons Kuda Huraa||Yoga||3||8,267||101|
|25||Maddison Clare||Centara Ras Fushi||Model||3||2,435||100|
|26||Margaret MacPherson||Club Med Finolhu Villas||Model||3||5,834||87||1,624|
|29||Maddie Cox||Anantara Veli||Blogger||2||3,642|
|30||Melanie Kyle Oldenburg||Olhuveli||Model||2||5,410|
Here’s a little bit of Maldivian culture for the little ones. I love checking out the resort kids clubs whether they have all manner of items shrunk down to tyke size. You will find these Maldivian classic seats throughout the Maldives, but Dusit Thani’s “Baan Sanook” kids club was the only place I’ve seen a tiny tyke version adapted for the little ones.
Maldives National Day today. A time to celebrate Maldivian culture and heritage. At JA Manafaru resort, they celebrate it every day of their year with their own “Kakuni Village” exhibition on the island. Many guests are interested what life was like for residents of this exotic place on Earth (before modern civilisation brought its more globally homogenous concrete and plaster)
The display features several reconstructed Maldivian homes…
“A typical traditional house in the Maldives is built here with thatched coconut or palm branches forming the roof of the house which is called Bodruge…It is now very rare to find a house with the badhige (kitchen) as a separate annexure to the dwelling.”
Among other examples of traditional fittings and décor, the village includes…
- House (bodruge)
- Gazebo (holhuashi)
- Outdoor bathing (gifili)
- Kitchen (badhige)
A sense-ational week this week – Smell, Taste, Touch. So how about something for the eyes. If you want something as entrancing as a cabernet’s bouquet, as exquisite as artful nectar, and as soothing as a warm bath, the Huvafenfushi’s newly launched art gallery offers an indulgence of visual delights. The exhibition features both iconic shots of the Maldives, but also a collection of dazzling destination portraits from around the world…
“Per Aquum gallery on the Maldivian island of Huaven Fushi has become the first photography gallery in the world to only be accessible by speedboat or seaplane. Each visitor to the exclusive gallery is greeted at one of the private jettys with a cocktail and are then guided through exclusive prints, only available on the island. Photographer Paul Reiffer had been shooting for the island owners when he saw an opportunity to create a unique exhibition. The 35 year-old said: ‘We’ve done it in part because it’s quirky. If you look at it from a commercial view it’s a stupid idea but we wanted to do something a bit different and it completely works.”
This post has prompted me to add a “Photography” tag for all posts literally focused on the fine art of the camera.
Think your nose knows the notes? Then sniff out Sun Siyam Irufushi’s olfactory oenology offering.
The “Le Nez du Vin” kits by Jean Lenoir provide a collection of the most prevalent aromas, or “notes,” in wines including “fruity” ones like pineapple and cherry, or “spicy” ones like vanilla and pepper (see list below). The resort sommelier introduces the diners to the pure essence and then serves up a wine where that fragrance features prominently. I think all but the most oenological among us have had that frustration of being told that the wine’s bouquet features “liquorice and geranium” and all we can smell is, well…wine.
For the intermediate class, check out Wine Folly’s “33 of The Most Bizarre Flavors Found in Wine” (includes a few you can sample in Le Nez like liquorice and violet). Actually, here are some of the tasting notes for Cheval Blanc’s (the resort and the chateau) 1947…”The huge nose of fruitcake, chocolate, leather, coffee, and Asian spices is mind-boggling.”