And the Oscar for the best Cinema goes to…JA Manafaru.
About the only thing at our home that provides an idyllic comfort and relaxation on par with the Maldives is nestling down in front of our in-home cinema. When we hit a bit of discretionary income a few years back, we didn’t buy a fancy car or boat or second home. We installed a quite sophisticated home cinema – projection screen, THX 7:1 surround sound, and custom seating where we could put our feet up. You always get an ideal seat, you can drink a glass of wine and you can pause it if you need the toilet.
Today’s “Best of” gives an Oscar weekend double feature to Manafaru. As it happens, they feature double with two cinema set ups – one in the bar and one in the games area. It includes 10 foot wide screen with HD projection and surround sound. A number of resorts now have outdoor cinemas where you can still soak up the tropical island vibe while enjoying your favourite flick. But sometimes a bit of shelter from the elements and a space designed for viewing pleasure is the best cinematic experience. Also, great inclement weather insurance for your Maldives holiday.
Water defines the Maldives and so island water features that maintain that aquatic feel even in the interior are always a fitting touch. A number of spas a have added lily ponds and fountains to their spas to bring that fluid tranquillity to their treatment retreat. The longest spa water feature I have ever ambled across is JA Manafaru’s Calm Spa (one of the most expansive in the Maldives) where it meanders through lush foliage and colourful flowering plants. The equally sinuous Victoria Lopyreva (Miss Russia 2003) posted a snap of the fashionable runway herself during her recent visit.
National Toast Day today. And I like my toast a bit on the French side. And if you want that a bit on the tropical side, then check out Six Senses Laamu’s ‘Banana French Toast’ generous shared in a tweet about their ‘Foodie Week’
The bedroom isn’t the only palette for mixed media artistic creations. One and Only Reethi Rah doesn’t just merely strew the bridal’s path with petals, but rather paints an efflorescent path culminating in a heart altar. Beach bridal bouquet.
Bedroom artistry in the Maldives has evolved from a few petals sprinkled on the pillow to elaborate constructions. A recent masterwork is Diamonds Thudufushi’s mixed media opulent opus – petals, towel sculpture, palm fronds, lettering.
Portraits of the Maldives using a more conventional medium are the latest highlight at Hideaway Beach. The décor in their newly launched Deluxe Sunset Beach Villa features commission by Eagan Badeeu…
“Eagan Badeeu is a prominent local artist and Maldivian national treasure, his works mainly focus on abstract or impressionist seascapes and landscapes”
They have an impressionistic feel with a rich texture, colour and light. His work can also be found at Conrad Rangali.
One of the towel cuties belongs as much on the cover of Maldives Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is Atmosphere Kanifushi’s towel portraiture. Guest Lance Vickers tweeted…
“Early night tonight @atmosKANI but our room attendant Adhil brought a smile to our faces”
LUX South Ari Atoll has a different pageant of bathing cuties. I’ve seen a few towel art creatures at resorts, but LUX has produced an entire menagerie of them…
“The towel art done by Shareef and Ali. Started as a way to entertain children on the island and to surprise them with little towel toys upon their return to the villas. Based on our guests’ feedback, we came to know that those towel toys started to replace the children’s comfort toys (that in most case got left behind at home) making their time on the island more enjoyable. Shareef has been working in housekeeping since more than 13 years, 3 of which at LUX*. Towel art is now part of his daily routine, it takes an average of 15 minutes for him to create a little elephant, turtle or even a whale shark. He also takes persona responsibility in teaching this trick of the trade to the guests wanting to learn. Shareef did not learn how to make these great towel sculptures anywhere, he tries over and over again until he gets the perfect shape – it’s pure ‘learning by doing’.”
The line above pictured above includes…
- Rear row – penguin, swans, flower, elephant
- Front row – snake, lion, donkey, elephant seating, turtle
LUX’s creativity has inspired me to add a new board to the Maldives Complete Pinterest for “Maldives Towel Art”.
If size does matter to you, then the Zitahli Kudafunafaru tub is the soak for you. Not just wide, but deep. At nearly 2 metres, I am not a small guy and I could barely keep my head above water. It was like a little indoor swimming pool (small children could do laps in this pool).
It’s all part of the Kudafunafaru expansiveness. The villas a quite substantial for their relatively modest 4.5 rack rates (the resort is in the top 5 for lowest cost per square metre in the 4.5 star category). Like a giant ceramic caldron to simmer away whatever the stresses remain after a day of lounging in the Maldivian sun.
Happy Valentines Day sweethearts everywhere. But especially in that global hotbed of romantic paradise, the Maldives
Get your clothes off for a hot and steamy, sensual delight, with a touch of perfume, bubbly, and flower petals. Yes, a romantic bubble bath. Here’s a not-so-dirty dozen of the best in the Maldives…
I’ve also added a “Maldives Tub Art” board to the Maldives Complete Pinterest so I can add more sexy suds as I find them.
1. Atmosphere Kanifushi [above]
2. Cheval Blanc Randheli
4. Coco Bodu Hithi (thanks Paola)
5. One & Only Reethi Rah
6. Centara Ras Fushi
8. Anantara Kihavah
9. Amilla Fushi
10. Centara Grand
11. Loama Maamagili
12. Sun Siyam Irufushi
13. Hideaway Beach
14. Zitahli Kudafunafaru
15. Four Seasons Kuda Huraa