Best of the Maldives: Bed Height – Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi - bed

World Sleep Day (good chance to sleep off all those green Guinness’s from yesterday).

Cushiest cushion we have slumbered on in the Maldives is Soneva Fushi. Their mattress is nearly 2 feet thick. But just the right firmness too. Combined with its classic four-poster frame, the bed comes to nearly my hip (and I am a tall person). You literally do have to climb into bed. There is a regal comfort to sleeping a bit elevated I find. This mattress would make it hard for even a princess to feel a pea.



St. Patricks Day Parade in Paradise

Constance Moofushi - Shiralee Coleman

Happy St. Patricks Day! And green is the colour of the day.

While everyone associates the Maldives with its buffet of blues, actually green is just as essential to the Laccadivian palette. Green are the vibrant tropical jewels scattered in the sea’s carcanet secured in platinum white settings of sun-drenched sand. The Maldives Complete blog header above is designed reflecting this colour scheme.

If you are looking for some traditional green to sport on this day celebrating the Emerald Isle, then Maldives Complete has assembled a bailiúchán of resort wear for you…

Erin go bragh!

1. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Anantara Veli [ABOVE]
2. Anastasia Volochkova (Russia) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Anastasia Volochkova green
3. Viktoria (Germany) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittavelu - Viktoria
4. Chontel Duncan (Australia) – Meeru
Meeru - Chontel Duncan
5. Natalie Morris (USA) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Natalie Morris
6. Rati Tehri Singh (India) – Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - Rati Tehri Singh green
7. Alisa Tulynina (Russia) – JA Manafaru
JA Manafaru - Alisa Tulynina
8. Annie Osalu (Thailand) – Centara Ras Fushi
Centara Ras Fushi - Annie Osalu
9. Moni Malibu (USA) – Baros
Baros - Moni Malibu
10. Natalia Natalis (Poland) – Kurumba
Kurumba - Natalia Natalis green
11. Bruna Geballi (Brazil) – Holiday Island
Holiday Island - Bruna Geballi
12. Tyra Banks (USA) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Tyra Banks green
13. Coleen Garcia (Philippines) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Coleen Garcia

14. Park Si Yeon (South Korea) – Velavaru
Velassaru - Park Si Yeon
15. Alina Firsova (Russia) – Ayada
Ayada - Alina Firsova
16. Bota (Russia) – Coco Bodu Hithi
Coco Bodu Hithi - Bota
17. Tatiana Lopatinskaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
Huvafenfushi - Tatiana Lopatinskaya

Best of the Maldives: Tub Rain Showers – Hideaway Beach

Hideaway Beach - rain shower

Rain descending from above is not typically a welcome feature of a Maldives stay, except when the rain shower is actually, literally, a “rain SHOWER”.

When we first started coming to the Maldives, massage and power showers were the luxury soakers. Shortly thereafter, “rain showers” became the table stakes default for a self-respecting super-premium resort.

Hideaway Beach resort goes even further with their rain shower offering a trifecta of distinction…

  1. Double shower – A double rain shower. No more getting chilly with having to swap in and out of who gets to be under the water. The resort’s Ocean Villas also have two person rain showers in their bathrooms.
  2. Likely the “tallest shower” in the Maldives (with it reaching several metres up to the bathroom ceiling),
  3. Tub/Shower combo – Another “finally seen” ticked off.

Hideaway Beach - tub rain shower

Best of the Maldives: Beams – Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi beams

One of the most striking aspects to our own house in England is its beams. We live in a 18th century hay barn and the conversion has kept as many of the original oak timber exposed as possible. This rough hewn timber style is one of Soneva Fushi’s own most defining design motifs. It exudes the all-natural, artisanal, Swiss Family Robinson aesthetic that pervades the property. Beams are up, Soni.

Soneva Fushi beams 2

Best of the Maldives: Motif – Velaa

Velaa - motif 1

Turtles all the way down…

Turtles aren’t just some namesake mascot for Velaa (“Velaa” means turtle in Maldivian). They are more like its spirit animal that imbues the property from top to bottom. And everywhere in between.

From top, the entire layout of the resort is designed to look turtle shaped from an aerial view. The water villas have been arranged in an almond shape to resemble a turtle head, and 4 jetties surround the circular island to complete the chelonian outline. From below, Velaa is itself a turtle nesting ground (as we so fortunately witnessed when we visited).

But the today’s “Best Of” distinction is more about the in between bit where the essence of the turtle is stylishly reflected in every nook and cranny of the property. The most distinctive design element is its simple, chic logo motif which pervades the resort. A football-like mesh pattern of hexagons and pentagon evoking the characteristic patterns on a terrapin shell. I’ve included just a few snaps I took of the restaurant, the Tower bar, the spa. And at bottom is their cappuccino decorated with cocoa in the same distinctive pattern (thanks Belinda).

Velaa - motif 2

Velaa - moTif 4

Velaa - motif 3

Velaa - coffee motif

Best of the Maldives: Butter – Dusit Thani

Dusit Thani - butter

I love attention to detail and during my tours I am always on the scrounge for those little touches that make the experience a bit more distinctive. One of my favourites was Dusit Thani’s butter patties wrapped with a little bow of greens. No balancing on the edge of your knife or unwrapping cafeteria-style packages. Just pick up the patty by the sprig and put it on your plate.

In our household, we have a family saying from Lori’s home turf in The South of the USA – “Everything is better with butter!” And a Dusit Thani, even the butter is better.

Best of the Maldives: Decorative Dessert – Jumeirah Vittaveli

Jumeirah Vittaveli - ornate dessert

A treat for women on International Womens Day (though men will like it too) by Jumeirah Vittaveli – Aloe Vera Baked Yogurt with Berries. Created by their Executive Sous Chef Francis Cornelious (see photo below)…

“The life of a modern woman is very stressful and busy, filled with a multitude of tasks and duties that we take on willingly but that also tend to deplete our energy reserves.  To counterbalance our stressful routine, we need to ensure that we take care of our body and mind, through healthy food and moments of rest and meditation. At Jumeirah Vittaveli, our creative Executive Sous Chef Francis Cornelious has created a tantalizing dessert that will assist your physical wellbeing, while utilizing unique yet commonly available ingredients.”

The focus of the creation was the health benefits (and of course the taste), but I was enchanted by the colourful artistry of glassy sweetness on top. May women around the world be treated with the same care, consideration and respect as Vittaveli’s tribute to them.

Jumeirah Vittaveli - ornate dessert 2

Best of the Maldives: Eco-Garden Plots – Kurumba

Kurumba - bottle garden 1

What better use for a bottle than an S.O.S. message? How about an S.O.S. for the entire planet? Starting with creating a sustainable gardening plot? Kurumba used old beer bottles to build an array of gardening plots on the island giving new eco-friendly meaning to the word “bottling plant”. I guess the “S.O.S.” message in their bottles stands for “Sustainable Old Steins”. Not to mention that they have literally created the infamous song…

A hundred bottles of beer in the wall, a hundred bottles of beer…

Kurumba - bottle garden 2