Best of the Maldives: Largest Fans – Anantara Kihavah Villas

Anantarah Kihavah Villas - fan 2

I might be one of the world’s biggest fans *of* the Maldives, but I am not the biggest fan *in* the Maldives. That distinction would go to Anantara Kihavah Villas’ appropriately dubbed “Big Ass Fan” [sic] in its Salt restaurant (“Element” model)…

“Big Ass Fans gently and silently move air throughout dining rooms to ensure customers are consistently comfortable—without fluttering napkins or distracting from table conversation. Big Ass Fans work hand-in-hand with AC systems to provide an additional 10°F (5.6°C) cooling effect and evenly distribute conditioned air throughout the space. Because of the perceived cooling felt by air movement, managers can utilize the energy-efficient fans to maintain occupant comfort with a higher AC set point, saving money without sacrificing comfort.”

Lori growing up in the South (USA), we are big fan fans.  We have ceiling fans in everyone of our bedrooms.  Even on not-so-hot days, they simply stir the air a bit giving it a bit of movement and freshness.

If the nearly 20 blades weren’t enough, the kitchen also largest extraction fan I’ve ever seen (see picture below) as well towering over 30 feet high.

Anantara Kihavah Villas - extraction fan

Anantara Kihavah Villas - fan 1

Best of the Maldives: Value Treetop Spa – Dusit Thani

Dusit Thani - tree top spa 2

If you prefer relaxing on top of a palm tree – rather than under it or *on* it – then Dusit Thani’s treetop Devarana Spa is perched just right for you…

“The spa encompasses six deluxe treatment pods which sit elevated amongst the island’s palm trees and for those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground; the spa has also developed two stunning ground level treatment rooms. Manicure and pedicure-dedicated area, private outdoor pool, steam and sauna are exclusively available for spa guests.”

Eight treatment rooms are found in the 6 treetop pods nettled atop of the tropical lushness. All treatments guaranteed to leave to feeling floating on air.

Dusit Thani - tree top spa 1

Palm Palm Girls

Tree Shot - Unidentified

Now that you have done your Black Friday shopping, you need a tree to put your presents under. Of course, you will want to decorate it with all sorts of pretty baubles. The Maldives trees seem to naturally don such colourful things all year round. This week being National Tree Week is an opportune occasion to showcase a fortnight’s worth of arboreal adornments in paradise…

“I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.” – Joyce Kilmer

  1. Liz Hurley (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
    Liz Hurley (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
  2. Diana Dryn (Ukraine) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Diana Dryn (Ukraine) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  3. Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
    Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
  4. Margareth Made (Italy) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
    Margareth Made (Italy) - Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
  5. Olga Kurbatova (Russia) – Velaa
    Olga Kurbatova (Russia) - Velaa
  6. Catherine (Taiwan) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
    Catherine (Taiwan) - Adaaran Hudhuran fushi
  7. Sabrynette Loana (Romania) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Sabrynette Loana (Romania) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
  8. Diana (Lithuania) – Malahini Kuda Bandos – 2
    Diana (Lithuania) - Malahini Kuda Bandos - 2
  9. Adelina Pestritu (Romania) – Sun Island
    Adelina Pestritu (Romania) - Sun Island
  10. Kaya (China) – Anantara Kihavah Villas – 2
    Kaya (China) - Anantara Kihavah Villas - 2
  11. Liz Eddy (USA) – Kandooma
    Liz Eddy (USA) - Kandooma
  12. Irina Sedykh (Russia)
    Irina Sedykh (Russia)
  13. Olga Savchenko (Russia) – Club Rannalhi
    Olga Savchenko (Russia) – Club Rannalhi
  14. Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee
    Aleona Lynx (Russia) - AaaVeee
  15. Anita Carr (Columbia) – Maalifushi
    Anita Car (Columbia) - Maalifushi
  16. Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
  17. Eva Malmström (Sweden) – Soneva Fushi
    Eva Malmström (Sweden) – Soneva Fushi
  18. Simona Krasteva (Bulgaria) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
    Simona Krasteva (Bulgaria) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
  19. Chelsea Rouen (Australia) – Maafushi
    Chelsea Rouen (Australia) – Maafushi
  20. Raica Oliveira (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Raica Oliveira (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  21. Cassie (Russia) – Vilivaru
    Cassie (Russia) – Vilivaru
  22. Rocío Amelia Pagés (Argentina) – Bandos
    Rocío Amelia Pagés (Argentina) – Bandos
  23. Gemma Cheung (UAE) – Kurumba
    Gemma Cheung (UAE) – Kurumba
  24. Eryka Yar (USA) – AaaVeee
    Eryka Yar (USA) - AaaVeee

Best of the Maldives: Snorkel Floats – Club Med Finolhu Villas

Club Med Finolhu  - snorkel float

With the Christmas shopping season formally launched, the biggest shopping day of the year, “Black Friday”, is upon us. I’m a big snorkelling aficionado, so any gear to help me peer into the aquatic world is always a hit with me. One of the most coveted items I’ve seen is the “Splash and Play” snorkel float by Bestway in Club Med Finolhu’s “The Boutique”.   I’ve seen a few resorts offer them for use by guests, but I haven’t seen any you can buy until now.  Just perfect for even lazier underwater gazing while soaking up the sun’s rays. Now if I can just get Santa to bring me an airplane ticket to the Maldives…

Thanks for Floating My Boat

Anya Litva (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah

Happy Thanksgiving! Today Americans will be stuffing themselves till their stomachs swell like an oversized li-lo. One of the Thanksgiving Day traditions is watching the Macy’s parade which kicks off the Christmas commercial season. The literal “high”-light is the array of floating balloon creatures depicting everything from the latest Disney figures to corporate mascots to the perennial Peanuts characters.

Of late, the Maldives has showcased its own seemingly daily water parade of “floats”. The most common is the Pink Flamingo (stay tuned for special edition) followed by Swan, Rainbow Pegasus, Donut (with bite) and Gold Swan.  Of course, no Thanksgiving Day parade is complete without a Homecoming Queen.  In the Maldives, every float has its own!

Each Macy’s parade has about 30 blow-up floats, so here are 30 of the top floats, Maldives-style (special award to Alyssa Ramos #13 for the most creative vignette)…

  1. Anya Litva (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah [ABOVE]
  2. Milana Koroleva (Russia) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Milana Koroleva (Russia) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
  3. Camilla Vendrame Tognetti (USA) – NIYAMA
    Camilla Vendrame Tognetti (USA) – NIYAMA - 2
  4. Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Club Med Kani
    Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Cocoa Island
  5. Natallia Yakimchyk (Poland) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Natallia Yakimchyk (Poland) – Anantara Kihavah Villas - 2
  6. Sharon Lai (China) – Mirihi
    Sharon Lai (China) - Mirihi
  7. Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
  8. Diana Dryn (Ukraine) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Diana Dryn (Ukraine) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  9. Imalisme (China) – Vilamendhoo
    Imalisme (China) - Vilamendhoo
  10. Trofimova (Russia) – Bandos
    Trofimova (Russia) - Bandos
  11. Juju Norremose (Brazil) – NIYAMA
    Juju Norremose (Brazil) - NIYAMA
  12. Churee Porn (Thailand) – Veligandu
    Churee Porn (Thailand) - Veligandu
  13. Alyssa Ramos (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Alyssa Ramos (USA) - Shangri-La Vilingili
  14. Victoria Demidova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah – 2
    Victoria Demidova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah - 2
  15. Alesya Visich (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah
    Alesya Visich (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah
  16. Alexandra Pereira (Spain) – Constance Halaveli
    Alexandra Pereira (Spain) – Constance Halaveli
  17. Ruby Garcia (Phillipines) – Taj Exotica
    Ruby Garcia (Phillipines) – Taj Exotica
  18. Daniela Lopez Osorio (Columbia) – Bandos
    Daniela Lopez Osorio (Columbia) – Bandos
  19. Brooklyn Decker (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
    Brooklyn Decker (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
  20. Alia Bhaat (India) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Alia Bhaat (India) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  21. Helen Owen (USA) – Dusit Thani
    Helen Owen (USA) – Dusit Thani
  22. Paula Drummond (Brazil) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Paula Drummond (Brazil) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
  23. Natalie Morris (USA) – Velassaru
    Natalie Morris (USA) – Velassaru
  24. Ekaterina Bezborodko (Russia) – Holiday Island
    Ekaterina Bezborodko (Russia) – Holiday Island
  25. Patrica Da Silva (Portugal) – Velassaru
    Patrica Da Silva (Portugal) – Velassaru
  26. Chirine Sabaiti (Lebanon) – Conrad Rangali
    Chirine Sabaiti (Lebanon) – Conrad Rangali
  27. Holly Willoughby (United Kingdom) – Olhuveli
    Holly Willoughby (United Kingdom) – Olhuveli
  28. Milaschka (Russia) – Paradise Island
    Milaschka (Russia) – Paradise Island
  29. Nastja Kocevar (UAE) Drift Thelu Veliga
    Nastja Kocevar (UAE) Drift Thelu Veliga
  30. Daniela Andreotti (Italy) One & Only Reethi Rah
    Daniela Andreotti (Italy) One & Only Reethi Rah

Best of the Maldives: Jetty Shuttle – Athuruga / Thudufushi

Athuruga - Thudufushi - jetty shuttle

Today is the biggest travel day of the year in America – the day before the Thanksgiving holiday. Not all Americans trek “home” (parents’ house) for Christmas (especially if they have young children of their own waiting for Santa at their own house), but nearly everyone makes the effort for Thanksgiving. Hence the “Homecoming” tradition of “Homecoming Game” and “Homecoming Queen” (all part of the day as the town converges on the local high school football game in the morning to see old friends while, typically, Mom is home preparing the feast).

The mayhem of families scattered across a continent was immortalised in the comedy film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”. In the Maldives, transport is more of a planes, boats and buggies affair. When the buggy shuttle pulls up, you know you are just about at your new home in paradise. Mind you, these buggies often only go a few hundred yards, but when the Maldives laziness sets in, then any physical activity can seem daunting.

Many resorts offer shuttles on call for covering significant distances, but sometimes you do have to wait for them to arrive. Many times you can just call from the room or restaurant and linger placidly waiting for your chauffeured ride. But Athuruga and Thudufusi have a dedicated water villa jetty shuttle always at the ready to lighten you load to and from your water villa. The silent electric buggy just zips people back and forth along the quite long jetty (the resort water villas are spread out quite a bit more than typical). But instead of facing an 100 metre trek along the jetty to your door, the shuttle will zip over to pick you up as soon as he spots you emerging from your door or stepping onto the jetty.

Best of the Maldives: Segway – Hideaway Beach

Hideaway Beach - segway

All proper blokes like a good gadget. And this weekend brought the return of Clarkson and gang to our screen with the successor to the now toppled Top Gear – Grand Tour (from “TG” to “GT”). The GT trio have made a career out of careening around on all sorts of things on wheels including the Segway. In fact, Clarkson rides one in his advert for the new service which hosts his show (see below).

If you too want to get your gear gadgetry going, then Hideaway Beach offers Segway tours of the resort. The prices are – 30 Minutes ($30), 60 Minutes ($50), 4 Hours ($150), 8 Hours ($200.00)

And on that bombshell for bombing around the resort…

Beach Beau Bloggers

Anantara Kihavah - David Calderon (USA)

International Mens Day today. Women aren’t the only Maldives visitors exploiting its picturesque backdrop for more than a few portraits in paradise. As I noted in my previous ‘males going to Male’ post, there are two orders smaller magnitude of male bloggers than female in the lifestyle part of the blogosphere.

As Andrej Karpathy notes first and foremost in his research into selfie popularity (“What a Deep Neural Network thinks about your #selfie”), “To take a good selfie, Do: Be female. Women are consistently ranked higher than men. In particular, notice that there is not a single guy in the top 100.”

Well, bucking that trend are a score of bucks here hoping to score a bit higher in those rankings with a bit of help from Maldivian scenery…

1. David Calderon (USA) – Anantara Kihavah [ABOVE]

2. Jay Martical (Maldives)
Jay Martical (Maldives)

3. Dennis Dougeridis (Australia) – Constance Halaveli
Constance Halaveli - Dennis Dougeridis (Australia)

4. Dario Fattore (Italy) – Royal Island
Royal Island  - Dario Fattore (Italy)

5. David Alayeto (Spain) – Baros
Baros - David Alayeto (Spain)

6. Bello (Maldives) – Centara Ras Fushi
Bello - Maldives

7. Pal Lie (Norway) Meeru
Meeru - Pal Lie (Norway)

8. Oliver Proudlock (United Kingdom) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi - Oliver Proudlock (United Kingdom)

9. Marco Mark (Hong Kong) – Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - Marco Mark (Hong Kong)

10. Nicholas Francois (France) – Constance Halaveli
Constance Halaveli - Nicholas Francois (France)

11. Jack Morris (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Jack Morris (United Kingdom)

12. Jaouad El Guerrab (Morocco) – Thulusdhoo
Thulusdhoo - Jaouad El Guerrab (Morocco)

13. Henry Hsu (Canada) – Olhuveli
Olhuveli - Henry Hsu (Canada)

14. Alexander Ivanov (Russia) – Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Alexander Ivanov (Russia)

15. Matt Claw (united Kingdom) – Komandoo
Komandoo - Matt Claw (united Kingdom)

16. Marko Grubnic (Croatia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Marko Grubnic (Croatia)

17. Marlon Hondi (Brazil) – Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - Marlon Hondi (Brazil)

18. Alessandro Magni (Italy) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
Coco Palm Bodu Hithi - Alessandro Magni  (Italy)

19. Zack Kalter (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Zack Kalter (USA)

20. Andrea Melchiorre (Italy) – Thulusdhoo
Thulusdhoo - Andrea Melchiorre (Italy)


Boardwalk Catwalk

Kristine Purvinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi - 2

Jetties are one of the iconic features of most Maldives resorts attracting their disproportionate share of photoshoot shots. Extending over the turquoise waters, the aquatic boardwalks let the paradise posers literally walk on water surrounded by the motley tapestry of blues. Marking the addition of “arrival jetties” to the resort profiles is a collection from the Maldives Complete fashionista database of twenty timber traipsers today…

  1. Kristine Purvinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi [ABOVE]
  2. Olga Scheglovaov (Bosnia) – Ranveli
    Olga Scheglovaov (Bosnia) – Ranveli
  3. Eryka Yar (USA) – AaaVeee
    Eryka Yar (USA) - AaaVeee
  4. Julia Dybowska (Poland) – Velassaru
    Julia Dybowska (Poland) – Velassaru
  5. Bridget Bahl (USA) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Bridget Bahl (USA) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
  6. Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Shangri-La Villingili
    Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
  7. Ylianna Dadashi (USA) – Huvafenfushi
    Ylianna Dadashi (USA) - Huvafenfushi
  8. Kira Eagle (Russia) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    Kira Eagle (Russia) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
  9. Nina Zandia (OAE) – Six Senses Laamu
    Nina Zandia (OAE) – Six Senses Laamu
  10. Jenny Phm (Vietnam) – Conrad Rangali
    Jenny Phm (Vietnam) - Conrad Rangali
  11. Jacqueline Fernandez (Sri Lanka) – Conrad Rangali
    Jacqueline Fernandez (Sri Lanka) – Conrad Rangali
  12. Sheida Fashionista (OAE) – Constance Moofushi
    Sheida Fashionista (OAE) – JA Manafaru
  13. Oxana K (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Oxana K (Russia) – NIYAMA
  14. Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
    Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
  15. Precious Angellyn Sanchez (Philippines) – Paradise Island
    Precious Angellyn Sanchez (Philippines) – Paradise Island
  16. Belinda Young (Taiwan) – Velaa
    Belinda Young (Taiwan) – Maalifushi
  17. Vlada Lachimova (Russia) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Vlada Lachimova (Russia) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
  18. Lucy Williams (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
    Lucy Williams (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
  19. Yana Flori (United Kingdom) – Amari Havodda
    Yana Flori (United Kingdom) - Amari Havodda
  20. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi
    Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi