Best of the Maldives: Indian Wine – Taj Exotica

Taj Exotica - Indian wine 2

The water villa floors are not the only place you will find an exotic glass in the Maldives. Their world class wine cellars house some of the most exquisite vintages from around the world.

One might not think of the neighbouring subcontinent as a particularly noteworthy appellation. We fell into that same trap. We went to a champagne blind taste testing which featured a Indian sparkling wine called Omar Khayam (which at the time was stocked by ASDA). We were all expecting it to taste like yesterday’s vindaloo, but in the tasting everyone (blind again) rated it as one of the top bubblys. We mistook it for Moet. It turns out that Omar Khayan had gone into to partnership with Louis Roederer and produced some actual vintage runs with exceptional quality (Unfortunately the production of at least the vintage stuff has stopped and I can’t find any bottles anywhere. We did try some N.V. bottles, but frankly, they did merit more of a comparison to curry than champagne).

But you can find some top bottles at Taj Exotica from the budding producers. Especially Fratelli Wines in Nasik, India which has produced a selection “Specially matured and bottled for Taj Exotica”.

  • Fratelli, “Sette VII” Sagiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, $95
  • Fratelli, “Vitae” Chardonnay, Barrel fermented, 2014, $75

शराब के बिना भोजन बिना धूप के एक दिन की तरह है

Taj Exotica - Indian wine

Best of the Maldives: Glass Coffee Table – Safari Island

Safari Island - glass coffee table 1

The favorite, even iconic, holes in the boards in the Maldives are the infamous glass floors of the water villas. But, Safari Island has lifted this feature with its indoor glass table. Sure beats a coffee table boo of underwater photography to instead sit down and gaze at the real thing. It’s a nice twist so that you can linger, perhaps over a cuppa or a cocktail to real savour this special view instead of staring down at your feet.

Safari Island - glass coffee table 2

Best of the Maldives: Alternative Ping Pong – Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu - ping pong table

Holy Ping Pong Batman! This is not just something I have not seen at any other Maldives resort…I haven’t seen it anywhere else in the world (thanks Paola). Sort of like table tennis with golf hazards. Six Senses Laamu describes…

  • This is a ping pong table that we have made here at the resort as part of our fun & quirky concept. It is placed on the beach outside Sip Sip along with other games we have made here on the island (giant score four, jenga etc). It is not easy as it looks! The table has holes with nets on it so one would have to have great aim to play without dropping the ball in the hole.”

Beer pong returning to its ping pong origins, though contrary to the resort statement, I think there definitely should be a version where you drink a beer if your opponent sends it into one of the holes.

A real *smash* hit!

Six Senses Laamu - smash

 

Best of the Maldives: W Retreat – Pool Float

W Retreat - float

Eid Mubarack! If you need to just lie down after all the feasting, then W Retreat offers literally the biggest armada of pool floats to lull you to a gently bobbing repose.

When we visited the Maldives with our children years ago, Lori and I would read by the pool while they splashed about (perhaps the very first beginnings of Maldives Complete was my research into which resorts had pools which the kids adored). If we had the W’s Canopy Float (see photo above), I could have enjoyed my reading in the pool rather than beside the pool. Especially with the sun-protecting canopy which keeps the light from being too harshly bright on the eyes while reading.

And if you want to make the biggest splash with a blow-up pink flamingo Instagram pic, the W has just introduced the largest in the Maldives, the mother of all pink flamingo floats (see below)…

  W Retreat - giant pink flamingo

Shallow Wallow Too

shallow wallow cover

To finish the Fashionista fest this week, a collection of the ultimate Maldives pose…the “Sand Wallow”. Fifty fabulous fashionistas lingering in the very fringes of the Indian Ocean like the darling black-tipped reef shark pups who sashay through here to all the guests’ delight…

  1. Cattleya Choksiri (Thailand) – Cinnamon Hakuraa Hura
    Cattleya Choksiri (Thailand) - Cinnamon Hakuraa Hura
      
  2. Elena Temnikova (Russia) – Vommuli
    Elena Temnikova (Russia) - Vommuli
      
  3. Timea Vajna (Hungary) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Timea Vajna (Hungary) - Shangri-La Vilingili
      
  4. Gizel (Brazil) – Angsana Velavaru
    Gizel (Brazil)  – Angsana Velavaru

       
  5. Alicja Sudakowska (Poland) – Maalifushi
    Alicja Sudakowska (Poland) - Maalifushi
      
  6. Nia Sharma (India) – Meedhupparu
    Nia Sharma (India) - Meedhupparu
      
  7. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
      
  8. Rebecca Munro (Germany) – Soneva Fushi
    Rebecca Munro (Germany) - Soneva Fushi
     
  9. Kseniia Kochenkova (Greece) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Kseniia Kochenkova (Greece) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
     
  10. Sonja Kovac (Croatia) – Sun Island
    Sonja Kovac (Croatia) - Sun Island
      
  11. Kino MacGregor (USA) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Kino MacGregor (USA) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  12. Nadine Friedrich (Australia) – Embudu
    Nadine Friedrich (Australia) – Embudu
     
  13. Pla Komaratat (Thailand) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Pla Komaratat (Thailand)
      
  14. Nicola Bechyňová (Czech) – Kuramathi
    Nicola Bechyňová (Czech) – Kuramathi
     
  15. Tori Son (Russia) – Ranveli
    Tori Son (Russia) – Ranveli
     
  16. Giulia (Italy) – Dhiggiri
    Giulia (Italy) - Dhiggiri
     
  17. Yael Finkelman (Israel) – Mirihi
    Yael Finkelman (Israel) – Mirihi
      
  18. Aysel Manafova (Azerbaijani) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Aysel Manafova (Azerbaijani) - One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  19. Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) - Maalifushi
      
  20. Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
    Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba 2
     
      
  21. Ylianna Dadashi (USA) – Huvafenfushi
    Ylianna Dadashi (USA) - Huvafenfushi
      
  22. Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee
    Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee
      
  23. Myleen Klass (United Kingdom) – Kuramathi
    Myleen Klass (United Kingdom) - Kuramathi

     
  24. Zhenya Katava (Belarus) – Velassaru
    Zhenya Katava (Belarus) – Velassaru
     
  25. Luo Zilin (China) – The Residence
    Luo Zilin (China) – The Residence
     
  26. Dayane Mello (Brazil) – Palm Beach
    Dayane Mello (Brazil) – Palm Beach
      
  27. Joelle Kayembe (South Africa) – Bandos
    Joelle  Kayembe (South Africa) – Bandos
       
  28. Elisabeth Adelantes (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
    Elisabeth Adelantes (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
     
  29. Faya Nillson (Sweden) – W Retreat
    Faya Nillson (Sweden) – W Retreat
     
  30. Maddie Cox (Australia) – Anantara Veli
    Maddie Cox (Australia) – Anantara Veli
     
  31. Carrie Lee (China) – Maalifushi
    Carrie Lee (China) – Maalifushi
     
  32. Diana Dollmatova (Russia) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    Diana Dollmatova (Russia) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
     
  33. Valentina Vignali (Italy) – Baros
    Valentina Vignali (Italy) – Baros
     
  34. Gabby Epstein (Australia) – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
    Gabby Epstein (Australia) – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
     
  35. Eem Nizam (Maldives) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Eem Nizam (Maldives) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
     
  36. Lorena Rae (Germany) – Palm Beach
    Lorena Rae (Germany) – Palm Beach
     
  37. Milaschka (Russia) – Paradise Island
    Milaschka (Russia) – Paradise Island
     
  38. Iryn Shynkarenko (Ukraine) – Veligandu
    Iryn Shynkarenko (Ukraine) – Veligandu
     
  39. Chris Piggy (China) – NIYAMA
    Chris Piggy (China) – NIYAMA
     
  40. Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
    Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
     
  41. Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu
    Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu
     
  42. Jessieann Lachowski (Canada) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Jessieann Lachowski (Canada) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

     
  43. Ann-Katrin Vida (Germany) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
    Ann-Katrin Vida (Germany) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
     
  44. Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Cocoa Island
    Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Cocoa Island
     
  45. Alyssa Jusright (USA) – Ranveli
    Alyssa Jusright (USA) – Ranveli
     
  46. Alina Sandi (Norway) – LUX Maldives
    Alina Sandi (Norway) – LUX Maldives
     
  47. Lena Lenina (Russia) – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
    Lena Lenina (Russia) – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
      
  48. Gala Gonzales (Spain) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Gala Gonzales (Spain) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  49. Ann Shalman (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Ann Shalman (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
     
  50. Ednyr Marie (USA) – AaaVeee
    Ednyr Marie (USA) - AaaVeee

Film Flam

Michaela Griffin-Smith (OAE) - LUX South Ari Atoll

Pink Flamingo Day! If hats are de rigeur at Ascot, giant blow up pink flamingos are the de riguer fashion accessory at Maldives resorts. Phoenicopterus Inflatus is rivalling whale sharks and mantas as the most popular creature in the water. This invasive species is taking over as the fashionista foto fav.  Blow up creatures of all sorts, from unicorns to frogs, provide colourful photo companions, but more pictures are taken with pink flamingos than all the others combined. I guess it’s sort of a surreal Miami-chic vibe about the prop. In fact, photo-blogger Dominika (#1) below uses the name “Pink Flamingo” as her Instagram handler.

  1. Michaela Griffin-Smith (OAE) – LUX South Ari Atoll [ABOVE]
      
  2. Dominika (United Kingdom) – Bandos
    Dominika (United Kingdom) – Bandos
      
  3. Kristina Marakova (Russia) – Mahibadhoo
    Kristina Marakova (Russia) - Mahibadhoo
      
  4. Jacqueline Deutsch (Austria) – Sun Island
    Jacqueline Deutsch (Austria) - Sun Island
      
  5. Tatiana Vasilieva (Russia) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
    Tatiana Vasilieva (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  6. Irene Lizzie (Russia)
    Irene Lizzie (Russia)
      
  7. Minnie Seibt (Germany) – The Residence
    Minnie Seibt (Germany) - The Residence
      
  8. Anna Ryapasova (Russia) – Dusit Thani
    Anna Ryapasova (Russia) - Dusit Thani
      
  9. Simone Chen (Germany) – Thudufushi
    Simone Chen (Germany) – Thudufushi
      
  10. Olga Kurbatova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Olga Kurbatova (Russia) – Velaa
      
  11. Lera Bukinaa (Russia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Lera Bukinaa (Russia) - Centara Ras Fushi
      
  12. Borisa Tutundjieva (Bulgaria) – Meedhupparu
    Borisa Tutundjieva (Bulgaria) - Meedhupparu

       
  13. Darya Radchenko (Russia) – Kihaad
    Darya Radchenko (Russia) - Kihaad
       
  14. Gizel (Brazil) – Angsana Velavaru
    Gizel (Brazil) – Angsana Velavaru
      
  15. Alex Seifert (Germany) – Vilu Reef
    Alex Seifert (Germany) – Conrad Rangali
      
  16. Sonja Kovac (Croatia) – Sun Island
    Sonja Kovac (Croatia) - Sun Island
      
  17. Yolanda (China) – Hideaway Beach
    Yolanda (China) - Hideaway Beach
      
  18. Julia (Germany) – Summer Island
    Julia (Germany) - Summer Island
      
  19. Kristina Mikanovskis (Russia) – Kuramathi
    Kristina Mikanovskis (Russia) - Kuramathi
      
  20. Arisha Gz (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Arisha Gz (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  21. Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) – Velaa
    Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) - Velaa
      
  22. Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee
    Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee - 4
      
  23. Anastasia Klimova (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Anastasia Klimova (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  24. Veronika Hrubcova (Czech) – Kuredu
    Veronika Hrubcova (Czech) - Kuredu

      
  25. Ann Korshun (Russia) – Summer Island
    Ann Korshun (Russia) – Summer Island
      
  26. Ednyr Marie (Canada) AaaVeee
    Ednyr Marie (Canada) AaaVeee
      
  27. Juliane Diesner (Germany) – Amilla Fushi
    Juliane Diesner (Germany) – Amilla Fushi
      
  28. Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee
    Karolina Wozniak (Poland) - AaaVeee
       
  29. Fiona (Taiwan) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Fiona (Taiwan) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  30. Natali Radyukova (Russia) – Kurumba
    Natali Radyukova (Russia) – Kurumba
      
  31. Natallia Yakimchyk (Poland) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Natallia Yakimchyk (Poland) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
      
  32. Siriarin Siriyanon (Thailand) – Halaveli
    Siriarin Siriyanon (Thailand) - Halaveli
      
  33. Sylvia Wu (Taiwan) – Olhuveli
    Sylvia Wu (Taiwan) – Olhuveli
      
  34. Victoria Demidova (Russia) – Finolhu
    Victoria Demidova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  35. Yarmy Shiva (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Yarmy Shiva (Russia) – NIYAMA - 2
      
  36. Hebe Cong (China) – Centara Grand
    Hebe Cong (China) - Centara Grand

Ladies’ Cay

Cherry Yeung (Hong Kong) - Taj Exotica

Ladies Day today is not only the height of fashion display during “The Season”, but quite possibly the entire year in the UK. A rainbow of couture is literally topped off with the most extensive collection of high-brow over the brow.  In fact, here is the official dress code for Ladies entering the Royal Enclosure today at Royal Ascot:

  1. Dresses and skirts should fall just above the knee or longer
  2. Jackets & pashminas may be worn
  3. Trouser suits are welcome but must be full length and of matching material and colour
  4. All straps must be one inch or greater
  5. Jumpsuits are welcome but must be full length to the ankle and follow the same strap regulations as dresses
  6. Hats should be worn
  7. Headpieces must have a solid base of four inches or more

Maldives fashionistas have got the last two down, but maybe literally coming up short on #1 and #4 quite often.

The more casual wide-brimmed straw has been a perennial favourite.  But the cursive catch-phrase stitched on has become a bit of a rage this season (see  #3, #42, #50).  Maldives fashionistas are no less the fan of a well perched headpiece. Here is the Maldives Complete 2017 collection of Maldive millinery…

 

  1. Cherry Yeung (Hong Kong) – Taj Exotica [ABOVE]
  2. Roksana Mussabekova (Russia) – Sun Island
    Roksana Mussabekova (Russia) - Sun Island
  3. Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) - Sun Siyam Irufushi 3
  4. Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
    Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
  5. Kristina Mendonca (Australia) – W Retreat
    Kristina Mendonca (Australia) - W Retreat
  6. Olga Stepp (United Kingdom) – Halaveli
    Olga Stepp (United Kingdom) – Halaveli
  7. Kristina Marakova (Russia) – Mahibadhoo
    Kristina Marakova (Russia) - Mahibadhoo
  8. Adelina Novak (Russia) – Taj Exotica
    Adelina Novak (Russia) - Taj Exotica
  9. Full Time Mamy (Thailand) – W Retreat
    Full Time Mamy (Thailand) - W Retreat
  10. Cristina Ich (Romania) – NIYAMA
    Cristina Ich (Romania) – NIYAMA
  11. Coco Airi (Japan) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Coco Airi (Japan) - Gili Lankanfushi
  12. Kseniia Burda (Russia)
    Kseniia Burda (Russia)
  13. Nina Serebrova (Russia) – Medhufushi
    Nina Serebrova (Russia) - Medhufushi
  14. Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazil) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazil) - Shangri-La Vilingili
  15. Katusha Lobanova (Russia)
    Katusha Lobanova (Russia)
  16. Ming Arinmas (Thailand) – W Retreat
    Ming Arinmas (Thailand) - W Retreat
  17. Greta (Russia) – Hurawalhi
    Greta (Russia) - Hurawalhi
  18. Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) – Maalifushi
    Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) – Maalifushi
  19. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – Velassaru 2
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru 2
  20. Irina (Russia) – Sun Island
    Irina (Russia) - Sun Island
  21. Viktoria (Azerbaijan) – Ayada
    Viktoria (Azerbaijan) – Ayada
  22. Adriana Larina (Philippines) – Ranveli
    Adriana Larina (Philippines) - Ranveli
  23. Carrie Santana da Silva (United Kingdom) – Velassaru
    Carrie Santana da Silva (United Kingdom) – Velassaru
  24. Katarina Ku (Indonesia) – NIYAMA
    Katarina Ku (Indonesia) - NIYAMA
  25. Sonja Kovac (Croatia) – Sun Island
    Sonja Kovac (Croatia) - Sun Island
  26. Frankie Bridge (United Kingdom) – Hurawalhi
    Frankie Bridge (United Kingdom) - Hurawalhi
  27. Alessia Marcuzzi (Italy) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Alessia Marcuzzi (Italy) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  28. Safiarina (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi 2
    Safiarina (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi 2
  29. Jacquelyn Jablonski (USA) – Constance Moofushi
    Jacquelyn Jablonski (USA) - Constance Moofushi
  30. Luchiya Stefanova (Bulgaria) – AaaVeee
    Luchiya Stefanova (Bulgaria) - AaaVeee
  31. Anastasia Romanova (Russia) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Anastasia Romanova (Russia) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  32. Lena Mazuchova (Czech) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Lena Mazuchova (Czech) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  33. Aum Patchrapa (Thailand) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Aum Patchrapa (Thailand) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
  34. Jessica Cabensy (USA) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Jessica Cabensy (USA) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
  35. Nelli Chernova (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Nelli Chernova (Russia) - Irufushi
  36. Margareth Made (Italy) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
    Margareth Made (Italy) - Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
  37. Emma Lapin (Serbia) – Sun Island
    Emma Lapin (Serbia) - Sun Island
  38. Koi Chayathip (Thailand) – Vakarufalhi
    Koi Chayathip (Thailand) - Vakarufalhi
  39. Dilya Diaz (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu

  40. Scarlett De La Torre (Hong Kong) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Scarlett De La Torre (Hong Kong) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  41. Lorraine Van Wyk (South Africa) – One and Only Reethi Rah
    Lorraine Van Wyk (South Africa) – One and Only Reethi Rah
  42. Irina Kislyak (Russia) – Sun Island
    Irina Kislyak (Russia) - Sun Island
  43. Mimi (South Male)
    Mimi (South Male)
  44. Michelle Mone (United Kingdom)
    Michelle Mone (United Kingdom)
  45. Papic Sanja (Panama) – Velassaru
    Papic Sanja (Panama) - Velassaru
  46. Caitlyn Howe (USA) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Caitlyn Howe (USA) - Gili Lankanfushi
  47. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  48. Nicola Brown (United Kingdom) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Nicola Brown (United Kingdom) – Gili Lankanfushi
  49. Mina Al Sheikhly (UAE) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Mina Al Sheikhly (UAE) Sun Siyam Irufushi
  50. Valentina Pahde (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Valentina Pahde (Germany) - Sun Siyam Irufushi

Upside Down, Girl, You Turn Me

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International Yoga Day today. And the Maldives, with its idyllic tranquillity and serene beauty is becoming an international yoga hot spot itself. My very first yoga session I ever did was a sunrise session at Kuda Huraa years ago. Lori and I still take a weekly class, but I still struggle to balance in Eagle Pose never mind a full-fledged shoulder stand. But the top practitioners in the Maldives have no such difficulty, at least this inverted study thirty…

  1. Emma Ekholm (Sweden) – Olhuveli [ABOVE]
  2. Linzi B (United Kingdom) – Constance Moofushi
    Linzi B (United Kingdom) – Gili Lankanfushi
  3. Shona Vertue (Australia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Shona Vertue (Australia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  4. Ali Dixon (Australia) – Kandooma
    Ali Dixon (Australia) - Kandooma
  5. Vanessa Hong (France) – Halaveli
    Vanessa Hong (France) - Halaveli
  6. Michelle (OAE) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Michelle (OAE) - Sun Siyam Irufushi 3
  7. Lowri Thomas (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Lowri Thomas (United Kingdom) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  8. Rimma Pryadchenko (Russia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Rimma Pryadchenko (Russia) - Centara Ras Fushi
  9. Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi 2
  10. Jessica Rae (USA) – Maafuyshi
    Jessica Rae (USA) - Maafuyshi
  11. Dashama (USA) – Angsana Velavaru
    Dashama (USA) - Angsana Velavaru
  12. Isabel L. (Singapore) – Cocoa Island
    Isabel L (Singapore) - Cocoa Island
  13. Steph Claire Smith (Australia) – W Retreat
    Steph Claire Smith (Australia) – W Retreat
  14. Deepika Mehta (India) – Six Senses Laamu
    Deepika Mehta (India) - Six Senses Laamu
  15. Mabel (Singapore) – NIYAMA
    Mabel (Singapore) – NIYAMA
  16. Ocean Bloom (Canada) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Ocean Bloom (Canada) - Gili Lankanfushi
  17. Kino MacGregor (USA) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Kino MacGregor (USA) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  18. Roxet (Russia)
    Roxet (Russia)
  19. Zoe Jones (USA) – Kurumba
    Zoe Jones (USA) - Kurumba
  20. Denise Mak (Canada) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Denise Mak (Canada) - Gili Lankanfushi
  21. Ana Malina (Russia)
    Ana Malina (Russia)
  22. Gordeieva Ksenila (Russia) – Velaa
    Gordeieva Ksenila (Russia) - Velaa

  23. Jess Watson (Indonesia) – Maafushi
    Jess Watson (Indonesia) – Maafushi
  24. Judith Ko (Hong Kong) – Angsana Velavaru
    Judith Ko (Hong Kong) - Angsana Velavaru

  25. Dream Danzarina (Denmark) – Kuramathi
    Dream Danzarina (Denmark) - Kuramathi
  26. Xenia Deli (Moldova) – NIYAMA
    Xenia Deli (Moldova) – NIYAMA
  27. Anne (Sweden) – Six Senses Laamu
    Anne (Sweden) - Six Senses Laamu - 2
  28. Alana Kay (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
    Alana Kay (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
  29. Juju Norremose (Brazil) – NIYAMA
    Juju Norremose (Brazil) - NIYAMA

  30. Melini Jesudason (Japan) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Melini Jesudason (Japan) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

 

Jocks on the Docks

Youri Zoon (Netherlands) – Maafushi - Surfer

Surfer girls aren’t the only athletes drawn to the idyllic shores of the Maldives. I’ve noticed that Bunyamin Ahmed’s Instagram feed has been particularly chocker recently with footballers arriving in the Maldives. But every manner of athlete finds a bit of regeneration and recovery from this relaxing setting. Here is a top ten sample (sorry there’s not more ladies, but the guys just don’t post as prolifically as the gals)…

  1. Youri Zoon (Netherlands) Maafushi – Surfer [ABOVE]
  2. Michael Phelps (USA) – Conrad Rangali – Olympic Swimmer
    Michael Phelps (USA) – Conrad Rangali - Olympic Swimmer
  3. Almog Sharf (Israel) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi – Surfer
    Almog Sharf (Israel) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Surfer
  4. Irshaad Sayed (South Africa) – Kanuhura – Mixed Martial Arts
    Irshaad Sayed (South Africa) – Kanuhura – Mixed Martial Arts
  5. Cornelius Atkinson (United Kingdom) – Soneva Fushi – Acrobat
    Cornelius Atkinson (United Kingdom) – Soneva Fushi - Acrobat
  6. DL Scott (USA) COMO by Maalifushi – Body Builder
    DL Scott (USA) – COMO by Maalifushi - Body Builder
  7. Alex (United Kingdom) – Komandoo – Racing driver
    Alex (United Kingdom) – Komandoo - Racing Driver
  8. Constantine (Bulgaria) – Olhuveli – Yoga
    Constantine (Bulgaria) – Olhuveli - Yoga
  9. Matteo (Italy) – Amilla Fushi – Body Builder
    Matteo (Italy) – Amilla Fushi - Body Builder
  10. Faissal Zouhir (USA) – Six Senses Laamu – Fitness
    Faissal Zouhir (USA) – Six Senses Laamu - Fitness

Hang Tens

Maldives surfboard

International Surfing Day today. And the Maldives is a surfing destination of international profile. Not just for top surf competitions, but also for the paradise poseurs. The elegant lines, smooth contours and colourful decoration make for a most photogenic shot…and that’s just the surfboards.

Also, sort of fashionista theme this week with a number of photoshoot worthy special days coming up. “The Season” brings out lots of events where people don their best togs.

  1. Madeline Joy Relph and Natalie Roser (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Madeline Joy Relph and Natalie Roser (Australia) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
     
  2. Carol Magalhães (Brazil) – Maalifushi
    Carol Magalhães (Brazil) - Maalifushi
     
  3. Christel (Philippines) – Kandooma
    Christel (Philippines) - Kandooma
     
  4. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – Velassaru
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru
     
  5. Chelsea Yamase (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Chelsea Yamase (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
     
  6. Jessie Chlossmann (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
    Jessie Chlossmann (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
     
  7. Ira Kulakovskaya (Russia) – Vadoo
    Ira Kulakovskaya (Russia) – Vadoo
     
  8. Malini Agarwal (India) – Club Med Kani
    Malini Agarwal (India) – Club Med Kani
     
  9. Melanie Kyle Oldenburg (Australia) – Olhuveli
    Melanie Kyle Oldenburg (Australia) – Olhuveli
     
  10. Marianna Nagl (Ukraine) – Kurumba
    Marianna Nagl (Ukraine) – Kurumba
     
  11. Roxy Louw (South Africa) – Chaaya Island Dhonveli
    Roxy Louw (South Africa) – Chaaya Island Dhonveli
  12. Eve Riviere (France) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
    Eve Riviere (France) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi- 2
     
  13. Yanita Yancheva (Bulgaria) – Anantara Veli
    Yanita Yancheva (Bulgaria) – Anantara Veli
     
  14. Karine Amatuni (Ukraine) – Kurumba
    Karine Amatuni (Ukraine) – Kurumba
     
  15. Annabella Barber (New Zealand) – Six Senses Laamu
    Annabella Barber (New Zealand) – Six Senses Laamu
     
  16. Myolie Wu (China) – NIYAMA
    Myolie Wu (China) – NIYAMA
     
  17. Nataly Osmann (Russia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Nataly Osmann (Russia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
     
  18. Ala Cascaval (Moldova) – Hulhumale
    Ala Cascaval (Moldova) – Hulhumale
  19. Kiki Sunshine (Russia) – W Retreat
    Kiki Sunshine (Russia) – W Retreat

     
  20. Vanessa Fuchs (Germany) – Kurumba
    Vanessa Fuchs (Germany) – Kurumba