Best of the Maldives: Coffee Drinks – Kuramathi

Kuramathi - coffee 4

International Coffee Day today. I remember when we first started going to the Maldives in the nineties, as much as we loved it one of the biggest (if not *the* biggest) negative and thing we missed from home was a good cup of coffee. Eventually, the espresso machines made it over and the resorts figured out how to brew some enjoyable cups. For the 5-star luxury resorts, the Gaggia machine is table stakes and most have pretty fine personal coffee makers in room.

Kuramathi continues the trend to ever finer roasted blend concoctions putting its entire F&B staff through coffee guru training…

  • “The resort completed a comprehensive course in advanced barista techniques and coffee beverage. The training was conducted by skilled coffee artisan; Giorgos Atsopardis who is a Certified Specialty Barista & Certified Specialty Brewer. Originally from Greece, he contributed his 20 years of expertise and wisdom in the coffee industry to participants from our Food and Beverage team in a dedicated workshop. Giorgos’s expertise in coffee has also earned him finalist positions in the National Barista Championship of Greece in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Coffee produced by the iconic brewing method of utilizing a ‘Syphon Filter’ was also demonstrated during the training session, and it’s no surprise the specialty is available for guests to try.“

Amongst the few additions to the hot drinks menu are…

  • Kuramathi on Ice – Espresso, Cold Chocolate, Scoop of Vanilla, Cinnamon powder, Caramel syrup
  • Freddo Cappuccino – Espresso poured in iced and creamy milk
  • Cold Mocachino – Espresso with cold chocolate

Kuramathi - coffee 3

Kuramathi - coffee

Kuramathi - coffee 1

Gudhu Guru Girls

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The Maldives has as many if not more female than male fitness fanatics and by far their fitness fashion of choice is yoga.  So much so that I’ve featured a number of yoga pose collections, but none more challenging and expert than the gaggle of gurus below…

(note:  “gudhu” means “curve” or “bend” in Dhivehi)

  1. Hannah (United Kingdom) – Amilla Fushi [ABOVE]
  2. Kat Harding (Australia) – Four Season Kuda Huraa
    Kat Harding (Australia) – Four Season Kuda Huraa
      
  3. Kino MacGregor (USA) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Kino MacGregor (USA) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  4. Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
     
  5. Dannielle Blaker (OAE) – Ayada
    Dannielle Blaker (OAE) - Ayada
      
  6. Jessica Olie (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Landaa GiraavaruJessica Olie (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - 3
     
      
  7. Elena (Italy) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
    Elena (Italy) - Adaaran Hudhuran fushi
      
  8. Rimma Pryadchenko (Russia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Rimma Pryadchenko (Russia) - Centara Ras Fushi
        
  9. Deepika Mehta (India) – Six Senses Laamu
    Deepika Mehta (India) - Six Senses Laamu

          
  10. Tatyana Afanasyeva (Russia) – Eriyadu
    Tatyana Afanasyeva (Russia) – Eriyadu
      
  11. Jessica Rae (USA) – Maafuyshi
    Jessica Rae (USA) - Maafuyshi
  12. Melini Jesudason (Japan) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Melini Jesudason (Japan) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa   
       

 

 

Buff Fitness Buffs

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National Fitness Day today. While most are lulled into indolent relaxation by the tranquilising Maldives, a few (and I was once one of these) take advantage of the fresh air, healthy food and plenty of recovery resting to get in some good fitness. The fitness offerings at resorts have gone from a few dusty barbells in a stuffy room to quite extravagant programmes and facilities. And the clientele savouring this equipment has grown to as you can see from the collection of buff fitness buffs visiting below…

  1. Matthew Fraser (USA) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  2. Alexander Schachner (Austria)
    Alexander Schachner (Austria) - fitness
       
  3. Jonny Pattenden (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Jonny Pattenden (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah - fitness
       
  4. Miles MacCarthy (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Miles MacCarthy (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah - fitness
        
  5. Joseph Maynard (United Kingdom) – Bandos
    Joseph Maynard (United Kingdom) – Bandos - fitness
        
  6. Famious Stephenson (USA) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Famious Stephenson (USA) – Gili Lankanfushi - fitness
        
  7. Alexander Dorokhov (Russia) – W Retreat
    Alexander Dorokhov (Russia) – W Hotel - fitness
       
  8. PT Dubai (OAE) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
    PT Dubai (OAE) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi - fitness
       
  9. Renato Vasconcelos (Portugal) – Velassaru
    Renato Vasconcelos (Portugal) – Velassaru - fitness
        
  10. Thibault Geoffray (France) – Summer Island
    Thibault Geoffray (France) – Summer Island - fitness
        
  11. Erasmo Viana (Brazil) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Erasmo Viana (Brazil) – One & Only Reethi Rah - fitness
       
  12. Omar Ortiz (South Korea)
    Omar Ortiz (South Korea)
       
  13. Andrew Pap (Australia) – Kandooma
    Andrew Pap (Australia) - Kandooma - fitness 

Best of the Maldives: Lifeguard Stand – Finolhu

Finolhu - life guard station

If you want to look out for pirates, Finolhu features the most exquisite lifeguard stand on its beach. A retro classic in robin’s egg blue with a apropos thatches roof. It even includes a set of binoculars to gaze out on the rest of the beach and ocean. Perfect for channelling your inner Baywatch. Or for the fashionistas, inner Babe Watch (it is one of the most popular posing platforms on the island).

Best of the Maldives: Holiday Pirate Treasure – Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu - pirate treasure

International Talk Like A Pirate Day today, but if you want to act like a pirate then avast ye’ these special programmes at Six Senses Laamu

  • “Twice a year during Easter and Christmas break we have many families with children visiting Six Senses Laamu. So twice a year we offer this excursion. It is a pirate themed trip that leaves at 10:00 in the morning and returns about 15:30. We have some scarfs, eye patches, foam swords, water guns, a treasure map and we make up a story. We take snorkel equipment along as well as children’s lunch. At the end the excursion leads to a “treasure” of sweets for the children. We usually have boys and girls between 6 and 13 years old and sometimes a parent comes along too. The price is USD 150++ (10% service charge & 12% GST)”

Blow me down and shiver me timbers!

Six Senses Laamu - pirate treasure 2

Beaux Sur L’Eaux

Male Model - Iqbal Gran (Germany) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi

The boys are back in town. While the male fashionista set is considerably smaller than the female counterparts, an increasing number of macho models are strutting their stuff on the white sand catwalks of the Maldives.

  1. Iqbal Gran (Germany) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi [ABOVE]
  2. Gary Xie (Singapore) – The Residence
    Male Model - Gary Xie (Singapore) – The Residence
      
  3. Nitin Gupta (India) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Male Model - Nitin Gupta (India) – One & Only Reethi Rah

       
  4. Corentin Huard (France) – Kanuhura
    Male Model - Corentin Huard (France) - Kanuhura
      
  5. Edwin Aw (Singapore) – Nika
    Male Model - Edwin Aw (Singapore) – Nika
      
  6. Alexander Dorokhov (Russia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Male Model - Alexander Dorokhov (Russia) – Six Senses Laamu
      
  7. Sergey Rensevich (Russia) – Biyadhoo
    Male Model - Sergey Rensevich (Russia) – Biyadhoo
      
  8. Catalin Botezatu (Romania) – Six Senses Laamu
    Male Model - Catalin Botezatu (Romania) – Six Senses Laamu
       
  9. Taweesit Pekae Eamchunam (Taiwan) – Safari Island
    Taweesit Pekae Eamchunam (Taiwan) – Safari Island
       
  10. Andre Hamann (Germany) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Male Model - Andre Hamann (Germany) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
      
  11. Rafael M. Vigal (Philippines) – Kuramathi
    Male Model - Rafael M. Vigal (Philippines) – Kuramathi
       
  12. Janewit Wongsue (Thailand) – Safari Island
    Janewit Wongsue (Thailand) – Safari Island

      
  13. Alex Belli (Italy) – Furaveri
    Alex Belli (Italy) – Furaveri
      
  14. Chon Thong (Thailand) – Soneva Fushi
    Male Model - Chon Thong (Thailand) – Soneva Fushi
       
  15. Robertas Aukstuolis (United Kingdom) – St. Regis Vommuli
    Robertas Aukstuolis (United Kingdom) – St Regis Vommuli

      
  16. Taku (Japan) – Soneva Jani
    Male Model - Taku (Japan) – Soneva Jani
     
  17. Mohamed Ragabi (Egypt) – Velassaru
    Male Model - Mohamed Ragabi (Egypt) – Velassaru
       
  18. Antonio Pozo (Spain) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
    Male Model - Antonio Pozo (Spain) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef 2
      
  19. Hamid Fadaei (Dubai) – Ayada
    Male Model - Hamid Fadaei (Dubai) - Ayada
      
  20. Alexander Taptsov (Belarus) – Vadoo
    Male Model - Alexander Taptsov (Belarus) - Vadoo
      
  21. Matt Peacock (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Male Model - Matt Peacock (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
      
  22. Robertas Aukstuolis (Netherlands) – Vommuli St. Regis
    Male Model - Robertas Aukstuolis (Netherlands) – Vommuli St. Regis
      
  23. Ivan (Singapore) – Taj Exotica
    Male Model - Ivan (Singapore) – Taj Exotica
      
  24. Passta Jack (Thailand) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Male Model - Passta Jack (Thailand) – Centara Ras Fushi
      
  25. Ethan Leong (Singapore) – Loama Maamigili
    Male Model - Ethan Leong  (Singapore) – Loama Maamigili

      
  26. Jon Hosking (United Kingdom) – The Residence
    Male Model - Jon Hosking (United Kingdom) – The Residence
       

Handbags at Dawn

Yada Villaret (Thailand) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

Some people enjoy the water sports and refreshing location for a bit of exercise, but the fashionista set prefer the chance to accessorise…

  1. Yada Villaret (Thailand) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru [ABOVE]
  2. Farah Yasmine (Tunisia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Farah Yasmine (Tunisia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  3. Sonam Kapoor (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Sonam Kapoor (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
      
  4. Park Shin-hye (South Korea) – Soneva Jani
    Park Shin-hye (South Korea) - Soneva Jani

       
  5. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
      
  6. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – Velassaru
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru
      
  7. Anna Lorin (Canada)
    Anna Lorin (Canada)
      
  8. Victoria Halenarova (Czech) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Victoria Halenarova (Czech) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
      
  9.  Andrea Chong (Singapore) – W Retreat
    Andrea Chong (Singapore) - W Retreat

      
  10. Cris Vallias (Brazil) – Anantara Kihvah Villas
    Cris Vallias (Brazil) – Anantara Kihvah Villas
     
  11. Innessa Dudakova (Austria) – Constance Halaveli
    Innessa Dudakova (Austria) – Constance Halaveli
      
  12. Lauren Sophie Messack (Netherlands) – Meeru
    Lauren Sophie Messack (Netherlands) - Meeru
      
  13. Twinkle Mukherjee (India) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Twinkle Mukherjee (India) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  14. Tatiana Orleanskaya (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
    Tatiana Orleanskaya (Russia) – Conrad Rangali - 2
      
  15. Ego Ego (Korea) – Shangri-La Villingili
    Ego Ego (Korea) - Shangri-La Villingili
      

 

   

Sole Sisters at Sea

Lynn Ban (USA) Maalifushi

No SHOES, No News?  Watching a few wobbly fashionistas trying to manage stilettos on a sandy path, that’s probably an extra good thing.  But for fashionista photoshoots, footwear is all part of the wardrobe.

Fun fact – Lori was actually a foot model in her younger years. She did have amazing feet. Dainty little things all perfectly smooth and shaped. It turns out there are a number of key criteria to being a foot model – smooth skin (tick), smooth shape (her father described her toes as little sausages all in a row), modest size (her feet are about a size smaller than most women her height and they do look like Wilma Flintstone feet with the toes all in a line), and no veins (in fact, when she was on modelling jobs, she literally spent her whole day with her feet propped up to keep the blood from going to them).

Unfortunately, she never got a gig in the Maldives, but these lucky models did…

  1. Lynn Ban (USA) Maalifushi [ABOVE]
  2. Maine Mendoza (Philippines) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Maine Mendoza (Philippines) - Shangri-La Vilingili
      
  3. Leila Joy (Australia) – Eriyadu
    Leila Joy (Australia) - Eriyadu
      
  4. Irene Kim (South Korea) Constance Halaveli
    Irene Kim (South Korea) Constance Halaveli
       
  5. Yezenia Navarro (Russia) – Kurumba
    Yezenia Navarro (Russia) - Kurumba
      
  6. Sandra Zem (Lithuania) – Baros
    Sandra Zem (Lithuania) - Baros
      
  7. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  8. Anna Lorin (Canada)
    Anna Lorin (Canada) 2
     
  9. Yellow Lady Bird (South Korea) – W Maldives
    Yellow Lady Bird (South Korea) – W Maldives
      
  10. Tatiana Lis (Russia) – Finolhu
    Tatiana Lis (Russia) - Finolhu
      
  11. Pamela Quinzi (Italy) – Bathala
    Pamela Quinzi (Italy) – Bathala
       
  12. Amber Anderson (United Kingdom) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Amber Anderson (United Kingdom) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
      
  13. Innessa Dudakova (Austria) – Constance Halaveli
    Innessa Dudakova (Austria) – Constance Halaveli 2
      
  14. Anita Kao (Taiwan) – Finolhu
    Anita Kao (Taiwan) – Finolhu
      
  15. Jacqueline Fernandez (Sri Lanka) – Conrad Rangali 
    Jacqueline Fernandez (Sri Lanka) – Conrad Rangali - 2