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
      

Feshan Week

Yana (Russia) - Huvafenfushi

Fashion (“Feshan” in Dhivehi) week here in London again. This date marks the second anniversary of Maldives Complete’s fashion posts. We will be celebrating with a few of our own fashion shows online. The first collection is displayed in the distinctive cat walk of the Maldives – the overwater runway known as the jetty…

  1. Yana (Russia) – Huvafenfushi [ABOVE]
  2. Anastasia Klubnichkina (Russia) – W Retreat
    Anastasia Klubnichkina (Russia) - W Retreat
  3. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  4. Janine Wiggert (Germany) – Constance Halaveli
    Janine Wiggert (Germany) - Constance Halaveli
  5. Valeriya Shelest (Russia) – Sun Island
    Valeriya Shelest (Russia) - Sun Island

  6. Daria Mitchell (Russia) – Eriyadhu
    Daria Mitchell (Russia) - Eriyadhu
  7. Rianna Gabriel (Russia) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Rianna Gabriel (Russia) - Sheraton Full Moon
  8. Karli Henneman (USA) – Constance Moofushi
    Karli Henneman (USA) - Constance Moofushi

  9. Viktoriya Morozovaa (Russia) – Drift Thelu
    Viktoriya Morozovaa (Russia) - Kuredu

  10. Anjelika (Russia) – Sun Island
    Anjelika (Russia) - Sun Island

      
  11. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – Velassaru
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru

  12. Katya Nizhegorodtseva (Russia) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Katya Nizhegorodtseva (Russia) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi 2
  13. Poonam Pandey (India) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Poonam Pandey (India)
  14. Denise Mak (Canada) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Denise Mak (Canada) - Gili Lankanfushi

Best of the Maldives: Pizza Toppings – Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi - pizza oven

Pizza is a pretty popular food around the world and no less so in the Maldives. We’ve had a wide variety in our world travels, our regular trips to Italy and our Maldives tours (so much so that with this post, I’m adding a special “pizza” tag). While many menus offer classic or special combinations, pizza is a pretty popular make-your-own affair. I’ve don’t recall having quite so much variety of ingredient as Amilla Fushi’s “Joe’s Pizza” at its Baazaar (allusion to the “Baa” atoll there) restaurant. Items I’ve never made a pizza with like lamb meatballs, harissa yoghurt, capsicum, spiced pumpkin and silver beet. They even have a sweet pizza with Nutella and Banana (why is this not more common?). And if you want more cheese, never mind the “Quattro Formaggio”, Joe’s offers 8 (!) cheeses (“Otto Formaggio” anyone?) – mozzarella, pecorino, ricotta, brie, gorgonzola, provolone, feta, bocconcini. Small pizza is $20 and a large is $24.

Best of the Maldives: Bagel Station – Finolhu

Finolhu - bagel station

And Finolhu has a bagel station for people who prefer their round dough morning thing savoury not sweet. Four different varieties of bagels and more toppings than I have seen this side of New York’s West Side. Of course, smoked salmon, but the smoked shrimps were a revelation. They also had smoked tuna and smoked king fish. As well as an assortment of cold cuts and other cheeses.

Best of the Maldives: DIY Donuts – Dhigufaru

Dhigufaru - DIY donuts

Donut Bar! Those words alone are enough to send goosebumps across the waistline of any true American junk food addict <hand up>. I eat more breakfasts when I am in the Maldives than any other time of the year (breakfast buffets are sort of a big thing there as in most resorts). They feature delicacies from all over the world, but somehow one of the great American AM staples has been out of reach for these culinary maestros – donuts (Latin name:  Doughnut).

I’ve had decent donuts twice in the Maldives. Both are no longer served (Kurumba no longer serves theirs at least they didn’t on my last visit, and GoNuts, which isn’t even at a resort, is no longer open). About the only impressive donut you can find at the resorts these days is the blow-up kind. If someone does serve donuts, their glazing is usually some hard caked-on chocolate instead of the de rigeur creamy icing.

But Dhigufaru is blazing new donut trails not just for the Maldives, but quite possibly the world! They have set up a make-your-own-donut bar at the breakfast buffet. A pile of plain donuts set out quirkily stacked on poles. But then a collection of toppings that you can add to concoct you perfect donut – maple syrup, chocolate sauce, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, strawberry sauce and peanut butter. America has make-your-own salads, sandwiches and sundaes, but I’ve never come across a DIY donut.

I had to Google it (maybe a million dollar business idea) and it turns out there is one in existence – Top this Donut Bar in Cincinnati, USA. But that was about it. World-class top of the morning to you!

Best of the Maldives: Tented Roofs – Cinnamon Hakuraa Hura

Cinnamon Hakuraa Hura - tented roof

Great covers aren’t limited to pop songs and fashion mags in the Maldives. Their thatched roofs are a world recognized icon of tropical paradise. But a few resorts have opted for more creative designs with different aesthetic than the ubiquitous thatch. One of the most original in all the Maldives is Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa’s tented villa roofs. It’s actually not just the roof, but the ceiling as well (see photo above). It gives the villas a light and airy feel to them. And the interiors are very stylishly decorated.

Lori is amazed at how many details I can remember from the dozens of resorts we have stayed at, but I must admit that sometimes they do blur a bit in my mind as so many follow such a similar villa look and feel. Hakuraa Huraa is one that is distinctively memorable though.

Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa - tented roof exterior