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
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)
Hannah (United Kingdom) – Amilla Fushi [ABOVE]
Kat Harding (Australia) – Four Season Kuda Huraa
Jessica Olie (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Elena (Italy) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
- Deepika Mehta (India) – Six Senses Laamu
Melini Jesudason (Japan) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
If you want a high perch on which to relax over a more natural body of water, check out Thulusdhoo’s swinging lounger over the lagoon (thanks Eka). Complete with rope ladder to give it that extra bit of Swiss Family Robinson chic aesthetic.
Double header for the double deckers at Finolhu this week. This one is a bit more dramatic and as stunning underneath as it is on top as a waterfall cascades into the pool enveloping the in-pool bar. More “Ballers” than “Baywatch” (with more than a hint of Starship Enterprise).
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).
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!
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…
- Lynn Ban (USA) Maalifushi [ABOVE]
- Maine Mendoza (Philippines) – Shangri-La Vilingili
- Leila Joy (Australia) – Eriyadu
- Irene Kim (South Korea) Constance Halaveli
- Yezenia Navarro (Russia) – Kurumba
- Sandra Zem (Lithuania) – Baros
- Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
- Anna Lorin (Canada)
- Yellow Lady Bird (South Korea) – W Maldives
- Tatiana Lis (Russia) – Finolhu
- Pamela Quinzi (Italy) – Bathala
- Amber Anderson (United Kingdom) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
- Innessa Dudakova (Austria) – Constance Halaveli
- Anita Kao (Taiwan) – Finolhu
- Jacqueline Fernandez (Sri Lanka) – Conrad Rangali