Best of the Maldives: 3D Astonomy – Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi - telescope

The end of February and still no new moon this month. The rare occurrence of a month with no New Moo is ominously dubbed a “Black Moon”. It’s not all glum as the absence of moon, especially a bright full one, is great for stargazing. And the pioneer in Maldives astronomy, Soneva Fushi, has added another dimension (literally) to its state-of-the-art observatory: 3D.

  • “Soneva has introduced a 3D astronomy experience, with the introduction of a brand-new Meade telescope at the Observatory at Soneva Fushi, its flagship resort in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives. Resident astronomers at Soneva Fushi will be on hand to educate guests and show them the differences in distance between stars and other celestial objects using the 3D technology. Mike Dalley, CEO of Inspiring Skies, the company responsible for installing the new telescope, explained the capability of the 3D component: ‘This new technology will help revolutionize how we offer astronomy experiences to guests, as it gives depth of field to what people see while looking through the telescope. It means that, for example, while looking at an open cluster, some stars will appear closer while others further away’.”

When it comes to star gazing, no moons is good moons.

Best of the Maldives: Mas-Huni – Medhufushi

Medhufushi - Mas Huni

Quite possibly the most distinctively traditional Maldivian dish you will find at a resort is the breakfast staple – Mas-huni. It is a delicate blend of fresh reef-caught tuna mixed with coconut, onion and a touch of chillies served on a light, thin flatbread (called “roshi”). It is light, healthy with both the tropical flavour tinged with coconut and a touch of piquancy with the chillies. It is Lori’s favorite dish in the Maldives and she has it everywhere they serve it so she has become a bit of a connoisseur (I enjoy it as well, but prefer to indulge in the sumptuous variety of the breakfast buffets more extravagantly). You can get it at most resorts. Being a pretty basic and popular dish, I haven’t featured it in the Best Of series yet, because there wasn’t that much variation. But I finally found a buffer offering worth calling out at Medhufushi. They offer two styles of Mah-Huni (until our visit, I didn’t even know there was more than one style). The Bashi-Mas-Huni is made with a squash like eggplant, butternut squash or pumpkin added.

Baajjaveri hendhuneh!

Best of the Maldives: Lagoon Boat Restaurant – Milaidhoo

Milaidhoo - dhoni restaurant 2

You can not only lounge around Milaidhoo’s dhonis, but wine and dine too. They have adapted the dhoni aesthetic to their signature overwater restaurant:

  • “Shaped like three dhonis (wooden sailing boats), our signature restaurant is the only restaurant in the world set on a boat in a lagoon featuring gourmet dishes of inspired island cuisine from the Maldivian Spice Route. Guests dine on the ‘deck’ of the restaurant where, underneath starry night skies, the team of chefs deliver an island influenced menu of locally inspired and sourced dishes. There’s also indoor seating in air-conditioned comfort where you can watch the sea-life below through glass floors. Expect to find seafood and traditional local flavours intelligently reinterpreted for the 21st century.”

Milaidhoo - dhoni restaurant 1

Dhoni Doyennes

Dhoni pose

International Mother Language day today. And one of the most prominent Dhivehi words are the ancient sloops that traverse the Laccadive Sea called “dhonis”. For that quintessentially Maldivian, hip fashion touch, they are one of the most popular podium for photoshoots.

  1. Victoria Lopyreva (Russia) – W Maldives
    Victoria Lopyreva (Russia) – W Maldives
      
  2. Yana Diyanova (Russia) – Bandos
    Yana Diyanova (Russia) – Bandos - Aeroflot
      
  3. Ellie Bullen (Australia) – Conrad Rangali
    Ellie Bullen (Australia) - Conrad Rangali
      
  4. Alicja Sudakowska (Poland) – Maalifushi
       Alicja Sudakowska (Poland) - Maalifushi
      
  5. Adriana Larina (Philippines) – Ranveli
    Adriana Larina (Philippines) – Ranveli
       
  6. Mary Shum and Tori Son (Russia) – Ranveli
    Mary Shum and Tori Son (Russia) - Ranveli
      
  7. Raudha Aathif (Maldives) – Coco Bodu Hithi
    Raudha Aathif (Maldives) – (Male)
      
  8. Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) – Conrad Rangali
    Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) - Conrad Rangali
       
  9. Diana Penty (India) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Diana Penty (India) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
      
  10. Silvia Caruso (Italy) – Conrad Rangali
    Silvia Caruso (Italy) - Conrad Rangali
      
  11. Roxy Louw (South Africa) – Chaaya Island Dhonveli
    Roxy Louw (South Africa) - Chaaya Island Dhonveli
      
  12. Diletta Amenta (Italy) – Cocoon
    Diletta Amenta (Italy) - Cocoon

       
  13. Duygu Yağmur Gültekin (Turkey) – Constance Halaveli
    Duygu Yağmur Gültekin (Turkey) - Constance Halaveli
       
  14. Adriana Jennings (Australia) – Ranveli
    Adriana Jennings (Australia) – Ranveli
       
  15. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – Velassaru
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru
       
  16. Anna Fomina (Russia) – Bandos
    Anna Fomina (Russia) - Bandos
       
  17. Tatiana (Russia) – Hulhumale
    Tatiana (Russia) – Hulhumale 2
       
  18. Genevieve Morton (South Africa) – NIYAMA
    Genevieve Morton (South Africa) – NIYAMA
      
  19. Courtney Eaton (Australia)
    Courtney Eaton (Australia) - 2
      
  20. Michelle Mone (United Kingdom)
    Michelle Mone (United Kingdom)
      
  21. McKenna Ray (USA) – Conrad Rangali
    McKenna Ray (USA) - Conrad Rangali
       
  22. Lily Marie (USA) – AaaVeee
    Lily Marie (USA) – AaaVeee
       
  23. Marina Mageramova (Ukraine) – Sun Island
    Marina Mageramova (Ukraine) - Sun Island
      
  24. Monyca Eleogram (USA)
    Monyca Eleogram (USA)
       
  25. Aqeelah Harron (South Africa)
    Aqeelah Harron (South Africa)
  26. La Carmina (Japan) – Gili Lankanfushi
    La Carmina (Japan) – Gili Lankanfushi
      
  27. Kelly Tandiono (Singapore) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Kelly Tandiono (Singapore) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
       
  28. Irene (Indonesia) – Hulhumale
    Irene (Indonesia) – Hulhumale
      
  29. Janie Tienphosuwan(Thailand) – Anantara Dhigu
    Janie Tienphosuwan(Thailand) – Anantara Dhigu
      
  30. Andra Damian (United Kingdom) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Andra Damian (United Kingdom) – Gili Lankanfushi
      
  31. Joanna Plankl (Germany) – Meedhupparu
    Joanna Plankl (Germany) – Meedhupparu
       
  32. Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee
    Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee

Hip Holiday

Tatiana Korsakova (Russia) – Halaveli

As London Fashion Week (and Maldives Complete Fashionista week) comes to a close, time for one last turn on the waterfront runway and cock of the hip (maybe more than one)…

  1. Tatiana Korsakova (Russia) – Halaveli [ABOVE]
       
  2. Eva Czarnocka (Poland)
    Eva Czarnocka (Poland)
      
  3. Mathilde Gøhler (Germany) – Maalifushi
    Mathilde Gøhler (Germany) - Maalifushi
      
  4. Аnastasia Verbovaia (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Аnastasia Verbovaia (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  5. Anastasia Barashkova (Russia) – Constance Halaveli
    Anastasia Barashkova (Russia) – Constance Halaveli
      
  6. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) - Hurawalhi
      
  7. Jamie Genevieve (United Kingdom) – Soneva Jani
    Jamie Genevieve (United Kingdom) - Soneva Jani
      
  8. Emma Rose (Australia) – Ayada
    Emma Rose (Australia) – Ayada 3
      
  9. Tia Lineker (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Tia Lineker (United Kingdom) - LUX South Ari Atoll

      
  10. Sandra Čibinskaitė (Lithuania) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Sandra Cibinskaite (Lithuania) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
       
  11. Rosanna Arkle (Australia) – Reethi Faru
    Rosanna Arkle (Australia) - Reethi Faru 3
        
  12. Fernanda Liz (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Fernanda Liz (Brazil) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  13. Sierra Skye (USA) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Sierra Skye (USA) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  14. Sandra Traczyk (Poland) – Lily Beach
    Sandra Traczyk (Poland) - Lily Beach
      
  15. Pamela Reif (Germany) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Pamela Reif (Germany) – LUX South Ari Atoll
      
  16. Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  17. Victoria Bonya (Russia) – Hideaway Beach
    Victoria Bonya (Russia) - Hideaway Beach
      
  18. Demi Ma (United Kingdom) – Furaveri
    Demi Ma (United Kingdom) – Furaveri
      
  19. Sarah (China) – Malahini Kuda Bandos
    Sarah (China) - Malahini Kuda Bandos
      
  20. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll 2
       
  21. Luna Castilho (Brazil) – Finolhu
    Luna Castilho (Brazil) - Finolhu
      
  22. Katie Konlin (Israel) – Amilla Fushi
    Katie Konlin (Israel) - Amilla Fushi
      
  23. Malia Murphey (USA) – W Maldives
    Malia Murphey (USA) - W Retreat
      
  24. Carmen Bruendler (Germany) – Six Senses Laamu
    Carmen Bruendler (Germany) - Six Senses Laamu
      
  25. Lista Khu (Indonesia) – Conrad Rangali
    Lista Khu (Indonesia) - Conrad Rangali
      
  26. Santoshi Shetty (India) – Paradise Island
    Santoshi Shetty (India) - Paradise Island
      
  27. Anna Belis (Portugal) – Mahibadhoo
    Anna Belis (Portugal) - Mahibadhoo
      
  28. Kitsa Korns (Thailand) – Meeru
    Kitsa Korns (Thailand) – Meeru
      
  29. Natalie Roser (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Natalie Roser (Australia) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

      
  30. Gizel (Brazil) – Angsana Velavaru
    Gizel (Brazil)  – Angsana Velavaru
      
  31. Drea Vergara (Columbia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Drea Vergara (Columbia) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  32. Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
    Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
      
  33. Jessica Lee Buchanan (South Africa) – Cocoa Island
    Jessica Lee Buchanan (South Africa) – Cocoa Island
      
  34. Kristine Purvinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Kristine Purvinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
     
  35. Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee – 2
    Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee - 2
      
  36. Courtney Eaton (Australia) – 2
    Courtney Eaton (Australia) - 2
      
  37. Carly Lottering (Australia) – Paradise Island
    Carly Lottering (Australia) – Paradise Island
      
  38. Eryka Yar (USA) – AaaVeee
    Eryka Yar (USA) - AaaVeee
      
  39. Katya Nizhegorodtseva (Russia) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Katya Nizhegorodtseva (Russia) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
      
  40. Katya Ogo (Russia) – Safari Island
    Katya Ogo (Russia) - Safari Island
      
  41. Lily Marie (USA) – AaaVeee
    Lily Marie (USA) – AaaVeee - Ellements
      
  42. Patricia Bright (United Kingdom) – Conrad Rangali
    Patricia Bright (United Kingdom) - Conrad Rangali
      
  43. Natalia Natalis (Poland) – Kurumba
    Natalia Natalis (Poland) – Kurumba
      
  44. Adelina Pestritu (Romania) – Sun Island
    Adelina Pestritu (Romania) - Sun Island
      
  45. Mona (Russia) – Kurumba
    Mona (Russia) – Kurumba

Jewels of the Iles

The models aren’t the only things glittering in the tropical sun. Any serious fashion outfit will be set off with just the right accessories and in the luxurious Maldives, a touch of just the right jewellery adds a bit of flair to any fashionista…

  1. Melissa Celestine Koh (Singapore) – Club Med Kani [ABOVE]
  2. Daria Lytvyn (Ukraine) – Amari Havodda
    Daria Lytvyn (Ukraine) - Amari Havodda
      
  3. Tatiana Melnik (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Tatiana Melnik (Russia) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
       
  4. Anon (Maldives)
    Anon (Maldives)
       
  5. Milana Vujović (Turkey) – Olhuveli
    Milana Vujović (Turkey) - Olhuveli
       
  6. Farina Opoku (Germany) – Kandima
    Farina Opoku (Germany) - Kandima
       
  7. Ekaterina Ilina (Russia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Ekaterina Ilina (Russia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  8. Raudha Aathif (Maldives)
    Raudha Aathif (Maldives) – (Male)

       
  9. Neringa Adamonyte (United Kingdom) – Paradise Island
    Neringa Adamonyte (United Kingdom) - Paradise Island
       
  10. Liza Urla (Russia) – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili 2
    Liza Urla (Russia) - Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili 2
  11. Katrina Kaif (India) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Katrina Kaif (India) - Shangri-La Vilingili
       
  12. Tia Lineker (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Tia Lineker (United Kingdom) - LUX South Ari Atoll

      
  13. Carola Remer (Germany) – Canareef
    Carola Remer (Germany)
       
  14. Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
    Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
       
  15. Emma Lapin (Serbia) – Sun Island
    Emma Lapin (Serbia) - Sun Island
       
  16. Katie Yudina (OAE) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Katie Yudina (OAE) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  17. Solveig Mork (Denmark) – Paradise Island
    Solveig Mork (Denmark) – Paradise Island
       
  18. Innessa Dudakova (Austria) – Constance Halaveli
    Innessa Dudakova (Austria) – Constance Halaveli
       
  19. Jessica Lee Buchanan (South Africa) – NIYAMA
    Jessica Lee Buchanan (South Africa) – NIYAMA
       
  20. Carlita (Ecuador) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Carlita (Ecuador) – Athuruga

Males in Male

Iqban Gran (Germany) – NIYAMA

The boys are back in town for Fashion Week as well. Unfortunately, there are only a small fraction of male photoshoots compared to the women (just glance at the number of fashion titles on any magazine rack). But Maldives Complete is assemble a new boutique collection on the sandy runway…

  1. Iqban Gran (Germany) – NIYAMA [ABOVE]
      
  2. Richie Kul (Hong Kong) – Conrad Rangali
    Richie Kul (Hong Kong) – Conrad Rangali
      
  3. (Unknown) – (Maldives)
    (Unknown) – (Maldives)
       
  4. Rodiney Santiago (Brazil) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Rodiney Santiago (Brazil) – Gili Lankanfushi
       
  5. Erik Forsgren (Sweden) – Drift Thelu
    Erik Forsgren (Sweden) – Drift Thelu
        
  6. Taweesit Pekae Eamchunam (Thailand) – Safari Island
    Taweesit Pekae Eamchunam (Thailand) – Safari Island
       

Fashionista Week

Raica Oliveira (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

The international style and photoshoot jamboree is here again – London Fashion Week. Of course, in the Maldives, every week is Fashionista Week. Where the catwalks are made of coral sand. Throughout the event this week, Maldives Complete will be showing collections from its stable starting with a record100 fashionistas who are out-standing in paradise…

  1. Raica Oliveira (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru [ABOVE]
       
  2. Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
    Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
       
  3. CJ Miles (Philippines) – Anantara Veli
    CJ Miles (Philippines) - Anantara Veli
       
  4. Karina Malina (Russia) – Fihalhohi
    Karina Malina (Russia) - Fihalhohi
       
  5. Julia Matvienko (Russia) – Amilla Fushi
    Julia Matvienko (Russia) - Amilla Fushi
       
  6. Jena Frumes (USA) – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
    Jena Frumes (USA) - Park Hyatt Hadahaa
       
  7. Kate Ozerov (Russia) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
    Kate Ozerov (Russia) - Atmosphere Kanifushi
      
  8. Hina Khan (India) – Taj Exotica
    Taj Exotica - Hina Khan
       
  9. Olya (Ukraine) – Kandima
    Olya (Ukraine) - Kandima
        
  10. Victoria Bonya (Russia) – Hideaway Beach
    Victoria Bonya (Russia) - Hideaway Beach

       
  11. Céline (France) – Drift Thelu Veliga
    Céline (France) - Drift Thelu Veliga

      
  12. Veronika Kotova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Veronika Kotova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  13. Eva Czarnocka (Poland)
    Eva Czarnocka (Poland) 3
      
  14. Elena Temnikova (Russia) – Dhigali
    Elena Temnikova (Russia) - Vommuli
        
  15. Paula Manzanal (Peru) – Reethi Faru
    Paula Manzanal (Peru) - Reethi Faru

       
  16. Sipos Szilvia (Hungary) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Sipos Szilvia (Hungary) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
      
  17. Rita Pereira (Portugal) – Hurawalhi
    Rita Pereira (Portugal) - Hurawalhi
       
  18. Kimi Juan (Philippines) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
    Kimi Juan (Philippines) - Bandos
        
  19. Alena Yurzina (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Alena Yurzina (Russia) - NIYAMA

        
  20. Maria Pogrebnyak-Shatalova (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Maria Pogrebnyak-Shatalova (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  21. Laura Petkeviciute (United Kingdom) – W Maldives
    Laura Petkeviciute (United Kingdom) - W Maldives
       
  22. Jess (Ukraine) – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
    Jess (Ukraine) - Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
       
  23. Anna Aksyuk (Russia) – Velaa
    Anna Aksyuk (Russia) – Velaa [VIDEO]
        
  24. Natali Portman (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Natali Portman (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
       
  25. Paulinye (Poland) – Nilhandoo
  26. Tatiana Korsakova (Russia) – Halaveli
    Tatiana Korsakova (Russia) - Halaveli
       
  27. Regina Dukai (Hungary) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Regina Dukai (Hungary) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
       
  28. Yulia Rybakova (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Yulia Rybakova (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  29. Mary Asautsova (Russia) – Kuramathi
    Mary Asautsova (Russia) - Kuramathi
       
  30. Hofit Golan (Israel) – Cocoon
    Hofit Golan (Israel) – Cocoon 2
      
  31. Olga Kurbatova (Russia) – Velaa
    Olga Kurbatova (Russia) – Velaa
      
  32. Josefine Forsberg (Sweden) – Hideaway Beach
    Josefine Forsberg (Sweden) - Hideaway Beach
      
  33. Grace Aloyce (South Korea) – Velassaru
    Grace Aloyce (South Korea) - Velassaru
       
  34. Evangelie Smyrniotaki (Greece) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Evangelie Smyrniotaki (Greece) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  35. Yami Gautam (India) – Taj Exotica
    Yami Gautam (India) - Taj Exotica

       
  36. Albina (Russia) – Meedhupparu
    Albina (Russia) - Meedhupparu
       
  37. Rai Son (Russia)
    Rai Son (Russia)
       
  38. Liliana Montoya (USA) – AaaVeee
    Liliana Montoya (USA) - AaaVeee
       
  39. Olivia Lazuardy (Indonesia) – W Maldives
    Olivia Lazuardy (Indonesia) - W Retreat
       
  40. Rebeca Labara (Spain) – Velassaru
    Rebeca Labara (Spain) - Velassaru
       
  41. Scarlett De La Torre (Hong Kong) – W Maldives
    Scarlett De La Torre (Hong Kong) - LUX Maldives

       
  42. McKenna Ray (USA) – Conrad Rangali
    McKenna Ray (USA) - Conrad Rangali
        
  43. Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) – Conrad Rangali
    Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) - Conrad Rangali

       
  44. Lydia Sarunrat Deane (Thailand) – W Maldives
    Lydia Sarunrat Deane (Thailand) - W Retreat
       
  45. Belinda Young (Taiwan) – Cocoa Island
    Belinda Young (Taiwan) – Cocoa Island
       
  46. Kirsten Rodriguez (Spain) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Kirsten Rodriguez (Spain) - Sheraton Full Moon
        
  47. Isabella Cirnski (Sweden) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Isabella Cirnski (Sweden) - One & Only Reethi Rah

      
  48. Mary Kareva (Russia) – Kuredu
    Mary Kareva (Russia) – Kuredu 2

       
  49. Emma J Hopper (USA) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Emma J Hopper (USA) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  50. Kianamariee (USA) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Kianamariee (USA) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
        
  51. Malia Murphey (USA) – W Maldives
    Malia Murphey (USA) - W Retreat
       
  52. Ana Geras (Ukraine) – Sun Island
    Ana Geras (Ukraine) - Sun Island
       
  53. Est Are (Nigeria) – Kurumba
    Est Are (Nigeria) - Maafushivaru
       
  54. Maine Mendoza (Philippines) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Maine Mendoza (Philippines) - Shangri-La Vilingili
       
  55. Nikolaeva Mari (Russia) – Sun Island
    Nikolaeva Mari (Russia) - Sun Island
      
  56. Lea Rostain (France)
    Lea Rostain (France)

       
       
  57. Ravshana Kurkova (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
    Ravshana Kurkova (Russia) - Conrad Rangali
       
  58. Kristin Peric (Serbia) – Holiday Island
    Kristin Peric (Serbia) - Holiday Island
       
  59. Kate Ramos (Ukraine)
    Kate Ramos (Ukraine)
      
  60. Denise van Outen (United Kingdom) – Kandolhu
    Denice van Outen (United Kingdom) – Kandolhu
      
  61. Melanie Martin (France) – Conrad Rangali
    Melanie Martin (France) – Halaveli
      
  62. Lauryn Goodman (United Kingdom) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Lauryn Goodman (United Kingdom)
       
  63. Katerina Kaka (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Katerina Kaka (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu

      
  64. Svetlana Semenenko (Russia) – Baros
    Svetlana Semenenko (Russia) - Baros
       
  65. Zaneta Hucikova (Czech) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Zaneta Hucikova (Czech) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  66. Urvi Shetty (India) – Sun Island
    Urvi Shetty (India) - Sun Island
        
  67. Alisa Sarosiek (Russia) – Sun Island
    Alisa Sarosiek (Russia) - Sun Island

      
  68. Fã Clube Joana Costa (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Fã Clube Joana Costa (Brazil) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  69. Fernanda Liz (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Fernanda Liz (Brazil) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  70. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – Velassaru
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru
      
  71. Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) – Gili Lankanfushi
       
  72. Iren Buchovskaya (Ukraine) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Iren Buchovskaya (Ukraine) - Sheraton Full Moon
       
  73. Kristina Mendonca (Australia) – W Maldives
    Kristina Mendonca (Australia) - W Maldives
  74. Jacquelyn Jablonski (USA) – Constance Moofushi
    Jacquelyn Jablonski (USA) - Constance Moofushi
       
  75. Anna Chibisova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Anna Chibisova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  76. Karri Nicholas (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Karri Nicholas (Australia) - Amilla Fushi
       
  77. Lilia Matsegora (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Lilia Matsegora (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi

       
  78. Valentina Guerrieri (Italy) – Conrad Rangali
    Valentina Guerrieri (Italy) – Conrad Rangali
        
  79. Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee
    Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee 2
       
  80. Lizzie Cundy (United Kingdom) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Lizzie Cundy (United Kingdom) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  81. Olya Filatova (Ukraine) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Olya Filatova (Ukraine) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
      
  82. Jessica Lee Buchanan (South Africa) – NIYAMA
    Jessica Lee Buchanan (South Africa) – NIYAMA
  83. Katrina Kaif (India) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Katrina Kaif (India) - Shangri-La Vilingili
       
  84. Nelli Chernova (Russia) – Irufushi
    Nelli Chernova (Russia) - Irufushi

      
  85. Oxana K (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Oxana K (Russia) – NIYAMA
       
  86. Twinkle Mukherjee (India) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Twinkle Mukherjee (India) - Sun Siyam Irufushi

       
  87. Papic Sanja (Panama) – Hideaway Beach
    Papic Sanja (Panama) – Hideaway Beach
       
  88. Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee
    Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee

      
  89. Kai Cyre (USA) – W Maldives
    Kai Cyre (USA) - W Retreat
       
  90. Giulia Delellis (Italy) – Hurawalhi
    Giulia Delellis (Italy) - Hurawalhi

      
  91. Phuti Khomo (South Africa) LUX South Ari Atoll
    Phuti Khomo (South Africa) LUX South Ari Atoll

      
  92. Esther Heesch (Germany) – Amilla Fushi
    Esther Heesch (Germany) - Amilla Fushi
        
  93. Eem Nazim (Maldives) – Sun Siyam Irufuhi
    Eem Nazim (Maldives) – Sun Siyam Irufuhi

       
  94. Billie Faiers (United Kingdom) – Kuramathi
    Billie Faiers (United Kingdom) - Kuramathi
      
  95. Courtney Eaton (Australia)
    Courtney Eaton (Australia)
      
  96. Dilya Diaz (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Dilya Diaz (Australia) - Six Senses Laamu
      
  97. Julia Dybowska (Poland) – Velassaru
    Julia Dybowska (Poland) – Velassaru 2
      
  98. Laura Muljadi (Indonesia) – Velaa
    Laura Muljadi (Indonesia) – Velaa - 2

       
  99. Palesa Vedala (South Africa)
    Palesa Vedala (South Africa) - 2

      
  100. Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
    Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba 2
      

Best of the Maldives: Tree of Wishes – LUX South Ari Atoll

LUX South Ari Atoll - Tree of Wishes

LUX South Ari Atoll has its own wish tree, or as they call it – Tree of Wishes:

  • “Imaginative and uplifting: this new Reason to Go LUX* is a chance for guests to reach for their dreams while being part of unique interactive artworks. Local artisans and in-house creatives are cultivating and crafting Trees of Wishes at each resort by adapting real trees in the flower-filled gardens and by using upcycled materials such as metals and fiberglass to make these sculptures. At night, these mystical shapes are dramatically illuminated. And, in line with the LUX* Tread Lightly program, each objet d’art is utterly eco-friendly and constructed entirely in-house.”

That’s now a trifecta of arboreal adornment aspirations so I’ve add a special “Wish Tree” tag to keep track of even more that might blossom.

LUX South Ari Atoll - Tree of Wishes 2

Best of the Maldives: Wishing Tree – Ayada

Ayada - wish tree

Wish trees are found in many traditions, but one of the most prominent is the Japanese O-mikuji (literally “sacred lot”). Wishes are written on small strips of paper and hung in a tree. They can be hung directly on branches (or other frame) or inserted into a small container for safe keeping. My parents presented us with a Wish Tree at our pre-wedding celebration party where guest wrote wishes for the betrothed couple and hung them on decorated branches. Ayada has introduced this tradition with the romantic twist of placing the wishes in tiny, heart-shaped glass bottles (thanks Paola).  So if you want your Valentines wishes to last forever, you can give your love a message in a bottle on a tropical island.