Best of the Maldives: Highest TV – Dreamland

Dreamland - ceiling TV

One resort who has a high bar (literally) for videos is Dreamland with their ceiling mounted television (thanks Paola). The set up allows for supine lounging while catching a bit of TV. It also means that one can glance at the TV (above) or the scenery (below) which might be useful if you were following a news event or a big sports match.

Best of the Maldives: Instagram Video – Cocoon

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Instagram has started as a straightforward snap sharing service from simple phone cameras, but it has exploded so much that now you get Hollywood quality productions being shared. I check out the Maldives geotag every morning over coffee as a great scouting radar for resort highlights as well as the latest fashionista shoots so I have been tracking the Maldives material for a couple of years. The video clips have increasing popped up and feature more and more in my fashionista posts. My favourite, that really stuck out for its sophistication and quirky style is Nicole Mazzocato’s post (above) filmed by Fabio Colloricchio. Travel’s Gage’s somewhat similar cut-away montage (below) is a commendable runner-up.

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Best of the Maldives: Submarine Jet – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

If you prefer your James Bond ocean travel under the water, then check out the latest submarine in the Maldives at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru:

  • “Landaa Giraavaru is the first resort in the world to launch DeepFlight Adventures: piloted submarine excursions for up to two passengers in the DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S, enabling once-in-a-lifetime sub-aquatic explorations of the Maldives only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Individual viewing domes provide a 360-degree view of the Baa Atoll’s incredible underwater world. Skim over coral formations; fly through shoals of brightly coloured fish; encounter creatures like turtles, sharks, dolphins and rays; and explore the Maldivian waters down to a depth of 37 metres/120 feet – all without getting wet! Battery-operated, the Super Falcon 3S features minimized electric and acoustic emissions so as not to disturb the marine life and never lands on the seabed or reefs.”

A one-hour trip for two costs $1,500 (£1,100) plus tax.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - submarine

Turtle Twosome

World Turtle Day. Number of turtles do seem to be growing steadily in the Maldives. In fact, I would say that in our extensive snorkelling experience there (Lori and I have snorkelled more resort house reefs than anyone in the world), turtles are probably the most frequently sighted underwater creature (tight race with reef sharks and moray eels). And there are no shortage of fashionistas in the world of turtles that inhabit the Maldives. A joy to see these lovely, graceful creatures gliding along under the water…and their bikini-clad fans paying tribute to them…

  1. Daniella Novaes (Brazil) – Six Senses Laamu  [VIDEO ABOVE]
  2. Cecilie Nala (Denmark) – Maafushi
    Cecilie Nala (Denmark) - Maafushi
       
  3. Haylsa Andersen (Australia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Haylsa Andersen (Australia) - Anantara Dhigu
        
  4. Jessica Olie (United Kingdom) – Hurawalhi
    Jessica Olie (United Kingdom) - Hurawalhi
      
  5. Méryl Denis (France) – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
    Méryl Denis (France) - Park Hyatt Hadahaa
       
  6. Marina Comes (United Kingdom) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Marina Comes (United Kingdom) - Gili Lankanfushi
       
  7. Muha portrait (Maldives) – Sun Island
    Muha portrait Maldives 2
       
  8. Nina (Germany) – Meeru
    Nina (Germany) - Meeru
       
  9. Pia Totschnig (Australia) – Filitheyo
    Pia Totschnig (Australia) - Filitheyo
       
  10. Sania Camelli (Russia) – Dhigali
    Sania Camelli (Russia) - Dhigali
      
  11. Shane (USA) – Sun Island
    Shane (USA) - Sun Island
       
  12. Shany Black (Spain) – Kandooma
    Shany Black (Spain) - Kandooma
      

Maldives Merry-Time

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Maritime Day today, but in the Maldives every day is Maritime Day. No less so for the fashionista set who regularly find a yachting perch to be just the spot of a tropical photoshoot…

  1. Arinka Nazarova (Russia) – Holiday Island
    Arinka Nazarova (Russia) – Holiday Island
  2. Olga ST (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Olga ST (Russia) - JA Manafaru
  3. Elizabeth Rioux (France) – Sun Island
    Elizabeth Rioux (France) - Sun Island
  4. Aga (Germany)
    Aga (Germany)

  5. Georgia Harrison (United Kingdom) – Kandima
    Georgia Harrison (United Kingdom) - Kandima
  6. Julia Matvienko (Russia) – Amilla Fushi
    Julia Matvienko (Russia) - Amilla Fushi
  7. Sania Camelli (Russia) – Centara Grand
    Sania Camelli (Russia) - Dhigali
  8. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) - Hurawalhi
  9. Julia Nikova (Russia) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Julia Nikova (Russia) - Sheraton Full Moon
  10. Kristina Schulman (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Kristina Schulman (USA) - Shangri-La Vilingili
  11. Jessica Rae (USA) – Maafuyshi
    Jessica Rae (USA) - Maafuyshi
  12. Caroline Einhoff (Germany) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Caroline Einhoff (Germany) - Shangri-La Vilingili
  13. Bridget Bahl (USA) – Shangri-La Villingili
    Bridget Bahl (USA) – Shangri-La Villingili

  14. Anastasia Volochkova (Russia) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Anastasia Volochkova (Russia) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
  15. Martynova Natalya (Russia) – Fotteyo Kandu
    Martynova Natalya (Russia) - Fotteyo Kandu
  16. Sonam Kapoor (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Sonam Kapoor (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
  17. Madeline Joy Relph, Natalie Roser, Brooke Hogan (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 2
    Madeline Joy Relph, Natalie Roser, Brooke Hogan (Australia) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
  18. Bantik Boy (Russia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 2
    Bantik Boy (Russia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 2
  19. Coco Airi (Japan) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Coco Airi (Japan) - Gili Lankanfushi
  20. Jenny Phm (Vietnam) – Conrad Rangali
    Jenny Phm (Vietnam) - Conrad Rangali
  21. April Love Geary (USA) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    April Love Geary (USA) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  22. Emily Ericsson (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Emily Ericsson (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  23. Daniela Lopez Osorio (Columbia) – Bandos
    Daniela Lopez Osorio (Columbia) – Bandos
  24. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  25. Fonfah Naphalai Auaiphorn (Thailand) – Paradise Island
    Fonfah Naphalai Auaiphorn (Thailand) - Paradise Island
  26. Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
    Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
  27. Larissa Leonel (Brazil) – Embudu
    Larissa Leonel (Brazil) - Embudu

  28. Lily Rose Yuan (Singapore) – Taj Exotica
    Lily Rose Yuan (Singapore) - Taj Exotica
  29. Anechka Grishina (Russia)
    Anechka Grishina (Russia)
  30. Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
    Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
  31. Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
  32. Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu
    Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu

Wading Dress

Maldives wedding

Royal Wedding Day! No one does weddings like the British, but few do wedding dress photoshoots like the Maldives. If the new Mrs. Harry Windsor, Duchess of Sussex has inspired your own nuptial aspirations, here is an international catalogue of gorgeous gowns…

  1. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – Velaa
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – Velaa 2
  2. Ana Jovanovic (Czech) – Sun Island
    Ana Jovanovic (Czech) - Sun Island
  3. Kristina Krayt (Russia) – Cocoon
    Kristina Krayt (Russia) - Cocoon
  4. Marie Praporshikova (Russia) – Vadoo
    Marie Praporshikova (Russia) - Vadoo
  5. Loves Nature (Russia) – Dhigurah
    Loves Nature (Russia) - Dhigurah
  6. S. Teodosieva (Russia) – Nika
    S Teodosieva  (Russia) - Nika
  7. Yadi Liang (China) – Angsana Velavaru
    Yadi Liang (China) - Angsana Velavaru
  8. Julia Shachar (Israel) – Milaidhoo
    Julia Shachar (Israel) - Milaidhoo
  9. Mary Muravieva (Russia) – Meedhupparu
    Mary Muravieva (Russia) – Meedhupparu
  10. Lyudmila Bovkun (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Lyudmila Bovkun (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  11. Tanya Glukhova (Ukraine) – Cocoon
    Tanya Glukhova (Ukraine) – Cocoon
  12. Lisa Cannon (Ireland) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Lisa Cannon (Ireland) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  13. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Ayada
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) - Ayada
  14. Anna Pasternak (Italy) – Alimatha
    Anna Pasternak (Italy) - Alimatha
  15. Nina Ros (Hong Kong) – Paradise Island
    Nina Ros (Hong Kong) - Paradise Island
  16. Maja Rejec (Slovenia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Maja Rejec (Slovenia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  17. Katusha Lobanova (Russia) – Cocoon
    Katusha Lobanova (Russia)
  18. Reina Sophia (Japan) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Reina Sophia (Japan) - One & Only Reethi Rah

  19. Kristina Mikanovskis (Russia) – Kuramathi
    Kristina Mikanovskis (Russia) - Kuramathi
  20. Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  21. Karri Nicholas (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Karri Nicholas (Australia) - Amilla Fushi
  22. Mary Shum (Russia) – Ranveli
    Mary Shum (Russia) - Ranveli

  23. Anastasia Romanova (Russia) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Anastasia Romanova (Russia) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  24. June (Singapore) – Centara Grand
    June (Singapore) - Centara Grand
  25. Dilara özcan (Germany)
    Dilara özcan (Germany)
  26. Olka Axyonova (Russia) – Meeru
    Olka Axyonova (Russia) - Meeru
  27. Mrs. Mohd Fadhli Zil Ikram Karim (Malaysia) – Baros
    Mrs Mohd Fadhli Zil Ikram Karim (Malaysia) - Baros
  28. Daniela Albuquerque (Brazil) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Daniela Albuquerque (Brazil) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
  29. Sharon Chuter (USA) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Sharon Chuter (USA) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
  30. Kristina Makeeva (Russia) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Kristina Makeeva (Russia) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  31. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – Velassaru
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru
  32. Catherine (Taiwan) – Adaaran Hudhuran fushi
    Catherine (Taiwan) - Adaaran Hudhuran fushi
  33. Uliana Ptash (Russia)
    Uliana Ptash (Russia)
  34. Isabeli Fontana (Brazil) – Soneva Fushi
    Isabeli Fontana (Brazil) - Soneva Fushi
  35. Yana Rudkovskaya (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Yana Rudkovskaya (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
  36. Mari Tagram (Japan) – Conrad Rangali
    Mari Tagram (Japan) – Conrad Rangali
  37. Tatiana Lopatinskaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
    Tatiana Lopatinskaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
  38. Linochka (Slovakia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Linochka (Slovakia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
  39. Maria Nekrasov (Russia) – Sun Island
    Maria Nekrasov (Russia) – Sun Island
  40. Daniela Andreotti (Italy) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Daniela Andreotti (Italy) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  41. Nikki Nier (China) Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Nikki Nier (China) Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  42. Alexandra Lovchinovskaya (Russia) Vilu Reef
    Alexandra Lovchinovskaya (Russia) Vilu Reef
  43. Emma Grattridge (United Kingdom) Velassaru
    Emma Grattridge (United Kingdom) Velassaru
  44. Anne-Catherine Sprunger Muller (Switzerland) Thilhagiri
    Anne-Catherine Sprunger Muller (Switzerland) Thilhagiri
  45. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi
    Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi
  46. Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
    Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
  47. Cherry Wong (Hong Kong) – Velassaru
    Cherry Wong (Hong Kong) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

  48. Anastasia Boginskaya (Russia) W Maldives
    Anastasia Boginskaya (Russia) W Retreat
  49. Anne Boyko (Ukraine) – Sun Island
    Anne Boyko (Ukraine) – Sun Island
  50. Alexandra Lavrinenko (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Alexandra Lavrinenko (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi

Best of the Maldives: Edible Straws – Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem - edible straws

We all can embrace the ocean with more sustainable choices in what we consume and discard. One of the areas getting lots of scrutiny these days is plastic use. Bottles and bags have already been targeted, but a more recent opportunity is to cut down the use of plastic drinking straws. Carpe Diem (note: the resort is not yet open, but the Carpe Diem cruising yacht is in operation) is not just taking a bite out of plastic use, but is introducing straws you can take a bite out of yourself:

  • ”It’s widely claimed there are enough plastic straws to wrap around the Earth’s circumference 2.5 times each day. Because they are so small, most straws are not recycled and usually end up in landfills and waterways, where they linger indefinitely, harming wildlife, and marring the natural beauty. Made to disappear and designed to have the same functionality expected of a plastic straw, Lolistraw will last for up to 8 hrs in a beverage and will have a shelf life of up to 24 months. When you’re done sipping your drink, you can eat the straw or compost it. The founders of LOLIWARE and the straw’s designers, Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker, have coined the term ‘Hyper-compostable’ to convey that all of their products, including Lolistraw, will break down at the same rate as food waste in compost or in the natural environment, such as a waterway.”

Mother Ocean’s Colourful Embrace

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Mother Ocean Day today which “spotlights the magnificent bodies of water that make life on Earth possible”. Few countries appreciate the ocean more than the Maldives where is makes up more of their country than any other. To mark the occasion, I’ve assembled one of the most popular ocean shots on Instagram – the Anemonefish nestled in the protectively mothering tentacles of its host.  If only we landlubbers could live in harmony with the ocean as well as these Amphiprioninae live in harmony in the ocean…

 

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