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

Clow fish 6

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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Best of the Maldives: Observatory Bar – Anantara Kihavah

I am tasting stars” – Dom Perignon

Now you can taste Dom Perignon among the stars. On Anantara Kihavah’s new rooftop observatory and bar:

  • Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas has taken the wraps off its new SKY overwater observatory, which combines a luxury cocktail bar, a resident story-telling ‘Sky Guru’ and its very own telescope.”

Kihavah has extended the ultimate bottom-to-top vista to the heavens now including the most exquisite wines to accompany every concourse.

Anantara Kihavah - observatory

Potions in Paradise

Olga ST (Russia) – JA Manafaru

Raise a glass to National Beverage Day. The fashionista set enjoy a pose with a glass of bubbly or a tropical cocktail, but that is just the tip of the thila for imbibing beauties…

  1. Olga ST (Russia) – JA Manafaru [ABOVE]
  2. Belle Lucia (Australia) – Cocoon
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - Cocoon
      
  3. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – Velaa
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah 2

       
  4. Katrina (Russia) – Kihaa
    Katrina (Russia) - Kihaa
       
  5. No A (Thailand) – Centara Ras Fushi
    No A (Thailand) - Centara Ras Fushi
      
  6. Mali Kosinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Mali Kosinska (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  7. Shannon More (New Zealand) – Kanuhura
    Shannon More (New Zealand) - Kanuhura
     
  8. Eva Gutowski and Belle Lucia (USA – Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Eva Gutowski and Belle Lucia (USA - Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  9. Ayla Marie Woodruff (USA) – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
    Ayla Marie Woodruff (USA) - Park Hyatt Hadahaa
      
  10. Yulia Rybakova (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Yulia Rybakova (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  11. Xenia Van Der Woodsen (Germany) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Xenia Van Der Woodsen (Germany) – One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  12. Anya Denisik (Belarus) – Kurumba
    Anya Denisik (Belarus) - Kurumba
       
  13. Jacqueline Fernandez (Sri Lanka) – Conrad Rangali
    Jacqueline Fernandez (Sri Lanka) – Conrad Rangali
       
  14. Jamie Chua (Singapore) – Maalifushi
    Jamie Chua (Singapore) - Maalifushi
       
  15. Baby Akiyo (Malaysia) – Club Med Kani
    Baby Akiyo (Malaysia) - Club Med Kani
       
  16. Faya Nillson (Sweden) – W Maldives
    Faya Nillson (Sweden) – W Retreat
       
  17. Lauryn Goodman (United Kingdom) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
    Lauryn Goodman (United Kingdom) - Sun Aqua Vilu Reef  
  18. Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
    Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi

      
  19. Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
       
  20. Or Daniel (Israel) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Or Daniel (Israel) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  21. Poppy Delevingne (United Kingdom) – Finolhu
    Poppy Delevingne (United Kingdom) - Finolhu
      
  22. Diana Dryn (Ukraine) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Diana Dryn (Ukraine) - LUX South Ari Atoll
      
  23. Marissa Cox (France) – Halaveli
    Marissa Cox (France) - Halaveli
      
  24. Beatrice Ong (Singapore) – Olhuveli
    Beatrice Ong (Singapore) - Olhuveli
      
  25. Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  26. Anna Sharapova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Anna Sharapova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  27. Reham al Nahii (Jordan) – Conrad Rangali
    Reham al Nahii (Jordan) – Conrad Rangali
       
  28. Tatjana Kreuzmayr (Austria) – Summer Island
    Tatjana Kreuzmayr (Austria) – Summer Island
       
  29. Jessica Lee Buchanan (South Africa) – NIYAMA
    Jessica Lee Buchanan (South Africa) – NIYAMA
      
  30. Henna Advani (Singapore) – Six Senses Laamu
    Henna Advani (Singapore) – Six Senses Laamu
       
  31. Belinda Morgan (Australia) – Club Med Kani
    Belinda Morgan (Australia) – Club Med Kani
      
  32. Mai Morishita (Japan) – Oblu by Atmosphere
    Mai Morishita (Japan) – Oblu by Atmosphere
      

Paradise Pitch

Séan Garnier (France) – Cocoon – Freestyle World Champion

With the football season winding down, the stars of the pitch will be planning a bit of premier league grade relaxation. The luxury of Maldives will be one of the top destinations for the golden boots (and wallets). Here’s a starting 11 (with an added hat tip to talent scout Bunyamin Ahmed) of footie fashionista in paradise…

  1. Séan Garnier (France) – Cocoon – Freestyle World Champion [ABOVE]
  2. Federico Fazio (Italy) – NIYAMA – AS Roma
    Federico Fazio (Italy) – NIYAMA – AS Roma
      
  3. Ciro Immobile (Italy) – Halaveli – Lazio
    Ciro Immobile (Italy) – Halaveli - Lazio
      
  4. Mykola Matviyenko (Ukraine) – Paradise Island – Shakhtar Donetsk
    Mykola Matviyenko (Ukraine) – Paradise Island - Shakhtar Donetsk
     
  5. Fyodor Smolov (Russia) – Velaa – Krasnodar
    Fyodor Smolov (Russia) – Velaa – Krasnodar
      
  6. Tomás Rincón (Venezuela) – Constance Halaveli – Torino
    Tomás Rincón (Venezuela) – Constance Halaveli - Torino
        
  7. Diego Tardelli (Brazil) – Velaa – Shandong Luneng
    Diego Tardelli (Brazil) – Velaa - Shandong Luneng
      
  8. Kevin Bonifazi (Italy) – Havaveli – Torino
    Kevin Bonifazi (Italy) – Havaveli – Torino 
       
  9. Ricardo Goulart (Brazil) – Cheval Blanc Randheli – Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
    Ricardo Goulart (Brazil) – Cheval Blanc Randheli - Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
        
  10. Lanzafame Davide (Italy) – Safari Island – Honvéd
    Lanzafame Davide (Italy) – Safari Island - Honvéd
       
  11. Aleksandr Kokorin (Russia) – St. Regis Vommuli
    Aleksandr Kokorin (Russia) – St. Regis Vommuli

 

Best of the Maldives: Football Camp – Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi - football

More “fullback” than “full bodied”, Amilla Fushi introduced its own training programme for guests (who are a bit too young to sample the wine cellar) of a football training camp:

  • Designed and developed by former professional football players, Jason and Glen Trifiro, FUTBOLTEC focuses on the techniques of young footballers in a professional and enjoyable learning environment. Sign up your kids for an exclusive 3-day football camp and let them participate on a field where players have the freedom to play and creativity is the most important thing. Choose from Junior camp for players aged 5-11 years old or Senior camp for players aged 12-16 years old. Each player will receive 9 hours of experienced coaching, training shirt, shorts, socks and training equipment.”

Best of the Maldives: Sommelier Certification – One & Only Reethi Rah

One an Only Reethi Rah - sommelier training

May Day, May Day…I need help…with my wine choice! May Day today is better known as a celebration of workers. Each year this day, I highlight an initiative that a resort is making in its people. This year is One & Only Reethi Rah who certify all their sommeliers through the internationally recognizes WSET standard:

  • “This is a professional course and there is different levels, starting at Introduction Level 1 to advanced Level 4. All our sommeliers are certified thru this global group as well as about 20 other F&B staff members with more being certified next year.”

Raise a glass to all the resort workers who help make the Maldives even more of an experience of paradise. At Reethi Rah, “S.O.S.” stands for “Sommeliers Outstanding Service”.

One and Only Reethi Rah - WSET