Best of the Maldives: Water Villa Joined Double Island – OBLU Sangeli

OBLU Sangeliu - joined double island

If you want to get away from the resort island at OBLU Sangeli, just walk down the jetty. A few resorts join islands with jetties (Anantara Dhigu/Veli, Conrad Rangali), but Sangeli joins their two islands with the water villa jetty. If you are staying in one of the overwater bungalows, then you can choose which island you want to visit.

   

Best of the Maldives: Outdoor Staff Meeting – Grand Park Kodhipparu

Grand Park Kodhipparu - staff meeting

Possibly the most off site management off-site in the world. Team leaders have been long taking their teams away from the hubbub of the office to escape distractions and reset the mind sets. But what do you do when your workplace is a remote island in a remote part of the world. Well, get even more remote. Like a sand bank in the middle of the ocean. Or the rooftop of a dhoni sailing along that ocean. This how General Manager Raffaele Solferino of Grand Park Kodhipparu gets his resort team’s focused:

  • “Among the activities we do at Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives to motivate colleagues and enhance our living together, once per week we do what we call out of the office briefing and we tour departments, facilities and live guest’s experience ourselves to better engage with all what we do and what we want deliver. In today sharing era we do not share only the figures, tools and techniques, but we aim to share our free time on the Island, our living together develops a lifestyle we want share with our guests with dedicated team functioning as best advisor on how to fully enjoy the potential of the Island and the Maldives. The impact is straight on guest and employees satisfaction producing better level of guest’s loyalty and staff retention. The Maldives offer a huge amount of opportunities and inspiring experiences development where the creativity and passion plays a role, putting on offer to customers unique experiences where ‘Making Moments in Time’ is our motto. It’s not always about figures, but the way you want deliver the excellence, a notable fashion house founder once he said: the profit is a consequence of a well done job with passion, quality and creativity. I am still following his vision as inspiration and try my best to influence the team I am leading to deliver a ‘Loving Hospitality’ in line with the company I represent on the market place. Soon we are entering the Environmental Management System where I will be involve directly together with our Marine and Land Biologist, as this is part of my engagement with Maldives and the global Environmental concerns, Therefore we will enter officially the Sustainable tourism practice as a way to look ahead and to the future.”

They say some of the bet ideas come hanging out at the bar.  With Kodhipparu, that bar happens to be a sand bar.  When I was a senior manager at Microsoft, I had a bit of a reputation for pushing the envelope of adventurous off-sites, but nothing I ever did there compares with Kodhipparu’s retreats. Inspired inspiration.

Grand Park Kodhipparu - staff meeting 3

Grand Park Kodhipparu - staff meeting 2

Best of the Maldives: Biggest Pirate Ship – Kandima

Kandima - pirate kids play ship

Talk Like A Pirate Day! Maybe one of the best celebrations on the calendar of esoteric days. The remote tropical patches of sand that are the Maldives are something out of a Robert Lewis Stevenson novel. And there is no bigger pirate treasure for active apprentice pirates than Kandima’s towering galleon at its “Kandiland” kids club.  The clipper ship complex comes complete with sun-screen netting, water cannons as well as a rabbit warren of climbing walls and slides.

Shiver me timbers!

Kandima - pirate kids play ship 2

Postcards from the Edge…Of the Swimming Pool

Tatiana Korsakova (Russia) – Halaveli

The backdrop de rigeur for the Maldives photoshoots is the water.  Sometimes the beach, sometimes the jetty over the lagoon, and sometimes the increasingly ubiquitous pools for lounging around…

  1. Tatiana Korsakova (Russia) – Halaveli [ABOVE]
  2. Carmen Grebenisan (Romania) – Fushifaru
    Carmen Grebenisan (Romania) – Fushifaru
        
  3. Elly (Germany) – Conrad Rangali
    Elly (Germany) - Conrad Rangali
        
  4. Anna Chibisova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Anna Chibisova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah 2
       
  5. Oksana Domoratskaya (Singapore) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Oksana Domoratskaya (Singapore) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  6. Kate Onyshchenko (Russia) – Sun Island
    Kate Onyshchenko (Russia) - Sun Island
       
  7. Mali Kosinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Mali Kosinska (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  8. Luxury Travel Babe (USA) – NIYAMA
    Luxury Travel Babe (NIYAMA)
       
  9. Emma Pensini (Australia) – Finolhu
    Emma Pensini (Australia) - Finolhu
  10. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi
       
  11. Samoylova Oxana (Russia) – Kanuhura
    Samoylova Oxana (Russia) - Kanuhura
       
  12. S. Skazka (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
    S Skazka (Russia) - Huvafenfushi
      
  13. Ilenia Lai (Italy) – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
    Ilenia Lai (Italy) - Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
       
  14. Irina Dreyt (Russia) – Cocoon
    Irina Dreyt (Russia) - Cocoon
        
  15. Yana Mamma (Russia) – Soneva Fushi
    Yana Mamma (Russia) - Soneva Fushi
      
  16. Yulia Rybakova (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Yulia Rybakova (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  17. Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  18. Ming Moonoi (Thailand) – Hurawalhi
    Ming Moonoi (Thailand) - Hurawalhi
      
  19. Jamie Chua (Singapore) – Maalifushi
    Jamie Chua (Singapore) - Maalifushi
      
  20. Polina Pozdniakova (Russia) – Dhigufaru
    Polina Pozdniakova (Russia) - Dhigufaru
        
  21. Naffie Wasinee (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Naffie Wasinee (Thailand) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
       
  22. Simona Gusmerol (Italy) – Vilamendhoo
    Simona Gusmerol (Italy) – Vilamendhoo
       
  23. Katya Nizhegorodtseva (Russia) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Katya Nizhegorodtseva (Russia) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
       
  24. Jessica (United Kingdom) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Jessica (United Kingdom) - Sheraton Full Moon
       
  25. Est Are (Nigeria) – Kurumba
    Est Are (Nigeria) - Maafushivaru
       
  26. Janine Wiggert (Germany) – Constance Halaveli
    Janine Wiggert (Germany) - Constance Halaveli
       
  27. Moni Malibu (USA) – W Maldives
    Moni Malibu (USA) – W Retreat
      
  28. Megan Young (Philippines) – Hurawalhi
    Megan Young (Philippines) - Hurawalhi
      
  29. Michelle (OAE) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Michelle (OAE) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  30. Ekaterina Dmitrieva (Russia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Ekaterina Dmitrieva (Russia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  31. Ocean Bloom (Canada) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Ocean Bloom (Canada) - Gili Lankanfushi
       
  32. Jeong Hwa (South Korea) – Halaveli
    Jeong Hwa (South Korea) - Halaveli
       
  33. Karolina Zubkova-Mattes (France) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Karolina Zubkova-Mattes (France) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
       
  34. Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
    Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
       
  35. Regina Ponfilova (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Regina Ponfilova (Russia) - NIYAMA

       
  36. Eleonora Ladygina (Russia) – Hurawalhi
    Eleonora Ladygina (Russia) - Hurawalhi
       
  37. Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) – Conrad Rangali
    Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) - Conrad Rangali
      
  38. Aysel Manafova (Azerbaijani) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Aysel Manafova (Azerbaijani) - One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  39. Juju Norremose (Brazil) – NIYAMA
    Juju Norremose (Brazil) - NIYAMA
       
  40. Salee Cute (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Salee Cute (Thailand) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
       
  41. Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
       
  42. Faya Nillson (Sweden) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Faya Nillson (Sweden) – One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  43. Holly Valance (United Kingdom) – One and Only Reethi Rah
    Holly Valance (United Kingdom) – One and Only Reethi Rah
       
  44. Carly Lottering (Australia) – Paradise Island
    Carly Lottering (Australia) – Paradise Island
       
  45. Geraldine Steenkamp (South Africa) – Hideaway Beach
    Geraldine Steenkamp (South Africa) – Hideaway Beach
      
  46. Tatiana Lopatinskaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
    Tatiana Lopatinskaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
       
  47. Son Ye-Jin (South Korea) – LUX Maldives
    Son Ye-Jin (South Korea) – LUX Maldives
      
  48. Amber Anderson (United Kingdom) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Amber Anderson (United Kingdom) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
       
  49. Jennifer Chang (USA) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Jennifer Chang (USA) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
        
  50. Cecilia An (Australia) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
    Cecilia An (Australia) - Jumeirah Dhevanafushi

   

Maxis in the Maldives

Kristina Krayt (Russia) – Cocoon 2

While the tropical sun-soaked sea-immersed Maldives is more renowned for its skimpier swimsuits, the luxuries resort properties do inspire quite a collection of longer dresses of a more elegant cut.

  1. Kristina Krayt (Russia) – Cocoon [ABOVE]
      
  2. Amelia Thripura Henderson (Malaysia) – Club Med Kani
    Amelia Thripura Henderson (Malaysia) - Club Med Kani
        
  3. Diana Zubiri-Smith (Philippines) – Anantara Dhigu
    Diana Zubiri-Smith (Philippines) - Anantara Dhigu
       
  4. Ashna Khan (India) – Vilu Reef
    Ashna Khan (India) - Vilu Reef

       
  5. Julia Matvienko (Russia) – Amilla Fushi
    Julia Matvienko (Russia) - Amilla Fushi
  6. Anna Trestain (OAE) – Angsana Velavaru
    Anna Trestain (OAE) - Angsana Velavaru
       
  7. Irina Cerutti (Switzerland) – Soneva Jani
    Irina Cerutti (Switzerland) - Soneva Jani
       
  8. Isabella Cirnski (Sweden) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Isabella Cirnski (Sweden) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  9. Rebeca Labara (Spain) – Velassaru
    Rebeca Labara (Spain) - Velassaru
       
  10. Rianna Gabriel (Russia) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Rianna Gabriel (Russia) - Sheraton Full Moon
      
  11. Alisa Sarosiek (Russia) – Sun Island
    Alisa Sarosiek (Russia) - Sun Island
       
  12. Katerina Kaka (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Katerina Kaka (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
      
  13. Lista Khu (Indonesia) – Conrad Rangali
    Lista Khu (Indonesia) - Conrad Rangali
      
  14. Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  15. Bettinah Tianah (Uganda) – Olhuveli
    Bettinah Tianah (Uganda) – Olhuveli
      
  16. Kanika Kapoor (India) – Taj Exotica
    Kanika Kapoor (India) - Taj Exotica
       
  17. Taya Rogers (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
    Taya Rogers (USA) - Anantara Dhigu
      
  18. Elizaveta Vladimirova (Russia)
    Elizaveta Vladimirova (Russia)
      
  19. Drea Vergara (Columbia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Drea Vergara (Columbia) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  20. Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
    Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
       
  21. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  22. Katya Danilova (Russia) – Finolhu
    Katya Danilova (Russia) - Finolhu
      
  23. Lynn Ban (USA) Maalifushi
    Lynn Ban (USA) Maalifushi
      
  24. Katrina Kaif (India) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Katrina Kaif (India) - Shangri-La Vilingili
      
  25. Diana Penty (India) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Diana Penty (India) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
      
  26. Jenny Phm (Vietnam) – Conrad Rangali
    Jenny Phm (Vietnam) - Conrad Rangali
       
  27. Oxana K (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Oxana K (Russia) – NIYAMA
      
  28. Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazil) – ShangriLa Vilingili
    Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazil) - Shangri-La Vilingili
      
  29. Esther Heesch (Germany) – Amilla Fushi
    Esther Heesch (Germany) - Amilla Fushi
       
  30. Kira Eagle (Russia) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    Kira Eagle (Russia) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
      
  31. Scarlett De La Torre (Hong Kong) – LUX Maldives
    Scarlett De La Torre (Hong Kong) - LUX Maldives
       
  32. Paria Arabzadeh (Iran) – Dusit Thani
    Paria Arabzadeh (Iran) - Dusit Thani
      
  33. Amanda Lynn (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Amanda Lynn (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
      
  34. Yana Flori (United Kingdom) – Amari Havodda
    Yana Flori (United Kingdom) - Amari Havodda
      
  35. Evelyn Virag (Italy) – Kuramathi
    Evelyn Virag (Italy) - Kuramathi
      
  36. Jordan Craig (USA) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Jordan Craig (USA) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
      
  37. Vlada Lachimova (Russia) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Vlada Lachimova (Russia) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
      
  38. Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Shangri-La Villingili
    Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
     
  39. Bridget Bahl (USA) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Bridget Bahl (USA) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
      
  40. Raica Oliveira (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Raica Oliveira (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  41. Twinkle Mukherjee (India) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Twinkle Mukherjee (India) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  42. Beverly Chin (Singapore) – The Residence
    Beverly Chin (Singapore) - The Residence
      
  43. Sabrina Chakici (Ireland) – Conrad Rangali
    Sabrina Chakici (Ireland) – Conrad Rangali
     
  44. Sonakshi Sinha (India) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Sonakshi Sinha (India) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  45. Julia Adasheva (Russia) – Taj Exotica
    Julia Adasheva (Russia) – Taj Exotica
      

Fit Fashionistos

Marlon Hondi and friends (USA) – One & Only Reethi Rah 
      

The fashionistas aren’t alone on the Laccadive cat walk as they are joined by growing continent of fashionistos. The male models tend to be of the fitness variety including the two dozen collected here…

  1. Marlon Hondi and friends (USA) – One & Only Reethi Rah [ABOVE]
           
  2. Leonardo Ongaro (Italy)
    Leonardo Ongaro (Italy)
      
  3. Mirec Volentics (Slovakia) – Velassaru
    Mirec Volentics (Slovakia) – Velassaru
      
  4. Ron Blum (Israel)
    Ron Blum (Israel)
      
  5. Moe Hadary (Egypt) – Velassaru
    Moe Hadary (Egypt) – Velassaru
       
  6. Pedro Correia (Portugal) – Club Rannalhi
    Pedro Correia (Portugal) – Club Rannalhi
      
  7. Sergey Boytcov (Russia) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Sergey Boytcov (Russia) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
        
  8. Daniel Kozahinof (Israel) – Club Med Kani
    Daniel Kozahinof (Israel) – Club Med Kani

      
  9. Kyle Parchment (United Kingdom)
    Kyle Parchment (United Kingdom)
      
  10. Ignazio Moser (Italy) – Alimatha
    Ignazio Moser (Italy) – Alimatha - Cyclist
      
  11. Kayne Lawton (Australia) – NIYAMA
    Kayne Lawton (Australia) – NIYAMA
      
  12. Juan Gamboa (USA) – Velassaru
    Juan Gamboa (USA)
       
  13. JC Pieri (France) – Club Med Kani
    JC Pieri (France) – Club Med Kani
       
  14. Faisal (United Kingdom) – Shangri-La Villingili
    Faisal (United Kingdom) – Shangri-La Villingili
       
  15. Sunny Luu (Vietnam) – Kandooma
    Sunny Luu (Vietnam) – Kandooma
       
  16. Kevin (France) – Embudoo
    Kevin (France) - Embudoo
       
  17. Andres Felipe (Netherlands) – Kuredu
    Andres Felipe (Netherlands) - Kuredu
      
  18. Brodie Smith (USA) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Brodie Smith (USA) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
      
  19. Rob Lipsett (Ireland) – Vommuli
    Rob Lipsett (Ireland) - Vommuli
       
  20. Justin Oliveira (Switzerland) – Conrad Rangali
    Justin Oliveira (Switzerland) – Conrad Rangali
       
  21. Andrea Linder (Sweden) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Andrea Linder (Sweden) – One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  22. Alex Feo (Russia) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Alex Feo (Russia) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
       
  23. Daniel Fox (Germany) – Amari Havodda
    Daniel Fox (Germany) – Amari Havodda
      
  24. Beto Heragui (Mexico) – Conrad Maldives
    Beto Heragui (Mexico) – Conrad Maldives
       

Boardwalk Cat Walk

Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll 3

The semi-annual parade of fashion and fashionistas steps out today at London Fashion Week. Time for another series showing them how it is done Maldives style starting with the obligatory pool side pose…

  1. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll  [ABOVE]
       
  2. Est Are (Nigeria) – Dhigali
    Est Are (Nigeria) - Dhigali
      
  3. Isabel Ljungdell (Finland) – Drift Thelu Veliga
    Isabel Ljungdell (Finland) - Drift Thelu Veliga
       
  4. Sananas (France) – Hurawalhi
    Sananas (France) - Hurawalhi
       
  5. Neha Dhupia (India) – Sirru Fen Fushi
    Neha Dhupia (India) - Sirru Fen Fushi
      
  6. Alina Ceusan (Romania) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Alina Ceusan (Romania) – Gili Lankanfushi
       
  7. Yunusssova (Russia) – Furaveri
    Yunusssova (Russia) - Furaveri

        
  8. Svyatoslava Vladzimirskaya (Russia) – Paradise Island
    Svyatoslava Vladzimirskaya (Russia) - Paradise Island
       
  9. Mrs. Nekakvse (Russia) – Malahini Kuda Bandos
    Mrs Nekakvse (Russia) - Malahini Kuda Bandos
       
  10. Ashna Khan (India) – Vilu Reef
    Ashna Khan (India) - Vilu Reef
       
  11. Elena Prodan (Romania) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Elena Prodan (Romania) - Sheraton Full Moon
      
  12. Georgie Stevenson (Australia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Georgie Stevenson (Australia) - Centara Ras Fushi
  13. Karina Barbie (Russia)
    Karina Barbie (Russia)
      
  14. Olga Khairullina (Russia) – Grand Park Kodhipparu
    Olga Khairullina (Russia) - Grand Park Kodhipparu
      
  15. Ksy Reva (Russia) – Canareef
    Ksy Reva (Russia) - Canareef
      
  16. Ana Jovanovic (Czech) – Sun Island
    Ana Jovanovic (Czech) - Sun Island
       
  17. Elizabeth Rioux (France) – Sun Island
    Elizabeth Rioux (France) - Sun Island
      
  18. Ekaterina (Russia) – Holiday Island
    Ekaterina (Russia) - Holiday Island
       
  19. Margarita Lorens (Russia) – Fihalhohi
    Margarita Lorens (Russia) - Kandooma
      
  20. Andrée Martinez (Mexico) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Andrée Martinez (Mexico) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  21. Nima Benati (Italy) – Conrad Rangali
    Nima Benati (Italy) - Conrad Rangali

      
  22. Mali Kosinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Mali Kosinska (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi

      
  23. Luxury Travel Babe (USA) – NIYAMA
    Luxury Travel Babe (NIYAMA)
       
  24. Tereza Hearty (Czech) – Finolhu
    Tereza Hearty (Czech) - Finolhu
      
  25. Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
  26. Park Shin-hye (South Korea) – Soneva Jani
    Park Shin-hye (South Korea) - Soneva Jani
      
  27. Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah 2
      
  28. Erkezhan Talgatbekova (Russia) – Coco Bodu Hithi
    Erkezhan Talgatbekova (Russia) – Coco Bodu Hithi
      
  29. Precious Angellyn Sanchez (Philippines) – Cinnamon Dhonveli
    Precious Angellyn Sanchez (Philippines) – Paradise Island
      
  30. Genevieve Morton (South Africa) – NIYAMA
    Genevieve Morton (South Africa) – NIYAMA 2
      
  31. Tatiana Korsakova (Russia) – Halaveli
    Tatiana Korsakova (Russia) – Halaveli
      
  32. Paula Manzanal (Peru) – Reethi Faru
    Paula Manzanal (Peru) - Reethi Faru
       
  33. Jena Frumes (USA) – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
    Jena Frumes (USA) - Park Hyatt Hadahaa
      
  34. Kristina Sholc (Russia) – Kuda Rah
    Kristina Sholc (Russia) - Kuda Rah
      
  35. Julia C. (Germany) – Dhigali
    Julia C. (Germany) - Dhigali
      
  36. Olga ST (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Olga ST (Russia) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
       
  37. Aggie Lal (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Aggie Lal (USA) - Six Senses Laamu
       
  38. Adelina and Alina Fatkheeva (Tartarstan) – Soneva Jani
    Adelina and Alina Fatkheeva (Tartarstan) - Soneva Jani
      
  39. Natasha Davydova (Russia) – Soneva Fushi
    Natasha Davydova (Russia) - Soneva Fushi
      
  40. Liliana Montoya (USA) – AaaVeee
    Liliana Montoya (USA) - AaaVeee
       
  41. Natalie Roser (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Natalie Roser (Australia) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
       
  42. Anna Barykina (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Anna Barykina (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  43. Katya Nizhegorodtseva (Russia) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Katya Nizhegorodtseva (Russia) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi 3
      

Best of the Maldives: 3D Printed Reefs – Summer Island

Summer Island - 3D printed 2

Summer Island expanded its own tasting menu of artificial reefs with the world’s largest and Maldives first 3D printed reef. Maldives Independent reported:

  • The world’s largest and the Maldives first 3D-printed reef was installed by a resort at the weekend, with the technology being used to help protect coral reefs. The artificial reef, assembled with hundreds of ceramic and concrete modules, was submerged in seven metres of water in a part of the lagoon where Summer Island Maldives is building a new coral reef ecosystem…The project started in Australia, where industrial designer Alex Goad of Reef Design Lab used computing modelling to design reef structures similar to those found naturally in the Maldives. A 3D printer took 24 hours to print moulds which were then cast in ceramic, an inert substance similar to limestone rock, and shipped to the Maldives. They were filled with marine concrete on the resort’s beach before being taken into the lagoon and assembled. Like a giant aquatic LEGO set the 220 ceramic, concrete-filled moulds were slotted together underwater to create the new reef. Coral fragments, grown on the resort’s existing and extensive coral nursery, were transplanted onto the 3D reef. In a few years, when the corals have colonised the reef, the resort wants a new reef teeming with fish and other marine life. If the 3D printing technology proves successful, it could be a new way of helping coral reefs adapt to a warming climate.”

 

Summer Island - 3D printed

Best of the Maldives: Wine Coral Pairing – Nika

Nika - coral pairing 1

Wine complements the finest treats especially when matched expertly to complement the spirit and essence of the sensory banquet. The Nika resort has extended this concept to new extents (or depths) with their innovative “Coral Pairing” (thanks Paola):

  • “Nika Island Resort and Spa has hosted an original experiment, pairing an array of native corals with wine. Titled “Metafore” and held with the technical support of leading winer supplier Grape Expectations, the event witnessed white, red and black corals being paired with a special selection of wines according to their colour, pattern and biological peculiarities. The experiment allowed Nika not only to offer its guests a curious selection of wines, but also to bridge the art of wine making with coral, a typical Maldivian thing of beauty. Edoardo Caccin, External Director at Nika explains: ‘a metaphor is a literary figure of speech used to describe a subject by comparing it to something else. The comparison gives the qualities of one thing to another that is usually unrelated. We asked ourselves: if coral could be wine, which wine would it be?’ Dora Dzurjak, Grape Expectations’ sommelier and wine educator, guided Nika’s guests through witty and ambitious associations. The beautiful and sophisticated pattern of Brain Coral was paired with the white wine Weinhaus Ress Rheingau Riesling Trocken. As far as red wine was involved, Dora made a match between Sileni estates The Plateau Pinot Noir and the Organ Pipe Coral. The sommelier’s inspiration came from its unique hard skeleton of calcium carbonate containing many organ pipe-like tubes.”

Zymology and Zooxanthellae!

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Best of the Maldives: Michelin Stars – Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi - Michellin meals

A meal by a Michelin-starred chef is a thing of beauty. A number of Michelin honorees have visited as guest chefs before, but no resort has assembled quite the Menu Gourmand of variety as Soneva Fushi’s banquet of culinary talent:

“Soneva and the Michelin Guide will be jointly promoting the following chef events, most of which feature chefs from restaurants worldwide with two or three Michelin stars:

  • August 26-31, 2018 at Soneva Fushi: Kiko Moya, from two-starred Spanish restaurant L’Escaletta
  • October 7-12, 2018 at Soneva Fushi: Gert de Mangeleer, from three-starred Belgium restaurant Hertog Jan
  • October 15-21, 2018 at Soneva Fushi: Bruno Oger, from two-starred French restaurant La Villa Archange
  • November 5-12, 2018 at Soneva Fushi: Yoann Conte, from two-starred French restaurant Bord du Lac
  • November 25-December 2, 2018 at Soneva Fushi: Pere Planaguma, from two-starred Spanish restaurant Les Col
  • December 5-14, 2018 at Soneva Fushi: Tim Raue, from two-starred German Restaurant Tim Raue
  • December 22, 2018-January 4, 2019 at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani: Ronan Kervarrec, from two-starred French restaurant La Table de Plaisance
  • February 14-17, 2019 at Soneva Fushi: Tom Aikens, from two-starred UK restaurant Toms Kitchen
  • March 4-9, 2019 at Soneva Fushi: Guillaume Bracaval, from two-starred French restaurant Michel Troisgros
  • October 6-11, 2019 at Soneva Fushi: Maxime Meilleur, from three-starred French restaurant La Bouitte

Starry starry delight!