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!

Nika - coral pairing 2

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!

Day of Beauty

Kate Onyshchenko (Russia) - Paradise Island]

The International Day of Beauty today for the rest of the world, but every day is a day of beauty in the Maldives especially for the fashionista crowd’s beauties a bevy of which are sauntering on the sand today here (also a harbinger to London Fashion Week in a few days):

  1. Kate Onyshchenko (Russia) – Paradise Island [ABOVE]
      
  2. Karina Volodina (Russia) – Sun Island
    Karina Volodina (Russia) - Sun Island
      
  3. Maria Sionova (Russia) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Maria Sionova (Russia) - Gili Lankanfushi
      
  4. Valeria Orsini (Columbia) – Reethi Faru
    Valeria Orsini (Columbia) - Reethi Faru
        
  5. Aleksandra Belousova (Russia) – Angsana Velavaru
    Aleksandra Belousova (Russia) - Angsana Velavaru
       
  6. Kseniya Storozhko (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Kseniya Storozhko (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  7. Roxana (Russia) – Plumeria
    Roxana (Russia) - Plumeria
      
  8. Jessica (Brazil) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Jessica (Brazil) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  9. Yunusssova (Russia) – Furaveri
    Yunusssova (Russia) – Furaveri 2
      
  10. Ekaterina Kame (Russia) – Kandima
    Ekaterina Kame (Russia) - Kandima
      
  11. Julia Adasheva (Russia) – Shangri-La Villingili
    Julia Adasheva (Russia) – Shangri-La Villingili
      
  12. Karina Cabiling (Canada)
    Karina Cabiling (Canada)

       
  13. Valentina Shumskaja (Russia) – Dhigali
    Valentina Shumskaja (Russia) - Dhigali
      
  14. Cristina Masiero (Italy) – Paradise Island
    Cristina Masiero (Italy) - Paradise Island
       
  15. Belle Lucia (Australia) – Cocoon
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  16. Tatiana Korsakova (Russia) – Halaveli
    Tatiana Korsakova (Russia) – Halaveli
       
  17. Helena Lunardelli (Brazil) – Velaa
    Helena Lunardelli (Brazil) - Velaa
       
  18. Maria Camila Medrano (Columbia) – Coco Bodu Hithi
    Maria Camila Medrano (Columbia) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
      
  19. Sonya April (France) – Anantara Veli
    Sonya April (France) - Anantara Veli
      
  20. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – Velaa
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – Velaa
       
  21. Arinka Nazarova (Russia) – Holiday Island
    Arinka Nazarova (Russia) – Holiday Island

      
  22. Milanka Salova (Russia) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
    Milanka Salova (Russia) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
      
  23. Peony Lim (United Kingdom) – The Residence
    Peony Lim (United Kingdom) – The Residence
  24. Аnastasia Verbovaia (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Аnastasia Verbovaia (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  25. Natalie Danish (Ukraine) – Cocoon
    Natalie Danish (Ukraine) - Cocoon
      
  26. Céline (France) – Drift Thelu Veliga
    Céline (France) - Drift Thelu Veliga
       
  27. Andrée Martinez (Mexico) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Andrée Martinez (Mexico) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  28. Jessica Werneck (Brazil) – Vadoo
    Jessica Werneck (Brazil) - Vadoo
       
  29. Paula Manzanal (Peru) – Reethi Faru
    Paula Manzanal (Peru) - Reethi Faru 2
       
  30. Katrina Kaif (India) – ShangriLa Vilingili
    Katrina Kaif (India) - Shangri-La Vilingili 2
       
  31. Eva Czarnocka (Poland)
    Eva Czarnocka (Poland)
       
  32. Fã Clube Joana Costa (Brazil) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Fã Clube Joana Costa (Brazil) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru 2

      
  33. Courtney Eaton (Australia)
    Courtney Eaton (Australia) - 2
      
  34. Malia Murphey (USA) – W Maldives
    Malia Murphey (USA) - W Retreat 2
       
  35. Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee
    Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee 3
       
  36. Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
    Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba 6
      

Best of the Maldives: Tomato Festival – Kandima

Kandima - tomato festival 1

Kandima has hosted a festival of another sort this summer. A first blush (yes, intended), it might seem like one of those foodie festivals that are spreading across middle-class England, but really is far more traditional (and raucous) than that…

  • “Kandima Maldives hosts the first ever Tomato Festival ‘La Tomatina’ in the island nation. The event took place last week on Friday, 31st August 2018 on the resort grounds. In total over 300 people attended the event, which lasted for almost four hours. ‘La Tomatina’ was home to the famous tomato fight, tug of war, mini football, water bucket relay, climb the coconut tree and many other fun-packed beach games. During the event the house DJ entertained the crowd with his party mixes while the barmen were offering free Latino-themed snacks and drinks to everybody. The resort chefs had to lay the tomatoes in the sun for three days prior to the event, which made them ripe and safe to fight with. Fire brigade was also on site and willing to offer their hoses with running water to remove the squashed tomatoes from the participants’ bodies…The festival of tomatoes was held for the first time in 1945 in the Valencian town of Buñol, in the East of Spain 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the Mediterranean, in which participants would throw tomatoes and get involved in a tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes.”

You say “tomato…I say ‘incoming!’.”

Kandima - tomato festival 2

Best of the Maldives: Artistic CSR – Kandima

Kandima - artistic CSR

Kandima supports the arts beyond their resort and in the community itself with their KUL Initiative:

  • “The KULA art initiative was launched on the 5th of October 2017, with a vision to promote and nurture local artistic talent and creativity and essentially open up new horizons for the local art community in the Maldives…The KULA Initiative will also support local schools and artists with equipment, grants and master/classes… With its key component, The KULA Art Festival is the first of its kind annual event to be ever hosted in any resort in the island nation at such a large scale, turning the entire resort into the trendiest, most happening art centre in the Indian Ocean. Every year Kandima Maldives invites over 20 local artists specializing in various mediums including digital, coffee, acrylic, henna, spray paint and local crafts, to unleash their inner Picasso! KULA means ‘colours’ in Dhivehi, the Maldivian language.”

And Kandima is setting out to break the Bohemian “starving artist” caricature by putting money where its mouth is to support these artists with tangible benefits:

  • “Kandima will give $1 per occupied room night to the KULA Fund and guests can also make their own donations. The KULA fund will also prosper and increase from the artists themselves. When a piece of art is sold, the artist will contribute a small percentage of the sale to the KULA fund to help it grow. The remainder goes personally to the artist, with no profit to Kandima. “

The artistic community in the Maldives has blossomed in recent years. Far beyond the Bob Ross-style painted coconut husks and tarted up imports from China, Maldives art has become gallery quality with a generation on the vanguard of the Maldivian art scene creating stunning depictions and interpretations of the paradise in which they live and in which the rest of the world is enthralled.

And the showcase for these works is the “Unveiling Visions” exhibits sponsored by Kandima which is taking place right now in the capital Male:

  • Kandima Maldives is hosting host regular exhibitions and exciting art performances by local artists in the in-house Aroma Art Studio, which is set on the edge of a natural lake inside the island. The venue gives both guests and artists the inspiration and calm space they need to create their masterpieces. The exhibition will feature works by 50 Maldivian artists of ages 18-35; under 6 main categories – painting, drawing, calligraphy art, 3d installation, digital installation and sculpture. Launched in 2017, ‘Unveiling Visions’ will offer live art sessions, workshops, artist talks and fun-filled events for children. Unveiling Visions’ will offer live art sessions, workshops, artist talks and fun-filled events for children. Kandima Maldives will invite the top 15 artists to participate in its annual KULA Art Festival to be held on 28th December 2018. The festival is a perfect marketing platform for showcasing the Maldivian talent to the international audience and will be held for the second time since the resort opening in 2017. All of the inspiring art pieces created during the event will be available for purchase at the in-house KULA Art Studio at Kandima Maldives.”

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