Dressing Up As a Maldivian

Maldives costume - Pozo

Contrary to some preconceived notions, Halloween is not just about spooky things. The main event is getting dreseds up in fancy dress. And those costumes don’t have to be something scary. People dress up in all sorts of things. Including traditional and national costumes. So Maldives Complete’s treat this Halloween is a goodie bag with sweet shots of fashionistos donning the Maldivian traditional dress. Mind you these guys do look scarily dashing in their sarongs. And there’s nothing sarong about that. Smile



Best of the Maldives: Bamboo Hammock – Makunudu

Makunudu - bamboo hammock

The classic “swing” in tropical paradise is the hammock and I have come across all sorts of varieties, but Makunudu was the first bamboo version I’ve seen not just there but anywhere. What is lacks in comfort (which you can compensate for by putting a cushion over it), it makes up for in Swiss Family Robinson chic natural vibe.


Best of the Maldives: Swinging – Cocoon

Cocoon - swing

Even its distinctive floating furniture add to the dangling design vibe of the resort. Lots of resorts have swings, but Cocoon has them in places I’ve never seen before like the reception (see above, great for soothing the sadness of saying goodbye when waiting for your return transfer), and the bathroom (see below, not sure what this is great for…maybe to help get things moving??).

Cocoon - bathroom swing


The Queens of the Swingers, The Tropical Jungle VIPs

Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Anantara Veli

Swings in the Maldives have become as standard as the lagoon hammocks and photo spots and just as popular with the paradise-arazzi. Especially, the lagoon versions that let you rock in the cool waters like these 20 swingers…

  1. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Anantara Veli  [ABOVE]
  2. Vivienne Hermann (United Kingdom) – Kurumba
    Vivienne Hermann (United Kingdom) - Kurumba
  3. Ginger Swan (Russia) – Sun Island
    Ginger Swan (Russia) - Sun Island
  4. Alexandra Kupiec (Poland) – Vadoo
    Alexandra Kupiec (Poland) - Vadoo
  5. Ludovica Pagani (Italy) – Cocoon
    Ludovica Pagani (Italy) - Cocoon
  6. Carlotta Tadolini (Italy) – Cocoon
    Carlotta Tadolini (Italy) - Cocoon
  7. Kristina Krayt (Russia) – Cocoon
    Kristina Krayt (Russia) - Cocoon
  8. Jacqueline Mikuta (Sweden) – Hurawalhi
    Jacqueline Mikuta (Sweden) - Hurawalhi
  9. Natali Portman (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Natali Portman (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
  10. Davika (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Davika (Thailand) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  11. Nicole Crimi (Canada) – Anantara Dhigu
    Nicole Crimi (Canada) - Anantara Dhigu
  12. Jasminne Majid (Bulgaria) – Anantara Dhigu
    Jasminne Majid (Bulgaria) - Anantara Dhigu
  13. Erkerkja (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Erkerkja (Thailand) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  14. Ana Cecília Sabbá (Brazil) –Taj Exotica
    Ana Cecília Sabbá (Brazil) -Taj Exotica 2
  15. Natallia Yakimchyk (Russia) – Reethi Rah
    Natallia Yakimchyk (Russia) - Amilla Fushi
  16. Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee 2
    Karolina Wozniak (Poland) - AaaVeee 2
  17. Nastya Zadorozhnaya (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Nastya Zadorozhnaya (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
  18. Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee – 2
    Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee - 2
  19. Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee [check link]
    Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee
  20. Olga Storozhuk (Ukraine) – AaaVeee
    Olga Storozhuk (Ukraine) - AaaVeee

Best of the Maldives: Champagne Themed Bar – Hurawalhi

Hurawalhi - champagne bar 1

While bottles are standard décor for a bar, traditionally arranged across long, mirrored shelved behind the bar, Hurawalhi’s Tattinger Champagne bar is the first time I’ve seen cork as the theme of the décor. The drinks table look like corks Stewart Little would have in his lounge. And, the bar stools were particular inspired with the stool legs made to look like muselets.

Hurawalhi - champagne bar 2

Best of the Maldives: Bottle Walls – Makunudu

Makunudu - bottle walls 2

Makunudu has its own “green” wall for its beach massage pavilion. The design isn’t just a creative re-use of the troublesome plastic water bottles, but also the semi-opacity infused the space with a muted and dappled light in the daytime. This innovation is just one of several clever uses of bottles so I have decided to add a “Bottles” category tag with this post.

Makunudu - bottle walls

Best of the Maldives: Green Divides – Hurawalhi

 Hurawalhi - green divides

“Going green” is common practice for Maldives resorts who very existence if so dependent on and interwoven with the surrounding natural beauty. But I’ve never seen quite as much “green” as Hurawalhi’s staff compound wall. Nearly all resorts have segregated staff areas where a lot of the machinery of the resort is situated and the staff can conduct their lives freely (eg. walk around in their casual clothes instead of smart uniforms). A number of resorts make an effort to dress these walls or fences up a bit so they blend into the surrounding a bit more, but few have gone to the length of Hurawalhi with their greenery wrapped enclosure.

Best of the Maldives: Water Hazard Warnings – AaaVeee

AaaVeee - koari water hazard

While the waters surrounding the Maldives islands are a tapestry of aquatic beauty, they can often be marred by the necessary accessories of practical infrastructure like shallow water warnings and channel makers. But at AaaVeee, stylish “koari” plot the channel into the resort with a rustic and native aesthetic that hits you before you have even stepped foot on shore.

Follow Me Four a Walk In Water

The third anniversary of celebrating the anniversary of the Osmann’s who took Instagram by storm with their iconic “Follow Me” series including a number of epic shots from their Maldives honeymoon. This year’s collection features an especially aquatic version as the fashionistas, and their shutter-happy boyfriends, take to the water

  1. Ariel (Taiwan) – Dhigali [ABOVE]
  2. Queen Ababy (China) – Centara Grand
    Queen Ababy (China) - Centara Grand_thumb
  3. Anastasia (Russia) – Ayada
    Anastasia (Russia) - Ayada_thumb

  4. Elif Bayrak Gürsoy (Turkey) – Sun Island
    Elif Bayrak Gürsoy (Turkey) - Sun Island_thumb
  5. Loves Nature (Russia) – Dhigurah
    Loves Nature (Russia) - Dhigurah_thumb[1]
  6. Victoria Magrath (United Kingdom) – Conrad Rangali
    Victoria Magrath (United Kingdom) – Conrad Rangali 2_thumb
  7. Ishita Malaviya (India) – Thulusdhoo
    Ishita Malaviya (India) - Thulusdhoo_thumb
  8. Adelina Bratu (Romania) – Sun Island
    Adelina Bratu (Romania) - Sun Island_thumb
  9. Barbora Ondrackova (Czech) – Conrad Rangali
    Barbora Ondrackova (Czech) - Conrad Rangali_thumb
  10. Amelyn Beverly (Singapore) – ShangriLa Vilingili
    Amelyn Beverly (Singapore) - Shangri-La Vilingili_thumb
  11. Mira Radost (Russia) – Ayada
    Mira Radost (Russia) - Ayada_thumb
  12. Eleonora Callioni (Italy) – Nika
    Eleonora Callioni (Italy) - Nika_thumb
  13. Ellie Bullen (Australia) – Conrad Rangali
    Ellie Bullen (Australia) - Conrad Rangali_thumb
  14. Jamie Allen (Australia) – Ayada
    Jamie Allen (Australia) - Ayada_thumb
  15. Alisa Kibra (Russia) – Angsana Velavaru
    Alisa Kibra (Russia) - Angsana Velavaru_thumb
  16. Frugina (Hungary) – Meeru
    Frugina (Hungary) - Meeru_thumb
  17. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) - Hurawalhi_thumb
  18. Kristyna S (Czech) – Sun Island
    Kristyna S (Czech) - Royal Island_thumb
  19. Lesha Nekakvse (Russia) – Malahini Kuda Bandos
    Lesha Nekakvse (Russia) - Malahini Kuda Bandos_thumb
  20. Barbie Pelomundo (Brazil) – Hurawalhi
    Barbie Pelomundo (Brazil) - Hurawalhi_thumb
  21. Lee Adora (Singapore) – Furaveri
    Lee Adora (Singapore) - Furaveri_thumb
  22. Mattia Tullini (Italy) – Aarah
    Mattia Tullini (Italy) - Aarah_thumb
  23. Nataly (Russia) – Sun Island
    Nataly (Russia) - Sun Island_thumb
  24. Nélia Bidarra (Portugal) – Paradise Island
    Nélia Bidarra (Portugal) - Paradise Island_thumb

  25. Leonie Hanne (Germany) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Leonie Hanne (Germany) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru_thumb
  26. Ana Cecília Sabbá (Brazil) –Hurawalhi
    Ana Cecília Sabbá (Brazil) -Taj Exotica 3_thumb
  27. Maria Belen Alderete (Paraguary) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Maria Belen Alderete (Paraguary)_thumb
  28. Jessica H. (Germany) – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
    Jessica H. (Germany) - Park Hyatt Hadahaa_thumb
  29. Paige Rene (USA) – Maalhoss
    Paige Rene (USA) - Maalhoss_thumb
  30. Katri Kats (Estonia) – Ayada
    Katri Kats (Estonia) - Ayada_thumb