Best of the Maldives: Wood Painting – Rihiveli Dream

Rihiveli Dream - flags

With all of the glitzy bling scattered around the Maldives like toddlers throwing tinsel on a Christmas tree, some of the old school décor with retro charm stand out even more distinctively. One example is Rihiveli extensive oil on wood paintings. The reception features one of the most handsome island maps I have seen, and I love the little vexillological (word of the day for you) retrospective.

Rihiveli Dream - reception map

Best of the Maldives: Positive Message Hangers – Joali

Joali - message hangers

When I first started the “Best of the Maldives” series on Maldives Complete nearly a decade ago (very nearly!), I wanted to find and call out some of the truly distinctive touches that resorts had. I didn’t want to (re)write the same glossy article about palm trees and pina coladas that every celebrity comp article writes. When I spoke with folks about this angle, I often used the “clothes hanger” example citing Gili Lankanfushi’s unique bamboo ones which provided a subtle touch of natural materials used in a stylish way. Now Joali has introduced its own creative hangers with “feel good” messages inscribed on each of them (thanks Paola). Who knew when I started focusing on such attentive details that not only would I end up writing about “clothes hangers”, but would write about multiple variations on just that item? 

I wonder if one says “My bum does not look big in this.”


Maldives Secret Fashion Show

Lorena Rae (Germany) – Palm Beach

If you are shopping for something more comfortable to slip into, then you might be catching the infamous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show being broadcast tonight. Alternatively, here is the Maldives Complete Secret Fashion Show with the visiting fashionistas lounging in their favourite lingerie…

  1. Lorena Rae (Germany) – Palm Beach [ABOVE]
  2. Nicoletta Reggio (Italy) – Kuramathi
    Nicoletta Reggio (Italy) - Kuramathi
  3. Mariya Revkovskaya (Russia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Mariya Revkovskaya (Russia)
  4. Polly Kole (Russia) – Millaidhoo
    Polly Kole (Russia) - Millaidhoo
  5. Natalie (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Natalie (Russia) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  6. Veronika Kotova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Veronika Kotova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  7. Vlada Yakushevskaya (Russia) – Four Seasons
    7andaa Gira
    Vlada Yakushevskaya (Russia) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  8. Maria (Thailand) – Veligandu
    Maria (Thailand) - Veligandu
  9. Anastasia Barashkova (Russia) – Constance 9alaveli
    Anastasia Barashkova (Russia) – Constance Halaveli
  10. Katie Price (United Kingdom) – Kandima
    Katie Price (United Kingdom) - Kandima
  11. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll       
  12. Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
  13. A. Liss (Russia) – Baros
    A Liss (Russia) – Baros
  14. Maria Glass (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giravaaru
    Maria Glass (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraaaru