Part of making sustainable is to make it fashionable. Not a uniform that people have to wear in daily life, but a style with which they want to live their life willingly. Soneva has long been a trend-setter, not just in the most stylish resort features, but also in to pioneering approaches to eco-friendliness and raising environmental awareness. To bring flair and allure to the sustainability message, Soneva hosted international catwalk producer Jessica Minh Hanh for a photoshoot that illustrates the story of eco-resort life.
…and other Maldives islands too. Fashionistas aren’t the only Maldives guests posting fashion shoots from the paradise. The fashionistos are showing up in increasing numbers. For London Fashion Week, here are a few of the walking the beaches and jetties of the resorts…
- Tom Wolt (Germany) – Atmosphere Kanifushi [ABOVE]
- Aditya Seal (India) – Kandima
- Harry Rowley (USA) – Carpe Diem
- Hamid Fadaei (Iran)
- Fabian Arnold (Germany) – JA Manafaru
- Sergiu Muntean (Romania) – Dhigali
- Joe Trivisvavet (USA) – Centara Ras Fushi
- Cyrus (United Kingdom) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
- Chaiwat Songsiriphan (Thailand) – Centara Ras Fushi
- Adam Collard (United Kingdom) – Kandima
- Oleh Costo (Russia) – Vilu Reef
- Jakub Stefano (Czech) – Hideaway Beach
- Kristian Haighton (United Kingdom) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
- Moritz Hau (Germany) – Hurawalhi
- River Viiperi (Spain) – One & Only Reethi Rah
- Albert Lopez Catalan (Spain) – Maafushi
- Andrew Foxx (Germany) – Dhigali
- Tim Kühnel (Germany) – Safari Island
- Corentin Huard (France) – Shangri-La Villingili
- Husein (Maldives) – Vabbinfaru
- Daniel Toni Jais (Germany) – Baros
- Edgar Vanuska (Latvia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
- Bruno Endler (Brazil) – Grand Park Kodhipparu
- Victor Seitz (Spain) – Fushifaru
Strut, and turn…and cock that hip. London Fashion Week starts today with accompanying collections of the hippest fashionista set from the Maldives showing how it is done…
- Zienna Sonne Williams (Denmark) [ABOVE]
- Veronika Zalata (Russia)
- Sylvie Meis (Switzerland) – Joali
- Anfisa Ibadova (Russia) – You & Me
- Anna Zak (Israel) – Club Med Kani
- Sophie Monk (United Kingdom) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
- Courtney Suchma (USA) – LUX South Ari Atoll
- Kady McDermott (United Kingdom) – Kandima
- Elizaveta Timoschuk (China) – Sun Island
- Alyona Mur (Russia) – Baros
- Arinka Nazarova (Russia) – Anantara Veli
- Jovana Kapišora (Serbia)
- Noel Delano (USA) – Coco Prive
- Sasha (Bulgaria) – Fun Island
- Sofia Maloletova (Spain) – Ayada
- Nathalya Cabral (Brazil) – Ayada
- Candice Boucher (South Africa) – Gili Lankanfushi
- Rebecca Chen (Singpore)
- Maria Nava (United Kingdom) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
- Daria Schneider (Russia)
- Anastasia (Russia) – Sun Island
- Paula Manzanal (Peru) – Reethi Faru
- Sabina Bilenko (Uzbekistan) – One & Only Reethi Rah
- Sunshine (Philippines) – Grand Park Kodhipparu
- Stella Maris (Brazil) Anantara Veli
- Sayhey Tokatrin (Russia) – Meeru
- Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Halaveli
- Yuliya Bezdar (Russia) – Velassaru
- Jesy Nelson (United Kingdom) – Kandima
- Gracie Piscopo (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
- Khristina (Russia) – Vommuli
- Giulia Calcaterra (Italy) – Cocoon
- Galinka Mirgaeva (Russia) – Cocoon
- Nima Benati (Italy) – Conrad Rangali
- Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
- Emma Rose (Australia) – Hideaway Beach
- Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee
- Malia Murphey (USA) – W Maldives
- Sandra Traczyk (Poland) – Lily Beach
- Sierra Skye (USA) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
- Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.” – Willie Wonka
- “Six Senses Laamu has started to produce handcrafted chocolate bars. 100% organic Criollo beans and brown sugar from a Sri Lankan are turned into a new Laamu chocolate. Their chocolate alchemist Alvina produces different flavors including Maldivian chili, lemongrass, cinnamon and dried fruit.”
With this post, I’m adding a tag for “Chocolate”, appropriate with the Maldives being the quintessential Bounty Bar destination.
LUX* North Male Atoll’s “LUX Café” features a non-electronic way to start your morning detox after a night of a few too many pina coladas – cold drip coffee. Cold drip is a technique where coffee is immersed in cold water and left to ‘brew’ over a number of hours. At LUX, water drips through for 6-8 hours to make one 1 litre (also 14 hours for 3 litre version). The result is a concentrated coffee where more of the flavour is preserved with a richer fuller body. It is especially good for preparing ice coffee – Lori’s favourite.
Sometimes resorts are distinguished not by what they have, but by what they don’t have. Especially, in the “get away from it all” remoteness of the Maldives, people are often on an escape from civilization. While so many properties have striven to provide all the creature comforts of home and then some, some times a few well chosen omissions are lauded by guests. One particular area is refuge from technology that has engulfed our modern lives. One of the most popular “back to basics” design features are those villas with no televisions in their rooms.
Dhigali has gone whole hog at least for the younger generation (arguably most at risk from digital drowning). Their kids club offers an “Electronic Detox”. It has no TV, but also no electronics of any kind no are any allowed in (and if you try to smuggle in that iPhone, the wifi is disabled there). Just analogue, real-world games and activities to thrill and distract.
Even the seats in the kids club washroom are sculptures at Joali…Frog Bog!
Q: What are those things swimming around the reef?
Q: Buzzzz…there’s actually no such thing as a fish.
That’s the conclusion of eminent natural historian Steve J. Gould (small world coincidence – Lori sang in the same choir as him years ago). There are all sorts of creatures dubbed “fish” and yet they all exist on all different branches of the species taxonomy – jellyfish, cuttlefish, crayfish, shellfish starfish. There is no one Order or Genus that contains all or even the vast majority of species that people popularly refer to a “fish”. As a Telegraph piece describes: “Unlike mammals and birds, not all the creatures we call fish today descend from the same common ancestor. Or put another way, if we go back to most recent common ancestor of everything we now call fish (including the incredibly primitive lungfish and hagfish), we find that they also were the ancestor of all four-legged land vertebrates, which obviously aren’t fish at all.” (at least in the Maldives you can be pretty sure that the “fish” you are dining on is actually the fish they say you are eating which is not always the case elsewhere).
On a similar note, Bird and Moon flippantly points out another aquatic “Animal With a Misleading Name” – the Peacock Mantis Shrimp. They look like a walking lobster tail where the claws and long legs have been removed (but they’re not even Lobsters either). Mantis Shrimp are their own distinct order of “Stomatopods” (which falls under the Subphylum of Crustaceans). But their mendacious moniker isn’t the only curiosity of this colourful creature. In fact, the Oatmeal, illustrated a complete portrait of the bizarre life of the mantis shrimp (“my new favourite animal”) with such factoids as and they can move their limbs so quickly they can supercavitate the water (like boiling it), they can accelerate as fast as a bullet, their limbs are so resilient that the cell structure has been studied for the development of combat body armour, they can’t be kept in aquariums because they tend to break the aquarium’s glass.
Summer break is over and it is back to school time. So an apropos for us to go back to the schools of the Maldivian for some splashes of vibrant colour…
Blue-Striped Yellow Snappers [ABOVE]