Best of the Maldives: Fashionable Sustainability – Soneva Jani

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.

Soneva Jani - sustainable fashion 4

Soneva Jani - sustainable fashion

Soneva Jani - sustainable fashion 2

Soneva Jani - sustainable fashion 3

Male, Maldives Models

Tom Wolt (Germany) – Atmosphere Kanifushi

…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…

  1. Tom Wolt (Germany) – Atmosphere Kanifushi [ABOVE]
  2. Aditya Seal (India) – Kandima
    Aditya Seal (India) - Kandima
  3. Harry Rowley (USA) – Carpe Diem
    Harry Rowley (USA) – Carpe Diem
  4. Hamid Fadaei (Iran)
    Hamid Fadaei (Iran)
  5. Fabian Arnold (Germany) – JA Manafaru
    Fabian Arnold (Germany) – JA Manafaru
  6. Sergiu Muntean (Romania) – Dhigali
    Sergiu Muntean (Romania) - Dhigali
  7. Joe Trivisvavet (USA) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Joe Trivisvavet (USA) – Centara Ras Fushi
  8. Cyrus (United Kingdom) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Cyrus (United Kingdom) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
  9. Chaiwat Songsiriphan (Thailand) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Chaiwat Songsiriphan (Thailand) – Centara Ras Fushi
  10. Adam Collard (United Kingdom) – Kandima
    Adam Collard (United Kingdom) – Kandima
  11. Oleh Costo (Russia) – Vilu Reef
    Oleh Costo (Russia) – Vilu Reef
  12. Jakub Stefano (Czech) – Hideaway Beach
    Jakub Stefano (Czech) – Hideawa Beach
  13. Kristian Haighton (United Kingdom) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
    Kristian Haighton (United Kingdom) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
  14. Moritz Hau (Germany) – Hurawalhi
    Moritz Hau (Germany) - Hurawalhi
  15. River Viiperi (Spain) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    River Viiperi (Spain) – One & Only Reethi Rah

  17. Albert Lopez Catalan (Spain) – Maafushi
    Albert Lopez Catalan (Spain) - Maafushi
  18. Andrew Foxx (Germany) – Dhigali
    Andrew Foxx (Germany) – Dhigali
  19. Tim Kühnel (Germany) – Safari Island
    Tim Kühnel (Germany) – Safari Island
  20. Corentin Huard (France) – Shangri-La Villingili
    Corentin Huard (France) – Shangri-La Villingili
  21. Husein (Maldives) – Vabbinfaru
    Husein (Maldives) – Vabbinfaru
  22. Daniel Toni Jais (Germany) – Baros
    Daniel Toni Jais (Germany) – Baros
  23. Edgar Vanuska (Latvia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Edgar Vanuska (Latvia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  24. Bruno Endler (Brazil) – Grand Park Kodhipparu
    Bruno Endler (Brazil) – Grand Park Kodhipparu
  25. Victor Seitz (Spain) – Fushifaru
    Victor Seitz (Spain) - Fushifaru

Fashion Hipsters


Zienna Sonne Williams (Denmark)

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…

  1. Zienna Sonne Williams (Denmark) [ABOVE]
  2. Veronika Zalata (Russia)
    Veronika Zalata (Russia)
  3. Sylvie Meis (Switzerland) – Joali
    Sylvie Meis (Switzerland) - Joali
  4. Anfisa Ibadova (Russia) – You & Me
    Anfisa Ibadova (Russia) - You & Me
  5. Anna Zak (Israel) – Club Med Kani
    Anna Zak (Israel) - Club Med Kani
  6. Sophie Monk (United Kingdom) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Sophie Monk (United Kingdom) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  7. Courtney Suchma (USA) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Courtney Suchma (USA) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  8. Kady McDermott (United Kingdom) – Kandima
    Kady McDermott (Kandima) - United Kingdom
  9. Elizaveta Timoschuk (China) – Sun Island
    Elizaveta Timoschuk (China) - Sun Island
  10. Alyona Mur (Russia) – Baros
    Alyona Mur (Russia) - Baros
  11. Arinka Nazarova (Russia) – Anantara Veli
    Arinka Nazarova (Russia) – Anantara Veli 3
  12. Jovana Kapišora (Serbia)
    Jovana Kapišora (Serbia)
  14. Noel Delano (USA) – Coco Prive
    Noel Delano (USA) - Coco Prive
  15. Sasha (Bulgaria) – Fun Island
    Sasha (Bulgaria) - Fun Island
  16. Sofia Maloletova (Spain) – Ayada
    Sofia Maloletova (Spain) - Ayada
  17. Nathalya Cabral (Brazil) – Ayada
    Nathalya Cabral (Brazil) – Ayada 2
  18. Candice Boucher (South Africa) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Candice Boucher (South Africa) – Gili Lankanfushi
  19. Rebecca Chen (Singpore)
    Rebecca Chen (Singpore)
  20. Maria Nava (United Kingdom) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Maria Nava (United Kingdom) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
  21. Daria Schneider (Russia)
    Daria Schneider (Russia)
  22. Anastasia (Russia) – Sun Island
    Anastasia (Russia) - Sun Island
  23. Paula Manzanal (Peru) – Reethi Faru
    Paula Manzanal (Peru) - Reethi Faru 2
  24. Sabina Bilenko (Uzbekistan) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Sabina Bilenko (Uzbekistan) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  25. Sunshine (Philippines) – Grand Park Kodhipparu
    Sunshine (Philippines) - Grand Park Kodhipparu
  26. Stella Maris (Brazil) Anantara Veli
    Stella Maris (Brazil) Anantara Veli
  27. Sayhey Tokatrin (Russia) – Meeru
    Sayhey Tokatrin (Russia) - Meeru
  28. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Halaveli
    Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Halaveli
  29. Yuliya Bezdar (Russia) – Velassaru
    Yuliya Bezdar (Russia) - Velassaru
  30. Jesy Nelson (United Kingdom) – Kandima
    Jesy Nelson (United Kingdom) - Kandima
  31. Gracie Piscopo (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Gracie Piscopo (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll 2
  32. Khristina (Russia) – Vommuli
    Khristina (Russia) - Vommuli
  33. Giulia Calcaterra (Italy) – Cocoon
    Giulia Calcaterra (Italy) – Cocoon
  34. Galinka Mirgaeva (Russia) – Cocoon
    Galinka Mirgaeva (Russia) - Cocoon
  35. Nima Benati (Italy) – Conrad Rangali
    Nima Benati (Italy) - Conrad Rangali
  36. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  37. Emma Rose (Australia) – Hideaway Beach
    Emma Rose (Australia) - Ayada
  38. Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee
    Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee
  39. Malia Murphey (USA) – W Maldives
    Malia Murphey (USA) - W Retreat 2
  40. Sandra Traczyk (Poland) – Lily Beach
    Sandra Traczyk (Poland) - Lily Beach 2
  41. Sierra Skye (USA) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Sierra Skye (USA) - Sun Siyam Irufushi 2
  42. Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi

Best of the Maldives: Homemade Chocolate – Six Senses Laamu

Six Sense Laamu - chocolate 1

If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.” – Willie Wonka

Six Senses Laamu has its own caffeinated concoction from homemade from the bean – its own signature chocolate. (thanks Paola)

  • 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.

Six Senses Laamu - chocolate 2

Best of the Maldives: Cold Drip Coffee – LUX North Male Atoll

LUX North Male Atoll - cold brew coffee

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.

Best of the Maldives: Kids Electronic Detox – Dhigali

Dhigali - kids club detox

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.

QI: What Exactly Is It??

Q: What are those things swimming around the reef?
A: Fish?
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.

Peacock Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp nightmare