Pink Ribbon Float

Pink October – the colours in the battle against breast cancer worldwide during Breast Cancer Awareness Month – concluded in the Maldives with a flock of Pink Ribbon Walks held on 28 islands sponsored by Cancer Society of Maldives and Bank of Maldives (BML). Maldives Complete pink celebration is brought to you by a flock of fun-in-the-sun floats which are probably the most prolific pink on the resort landscape and certainly on the Insta-scape…

 Flamingom Cancer awareness ribbon

  1. Jibril Ows (France) – LUX South Ari Atoll  [ABOVE]
  2. Sabrina Stander (Germany) – LUX North Male Atoll
    Sabrina Stander (Germany) - LUX North Male Atoll
       
  3. Daria Klyukina (Russia) – Nautilus
    Daria Klyukina (Russia) - Nautilus
       
  4. Uyen Meow (Vietnam) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Uyen Meow (Vietnam) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
      
  5. Radhika Seth (India) – Kandima
    Radhika Seth (India) - Kandima
      
  6. Power System (Canada) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Power System (Canada) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  7. My Life Inspiration (Russia) – Vilu Reef
    My Life Inspiration (Russia) - Vilu Reef
       
  8. Justina Mikalauskaitė (Lithuania) – Finolhu
    Justina Mikalauskaite (Lithuania) - Finolhu
       
  9. Moumita Moitra (India)
    Moumita Moitra (India)
       
  10. Annie (Australia) – Conrad Rangali
    Annie (Australia) - Conrad Rangali
       
  11. Darcy Gillies (United Kingdom) – Kihaa
    Darcy Gillies (United Kingdom) - Kihaa
       
  12. Sylvie L. (Hungary)
    Sylvie L (Hungary)
       
  13. Chuithing Lim (Taiwan) – Angsana Velavaru
    Chuithing Lim (Taiwan) - Angsana Velavaru
      
  14. Melanie Lucia (Germany) – Holiday Island
    Melanie Lucia (Germany) - Holiday Island 2
       
  15. Son G (Korea) – Halaveli
    Son G (Korea) - Halaveli
      
  16. Maria Ponomaryova (Russia) – Ayada
    Maria Ponomaryova (Russia) – Ayada 2
       
  17. MonNy Sirilak (Thailand) – Halaveli
    MonNy Sirilak (Thailand) - Halaveli
      
  18. Yaki Wong (Hong Kong) – Outrigger Konotta
    Yaki Wong (Hong Kong) - Outrigger Konotta
       
  19. Nelly Oz (Russia) – Ayada
    Nelly Oz (Russia) - Ayada
       
  20. Sukimin Thio (Indonesia) – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
    Sukimin Thio (Indonesia) - Park Hyatt Hadahaa
       
  21. Kateřina (Czech) – Holiday Island
    Kateřina (Czech) - Holiday Island
       
  22. Echo Ohe (China) –
    Echo Ohe (China) - Vommuli
       
  23. Nastya Globa (Russia) – Kihaa
    Nastya Globa (Russia) - Kihaa
      
  24. Barbie Pelomundo (Brazil) – Hurawalhi
    Barbie Pelomundo (Brazil) - Hurawalhi
      
  25. Fatima Almomen (Kuwait) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Fatima Almomen (Kuwait) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  26. Sayhey Tokatrin (Russia) – Meeru
    Sayhey Tokatrin (Russia) - Meeru
      
  27. Marie Fe (Spain) – Coco Bodu Hithi
    Marie Fe (Spain) - Coco Bodu Hithi
      
  28. Alisa Regula (Russia) – Meeru
    Alisa Regula (Russia) - Meeru
      
  29. Ann Korshun (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Ann Korshun (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah 2
      
  30. Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – Fours Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – Fours Seasons Kuda Huraa
      
  31. Lera Bukinaa (Russia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Lera Bukinaa (Russia) - Centara Ras Fushi 3
       
  32. Oh Natty (Poland) – Paradise Island
    Oh Natty (Poland) - Paradise Island
       
  33. Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee
    Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee - 2
       
  34. Yarmy Shiva (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Yarmy Shiva (Russia) – NIYAMA - 3
       
  35. Aygul Abdullina (Russia) – Cinnamon Dhonveli
    Aygul Abdullina (Russia) - Cinnamon Dhonveli 2
         

Best of the Maldives: Largest Floating Solar System – LUX South Ari Atoll

LUX South Ari Atoll - floating solar system 1

LUX South Ari Atoll floating solar farm is using the sea to save the sea. Exploiting the expansive areas of sun-drenched waters, their floating solar system is the not just the Maldives’ largest, but the world’s largest:

  • “This unique technology called SolarSea gathers solar energy directly on the ocean to power the island in an eco-friendly fashion. As part of the resort’s commitment to sustainability, LUX* South Ari Atoll has pledged to minimize carbon dioxide emissions. To achieve this goal, the five-star luxury resort partnered with the leading solar provider Swimsol, an Austrian-Maldivian company, which provided a solution to overcome the limited space available for solar panels on small tropical islands. Consequently, Swimsol developed the first and only patented floating solar system that is designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the waves, storms and saltwater…The resort is already using a rooftop system with the same solar company. Once all suitable roofs were covered with solar panels, the resort decided to expand beyond the shoreline with twelve SolarSea platforms. Thereby the solar capacity increased by 40% and reached 678 kWp, enough to power all guest villas with solar energy during the peak sun hours. The result is cheaper energy and a saving of more than 260,000 litres of diesel per year that previously were needed to produce the same amount of electricity with combustion engines.”

Sunny days to un-warm the ocean.

LUX South Ari Atoll - floating solar system 2

Best of the Maldives: Coral Reef Art – Sirru Fen Fushi

Sirru Fen Fushi - coral frame 2

I rarely visit the same island twice (there’s just too much great stuff left to discover) much less write about the same feature twice. But islands get revamped and become entirely different properties which warrant taking an entirely fresh look. And the same is true with Sirru Fen Fushi’sCorallarium” which started life as a surf-breaking art installation, but is now morphing into a reef regeneration project:

  • The Coralarium structure, and the sculptures within, act as an artificial reef, encouraging local marine life to make it a home. Up to 5m tall, each one of the soaring sculptures is constructed of more than 500 ceramic ‘starfish’ that have been specifically designed to attract a variety of fish and crustaceans – the hard shells catch and hold biomass, or ‘fish food’, which encourage coral larvae to attach and thrive, while nooks and dark cubbyholes in the structures provide a hiding place for a variety of fish and shellfish. Each sculpture is brought to life through its union with the life that attaches to it, transforming them from concrete to textured, living organisms.”

Great to see the second life to this installation giving the coral reef new life.

Sirru Fen Fushi - coral frame

Best of the Maldives: Rooftop Star Gazing – LUX North Male Atoll

LUX North Male Atoll - rooftop star gazing

One of our favourite activities in the Maldives is laying out a beach towel or dragging a lounger out of the palm canopy to the open beach to gaze up to the stars. But if you want even less sand on you and be that little bit close to the stars themselves, not to mention having a full 180 degree perspective, then LUX North Male Atoll’s villa rooftops are the apex of taking in the tropical astral lights of night time skies.

Best of the Maldives: Lights Out Event – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru / Angsana Ihuru

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - dawn till dusk

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru holds a monthly event to raise awareness of energy conservation to reduce carbon footprint by completely shutting off all electrical lights on the resort for 12 hours:

  • “Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru launched a 12-hour lights-off event under the name ‘Connect to Earth from Dusk till Dawn’ on September 14. The monthly occurrence is scheduled for full moons in order to take advantage of natural luminescence while the two resorts switch off their lights from 1800 to 0600 hrs. Connect to Earth from Dusk Till Dawn is inspired by the Earth Hour Movement, an annual celebration marked by switching lights off for a one-hour period. ‘By switching off the lights for one hour, we can make a substantial difference in the energy consumption and we can help reduce the effect of global warming’, stated the General Manager of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru, Hicham Najdi…During the event, dubbed 6to6, restaurants and bars will be candlelit and a special full moon in-villa dinner can be arranged for guests upon request. The Marine Lab Team will also organize an ‘Under the Full Moon Night Snorkel’ to provide a unique underwater experience to the guests.”

The initiative is not just eco-friendly but imparts an extra romantic tone to the evening with candlelit areas and meals. Furthermore, turning off the lights in one of the few electrified places in that part of the ocean reduces light pollution making star gazing all the more dazzling.

Best of the Maldives: Jetty Lights – Joali

Joali - jetty lights

You need some sort of lighting on the jetties to make sure people don’t wander into the ocean on the way to their villa, and resorts have tended to install a variety of basic fixtures along the path. Joali has extended its art immersion ethos to these simple finishes with a not just utilitarian lamps to light the way but specially carved globes. These balls provide a pleasing aesthetic detail to follow during the day, but in the night they bathe pathway with a constellation of light specs mirroring the celestial canopy overhead.

Joali - jetty lights 2

Follow Me to the Maldives

Melinda Bam (South Africa) – Club Med Finolhu Villas

That time of year again to celebrate the nuptials of possibly the greatest fashionista style-leaders of the Instagram scene, the Osmanns. Their iconic “Follow Me” pose is probably the most imitated of all poses especially in the Maldives. Here is the fifth annual Maldives Complete “Follow Me” collection…

  1. Melinda Bam (South Africa) – Club Med Finohu Villas [ABOVE]
  2. Stacey (United Kingdom) – Paradise Island
    Stacey (United Kingdom) - Paradise Island
      
  3. Vishakha Sodha Khakhar (India) – Club Rannalhi
    Vishakha Sodha Khakhar (India) - Club Rannalhi
      
  4. Lillith Moon (France) – Velaa
    Lillith Moon (France) - Velaa
     
  5. Eva Saetherr (Norway) – Sun Island
    Eva Saetherr (Norway) - Sun Island
      
  6. Sargun Mehta (India) – Milaidhoo
    Sargun Mehta (India) - Milaidhoo
      
  7. Radhika Seth (India) – Kandima
    Radhika Seth (India) - Kandima
     
  8. Jiraporn Sing-ieam (Thailand) – Baros
    Jiraporn Sing-ieam (Thailand) - Baros
      
  9. Aneta Kożusznik (Slovakia) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    Aneta Kosusznik(Slovakia) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
      
  10. Valley Girl (Japan) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Valley Girl (Japan) - Sheraton Full Moon
       
  11. Daniella Pelaez (USA) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Daniella Pelaez (USA) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
       
  12. Lola Golik (Israel) – Sun Island
    Lola Golik (Israel) - Sun Island
           
  13. Ya Krivtsova (Russia) – Kandima
    Ya Krivtsova (Russia) – Kandima
       
  14. Monika Zbyszewska (Poland) – Paradise Island
    Monika Zbyszewska (Poland) - Paradise Island
      
  15. Stephie (Germany) – Embudu
    Stephie (Germany) - Embudu
       
  16. Amy Neville (United Kingdom) – Miriandhoo
    Amy Neville (United Kingdom) – Miriandhoo
      
  17. Lena (Germany) – Vilu Reef
    Lena (Germany) - Vilu Reef
      
  18. Alessia (Italy) – Fehendhoo
    Alessia (Italy) - Fehendhoo
       
  19. Raquel (Portugal) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Raquel (Portugal) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
       
  20. Olga Gorbunova (Russia) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    Olga Gorbunova (Russia) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
       
  21. Alena Brusinika (Russia) – Vakkaru
    Alena Brusinika (Russia) - Vakkaru
       
  22. Olya Iseva (Russia) – Meedhupparu
    Olya Iseva (Russia) - Meedhupparu
      
  23. Giulia Baldassarri (Italy) – Thinadhoo
    Giulia Baldassarri (Italy) - Thinadhoo
       
  24. Elizaveta Timoschuk (China) – Sun Island
    Elizaveta Timoschuk (China) - Sun Island
      
  25. Dagi Bee (Germany) – Hurawalhi
    Dagi Bee (Germany) - Hurawalhi
      
  26. Robin (Netherlands) – Sun Island
    Robin (Netherlands) - Sun Island
       
  27. Anna Stump (Switzerland) – Hurawalhi
    Anna Stump (Switzerland) - Hurawalhi
       
  28. Julia Kupiec (Poland) – Meedhupparu
    Julia Kupiec (Poland) - Meedhupparu
       
  29. Gabrielle Caunesil (France) – Miriandhoo
    Gabrielle Caunesil (France) - Miriandhoo
       
  30. Chiara Ferragni (Italy) – Kudadoo
    Chiara Ferragni (Italy) - Kudadoo
      
  31. Raissa Castro Tuchler (Brazil) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Raissa Castro Tuchler (Brazil) - Centara Ras Fushi
       
  32. Cindy (Germany) – Six Senses Laamu
    Cindy (Germany) - Six Senses Laamu
      
  33. Nicola Bechyňová (Czech) – Kuramathi
    Nicola Bechynová (Czech) – Kuramathi
       
  34. Mariam Luso (Latvia) – Sun Island
    Mariam Luso (Latvia) - Sun Island
      
  35. Alena Omovych (Russia) – Furaveri
    Alena Omovych (Russia) - Furaveri
      
  36. Maren (USA) – Milaidhoo
    Maren (USA) - Milaidhoo
      
  37. Nimasha Weerasooriya (Sri Lanka) – Vadoo
    Nimasha Weerasooriya (Sri Lanka) - Vadoo
      
  38. Ekaterina Shtrak (Russia) – Safari Island
    Ekaterina Shtrak (Russia) – Safari Island
      
  39. Anya Labutina (Russia) – Dhigali
    Anya Labutina (Russia) - Dhigali
      
  40. Melissa Wells (United Kingdom) – Six Senses Laamu
    Melissa Wells (United Kingdom) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
      
  41. Minh Hang (Vietnam) – Hurawalhi
    Minh Hang (Vietnam) - Hurawalhi
      
  42. Marita Sürma Majewska (Poland) – Meeru
    Marita Sürma Majewska (Poland) - Meeru
      
  43. Ajmal Moideen (Bangladesh) – Maafushi
    Ajmal Moideen (Bangladesh) - Maafushi
       
  44. Veronika Сhachyna (Belarus) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Veronika Chachyna(Belarus) - Velaa
      
  45. Katie Obliznyova (Russia) – Vadoo
    Katie Obliznyova (Russia) - Vadoo
       
  46. Im (Taiwan) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Im (Taiwan) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
      
  47. Torild Moland (Norway) – Olhuveli
    Torild Moland (Norway) - Olhuveli
      
  48. Diana Molchanova (Russia) – Milaidhoo
    Diana Molchanova (Russia) - Milaidhoo
      
  49. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi 3
      
  50. Laura Fremiot (Italy) – Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa
    Laura Fremiot (Italy) - Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa
      
  51. Lesha Nekakvse (Russia) – Malahini Kuda Bandos
    Lesha Nekakvse (Russia) - Malahini Kuda Bandos 2
      
  52. Madeleine Schneider-Weiffenbach (Germany) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Madeleine Schneider-Weiffenbach (Germany) - Six Senses Laamu
      
  53. Viktoria Devil (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Viktoria Devil (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi - 3
       
  54. Viktoriya Kabochkina (Russia) – Fushifaru
    Viktoriya Kabochkina (Russia) - Drift Thelu Veliga
      
  55. Yana Leventseva (Thailand) – Kihaa
    Yana Leventseva (Thailand) - Royal 2
      
  56. Ana Cecília Sabbá (Brazil) –Taj Exotica
    Ana Cecília Sabbá (Brazil) -Taj Exotica 2
     
  57. Sonja Langthaler (Austria) – Sun Island
    Sonja Langthaler (Austria) - Sun Island