Best of the Maldives: Whale Bar – St. Regis Vommuli

Vommuli - whale bar

Someone who needs no straw in the Maldives is the legendary whale shark. It cruises the ocean with it’s up to 5 foot wide mouth completely open actively sucking in seawater which it runs across filter pads on its gills which sift out plankton, fish eggs, baby shrimp, etc.

At St. Regis Vommuli, you can get sucked into the mouth of the aquatic beast to quaff your own liquid nourishment at their award winning “Whale Bar”

  • “A tropical bar in the Maldives designed to make guests feel like they’re in the mouth of a giant whale emerged the big winner at international design awards held in London. The Whale Bar, St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, dreamed up by the Singapore and London-based design group WOW Architects l Warner Wong Design, beat out luxury hotels, residences, and restaurants around the world to be declared the most beautifully designed space at the SBID International Design Awards 2017. From the outside, the bar’s distinctive shape recalls the carcass of a giant whale shark. Inside, guests sip on cocktails against light-oak interiors, a soft neutral palette and Maldivian art.”

The whole concept reminded me of a tradition I read about when I first visited the Maldives for coming-of-age young men. Boys, often no more than 13 years old, would jump off a boat with a rope in hand, free dive into the water where a whale shark was swimming, SWIM INTO THE WHALE SHARKS MOUTH, and then OUT ITS GILLS, hence lassoing the fish. Young boys were the just small enough to pull off this crazy feat. I would certainly consider someone to have proven their “manhood” if they did such a thing. Not surprisingly, the government prohibited this practice years ago because too many young lads were drowning in the effort.

I would much rather toast my arrival at manhood at the Whale Bar, methinks.

(With this post, I’ve added the new topic tag of “Design”.)

Best of the Maldives: Eco Straws – Anantara

Anantara - eco straws

Happy New Year 2018! Time to set resolutions for the year ahead. Usually New Year’s Resolutions are about making ourselves better, but Anantara is leading the way with its resolution to make its properties better at making the world better…

  • “From January 1, every [Anantara] hotel, restaurant and bar at the resorts throughout Asia will use alternatives to plastic for people to sip their drinks through. Biodegradable and recyclable alternatives will replace the 2.5 million plastic straws that had been used every year.”

What’s your eco-resolution to live a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle?

Still Sparkling

Ticha Louktarn (UAE) – Adaaran Hudahuranfushi

New Year’s Eve and time to pop open the bubbly to ring in another lap around the sun. Here’s 18 sparkling fashionistas to toast 2018…

  1. Ticha Louktarn (UAE) – Adaaran Hudahuranfushi [ABOVE]

  2. Adriana Jennings (Australia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Adriana Jennings (Australia) – Ranveli
  3. Alyona Shnypko (Ukraine) – NIYAMA
    Alyona Shnypko (Ukraine) – NIYAMA
  4. Ana Cecília Sabbá (Brazil) –Hurawalhi
    Ana Cecília Sabbá (Brazil) -Taj Exotica
  5. Andra Damian (United Kingdom) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Andra Damian (United Kingdom) – Gili Lankanfushi
  6. Barbara Fumagalli (Italy) – Ayada
    Barbara Fumagalli (Italy) - Ayada
  7. Belinda Morgan and Margaret MacPherson (Australia) – Club Med Kani
    Belinda Morgan and Margaret MacPherson (Australia) – Club Med Kani
       
  8. Dilya Diaz (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Dilya Diaz (Australia) - Six Senses Laamu
  9. Emma Rose (Australia) – Hideaway Beach
    Emma Rose (Australia) - Ayada
  10. Josefine Forsberg (Sweden) – Hideaway Beach
    Josefine Forsberg (Sweden) - Hideaway Beach
  11. Kristine Purvinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Kristine Purvinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
  12. Lily Berry (Australia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Lily Berry (Australia) - Centara Ras Fushi 2
  13. Lista Khu (Indonesia) – Conrad Rangali
    Lista Khu (Indonesia) - Conrad Rangali
  14. Nina Lamyerda (Philippines) – Barefoot
    Nina Lamyerda (Philippines) – Barefoot
  15. Paola Lamperti (Switzerland) – Six Senses Laamu
    Paola (Switzerland)
  16. Puma (Russia) – Ayada
    Puma (Russia) – Ayada
  17. Rosanna Davison (Ireland) – Halaveli
    Rosanna Davison (Ireland) - Halaveli
  18. Tatiana Vasilieva (Russia) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
    Tatiana Vasilieva (Russia) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
      

Best of the Maldives: Beach Dinner in Bed – Hideaway Beach

Hideaway Beach - beach dinner in bed

The Christmas-New Year period is the ultimate calendar week for lingering languor. Lori and I couldn’t make it to the Maldives, but we are still enjoying lounging by the seaside at our family’s place in North Carolina. Our feet are up and we are grazing on American junk food. But it still doesn’t compare with the dormant decadence of Hideaway Beach’s beach bed complete with candlelight and delicacies.

Merry-Time Christmas!

Christma

Merry Christmas Maldives lovers. Today kicks of the traditional twelve days of Christmas, but instead of Pipers Piping and Drummers Drumming, Maldives Complete is giving you fashionistas swimming and swanning with ladies prancing…

  1. Lisa Jakobsson (Sweden) – Anantara Dhigu
    Lisa Jakobsson (Sweden) - Anantara Dhigu
  2. MV Honors Legacy boat
    MV Honors Legacy
  3. MV Honors Legacy island
    MV Honors Legacy island
  4. Anna Andress and friends (Ukraine) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Anna Andress and friends (Ukraine) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  5. McKenna Ray (USA) – Conrad Rangali
    McKenna Ray (USA) - Conrad Rangali 2
  6. Elena (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Elena (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu

  7. Jane Konsol (Lebanon) – Sun Island
    Jane Konsol (Lebanon) - Sun Island
  8. Anastasia Ka (Russia) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    Anastasia Ka (Russia) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
  9. McKenna Ray (USA) – Conrad Rangali
    McKenna Ray (USA) - Conrad Rangali
  10. Alexandra Hills (France) – Sun Island
    Alexandra Hills (France) - Sun Island
  11. Cornelia Stadler (Italy) – Palm Beach
    Cornelia Stadler (Italy) - Palm Beach
  12. Antonio Pozo (Spain) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
    Antonio Pozo (Spain) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef

    

 

Solstice Sol Sets

Maldives sunset 6

The bad news is that today’s Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year. The good news is that you don’t have to wait as long for the gorgeous tropical sunsets. Not that it makes that much difference near the Equator where day lengths don’t vary as much. Nonetheless, this solar milestone seemed a fitting time to share my favourite set of sunset snaps I’ve found throughout the year…

Maldives sunset 1

Maldives sunset 2

Maldives sunset 3

Maldives sunset 4

Maldives sunset 5

Maldives sunset 7

Maldives sunset 8

Maldives sunset 9

Maldives sunset 10

Maldives sunset 11

Maldives sunset 12

Maldives sunset 13

Maldives sunset 15

Maldives sunset 17

Maldives sunset 18

Maldives sunset 19

Maldives sunset 20

I’m Dreaming of a White Villa

White villa - Athuruga

The “traditional” Maldives villa is an earth tone thatch and most of the villas we’ve visited years ago were typically a darker wood. But in recent years, white exteriors have become more popular. First, the exterior walls were painted white. An eco-friendly form of air conditioning to help keep the lodging cooler. Today, doing a quick survey of water villas, the majority have white exteriors. With the timely “White Christmas” theme, I’ve decided to present just the whitest of white villas, those whose coral sand coloured exterior extends all the way up to the tippy top of the rooftop.

May all your Christmases be white…especially over the water of a Maldives lagoon.

  1. Athuruga [ABOVE]
      
  2. Thudufushi
    Thudufushi - white villa
      
  3. Amilla Fushi
    Amilla Fushi - white villa
      
  4. Dhigali
    Dhigali - white villa
     
  5. Kandooma
    Kandooma - white villa
     
  6. Cinnamon Hakura Huraa
    Cinnamon Hakura Huraa - white villa
       

Gliterrati Glamour

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Silver and gold
Silver and gold
Everyone wishes for silver and gold
How do you measure its worth?
Just by the pleasure it gives here on Earth
” – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas Special

The sea and stars aren’t the only things that sparkle in the Maldives as the fashionistas have their own parade of Silver and Gold

  1. Albina (Russia) – Holiday Island [VIDEO ABOVE]
  2. Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee
    Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee
       
  3. Yana Mamma (Russia) – Soneva Fushi
    Yana Mamma (Russia) - Soneva Fushi
      
  4. Karina Leyman (Russia)
    Karina Leyman (Russia)
      
  5. Anna Ewers (Germany) – Soneva Fushi
    Anna Ewers (Germany) - Soneva Fushi
      
  6. Victoria Demidova (Russia) – Milaidhoo
    Victoria Demidova (Russia) - Milaidhoo
      
  7. Yulia Rybakova (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Yulia Rybakova (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi

      
  8. Araks Laertovna (Italy) – Sun Island
    Araks Laertovna (Italy) - Sun Island

        
  9. Liliana Montoya (USA) – AaaVeee
    Liliana Montoya (USA) - AaaVeee
       
  10. Mary Muravieva (Russia) – Meedhupparu
    Mary Muravieva (Russia) – Meedhupparu
      
  11. Moni Malibu (USA) – W Maldives
    Moni Malibu (USA) – W Retreat 2
      
  12. Lindsey van der Hoeven (Netherlands) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Lindsey van der Hoeven (Netherlands) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
        
  13. Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee
    Karolina Wozniak (Poland) - AaaVeee

      
  14. Katerina Kaka (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Katerina Kaka (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu

        
  15. Any Salceanu (Italy) – Paradise Island
    Any Salceanu (Italy) - Paradise Island

      
  16. Janine Wiggert (Germany) – Constance Halaveli
    Janine Wiggert (Germany) - Constance Halaveli
       
  17. Anna Trestain (OAE) – Angsana Velavaru
    Anna Trestain (OAE) - Angsana Velavaru
      
  18. Lera Bukinaa (Russia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Lera Bukinaa (Russia) - Centara Ras Fushi
      
  19. Rose Huntington-Whiteley (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Rose Huntington-Whiteley (United Kingdom) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  20. Little Miss Doctor Girl (Australia) – Hurawalhi
    Little Miss Doctor Girl (Australia) - Hurawalhi
      
  21. Justina Mikalauskaitė (Lithuania) – Finolhu
    Justina Mikalauskaitė (Lithuania) - Finolhu
      
  22. Karen (USA) – Fihalhohi
    Karen (USA) - Fihalhohi
      
  23. Jesse K. (Australia) – Finolhu
    Jesse K. (Australia) - Finolhu
       
  24. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll

      
  25. Ferne McCann (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Ferne McCann (United Kingdom) - LUX South Ari Atoll
      
  26. Milana Koroleva (Russia) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Milana Koroleva (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
      
  27. Elnaz Golrokh (Iran) – Ayada
    Elnaz Golrokh (Iran) – Ayada
       
  28. Arisha Gz (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Arisha Gz (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi

      
  29. Maria Romanova (Russia) – Velaa
    Maria Romanova (Russia) – Velaa
      
  30. Drea Vergara (Columbia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Drea Vergara (Columbia) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  31. Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
    Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
      
  32. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  33. Regina Ponfilova (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Regina Ponfilova (Russia) - NIYAMA
       
  34. Ellie Sax (United Kingdom) – The Residence
    Ellie Sax (United Kingdom) - The Residence
      
  35. Katrina Kaif (India) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Katrina Kaif (India) - Shangri-La Vilingili
      
  36. Pauline Montecarlo (Monte Carlo)
    Pauline Montecarlo (Monte Carlo)
      
  37. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi
    Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi
        
  38. Emma Lapin (Serbia) – Sun Island
    Emma Lapin (Serbia) - Sun Island

       
  39. Natallia Yakimchyk (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Natallia Yakimchyk (Russia) - Amilla Fushi

      
  40. Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
    Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba

     
  41. Duo Diamonds (Russia) – The Rania Experience
    Duo Diamonds (Russia) – The Rania Experience
      
  42. Sonakshi Sinha (India) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Sonakshi Sinha (India) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  43. Patricia Panigoro (Indonesia) – Velaa – Prestige Asia
    Patricia Panigoro (Indonesia) – Velaa – Prestige Asia
  44. Hester Winkel (Netherlands) – Sun Siyam Irufushi [VIDEO BELOW]

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Aquatic Silver and Gold

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Silver and gold
Silver and gold
Means so much more when I see
Silver and gold decorations
On every Christmas tree
” – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas Special

Silver and Gold” is one of the musical gems of the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas Special. The Maldives features its own rich vein of these precious colours in the teeming schools of Yellow Striped Snappers. One of the biggest schools you find and one of the most popular aquatic tapestries to post. Here is a yuletidal collection of some of my favorites…

Yellow Striped Snapper 5

Yellow Striped Snapper 6

Yellow Striped Snapper 8

Yellow Striped Snapper 10

Yellow Striped Snapper 3

Yellow Striped Snapper 7

Yellow Striped Snapper 2

Yellow Striped Snapper 4

Yellow Striped Snapper 11

Yellow Striped Snapper 9

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