Best of the Maldives: Bed Decorating Diversity – Kuramathi

Kuramathi - bed art 1

I wasn’t quite sure what to call this recognition, but I knew I need to call out Kuramathi’s exceptional touches to old fashioned relaxation. Kuramathi was the first resort that I ever posted for its distinctive bed-art marking. They have clearly made it a resort trademark, in fact taking it up a notch with the latest generation of bedroom artistes.

All of the creations shown here are the work of 24 year old room attendant Adam Naseer.  Kuramathi shared these details about his work…

  • “Adam has been working in another resort for about two years after he found out about Kuramathi on the internet and from some friends (who also work here) and decided to work for Kuramathi, this is now one year ago. He works at the Thundi area of the island and takes care of about 4 to 5 villas per day. His favourite part is decorating the bed or even the bath with towel art including flowers. It is his passion to make the guests happy and to see their smile on their face as he always receives a grateful feedback and the guests always want to have a picture with Adam and his designs. Mostly he likes to make heart shaped or honeymoon designs.”

My favourite is his birthday greeting complete with towel birthday cake (see photo at top).

For a gallery of Maldives bed decorating masterpieces, check out the Maldives Complete “Bed Art” Pinterest board.

Kuramathi - bed art 2

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Best of the Maldives: Massage Workshop – Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi - massage workshop

If World Gin Day got the better of you, and in fact all such celebrations seem to leave you worse for wear, you might want to take enrol in Amilla Fushi’s massage workshop. Nearly all resorts these days can give you a massage, but Amilla will teach you how to massage. The one-hour session is complimentary.

Give me a fish…

 

Best of the Maldives: Gin – OZEN by Atmosphere

OZEN by Atmosphere - gin bar

World Gin Day! Gin and tonic actually originated in the tropics. Centuries ago, Europeans died regularly of malaria in places like Africa and South Asia, but they figured out that those who drank tonic water somehow seemed to not get the illness. As it turns out quinine, which gives tonic water its distinctively bitter taste, is prophylactic which supresses the malaria. When I lived in Togo, West Africa, I took quinine tablets daily to prevent malaria.

Today, tonic water is used for much more mundane purposes like a perfect complement to a glass of gin. Over a pile of ice cubes. A drink so popular that you now get special gin bars serving wide ranges of varieties. Our local, The Prince of Wales pub, has one. Lori is especially particular always preferring a Bombay Sapphire to Gordons (which has too strong of the distinctive juniper – or as Lori says, “pine needle” – taste). Now this gin aficionados have their own specialty watering hole in the Maldives at Ozen by Atmosphere:

  • “The bar will be located at Ozen by Atmosphere on Maadhoo Island and will feature more than 25 gin brands, including Tanqueray, Hendrick’s and Monkey 47. All drinks will be included in the resort’s Atmosphere Indulgence Plan. The bar will be open from 5pm-11pm every day except Fridays, and is located above the resort’s poolside bar, Joie de Vivre.”

Best of the Maldives: Longest Pool – Sirru Fen Fushi

Sirru Fen Fushi - longest pool

If you are looking for pool big enough to fit the fashionista flotilla of floats, then your best bet is Sirru Fen Fushi with its 200 metre long chlorinated lake. That’s the length of 4 Olympic sized swimming pools laid end to end and pips the previous champion by a similar amount (thanks Paola). It extends from one side of the island pretty much complete to the other side almost like a dissecting canal (see below).

Sirru Fen Fushi - pool aerial

Circles in the Ocean

National Donut Day today in the land of where carbs, sugars and fats are three of the basic food groups. The Maldives enjoys its own more maritime version of the doughnut. These days you can get floats in all sorts of fantastical shapes and designs (including magical rainbow unicorns), but still there is nothing quite like an old school torus in the form of a lifesaver or inner tube. Mind you, the latter have some to resemble actual donuts complete with frosting and sprinkles. But these donut fan fashionistas don’t look like they have overdone it on the sweet rolls. Here’s a two dozen special selection of pneumatic treats….

  1. Emma Pensini (Australia) – Finolhu [ABOVE]
  2. Belle Lucia (Australia) – Cocoon
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - Cocoon
      
  3. Irina (Russia) – Kuredu
    Irina (Russia) – Kuredu
       
  4. Chiara Carcano (Italy) – Cocoon
    Chiara Carcano (Italy) - Cocoon

       
  5. Hana (South Korea) – OZEN
    Hana (South Korea) - OZEN
        
  6. Bia Feres (Brazil)
    Bia Feres (Brazil)

       
  7. Rosie Londoner (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
    Rosie Londoner (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
      
  8. Angelika Flerko (Russia) – Olhuveli
    Angelika Flerko (Russia) – Olhuveli
         
  9. Polina Gagarina (Poland) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Polina Gagarina (Poland) – Jumeirah Vittaveli

       
  10. Denise Mak (Canada) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Denise Mak (Canada) - Gili Lankanfushi
       
  11. Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
      
  12. Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  13. Cholpon Ulukbekova (Kyrgyzstan) – W Maldives
    Cholpon Ulukbekova (Kyrgyzstan) - W Retreat
        
  14. Tasha Fij (Ukraine) – “Azelea
    Tasha Fij (Ukraine)

      
  15. Dasha Lashes (Russia) – W Maldives
    Dasha Lashes (Russia) - W Retreat
       
  16. Alice Fabbrica (Italy) – Kuramathi
    Alice Fabbrica (Italy) – Kuramathi
      
  17. Man Chia (Malaysia) – Ayada
    Man Chia (Malaysia) – Ayada
      
  18. Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Club Med Kani
    Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Club Med Kani
      
  19. Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  20. Juju Norremose (Brazil) – NIYAMA
    Juju Norremose (Brazil) – NIYAMA
      
  21. Daniela Lopez Osorio (Columbia) – Bandos
    Daniela Lopez Osorio (Columbia) – Bandos
       
  22. Ekaterina Bezborodko (Russia) – Holiday Island
    Ekaterina Bezborodko (Russia) – Holiday Island
       

Best of the Maldives: Highest TV – Dreamland

Dreamland - ceiling TV

One resort who has a high bar (literally) for videos is Dreamland with their ceiling mounted television (thanks Paola). The set up allows for supine lounging while catching a bit of TV. It also means that one can glance at the TV (above) or the scenery (below) which might be useful if you were following a news event or a big sports match.

Best of the Maldives: Instagram Video – Cocoon

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Instagram has started as a straightforward snap sharing service from simple phone cameras, but it has exploded so much that now you get Hollywood quality productions being shared. I check out the Maldives geotag every morning over coffee as a great scouting radar for resort highlights as well as the latest fashionista shoots so I have been tracking the Maldives material for a couple of years. The video clips have increasing popped up and feature more and more in my fashionista posts. My favourite, that really stuck out for its sophistication and quirky style is Nicole Mazzocato’s post (above) filmed by Fabio Colloricchio. Travel’s Gage’s somewhat similar cut-away montage (below) is a commendable runner-up.

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Best of the Maldives: Submarine Jet – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

If you prefer your James Bond ocean travel under the water, then check out the latest submarine in the Maldives at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru:

  • “Landaa Giraavaru is the first resort in the world to launch DeepFlight Adventures: piloted submarine excursions for up to two passengers in the DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S, enabling once-in-a-lifetime sub-aquatic explorations of the Maldives only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Individual viewing domes provide a 360-degree view of the Baa Atoll’s incredible underwater world. Skim over coral formations; fly through shoals of brightly coloured fish; encounter creatures like turtles, sharks, dolphins and rays; and explore the Maldivian waters down to a depth of 37 metres/120 feet – all without getting wet! Battery-operated, the Super Falcon 3S features minimized electric and acoustic emissions so as not to disturb the marine life and never lands on the seabed or reefs.”

A one-hour trip for two costs $1,500 (£1,100) plus tax.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - submarine

Turtle Twosome

World Turtle Day. Number of turtles do seem to be growing steadily in the Maldives. In fact, I would say that in our extensive snorkelling experience there (Lori and I have snorkelled more resort house reefs than anyone in the world), turtles are probably the most frequently sighted underwater creature (tight race with reef sharks and moray eels). And there are no shortage of fashionistas in the world of turtles that inhabit the Maldives. A joy to see these lovely, graceful creatures gliding along under the water…and their bikini-clad fans paying tribute to them…

  1. Daniella Novaes (Brazil) – Six Senses Laamu  [VIDEO ABOVE]
  2. Cecilie Nala (Denmark) – Maafushi
    Cecilie Nala (Denmark) - Maafushi
       
  3. Haylsa Andersen (Australia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Haylsa Andersen (Australia) - Anantara Dhigu
        
  4. Jessica Olie (United Kingdom) – Hurawalhi
    Jessica Olie (United Kingdom) - Hurawalhi
      
  5. Méryl Denis (France) – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
    Méryl Denis (France) - Park Hyatt Hadahaa
       
  6. Marina Comes (United Kingdom) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Marina Comes (United Kingdom) - Gili Lankanfushi
       
  7. Muha portrait (Maldives) – Sun Island
    Muha portrait Maldives 2
       
  8. Nina (Germany) – Meeru
    Nina (Germany) - Meeru
       
  9. Pia Totschnig (Australia) – Filitheyo
    Pia Totschnig (Australia) - Filitheyo
       
  10. Sania Camelli (Russia) – Dhigali
    Sania Camelli (Russia) - Dhigali
      
  11. Shane (USA) – Sun Island
    Shane (USA) - Sun Island
       
  12. Shany Black (Spain) – Kandooma
    Shany Black (Spain) - Kandooma