Best of the Maldives: Water Rower – Hurawalhi

Hurawalhi - water rower

One of my other hobbies (with accompanying website) is rowing. Small-world coincidence, one of my fellow coaches at Marlow Rowing Club, Imogen Walsh, was one of the first rowing coaches in the Maldives stationed there for a year to help develop the sport. One of my first “Haven’t Seen Yet” items is finding a resort with a sculling boat (and there still are none). But the Life Fitness “water rower” at Hurawalhi is designed to most closely simulate the action of rowing in the water as the resistance is actually created by a small tank of water at the foot of the apparatus. State-of-the art rowing training with a striking large window view of the nearby ocean to provide that extra aesthetic water feel.

Best of the Maldives: Slider Station – Malahini Kuda Bandos

Malahini Kuda Bandos - slider station

Malahini Kuda Bandos has its own distinctive bite sized treats at its buffet slider station. One of the problems with buffets is that you eat too much as you simply can’t decide between all the delicacies on offer. Not only can you have a tapas-scale burger, but it is also prepared freshly for you to your liking. Have it your way (#NotSoWhopper)!

Best of the Maldives: Popcorn – NIYAMA

NIYAMA - popcorn

A nibble to spike that thirst for the mini-bar? NIYAMA’s villas all come with hot-air popcorn poppers and a supply of gourmet popcorn for a quick, fresh, hot, healthy snack. And if that doesn’t satisfy you, they also provide complementary cassava chips for something a bit more exotic.

With this post, I’ve added what is really a long overdue category tag for “Mini-Bar”.

   

Best of the Maldives: Reusable Straw – Kuredu

What you don’t want to find on your underwater
Maldives adventure is a bunch of ugly and harmful plastic. People around the world and no less so in the Maldives itself are re-examining how they use plastic and looking for non-plastic alternatives. One option to throwing out plastic straws, it to have a re-usable, non-plastic straw. That was the objective of FinalStraw which is like the straw that James Bond would have (if he drank his martini that way).

Kudos to Kuredu for being the first resort to introduce this elegant innovation to a challenge affecting very close to their home…

  • Now available for guests, FinalStraw allows guests to take our commitment to reduce single-use plastics beyond Kuredu Island Resort, and provides great souvenir as well.”

Underwater Beauties of the Maldives

Every resort has underwater spectacles in the Maldives especially when the fashionista crowd pull a reverse-Ariel and cavort for the camera…

  1. Mary Shum and Tori Son (Russia) – Ranveli
  2. Christine Ren (USA) – Palm Beach
    Christine Ren (USA) - Palm Beach
      
  3. Valentina Zenone (United Kingdom) – Thamburudhoo
    Valentina Zenone (United Kingdom) - Thamburudhoo
      
  4. Mari Kühn (United Kingdom)
    Mari Kühn (United Kingdom)
       
  5. Diana Melison (Russia) – Dusit Thani
    Diana Melison (Russia) - Dusit Thani
      
  6. Loves Nature (Russia) – Dhigurah
    Loves Nature (Russia) - Dhigurah
       
  7. Katri Kats (Estonia) –Ayada
    Katri Kats (Estonia) -Ayada
      
  8. Egzona Syla (Germany) – Bandos
    Egzona Syla (Germany) - Bandos
       
  9. Paige Rene (USA) – Maalhoss
    Paige Rene (USA) - Maalhoss
       
  10. Irina Britanova (Russia)
    Irina Britanova (Russia) 3
       
  11. Josie Prendergast (USA) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
    Josie Prendergast (USA) - Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
       
  12. Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
       
  13. McKenna Ray (USA) – Conrad Rangali
    McKenna Ray (USA) - Conrad Rangali
      
  14. Mariya Andriichuk (Ukraine) – Eriyadu
    Mariya Andriichuk (Ukraine) – Eriyadu 2
       
  15. Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
    Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi 2
       
  16. Ocean Bloom (Canada) – Amilla Fushi
    Ocean Bloom (Canada) – Amilla Fushi
      
  17. Pearl (Thailand) – Veligandu
    Pearl (Thailand) - Veligandu
       
  18. Anna Lorin (Canada)
    Anna Lorin (Canada) 2
       
  19. Janni Honscheid (Germany) Cokes Surf Camp
    Janni Honscheid (Germany) Cokes Surf Camp
       
      
  20. Erika NKL (Hong Kong) – Meeru
    Erika NKL (Hong Kong)
       
  21. Diana Efimova (Russia) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Diana Efimova (Russia) - Gili Lankanfushi
       
  22. Crystal Jean deSilva (USA) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
    Crystal Jean deSilva (USA) - Adaaran Hudhuran fushi 
       
  23. Fiona Peters (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Fiona Peters (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
      
  24. Anastasiya Alt (Russia) – Kuredu
    Anastasiya Alt (Russia) - Kuredu
      
  25. Cherise (New Zealand) – Meedhupparu
    Cherise (New Zealand) - Meedhupparu
       
  26. Sandra Da Costa (Portugal) – Velassaru
    Sandra Da Costa (Portugal) – Velassaru
       
  27. Flavia Valenti (Brazil) – Coke Island
    Flavia Valenti (Brazil) – Coke Island
      
  28. Rosie Thomas (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
    Rosie Thomas (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
      

Best of the Maldives: Underwater Villa – Conrad Rangali

Conrad Rangali - underwater villa 1

Conrad Rangali’s latest show stopping “wow” feature finally introduces an underwater bedroom to the Maldives. Or should I say “re-introduces”. Actually, Conrad pioneered not only the first underwater restaurant (which was actually my very first “Best of the Maldives” post that kicked off all my blogging about the Maldives over a decade ago), but also experimented with converting the underwater room into a bedroom for guests to sleep in. They discontinued it as it was too difficult to transform the room into a bedroom and back to a restaurant quickly enough to make it work. For example, the guests paying an extreme amount of money to sleep there (at the time the most expensive room in the Maldives) had to wait until later in the evening to access their room when guests had finished dining there and the resort had cleared the restaurant items and set up the bedroom.

So in my 4th “Not Yet Seen” piece I had to add “Underwater Bedroom” back to the list. But now, it can go back to the “Finally Seen” catalogue.

Conrad describes the master bedroom masterpiece as follows….

  • “The entire lower suite was built on land in Singapore, fittingly made of acrylic from Japan’s premiere aquarium manufacturer Nippura Co., and sealed with Shin Etsu Marine sealant, which was used in the construction of Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. Then the 600-ton structure was hoisted by crane onto a specialized ship that could transport it to the Maldives and moor near the reef without damaging it. It was then submerged into the ocean and held firmly in place by 10 concrete piles that ensure it will not move or shift due to a high tide or rough seas.”

Conrad Rangali - underwater villa 2

Conrad Rangali - underwater villa 3

Best of the Maldives: Solar Building – Kudadoo

Kudadhoo - solar 1

The roof over Kudadoo’s over water pavilion sets a new standard for solar ambition. The Champa resorts keep upping the bar on the solar investment across their estate after their snaking jetty of panels at neighbouring Hurawalhi. The 320-kWp solar system generates enough electricity to power the entire resort:

“Committed to your well-being and that of the planet, Kudadoo reinvents sustainability – we take pride on the island being powered by the sun 100%, and on eco-conscious choices that intertwine the design, conceived by the architectural mastermind Yuji Yamazaki, and adventures to create a luxury experience that threads lightly.”

With all of these energy sustainability investments in the country, I’ve add a new “Solar” tag for all of the sun powered initiatives in this sun-drenched destination.

Kudadoo - solar 2

Best of the Maldives: Tented Jungle Villas – Sirru Fen Fushi

Sirru Fen Fushi - tented villas 1

With the new year, it’s time for out with the old and in with the new. The gingerbread hued tented villas were introduced by the old Madivaru resort, but it has been defunct for a while, but in its place the new Sirru Fen Fushi has introduced its own tented villas. The “tents” make the structures seem all the more natural and intimate with the surroundings. A tented safari in Africa (ideally on the Zambezi) is on our bucket list, but at Sirru Fen Fushi you can do a tented snorkel safari!

Sirru Fen Fushi - tented villas 2

Sirru Fen Fushi - tented villas 3

Best of the Maldives: Gingerbread House – Kandima

Kandima - gingerbread house 1

Today is the 11th “Day of Christmas” according to the “12 Days of Christmas” tradition which runs from Christmas day to Epiphany Sunday (tomorrow). The Eleventh Day of Christmas today is famously brought 11 Pipers Piping. I think Kandima needed at least that many to do all the icing piping on their Gingerbread spectacle (not to mention the goodies inside).

Kandima - gingerbread house 2

Best of the Maldives: Water Treading Pool – Cocoon

Cocoon - water treading pool

Happy New Year 2019! Lots of New Years Resolutions. Including renewed resolve to work off the holiday goodies of the New Years Celebrations. Best to start off easy. Like a simple stroll. Or maybe a stroll with a bit of resistance…like wading through water. Cocoon’s Cube Spa has introduced a wading pool, aka “Kneipp Pool” (thanks Paola). It might seem like a pool of water for wading in the Maldives is a bit like bringing coals to Newcastle, but in fairness, the pool offers a number of advantages over the beach stroll. For example, it is completely level and does not have sharp pieces of coral to accidentally step on.