Best of the Maldives: Wood Painting – Rihiveli Dream

Rihiveli Dream - flags

With all of the glitzy bling scattered around the Maldives like toddlers throwing tinsel on a Christmas tree, some of the old school décor with retro charm stand out even more distinctively. One example is Rihiveli extensive oil on wood paintings. The reception features one of the most handsome island maps I have seen, and I love the little vexillological (word of the day for you) retrospective.

Rihiveli Dream - reception map

Best of the Maldives: Positive Message Hangers – Joali

Joali - message hangers

When I first started the “Best of the Maldives” series on Maldives Complete nearly a decade ago (very nearly!), I wanted to find and call out some of the truly distinctive touches that resorts had. I didn’t want to (re)write the same glossy article about palm trees and pina coladas that every celebrity comp article writes. When I spoke with folks about this angle, I often used the “clothes hanger” example citing Gili Lankanfushi’s unique bamboo ones which provided a subtle touch of natural materials used in a stylish way. Now Joali has introduced its own creative hangers with “feel good” messages inscribed on each of them (thanks Paola). Who knew when I started focusing on such attentive details that not only would I end up writing about “clothes hangers”, but would write about multiple variations on just that item? 

I wonder if one says “My bum does not look big in this.”


Maldives Secret Fashion Show

Lorena Rae (Germany) – Palm Beach

If you are shopping for something more comfortable to slip into, then you might be catching the infamous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show being broadcast tonight. Alternatively, here is the Maldives Complete Secret Fashion Show with the visiting fashionistas lounging in their favourite lingerie…

  1. Lorena Rae (Germany) – Palm Beach [ABOVE]
  2. Nicoletta Reggio (Italy) – Kuramathi
    Nicoletta Reggio (Italy) - Kuramathi
  3. Mariya Revkovskaya (Russia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Mariya Revkovskaya (Russia)
  4. Polly Kole (Russia) – Millaidhoo
    Polly Kole (Russia) - Millaidhoo
  5. Natalie (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Natalie (Russia) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  6. Veronika Kotova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Veronika Kotova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  7. Vlada Yakushevskaya (Russia) – Four Seasons
    7andaa Gira
    Vlada Yakushevskaya (Russia) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  8. Maria (Thailand) – Veligandu
    Maria (Thailand) - Veligandu
  9. Anastasia Barashkova (Russia) – Constance 9alaveli
    Anastasia Barashkova (Russia) – Constance Halaveli
  10. Katie Price (United Kingdom) – Kandima
    Katie Price (United Kingdom) - Kandima
  11. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll       
  12. Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
  13. A. Liss (Russia) – Baros
    A Liss (Russia) – Baros
  14. Maria Glass (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giravaaru
    Maria Glass (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraaaru

Best of the Maldives: Comfort Menu – One & Only Reethi Rah

One and Only Reethi Rah comfort menu 2

One & Only Reethi Rah’s “Comfort Menu” offers up a selection of treats for floating in the comfort of your own villa – “Individually chosen ESPA bath oils, mineral sea salts and petals envelop the body as candles bath the room in a soft relaxing light.”

You have a choices of several variations including:

  • Essential oils of the West Indian Bay and Clove” served with Hot cinnamon tea
  • English Peppermint and Rosemary” served with a refreshing ice cold Earl Grey tea with Rosemary and Citrus
  • Frankinceance and Ylang-Ylang served with a hot herbal tea of Rosehip and Hibiscus

Calgon take me away…to paradise.

One and Only Reethi Rah comfort menu

Best of the Maldives: Float Menu – Coco Bodu Hithi

Coco Bodu Hithi - float menu 1

If you want to select from your own float parade (or even have your own), then Coco Bodu Hithi has introduced its own “Pool Floats Menu”…

  • Coco Bodu Hithi has teamed up with Sunnylife, the Australian company that has become one of the world’s leading summer lifestyle brands, to introduce the world’s first Pool Floats Menu. Featuring an eclectic selection of Sunnylife’s colourful, whimsical, and stylish inflatable swimming pool floats, this unique menu is sure to be a hit with everyone, from young ones to those young at heart. Martin Lount, General Manager at Coco Bodu Hithi said “We’re extremely excited to be working with Sunnylife to kick off our summer pool floats programme and offer this one-of-a-kind menu experience. Our guests love to share pictures of their holiday with friends on social media, and with over 12 different styles on offer from our pool floats menu, we’re excited to see what they’ll be posting online!”

Coco Bodu Hithi - float menu 2

Best of the Maldives: Whale Shark Float – Rihiveli Dream

Rihiveli Dream - whale shark float

Black Friday today is the annual carnival of commercialism. The day after American Thanksgiving when all the families get together (“homecoming”) and have a Friday day off so they all go to the mall to get a jump on their Christmas shopping. For float aficionados, I had already added today’s feature to the resort Santa list. And now one lucky resort – Rihiveli Dream – finally features it. In fact, the whale shark float was the bequest of Maldives Complete and field correspondent Isley Lynn who stayed their this summer as a part of the artist-in-residence posting. Best Maldives Float Ever.


Floating Parade

Float dhoni

Thanksgiving Day and time for the annual float parade. Not just down Manhattan’s Central Park West for the Macy’s extravaganza, but here on Maldives Complete with the latest from the fashionista pneumatics. This year is a special comprehensive catalogue of every float found in Maldives photoshoots so far.


Ammy (Poland) – LUX South Ari Atoll – Avacado
Ammy (Poland)

Karina Volodina (Russia) – Sun Island – French Fries
Karina Volodina (Russia) - Sun Island 3

Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah – Popsicle
Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah 2

Peggy Hung (Taiwan) – Finolhu – Lollipop

Krystal (Australia) – Olhuveli – Cherries

Chloe Lloyd (United Kingdom) – LUX Maldives – Pineapple
Chloe Lloyd (United Kingdom) – LUX Maldives

Pruno Dasha (Russia) – Dhigali – Watermelon
Pruno Dasha (Russia) - Dhigali

Ekaterina Bezborodko (Russia) – Holiday Island – Donut
Ekaterina Bezborodko (Russia) – Holiday Island

Alexandra Pereira (Spain) – Constance Halaveli – Pretzel
Alexandra Pereira (Spain) – Constance Halaveli

Camilla Vendrame Tognetti (USA) – NIYAMA – Pizza
Camilla Vendrame Tognetti (USA) – NIYAMA - 2


Irina Cerutti (Switzerland) – Cheval Blanc Randheli – Black Swan
Irina Cerutti (Switzerland) – Cheval Blanc Randheli

Marcia Garcia (Italy) – Anantara Dhigu – Peacock
Marcia Garcia (Italy) - Kuredu

Diana Dryn (Ukraine) – LUX South Ari Atoll – Swan
Diana Dryn (Ukraine) - LUX South Ari Atoll 2

Aseeva Nataliya (Russia) – Olhuveli – Ducky

La Ceni Ceneren Censon (Germany) – Summer Island – Golden Goose
La Ceni Ceneren Censon (Germany) - Summer Island

Maria Ponomaryova (Russia) – Ayada – Pink Flamingo
Maria Ponomaryova (Russia) – Ayada 2

Anastasia Reshetova and Dasha Sidorova (Russia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi – Toucan
Anastasia Reshetova and Dasha Sidorova (Russia) - Adaaran Hudhuran fushi

Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi – Exotic Bird
Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi


Lisa-Marie Schiffner (Austria) – Sun Island – Pegasus
Lisa-Marie Schiffner (Austria) - Sun Island

Tania M (Russia) – Ananatara Kihavah – Rainbow Unicorn
Tania M (Russia) - Ananatara Kihavah

Alyssa Ramos (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili – Shark
Alyssa Ramos (USA) - Shangri-La Vilingili

Daniela Andreotti (Italy) One & Only Reethi Rah – Turtle
Daniela Andreotti (Italy) One & Only Reethi Rah


Beke (Germany) – BandosFan
Beke (Germany) - Bandos

Quantum Woman (Russia) – Dhigurah – Lips
Quantum Woman (Russia) - Dhigurah

Burcu Can (Turkey) – W Retreat – Ring
Burcu Can (Turkey) - W Retreat

Balinese Girl (Italy) – Filitheyo – Rainbow
Balinese Girl (Italy) - Filitheyo

Winnaii (Japan) – Oyster
Winnaii (Japan)

Victoria Demidova (Russia) – Club Med Finolhu Villas – Lilo
Victoria Demidova (Russia) – Club Med Finolhu Villas

Georgia Cohen (Canada) – Cinnamon Dhonveli – Jetski

Ilenia Lai (Italy) – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili – Scallop
Ilenia Lai (Italy) - Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili

MonNy Sirilak (Thailand) – Halaveli – Heart
MonNy Sirilak (Thailand) - Halaveli

Anya Talyzin (USA) – Athuruga – Angel Wing
Anya Talyzin (USA) - Athuruga

Sailor Moona (China) – NIYAMA – Gummy Bear
Sailor Moona (China) - NIYAMA

Wendy (Australia) – NIYAMA – Circles
Wendy (Australia) - NIYAMA


Bath Room with a View

Conrad Rangali - toilet

World Toilet Day today. With a very serious message about the importance of proper sanitation. Despite the advances in the modern world, 4.5 people live without a toilet. More than half the planet. One of the aspirations of the day is to make sure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030.

To mark the occasion, Maldives Complete has assembled a list of top toilets in the Maldives when it comes to a view of nature when nature calls…


Soneva Fushi - toilet

LUX South Ari Atoll - toilet

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - toilet

Kandolhu - toilet