Float by Boat

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

Happy Thanksgiving! Time for a house crowded with loved ones, eating to excess and collapsing on the couch to watch (American) football and, of course, the most famous parade in the world – the Macy’s Parade. Today west of Central Park will be the world epicentre of inimitable dirigibles. In fact, the event features variations on the balloon theme not seen anywhere in the world like “falloons” and “balloonicles”.

To celebrate, Maldives Complete has its own dazzling array of colourful floats and pneumatic treats today.  I’ve saved the “classics” – ie.  flamingos, unicorns and donuts – for another day and just focused on some of the more zany zeppelins today.  And befitting a good Thanksgiving table spread, the menu is packed with a range of birds, fruits and other taste treats.  Also, suitable for a good turkey day celebration are a collection of lay lilos for lounging later.

What if, today, we were grateful for everything?” – Charlie Brown

  1. Anastasia Reshetova and Dasha Sidorova (Russia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi [ABOVE]
  2. Asha Luna (Canada)
    Asha Luna (Canada)

       
  3. Marianna Glushchenko (Ukraine) – Club Rannalhi
    Marianna Glushchenko (Ukraine) - Club Rannalhi
       
  4. Sailor Moona (China) – NIYAMA
    Sailor Moona (China) - NIYAMA
        
  5. Anya Talyzin (USA) – Athuruga
    Anya Talyzin (USA) - Athuruga
        
  6. Lyudmila Bovkun (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Lyudmila Bovkun (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  7. Jammie Panichadar and Hana Lewis (Thailand) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Jammie Panichadar and Hana Lewis (Thailand) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

       
  8. Lin Meitien (Japan) – Angaga
    Lin Meitien (Japan) - Angaga
       
  9. Joan Smalls (Puerto Rico) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Joan Smalls (Puerto Rico) - One & Only Reethi Rah

        
  10. Vladlena Kuzmina (Russia) – Vadoo
    Vladlena Kuzmina (Russia) - Vadoo
       
  11. Amanda Lynn (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Amanda Lynn (USA) – Six Senses Laamu

       

  12. Ama Peters (United Kingdom) – Maafushivaru
    Ama Peters (United Kingdom) - Maafushivaru
      
  13. Zarah (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Zarah (Australia) - Six Senses Laamu
       
  14. Est Are (Nigeria) – Maafushivaru
    Est Are (Nigeria) - Maafushivaru
       
  15. Iryn Irynich (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Iryn Irynich (Russia) - NIYAMA
       
  16. Daniella Lugassy (Israel) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Daniela Lopez Osorio (Columbia) – Bandos - 2
      
  17. Milana Koroleva (Russia) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Milana Koroleva (Russia) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
      
  18. Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
    Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
        
  19. Goda G (Lithuania) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Goda G (Lithuania) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
       
  20. Maria Eleni Dimou (Greece) – Lily Beach
    Maria Eleni Dimou (Greece) - Lily Beach
      
  21. Diana Dryn (Ukraine) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Diana Dryn (Ukraine) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  22. Wendy (Australia) – NIYAMA
    Wendy (Australia) - NIYAMA
        
  23. Oksana R. (Russia) – Thoddoo
    Oksana R. (Russia) - Thoddoo
       
  24. Estrella (Hong Kong) – Outrigger Konotta
    Estrella (Hong Kong) - Outrigger Konotta

        
  25. Silvie Meis (Germany) – W Maldives
    Silvie Meis (Germany) - W Retreat
        
  26. Cecilia Jacobson (Sweden) – Coco Prive Kuda Hithi
    Cecilia Jacobson (Sweden) - Coco Prive Kuda Hithi
      
  27. Nobluk (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Nobluk (Thailand) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
       
  28. Malena Kara (Russia) – Club Rannalhi
    Malena Kara (Russia) - Club Rannalhi

         
  29. Yulia Len (Russia) – Outrigger Konotta
    Yulia Len (Russia) Outrigger Konotta

      
  30. Sophia Chong (Singapore) Sheraton Full Moon
    Sophia Chong (Singapore) Sheraton Full Moon

Babe Shower

With the warm tropical air and cool ocean breezes, you do as much as possible outside in the Maldives. Certainly, al fresco dining every chance you get. Not to mention, beach versions of every sport there is. Outdoor showers would probably make a list of Top Ten things you only do (or primarily do) in the Maldives. You often will take a couple of refreshing soaks during the day. One after your morning dive or snorkel, one after your afternoon in the sun to freshen up for dinner.

With the glistening water droplets streaming down, it’s also a popular photoshoot Kodak Photo Spot with the fashionista crowd. Here is Maldives Complete the not-so-dirty thirty of the shower set.

  1. Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu [VIDEO]
  2. Aggie Lal (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Aggie Lal (USA) - Six Senses Laamu
      
  3. Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  4. Josefine Forsberg (Sweden) – Hideaway Beach
    Josefine Forsberg (Sweden) - Hideaway Beach
         
  5. Marina (Russia) – Irufushi
    Marina (Russia) - Irufushi
       
  6. Tatyana Kiss (Russia) – Furaveri
    Tatyana Kiss (Russia) - Furaveri
       
  7. Viktoriya Kabochkina (Russia) – Rihiveli
    Viktoriya Kabochkina (Russia) - Drift Thelu Veliga
       
  8. McKenna Ray (USA) – Conrad Rangali
    McKenna Ray (USA) - Conrad Rangali
       
  9. Bar Zomer (Israel) – Amilla Fushi
    Bar Zomer (Israel) - Amilla Fushi
       
  10. Adelina and Alina (Tartarstan) – Soneva Jani
    Adelina and Alina (Tartarstan) - Soneva Jani

       
  11. Anastasia Reshetova (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Anastasia Reshetova (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
       
  12. Taylor Mega (Italy) – NIYAMA
    Taylor Mega (Italy) - NIYAMA
       
  13. Est Are (Nigeria) – Maafushivaru
    Est Are (Nigeria) - Maafushivaru
      
  14. Anna Ryapasova (Russia) – Dusit Thani
    Anna Ryapasova (Russia) - Dusit Thani
       
  15. Sierra Furtado (Canada) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Sierra Furtado (Canada) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  16. Zemfira Jemchujnaya (Russia) – Taj Exotica
    Zemfira Jemchujnaya (Russia) - Taj Exotica
       
  17. Lera Bukinaa (Russia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Lera Bukinaa (Russia) - Centara Ras Fushi

       
  18. Svetlana Glagoleva (Russia) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Svetlana Glagoleva (Russia) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
       
  19. Jenny Phm (Vietnam) – Six Senses Laamu
    Jenny Phm (Vietnam) – Six Senses Laamu
       
  20. Milana Koroleva (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Milana Koroleva (Russia) – NIYAMA
      
  21. Ranuga Sukrasorn (Australia) – Kuramathi
    Ranuga Sukrasorn (Australia) - Kuramathi
      
  22. Mariam Rod (Iran) – Ayada
    Mariam Rod (Iran) - Ayada
      
  23. Mini Lina (Bosnia) – Amari Havodda
    Mini Lina (Bosnia) - Amari Havodda
      
  24. Victoria Demidova (Russia) – Milaidhoo
    Victoria Demidova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  25. Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
    Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
      
  26. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  27. Mabel (Singapore) – NIYAMA
    Mabel (Singapore) – NIYAMA
      
  28. Karri Nicholas (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Karri Nicholas (Australia) - Amilla Fushi
       
  29. Jessica Cabensy (USA) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Jessica Cabensy (USA) - Anantara Kihavah Villas  
      
  30. Julia Marchak (Ukraine) – Six Senses Laamu [VIDEO]

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Limp Pools of Desire

The defining characteristic of the Maldives islands is the ocean’s edge. The islands float so close to sea level that they seem to be more part of the ocean than their own bodies of land. These plots of sand are no more than inches above the surface, and the shallow undersea lagoon floors themselves little more than inches below. And the edge of the two intermingled worlds is where so much magic happens. Whether it is the legendary bioluminescence, the iconic puppy-like reef sharks languidly patrolling, or the indolent mill pond calm caressing the toes of romantic couples strolling along. It is no wonder that so many fashionistas love to wallow here…

  1. Julia Yoga (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah [ABOVE]
  2. Radmila Sadykova (Russia) – Fotteyo Kandu
    Radmila Sadykova (Russia) - Fotteyo Kandu
      
  3. Valeriya Shelest (Russia) – Sun Island
    Valeriya Shelest (Russia) - Sun Island
      
  4. Sarah-Jane Dias (India) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Sarah-Jane Dias (India) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 2
      
  5. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll

      
  6. Malia Murphey (USA) – W Maldives
    Malia Murphey (USA) - W Retreat 2
      
  7. Jasminne Majid (Bulgaria) – Anantara Dhigu
    Jasminne Majid (Bulgaria) - Anantara Dhigu
      
  8. Jana (Germany) – Maafushivaru
    Jana (Germany) - Maafushivaru
      
  9. Anna Ewers (Germany) – Soneva Fushi
    Anna Ewers (Germany) - Soneva Fushi
      
  10. Mariaelena (Italy) – Palm Beach
    Mariaelena (Italy) - Palm Beach

        
  11. Liliana Montoya (USA) – AaaVeee
    Liliana Montoya (USA) - AaaVeee
      
  12. Natalie Roser (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Natalie Roser (Australia) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 2
      
  13. Lera Bukinaa (Russia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Lera Bukinaa (Russia) - Centara Ras Fushi
  14. Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu
    Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu
      
  15. Mint Lagoni (Denmark) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Mint Lagoni (Denmark) - Sheraton Full Moon
      
  16. Darya Radchenko (Russia) – Kihaad
    Darya Radchenko (Russia) - Kihaad
      
  17. Natasha Poly (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Natasha Poly (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  18. Szelokho (Australia) – Sun Island
    Szelokho (Australia) - Sun Island

       
  19. Maria Zapolskaya (Russia) – Maafushi
    Maria Zapolskaya (Russia) - Maafushi
      
  20. Sara (Italy) – Bodumohoraa
    Sara (Italy) - Bodumohoraa
      
  21. Kristina Mendonca (Australia) – W Maldives
    Kristina Mendonca (Australia) - W Retreat

       
  22. Eliza Budu
    Eliza Budu
      
  23. Kristina Milic (Sweden) – Sun Island
    Kristina Milic (Sweden) - Sun Island
      
  24. Katrin Rviza (Russia) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    Katrin Rviza (Russia) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
       
  25. Roxanna Clarke (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Roxanna Clarke (United Kingdom) - One & Only Reethi Rah 2
        
  26. Luchiya Stefanova (Bulgaria) – AaaVeee
    Luchiya Stefanova (Bulgaria) - AaaVeee

       
  27. Eva Czarnocka (Poland)
    Eva Czarnocka (Poland)
       
  28. Silje Alice (Norway) – Anantara Dhigu
    Silje Alice (Norway) - Anantara Dhigu - 3

       
  29. Victoria Lee (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Victoria Lee (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu - 2

      
  30. Nikoleta Lozanova (Bulgaria) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
    Nikoleta Lozanova (Bulgaria) - Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
      

 

Follow Th(r)ee

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Nataly Osmann

The anniversary of anniversaries for the photoshoot pose of poses. Nataly and Murad Osmann who inspired a generation of fashionistas and Instagrammers with their iconic “Follow Me” poses. Here is a record collection (nifty fifty) of the top examples this year for the third annual post…

  1. Nataly Osmann (Russia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
  2. Xenia Van Der Woodsen (Germany) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Xenia Van Der Woodsen (Germany) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  3. Leonie Hanne (Germany) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Leonie Hanne (Germany) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  4. Tiicha Kipza (Thailand) – Safari Island
    Tiicha Kipza (Thailand) - Safari Island
      
  5. La Bella Stella (Poland) – Milaidhoo
    La Bella Stella (Poland) - Milaidhoo
      
  6. Anna Barykina (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Anna Barykina (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  7. Chiahang Hsu (Taiwan) – The Residence
    Chiahang Hsu (Taiwan) - The Residence
      
  8. Haylsa Andersen (Australia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Haylsa Andersen (Australia) - Anantara Dhigu
       
  9. Melissa Celestine Koh (Singapore) – W Maldives
    Melissa Celestine Koh (Singapore) - W Retreat
       
  10. Sina Diwe (Germany) – Safari Island
    Sina Diwe (Germany) - Safari Island
      
  11. Jinah (Maldives) – Bandos
    Jinah (Maldives) - Bandos
      
  12. Hana Chick (Czech) – Royal Island
    Hana Chick (Czech) - Royal Island
       
  13. Hsiao Tien (Taiwan) – Maafushi
    Hsiao Tien (Taiwan) – Maafushi
       
  14. Maria (Thailand) – Veligandu
    Maria (Thailand) - Veligandu
       
  15. Yanathip Ang (Thailand) – Club Rannalhi
    Yanathip Ang (Thailand) - Club Rannalhi
  16. Ella Abdokulib (Russia) – Olhuveli
    Ella Abdokulib (Russia) - Olhuveli

       
  17. Melinda Bam (South Africa) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Melinda Bam (South Africa) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
       
  18. Sheena (United Kingdom) – Conrad Rangali
    Sheena (United Kingdom) - Conrad Rangali
        
  19. Ana Cecília Sabbá (Brazil) –Taj Exotica
    Ana Cecília Sabbá (Brazil) -Taj Exotica
       
  20. Ali Dixon (Australia) – Kandooma
    Ali Dixon (Australia)
       
  21. Kiersten Rich (USA) – Meeru
    Kiersten Rich (USA) - Meeru
       
  22. Ale Chedraui (Spain) – Anantara Dhigu
    Ale Chedraui (Spain) - Anantara Dhigu 2
       
  23. Athina Oikonomakou (Greece) – Ayada
    Athina Oikonomakou (Greece) - Ayada
       
  24. Coco Airi (Japan) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Coco Airi (Japan) - Gili Lankanfushi
       
  25. Joey Lim (Malaysia) – W Maldives
    Joey Lim (Malaysia) - W Retreat
       
  26. My Tram (Vietnam) – Olhuveli
    My Tram (Vietnam) - Olhuveli
       
  27. Nozipho Zulu (South Africa) – Vilu Reef
    Nozipho Zulu (South Africa) - Vilu Reef
        
  28. Katusha Lobanova (Russia) – Cocoon
    Katusha Lobanova (Russia)
       
  29. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  30. Lisa (USA) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Lisa (USA) - Jumeirah Vittaveli
       
  31. Joanago Mez (Philippines) – Embudu
    Joanago Mez (Philippines) - Embudu
       
  32. Viktoria (Azerbaijan) – Ayada
    Viktoria (Azerbaijan) – Ayada
       
  33. Yuna Yamamoto (Japan) – Embudu
    Yuna Yamamoto (Japan) – Embudu
       
  34. Chiara Bianco (Italy) – Kihaad
    Chiara Bianco (Italy) - Kihaad
       
  35. Natalie Yuen (Hong Kong) – Six Senses Laamu
    Natalie Yuen (Hong Kong) - Six Senses Laamu
       
  36. Julia (Ukraine) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Julia (Ukraine) - Club Med Finolhu Villas

       
  37. Manuela Mosca (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Manuela Mosca (United Kingdom) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  38. Shatila Halim (Malaysia) – Maafushi
    Shatila Halim (Malaysia) - Maafushi
       
  39. Madeleine Schneider-Weiffenbach (Germany) – Six Senses Laamu
    Madeleine Schneider-Weiffenbach (Germany) - Six Senses Laamu
      
  40. Mary Shum (Russia) – Ranveli
    Mary Shum (Russia) - Ranveli
       
  41. Giulia (Italy) – Dhiggiri
    Giulia (Italy) - Dhiggiri

        
  42. June (Singapore) – Centara Grand
    June (Singapore) - Centara Grand
       
  43. Lizzie Sung (Taiwan) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Lizzie Sung (Taiwan) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
      
  44. Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) – NIYAMA
    Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) - Conrad Rangali
       
  45. Emily Erdbeer (Germany) – Kihaad
    Emily Erdbeer (Germany) - Kihaad 
       
  46. M&D (Poland) – Alidhoo
    M&D (Poland) – Alidhoo
       
  47. Kristin Dora (Philippines) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Kristin Dora (Philippines) - Centara Ras Fushi
       
  48. Viktoria Devil (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Viktoria Devil (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi - 2
       
  49. Sophie Eini Gatilov (Israel) – Velassaru
    Sophie Eini Gatilov (Israel) – Velassaru
      
  50. Olga Glebowska (Poland) – Royal Island
    Olga Glebowska (Poland) - Royal Island
       

 

Ariel Photogrphy

Perhaps the most mystical of all Maldivian creatures on sea or land (or both) is the colourful and often elusive Syreni Maldivus (Maldivian Mermaid). Here’s the 2nd collection of Ariel apostles…

“Up where they stay all day in the sun / Wanderin’ free / Wish I could be / Part of that world.”

  1. Beer Passaranan (Thailand) – Hurawalhi [ABOVE]
  2. Sira MaNdonna (Thailand) – Safari Island
    Sira MaNdonna (Thailand) – Safari Island
       
  3. Mammami A (Thailand) – Hideaway Beach
    Mammami A (Thailand) - Hideaway Beach
        
  4. Liliana Montoya (USA) – AaaVeee
    Liliana Montoya (USA) - AaaVeee
       
  5. Martynova Natalya (Russia) – Fotteyo Kandu
    Martynova Natalya (Russia) - Fotteyo Kandu
        
  6. Koi Chayathip (Thailand) – Vakarufalhi
    Koi Chayathip (Thailand) – Vakarufalhi
        
  7. Jourdan Raine (United Kingdom) – Meedhupparu
    Jourdan Raine (United Kingdom) - Meedhupparu
        
  8. Lucy Wangluxi (China)
    Lucy Wangluxi (China) 4
       
  9. Gypzy (Thailand) – Club Rannalhi
    Gypzy (Thailand) - Club Rannalhi 
        
  10. Fiona Cooper (France)
    Fiona Cooper (France)
        
  11. Charlotte (Belgium) – Anantara Dhigu
    Charlotte (Belgium) - Anantara Dhigu
      
  12. ‘Housekeeping’ (Maldives) – JA Manafaru
    JA Manafaru - mermaid
      
  13. Ploypraew Nattikarn (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Ploypraew Nattikarn (Thailand) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
      
  14. Chloe Lambertt and Madison Luxe (Australia) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Chloe Lambertt and Madison Luxe (Australia) - Gili Lankanfushi
       
  15. Stella Huang (China) – Outrigger Konotta
    Stella Huang (China) - Outrigger Konotta
        
  16. Erika Myriam (USA) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Erika Myriam (USA) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  17. Nana Lee (China) – W Maldives
    Nana Lee (China) - W Retreat
      
  18. Janine Wiggert (Germany) – Constance Halaveli
    Janine Wiggert (Germany) – Constance Halaveli
        
  19. Azura Mermaid – (Maldives) – OZEN Atmosphere – [BELOW]

Best of the Maldives: Social Media Mob – W Maldives

W Maldives - Rebok instagram 3

One resort with its own collection of Instagram luminaries is W Maldives:

  • “Reebok Women invited 12 ladies from Southeast Asia and the Pacific to W Maldives as the faces and voices of their #PerfectNever campaign in the region, with the aim of flipping the conventional notion of perfectionThese are influencers with a huge following on social media and admired for their flawless lifestyles. With the #PerfectNever campaign set in the perfect environment, the aim of the happening was to show that there are more to these women than the airbrushed images on their social media accounts – the grit and the determination that makes them human and ‘perfect’ in their own way.”

Already a top 10 resort for attracting Insgrammer fashionistas, this esteemed group of snappers add another 7.7 million followers to their tally. Rest assured that Maldives Complete will be featuring many of the snaps shared on their popular Instagram feeds in upcoming photoshoot collections, but if you can’t wait, here is the list of Instagrammer stars and their feeds…

W Maldives - Rebok instagram 1

W Maldives - Rebok instagram 2

Best of the Maldives: Celebrity Instagram – Velaa

Paris Hilton (USA) – Velaa

Nine years ago today, Instagram was unleashed on the world. Maldives Complete had already been on the web for nearly a year at the time. Instagram has come a bit further since ;-). It has emerged as the social media of choice for the celebrity and fashionista class. The photo-based platform suits the beautiful people crowd quite well.

Instagram has changed our world and even Maldives Complete. The “Celebrity Visited” field in the resort profile has been a part of the site from the get-go and was gleaned mostly from press reports and celeb sponsored visits travel pieces. But Instagram has turned both the information and photo op spigot full on. I introduced the “Fashion” section of the blog two years ago this month and it has rapidly grown to be one of the most popular features.

So who is the “Best of the Maldives” at attracting Instagram followers through its guests? Velaa – they have the largest total number of aggregate celeb guest followers (117,790,176), as well top (tied) position for most Top 20 guests (3, along with Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru).

Here are few other fun figures about the sun-kissed figures…

  • Followers: Each cluster of an order of magnitude of followers all had between 300-400 fashionistas.
    • < 10k followers:     341 visitors
    • 1k – 10k:         454
    • 10k – 100k:    468
    • 100k – 1m:     347
    • > 1m:               106
  • Occupation – Entertainment was the dominant field here with creative and sporty type following.
 

RESORT

FOLLOWERS

1

Velaa

130,684,342

2

NIYAMA

108,835,373

3

Finolhu

57,357,484

4

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

57,100,000

5

Cheval Blanc Randheli

44,084,145

6

One & Only Reethi Rah

43,016,283

7

Huvafenfushi

35,564,912

8

Six Senses Laamu

34,504,716

9

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

23,093,022

10

W Retreat

13,266,346

 

OCCUPATION

FOLLOWERS

1

Singer / Musician

215,354,798

2

Model

201,904,735

3

Actress / Presenter

125,240,233

4 Blogger / Designer

99,388,622

5

Athlete

6,912,456

6

Dancer / Yoga

6,323,516

 

COUNTRY

FOLLOWERS

1

USA

130,684,342

2

United Kingdom

108,835,373

3

Russia

57,357,484

4

Barbados

57,100,000

5

India

44,084,145

6

Columbia

43,016,283

7

Thailand

35,564,912

8

Brazil

34,504,716

9

Australia

23,093,022

10

Philippines

13,266,346

 

INSTRAGRAMMER

COUNTRY

RESORT OCCUPATION

FOLLOWERS

1 Jennifer Lopez

USA

Velaa Singer

68,600,000

2 Rhianna

Barbados

NIYAMA Singer

51,700,000

3 Shakira

Columbia

Velaa Singer

42,700,000

4 Cara Delevingne

United Kingdom

Finolhu Model

40,600,000

5 Bruna Marquezine Brazil Cheval Blanc Actress 22,600,000
6 Huda Kattan USA Huvafenfushi Blogger 15,200,000
7 Jacqueline Fernandez

India

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Actress 13,800,000
8 Rita Ora United Kingdom Palm Beach Singer 11,400,000
9 Victoria Beckham United Kingdom One & Only Reethi Rah Singer 8,900,000
10 Aum Patchrana Thailand Coco Palm Bodu Hithi Actress 7,400,000
11 Roe Huntington-Whiteley

United Kingdom

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Model 7,400,000
12 Zoe Sugg United Kingdom Ranveli Blogger 6,800,000
13 Park Shin-hye South Korea Soneva Jani Model 6,600,000
14 Davika

Thailand

Club Med Finolhu Villas Designer 6,400,000
15 Kimberley Anne Tiamsiri Thailand Kanuhura Actress 5,700,000
16 Belén Rodríguez

Argentina

One & Only Reethi Rah Model 5,600,000
17 Paris Hilton USA Velaa Model 5,600,000
18 Eva Gutowski USA Six Senses Laamu Blogger 5,400,000
19 Aliaa Bhaat India Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Actress 5,200,000
20 Sveta Bilyalova Russia LUX South Ari Atoll Model 4,900,000

Gudhu Guru Girls

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The Maldives has as many if not more female than male fitness fanatics and by far their fitness fashion of choice is yoga.  So much so that I’ve featured a number of yoga pose collections, but none more challenging and expert than the gaggle of gurus below…

(note:  “gudhu” means “curve” or “bend” in Dhivehi)

  1. Hannah (United Kingdom) – Amilla Fushi [ABOVE]
  2. Kat Harding (Australia) – Four Season Kuda Huraa
    Kat Harding (Australia) – Four Season Kuda Huraa
      
  3. Kino MacGregor (USA) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Kino MacGregor (USA) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  4. Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
     
  5. Dannielle Blaker (OAE) – Ayada
    Dannielle Blaker (OAE) - Ayada
      
  6. Jessica Olie (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Landaa GiraavaruJessica Olie (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - 3
     
      
  7. Elena (Italy) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
    Elena (Italy) - Adaaran Hudhuran fushi
      
  8. Rimma Pryadchenko (Russia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Rimma Pryadchenko (Russia) - Centara Ras Fushi
        
  9. Deepika Mehta (India) – Six Senses Laamu
    Deepika Mehta (India) - Six Senses Laamu

          
  10. Tatyana Afanasyeva (Russia) – Eriyadu
    Tatyana Afanasyeva (Russia) – Eriyadu
      
  11. Jessica Rae (USA) – Maafuyshi
    Jessica Rae (USA) - Maafuyshi
  12. Melini Jesudason (Japan) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Melini Jesudason (Japan) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa   
       

 

 

Buff Fitness Buffs

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National Fitness Day today. While most are lulled into indolent relaxation by the tranquilising Maldives, a few (and I was once one of these) take advantage of the fresh air, healthy food and plenty of recovery resting to get in some good fitness. The fitness offerings at resorts have gone from a few dusty barbells in a stuffy room to quite extravagant programmes and facilities. And the clientele savouring this equipment has grown to as you can see from the collection of buff fitness buffs visiting below…

  1. Matthew Fraser (USA) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  2. Alexander Schachner (Austria)
    Alexander Schachner (Austria) - fitness
       
  3. Jonny Pattenden (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Jonny Pattenden (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah - fitness
       
  4. Miles MacCarthy (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Miles MacCarthy (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah - fitness
        
  5. Joseph Maynard (United Kingdom) – Bandos
    Joseph Maynard (United Kingdom) – Bandos - fitness
        
  6. Famious Stephenson (USA) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Famious Stephenson (USA) – Gili Lankanfushi - fitness
        
  7. Alexander Dorokhov (Russia) – W Retreat
    Alexander Dorokhov (Russia) – W Hotel - fitness
       
  8. PT Dubai (OAE) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
    PT Dubai (OAE) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi - fitness
       
  9. Renato Vasconcelos (Portugal) – Velassaru
    Renato Vasconcelos (Portugal) – Velassaru - fitness
        
  10. Thibault Geoffray (France) – Summer Island
    Thibault Geoffray (France) – Summer Island - fitness
        
  11. Erasmo Viana (Brazil) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Erasmo Viana (Brazil) – One & Only Reethi Rah - fitness
       
  12. Omar Ortiz (South Korea)
    Omar Ortiz (South Korea)
       
  13. Andrew Pap (Australia) – Kandooma
    Andrew Pap (Australia) - Kandooma - fitness 

Beaux Sur L’Eaux

Male Model - Iqbal Gran (Germany) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi

The boys are back in town. While the male fashionista set is considerably smaller than the female counterparts, an increasing number of macho models are strutting their stuff on the white sand catwalks of the Maldives.

  1. Iqbal Gran (Germany) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi [ABOVE]
  2. Gary Xie (Singapore) – The Residence
    Male Model - Gary Xie (Singapore) – The Residence
      
  3. Nitin Gupta (India) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Male Model - Nitin Gupta (India) – One & Only Reethi Rah

       
  4. Corentin Huard (France) – Kanuhura
    Male Model - Corentin Huard (France) - Kanuhura
      
  5. Edwin Aw (Singapore) – Nika
    Male Model - Edwin Aw (Singapore) – Nika
      
  6. Alexander Dorokhov (Russia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Male Model - Alexander Dorokhov (Russia) – Six Senses Laamu
      
  7. Sergey Rensevich (Russia) – Biyadhoo
    Male Model - Sergey Rensevich (Russia) – Biyadhoo
      
  8. Catalin Botezatu (Romania) – Six Senses Laamu
    Male Model - Catalin Botezatu (Romania) – Six Senses Laamu
       
  9. Taweesit Pekae Eamchunam (Taiwan) – Safari Island
    Taweesit Pekae Eamchunam (Taiwan) – Safari Island
       
  10. Andre Hamann (Germany) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Male Model - Andre Hamann (Germany) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
      
  11. Rafael M. Vigal (Philippines) – Kuramathi
    Male Model - Rafael M. Vigal (Philippines) – Kuramathi
       
  12. Janewit Wongsue (Thailand) – Safari Island
    Janewit Wongsue (Thailand) – Safari Island

      
  13. Alex Belli (Italy) – Furaveri
    Alex Belli (Italy) – Furaveri
      
  14. Chon Thong (Thailand) – Soneva Fushi
    Male Model - Chon Thong (Thailand) – Soneva Fushi
       
  15. Robertas Aukstuolis (United Kingdom) – St. Regis Vommuli
    Robertas Aukstuolis (United Kingdom) – St Regis Vommuli

      
  16. Taku (Japan) – Soneva Jani
    Male Model - Taku (Japan) – Soneva Jani
     
  17. Mohamed Ragabi (Egypt) – Velassaru
    Male Model - Mohamed Ragabi (Egypt) – Velassaru
       
  18. Antonio Pozo (Spain) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
    Male Model - Antonio Pozo (Spain) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef 2
      
  19. Hamid Fadaei (Dubai) – Ayada
    Male Model - Hamid Fadaei (Dubai) - Ayada
      
  20. Alexander Taptsov (Belarus) – Vadoo
    Male Model - Alexander Taptsov (Belarus) - Vadoo
      
  21. Matt Peacock (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Male Model - Matt Peacock (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
      
  22. Robertas Aukstuolis (Netherlands) – Vommuli St. Regis
    Male Model - Robertas Aukstuolis (Netherlands) – Vommuli St. Regis
      
  23. Ivan (Singapore) – Taj Exotica
    Male Model - Ivan (Singapore) – Taj Exotica
      
  24. Passta Jack (Thailand) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Male Model - Passta Jack (Thailand) – Centara Ras Fushi
      
  25. Ethan Leong (Singapore) – Loama Maamigili
    Male Model - Ethan Leong  (Singapore) – Loama Maamigili

      
  26. Jon Hosking (United Kingdom) – The Residence
    Male Model - Jon Hosking (United Kingdom) – The Residence