Tree Hugging in the Maldives

Arbor Day headline

I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree.” – Joyce Kilmer

Arbor Day today (well, the anniversary of the “first” one as some Arbor Days are celebrated in different times of the year around the world). Time to go hug a tree to show your appreciation of all they do for our environment. And if the embrace is from the likes of these Maldives glamorati, I’m sure they will be pleased…

1. Dasha Kornakova (Russia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
LUX South Ari Atoll - Dasha Kornakova tree
2. Laura Rasiukeviciute (Lithuania) – Bandos
Bandos - Laura Rasiukeviciute
3. Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Renee Somerfield
4. Saven Mi (Canada) – J Resort Alidhoo
J Resort Alidhoo - Saven Mi tree
5. Lorena Rae (Germany) – Palm Beach
Palm Beach - Lorena Rae
6. Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) – Conrad Rangali
Conrad Rangali - Danielle Sandhu tree
7. Jyotsna Shankar (USA) – Maafushivaru
Maafushivaru - Jyotsna Shankar tree
8. Bianca Heinicke (Germany) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Bianca Heinicke tree
9. Mirijam (Germany) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Mirijam
10. Natasa Stankovic (Serbia) – Paradise Island
Paradise Island - Natasa Stankovic tree
11. Ann Shalman (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Ann Shalman
12. Mariyam Azza (Maldives) – Shangri-La Villingili
Shangri La Villingili - Mariyam Azza tree
13. Pervin Abiyeva (Azerbaijan) – JA Manafaru
JA Manafaru - Pervin Abiyeva
14. Belinda Young (Taiwan) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
Cheval Blanc Randheli - Belinda Young
15. Yulya Pasyuk (Russia) – Bandos
Bandos - Yulya Pasyuk tree
16. Michelle Salas (Mexico) – Velaa
Velaa - Michelle Salas
17. Julia Kavalerova (Russia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Julia Kavalerova tree
18. Sabrina Chakici (Ireland) – Conrad Rangali
Conrad Rangali - Sabrina Chakici tree
19. Tyra Banks (USA) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Tyra Banks
20. Samaya Lubimaya (Russia) – White Shell Beach Inn Maafushi
White Shell Beach Inn Maafushi - Samaya Lubimaya tree

Fish Net Rocking

Veligandu - Iryn Shynkarenko

The number one deserted tropical island swinging rope-made accessory has to be the hammock. Even if all you have is a plot of sand and two (!) palm trees, then a hammock is the de rigeur fundamental. Here is a top ten sample of some lovely hammocks in the paradise of the Maldives…

1. Iryn Shynkarenko (Ukraine) – Veligandu [ABOVE]
2. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Anantara Veli
Anantara Veli - Shiralee Coleman
3. Alexis Ren (USA) – Ayada
Ayada - Alexis Ren
4. Jessica Lee Buchanan (South Africa) – NIYAMA
NIYAMA - JEssica Lee Buchanan
5. Margo Bushueva (Russian) – Ayada
Ayada - Margo Busheva
6. Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Pamela Reif
7. Maggi Apa Bhavilai (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
Club Med Finolhu Villas - Maggi Apa Bhavilai
8. Brooklyn Decker (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Brooklyn Decker hammock
9. Aayya Zanova (Thailand) – Conrad Rangali
Conrad Rangali - Aayya Zanova
10. Vik Voynikova (Russia) – Maafushi
Maafushi - Vik Voynikova

St. Patricks Day Parade in Paradise

Constance Moofushi - Shiralee Coleman

Happy St. Patricks Day! And green is the colour of the day.

While everyone associates the Maldives with its buffet of blues, actually green is just as essential to the Laccadivian palette. Green are the vibrant tropical jewels scattered in the sea’s carcanet secured in platinum white settings of sun-drenched sand. The Maldives Complete blog header above is designed reflecting this colour scheme.

If you are looking for some traditional green to sport on this day celebrating the Emerald Isle, then Maldives Complete has assembled a bailiúchán of resort wear for you…

Erin go bragh!

1. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Anantara Veli [ABOVE]
2. Anastasia Volochkova (Russia) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Anastasia Volochkova green
3. Viktoria (Germany) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittavelu - Viktoria
4. Chontel Duncan (Australia) – Meeru
Meeru - Chontel Duncan
5. Natalie Morris (USA) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Natalie Morris
6. Rati Tehri Singh (India) – Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - Rati Tehri Singh green
7. Alisa Tulynina (Russia) – JA Manafaru
JA Manafaru - Alisa Tulynina
8. Annie Osalu (Thailand) – Centara Ras Fushi
Centara Ras Fushi - Annie Osalu
9. Moni Malibu (USA) – Baros
Baros - Moni Malibu
10. Natalia Natalis (Poland) – Kurumba
Kurumba - Natalia Natalis green
11. Bruna Geballi (Brazil) – Holiday Island
Holiday Island - Bruna Geballi
12. Tyra Banks (USA) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Tyra Banks green
13. Coleen Garcia (Philippines) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Coleen Garcia


14. Park Si Yeon (South Korea) – Velavaru
Velassaru - Park Si Yeon
15. Alina Firsova (Russia) – Ayada
Ayada - Alina Firsova
16. Bota (Russia) – Coco Bodu Hithi
Coco Bodu Hithi - Bota
17. Tatiana Lopatinskaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
Huvafenfushi - Tatiana Lopatinskaya

LEAP day

One & Only Reeth Rah - Jamillette Gaxiola - leap

Leap day today! Yes, that kind of leap. What is it about the Maldives that has everyone jumping for joy?…

 

1. Jamillette Gaxiola (Mexico) – One & Only Reeth Rah [ABOVE]
2. Rosie Londoner (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
Huvafenfushi - Rosie Londoner - leap
3. Cecilia Capriotti (Italy) – Maaya Fushi
Maaya Fushi - Cecilia Capriotti - leap
4. Belinda Young (China) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Belinda Young - leap
5. Natasha Poly (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One & Only Reethi Rah - Natasha Poly - leap
6. Himarsha Venkatsamy (India) – Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - Himarsha Venkatsamy - leap
7. Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
Cocoa Island - Nikki Phillips - leap
8. Brooke Dombrowski (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
Shangri-La Vilingili - Brooke Dombrowski - leap
9. Inna Hemme (Germany) – Robinson Club
Robinson Club - Inna Hemme - leap
10. Eem Nazim (Maldives) – Sun Siyam Irufuhi
Sun Siyam Irufuhi - Eem Nazim - leap
11. Chris Piggy (China) – NIYAMA
NIYAMA - Chris Piggy - leap
12. Pippa (Australia) – Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - Pippa - leap
13. Gökçen Arikan (Turkey) – LUX South Ari Atoll
LUX South Ari Atoll - Gökçen Arikan - leap
14. Marianna Nagl (Ukraine) – Kurumba
Kurumba - Marianna Nagl - leap
15. Georgia Horsley (United Kingdom) – NIYAMA
NIYAMA - Georgia Horsley - leap
16. Laura Bingle (Australia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Laura Bingle - leap
17. Ledneva Nana (Russia) – Velassaru

Velassaru - Ledneva Nana - leap

18. Jennifer Hawkins (Australia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Jennifer Hawkins - leap
19. Next Top Model Finalists (Germany) – Kurumba
Kurumba - Next Top Model Finalists - leap

Maldives Fashion Month

Velaa - Paris Hilton

London Fashion Week just finished and now London Fashion Weekend is upon us. But in the Maldives, a week isn’t enough to pack in all the fashion on display. In fact, it takes an extra bonus (leap) day to feature the chic styles and colourful couture. While most famous for its head-turning swimwear in this sun drenched paradise, its elegant clientele sport a striking wardrobe of more conventional wear.

As it happens, one of the world’s fashion and style icons who is rarely seen missing from a runway front row seat, Paris Hilton, has chosen the Maldives to spend her own Fashion Week right now. Her Instagram in recent days is its own spring collection with a digital stage of tropical paradise. Of the over 500 models, performers, celebrities and bloggers in the Maldives Complete Lifestyle database, Paris sets new high watermarks for her social media profile among Maldives visitors. She has a table topping 13.6 million Twitter followers (besting the previous topper from last week’s Sport Illustrated Swimsuit fame, Tyra Banks who has 12.9 million).  But Paris’ glitterati credentials are extend across all media. Her stats on Wikipedia, Facebook and Instagram are all in the top 10 of the Maldives Complete database. Among Maldives glitterati, only Jacqueline Fernandez is in the top 10 of both Facebook and Twitter.

Pictured above, she is as comfortable and stylish on the Velaa boardwalk as she is on the cat walk.  In fact, Velaa stands out at the show to be at and be seen at with 4 fashion guests making the collection.

China features the most prominently in the list with 4 models, but the fancy frock show is also where the local Maldivians stand out with 3 of their own hometown heroines showcased.

And so in honour of this very fashionable leap month, Maldives Complete presents a different designer display for each day…

1. Paris Hilton (USA) – Velaa [ABOVE]
2. Liu Yun (China) – LUX Maldives
LUX Maldives - Liu Yun
3. Kim Tae Hee (South Korea) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Kim Tae Hee
4. Laura Muljadi (Indonesia) – Velaa
Velaa - Laura Muljadi
5. Gabby Epstein (Australia) – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili - Gabby Epstein
6. Wang Likun (China) – LUX Maldives
LUX South Ari Atoll - Wang Likun
7. Rati Tehri Singh (India) – Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - Rati Tehri Singh
8. Chris Piggy (China) – NIYAMA
NIYAMA - Chris Piggy
9. Yeng Constantino (Philippines) – Angsana Velavaru
Angsana Velavaru - Yeng Constantino
10. Raudha Aathif (Maldives) – Coco Bodu Hithi
Coco Bodu Hithi - Raudha Aathif 2
11. Ayya Azanova (Italy) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli - Ayya Azanova
12. Tatyana Vysotskaya (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufuhi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Tatyana Vysotskaya
13. Erin Wong (Hong Kong) – Paradise Island
Paradise Island - Erin Wong
14. Canan Ulugol (Turkey) – Bandos
Bandos - Canan Ulugol
15. Jessieann Lachowski (Canada) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Jessieann Lachowski
16. Mariyam Azza (Maldives)
Maldives - Mariyam Azza
17. Anastasia Volochkova (Russia) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Anastasia Volochkova
18. Shu Qi (Taiwan) – Cocoa Island
Cocoa Island - Shu Qi
19. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Shiralee Coleman
20. Eem Nazim (Maldives) – Sun Siyam Irufuhi
Sun Siyam Irufuhi - Eem Nazim
21. Andy Benavides (Mexico) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
Anantara Kihavah Villas - Andy Benavides
22. Egherta Hysa (Ukraine) – Sun Island
Maafushi - Egherta Hysa
23. Bao Bao (China) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Bao Bao
24. Michelle Salas (Mexico) – Velaa
Velaa - Michelle Salas
25. Kelly Lin (Taiwan) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Kelly Lin
26. Zhang Yuqi (China) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Zhang Yuqi
27. Jyotsna Shankar (USA) – Maafushivaru
Maafushivaru - Jyotsna Shanka
28. Natalia Natalis (Poland) – Kurumba
Kurumba - Natalia Natalis
29. Patricia Panigoro (Indonesia) – Velaa
Velaa - Patricia Panigoro

Illustrating Sporty Swimsuits

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Heidi Klum SI cover

While While the Maldives might have competition for being the top photoshoot destination in the world, there is definitely one top photoshoot in the world…the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. The 2016 issue which hit the stands yesterday now so hotly anticipated that they have developed a television show to launch it. Famous SI Swimsuit models include Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Elle MacPherson, Kathy Ireland, Paulina Porizkova, Anna Kournikova, Kate Upton and Beyonce.

And two of the most famous today – partly for their own reality TV shows – shot their issues in the Maldives. Tyra Banks was on the ascendency to becoming her “Americ’a Top Model” with the 1998 edition shot at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. Her previous year’s cover was historic as she was the first black American to grace the cover of the blockbuster annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. That year also introduced “America’s Got Talent” Heidi Klum as 1998’s cover girl.

The next Maldives issue was 2010 shot at Anantara Veli and Dhigu featuring Christine Teigen, Bar Refaeli, Dominique Piek and Brooklyn Decker.

While the USA Swimsuit Edition is the main event, SI South Africa has also been drawn to these neighbouring picturesque Laccadive shores. SI South Africa produced a swimsuit calendar featuring Joelle Kayembe at Bandos, as well as Lee Ann Liebenberg and Liza Botha back at Anantara.

Here are 10 true “10s” from the SI Swimsuit collection…

 

1. Tyra Banks (USA) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru: 1998
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Tyra Banks
2. Brooklyn Decker (USA) – Anantara Dhigu: 2010
Anantara Dhigu - Brooklyn Decker
3. Lee Ann Liebenberg (South Africa) – Anantara Veli: 2008
Anantara Veli - Lee Ann Liebenberg
4. Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu: 2010
Anantara Dhigu - Bar Refaeli
5. Beri Smither (USA) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru: 1998
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Beri Smither
6. Joelle Kayembe (South Africa) – Bandos: 2008
Bandos - Joelle Kayembe
7. Christine Teigen (USA) – Anantara Dhigu: 2010
Anantara Dhigu - Christine Teigen
8. Liza Botha (South Africa) – Anantara Veli: 2008
Anantara Veli - Liza Botha
9. Dominique Piek (South Africa) – Anantara Veli: 2010
Anantara Veli - Dominique Piek
10. Heidi Klum (Germany) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru: 1998
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Heidi Klum SI inside

 

And if the pin-ups are not enough, Sports Illustrated has kindly posted a whole collection of videos taken from the shoots so you can enjoy the backdrop of the Maldives with this assortment of aesthetic additions.

G’Day Mates

Australia National Day - Maldives

Happy Australia Day, mates! There seems to be a rash of “National Days” in the Indian Ocean this particular week (India National Day is also today). So, a chance to celebrate the Australians who have flocked to the Maldives. You would think that Australia would have enough sunshine, but even the Diggers dig this paradise.

Australia is especially prominent country in the #Maldives digiverse. While it ranks only 14th in terms of visitor numbers, but when it comes to the Maldives Complete social media database (models, athletes, celebrities, bloggers), it’s chockers with Wallabies coming in 4th (behind Russia, UK and US). What’s not surprising is that the Aussie-pedigreed resort, Amilla Fushi, is the most popular down under – 3 of the highest 7 ranked Australian digi-personalities visited there.  Mind you, the two countries do share a fair bit in common – extreme island nations (one the world’s largest and the other the world’s smallest islands), big surf culture (3 of those featured are surfers), and the biggest coral reef system in the world.  Not to mention the ubiquitous sunshine and effervescent demeanour of the people.

May your national day be as ripper as the togs you snap.

 

1. Jennifer HawkinsAmilla Fushi
One and Only Reethi Rah - Jennifer Hawkins
2. Laura BingleOne & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Laura Bingle
3. Natalie TranLUX Maldives
LUX Maldives - Natalie Tran
4. Shanina ShaikAnantara Veli
Anantara Veli - Shanina Shaik
5. Ricki-Lee Coulter Conrad Maldives
Conrad Rangali Maldives - Ricki-Lee Coulter
6. Nicole WarneAmilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Nicole Warne
7. Erin Victoria HollandAmilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Eric Victoria Holland
8. Jasmin HowellSix Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Jasmin Howell
9. Jessica SteinW Retreat
W Retreat - Jessica Stein
10. Nikki Van DijkMaalifhusi
Maalifushi - Nikki Van Dijk
11. Sarah StephensCoco Palm Dhoni Kholhi
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu - Sarah Stephens
12. Shiralee ColemanConstance Moofushi
Constance Moofushi - Shiralee Coleman
13. Amanda Bisk Four Seasons Landaa Giaavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Amanda Bisk
14. Gabby EpsteinLoama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili - Gabby Epstein
15. Jean CarmelaMaafushivaru
Maafushivaru - Jena Carmela 2
16. Sophie Rose LeiskShangri-La Villingili
Shangri-La Villingili - Sophie Rose Leisk
17. Steph Claire Smith (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Steph Claire Smith
18. Georgia Fish (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Season Kuda Huraa - Georgia Fish
19. Chontel Duncan (Australia) – Meeru
Meeru - Chontel Duncan
20. Victoria LeeSix Senses Laamu
Six Sense Laamu - Victoria Lee
21. Adriana JenningsMaalifushi
Maalifushi - Adrianna Jenkins
22. ElleW Retreat
W Retreat - Elle
23. Karina IrbyAdaaran Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Karina Irby
24. Kat HardingFour Season Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Kat Harding
25. Maddison ClareCentara Ras Fushi
Centara Ras Fushi - Maddison Clare
26. Margaret MacPhersonClub Med Finolhu Villas
Club Med Finolhu Villas - Margaret MacPherson
27. PippaGili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - Pippa
28. Renee HendersonFilitheyo
Filitheyo - Renee Henderson
29. Maddie CoxAnantara Veli
Anantara Veli - Maddie Cox
30. Melanie Kyle Oldenburg (Australia) – Olhuveli
Olhuveli - Melanie Kyle Oldenburg 2

 

Name Resort Primary Total Points Instagram Followers Twitter Followers Facebook Likes
1 Jennifer Hawkins Amilla Fushi Model 17 628,000 1,107,000
2 Laura Bingle One & Only Reethi Rah Model 16 435,000 3,182 201,000
3 Natalie Tran LUX Maldives Blogger 16 66,600 235,000
4 Shanina Shaik Anantara Veli Model 14 508,000 35,000 40,123
5 Ricki-Lee Coulter Conrad Rangali Actress 13 159,000 31,000
6 Nicole Warne Amilla Fushi Blogger 12 1,300,000 29,700 320,000
7 Erin Victoria Holland Amilla Fushi Model 10 5,853 654,000
8 Jasmin Howell Six Senses Laamu Blogger 10 192,000 10,300 11,523
9 Jessica Stein W Retreat Blogger 10 1,800,000 35,700 7,958
10 Niki Van Dijk Maalifushi Athlete 10 185,000 3,012 21,415
11 Sarah Stephens Coco Palm Dhonakuni Model 10 24,700 2,006
12 Shiralee Coleman Anantara Dhigu Model 8 204,000 615 23,510
13 Amanda Bisk Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Yoga 6 485,000 22,000
14 Gabby Epstein Loama Resort at Maamigili Model 6 1,000,000
15 Jean Carmela Maafushivaru Blogger 6 4,496 3,409 11,458
16 Sophie Rose Leisk Shangri-La Vilingili Blogger 6 11,400 598 100
17 Steph Smith Adaaran Hudhuran fushi Model 6 862,000 4,501
18 Georgia Fish Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Athlete 5 4,810 22,072
19 Chontel Duncan Meeru Model 4 165,000 5,851
20 Victoria Lee Six Senses Laamu Model 4 22,600 5,063
21 Adriana Jennings Maalifushi Blogger 3 4,241 155
22 Elle W Retreat Blogger 3 652 295
23 Karina Irby Adaaran Hudhuran fushi Model 3 147,000
24 Kat Harding Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Yoga 3 8,267 101
25 Maddison Clare Centara Ras Fushi Model 3 2,435 100
26 Margaret MacPherson Club Med Finolhu Villas Model 3 5,834 87 1,624
27 Pippa Gili Lankanfushi Model 3 14,900
28 Renee Henderson Filitheyo Model 3 5,793
29 Maddie Cox Anantara Veli Blogger 2 3,642
30 Melanie Kyle Oldenburg Olhuveli Model 2 5,410

Golden Globetrotters

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Kelly Lin - Christmas

The Golden Globes tonight celebrate acting across both movie and TV. Super Bowl winners might go to Disneyland, but the golden girls of the screen – silver and tube – definitely head to the Maldives as one of their top destinations.

A top UK glitterati hang-out (9 of the top 30 celebrity actress visitors), the Maldives also attracts from as far away as Hollywood right up its own backyard of Bollywood. In fact, 5 of the top 8 actresses including the top 2 spots hail from just across the Laccadive Sea.

And where is the “Chateau” of the Maldives resorts? – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa with 4 entries in the top 30.

So here is your virtual red carpet of Maldives’ visiting thespians (in order of Maldives Complete’s social media index ranking)…

 

1. Bipasha Basu (India) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Hura - Bipasha Basu
2. Deepika Padukone (India) – Taj Exotica
Taj Exotica - Deepika Padukone
3. Liz Hurley (USA) – Huvafenfushi
Huvafenfushi - Liz Hurley
4. Sonakshi Sinha (India) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Sonakshi Sinha
5. Shu Qi (Taiwan) – Cocoa Island
Cocoa Island - Shu Qi
6. Sonam Kapoor (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli - Sonam Kapoor
7. Charlotte Crosby (United Kingdom) – Zitahli Kudafunafaru
Zitahli Kudafunafaru - Charlotte Crosby
8. Shilpa Shetty (India) – Taj Exotica
Taj Exotic - Shilpa Shetty
9. Daryl Hannah (USA) – Soneva Fushi
Soneva Fushi - Daryl Hannah
10. Stephanie Pratt (USA) – Four Seasons Kuda Hura
Four Season Kuda Huraa - Stephanie Pratt
11. Michelle Keegan (United Kingdom) – Maafushivaru

12. Naomie Harris (United Kingdom) – Soneva Fushi
Soneva Fushi - Naomie Harris
13. Penelope Cruz (Spain) – Baros
Baros - Penelope Cruz
14. Billie Faiers (United Kingdom) – Baros
Baros - Billie Faiers
15. Lucy Watson (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Lucy Watson
16. Alessia Ventura (Italy) – Kuramathi
Kuramathi - Alessia Ventura
17. Holly Valance (United Kingdom) – One and Only Reethi Rah
One & Only Reethi Rah - Holly Valance
18. Son Ye-Jin (South Korea) – LUX Maldives
LUX Maldives - Son Ye Jin
19. Kate Winslet (United Kingdom) – Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Kate Winslet
20. Natalie Burn (Ukraine) – Summer Island
Summer Island - Natalie Burn
21. Ricki-Lee Coulter (Australia) – Conrad Maldives
Conrad Maldives - Ricki-Lee Coulter
22. Helen Flanagan (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
23. Hina Khan (India) – Taj Exotica
Taj Exotica - Hina Khan

24.
Kang Sora (South Korea) – Vadoo
Vadoo - Kang Sora
25. Kelly Lin (Taiwan) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Kelly Lin - Christmas
26. Kim Tae Hee (South Korea) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Kim Tae Hee
27. Malaika Arora Khan (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli - Malaika Arora Khan
28. Zuraida Jardine (South Africa) – Finolhu Villas
Finolhu Villas - Zuraida Jardine
29. Lee Si Young (South Korea) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Lee Si Young
30. Lucy Verasamy (United Kindgom) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Lucy Verasamy

 

Name Country Resort Total Points Instagram Followers Twitter Followers Facebook Followers IMDB Acting Credits
1 Bipasha Basu India Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 26 1,100,000 3,990,000 4,817,000 63
2 Deepika Padukone India Taj Exotica 25 3,000,000 11,400,000 27,667,000 27
3 Liz Hurley USA Huvafenfushi 24 153,000 494,000 1,954,000 38
4 Sonakshi Sinha India Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru 24 1,900,000 5,560,000 19,224,000 18
5 Shu Qi Taiwan Cocoa Island 23 1,100,000 388,000 348,000 78
6 Sonam Kapoor India Jumeirah Vittaveli 23 2,500,000 7,250,000 12,200,000 13
7 Charlotte Crosby United Kingdom Zitahli Kudafunafaru 22 3,500,000 2,410,000 1,458,000 17
8 Shilpa Shetty India Taj Exotica 20 41,500 4,040,000 8,623 53
9 Daryl Hannah USA Soneva Fushi 19 8,062 29,900 130,000 89
10 Stephanie Pratt USA Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 18 662,000 864,000 22
11 Michelle Keegan United Kingdom Maafushivaru 17 2,100,000 3,260,000 63,916 8
12 Naomie Harris United Kingdom Soneva Fushi 17 32,300 20,800 40,703 40
13 Penelope Cruz Spain Baros 17 2,782 24,602 63
14 Billie Faiers United Kingdom Baros 15 948,000 1,260,000 35,868 1
15 Lucy Watson United Kingdom Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 15 1,200,000 865,000 5
16 Alessia Ventura Italy Kuramathi 14 117,000 173,000 17,628 4
17 Holly Valance United Kingdom Reethi Rah 14 2,808 143,000 5,667 18
18 Son Ye-Jin South Korea LUX Maldives 14 5,171 1,912,000 20
19 Kate Winslet United Kingdom Amilla Fushi 13 65,700 45
20 Natalie Burn Ukraine Summer Island 13 26,300 12,700 1,984 36
21 Ricki-Lee Coulter Australia Conrad Rangali 13 159,000 31,000 9
22 Helen Flanagan United Kingdom Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 12 400,000 567,000 3
23 Hina Khan India Taj Exotica 12 14,300 71,811 17
24 Kang Sora South Korea Vadoo 10 356,000 180,000 7
25 Kelly Lin Taiwan Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 10 28
26 Kim Tae Hee South Korea Sun Siyam Irufushi 10 6,291 8,237 14
27 Malaika Arora Khan India Jumeirah Vittaveli 9 961 26
28 Zuraida Jardine South Africa Finolhu Villas 9 35,800 30,900 17,400
29 Lee Si Young South Korea Anantara Dhigu 8 12
30 Lucy Verasamy United Kingdom Six Senses Laamu 6 131,000

14 Mer’Maids A’swimming…

Snorkeller

Under the Maldives waters, you can spot all manner of beautiful creatures. And I’m not just talking about the fish and animals. We are now half way through the “12 Days of Christmas” (the twelve day period between Christmas and Epiphany on 6th January). The song which immortalised it gave away “6 Swans a Swimming” followed by “8 Maids a Milking”. This collection is more like “14 Mermaids Swimming”…

1. Alison Teal (USA) Eco-blogger – Dusit Thani
Dusit Thani - Alison Teal
2. Katerina Hamsikova (Ireland) Freediver – Ayada
Ayada - Katerina Hamsikova

3. Jean Carmela (Australia) Travel Blogger – Maafushivaru
Maafushivaru - Jean Carmela

4. Amy Williams (United Kingdom) Olympic Champion– Baros
Baros - Amy Williams
5. Monlada Pongpanit (Thailand) Designer – Anantara Kihavah
Anantara Kihavah Villas - Monlada Pongpanit
6. Rosie Londoner (United Kingdom) Lifestyle Blogger– One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Rosie Londoner
7. Emma Alexa (United Kingdom) Model – Baros
Baros - Emma Alexa
8. Gabrielle Lopes Costa (Brazil) Lifestyle Blogger – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Gabrielle Lopes Costa
9. Yvonne Melby Schulze (Norway) Instagrammer – White Shell Beach Inn Maafushi
White Shell Beach Inn Maafushi - Yvonne Melby Schulze
10. Vik Voynikova (Russia) Maldives VloggerAnantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Vik Voynikova - snorkel
11. Yulianna Karaulova (Russia) Singer – Kurumba
Kurumba - Yulianna Karaulova
12. Melanie Kyle Oldenburg (Australia) Model – Olhuveli
Olhuveli - Melanie Kyle Oldenburg
13. Chelsea Yamase (USA) Pro Surfer – Shangri-La Vilingili
Shanri-La Villingli - Chelsea Yamase
14. Raphaelle Chaudet (France) Instagrammer – Medhufushi
Medhufushi - Raphaelle Chaudet

Pageants Princess Paradise

Miss World 2000 contestants

Here come the girls. Fighting for their own sparkling glass (well, rhinestone) tiara. The Miss Universe Pageant tonight will bring together the some of the most dazzling women on the planet (though I think other planets in the Universe have neglected to send entries again this year). It’s no surprise that one of the most dazzling places on planet Earth, is such a draw to the pageant beauties. A backdrop befitting their admired backsides (and all their other parts).

The tough question is how does a judge begin to discriminate between diverse and stunning beauties? It is a question I’ve had to ask myself in terms of filtering the top beauties to include in the Maldives Complete “Beauty Base”. Literally thousands of the bright and beautiful are drawn to Maldivian shores every day. And in the Instagram age, most of them are sharing their most photogenic snaps. So, I’m using a rough methodology to filter the top ones for inclusion…

  • Profile
    • IMDB entries – profile as an actor
    • Social Media followers
  • Portraiture (Composition)
    • Waterside – The seascape is the centre stage of the Maldives’ colourful backdrop tapestry
    • No sunglasses – I find sunglasses make the picture less personal and compelling
    • Colours – Vibrancy of colours both in the background and of the outfit (and I’m not adverse to the poster doing a bot of post-production colour saturation with Photoshop)
  • Pose – more interesting poses flatter the subject and make the picture more interesting.
  • Portfolio (Completeness) – I aspire to get every resort and every country featured so the bar is lower for those I am missing.
    • Resorts
    • Countries
  • Pulchritude (Beauty) – ok, this is totally subjective.

A number of pageants have held their photoshoots in the Maldives (eg. Miss France). By far the biggest example, is Miss World 2000 which hosted in a variety of Maldives resorts for swimsuit shoots and is responsible for 9 of the top 20 beauty queens on the list (see ranking table below) is topped by Miss World herself, Priyanka Chopra…

1. Priyanka Chopra (India) – Nika: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Nika - Priyanka Chopra

2. Laury Thilleman (France) – Coco Bodu Hithi: Miss France 2011 Pageant

Coco Bodu Hithi - Laury Thilleman

3. Jamillette Gaxiola (Mexico) – One & Only Reethi Rah: Miss Mexico 2009

One and Only Reethi Rah - Jamillette Gaxiola

4. Ami Haruna (Japan) – Veligandu: Miss Tokyo

Veligandu - Ami Haruna

5. Patricia Kaiser (Austria) – Filitheyo: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Filitheyo - Patricia Kaiser

6. Anna Andress (Ukraine) – One & Only Reethi Rah: Miss Ukraine Universe

One and Only Reethi Rah - Anna Andress

7. Georgia Horsley (United Kingdom) – NIYAMA: Miss England 2007

NIYAMA - Georgia Horsley

8. Linda Lindorff (Sweden) – JA Manafaru: Miss Sweden

JA Manafaru - Linda Lindorff

9. Luo Zilin (China) – The Residence: Miss China 2011

The Residence - Luo Zilin

10. Jimena Rico Toro (Bolivia) – Sheraton Full Moon: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Sheraton Full Moon - Jimena Rico Toro

11. Jacqueline Ntuyabelikwe (Tanzania) – Angsana Ihuru: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Angsana Ihuru - Jacqueline Ntuyabelikwe

12. Carina Tyrell (United Kingdom) – Cinnamon Dhonveli: Miss England 2014

Cinnamon Dhonveli - Carina Tyrell

13. Jessica Buch (USA) – Coco Bodu Hithi: Miss IN Teen USA

Coco Bodu Hithi - Jessica Buch

14. Ivanka Peytcheva (Bulgaria) – Filitheyo: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Filitheyo - Ivanka Peytcheva

15. Yulia Obraztsova (Russia) – Cheval Blanc Randheli: Miss Moscow

Cheval Blanc Randheli - Yulia Obraztsova

16. Renee Henderson (Australia) – Filitheyo: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Filitheyo - Renee Henderson

17. Vanessa María Cárdenas Bravo (Venezuela) – Filitheyo: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Filitheyo - Vanessa María Cárdenas Bravo

18. Rhonda Rosemin (Trinidad and Tobago) – Nika: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Nika - Rhonda Rosemin

19. Olena Scherban (Ukraine) – Sheraton Full Moon: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Sheraton Full Moon - Olena Scherban

20. Elodie Paillardin (France) – Coco Bodu Hithi: Miss France Pageant

Coco Bodu Hithi - Elodie Paillardin

 

Name Country Resort Total Points Notes Instagram Followers Twitter Followers Facebook Likes/Followers YouTube Views
1 Priyanka Chopra India Nika 26 Miss World 2000 Pageant

2,900,000

10,900,000

16,657,000

9,309

2 Laury Thilleman France Coco Bodu Hithi 14 Miss France Pageant

226,000

270,000

36,689

3 Jamillette Gaxiola Mexico One & Only Reethi Rah 11 Miss Mexico 2009

49,200

1,159

8,558

4 Ami Haruna Japan Veligandu 11 Miss Tokyo

20.,400

9,330

21,417

5 Patricia Kaiser Austria Filitheyo 10 Miss World 2000 Pageant

4,782

1,594

5,528

17,019

6 Anna Andress Ukraine Reethi Rah 9 Miss Ukraine Universe

466,000

137

5,909

7 Georgia Horsley United Kingdom NIYAMA 9 Miss England 2007

100,000

82,500

8 Linda Lindorff Sweden JA Manafaru 8 Miss Sweden

34,000

99

9 Luo Zilin China The Residence 7 Miss China 2011

1,343

2,048

7,546

9 Gabby Epstein Australia Loama at Mamagilli 6 Miss Universe Gold Coast

1,000,000

2,048

7,546

10 Jimena Rico Toro Bolivia Sheraton Full Moon 6 Miss World 2000 Pageant

17,678

11 Jacqueline Ntuyabelikwe Tanzania Angsana Ihuru 5 Miss World 2000 Pageant

9,115

12 Carina Tyrell United Kingdom Chaaya Island Dhonveli 4 Miss England 2014

1,527

685

7,762

12 Jessica Buch USA Coco Bodu Hithi 4 Miss IN Teen USA

18,600

537

14 Ivanka Peytcheva Bulgaria Filitheyo 3 Miss World 2000 Pageant

16,494

15 Yulia Obraztsova Russia Cheval Blanc Randheli 3 Miss Moscow

241,000

16 Renee Henderson Australia Filitheyo 3 Miss World 2000 Pageant

17,019

17 Vanessa María Cárdenas Bravo Venezuela Filitheyo 2 Miss World 2000 Pageant

2,610

18 Rhonda Rosemin Trinidad and Tobago Nika 2 Miss World 2000 Pageant

482

9,309

19 Olena Scherban Ukraine Sheraton Full Moon 1 Miss World 2000 Pageant

2,610

20 Elodie Paillardin France Coco Bodu Hithi 1 Miss France Pageant