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
       

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
      

Maldives Merry-Time

Boat shot

Maritime Day today, but in the Maldives every day is Maritime Day. No less so for the fashionista set who regularly find a yachting perch to be just the spot of a tropical photoshoot…

  1. Arinka Nazarova (Russia) – Holiday Island
    Arinka Nazarova (Russia) – Holiday Island
  2. Olga ST (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Olga ST (Russia) - JA Manafaru
  3. Elizabeth Rioux (France) – Sun Island
    Elizabeth Rioux (France) - Sun Island
  4. Aga (Germany)
    Aga (Germany)

  5. Georgia Harrison (United Kingdom) – Kandima
    Georgia Harrison (United Kingdom) - Kandima
  6. Julia Matvienko (Russia) – Amilla Fushi
    Julia Matvienko (Russia) - Amilla Fushi
  7. Sania Camelli (Russia) – Centara Grand
    Sania Camelli (Russia) - Dhigali
  8. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) - Hurawalhi
  9. Julia Nikova (Russia) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Julia Nikova (Russia) - Sheraton Full Moon
  10. Kristina Schulman (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Kristina Schulman (USA) - Shangri-La Vilingili
  11. Jessica Rae (USA) – Maafuyshi
    Jessica Rae (USA) - Maafuyshi
  12. Caroline Einhoff (Germany) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Caroline Einhoff (Germany) - Shangri-La Vilingili
  13. Bridget Bahl (USA) – Shangri-La Villingili
    Bridget Bahl (USA) – Shangri-La Villingili

  14. Anastasia Volochkova (Russia) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Anastasia Volochkova (Russia) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
  15. Martynova Natalya (Russia) – Fotteyo Kandu
    Martynova Natalya (Russia) - Fotteyo Kandu
  16. Sonam Kapoor (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Sonam Kapoor (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
  17. Madeline Joy Relph, Natalie Roser, Brooke Hogan (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 2
    Madeline Joy Relph, Natalie Roser, Brooke Hogan (Australia) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
  18. Bantik Boy (Russia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 2
    Bantik Boy (Russia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 2
  19. Coco Airi (Japan) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Coco Airi (Japan) - Gili Lankanfushi
  20. Jenny Phm (Vietnam) – Conrad Rangali
    Jenny Phm (Vietnam) - Conrad Rangali
  21. April Love Geary (USA) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    April Love Geary (USA) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  22. Emily Ericsson (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Emily Ericsson (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  23. Daniela Lopez Osorio (Columbia) – Bandos
    Daniela Lopez Osorio (Columbia) – Bandos
  24. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  25. Fonfah Naphalai Auaiphorn (Thailand) – Paradise Island
    Fonfah Naphalai Auaiphorn (Thailand) - Paradise Island
  26. Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
    Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
  27. Larissa Leonel (Brazil) – Embudu
    Larissa Leonel (Brazil) - Embudu

  28. Lily Rose Yuan (Singapore) – Taj Exotica
    Lily Rose Yuan (Singapore) - Taj Exotica
  29. Anechka Grishina (Russia)
    Anechka Grishina (Russia)
  30. Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
    Natalia Siwiec (Poland) – Kurumba
  31. Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
  32. Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu
    Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu

Wading Dress

Maldives wedding

Royal Wedding Day! No one does weddings like the British, but few do wedding dress photoshoots like the Maldives. If the new Mrs. Harry Windsor, Duchess of Sussex has inspired your own nuptial aspirations, here is an international catalogue of gorgeous gowns…

  1. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – Velaa
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – Velaa 2
  2. Ana Jovanovic (Czech) – Sun Island
    Ana Jovanovic (Czech) - Sun Island
  3. Kristina Krayt (Russia) – Cocoon
    Kristina Krayt (Russia) - Cocoon
  4. Marie Praporshikova (Russia) – Vadoo
    Marie Praporshikova (Russia) - Vadoo
  5. Loves Nature (Russia) – Dhigurah
    Loves Nature (Russia) - Dhigurah
  6. S. Teodosieva (Russia) – Nika
    S Teodosieva  (Russia) - Nika
  7. Yadi Liang (China) – Angsana Velavaru
    Yadi Liang (China) - Angsana Velavaru
  8. Julia Shachar (Israel) – Milaidhoo
    Julia Shachar (Israel) - Milaidhoo
  9. Mary Muravieva (Russia) – Meedhupparu
    Mary Muravieva (Russia) – Meedhupparu
  10. Lyudmila Bovkun (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Lyudmila Bovkun (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  11. Tanya Glukhova (Ukraine) – Cocoon
    Tanya Glukhova (Ukraine) – Cocoon
  12. Lisa Cannon (Ireland) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Lisa Cannon (Ireland) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  13. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Ayada
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) - Ayada
  14. Anna Pasternak (Italy) – Alimatha
    Anna Pasternak (Italy) - Alimatha
  15. Nina Ros (Hong Kong) – Paradise Island
    Nina Ros (Hong Kong) - Paradise Island
  16. Maja Rejec (Slovenia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Maja Rejec (Slovenia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  17. Katusha Lobanova (Russia) – Cocoon
    Katusha Lobanova (Russia)
  18. Reina Sophia (Japan) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Reina Sophia (Japan) - One & Only Reethi Rah

  19. Kristina Mikanovskis (Russia) – Kuramathi
    Kristina Mikanovskis (Russia) - Kuramathi
  20. Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  21. Karri Nicholas (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Karri Nicholas (Australia) - Amilla Fushi
  22. Mary Shum (Russia) – Ranveli
    Mary Shum (Russia) - Ranveli

  23. Anastasia Romanova (Russia) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Anastasia Romanova (Russia) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  24. June (Singapore) – Centara Grand
    June (Singapore) - Centara Grand
  25. Dilara özcan (Germany)
    Dilara özcan (Germany)
  26. Olka Axyonova (Russia) – Meeru
    Olka Axyonova (Russia) - Meeru
  27. Mrs. Mohd Fadhli Zil Ikram Karim (Malaysia) – Baros
    Mrs Mohd Fadhli Zil Ikram Karim (Malaysia) - Baros
  28. Daniela Albuquerque (Brazil) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Daniela Albuquerque (Brazil) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
  29. Sharon Chuter (USA) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Sharon Chuter (USA) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
  30. Kristina Makeeva (Russia) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Kristina Makeeva (Russia) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  31. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – Velassaru
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru
  32. Catherine (Taiwan) – Adaaran Hudhuran fushi
    Catherine (Taiwan) - Adaaran Hudhuran fushi
  33. Uliana Ptash (Russia)
    Uliana Ptash (Russia)
  34. Isabeli Fontana (Brazil) – Soneva Fushi
    Isabeli Fontana (Brazil) - Soneva Fushi
  35. Yana Rudkovskaya (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Yana Rudkovskaya (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
  36. Mari Tagram (Japan) – Conrad Rangali
    Mari Tagram (Japan) – Conrad Rangali
  37. Tatiana Lopatinskaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
    Tatiana Lopatinskaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
  38. Linochka (Slovakia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Linochka (Slovakia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
  39. Maria Nekrasov (Russia) – Sun Island
    Maria Nekrasov (Russia) – Sun Island
  40. Daniela Andreotti (Italy) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Daniela Andreotti (Italy) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  41. Nikki Nier (China) Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Nikki Nier (China) Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  42. Alexandra Lovchinovskaya (Russia) Vilu Reef
    Alexandra Lovchinovskaya (Russia) Vilu Reef
  43. Emma Grattridge (United Kingdom) Velassaru
    Emma Grattridge (United Kingdom) Velassaru
  44. Anne-Catherine Sprunger Muller (Switzerland) Thilhagiri
    Anne-Catherine Sprunger Muller (Switzerland) Thilhagiri
  45. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi
    Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi
  46. Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
    Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
  47. Cherry Wong (Hong Kong) – Velassaru
    Cherry Wong (Hong Kong) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

  48. Anastasia Boginskaya (Russia) W Maldives
    Anastasia Boginskaya (Russia) W Retreat
  49. Anne Boyko (Ukraine) – Sun Island
    Anne Boyko (Ukraine) – Sun Island
  50. Alexandra Lavrinenko (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Alexandra Lavrinenko (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi

Dancing Queens

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International Dance Day today. So time for an encore performance of dancing divas in Dihivehi land…

 

  1. Justyna Woloch (Poland) – Sun Island [ABOVE]
  2. Anastasia Skukhtorova (Russia) – Kandooma
    Anastasia Skukhtorova (Russia) – Kandooma 2
       
  3. Liang Yohanna (Indonesia) – Komandoo
    Liang Yohanna (Indonesia) - Komandoo
      
  4. Rebecca-Louise (United Kingdom) – Finolhu
    Rebecca-Louise (United Kingdom) - Finolhu
       
  5. Ashleigh Ross (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Ashleigh Ross (Australia) - Six Senses Laamu
       
  6. Lucrezia Delli Veneri (Italy) – Dhigufaru
    Lucrezia Delli Veneri (Italy) - Dhigufaru
      
  7. Monika Gejdosova (United Kingdom) – Kuramathi
    Monika Gejdosova (United Kingdom) - Kuramathi
       
  8. Anusch Alawerdian (Netherlands) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Anusch Alawerdian (Netherlands) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  9. Ani Egoista (Russia) – Ayada
    Ani Egoista (Russia) – Ayada
       
  10. Ola Jordan (Poland) – Kandima
    Ola Jordan (Poland) - Kandima
       
  11. Sarah Fareou (France)
    Sarah Fareou (France)
       
  12. Danielle Muir (Australia) – Alimatha
    Danielle Muir (Australia) – Alimatha - 2
       
  13. Erika Lemay (Canada) – Athuruga
    Erika Lamay (Canada) – Athuruga
       
  14. Angela Adto (USA) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Angela Adto (USA) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
       
  15. Tarja de Silva (Sri Lanka) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi [BELOW]

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Insta Tweets

Birds in air

Graceful creatures strutting on the white sand beaches with their sinewy legs or perched with their colourful plumage. And then there’s the fashionistas. Put the two together and you have a collection for today’s Audubon Day celebrating John James Audubon who brought exotic and inspiring pictures of wildlife to the world in the pre-digital age.

  1. Irene Angelopoulos (Greece) – Velassaru
    Irene Angelopoulos (Greece) - Velassaru
     
  2. Olga Blik (Russia) – Fihalhohi
    Olga Blik (Russia) – Fihalhohi 2

      
  3. Viktoria Pani (Russia) – Olhuveli
    Viktoria Pani (Russia) - Olhuveli
      
  4. Eem Nizam (Maldives) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Eem Nizam (Maldives) – Sun Siyam Irufushi

      
  5. Anna Lysakowska (Poland) – Kuramathi
    Anna Lysakowska (Poland) - Kuramathi

       
  6. Sandra Traczyk (Poland) – Lily Beach
    Sandra Traczyk (Poland) - Lily Beach

      
  7. Qty Babe (Thailand) – Taj Vivanta Coral Reef
    Qty Babe (Thailand) - Taj Vivanta Coral Reef
       
  8. Naomi Koch (Israel) – Olhuveli
    Naomi Koch (Israel) - Olhuveli

      
  9. Anya Talyzin (USA) – Athuruga
    Anya Talyzin (USA) - Thudufushi
      
  10. Anastasia Klubnichkina (Russia) – W Maldives
    Anastasia Klubnichkina (Russia) - W Retreat
       
  11. Valeriya Shelest (Russia) – Sun Island
    Valeriya Shelest (Russia) - Sun Island
       
  12. Thalia (Italy)
    Thalia (Italy)

       
  13. Lydia Sarunrat Deane (Thailand) – W Maldives
    Lydia Sarunrat Deane (Thailand) - W Retreat
       
  14. Sammi G. (China) – Vilamendhoo
    Sammi G (China) - Vilamendhoo
      
  15. Simona Mikulovska (Slovakia) – Velassaru
    Simona Mikulovska (Slovakia) – Velassaru
        
  16. Malinka (Russia) – Paradise Island
    Malinka (Russia) – Paradise Island

      
  17. Beer Passaranan (Thailand) – Hurawalhi
    Beer Passaranan (Thailand) - Hurawalhi
       
  18. Mei Sasa (Hong Kong) – Club Med Kani
    Mei Sasa (Hong Kong) - Club Med Kani
        
  19. Fathmath Rasha Abdul Haleem (Maldives) – Maafushi
    Fathmath Rasha Abdul Haleem (Maldives) - Maafushi

        
  20. Rebecca-Louise (United Kingdom) – Finolhu
    Rebecca-Louise (United Kingdom) - Finolhu

Best of the Maldives: Most Instagrammed – One & Only Reethi Rah

Viki Odintcova, Irina Dreyt and Galina Dub (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
Viki Odintcova, Irina Dreyt and Galina Dub all Instagramming from Reethi Rah last month

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas Voted Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World” according to Luxury Travel Advisor. That the Maldives tops is the world in photo blogging is no surprise. Nor is the selection of Kihavah in the online poll. It’s one of my favourites and its sparkling white necklace of talcum soft beach plus the combination of upper deck elevation at its “Sky” bar and the undersea perspective of its “Sea” restaurant provide a wealth of Kodak Photo Spots to selfie from.

But opinion polls are notoriously inaccurate especially online ones. All sorts of biases and skews come into play. So a more interesting question is “What is the most Instagrammed resort?” At least in the Maldives, the Maldives Complete fashionista database has some pretty comprehensive information applicable to this question. Tracking the top fashionshoot models, travel bloggers and celebrities and their Instagram posts for two years now, I have some pretty solid data about which resort attracts the posts with the most Followers.

There are two different parameters we can look at with the data available:

  • Most InstagrammersOne & Only Reethi Rah: Which resorts have attracted the most Instagrammers (prominent ones which are usually over 10,000 Followers as a cut off). Reethi Rah maintains its long established distinction as a top haven for celebrity guests. It rises above the others in that it is the only resort to have a top 5 spot in both “Instagrammers” and “Instagram Followers” (#4).
  • Most Instagram FollowersVelaa: Which resorts have attracted the most aggregate Instagram Followers (based on the Instagrammers who have posted from there). Velaa snatches the top spot primarily on the strength of Jennifer Lopez’ 69m Followers. But even without JLo, Velaa would still command a medal position 3rd place. Given that Velaa (and Cheval Blanc Randheli) make a top 5 with a very modest number of Instagrammers in total indicates that they are a lure for the big hitters.

Instagrammer table

Bloggeur Bounty

Men Bloggers group

Today is the UK Blog Awards. Maldives Complete overlooked unfortunately, but at least my comrades are starting to rise to prominence. Male travel bloggers are nowhere near the order of magnitude of number of popularity of the female ones, but I am starting to see a distinct rise in the numbers. When I first started covering the fashionista set nearly two years ago, I could only find a handful of men bloggers visiting the Maldives. Today I can share 4 times that number. It’s still quite paltry compared to the hundreds of women posting from paradise regularly. Still, the award for Most Improved Presence has to go Men Blogging in the Maldives…

  1. Sebastian Maximiliano (Canada) – Soneva Fushi
    Sebastian Maximiliano (Canada) – Soneva Fushi
      
  2. The Benefit (Australia) – Club Med Kani
    The Benefit (Australia) – Club Med Kani
       
  3. Diego El Glaoui (France) – Shangri-La Villingili
    Diego El Glaoui (France) – Shangri-La Villingili
      
  4. Marco Ferrero (Italy) – Cocoon
    Marco Ferrero (Italy) – Cocoon
       
  5. Gonzalo Gastón Sánchez (Spain) – Four Season Landaa Giraavaru
    Gonzalo Gastón Sánchez (Spain) – Four Season Landaa Giraavaru 
      
  6. Bobsky Siquian (Philippines) – Paradise Island
    Bobsky Siquian (Philippines) – Paradise Island
       
  7. Marco Nardone (United Kingdom) – Dhigali
    Marco Nardone (United Kingdom) – Dhigali
       
  8. Sergio Filho (Brazil) – Adaraan Hudhuranfushi
    Sergio Filho (Brazil) – Adaraan Hudhuranfushi
       
  9. Hugo Rosas (Sweden) – Kuredu
    Hugo Rosas (Sweden) – Kuredu
      
  10. Tom Tom (Netherlands) – Kandima
    Tom Tom (Netherlands) – Kandima
       
  11. Ahmad Jad (Jordan) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Ahmad Jad (Jordan) – One & Only Reethi Rah
        
  12. Federico Antonetti (Italy) – Centara Grand
    Federico Antonetti (Italy) – Centara Grand
       
  13. Jamie Smedley (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Jamie Smedley (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  14. Antonio Savarese (Italy) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
    Antonio Savarese (Italy) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
       
  15. Raffaele Schiazzano (Italy) – Sun Island
    Raffaele Schiazzano (Italy) – Sun Island
      
  16. Aymerick (Spain) – Shangri-La Villingili
    Aymerick (Spain) – Shangri-La Villingili
       
  17. Vladislav Steshenko (Russia) – Plumeria
    Vladislav Steshenko (Russia) – Plumeria
        
  18. Mikael Daez (Philippines) – Maafushi
    Mikael Daez (Philippines) - Maafushi
       
  19. Giorgio Merlino (USA) – Kandima
    Giorgio Merlino (USA) - Kandima
        
  20. Rudi Fontana (Brazil) – NIYAMA
    Rudi Fontana (Brazil) - NIYAMA
         
  21. Kevin Trieu (Vietnam) – Six Senses Laamu
    Kevin Trieu (Vietnam) – Six Senses Laamu
        
  22. Johnathon Sauer (Australia) – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
    Johnathon Sauer (Australia) – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
        
  23. Benny Hancock (United Kingdom) – Ayada
    Benny Hancock (United Kingdom) – Ayada
        
  24. Miguel Torres (Spain) – Paradise Island
    Miguel Torres (Spain) – Paradise Island
        
  25. Kyle Reinneck (USA)
    Kyle Reinneck (USA)
       
  26. Kris DM (Philippines) – Velassaru
    Kris DM (Philippines) - Velassaru

      
  27. Mariano Di Vaio (Italy) – Furaveri
    Mariano Di Vaio (Italy) – Furaveri

       
  28. Marcel Ben-Hassen (Germany) – Finolhu
    Marcel Ben-Hassen (Germany) - Finolhu
       
  29. Roman Kuznetsov (Russia) – Bodufolhudhoo
    Roman Kuznetsov (Russia) - Bodufolhudhoo
       
  30. Elias El-Indari (OAE) – Dusit Thani
    Elias El-Indari (OAE) – Dusit Thani
        
  31. Dimash Adilet (Switzerland) – Conrad Rangali
    Dimash Adilet (Switzerland) – Conrad Rangali
      
  32. Chico (Peru) – Vadoo
    Chico (Peru) – Vadoo
      
  33. Mr Gordon (United Kingdom) – Hurawalhi
    Mr Gordon (United Kingdom) – Hurawalhi
      
  34. Charlie Irons (United Kingdom) – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
    Charlie Irons (United Kingdom) – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
      
  35. Will Marcano (France) – Guraidhoo
    Will Marcano (France) – Guraidhoo
       
  36. Jay Alvarrez (USA) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Jay Alvarrez (USA) – LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  37. Francesco Terzo (Italy) – Robinson Club
    Francesco Terzo (Italy) – Robinson Club
       
  38. Luca Capassoni (Italy) – Alimatha
    Luca (Italy)
       
  39. Pagoa Larena (Spain) – Chaaya Hakura Huraa
    Pagoa Larena (Spain)  - Chaaya Hakura Huraa
       
  40. Mohamed Riffath (Maldives) – Taj Coral Reef
    Mohamed Riffath (Maldives) – Taj Coral Reef

  

Hammock Hamlet

anon - Shangri-La Villingili

If 3 hammocks isn’t enough for you, how about eight times that number?  When you think of that iconic, tropical deserted island image – a plot of sand with a palm tree – the very next step up in island category is the two palm version.  Just enough to suspend a hammock swaying in the ocean breeze.  And few people appreciate a lazy hammock than the Maldives fashionista set…

  1. Tridha Choudhury (India) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Tridha Choudhury (India) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
     
  2. Mali Kosinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Mali Kosinska (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  3. Erica Mena (USA) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Erica Mena (USA) - One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  4. Tia Lineker (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Tia Lineker (United Kingdom) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  5. Goldie Berlin (Germany) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Goldie Berlin (Germany) - Gili Lankanfushi
       
  6. Shanti Griffin (Australia) – Nika
    Shanti Griffin (Australia) - Nika
      
  7. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) - Hurawalhi
       
  8. Aggie Lal (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Aggie Lal (USA) - Six Senses Laamu
       
  9. Mary Alejo (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
    Mary Alejo (USA) - Anantara Dhigu
       
  10. S. Teodosieva (Russia) – Nika
    S Teodosieva  (Russia) - Nika
       
  11. Yana Leventseva (Thailand) – Royal
    Yana Leventseva (Thailand) - Royal
       
  12. Olga ST (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Olga ST (Russia) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
       
  13. Eryn Krouse (USA) – Club Med Mani
    Eryn Krouse (USA) - Club Med Mani
      
  14. Melissa Celestine Koh (Singapore) – W Maldives
    Melissa Celestine Koh (Singapore) - W Retreat
      
  15. Anastasia (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Anastasia (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
       
  16. Jennifer Lopez (USA) – Velaa
    Jennifer Lopez (USA) - Velaa
       
  17. Tatiana Vasilieva (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Tatiana Vasilieva (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
       
  18. Kira Maryanova (Russia) – Vilu Reef
    Kira Maryanova (Russia) - Vilu Reef
      
  19. Lindsay Silberman (USA) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Lindsay Silberman (USA) - Gili Lankanfushi
       
  20. Athena Silverfox (Netherlands) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Athena Silverfox (Netherlands) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  21. Boriana Dimitrova (Bulgaria) – Anantara Dhigu
    Boriana Dimitrova (Bulgaria) - Anantara Dhigu
      
  22. Hester Winkel (Netherlands) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Hester Winkel (Netherlands) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  23. Park Shin-hye (South Korea) – Soneva Jani
    Park Shin-hye (South Korea) - Soneva Jani

Seaside Śīrṣāsana on the Sand

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Maldive guests are absolutely head over heels about yoga. Whether it is your standard Śīrṣāsana, or a bendy Scorpion, One-Legged Wheel or even being suspended in an aerial yoga hammock, the breath of ocean breeze is always a boost to mind-over-matter (even when the mind is well under the matter)…

  1. Daria Kuznetsova (Russia) – Royal Island [ABOVE]
  2. Kino MacGregor (USA) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Kino MacGregor (USA) - Sun Siyam Irufushi 2
  3. Philine Pi Roepstorff (Denmark) – Cocoon
    Philine Pi Roepstorff (Denmark) - Cocoon
  4. Paola (Poland) – Velassaru
    Paola (Poland) - Velassaru
  5. Elena Minagi (Italy) – Kudafushi
    Elena Minagi (Italy) – Kudafushi
  6. Mar Mengot (Spain) – Athuruga
    Mar Mengot (Spain) - Athuruga
  7. Yoshie Roux-Chabert (France) – Amilla Fushi
    Yoshie Roux-Chabert (France) 2
  8. Emma Pensini (Australia) – Finolhu
    Emma Pensini (Australia) – Finolhu 2
  9. Tippawan Tanchai (Thailand) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
    Tippawan Tanchai (Thailand) - Atmosphere Kanifushi
  10. Jena Frumes (USA) – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
    Jena Frumes (USA) - Park Hyatt Hadahaa
  11. Jinx (Hong Kong) – Milaidhoo
    Jinx (Hong Kong) – Milaidhoo
  12. Paige Rene (USA) – Maalhoss
    Paige Rene (USA) - Maalhoss
  13. Lisa Jakobsson (Sweden) – Anantara Kihavah
    Lisa Jakobsson (Sweden) - Anantara Dhigu

  14. Katrin Amaure (Austria) – Furaveri
    Katrin Amaure (Austria) - Furaveri
  15. Eden Adar (Israel) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Eden Adar (Israel) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  16. Juhi Chawla (India) – Six Senses Laamu
    Juhi Chawla (India) - Six Senses Laamu
  17. Adell Bridges (USA) – Maalifushi
    Adell Bridges (USA) – Maalifushi 2
  18. Kristina Schulman (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Kristina Schulman (USA) - Shangri-La Vilingili
  19. Dominika Myslivcová (Czech) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Dominika Myslivcová (Czech) - Gili Lankanfushi
  20. Sarita Câmara (Brazil) – Anantara Veli
    Sarita Câmara (Brazil) - Anantara Veli
  21. Kseniya Cherezova (Russia) – Sun Island
    Kseniya Cherezova (Russia) - Sun Island
  22. Nicole Dzikowska (USA) – Meedhupparu
    Nicole Dzikowska (USA) - Meedhupparu
  23. Karen (Sri Lanka) – Maalhos
    Karen (Sri Lanka) - Maalhos
  24. Anna Kleb (Germany) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Anna Kleb (Germany) - One & Only Reethi Rah

  25. Bianca Jade (South Africa)
    Bianca Jade (South Africa)
  26. Babe Sik (OAE) – Kandooma
    Babe Sik (OAE) - Kandooma
  27. Katarina Rodriguez (Philippines) – W Maldives
    Katarina Rodriguez (Philippines) - W Retreat
  28. Jessica Rae (USA) – Fihalhohi
    Jessica Rae (USA) – Fihalhohi 1
  29. Sarah Meith (Germany) – Makunudu
    Sarah Meith (Germany) - Makunudu
  30. Marta Filipkowska (OAE) – Six Senses Laamu
    Marta Filipkowska (OAE) - Six Senses Laamu
  31. Beth Sykess (United Kingdom) – Finolhu
    Beth Sykess (United Kingdom) – Finolhu
  32. Grace Kelly (Portugal) – Paradise Island
    Grace Kelly (Portugal) - Paradise Island
  33. Anne (Sweden) – Six Senses Laamu
    Anne (Sweden) - Six Senses Laamu

  34. Michelle (OAE) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Michelle (OAE) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  35. Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
  36. Scarlett De La Torre (Hong Kong) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Scarlett De La Torre (Hong Kong) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  37. Jemma (Australia) – Constance Moofushi
    Jemma (Australia) - Constance Moofushi