Double header for the double deckers at Finolhu this week. This one is a bit more dramatic and as stunning underneath as it is on top as a waterfall cascades into the pool enveloping the in-pool bar. More “Ballers” than “Baywatch” (with more than a hint of Starship Enterprise).
If you want to look out for pirates, Finolhu features the most exquisite lifeguard stand on its beach. A retro classic in robin’s egg blue with a apropos thatches roof. It even includes a set of binoculars to gaze out on the rest of the beach and ocean. Perfect for channelling your inner Baywatch. Or for the fashionistas, inner Babe Watch (it is one of the most popular posing platforms on the island).
International Talk Like A Pirate Day today, but if you want to act like a pirate then avast ye’ these special programmes at Six Senses Laamu…
- “Twice a year during Easter and Christmas break we have many families with children visiting Six Senses Laamu. So twice a year we offer this excursion. It is a pirate themed trip that leaves at 10:00 in the morning and returns about 15:30. We have some scarfs, eye patches, foam swords, water guns, a treasure map and we make up a story. We take snorkel equipment along as well as children’s lunch. At the end the excursion leads to a “treasure” of sweets for the children. We usually have boys and girls between 6 and 13 years old and sometimes a parent comes along too. The price is USD 150++ (10% service charge & 12% GST)”
Blow me down and shiver me timbers!
No SHOES, No News? Watching a few wobbly fashionistas trying to manage stilettos on a sandy path, that’s probably an extra good thing. But for fashionista photoshoots, footwear is all part of the wardrobe.
Fun fact – Lori was actually a foot model in her younger years. She did have amazing feet. Dainty little things all perfectly smooth and shaped. It turns out there are a number of key criteria to being a foot model – smooth skin (tick), smooth shape (her father described her toes as little sausages all in a row), modest size (her feet are about a size smaller than most women her height and they do look like Wilma Flintstone feet with the toes all in a line), and no veins (in fact, when she was on modelling jobs, she literally spent her whole day with her feet propped up to keep the blood from going to them).
Unfortunately, she never got a gig in the Maldives, but these lucky models did…
- Lynn Ban (USA) Maalifushi [ABOVE]
- Maine Mendoza (Philippines) – Shangri-La Vilingili
- Leila Joy (Australia) – Eriyadu
- Irene Kim (South Korea) Constance Halaveli
- Yezenia Navarro (Russia) – Kurumba
- Sandra Zem (Lithuania) – Baros
- Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
- Anna Lorin (Canada)
- Yellow Lady Bird (South Korea) – W Maldives
- Tatiana Lis (Russia) – Finolhu
- Pamela Quinzi (Italy) – Bathala
- Amber Anderson (United Kingdom) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
- Innessa Dudakova (Austria) – Constance Halaveli
- Anita Kao (Taiwan) – Finolhu
- Jacqueline Fernandez (Sri Lanka) – Conrad Rangali
Pizza is a pretty popular food around the world and no less so in the Maldives. We’ve had a wide variety in our world travels, our regular trips to Italy and our Maldives tours (so much so that with this post, I’m adding a special “pizza” tag). While many menus offer classic or special combinations, pizza is a pretty popular make-your-own affair. I’ve don’t recall having quite so much variety of ingredient as Amilla Fushi’s “Joe’s Pizza” at its Baazaar (allusion to the “Baa” atoll there) restaurant. Items I’ve never made a pizza with like lamb meatballs, harissa yoghurt, capsicum, spiced pumpkin and silver beet. They even have a sweet pizza with Nutella and Banana (why is this not more common?). And if you want more cheese, never mind the “Quattro Formaggio”, Joe’s offers 8 (!) cheeses (“Otto Formaggio” anyone?) – mozzarella, pecorino, ricotta, brie, gorgonzola, provolone, feta, bocconcini. Small pizza is $20 and a large is $24.
And Finolhu has a bagel station for people who prefer their round dough morning thing savoury not sweet. Four different varieties of bagels and more toppings than I have seen this side of New York’s West Side. Of course, smoked salmon, but the smoked shrimps were a revelation. They also had smoked tuna and smoked king fish. As well as an assortment of cold cuts and other cheeses.
Donut Bar! Those words alone are enough to send goosebumps across the waistline of any true American junk food addict <hand up>. I eat more breakfasts when I am in the Maldives than any other time of the year (breakfast buffets are sort of a big thing there as in most resorts). They feature delicacies from all over the world, but somehow one of the great American AM staples has been out of reach for these culinary maestros – donuts (Latin name: Doughnut).
I’ve had decent donuts twice in the Maldives. Both are no longer served (Kurumba no longer serves theirs at least they didn’t on my last visit, and GoNuts, which isn’t even at a resort, is no longer open). About the only impressive donut you can find at the resorts these days is the blow-up kind. If someone does serve donuts, their glazing is usually some hard caked-on chocolate instead of the de rigeur creamy icing.
But Dhigufaru is blazing new donut trails not just for the Maldives, but quite possibly the world! They have set up a make-your-own-donut bar at the breakfast buffet. A pile of plain donuts set out quirkily stacked on poles. But then a collection of toppings that you can add to concoct you perfect donut – maple syrup, chocolate sauce, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, strawberry sauce and peanut butter. America has make-your-own salads, sandwiches and sundaes, but I’ve never come across a DIY donut.
I had to Google it (maybe a million dollar business idea) and it turns out there is one in existence – Top this Donut Bar in Cincinnati, USA. But that was about it. World-class top of the morning to you!