Best of the Maldives: Cinema Pillows – Finolhu

Finolhu - cinema seating

“Stay Out of the Sun Day” today! It was established to encourage everyone to give our skin a break from the sun’s ray. If you are going to sequester yourself inside today, then you might as well be as comfy as lying on the soft white sands of the beach or a cushy lilo. Something like the giant Fatboy cushions at Finolhu’s cinema room. We have a cinema room at home and one of the best parts is being able to enjoy a blockbuster is lounging in consummate comfort while doing so. So you can tune into your favourite tropical island flick like “Swiss Family Robinson” or “Castaway” and enjoy all of the tropical scenery completely out of the sun.

Finolhu - cinema cushions

Best of the Maldives: Postcard Service – One & Only Reethi Rah

One and Only Reethi Rah postcards

One of my pet peeves when I visit a resort is if they don’t have postcards that show the resort. Postcards might seem a bit of a throwback, but we still send them to family who enjoy getting a real thing from our worldwide destinations. Aside from simply finding a good card of where you are, you can also run into a bit of kafuffle finding stamps and even a box to post them in (though all resorts will take them and post them), One & Only Reethi Rah does it all for you they provide fine postcards of the resort for you in your room *and* once you write them, they wil stamp and post them for you. Wish I was there!

Best of the Maldives: Retro Games – Finolhu

Finolhu - pin ball

If you enjoy playing around on retro icons, but prefer something a bit more masculine, then check out Finolhu’s very own man cave complete with a collection of retro games including vintage “Baywatch” pinball (see above) and the classic PacMan (see below). In fact, the whole setting is a nostalgic throw back with retro sweets, décor, and soundtrack.

Finolhu - pac man

Flam-bouyant

Pink Flamingo Day today! By far the most favoured float of fashionistas. Here is the second flock of fifty flam-bouyants….

  1. Yarmy Shiva (Russia) – NIYAMA [ABOVE]
  2. Anna Svirina (Russia) – Grand Park Kodhipparu
    Anna Svirina (Russia) - Grand Park Kodhipparu
        
  3. Cindy Jane (Germany) – Olhuveli
    Cindy Jane (Germany) - Olhuveli
        
  4. Olena Eljanova (Ukraine) – Kuredu
    Olena Eljanova (Ukraine) - Kuredu
        
  5. Kat (OAE) – Anantara Dhigu
    Kat (OAE) - Anantara Dhigu
        
  6. Ksy Reva (Russia) – Canareef
    Ksy Reva (Russia) - Canareef
        
  7. Laura G (USA) – Vommuli
    Laura G (USA) - Vommuli
        
  8. Martini Vibe (Poland) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Martini Vibe (Poland) - Gili Lankanfushi
        
  9. Melissa Deines (Germany) – JA Manafaru
    Melissa Deines (Germany) - JA Manafaru

       
  10. Abby Som (Singapore) – Kuramathi
    Abby Som (Singapore) - Kuramathi
        
  11. Xue Bingyan (Japan) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Xue Bingyan (Japan) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
        
  12. Nguyễn Lan Phương (Vietnam) – Grand Park Kodhipparu
    Nguyen Lan Phuong (Vietnam) - Grand Park Kodhipparu
        
  13. Sheila Ezeghoya (Nigeria) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    Sheila Ezeghoya (Nigeria) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
        
  14. Melanie (Germany) – Reethi Beach
    Melanie (Germany) - Reethi Beach
        
  15. Atina Ivanova (Bulgaria) – Anantara Dhigu
    Atina Ivanova (Bulgaria) - Anantara Dhigu

  16. Anna Poletaeva (Russia) – Sun Island
    Anna Poletaeva (Russia) - Sun Island
        
  17. Anna Ryapasova (Russia) – Dusit Thani
    Anna Ryapasova (Russia) - Dusit Thani
        
  18. Barbora Ondrackova (Czech) – Conrad Rangali
    Barbora Ondrackova (Czech) - Conrad Rangali
        
  19. Madeleine Schneider-Weiffenbach (Germany) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Madeleine Schneider-Weiffenbach (Germany) - Six Senses Laamu
        
  20. Angelika Mucha (Poland) – Hurawalhi
    Angelika Mucha (Poland) - Hurawalhi
        
  21. Dagi Bee and Paola Maria (Germany) – Hurawalhi
    Dagi Bee and Paola Maria (Germany) - Hurawalhi
        
  22. Lily Fursova (Russia) – Kandooma
    Lily Fursova (Russia) - Kandooma
        
  23. Aygul Abdullina (Russia) – Cinnamon Dhonveli
    Aygul Abdullina (Russia) - Cinnamon Dhonveli
        
  24. Kisu (Germany) – Hurawalhi
    Kisu (Germany) - Hurawalhi
        
  25. Oh Natty (Poland) – Paradise Island
    Oh Natty (Poland) - Paradise Island 2
        
  26. Joice Oliveira (Brazil) – Kihaad
    Joice Oliveira (Brazil) - Kihaad
        
  27. Katerina Dorokhova (Russia) – Kuramathi
    Katerina Dorokhova (Russia) - Kuramathi
        
  28. Nastenka Rukhlenko (Russia) – Cinnamon Dhonveli
    Nastenka Rukhlenko (Russia) - Cinnamon Dhonveli
        
  29. Amy Weinstock (Germany) – Robinson Club Noonu
    Amy Weinstock (Germany) - Robinson Club Noonu
        
  30. Katerina Tigina (Russia) – Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa
    Katerina Tigina (Russia) - Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa
        
  31. Qty Babe (Thailand) – Taj Vivanta Coral Reef
    Qty Babe (Thailand) - Taj Vivanta Coral Reef
        
  32. Pamela Reif (Germany) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Pamela Reif (Germany) – LUX South Ari Atoll
        
  33. Melissa Celestine Koh (Singapore) – W Maldives
    Melissa Celestine Koh (Singapore) - W Maldives
        
  34. Burcu Can (Turkey) – W Retreat
    Burcu Can (Turkey) - W Retreat
        
  35. Crazy Bunny (Japan) – Dusit Thani
    Crazy Bunny (Japan) - Dusit Thani
        
  36. Saskia Reuter (Germany) – Rihiveli Beach
    Saskia Reuter (Germany) - Rihiveli Beach
  37. Emma Pensini (Australia) – Finolhu
    Emma Pensini (Australia)
        
  38. Moimi Oczami (Germany) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    Moimi Oczami (Germany) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
        
  39. Valeriya Shelest (Russia) – Sun Island
    Valeriya Shelest (Russia) - Sun Island
        
  40. Vladmira (Russia) – Olhuveli
    Vladmira (Russia) - Olhuveli
        
  41. Lily Rose (France) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Lily Rose (France) - LUX South Ari Atoll
        
  42. Tatiana Vasilieva (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Tatiana Vasilieva (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
        
  43. Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – Fours Seasons Kuda Huraa 2
        
  44. Simone Chen (Germany) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Simone Chen (Germany) – LUX South Ari Atoll
        
  45. Martyna Rybka (Poland) – Kuredu
    Martyna Rybka (Poland) - Kuredu
        
  46. Sarah L. (Germany) – Holiday Island
    Sarah L. (Germany) - Holiday Island
        
  47. Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee
    Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee - 2
        
  48. Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee
    Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee
        
  49. Lera Bukinaa (Russia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Lera Bukinaa (Russia) - Centara Ras Fushi 2
        
  50. Tracy (Germany) – Vilamendhoo

Best of the Maldives: Sunniest – Dhigufaru

Dhigufaru - beach

Sunniest time of the year. Well, the longest amount of sunshine in the day (depending on your time zone). Not that it matters that much at the Equator where daytime doesn’t vary all that much. Still an occasion to call out another quirky resort distinction. After visiting nearly 100 resorts, Dhigufaru did strike me as the “sunniest”. Essentially, the property was developed from an existing sand bank. As a result, the foliage is less dense, less tall and less mature. Walking around you feel the sky and sunshine everywhere. Conversely, many parts of many resort islands have dense canopies that can almost feel like tunnels of greenery.

Very Thrilly Millinery

Olga Kupreeva (Russia) - Sun Island

Ladies Day today in Ascot, but every day seems to be Ladies Day in the Maldives. The tradition is for ladies to wear their finest millinery to this premier horse racing event of The Season and the chapeaux are particularly out in force for today’s visit by the Queen. Here’s a tip of the hat to all of the Maldives fashionistas brimming with head dress style…

  1. Olga Kupreeva (Russia) – Sun Island [ABOVE]

  2. Mihooonaa (Maldives) – Hulhumale
    Mihooonaa (Maldives) - Hulhumale
  3. Rachel Chin (Singpore) – Olhuveli
    Rachel Chin (Singpore) - Olhuveli
  4. Katerina Zolotova (Russia) – Vakkaru
    Katerina Zolotova (Russia) - Vakkaru
  5. Yuliya Bezdar (Russia) – Velassaru
    Yuliya Bezdar (Russia) - Velassaru
  6. Veronika Sirik (Russia) – Cocoon
    Veronika Sirik (Russia) - Cocoon
          
  7. Karina Barbie (Russia) – Sun Island
    Karina Barbie (Russia)
  8. Svyatoslava Vladzimirskaya (Russia) – Paradise Island
    Svyatoslava Vladzimirskaya (Russia) - Paradise Island
  9. Galinka Mirgaeva (Russia) – Cocoon
    Galinka Mirgaeva (Russia) - Cocoon
  10. Marya Zikeeva (Russia) – Reethi Faru
    Marya Zikeeva (Russia) - Alimatha
  11. Evelina Strau (Italy) – Anantara Dhigu
    Evelina Strau (Italy) - Anantara Dhigu
  12. Rosie Forescue (United Kingdom) – Angsana Velavaru
    Rosie Forescue (United Kingdom) - Angsana Velavaru
  13. Amy Neville (United Kingdom) – Conrad Maldives
    Amy Neville (United Kingdom) – Conrad Maldives
  14. Kristina Krayt (Russia) – Cocoon
    Kristina Krayt (Russia) - Cocoon
  15. Lena Lenina (Russia) – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
    Lena Lenina (Russia) - Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
  16. Kamelia Kostadinova (Bulgaria) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Kamelia Kostadinova (Bulgaria) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
  17. Yol Pranvarin (India) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Yol Pranvarin (India) - Sheraton Full Moon
  18. Ksenija Selivanova (Estonia) – Constance Halaveli
    Ksenija Selivanova (Estonia) - Constance Halaveli
  19. Nima Benati (Italy) – Conrad Rangali
    Nima Benati (Italy) - Conrad Rangali
  20. Daria (Russia)
    Daria (Russia)
  21. Jasmine Rodriguez (USA) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Jasmine Rodriguez (USA) - Sheraton Full Moon
  22. Antonella Roseti (Argentina) – Reethi Beach
    Antonella Roseti (Argentina) - Reethi Beach
  23. Lori BeautyConrad Rangali
    Lori Beauty  – Conrad Rangali
  24. Anna M (Russia) – Sun Island
    Anna M (Russia) - Sun Island
  25. Maria (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Maria (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  26. Julia Matvienko (Russia) – Amilla Fushi
    Julia Matvienko (Russia) - Amilla Fushi
  27. Elvira Bar David (Russia) – Constance Halaveli
    Elvira Bar David (Russia) - Constance Halaveli
  28. Fabienne Lovely (Italy) – Cocoa Island
    Fabienne Lovely (Italy) - Cocoa Island
  29. Claudia Padgett (United Kingdom) – Vommuli
    Claudia Padgett (United Kingdom) - Vommuli
  30. Veronika Kotova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Veronika Kotova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  31. Kristina Rudy (France) – Amari Havodda
    Kristina Rudy (France) - Amari Havodda
  32. Olga ST (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Olga ST (Russia) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
  33. Yana Mamma (Russia) – Soneva Fushi
    Yana Mamma (Russia) - Soneva Fushi
  34. Shay Mitchell (Canada) – Maalifushi
    Shay Mitchell (Canada) - Maalifushi
  35. Verónika Kravchuk (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Verónika Kravchuk (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  36. Yulia Rybakova (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Yulia Rybakova (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  37. Tatiana Korsakova (Russia) – Halaveli
    Tatiana Korsakova (Russia) – Halaveli
  38. Victoria Bonya (Russia) – Hideaway Beach
    Victoria Bonya (Russia) - Hideaway Beach
  39. Lena Perminova (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Lena Perminova (Russia) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  40. Bridget Bahl (USA) – ShangriLa Villingili
    Bridget Bahl (USA) – Shangri-La Villingili
  41. Tatyana Kiss (Russia) – Furaveri
    Tatyana Kiss (Russia) - Furaveri
  42. Ming Moonoi (Thailand) – W Maldives
    Ming Moonoi (Thailand) - W Retreat
  43. Lyudmila Bovkun (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Lyudmila Bovkun (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  44. Olivia Lazuardy (Indonesia) – W Maldives
    Olivia Lazuardy (Indonesia) - W Retreat
  45. Miss Nikanova (Russia) – Dusit Thani
    Miss Nikanova (Russia) - Dusit Thani
  46. Dina Keks (Russia ) – Kuredu
    Dina Keks (Russia) - Kuredu
  47. Athina Oikonomakou (Greece) – Ayada
    Athina Oikonomakou (Greece) - Ayada

  48. Lucie Vrzalova (Czech) – Kihaa
    Lucie Vrzalova (Czech) - Kihaa
  49. Alisa Ilieva (Ukraine) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Alisa Ilieva (Ukraine) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
  50. Michella Choi and Joy Teng (United Kingdom) – Amilla Fushi
    Michella Choi and Joy Teng (United Kingdom) - Amilla Fushi
  51. Luana Caetano (Brazil) – Taj Exotica
    Luana Caetano (Brazil)
  52. Lydia Sarunrat Deane (Thailand) – W Maldives
    Lydia Sarunrat Deane (Thailand) - W Retreat
  53. Ksenia Tsaritsina and friend (Russia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Ksenia Tsaritsina and friend (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
  54. Lily Berry (Australia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Lily Berry (Australia) - Centara Ras Fushi 2
  55. Karli Henneman (USA) – Constance Moofushi
    Karli Henneman (USA) - Constance Moofushi
  56. Julee Reutova (Russia) – Mahibadhoo
    Julee Reutova (Russia) - Mahibadhoo 2
  57. Dialennis Infante (Venezuela) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Dialennis Infante (Venezuela) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  58. Ayka Dela Cruz Tafalla (Philippines) – Ellaidhoo
    Ayka Dela Cruz Tafalla (Philippines) - Ellaidhoo
  59. Vanji (Germany) – Summer Island
    Vanji (Germany) – Summer Island
  60. Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  61. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – Velassaru
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru
  62. Safiarina (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Safiarina (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  63. Emelie Natasha (Sweden) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Emelie Natasha (Sweden) – Sheraton Full Moon
  64. Kira Eagle (Russia) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    Kira Eagle (Russia) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
  65. Adrianne Lu (Taiwan) – Anantara Veli
    Adrianne Lu (Taiwan) - Anantara Veli

Best of the Maldives: Bed Decorating Diversity – Kuramathi

Kuramathi - bed art 1

I wasn’t quite sure what to call this recognition, but I knew I need to call out Kuramathi’s exceptional touches to old fashioned relaxation. Kuramathi was the first resort that I ever posted for its distinctive bed-art marking. They have clearly made it a resort trademark, in fact taking it up a notch with the latest generation of bedroom artistes.

All of the creations shown here are the work of 24 year old room attendant Adam Naseer.  Kuramathi shared these details about his work…

  • “Adam has been working in another resort for about two years after he found out about Kuramathi on the internet and from some friends (who also work here) and decided to work for Kuramathi, this is now one year ago. He works at the Thundi area of the island and takes care of about 4 to 5 villas per day. His favourite part is decorating the bed or even the bath with towel art including flowers. It is his passion to make the guests happy and to see their smile on their face as he always receives a grateful feedback and the guests always want to have a picture with Adam and his designs. Mostly he likes to make heart shaped or honeymoon designs.”

My favourite is his birthday greeting complete with towel birthday cake (see photo at top).

For a gallery of Maldives bed decorating masterpieces, check out the Maldives Complete “Bed Art” Pinterest board.

Kuramathi - bed art 2

Kuramathi - bed art 3

Kuramathi - bed art 4

Kuramathi - bed art 5

Kuramathi - bed art 6

Kuramathi - bed art 7

Best of the Maldives: Massage Workshop – Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi - massage workshop

If World Gin Day got the better of you, and in fact all such celebrations seem to leave you worse for wear, you might want to take enrol in Amilla Fushi’s massage workshop. Nearly all resorts these days can give you a massage, but Amilla will teach you how to massage. The one-hour session is complimentary.

Give me a fish…

 

Best of the Maldives: Gin – OZEN by Atmosphere

OZEN by Atmosphere - gin bar

World Gin Day! Gin and tonic actually originated in the tropics. Centuries ago, Europeans died regularly of malaria in places like Africa and South Asia, but they figured out that those who drank tonic water somehow seemed to not get the illness. As it turns out quinine, which gives tonic water its distinctively bitter taste, is prophylactic which supresses the malaria. When I lived in Togo, West Africa, I took quinine tablets daily to prevent malaria.

Today, tonic water is used for much more mundane purposes like a perfect complement to a glass of gin. Over a pile of ice cubes. A drink so popular that you now get special gin bars serving wide ranges of varieties. Our local, The Prince of Wales pub, has one. Lori is especially particular always preferring a Bombay Sapphire to Gordons (which has too strong of the distinctive juniper – or as Lori says, “pine needle” – taste). Now this gin aficionados have their own specialty watering hole in the Maldives at Ozen by Atmosphere:

  • “The bar will be located at Ozen by Atmosphere on Maadhoo Island and will feature more than 25 gin brands, including Tanqueray, Hendrick’s and Monkey 47. All drinks will be included in the resort’s Atmosphere Indulgence Plan. The bar will be open from 5pm-11pm every day except Fridays, and is located above the resort’s poolside bar, Joie de Vivre.”

Best of the Maldives: Longest Pool – Sirru Fen Fushi

Sirru Fen Fushi - longest pool

If you are looking for pool big enough to fit the fashionista flotilla of floats, then your best bet is Sirru Fen Fushi with its 200 metre long chlorinated lake. That’s the length of 4 Olympic sized swimming pools laid end to end and pips the previous champion by a similar amount (thanks Paola). It extends from one side of the island pretty much complete to the other side almost like a dissecting canal (see below).

Sirru Fen Fushi - pool aerial