12th Maldives Complete-ly by the Numbers

Completely by the Numbers 12

What a year! (not sure which emoji to put with that)

Count our blessings if we are healthy. Unfortunately, the Maldives have taken an especially hard blow on top of the medical blow with their country so economically concentrated on tourism. Maldives Complete has reflected this downturn in many ways. For starters, we couldn’t do our annual research trip. That’s meant pretty flat numbers (relative to other years) in new material (eg. blog posts, photos, visits). Added resorts, room types, etc. were on hold as openings stalled. And, obviously, traffic has dropped significantly as fewer people are research holidays.

There does seem to be the light of dawn peering over the horizon. The world including the Maldives have gotten sophisticated in preventative protocols which can allow more of life to carry on while minimizing the spread of infection. Testing, sanitising, social distancing, face masking and a range of other techniques are getting the R0 factor down. The arrival so various approved vaccines should provide a major improvement in the pandemic around the world.

Already, I am seeing a noticeable uptick in the past few days (not least of which from the UK who has exited its Lockdown II). In fact, we have arranged a bit of an impromptu to trip to take advantage of some of the great deals out there and burn some of our outstanding holiday time (stay tuned this week…fingers crossed. And the site did hit a few social media milestones in 2020 crossing 2000 Facebook Followers and 1000 Twitter Followers.

Let’s hope 2021 brings a smooth (and safe!) return to enjoying paradise (and helping people to do so).

Advent-Sure Holiday

Baglioni Christmas pool

Happy Advent! And here is our fashionista Advent Calendar of yuletide cheer to take you on the final Christmas countdown of 24 sleeps…

  1. Karolina Kuik (Poland) – Olhuveli


  2. Masianiam (Russia)


  3. Anastasia Sibireva (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru


  4. Raimonda Gecaite (Denmark) – Thoddoo


  5. Theresa Vaupel (USA)


  6. Elena Pushistaia (Russia)


  7. Marinella Bezer (Romania) – Kurumba


  8. Nadin (Russia) – Cocoon


  9. Аnastasia Verbovaia (Russia) – Kuredhivaru


  10. Nastya Ferz (Russia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa


  11. Bad Teacher (Russia)


  12. Méryl Denis (France) – Park Hyatt Hadahaa


  13. Alvi Lalli (Ukraine) – Anantara Veli


  14. Ines Klara (Croatia) – Club Rannalhi


  15. Silvia Petrov (Moldova) – Paradise Island


  16. Leire (Spain) – Maalifushi


  17. Lily Black (Italy) – Thudufushi


  18. Sandra Lăsculescu (Romania) – Sun Siyam Irufushi

  19. Ana (Singapore) – Fihalhohi


  20. S. Teodosieva (Russia) – Nika


  21. Arina (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi


  22. Alexandra Iuliana (Romania) – Paradise Island


  23. Katerina (Russia) – Dhigali


  24. Martina Bantik (Italy) – Bathala



Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then be a unicorn.” And if you can’t be a unicorn, ride a unicorn. Especially, a magic rainbow unicorn.

Happy Thanksgiving! Time for the annual traditions of bloated birds and the Times Square procession of blow-up figures. The Maldives fashionistas display as wide a variety of balloon creatures as any Macy’s parade, but second only to the iconic pink flamingo is the ubiquitous Unicorn float. For those in lockdown, offers is own virtual pneumatic cavalcade:

  1. Hana Chick (Czech) – Royal Island [ABOVE]
  2. Camilla Sylvie (Netherlands) – Kihaaa

  3. Oksana Domoratskaya (Singapore) – Kuredhivaru

  4. Sherstyuk (Ukraine) – Vadoo

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  5. Michella Choi (United Kingdom) – Amilla Fushi

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  6. Oksana Domoratskaya (Singapore) – One & Only Reethi Rah

  7. Roxanne Tong (Hong Kong) – Millaidhoo

  8. Cindy Jane (Germany) – Olhuveli

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  9. Natalie Phan (Australia) – Hurawalhi

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  10. Karis Scarlette (United Kingdom) – ShangriLa Vilingili

  11. Mini Nooaae (Thailand) – Meeru

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  12. Miss Huinii (South Korea) – Vommuli

  13. Elizabeth Lim (Russia) – Veligandu

  14. Mila Gricenko (Russia) – NIYAMA

  15. Camilla Vendrame Tognetti (USA) – NIYAMA

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  16. Chantal Torres (Mexico) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

  17. Lynna Lin (Malaysia) – Angsana Velavaru

  18. Ming Moonoi (Thailand) – W Maldives

  19. Miss Monkey (China) – W Maldives

  20. Zihyu Jhao (Taiwan) – Halaveli

Best of the Maldives: Room Decorating Instagram – Kuramathi

Kuramathi - Waheed Saamid room decorator 2

Kuramathi’s Waheed Saamid pentathlete of a room decorator. He not only pioneered a medium I’ve not seen in my decades of visits, he’s mastered all of its fundamental disciplines:

  1. Petals
  2. Wording (both cut and formed)
  3. Towel sculpture
  4. Bubble Bath
  5. Path/Floor messages (pioneer)

I caught up with him and he shared a bit about his background:

  • “I have started room decorations as I began my career as a villa Attendant. Since then I have learned and improving my skills. I’m a self taught decorative. During this journey of a villa Attendant, I have met many creative colleagues in room decorating. I get ideas from my friends and through the internet. Mostly I love doing different types of leaf decorations. Room decoration is an important element of Housekeeping service, to demonstrate my skills and give our guests a little gesture of that we care them.”

His Instagram feed is the most diverse collection of works and I highly recommend following him for your own daily dose of decorating.

Kuramathi - Waheed Saamid room decorator 1

Kuramathi - Waheed Saamid room decorator 3

Best of the Maldives: Path Greetings – Kuramathi

Kuramathi - path greetings 1

All of the world has its eye on the “path to the White House” this week, but Waheed Saamid, room decorator extraordinaire is focused on the path to your villa. I thought that I had seen all the variations on custom room decorating – towels, flowers, bed, coral pieces, bath. When I came across his Instagram feed, I saw sterling examples of all of those. But I was also struck by his innovating thinking outside the box of the villa itself with his walkway decoration made of artistically sprinkled sand.

Kuramathi - path greetings 3

Kuramathi - path greetings 2

Best of the Maldives: Wood Ends – Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi - wodd ends 2

Soneva Fushi has pioneered the design style of Swiss Family Robinson chic in the Maldives, but perhaps the acme of this arboreal aesthetic is its Villa 37. While the rough trunks are standard elements throughout Soneva, Villa 37 take the timber to a new dimension with a tapestry of cross sections forming the ceiling and various highlights.

Soneva Fushi - wood ends 3

Soneva Fushi - wood ends 1

Best of the Maldives: Origami – LUX North Male Atoll

LUX North MAle Atoll - palm folding kids gift

Resorts have a tradition of bestowing welcome gifts to their arriving guests. While many are branded tat pulled from the hospitality bumph catalogue, some properties have made an effort to present more distinctive mementos. As a fan of the art of palm folding, so I was particularly enchanted by the origami palm fish that LUX North Male Atoll presents to kids on arrival.