Social Media Holi-Day

Anatara Dhigu - Bar Rafaeli social media

Social Media Day today celebrates the surge of sharing and micro-blogging that has exploded on the web in the past couple of years. When I launched Maldives Complete nearly a decade ago, the inclusion of a “Blog” on this travel site was somewhat of a novelty. For the first few years, now resort really has any blog on their website. Blogging tended to be more the domain of technologists and political pundits. Now any girl (yes, the social media elite is dominate entirely by young women) with a trust fund and a well turned ankle is a “lifestyle blogger”.

I’m still about the interesting analysis (even if it is illustrated with some local colour). My fashion database now includes over 700 Maldives-loving fashionistas of which of 200 are classified as “bloggers”.

I’ve also gathered up their social media credential across a range of the top platforms including the following (with the top Maldives visitors by each)…

  • Instagram: Victoria Beckham (United Kingdom) – 8,990,000 Followers (One & Only Reethi Rah)
  • Facebook: Deepika Padukone (India) – 27,667,000 Followers (Taj Exotica)
  • Twitter: Paris Hilton (USA) – 13,600,000 Followers (Velaa)
  • YouTube: Tanya Burr (United Kingdom) – 531000 Views (LUX South Ari Atoll)

I’ve created a basic “Maldives Complete Digital Index” based on the numbers of Followers, etc. each individual has. Ties in Index points broken by total points (which adds things like Wikipedia, IMDB, website)…

A few observations…

  • English matters – The big English speaking countries – UK, USA, India – dominate 16 of the top 20
  • Looks matter – “Models” are the biggest category with 9 of the top 20. Despite commanding nearly a third of all fashion/travel material posted, only 2 actually Bloggers made it into the Social Media top twenty.
  • Sports Illustrated matters – Anantara Dhigu/Veli and Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru together boasted 5 of not just the top 20, but the top 10! Both on the high-heels of the Sports Illustrated photoshoots taken place there. Aside from those, no other resort had more than one entry.
1. Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu [ABOVE]
2. Tanya Burr (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
Lux South Ari Ari - Tanya Burr social media
3. Tyra Banks (USA) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Tyra Banks social media
4. Christine Teigen (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Christine Teigen social media

5. Brooklyn Decker (USA) – Anantara Veli
Anantara Dhigu - Brooklyn Decker social media
6. Priyanka Chopra (India) –Nika
Nika - Priyanka Chopra social media
7. Irina Shayk (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
Anantara Kihavah Villas - Irina Shayk social media
8. Yeng Constantino (Philippines) – Angsana Velavaru
Angsana Velavaru - Yeng Constantino social media
9. Heidi Klum (Germany) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Heidu Klum social media
10. Dita Van Teese (United Kingdom) – Conrad Rangali
Conrad Rangali - Dita Van Teese social media

11. Bipasha Basu (India) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kudaa Huraa - Bipasha Basu social media
12. Sonakshi Sinha (India) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Sonakshi Sinha social media

13. Sonam Kapoor (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli - Sonam Kapoor social media
14. Victoria Beckham (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Victoria Beckham social media
15. Zoe Sugg (United Kingdom) – Ranveli
Ranveli - Zoe Sugg social media
16. Nicole Scherzinger (USA) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Nicole Scherzinger social media
17. Deepika Padukone (India) – Taj Exotica
Taj Exotica - Deepika Padukone social media
18. Paris Hilton (USA) – Velaa
Velaa - Paris Hilton social media

19. Charlotte Crosby (United Kingdom) – Zitahli Kudafunafaru
Zitahli Kudafunafaru - Charlotte Crosby social media

20. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (United Kingdom)
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini Maldives social media

 

Name

Country

Resort

Occupation

Index

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

Bar Refaeli

Israel

Club Med Finolhu Villas

Model

20

1,800,000

808,000

2,665,000

Tanya Burr

United Kingdom

LUX South Ari Atoll

Blogger

20

2,600,000

1,780,000

794,000

Tyra Banks

USA

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Model

18

3,300,000

12,900,000

6,485,000

Brooklyn Decker

USA

Anantara Dhigu

Model

16

295,000

734,000

358,000

Priyanka Chopra

India

Nika

Model

16

2,900,000

10,900,000

16,657,000

Christine Teigen

USA

Anantara Dhigu

Model

18

3,100,000

909,000

49,396

Irina Shayk

Russia

Anantara Kihavah Villas

Model

15

3,600,000

683,000

6,466,000

Yeng Constantino

Philippines

Angsana Velavaru

Musician

15

1,300,000

4,830,000

8,664,000

Heidi Klum

Germany

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Model

15

2,300,000

3,400,000

4,145,000

Dita Van Teese

United Kingdom

Conrad Rangali

Model

15

941,000

2,050,000

2,012,000

Bipasha Basu

India

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

Actress

15

1,100,000

3,990,000

4,817,000

Sonakshi Sinha

India

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

Actress

15

1,900,000

5,560,000

19,224,000

Sonam Kapoor

India

Jumeirah Vittaveli

Actress

15

2,500,000

7,250,000

12,200,000

Victoria Beckham

United Kingdom

One & Only Reethi Rah

Singer

15

8,900,000

9,380,000

2,500,000

Zoe Sugg

United Kingdom

Ranveli

Vlogger

15

6,800,000

3,770,000

2,400,000

Nicole Scherzinger

USA

Sun Siyam Irufushi

Musician

15

1,900,000

5,320,000

8,293,000

Deepika Padukone

India

Taj Exotica

Actress

15

3,000,000

11,400,000

27,667,000

Paris Hilton

USA

Velaa

Model

15

5,600,000

13,600,000

7,518,000

Charlotte Crosby

United Kingdom

Zitahli Kudafunafaru

Actress

15

3,500,000

2,410,000

1,458,000

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

United Kingdom

Singer

15

2,200,000

6,400,000

5,207,000

Matsyasana in the Maldives

W Retreat - Tara Stiles yoga

Sun salutations to everyone on International Yoga Day. The Maldives legendary tranquillity has made yoga increasingly popular in this Chidanand land.

Nearly every resort will have a yoga master on hand. My very first yoga session ever was a sunrise session during our stay at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa. Now, Lori and I take a weekly yoga lesson (in fact, we will have a timely session tonight) and Lori has even started doing special yoga holidays herself. I suspect you will see us on the matt at sunrise and sunset during our upcoming tour of the Maldives.

The idyllic surroundings have attracted top yoga practitioners from around the world. In celebration of the day, I have assembled a top twenty collection of some slightly more advanced poses than your typical Fish pose (Matsyasana)…

Namaste!

1. Tara Stiles (USA) – W Retreat [ABOVE]
2. Vivienne Tang (Hong Kong) – Loama Maamagili
Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili - Vivienne Tang yoga

2. Gabi Kim (South Korea) – Huvafenfushi
Huvafenfushi - Gabi Kim yoga

3. Jessica Olie (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Landaa Givaavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Jessia Ollie yoga
4. Morgan Guth (Hong Kong) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Morgan Guth yoga
5. Rosa Yogini (Peru) – Centara Ras Fushi
Centara Ras Fushi - Rosa Yogini yoga
6. Kat Harding (Australia) – Four Season Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Kat Harding yoga
7. Deborah Tan (Singpore) – Centara Ras Fushi
Centara Ras Fushi - Deborah Tan yoga

8. Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Sjana Elise Earp yoga

9. Linzi B (United Kingdom) – Constance Moofushi
Constance Moofushi - Linzi B yoga
10. Ksenia Seno (Russia) – Taj Exotica
Taj Exotica - Ksenia Seno yoga
11. Dannielle Blaker (OAE) – Ayada
Ayada - Dannielle Blaker yoga
12. Yvette Dusol (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Yvette Dusol yoga
13. Gemma Cheung (UAE) – Kurumba
Kurumba - Gemma Cheung yoga

14. Anna Kleb (Germany) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Anna Kleb yoga

15. Faya Nillson (Sweden) – W Retreat
W Retreat - Faya Nillson yoga
16. Ea Nitsche Holm (Hong Kong) – Anantara Kihavah
Anantara Kihavah - Ea Nitsche Holm yoga
17. Katrina Robles (Philippines) – Jumeirah VIttaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli - Katrina Robles yoga

18. Amanda Bisk (Australia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giaavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Amanda Bisk yoga

19. Tanya Shapoval (Ukraine) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi - Tanya Shapoval yoga

Hanging 10

Adaraan Hudahuranfushi - Amy Kotch surf

Totally stoked about International Surfing Day today.

A bommie of fashion pieces this week with a cluster of Maldivian models. Today’s instalment brings us some of top female surfers in the world drawn to one of the top surfing destinations in the world. The Maldives has long be renowned as a Mecca for honeymooners and divers. More recently it has established its cred as a top place for families, luxury travel and of course snorkelling. But I would (and have) add to that list of global distinction its place in the world of choka swell seekers.

Maldives Complete is amped to share its top ten Benny gidgets and wahines

Akaw!

1. Amy Kotch (USA) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi [ABOVE]
2. Sofia Mulanovich (Peru) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Sofia Mulanovich surf
3. Taina Izquierdo (Indonesia) – Adaraan Hudhuranfushi
Adaraan Hudahuranfushi - Taina Izquierdo surf
4. Hanalei Reponty (Tahiti) – Club Med Kani
Club Med Kani - Hanalei Reponty suf
5. Roxy Louw (South Africa) – Chaaya Island Dhonveli
Cinnamon Island Dhonveli - Roxy Louw surf
6. Eliza Landgren (Australia) – Adaaran Hudahuranfushi
Adaraan Hudhuranfushi - Eliza Langren surf
7. Alana Blanchard (USA) – Maalifhusi
Maalifushi - Alana Blanchard surf
8. Nikki Van Dijk (Australia) – Maalifhusi
Maalifushi - Nikki Van Dijk surf
9. Georgia Fish (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Georgia Fish surf
10. Janni Hönscheid (Germany) – Cokes Surf Camp
Coke Sruf Camp - Janni Honscheid surf

Mermaids of the Maldives

The Surfing Mermaids Mystical Maldivian Adventure from The Perfect Wave on Vimeo.

One of the most iconic heralds of the summer season is the Coney Island Mermaid Parade today. Of course, every day is “summer” in the Maldives..and as it turns out “mermaids” might be just as prevalent.

In fact, if you would like to join in the anthropoichthys antics, check out…

Maldives Complete has captured a few elusive shots of these mystical maritime maidens…

1. Janni Hönscheid and Sylvi Bódi (Germany) – Coke Island
Mermaid - Janni Honscheid and Sylvi Bodi
2. Mystery MermaidEmbudu
Embudu - Mystery Mermaid
3. Amanda Jayne (United Kingdom) – Finolhu
mermaid-amanda-jayne

4.
Hannah Fraser (United Kingdom)
Mermaid - Hannah Fraser
5. Lauren Arthur (United Kingdom) – Eriyadu
Amilla Fushi - Lauren Arthur mermaid
6. Punchita Kuakulpitak (Thailand) – Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - Punchita Kuakulpitak mermaid
7. Daryl “Splash” Hannah (USA) – Soneva Fushi
Soneva Fushi - Daryl Hannah mermaid
8. Rose in Wonderland (United Kingdom) – Hulhumale
Hulhumale - Rose in Wonderland
9. Pippin Willow (United Kingdom) – Finolhu
Finolhu - Pippin Willow mermaid
10. Wendy Bella (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Wendy Bella
11. Seow Peh (Malaysia) – Angsana Velavaru
Angsana Velavaru - Seow Peh mermaid
12. Ariel (Under da’ Sea) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi - Ariel
13. Golden Mermaid (Russia)
Mermaid - Golden
14. Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Sjana Elise Earp mermaid
15. Aimee Juliette (Indonesia) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
Coco Palm Bodu Hithi - Aimee Juliette mermaid
16. Claire Chanelle (United Kingdom) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Claire Chanelle mermaid
17. Katrin “Mermaid Kat” Feltin (Australia) – Vilamendoo
Vilamendoo - Katrin Feltin mermaid
18. Thomas Becks’ Mermaid (Switzerrland) – Huvadhoo
Huvadhoo - Thomas Becks mermaid
19. Jessieann Lachowski (Canada) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Jessieann Lachowski mermaid
20. Mermaid Teens (United Kingdom) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Mermaid teens

Pageant of Panamas

Sun Soyam Irufushi - Lilia Matsegora hat

Ladies Day at Ascot today is one of the high points of the British fashion calendar. And the focus of the swank swarms will be on the very highest point…the hat. While Ascot racecourse will be brimming with bonnie bonnets, fascinating fascinators and chic chapeaux, none will command more attention than Her Majesty the Queen herself. Her own royal crown replacement for the day is so intensely anticipated that bookies take big wagers on it (this year Blue is 2/1 favourite, ahead of Yellow at 3/1, Green or Pink at 4/1, or the literal dark horse of Black at 50/1).

To cap it all off, I’ve assembled my own collection 40 examples of Maldives millinery (1 for every 100 metres of the Gold Cup course) of all the visiting exploras with fedoras…

1. Lilia Matsegora (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi [ABOVE]
2. Eva Malmström (Sweden) – Soneva Fushi
Soneva Fushi - Eva Malmstrom hat

3. Kim Dahye (South Korea) – Ayada
Ayada - Kim Dahye hat

4. Maha Kemala (Indonesia) – Sheraton Full Moon
Sheraton Full Moon - Maba Kemala hat
5. Elle (Australia) – W Retreat
W Retreat - Elle hat

6. Marianna Nagl (Ukraine) – Kurumba
Kurumba - Marianna Nagl hat

7. Elena Samsonova (Russia) – Paradise Island
Paradise Island - Elena Samsonova hat
8. Giulia Andrea Gaudino (Italy) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
Coco Palm Bodu Hithi - Guila Andrea Gaudino hat
9. Zeynep Bahar Ahıskalı (Turkey) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Zeynep Bahar Ahiskai hat
10. Miriam Rod (Iran) – JA Manafaru
JA Manafaru - Miriam Rod hat
11. Samita Bangargi (India) – Lily Beach
Lily Beach - Samita Bangargi hat
12. Rosie Londoner (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Rosie Londoner hat
13. Nataly Osmann (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Nataly Osmann hat

14. Helen Cris (Brazil) – W Retreat
W Retreat - Lene Cris hat

15. Alyona Shnypko (Ukraine) – NIYAMA
NIYAMA - Alyona Shnypko hat
16. Natallia Yakimchyk (Poland) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
Anantara Kihavah Villas - Natallia Yakimchyk hat
17. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Olesya Malinskaya hat
18. Natali Radyukova (Russia) – Kurumba
Kurumba - Natali Radyukova hat
19. Amber Anderson (United Kingdom) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
Cheval Blanc Randheli - Amber Anderson hat
20. Mint Chalida (Thailand) – Cinnamon Dhonveli
Cinnamon Dhonveli - Mint Chalida hat
21. Jasmin Howell (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Jasmin Howell hat

22. Peony Lim (United Kingdom) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Peony Lim hat

23. Nicole Warne (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Nicole Warne hat

24. Lilia Matsegora (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Lilia Matsegora hat

25. Dita Von Teese (United Kingdom) – Kanuhura
Kanuhura - Dita von Teese hat

26. Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Renee Somerfield hat

27. Sina Domino Collins (Germany) – Meeru
Meeru - Sina Domino hat

28. Donna Avventura (Italy) – Athuruga
Athuruga - Donna Avventura hat

29. Noon Arunrat (Thailand) – Safari Island
Safari Island - Noon Arunrat hat
30. Nina Agdal (Denmark) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Nina Agdal hat

31. Lindy Kim (Indonesia) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Lindy Kim hat

32. Maria Andy Tettamanti (USA) – W Retreat
W Retreat - Maria Andy Tettamanti hat

33. Nataly (Russia) – Vilu Reef
Vilu Reef - Nataly hat

34. Yana Levi (Israel) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
Anantara Kihavah Villas - Yana Levi hat

35. Ria Michelle (USA) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi - Ria Michelle hat

36. Lena Lenina (Russia) – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili - Lena Lenina hat

37. Alina Sandi (Norway) – LUX South Ari Atoll
LUX South Ari Atoll - Altna Sandi hat
38. Mind Napasasi (Thailand) – Vadoo
Vadoo - Mindi Napscasi hat
39. Chloe Lloyd (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
LUX South Ari Atoll - Chloe Lloyd hat

40. Damla (Austria) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Damla hat

Sea Sixteen

Dhigurah - Ekaterina Vladi underwater

In the Maldives, the main event has always been underwater. Even if you didn’t put a toe into the sea, its glassy clarity meant that most of it is easy to gaze into from above like some mammoth aquarium. A long time divers paradise, but even more distinguished as probably the best diving in the world. But you don’t even need fins and mask to enjoy the varied and colourful beauty found floating effortlessly beneath the surface.

1. Ekaterina Vladi (Russia) – Dhigurah [ABOVE]
2. Nicole Warne (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Nicole Warne
3. Catherine Clark (USA) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Catheirne Clark
4. Eliza Landgren (Australia) – Adaaran Hudahuranfushi
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Eliza Landgren
5. Emma Skinner (United Kingdom) – Chaaya Island Dhonveli
Cinnamon Dhonveli - Emma Skinner underwater

6. Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Karina Irby underwater
7. Nastya Leskova (Russia) – Coco Bodu Hithi
Coco Bodu Hithi - Nastya Leskova underwater
8. Madeleine Schneider-Weiffenbach (Germany) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Madeleine Schneider-Weiffenbach underwater
9. Michelle Proctor (Hong Kong) – Centara Ras Fushi
Centara Ras Fushi - Michelle Proctor underwater
10. Silvi Bodi (Germany) – Kandooma
Kandooma - Silvi Bodi underwater
11. Belinda Young (Taiwan) – Conrad Rangali
Conrad Rangali - Belinda Young underwater
12. Rocky Barnes (USA) – Palm Beach
Palm Beach - Rocky Barnes underwater
13. Lauren Hill (USA) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Lauren Hill underwater

14. Vik Voynikova (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Vik Voynikova underwater
15. Mika Moeller (Germany) – Ellaidhoo
Cinnamon Ellaidhoo - Mika Moeller underwater
16. Preeyanuch Parnabindu (Thailand) – Safari Island
Huvafenfushi - Rosie Thomas underwater

Flora Fashionistas

Sun Island - Uliana Berdysheva greenery

The classic Maldives photo looks out across their turquoise ocean whose dappled blues define the Maldives vistas. But one of the primary colours in the Maldive palette is green (see logo banner above). The islands themselves are packed with vibrant tropical vegetation. And every so often a photographer turns their lens inwards to the island for a very verdant shot. With the celebration of all things greenery with today’s opening of the world renowned Chelsea Flower Show, I’ve assembled a collection of twenty of the most Maldives bright and fetching displays of leafy loveliness. Sort of like a bouquet of radiant blossoms set in collection of fronds and foliage, this is the Maldives Flower Show…

1. Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island [ABOVE]

2. Hailey Baldwin (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Sense Laamu - Hailey Baldwin greenery

3. Virag Toth (Hungary) – Lily Beach
Lily Beach - Virag Toth greenery

4. Pei Shan (Thailand) – Thulhagiri
Thulhagiri - Pei Shan greenery
5. Natalie Morris (USA) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Natalie Morris greenery
6. Marianna Nagl (Ukraine) – Kurumba
Kurumba - Marianna Nagl greenery
7. Louisa Warwick (United Kingdom) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Louisa Warwick greenery

8. Alice Campello (Italy) – Club Rannalhi
Club Rannalhi - Alice Campello greenery
9. Sophie Kalcheva (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Sophie Kalcheva greenery
10. Maggi Apa Bhavilai (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
Club Med Finolhu Villas - Maggi Apa Bhavilai greenery
11. Bathool Ahmed (Maldives)
Maldives - Bathool Ahmed
12. Natalie Burn (Ukraine) – Summer Island
Summer Island - Natalie Burn greenery
13. Berry Malinowska (Poland) – Sheraton Full Moon
Sheraton Full Moon - Berry Malinowska greenery
14. Helen Owen (USA) – Dusit Thani
Dusit Thani - Helen Owen greenery
15. Polina Gagarina (Poland) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli - Polina Gargarina greenery
16. Kristine Purvinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Kristine Purvinska greenery
17. Janie Tienphosuwan(Thailand) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Janie Tienphosuwan greenery
18. Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
Conrad Rangali - Ksenia Tsaritsina greenery
19. Kate Winslet (United Kingdom) – Amila Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Kate Winslet greenery
20. Tatjana Kreuzmayr (Austria) – Summer Island
Summer Island - Tatjana Kreuzmayr greenery
21. Sabrina Ghio (Italy) – Palm Beach
Palm Beach - Sabrina Ghio greenery
22. Iryn Shynkarenko (Ukraine) – Veligandu
Veligandu - Iryn Shynkarenko greenery
23. Julia Dybowska (Poland) – Velassaru
Velassary - Julia Dybowska greenery
24Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Pamela Reif greenery

First Class Loungers

LUX South Ari Atoll - Jessica Van Der Steen lounger

On a more down to earth level, the Maldives are loaded with luxurious loungers for languid luminaries to linger in the limelight. No need to get your towel down at these resorts as there are plenty for everyone. A chance to just lie back and enjoy the beauty of the Maldives…

1. Jessica Van Der Steen (Belgium) – LUX South Ari Atoll [ABOVE]
2. Maja Krag (Denmark) – NIYAMA
NIYAMA - Maja Krag lounger
3. Yulia Obraztsova (Russia) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
Cheval Blanc Randheli - Yulia Obraztsova lounger
4. Didi Mihaylov (Bulgaria) – Kurumba
Kurumba - Didi Mihaylov lounger

5. Phoebe Burgess (Australia) – Baros
Baros - Phoebe Burgess lounger
6. Pixie Lott (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
LUX Maldives - Pixie Lott lounger
7. Lorena Rae (Germany) – Palm Beach
Palm Beach - Lorena Rae lounger
8. Janie Tienphosuwan (Thailand) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Janie Tienphosuwan lounger
9. Marcela Scaldaferri (Brazil) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi - Marcela Scaldeferri
10. Malaika Arora Khan (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli - Malaika Arora Khan lounger
11. Alina Sandi (Norway) – LUX South Ari Atoll
LUX Maldives - Alina Sandi lounger
12. Erica Rhone (USA) – W Retreat
W Retreat - Erica Rhone lounger
13. Arissa Chen (Singapore) – Constance Moofushi
Constance Moofushi - Arissa Chen lounger
14. Tatiana Pajkovic (Denmark) – NIYAMA
NIYAMA - Tatiana Paikovic lounger
15. Nataly Parafieva (Russia) – Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - Nataly Parafieva lounger
16. Amanda Lynn (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Amanda Lynn lounger
17. Jenna Gong (Malaysia) – Anantara Veli
Anantara Veli - Jenna Gong lounger
18. Adriana Rios (Spain) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Sense Laamu - Adriana Rios lounger

The Make-Up of Sand

Sandy models Maldives intro

The sapphire blue lagoons aren’t only things in the Maldives with sandy bottoms. And appropriately, as much of the Maldives legendary brilliant white sand comes from the bottom. And I’m not talking about the ocean.

The original earth-makers were the same critters we enjoy watching while snorkelling on the Maldives reefs. It turns out that the lovely white sand Maldives guests lounge around on has likely passed through the lower intestine of a reef fish. The video directly below is not in the Maldives itself but features the same pervasive coral crunching pervasive by fish like the Titan Triggerfish and Maldives’ own parrotfish species (and does feature the legendary commentary of David Attenborough). In fact, when you snorkel you will almost always hear a crackling background noise which is the sound of these guys gnawing away at the coral.

Despite its digestive origins, this exotic excrement remains one of the most popular cosmetics in the tropical fashion parade. Some cake it on liberally and others apply just a dab.  And coincidentally, the most popular place to apply this epidermal enhancement is the same place where the sand came from to begin with…

 

Here are some of the top Maldives Complete pix where you never thought a some creatures excreta would be so appealing…

1. Ignatova Lesya (Russia) – The Residence…and friends
The Residence - Ignatova Lesya
2. Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Cocoa Island
Cocoa Island - Nikki Phillips
3. Dasha Kornakova (Russia) – LUX Maldives
LUX Maldives - Dasha Kornakova
4. Christine Teigen (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Christine Teigen
5. Laura Luglio (Italy) – Royal Island
Royal Island - Laura Luglio
6. Dasha Kononovich (Russia) – Ayada
Ayada - Dasha Kononovich
7. Bianca Koyabe (South Africa) – Paradise Island
Paradise Island - Bianca Koyabe
8. Belinda Morgan (Australia) – Club Med Kani
Club Med Kani - Belinda Morga
9. Chiara Ferragni (Italy) – Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Chiara Ferragni
10. Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
Conrad Rangali - Ksenia Tsaritsina
11. Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Pamela Reif
12. Lilya Shanel (Russia) – Angaga
Angaga - Lilya Shanel
13. Steph Claire Smith (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Steph Claire Smith
14. Rocky Barnes (USA) – Palm Beach
Palm Beach - Rocky Barnes
15. Maggi Apa Bhavilai (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
Club Med Finolhu Villas - Maggi Apa Bhavilai

 

16. Michea Crawford (Canada) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Michea Crawford
17. Ksenija Bozinova (Ukraine) – Sun Island
Sun Island - Ksenija Bozinova (
18. Julia Kavalerova (Russia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Julia Kavalerova (Russia) –
19. Dorota Gol (Poland) – LUX Maldives
LUX Maldives - Dorota Gol
20. Anastasia Volochkova (Russia) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Anastasia Volochkova
21. Elena Rysina (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Elena Rysina
22. Melanie Kyle Oldenburg (Australia) – Olhuveli
Olhuveli - Melanie Kyle Oldenburg
23. Dasha Kornakova (Russia) – LUX Maldives
LUX Maldives - Dasha Kornakova sand
24. Gabby Epstein (Australia) – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili - Gabby Epstein
25. Natali Levsha (Russia) – Bandos
Bandos - Natali Levsha
26. Ann-Katrin Vida (Germany) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
Atmosphere Kanifushi - Ann-Katrin Vida
27. Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Bar Refaeli
28. Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Karina Irby
29. Tyra Banks (USA) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Tyra Banks
30. Nataly Osmann (Russia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Nataly Osmann

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