Tour de Maldives

The biggest sporting event in terms of live spectators starts today. No, not the World Cup (which is biggest sporting event in the world in terms of television viewers). The Tour de France. And the near daily “Tour de Maldives” has a comparably large peloton. Though nearly all Maldives resorts don’t have paved surfaces for proper road cycling. But they do have jetties which it turns out is just as popular a Kodak photo spot as any for the Team Fashionista…

  1. Liz Hurley (United Kingdom) – Velaa [ABOVE]
  2. Ksy Reva (Russia) – Canareef
    Ksy Reva (Russia) - Canareef
        
  3. Ekaterina Kame (Russia) – Amilla Fushi
    Ekaterina Kame (Russia) - Conrad Rangali
        
  4. Tiger Lily (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Tiger Lily (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  5. Alice Fabbrica (Italy) – Kandima
    Alice Fabbrica (Italy) – Kandima
       
  6. Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  7. Patricia Bright (United Kingdom) – Soneva Jani
    Patricia Bright (United Kingdom) - Conrad Ranga  

       
  8. Julia Levchenko (Russia) – Velaa
    Julia Levchenko (Russia) - Velaa
      
  9. Kate Onyshchenko (Russia) – Paradise Island
    Kate Onyshchenko (Russia) - Paradise Island
       
  10. Alena Yurzina (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Alena Yurzina (Russia) - NIYAMA
      
  11. Julia Matvienko (Russia) – Amilla Fushi
    Julia Matvienko (Russia) - Amilla Fushi
      
  12. Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Anantarah Kihavah Villas
    Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
      
  13. Marina Comes (United Kingdom) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Marina Comes (United Kingdom) - Gili Lankanfushi
      
  14. Ann Korshun (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Ann Korshun (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  15. Belen Hostalet (Spain) – Ayada
    Belen Hostalet (Spain) - Vommuli
      
  16. Hildegunn Taipale (Norway) – Soneva Jani
    Hildegunn Taipale (Norway) - Soneva Jani
       
  17. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi 2
      
  18. Aggie Lal (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Aggie Lal (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
     
  19. Mary Muravieva, Iraida and Albina (Russia) – Meedhupparu
    Mary Muravieva, Iraida and Albina (Russia) – Meedhupparu 2
      
  20. Bridget Bahl and Caroline Einhoff (USA / Germany) – ShangriLa Villingili
    Bridget Bahl and Caroline Einhoff (USA - Germany) – Shangri-La Villingili
      
  21. Vanessa Midori (Japan) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Vanessa Midori (Japan) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
        
  22. Nataly Osmann (Russia) – Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah
    Nataly Osmann (Russia) - Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah

        
  23. Camila Carril (Brazil) – Six Senses Laamu
    Camila Carril (Brazil) - Six Senses Laamu

        
  24. Fiorella Mattheis (Brazil) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Fiorella Mattheis (Brazil) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
      
  25. Miriam Rod (Iran) – Ayada
    Miriam Rod (Iran) – JA Manafaru 2

       
  26. Coco Airi (Japan) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Coco Airi (Japan) - Gili Lankanfushi
      
  27. Nika Shatova (Russia) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Nika Shatova (Russia) - Shangri-La Vilingili
      
  28. Chloe Kahn (United Kingdom) – Dusit Thani
    Chloe Kahn (United Kingdom) - Dusit Thani
      
  29. Milana Koroleva (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
    Milana Koroleva (Russia) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
      
  30. Anella Miller and Sveta Bilyalova (Russia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Anella Miller and Sveta Bilyalova(Russia) - Medhufushi
      
  31. Karidad (Philippines) – Paradise Island
    Karidad (Philippines) - Paradise Island
       
  32. Jane Konsol (Lebanon) – Sun Island
    Jane Konsol (Lebanon) - Sun Island
      
  33. Ekaterina Ilina (Russia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Ekaterina Ilina (Russia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  34. Koi Ling (Hong Kong) – Conrad Rangali
    Koi Ling (Hong Kong) - Conrad Rangali
      
  35. Figen Faic (Turkey) – Sun Island
    Figen Faic (Turkey) - Sun Island
      
  36. Mindy The Lion (Canada) – Amilla Fushi
    Mindy The Lion (Canada) - Baros
     
  37. Denise Mak (Canada) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Denise Mak (Canada) - Gili Lankanfushi
      
  38. Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) – NIYAMA
    Danielle Sandhu (United Kingdom) - Conrad Rangali
      
  39. Irena Kozachenko (Ukraine) – Six Senses Laamu
    Irena Kozachenko (Ukraine) - Six Senses Laamu
      
  40. Zana Pali (Australia) – Shangri-La Villingilli
    Zana Pali (Australia) - Six Senses Laamu

        
  41. Taise Dias (Brazil) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Taise Dias (Brazil) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
      
  42. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – NIYAMA
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru
      
  43. Juju Norremose (Brazil) – NIYAMA
    Juju Norremose (Brazil) - NIYAMA
      
  44. Carol Magalhães (Brazil) – Maalifushi
    Carol Magalhães (Brazil) - Maalifushi
      
  45. Valentina Miletic (Croatia) – Maalifushi
    Valentina Miletic (Croatia) - Maalifushi
       
  46. Alyssa Ramos (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Alyssa Ramos (USA) - Shangri-La Vilingili
       
  47. Mirijam (Germany) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Mirijam (Germany) – One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  48. Tori Zats (Ukraine) – NIYAMA
    Tori Zats (Ukraine) – NIYAMA
       
  49. Jenia Shtefan (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Jenia Shtefan (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
       
  50. Lucy LK (OAE) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Lucy LK (OAE) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
       
  51. Greta Rose Evans (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Greta Rose Evans (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
       
  52. Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Shangri-La Villingilli
    Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
       
  53. Miriam Rod (Iran) – JA Manafaru
    Miriam Rod (Iran) – JA Manafaru
       
  54. Chelsea Yamase (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Chelsea Yamase (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
     
  55. Ekaterina Goroshko (Russia) – The Residence
    Ekaterina (Russia) – The Residence
        
  56. Helen Owen (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Helen Owen (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
      
  57. Anna Giaz (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Anna Giaz (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  58. Oxana K (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Oxana K (Russia) – NIYAMA

  59. Yuliao Braztsova (Russia) – Velaa
    Yuliao Braztsova (Russia) – Velaa
      

Tour de Maldives

Êtes-vous prêt? Partez!

The grand party commences today with the 104th Tour de France’s initial time trial in Dusseldorf. The Maldives might not have the kilometres of roadways endure and torturous mountains to climb, but the cycling seems no less popular or exciting. Maldives Complete presents 22 cycling pseudo-celebs below – one for each Tour Stage. The Australian team (#9) even have their own peloton in paradise…

  1. Karri Nicholas (Australia) – Amilla Fushi [ABOVE]
  2. April Love Geary (USA) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    April Love Geary (USA) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  3. Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu
    Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu
  4. Yanita Yancheva (Bulgaria) – Anantara Veli
    Yanita Yancheva (Bulgaria) – Anantara Veli
  5. Disha (Russia) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Disha (Russia) - Shangri-La Vilingili
  6. Gabriela Pugliesi (Brazil) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Gabriela Pugliesi (Brazil) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  7. Kelly Tandiono (Singapore) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Kelly Tandiono (Singapore) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
  8. Marie Satinee (Germany) – Anantara Dhigu
    Marie Satinee (Germany) - Anantara Dhigu
  9. Lena Denisova (Russia) – Paradise Island
    Lena Denisova (Russia) - Paradise Island
  10. Madeline Joy Relph, Natalie Roser, Brooke Hogan (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Madeline Joy Relph, Natalie Roser, Brooke Hogan (Australia) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
  11. Ann Shalman (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Ann Shalman (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  12. Xenia Deli (Moldova) – Six Senses Laamu
    Xenia Deli (Moldova) – Six Senses Laamu
  13. Nina Serebrova (Russia) – Medhufushi
    Nina Serebrova (Russia) - Medhufushi 2
  14. Olga Kurbatova (Russia) – Velaa
    Olga Kurbatova (Russia) – Velaa
  15. Kate Kirillova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Kate Kirillova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  16. Victoria Lopyreva (Russia) – JA Manafaru
    Victoria Lopyreva (Russia) – JA Manafaru
  17. Selina (China) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Selina (China) – Sheraton Full Moon
  18. Rebecca Mir (Germany) – Kanuhura
    Rebecca Mir (Germany) - Kanuhura
  19. Duda Portella Nogueira Lima (Portugal) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Duda Portella Nogueira Lima (Portugal) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  20. Sveta Bilyalova (Russia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Sveta Bilyalova (Russia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  21. Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) – St Regis Vommuli
    Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) – St Regis Vommuli
  22. Olya Larosh (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
    Olya Larosh (Russia) - Huvafenfushi

Best of the Maldives: Bike Accessories – Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi bike towel

If you you prefer your luxury non-motorised vehicular transport of the self-propelled kind, then you can get no more posh than Soneva Fushi. It comes outfitted with a pouch that includes a face cloth for wiping your face if you get a bit sweaty from the pedalling as well as a handy basket for carrying paraphernalia like cameras or snorkel gear.

But the swishest feature are the vanity license plates. New guests have their initials (see below) and repeat guests and staff have their first names (wherever possible).

Modelo velo!

Soneva Fushi bike plate

Best of the Maldives: Biking – Shangri-La Villingili

Biking

Typically, people go to the Maldives for the nano-quaintness of these minute islands outcroppings. But, if such miniature confines are a bit too claustrophobic or if you simply enjoy a good bike ride, then the best island is Gan. Gan is the largest island in the Maldives with several resorts.

In particular, Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa offers guided bicycle tours in the Addu atoll.

“Explore by bicycle the five neighbouring islands connected by a 17-kilometre road that is the longest in Maldives. Set out with a picnic and discover the fascinating lifestyle and culture of untouched Maldivian villages or stop at a coffee shop to chat with the locals over a meal.”