Best of the Maldives: Private Beach Cinema – Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi - private beach cinema

If you prefer a more intimate film night, then Constance Moofushi offers private beach cinema

“Choose your film from a selection of more than 100 to watch on a private screen, with the sound of waves gently lapping against the shore and soft powder sand beneath your feet.  Lie back on loungers or beanbags and let us create a unique luxury cinema experience complete with popcorn, ice cream, canapés, sparkling wine, beers and soft drinks served to you on the beach.”

Lori and I have our own little home cinema in the UK. It is one of the greatest treats. You can stretch out on the sofa, and you can pause the movie to ask a question or refill your wine glass. Frankly, we love watching movies and it’s one of the very few things that we might “miss” when we visit the Maldives. Sure, some resorts have public theatres (but that would involve syncing our schedule to the playing times) and most resorts have TVs (but that would involve secluding ourselves in our room when paradise is just outside the door. Moofushi’s approach seems to be an inspired best of all possible worlds.

Best of the Maldives: 3D Outdoor Cinema – Anantara Kihavah Villas

Anantara Kihavah Villas - outdoor 3D cinema

From the sublime, to the ridiculous. Ridiculously genius that is…Anantara Kihavah outdoor cinema. A number of resorts have introduced al fresco screens in recent years, but Kihavah has taken it to a new dimension with their 3D capable projector.

OMG, 3D Sharknado please!!

(PS. As we’ve entered into the entertainment awards season, I add a added “Film” tag for all the Best of the Maldives gong winners in that category).

Golden Globetrotters

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Kelly Lin - Christmas

The Golden Globes tonight celebrate acting across both movie and TV. Super Bowl winners might go to Disneyland, but the golden girls of the screen – silver and tube – definitely head to the Maldives as one of their top destinations.

A top UK glitterati hang-out (9 of the top 30 celebrity actress visitors), the Maldives also attracts from as far away as Hollywood right up its own backyard of Bollywood. In fact, 5 of the top 8 actresses including the top 2 spots hail from just across the Laccadive Sea.

And where is the “Chateau” of the Maldives resorts? – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa with 4 entries in the top 30.

So here is your virtual red carpet of Maldives’ visiting thespians (in order of Maldives Complete’s social media index ranking)…


1. Bipasha Basu (India) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Hura - Bipasha Basu
2. Deepika Padukone (India) – Taj Exotica
Taj Exotica - Deepika Padukone
3. Liz Hurley (USA) – Huvafenfushi
Huvafenfushi - Liz Hurley
4. Sonakshi Sinha (India) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Sonakshi Sinha
5. Shu Qi (Taiwan) – Cocoa Island
Cocoa Island - Shu Qi
6. Sonam Kapoor (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli - Sonam Kapoor
7. Charlotte Crosby (United Kingdom) – Zitahli Kudafunafaru
Zitahli Kudafunafaru - Charlotte Crosby
8. Shilpa Shetty (India) – Taj Exotica
Taj Exotic - Shilpa Shetty
9. Daryl Hannah (USA) – Soneva Fushi
Soneva Fushi - Daryl Hannah
10. Stephanie Pratt (USA) – Four Seasons Kuda Hura
Four Season Kuda Huraa - Stephanie Pratt
11. Michelle Keegan (United Kingdom) – Maafushivaru

12. Naomie Harris (United Kingdom) – Soneva Fushi
Soneva Fushi - Naomie Harris
13. Penelope Cruz (Spain) – Baros
Baros - Penelope Cruz
14. Billie Faiers (United Kingdom) – Baros
Baros - Billie Faiers
15. Lucy Watson (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Lucy Watson
16. Alessia Ventura (Italy) – Kuramathi
Kuramathi - Alessia Ventura
17. Holly Valance (United Kingdom) – One and Only Reethi Rah
One & Only Reethi Rah - Holly Valance
18. Son Ye-Jin (South Korea) – LUX Maldives
LUX Maldives - Son Ye Jin
19. Kate Winslet (United Kingdom) – Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Kate Winslet
20. Natalie Burn (Ukraine) – Summer Island
Summer Island - Natalie Burn
21. Ricki-Lee Coulter (Australia) – Conrad Maldives
Conrad Maldives - Ricki-Lee Coulter
22. Helen Flanagan (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
23. Hina Khan (India) – Taj Exotica
Taj Exotica - Hina Khan

Kang Sora (South Korea) – Vadoo
Vadoo - Kang Sora
25. Kelly Lin (Taiwan) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Kelly Lin - Christmas
26. Kim Tae Hee (South Korea) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Kim Tae Hee
27. Malaika Arora Khan (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli - Malaika Arora Khan
28. Zuraida Jardine (South Africa) – Finolhu Villas
Finolhu Villas - Zuraida Jardine
29. Lee Si Young (South Korea) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Lee Si Young
30. Lucy Verasamy (United Kindgom) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Lucy Verasamy


Name Country Resort Total Points Instagram Followers Twitter Followers Facebook Followers IMDB Acting Credits
1 Bipasha Basu India Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 26 1,100,000 3,990,000 4,817,000 63
2 Deepika Padukone India Taj Exotica 25 3,000,000 11,400,000 27,667,000 27
3 Liz Hurley USA Huvafenfushi 24 153,000 494,000 1,954,000 38
4 Sonakshi Sinha India Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru 24 1,900,000 5,560,000 19,224,000 18
5 Shu Qi Taiwan Cocoa Island 23 1,100,000 388,000 348,000 78
6 Sonam Kapoor India Jumeirah Vittaveli 23 2,500,000 7,250,000 12,200,000 13
7 Charlotte Crosby United Kingdom Zitahli Kudafunafaru 22 3,500,000 2,410,000 1,458,000 17
8 Shilpa Shetty India Taj Exotica 20 41,500 4,040,000 8,623 53
9 Daryl Hannah USA Soneva Fushi 19 8,062 29,900 130,000 89
10 Stephanie Pratt USA Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 18 662,000 864,000 22
11 Michelle Keegan United Kingdom Maafushivaru 17 2,100,000 3,260,000 63,916 8
12 Naomie Harris United Kingdom Soneva Fushi 17 32,300 20,800 40,703 40
13 Penelope Cruz Spain Baros 17 2,782 24,602 63
14 Billie Faiers United Kingdom Baros 15 948,000 1,260,000 35,868 1
15 Lucy Watson United Kingdom Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 15 1,200,000 865,000 5
16 Alessia Ventura Italy Kuramathi 14 117,000 173,000 17,628 4
17 Holly Valance United Kingdom Reethi Rah 14 2,808 143,000 5,667 18
18 Son Ye-Jin South Korea LUX Maldives 14 5,171 1,912,000 20
19 Kate Winslet United Kingdom Amilla Fushi 13 65,700 45
20 Natalie Burn Ukraine Summer Island 13 26,300 12,700 1,984 36
21 Ricki-Lee Coulter Australia Conrad Rangali 13 159,000 31,000 9
22 Helen Flanagan United Kingdom Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 12 400,000 567,000 3
23 Hina Khan India Taj Exotica 12 14,300 71,811 17
24 Kang Sora South Korea Vadoo 10 356,000 180,000 7
25 Kelly Lin Taiwan Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 10 28
26 Kim Tae Hee South Korea Sun Siyam Irufushi 10 6,291 8,237 14
27 Malaika Arora Khan India Jumeirah Vittaveli 9 961 26
28 Zuraida Jardine South Africa Finolhu Villas 9 35,800 30,900 17,400
29 Lee Si Young South Korea Anantara Dhigu 8 12
30 Lucy Verasamy United Kingdom Six Senses Laamu 6 131,000

Maldives Virtual Film Festival

Kon Tiki 2012 trailer




Cannes Film Festival starts today which is a great showcase of fine smaller, independent productions like Norway’s “Kon Tiki”. Which as it turns out features the Maldives as the setting for the final scene (at the resort of Biyadhoo it seems). It’s no surprise then that it was film director Francisco Negrin who alerted me not only this Maldivian cameo (“Just watched kon tiki, this year’s oscar nominated norwegian film. The final scenes, when the raft hits Polynesia, were filmed in the maldives…”), but also all the films ever set in the Maldives.

If you want to have your own Maldivian Film Festival, then if you search IMDB for “location = Maldives”, you will get a list of over 33 films such as ‘The Island President’, “Caught Inside”, and “Dhinveynugehithaamaigaa”.

If I hadn’t saved up all my vacation time for visiting the Maldives, I might be traipsing about Cannes flogging a script myself (yes, like any self-respecting Los Angeles resident, ‘I have a script’). A script of a Maldivian story. If anyone is interested in producing a paradise-set cinematic tale, then drop me a line and we can do lunch. Plot: “Accountant becomes pirate.”

Best of the Maldives: Most Cinematic – Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi Cinema

If Maldivian paradise is not escapist enough and you need a dose of Hollywood/Bollywood silver screen spectacle, Soneva Fushi features probably the most comfortable and relaxing film cinemas not just in the Maldives, but in the world. If you miss all of the stars around the resorts, then you can always catch some on the large screen set out on the beach with comfy lounges for taking in a flick.