Maldives Flower Show

Eem Nizam and Amaan Nizam (Maldives) – Sun Siyam Irufushi

Today the world famous Chelsea Flower Show opens to showcase bouquets and borders of the most exquisite blossoms, but in the Maldives the year round fashionistas feature their own floral displays…

  1. Eem Nizam and Amaan Nizam (Maldives) – Hideaway Beach  [ABOVE]
  2. Ilona Korinets (Russia) – Medhufushi
    Ilona Korinets (Russia) - Medhufushi
       
  3. Pamela Reif (Germany) – Velaa
    Pamela Reif (Germany) – Velaa
      
  4. Hawwa Riyaaza (Maldives)
    Hawwa Riyaaza (Maldives)
       
  5. Arinka Nazarova (Russia) – Holiday Island
    Arinka Nazarova (Russia) – Holiday Island
       
  6. Alena Omovych (Russia) – Furaveri
    Alena Omovych (Russia) - Furaveri
       
  7. Ketya (Ukraine) – Holiday Island
    Ketya (Ukraine) - Holiday Island
       
  8. Darya Mir (OAE) – Ayada
    Darya Mir (OAE) - Ayada
       
  9. Dyna Sarahah (Maldives) – Hulhumale
    Dyna Sarahah (Maldives) - Hulhumale
       
  10. Deanna Sallao (Philippines) – Kurumba
    Deanna Sallao (Philippines) - Kurumba
       
  11. Fatima Almomen (Kuwait) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Fatima Almomen (Kuwait) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  12. Cici Z (Hong Kong) – Bandos
    Cici Z (Hong Kong) - Bandos
       
  13. Oksana Domoratskaya (Singapore) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Oksana Domoratskaya (Singapore) - One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  14. Jasmine Rodriguez (USA) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Jasmine Rodriguez (USA) - Sheraton Full Moon
       
  15. Chloe Lloyd (United Kingdom) – LUX Maldives
    Chloe Lloyd (United Kingdom) – LUX Maldives
       
  16. Aala Ahmed (Maldives)
    Aala Ahmed (Maldives)
      
  17. Dumitrita Butucea (Romania) – Kurumba
    Dumitrita Butucea (Romania) - Kurumba
       
  18. Amarni Skaf (Australia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Amarni Skaf (Australia) - Anantara Dhigu
      
  19. Barbara Fumagalli (Italy) – Ayada
    Barbara Fumagalli (Italy) - Ayada
      
  20. Nikolett Németh (Hungary) – Kurumba
    Nikolett Németh (Hungary) - Kurumba
       
  21. Tatiana Kotova (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Tatiana Kotova (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  22. Adelina Pestritu (Romania) – Sun Island
    Adelina Pestritu (Romania) - Sun Island
        
  23. Nina Ros (Hong Kong) – Paradise Island
    Nina Ros (Hong Kong) - Paradise Island
       
  24. Sailor Moona (China) – NIYAMA
    Sailor Moona (China) - NIYAMA
       
  25. Kimi Lein (Germany) – Kuredu
    Kimi Lein (Germany) - Kuredu
       
  26. Delfi Ferrari (Indonesia) – Ayada
    Delfi Ferrari (Indonesia) - Ayada
      
  27. Anastasia Barashkova (Russia) – Constance Halaveli
    Anastasia Barashkova (Russia) – Constance Halaveli
       
  28. Vanessa Dickten (Germany) – Bandos
    Vanessa Dickten (Germany) - Bandos
      
  29. Taylor Mega (Italy) – NIYAMA
    Taylor Mega (Italy) – NIYAMA 2
       
  30. Brooke Hogan (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Brooke Hogan (Australia) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
       
  31. Jenny Jenkins (United Kingdom) – Kurumba
    Jenny Jenkins (United Kingdom) - Kurumba
      
  32. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  33. Myra Rali (Italy) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Myra Rali (Italy) - LUX South Ari Atoll
       
  34. Mirela Nicoleta (United Kingdom) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
    Mirela Nicoleta (United Kingdom) - Atmosphere Kanifushi
        
  35. Olga Estupinan (USA) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Olga Estupinan (USA) - LUX Maldives
      
  36. Katya Klep (Russia) – Royal Island
    Katya Klep (Russia) - Royal Island
       
  37. Marina Chernyshova (Russia) – Maafushi
    Marina Chernyshova (Russia) - Maafushi
       
  38. Mima (Serbia) – Royal Island
    Mima (Serbia) - Royal Island
        
  39. Alexis Ren (USA) – Ayada
    Alexis Ren (USA) - Ayada
        
  40. Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazil) – ShangriLa Vilingili
    Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazil) - Shangri-La Vilingili
       
  41. Valeriya Samchileeva (Ukraine) – Olhuveli
    Valeriya Samchileeva (Ukraine) - Olhuveli
       
  42. Nataliia Degtiarova (Ukraine) JA Manafaru
    Nataliia Degtiarova (Ukraine) JA Manafaru

Best of the Maldives: Spa Flowers – Nika

Nika spa flowers

 

 

From water walking to water wafting. Of the fragrant bouquets of aquatic bouquets that pack the Nika spa area.

When you first enter the appropriately names Lotus Spa, you are greeted by stereo bowls of dazzling blossoms floating in bowls of water by the gate. Arranged meticulously and artistically is an array of flower petals that are changed every day. Not just the petals, but the design itself (see below for another example).

Then in the spa itself set amidst a sprawling water feature packed with more diverse water lilies and other water flowers than I have seen in the Maldives (see bottom) of different colours and shapes adorning the surface in the bright sunshine.

Nika is just bursting with colour of both fauna and flora.

 

Nika spa flowers 2

 

Nika spa water lillies

Best of the Maldives: Nursery – Kurumba

Kurumba orchid nursery 2

 

 

Another enclosure of vibrant colour is the orchid nursery at Kurumba. Except to hard-core horticulturalists, nurseries are often about as interesting as a pair of old wellies and a dirty spade. Usually, they are an example of the whole being less than the sum of the parts. In this case, the parts being hundreds of fragrant blossoms. But all packed into a tedious and cramped barracks.

Kurumba has turned this explosion of hue and scent into a feature itself. Not just by welcoming guests into it, but by investing in make the nursery itself a real attraction. The centrepiece is the water feature which is a dramatic fountain adorned will all manner of vegetation.

Horticulturist and Garden Manager, Upul Kumara, commented that the Orchid Nursery ‘is completely natural and uses coir rope, bamboo and a pond with a waterfall has been used a centre piece of the garden. This will definitely be a new attraction to all our guests and not only that, the space will be suitable for a romantic dinner, a private yoga session or a relaxing stroll.’ He added that in nature, orchids have humid environments with near-constant air circulation. The water pond not only adds beauty, but also helps take care of the orchids. For those who have enjoyed the nursery in the past, we are sure the renovation will be greatly welcomed. With the following addition we hope it imprints to guest a lasting impression on the varied experiences while seeing the Maldives in Full Colour at Kurumba.

Soon, the resort is going to start offering guest dinners in there. A delightful blend of culinary and floral aroma.

Kurumba is not alone in featuring bounteous blossoms and this post has convinced me to add a new category tag for Flowers”.

 

Kurumba orchid nursery fountain

Best of the Maldives: Flower Name – Mirihi

Mirihi flower

 

 

 

100th Chelsea Flower Show, one of the bellwethers of sunshine and blossoms in climate-challenged England, opens today. To mark the occasion we have our own online exhibit of botanical curiosity. Mirihi not only has it’s very own blossom, but it is its namesake. GM Martin Vossen describes, “Mirihi is named after the flower! 🙂 I think it can be found on other Islands as well, but I have never seen it anywhere else and I would not be aware of where else it can be found, so it is really quite unique.”

 

Mirihi flower 2

Best of the Maldives: Orchids – Kanuhura

Kanuhura orchid

 

 

The sellout Chelsea Flower Show in London started yesterday and tickets are scarcer than some of the prize blossoms trotted out for the horticultural world to admire. Flowers have always been part of the Maldivian paradise spectacle. From lining the flour soft sand paths to arranged in stunning bedtime displays.

Of all of the fabulous flora, only Kanuhura has its very own flower – the ‘Dendrobium Kanuhura’ (yellow and orange) registered orchid developed by Kanuhura nurseries.

And the orchid extravaganza doesn’t stop there. Kanuhura has over 15,000 orchids on the island when they are in season in over 15 colours.

Bloomin’ marvellous!

 

Kanuhura greenhouse

 

Kanuhura registration certificate

Best of the Maldives: Bed Decoration – Meeru

Meeru Bed

‘Turning down the bed’ takes on an elaborately resplendent meaning at many tropical resorts and with so much colourful flora at their disposal, the Maldivians take this pre-slumber ceremony very seriously. Maldives Complete has assembled a collection of the most stunning examples it has come across, and in a tightly contested decision, we would give the rosette of repose to Meeru for the example displayed above. The sheer volume of petals in the heart combined with the distinctive touch of the palm leaf origami in the corners at the foot make it a real masterpiece.  Admire the other contenders here