Best of the Maldives: Jetty Isle – The Residence Dhigurah

The Residence - jetty isle

When we were first considering going to the Maldives two decades ago, our friends described their trip and how they were on their resort island and saw another even smaller island across the water. They waded out a bit further to get a better look and before long they hade waded all the way across the lagoon to it (Rihiveli Beach). This one anecdote stuck in my mind more than others and seemed to capture the plot-of-sand-in-the-middle-of-the-ocean vibe more than any other illustration of the Maldives.

Since, then I’ve been on the constant lookout for miniscule islands as a part of the distinctive Maldivian aesthetic. With this post, I’ve even introduced a tag for it, “Mini Island”. The latest is this little sandbank with a touch of greenery and a small thatched cabana at The Residence Dhigurah. With the jetty passing so near, it might just be the closest of the detached mini-isles (thanks Francisco – long time fan of the original “mini island” at Rihiveli).


Feshan Week

Yana (Russia) - Huvafenfushi

Fashion (“Feshan” in Dhivehi) week here in London again. This date marks the second anniversary of Maldives Complete’s fashion posts. We will be celebrating with a few of our own fashion shows online. The first collection is displayed in the distinctive cat walk of the Maldives – the overwater runway known as the jetty…

  1. Yana (Russia) – Huvafenfushi [ABOVE]
  2. Anastasia Klubnichkina (Russia) – W Retreat
    Anastasia Klubnichkina (Russia) - W Retreat
  3. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  4. Janine Wiggert (Germany) – Constance Halaveli
    Janine Wiggert (Germany) - Constance Halaveli
  5. Valeriya Shelest (Russia) – Sun Island
    Valeriya Shelest (Russia) - Sun Island

  6. Daria Mitchell (Russia) – Eriyadhu
    Daria Mitchell (Russia) - Eriyadhu
  7. Rianna Gabriel (Russia) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Rianna Gabriel (Russia) - Sheraton Full Moon
  8. Karli Henneman (USA) – Constance Moofushi
    Karli Henneman (USA) - Constance Moofushi

  9. Viktoriya Morozovaa (Russia) – Drift Thelu
    Viktoriya Morozovaa (Russia) - Kuredu

  10. Anjelika (Russia) – Sun Island
    Anjelika (Russia) - Sun Island

  11. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – Velassaru
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru

  12. Katya Nizhegorodtseva (Russia) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Katya Nizhegorodtseva (Russia) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi 2
  13. Poonam Pandey (India) – Sheraton Full Moon
    Poonam Pandey (India)
  14. Denise Mak (Canada) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Denise Mak (Canada) - Gili Lankanfushi

Best of the Maldives: Artistic Arrival Jetty – Soneva Jani

Soneva Jani - arrival jetty

First impressions make the biggest impact. It’s one of the reasons why I added a photo of the “Arrival Jetty” to the Maldives Complete Profiles. We were particularly struck by Shangri-La Villingili’s towering welcome pier this summer. But Soneva Jani has set a new high bar in terms of aloha artistry with its sculpted creation.

Boardwalk Catwalk

Kristine Purvinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi - 2

Jetties are one of the iconic features of most Maldives resorts attracting their disproportionate share of photoshoot shots. Extending over the turquoise waters, the aquatic boardwalks let the paradise posers literally walk on water surrounded by the motley tapestry of blues. Marking the addition of “arrival jetties” to the resort profiles is a collection from the Maldives Complete fashionista database of twenty timber traipsers today…

  1. Kristine Purvinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi [ABOVE]
  2. Olga Scheglovaov (Bosnia) – Ranveli
    Olga Scheglovaov (Bosnia) – Ranveli
  3. Eryka Yar (USA) – AaaVeee
    Eryka Yar (USA) - AaaVeee
  4. Julia Dybowska (Poland) – Velassaru
    Julia Dybowska (Poland) – Velassaru
  5. Bridget Bahl (USA) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Bridget Bahl (USA) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
  6. Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Shangri-La Villingili
    Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
  7. Ylianna Dadashi (USA) – Huvafenfushi
    Ylianna Dadashi (USA) - Huvafenfushi
  8. Kira Eagle (Russia) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    Kira Eagle (Russia) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
  9. Nina Zandia (OAE) – Six Senses Laamu
    Nina Zandia (OAE) – Six Senses Laamu
  10. Jenny Phm (Vietnam) – Conrad Rangali
    Jenny Phm (Vietnam) - Conrad Rangali
  11. Jacqueline Fernandez (Sri Lanka) – Conrad Rangali
    Jacqueline Fernandez (Sri Lanka) – Conrad Rangali
  12. Sheida Fashionista (OAE) – Constance Moofushi
    Sheida Fashionista (OAE) – JA Manafaru
  13. Oxana K (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Oxana K (Russia) – NIYAMA
  14. Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
    Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
  15. Precious Angellyn Sanchez (Philippines) – Paradise Island
    Precious Angellyn Sanchez (Philippines) – Paradise Island
  16. Belinda Young (Taiwan) – Velaa
    Belinda Young (Taiwan) – Maalifushi
  17. Vlada Lachimova (Russia) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Vlada Lachimova (Russia) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
  18. Lucy Williams (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
    Lucy Williams (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
  19. Yana Flori (United Kingdom) – Amari Havodda
    Yana Flori (United Kingdom) - Amari Havodda
  20. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi
    Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi

Best of the Maldives: Longest Arrival Jetty – Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa

Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa - arrival jetty

A good first impression can work wonders.” – J. K. Rowling

I am trying to keep the Profiles somewhat limited so they are a real “at a glance” impression of the resort. I try to focus on distinctive aspects of the resorts that all my readers enquire about. Each photos and datapoint needs to be some variety across resorts which is why I don’t feature pictures of palm trees and sunsets that often fill the resort web sites as they just aren’t different enough from one resort to another. But there also has to be some constancy within the resort which is also why I don’t feature restaurants and bar photos. There are usually more than restaurant and bar and they often differ considerably. As a result, it is hard to choose one photo that typifies the F&B areas.

But in this last Tour, I was especially struck on the vast variety across Arrival Jetties. Some are simple docks while others are elaborate constructions. It is your first (and last) impression of the resort so it always has impact. We love walking along the resort jetties. They are great places for getting out over the water and you always see so many creatures scurrying about often attracted to mini-artificial reef-like structure it forms.

With a bit of snapping this summer and some further web research, I amassed 47 resorts which I think is just enough to add this piece of each resort to the Profile.

To mark this occasion, I also wanted to call out one of the most impressive arrival jetties I came upon in my research. It’s always easier to claim distinction for objective and quantity differences rather than subjective and quality ones. Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa appears to be the longest arrival jetty in the Maldives. It’s so long that they have added a couple of sheltered pavilions along it. I am guessing to give visitors a chance for a rest along their stroll from one end to another.

As always, if you have any snaps of any arrival jetties that I don’t yet have, I would love to have them to add to the database.  Thanks!