Wading Dress

Maldives wedding

Royal Wedding Day! No one does weddings like the British, but few do wedding dress photoshoots like the Maldives. If the new Mrs. Harry Windsor, Duchess of Sussex has inspired your own nuptial aspirations, here is an international catalogue of gorgeous gowns…

  1. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – Velaa
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – Velaa 2
  2. Ana Jovanovic (Czech) – Sun Island
    Ana Jovanovic (Czech) - Sun Island
  3. Kristina Krayt (Russia) – Cocoon
    Kristina Krayt (Russia) - Cocoon
  4. Marie Praporshikova (Russia) – Vadoo
    Marie Praporshikova (Russia) - Vadoo
  5. Loves Nature (Russia) – Dhigurah
    Loves Nature (Russia) - Dhigurah
  6. S. Teodosieva (Russia) – Nika
    S Teodosieva  (Russia) - Nika
  7. Yadi Liang (China) – Angsana Velavaru
    Yadi Liang (China) - Angsana Velavaru
  8. Julia Shachar (Israel) – Milaidhoo
    Julia Shachar (Israel) - Milaidhoo
  9. Mary Muravieva (Russia) – Meedhupparu
    Mary Muravieva (Russia) – Meedhupparu
  10. Lyudmila Bovkun (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Lyudmila Bovkun (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  11. Tanya Glukhova (Ukraine) – Cocoon
    Tanya Glukhova (Ukraine) – Cocoon
  12. Lisa Cannon (Ireland) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Lisa Cannon (Ireland) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  13. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Ayada
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) - Ayada
  14. Anna Pasternak (Italy) – Alimatha
    Anna Pasternak (Italy) - Alimatha
  15. Nina Ros (Hong Kong) – Paradise Island
    Nina Ros (Hong Kong) - Paradise Island
  16. Maja Rejec (Slovenia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Maja Rejec (Slovenia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  17. Katusha Lobanova (Russia) – Cocoon
    Katusha Lobanova (Russia)
  18. Reina Sophia (Japan) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Reina Sophia (Japan) - One & Only Reethi Rah

  19. Kristina Mikanovskis (Russia) – Kuramathi
    Kristina Mikanovskis (Russia) - Kuramathi
  20. Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  21. Karri Nicholas (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Karri Nicholas (Australia) - Amilla Fushi
  22. Mary Shum (Russia) – Ranveli
    Mary Shum (Russia) - Ranveli

  23. Anastasia Romanova (Russia) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Anastasia Romanova (Russia) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  24. June (Singapore) – Centara Grand
    June (Singapore) - Centara Grand
  25. Dilara özcan (Germany)
    Dilara özcan (Germany)
  26. Olka Axyonova (Russia) – Meeru
    Olka Axyonova (Russia) - Meeru
  27. Mrs. Mohd Fadhli Zil Ikram Karim (Malaysia) – Baros
    Mrs Mohd Fadhli Zil Ikram Karim (Malaysia) - Baros
  28. Daniela Albuquerque (Brazil) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Daniela Albuquerque (Brazil) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
  29. Sharon Chuter (USA) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Sharon Chuter (USA) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
  30. Kristina Makeeva (Russia) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Kristina Makeeva (Russia) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  31. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – Velassaru
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru
  32. Catherine (Taiwan) – Adaaran Hudhuran fushi
    Catherine (Taiwan) - Adaaran Hudhuran fushi
  33. Uliana Ptash (Russia)
    Uliana Ptash (Russia)
  34. Isabeli Fontana (Brazil) – Soneva Fushi
    Isabeli Fontana (Brazil) - Soneva Fushi
  35. Yana Rudkovskaya (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Yana Rudkovskaya (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
  36. Mari Tagram (Japan) – Conrad Rangali
    Mari Tagram (Japan) – Conrad Rangali
  37. Tatiana Lopatinskaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
    Tatiana Lopatinskaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
  38. Linochka (Slovakia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Linochka (Slovakia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
  39. Maria Nekrasov (Russia) – Sun Island
    Maria Nekrasov (Russia) – Sun Island
  40. Daniela Andreotti (Italy) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Daniela Andreotti (Italy) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  41. Nikki Nier (China) Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Nikki Nier (China) Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  42. Alexandra Lovchinovskaya (Russia) Vilu Reef
    Alexandra Lovchinovskaya (Russia) Vilu Reef
  43. Emma Grattridge (United Kingdom) Velassaru
    Emma Grattridge (United Kingdom) Velassaru
  44. Anne-Catherine Sprunger Muller (Switzerland) Thilhagiri
    Anne-Catherine Sprunger Muller (Switzerland) Thilhagiri
  45. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi
    Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi
  46. Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
    Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
  47. Cherry Wong (Hong Kong) – Velassaru
    Cherry Wong (Hong Kong) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

  48. Anastasia Boginskaya (Russia) W Maldives
    Anastasia Boginskaya (Russia) W Retreat
  49. Anne Boyko (Ukraine) – Sun Island
    Anne Boyko (Ukraine) – Sun Island
  50. Alexandra Lavrinenko (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Alexandra Lavrinenko (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi

Best of the Maldives: Wishing Tree – Ayada

Ayada - wish tree

Wish trees are found in many traditions, but one of the most prominent is the Japanese O-mikuji (literally “sacred lot”). Wishes are written on small strips of paper and hung in a tree. They can be hung directly on branches (or other frame) or inserted into a small container for safe keeping. My parents presented us with a Wish Tree at our pre-wedding celebration party where guest wrote wishes for the betrothed couple and hung them on decorated branches. Ayada has introduced this tradition with the romantic twist of placing the wishes in tiny, heart-shaped glass bottles (thanks Paola).  So if you want your Valentines wishes to last forever, you can give your love a message in a bottle on a tropical island.

Googling Honeymoon

Googling Maldives

The Maldives continues to remain the world capital of “Honeymoons” even in the digital age. “Honeymoon” is the most frequently Googled keyword in association with the word “Maldives” in the phrase “What is the cost of [x] in [y]?” Other top products from around Asia are shown above and the link on the graphic takes you to the Business Insider article which covered the whole world.

Best of the Maldives: Heart Plaques – Anantara Veli

Anantara Veli - heart plaques

Instead of remembering the flowers there on your special, how about flowers to be a memento of your day. In sort sort of “Locks of Love” riff, Anantara Veli, provides commemorative plaques hung in their orchid nursey…

“Every Thursday evening on Veli there is a honeymooner’s cocktail party for Veli guests, at which they receive a heart engraved with their name and date of stay…or in some cases, ceremonial wedding date. This is then hung on the wall of the orchid garden. Most guests leave the hearts there, some guests take them away when they leave.”

At Veli, there is always flowers by your wedding date.

Best of the Maldives: Bride Litter – Conrad Rangali

Conrad Rangali - bridal litter

If she is like a cat, I have litter…” – Steve Martin

And if she is like an exotic princess, I have a different type of litter.

Great leadership lifts up its staff, and great service lifts up its guests. In the case of Conrad Rangali, they take this a bit literally for some wedding ceremonies. Or should I a say ‘litterally’.

15 Romantic Suds

Atmosphere Kanifushi - tub

Happy Valentines Day sweethearts everywhere.  But especially in that global hotbed of romantic paradise, the Maldives

Get your clothes off for a hot and steamy, sensual delight, with a touch of perfume, bubbly, and flower petals. Yes, a romantic bubble bath. Here’s a not-so-dirty dozen of the best in the Maldives…

I’ve also added a “Maldives Tub Art” board to the Maldives Complete Pinterest so I can add more sexy suds as I find them.

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1. Atmosphere Kanifushi [above]

2. Cheval Blanc Randheli
Cheval Blanc Randeli tub

3. Vakarufalhi
Vakarufalhi - tub

4. Coco Bodu Hithi (thanks Paola)
Coco Bodu Hithi - tub

5. One & Only Reethi Rah
One & Only Reethi Rah - tub

6. Centara Ras Fushi
Centara Ras Fushi - tub

7. Kuramathi
Kuramathi - tub

8. Anantara Kihavah
Anantara Kihavah Villas - tub

9. Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - tub

10.  Centara Grand
Centara Grand - tub

11. Loama Maamagili
Loama Maamagili - tub

12. Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - tub

13. Hideaway Beach
Hideaway Beach - tub

14. Zitahli Kudafunafaru
Zitahli Kudafunafaru - tub decor

15. Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
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Best of the Maldives: Bed Decorating – Zitahli Kudafunafaru

Zitahli Kudafunafaru - bed decorating 1

Winner and new champion of the hotly contested bed decorating. Custom room greeting décor has become such an extreme art form in the Maldives, I started a Pinterest page a while back to showcase the best I came across.

Room décor falls into two basic categories…

  1. Bed Decoration – The original classic involving flower petals, sheet folding and palm fronds (mostly for spelling out greetings).
  2. Towel Art – Folding towels into various sculpture.

Zitahli Kudafunfaru has set the new bar with its “Happy Anniversary” extravaganza which elegantly combined both. Mind you it was a particularly special one (30th). The only downside is that is was so beautiful that we were tempted to sleep on the sofa so as not to disturb it. Gorgeous.

 

Zitahli Kudafunafaru - bed decorating 2