Best of the Maldives: Polished Pebbles– Fuvamulah

Fuvamulah sand 2

A non-resort island, Fuvamulah, is one of the most intriguing islands of all in the Maldives It does feature a number of guest houses and hotels, but it is not the little plot of sand in the middle of the ocean, but rather the second largest island in the Maldives. It is also not a pearl on an atoll necklace, but more of a sparkling broach standing solitary on the breast of the Indian Ocean.

Among its many distinctive features is the ground itself which makes up the island. The sand and the pebbles are unique to the island as they are polished by the action of the waves crashing on to the beach. Some beaches have pebbles (see photo above). One part of the island also has a pile of polished black stones on the beach. Other areas on the island have smaller grains of proper sand. But the sand grains are themselves polished. I was told that the unique texture of the sand makes the sand “sing” as you walk on it.

Fuvamulah sand 1

Pretty Gritty

Sand - anon

Not everyone is in a rush to double clean the coral white sand from their bodies. “Veli” means “sand” in Dhivehi and you see it in a few resort names (eg. “Veligandu” means “Sand Bank”). But among the fashionista set, it is a very popular natural make-up for photo shoots (its brilliant white colour proving a striking contrast to the bronzed complexions). Also, the “sand hand print” shot (to the derriere) has become all the vogue (see #11, #19, #25, #41) since I posted the first sandy collection.  And some have gotten even more artistic with their arenaceous medium (see #1, #6, #47).  Here is the Maldives Complete sandy seventy (making an even 100 to the total collection) looking veli photogenic…

    1. Alzbeta Kucerova and friend (Czech) – Maafushi
      Alzbeta Kucerova (Czech) – Maafushi
    2. Chiara Carcano (Italy) – Cocoon
      Chiara Carcano (Italy) - Cocoon

    3. Olga Nikitina (Russia) – Taj Exotica
      Olga Nikitina (Russia) - Taj Exotica
    4. Veronika Kotova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      Veronika Kotova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
    5. Szelokho (USA) – Gili Lankanfushi
      Szelokho (USA) - Gili Lankanfushi
    6. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Veligandu
      Anyuta Rai (Russia) - Veligandu
    7. Nikolett Németh (Hungary) – Kurumba
      Nikolett Németh (Hungary) - Kurumba
    8. Aggie Lal (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
      Aggie Lal (USA) - Six Senses Laamu
    9. Olga Kurbatova (Russia) – Velaa
      Olga Kurbatova (Russia) – Velaa
    10. Mar Mengot (Spain) – Athuruga
      Mar Mengot (Spain) - Athuruga
    11. Jourdan Raine (United Kingdom) – Meedhupparu
      Jourdan Raine (United Kingdom) - Meedhupparu
    12. Katy Zubova (Russia)
      Katy Zubova (Russia)
    13. Poonam Pandey (India) – Sheraton Full Moon
      Poonam Pandey (India)
    14. Chiara Ferragni (Italy) – Amilla Fushi
      Chiara Ferragni (Italy) - Amilla Fushi
    15. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
      Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
    16. Radmila Sadykova (Russia) – Fotteyo Kandu
      Radmila Sadykova (Russia) - Fotteyo Kandu
    17. Lady Boss (Russia) – Kamadhoo
      Lady Boss (Russia) - Kamadhoo
    18. Malia Murphey (USA) – W Maldives
      Malia Murphey (USA) - W Retreat
    19. Martyna Rybka (Poland) – Kuredu
      Martyna Rybka (Poland) - Kuredu
    20. Manjushree Saikia (India) – Maafushi
      Manjushree Saikia (India) - Maafushi
    21. Natalie Roser (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
      Natalie Roser (Australia) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    22. Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
      Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
    23. Mariel Chjen (Germany) – Kuredu
      Mariel Chjen (Germany) - Kuredu
    24. Raquel Cueto Ruiz (Spain) – Anantara Veli
      Raquel Cueto Ruiz (Spain) - Anantara Veli
    25. Kristina Marakova (Russia) – Mahibadhoo
      Kristina Marakova (Russia) - Mahibadhoo
    26. Any Salceanu (Italy) – Paradise Island
      Any Salceanu (Italy) - Paradise Island 2
    27. Mariaelena (Italy) – Palm Beach
      Mariaelena (Italy) - Palm Beach
    28. Martynova Natalya (Russia) – Fotteyo Kandu
      Martynova Natalya (Russia) - Fotteyo Kandu
    29. Naomi Serra (France) – Paradise Island
      Naomi Serra (France) - Paradise Island
    30. Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    31. Mariya Berg (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
      Mariya Berg (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
    32. Dasha Lashes (Russia) – W Maldives
      Dasha Lashes (Russia) - W Retreat
    33. Pepper Chocolate (Italy) – Kihaad
      Pepper Chocolate (Italy) - KIHAAD
    34. Maria Glass (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraaaru
      Maria Glass (Russia) - OZEN
    35. Darya Radchenko (Russia) – Kihaad
      Darya Radchenko (Russia) - Kihaad
    36. Ewa Chodakowska (Poland) – Six Senses Laamu
      Ewa Chodakowska (Poland) - Six Senses Laamu 2
    37. Nia Sharma (India) – Meedhupparu
      Nia Sharma (India) - Meedhupparu
    38. Belinda Morgan (Australia) – Club Med Kani
      Belinda Morgan (Australia) – Club Med Kani
    39. Yakushevskaya (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
      Yakushevskaya (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
    40. Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia)
    41. Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
      Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
    42. Kristina Mendonca (Australia) – W Maldives
      Kristina Mendonca (Australia) - W Retreat
    43. Paula Paola (Poland) – Komandoo
      Paula Paola (Poland) - Komandoo
    44. Iren Buchovskaya (Ukraine) – Sheraton Full Moon
      Iren Buchovskaya (Ukraine) - Sheraton Full Moon
    45. Maria Glass (Russia) – OZEN
      Maria Glass (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraaaru
    46. Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee
      Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee 2
    47. Helene Huttmann (Denmark) – Anantara Veli
      Helene Huttmann (Denmark) - Anantara Veli
    48. Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) – Gili Lankanfushi
      Yulia Schastlivaya (Russia) - Gili Lankanfushi
    49. Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee
      Karolina Wozniak (Poland) - AaaVeee 2
    50. Arisha Gz (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
      Arisha Gz (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
    51. Amy Patcha (Thailand) – Hideaway Beach
      Amy Patcha (Thailand) - Hideaway Beach

    52. Ylianna Dadashi (USA) – Gili Lankanfushi
      Ylianna Dadashi (USA) - Huvafenfushi
    53. Kaya (China) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
      Kaya (China) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
    54. Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
      Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    55. Courtney Eaton (Australia)
      Courtney Eaton (Australia)
    56. Lee Ann Liebenberg (South Africa) – Anantara Veli
      Lee Ann Liebenberg (South Africa) – Anantara Veli
    57. Nastya (Russia) – Rihiveli Beach
      Nastya (Russia) - Rihiveli Beach
    58. Serena Adsit (Singpore) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
      Serena Adsit (Singpore) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
    59. Caitlyn Howe (USA) – Gili Lankanfushi
      Caitlyn Howe (USA) - Gili Lankanfushi
    60. Christine Teigen (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
      Christine Teigen (USA) – Anantara Dhigu

    61. Olesya Kondratieva (Russia) – Velaa
      Olesya Kondratieva (Russia) - Velaa

         
    62. Solveig Mork (Denmark) – Gili Lankanfushi
      Solveig Mork (Denmark) – Gili Lankanfushi
    63. Alya Bellka (Ukraine) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      Alya Bellka (Ukraine) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    64. Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
      Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
    65. Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu
      Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu
    66. Yunkoro (Japan) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
      Yunkoro (Japan) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    67. Jenia Shtefan (Russia) – Sheraton Full Moon
      Jenia Shtefan (Russia) – Sheraton Full Moon
    68. Natasha Jeanvie (Russia) – Meedhupparu
      Natasha Jeanvie (Russia) – Meedhupparu
    69. Jessica Lee Buchanan (South Africa) – NIYAMA

  1. Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu [VIDEO]

   

Best of the Maldives: Sand Bars – Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi - sand bar

The classic allure of the Maldives is the minimalist iconic image of a plot of sand with a solitary palm tree. And sometimes, even the palm tree is missing. Then, you are left with one of the Maldives famous sand banks. A smudge of white coral sand peeking out of the sea. If the resort gives you that feeling of remoteness sitting on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean at the resort, then an excursion to one of these postage stamp parcels amps the sensation even more.

Many resorts have a sand bank nearby. Some even have a couple. But Constance Moofushi is the first resort I have come across with 3 or more in its immediate vicinity. When we swung by there during our tour, we spotted three different ones scattered around the resort.

The resort reports:

“The sand banks around Moofushi depend a little on the tides, if its high tide to low tide. Hence they will disappear or appear according to the tides which change on a daily basis, we do have strip 3 times a week to a Sand bank, which is categorised as an easy snorkel trip and where effectively the guest many snorkel over the white sand in very clear waters, fish are abundant. “

Moofushi offers a variety of sand bank experiences with which to enjoy their sand bank variety…

  • Sandbank breakfast – $209 per couple
  • ·Sandbank BBQ lunch – $409 per couple.
  • Sandbank dinner – $570 per couple.
  • Sandbank day trip – $1200 per couple (umbrella, table, chairs and sun beds, refreshments, a BBQ lunch with champagne, private snorkelling guide. This trip would leave around 9.30 am and return at approximately 3.30 pm)

Sunny Sand Blast

Amanda Bisk (Australia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giaavaru

Play in the Sand Day” today. And the Maldives certain offers plenty of sand and playmates. The iridescent blue waters and incandescent white sand provide a dazzling backdrop to any photoshoot making the seaside beach the most popular venue on the island for a few snaps. So there’s a bit of a bumper crop of photos at hand for beguiling beauties cavorting on the Maldives beaches. Here is a fashionista 50 playing with sand…

  1. Amanda Ware (Australia) – W Retreat
    Amanda Ware (Australia) - W Retreat
  2. Liz Hurley (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
    Liz Hurley (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
  3. Valentina Pahde (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Valentina Pahde (Germany) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  4. Victoria Magrath (United Kingdom) – Conrad Rangali
    Victoria Magrath (United Kingdom) – Conrad Rangali
  5. Sonali Raut (India) – Soneva Fushi
    Sonali Raut (India) – Soneva Fushi
  6. Sarah Stephens (Australia) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kholhu
    Sarah Stephens (Australia) – Coco Palm Dhoni Kholhu
  7. Patrycja Anna (USA) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Patrycja Anna (USA) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  8. Lily Marie (USA) – AaaVeee
    Lily Marie (USA) - AaaVeee
  9. Tatjana (Russia) – Fulhadhoo
    Tatjana (Russia) – Fulhadhoo
  10. Esha Gupta (India) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Esha Gupta (India) – Gili Lankanfushi
  11. Natalie Morris (USA) – Velassaru
    Natalie Morris (USA) – Velassaru
  12. Nikol Skorik (China) – Anantara Veli
    Nikol Skorik (China) – Anantara Veli
  13. Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
    Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
  14. Tiffany Watson (United Kingdom) – LUX Maldives
    Tiffany Watson (United Kingdom) – LUX Maldives
  15. Yanela Brooks (Cuba) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Yanela Brooks (Cuba) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
  16. Jenia Shtefan (Russia) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Jenia Shtefan (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  17. Marcela Scaldaferri (Brazil) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
    Marcela Scaldaferri (Brazil) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
  18. Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Renee Somerfield (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
  19. Olga Scheglovaov (Bosnia) – Ranveli
    Olga Scheglovaov (Bosnia) – Ranveli
  20. Olga Storozhuk (Ukraine) – AaaVeee
    Olga Storozhuk (Ukraine) - AaaVeee
  21. Katarina Kojadinovic (Bosnia) – Coco Prive Kuda Hithi
    Katarina Kojadinovic (Bosnia) – Coco Prive Kuda Hithi
  22. Nastena (Russia) – Olhuveli
    Nastena (Russia) – Olhuveli
  23. Hailey Baldwin (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Hailey Baldwin (USA) – Six Senses Laamu

  24. Lee Ann Liebenberg (South Africa) – Anantara Veli
    Lee Ann Liebenberg (South Africa) – Anantara Veli
  25. Egherta Hysa (Ukraine) – Maafushi
    Egherta Hysa (Ukraine) – Maafushi
  26. Perrie Edwards (United Kingdom) – The Residence
    Perrie Edwards (United Kingdom) – The Residence
  27. Lorena Rae (Germany) – Palm Beach
    Lorena Rae (Germany) – Palm Beach
  28. Olya Batishcheva (Russia) – Eriyadu
    Olya Batishcheva (Russia) – Eriyadu
  29. Eem Nizam (Maldives) – Vilu Reef
    Eem Nizam (Maldives) – Vilu Reef
  30. Tatyana Vysotskaya (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Tatyana Vysotskaya (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufuhi
  31. Natalie Anderson (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
    Natalie Anderson (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
  32. Sarah Ashcroft (United Kingdom) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
    Sarah Ashcroft (United Kingdom) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
  33. Dasha Kononovich (Russia) – Ayada
    Dasha Kononovich (Russia) – Ayada
  34. K Katerinochka (Russia) – Sun Island
    K Katerinochka (Russia) – Sun Island
  35. Precious Angellyn Sanchez (Philippines) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Precious Angellyn Sanchez (Philippines) – Gili Lankanfushi
  36. Melanie Kyle Oldenburg (Australia) – Olhuveli
    Melanie Kyle Oldenburg (Australia) – Olhuveli
  37. Viktoria (Germany) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    Viktoria (Germany) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
  38. Solveig Mork (Denmark) – Paradise Island
    Solveig Mork (Denmark) – Paradise Island
  39. Jessica Goicoechea (Spain) – Kuramathi
    Jessica Goicoechea (Spain) – Kuramathi

  40. Rochelle Humes (United Kingdom) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
    Rochelle Humes (United Kingdom) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
  41. Lela Ceterova (Czech) – Constance Halaveli
    Lela Ceterova (Czech) – Constance Halaveli
  42. Dasha Batukhtina (Russia) – Baros
    Dasha Batukhtina (Russia) – Baros
  43. Frederica Lena (Italy) – Alimatha
    Frederica Lena (Italy) – Alimatha
  44. Malin Richardson (Sweden) – Park Hyatt Hadaha
    Malin Richardson (Sweden) – Park Hyatt Hadaha
  45. Mercedes Maya (Spain) – Gangehi
    Mercedes Maya (Spain) – Gangehi
  46. Alana Blanchard (USA) – Maalifhusi
    Alana Blanchard (USA) – Maalifhusi
  47. Elena Passeri (Italy) – Madoogali
    Elena Passeri (Italy) – Madoogali
  48. Marloes Horst (Netherlands) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    Marloes Horst (Netherlands) – Coco Palm Dhona Khuni
  49. Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee
    Aleona Lynx (Russia) - AaaVeee
  50. Eva Marti (Slovakia) – Kihaad
    Eva Marti (Slovakia) – Kihaad

Best of the Maldives: Sand Floor Art – Angsana Velavaru

Angsana Velavaru - sand floor art 1

Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.” – Jorge Luis Borges

One of the most distinctive aspects to the “no shoes, no news” experience of the Maldives is the pervasive warm, soft white sand. My favourite resorts are the ones who use sand floors in all the public spaces – restaurants, lounges. It’s like you never ever leave the beach during your holiday day or night.

Sound isn’t the only creative medium for the floor in the Maldives. Angsana Velavaru takes the distinctive sand floor to the next level with its own artistry. Sort of like a 2D sand sculpture (or ‘painting’). It reminds me of Jain rice drawing. Sort of a performance art in its impermanence.

(thanks again Paola)

Angsana Velavaru - sand floor art 2