Best of the Maldives: Swinging – Cocoon

Cocoon - swing

Even its distinctive floating furniture add to the dangling design vibe of the resort. Lots of resorts have swings, but Cocoon has them in places I’ve never seen before like the reception (see above, great for soothing the sadness of saying goodbye when waiting for your return transfer), and the bathroom (see below, not sure what this is great for…maybe to help get things moving??).

Cocoon - bathroom swing


The Queens of the Swingers, The Tropical Jungle VIPs

Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Anantara Veli

Swings in the Maldives have become as standard as the lagoon hammocks and photo spots and just as popular with the paradise-arazzi. Especially, the lagoon versions that let you rock in the cool waters like these 20 swingers…

  1. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Anantara Veli  [ABOVE]
  2. Vivienne Hermann (United Kingdom) – Kurumba
    Vivienne Hermann (United Kingdom) - Kurumba
  3. Ginger Swan (Russia) – Sun Island
    Ginger Swan (Russia) - Sun Island
  4. Alexandra Kupiec (Poland) – Vadoo
    Alexandra Kupiec (Poland) - Vadoo
  5. Ludovica Pagani (Italy) – Cocoon
    Ludovica Pagani (Italy) - Cocoon
  6. Carlotta Tadolini (Italy) – Cocoon
    Carlotta Tadolini (Italy) - Cocoon
  7. Kristina Krayt (Russia) – Cocoon
    Kristina Krayt (Russia) - Cocoon
  8. Jacqueline Mikuta (Sweden) – Hurawalhi
    Jacqueline Mikuta (Sweden) - Hurawalhi
  9. Natali Portman (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Natali Portman (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
  10. Davika (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Davika (Thailand) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  11. Nicole Crimi (Canada) – Anantara Dhigu
    Nicole Crimi (Canada) - Anantara Dhigu
  12. Jasminne Majid (Bulgaria) – Anantara Dhigu
    Jasminne Majid (Bulgaria) - Anantara Dhigu
  13. Erkerkja (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Erkerkja (Thailand) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  14. Ana Cecília Sabbá (Brazil) –Taj Exotica
    Ana Cecília Sabbá (Brazil) -Taj Exotica 2
  15. Natallia Yakimchyk (Russia) – Reethi Rah
    Natallia Yakimchyk (Russia) - Amilla Fushi
  16. Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee 2
    Karolina Wozniak (Poland) - AaaVeee 2
  17. Nastya Zadorozhnaya (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Nastya Zadorozhnaya (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
  18. Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee – 2
    Sana Lantana (USA) – AaaVeee - 2
  19. Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee [check link]
    Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee
  20. Olga Storozhuk (Ukraine) – AaaVeee
    Olga Storozhuk (Ukraine) - AaaVeee

Swinging Maldivian Style

Sana Lantana and Aleona Lynx - AaaVeee

Maldives National Day today. A public holiday to both relax and commemorate all things Maldivian. And few things do both better than the iconic Maldivian swing. Like a mini-hammock seat. Trust the Maldivians, in their tropical paradise, to innovate on the concept of a hammock. And trust the fashionistas to turn such a fun amenity into a Kodak moment…

  1. Sana Lantana and Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee [ABOVE]
  2. Alina Oliinyk (Ukraine) – Maafushi
    Alina Oliinyk (Ukraine) - Maafushi
  3. Yana Leventseva (Thailand) – Royal
    Yana Leventseva (Thailand) - Royal
  4. Simona Kateivaitė (Lithuania) – Club Rannalhi
    Simona Kateivaitė (Lithuania) - Club Rannalhi
  5. Albina (Russia) – Meedhupparu
  6. Albina (Russia) - Meedhupparu
  7. Maria Milovskaya (Russia)
    Maria Milovskaya (Russia)
  8. Sarah-Jane Dias (India) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Sarah-Jane Dias (India) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
  9. Honorata Skarbek (Poland)
    Honorata Skarbek (Poland)
  10. Lady Boss (Russia) – Kamadhoo
    Lady Boss (Russia) - Kamadhoo
  11. Kate B. Kate (Poland) – Sun Island
    Kate B Kate (Poland) - Sun Island
  12. Pixie Bella (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Pixie Bella (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  13. Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee
    Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee
  14. Alessia Marcuzzi (Italy) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Alessia Marcuzzi (Italy) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  15. Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee
    Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee - 2
  16. Eryka Yar (USA) – AaaVeee
    Eryka Yar (USA) - AaaVeee
  17. Lydia (Poland) – Vilamendhoo
    Lydia (Poland) – Vilamendhoo

  18. Sylvia Matzkowiak (Germany) – LUX Maldives
    Sylvia Matzkowiak (Germany) – LUX Maldives
  19. Diana Penty (India) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Diana Penty (India) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
  20. Son Ye-Jin (South Korea) – LUX Maldives
    Son Ye-Jin (South Korea) – LUX Maldives

Best of the Maldives: Swinging – Anantara Kihavah Villas

Anantara Kihavah Villas - hammock

Kihavah King of the Swingers for Jungle VIPs.

I was particularly impressed during my stay at Anantara Kihavah that every villa was kitted out with a high quality hammock. Most resorts I have visited have communal pendulous pallets scattered across the resort. But also each villa deck has a sofa swings (see directly below).

Communal swings do abound throughout the resort with such exceptional models as their “best of” pool swing (see second below). And they even have the increasingly de rigeur lagoon swing (see bottom).

Anantara Kihavah Villas - villa swing

Anantara Kihavah Villas - pool swings


Best of the Maldives: Tree Swing – One & Only Reethi Rah

One and Only Reeth Rah - tree swing

‘Best of the Maldives’ is all about extremes. And you don’t get any more extreme than One & Only Reethi Rah’s tree swing. Sort of the complete antithesis of Reethi’s workout Stott Pilates pulley swinging mechanism. A long rope means a longer, gentler undulation with a more languid rhythm reflecting the Maldives as a whole really.

Best of the Maldives: Maldivian Kids Swing – Dusit Thani

Dusit Thani - Maldivian kids swing

Here’s a little bit of Maldivian culture for the little ones. I love checking out the resort kids clubs whether they have all manner of items shrunk down to tyke size. You will find these Maldivian classic seats throughout the Maldives, but Dusit Thani’s “Baan Sanook” kids club was the only place I’ve seen a tiny tyke version adapted for the little ones.


Best of the Maldives: Boat Swing – Centara Ras Fushi

Centara Ras Fushi - boat swing



Another land-lubbing dhoni is featured at Centara Ras Fushi for those looking for the gentle tropical breezes to rock their boat.

I couldn’t resist a long overdue post for Bad Pun Monday – A final chant to England’s knocked out rugby team…”Swing boat, sweet chair, (it’s hot!) Smile