July 2016




To live a life where gravity and time are relative is every freediver’s dream. This year’s LUX* South Ari Atoll Underwater Festival gets up-close and personal with world record holder Christian Redl set to host apnea courses from the 3rd to 9th of April 2016 and reveal how this life-changing sport has irreversibly shaped his life. When the Austrian-born athlete is not engaged in action-packed underwater filming projects to raise awareness on the endangered population of sharks, he holds his breath daring the low temperatures of lakes in the Austrian Alps partaking in ever-challenging extreme sports events. ‘Freediving changed completely my life’ says Christian, ‘and the Underwater Festival in the Maldives is where I am able to share what I love the most while being in my element’.
The resort’s diving center operated by Euro-divers enhances the weeklong event with the expertise of German photographer Marc Hillesheim. Underwater photography workshops, freediving photo sessions and guided photography dives are just few of the exciting additions to the Festival. But in today’s world no photo goes unnoticed! That’s why the Underwater Festival hosts an Instagram contest for guests wanting to share their underwater discoveries on the social network and invites in-house participants to tag their images with the hashtags #LUXUNDERWATER #LUXONEBREATH and #NOGRAVITYMALDIVES to win a great deal of prizes.
Besides being able to refer to the Marine Biology Center as source of information on the resident population of whale sharks, guests will also be involved in the exciting findings of Olive Ridley Project’s team and Senior Project Scientist Doc. Jillian Hudgins. Often appointed as marine consultant by the Maldivian Government, Doc. Hudgins co-founded O.R.P. in 2013 with the intent to promote marine ecosystem health and resiliency in the Indian Ocean and its sea turtles. ‘Sustainable tourism is a community effort that starts with small steps and goes a great length’ says General Manager Glenn Daniels, ‘this is why we endeavor to combine healthy water sports with light learning and offer a week of underwater adventures that is as exhilarating as it is enlightening’.
During the day, freediving classes, underwater photography courses and guided expeditions to responsible snorkeling with whale sharks and sea turtles enrich the fifth edition of the Underwater Festival. At night, our passionate experts conduct presentations and underwater-themed movies screened under the stars. Having recently unveiled the resort Signature Pool Water Villas, guests booking those adults-only overwater cocoons with infinity pools during the Festival period, are entitled to one complimentary freediving course per person.
For further information or queries, please contact Dolores Semeraro, Cluster Director of PR & Communications, Maldives 


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Flytographer Photographer in Maldives would change your island Vacation 


Your days of awkwardly wielding a selfie stick over the beaches of Maldives

are over. 

Flytographer, the brainchild of entrepreneur Nicole Smith, is basically the Airbnb for vacation Instagram photos. The app connects tourists, honeymooners, and out-of-towners with local photographers, eliminating the need for selfie sticks and unnecessary “Will you take our photo?” conversations.The idea sparked when Smith, an avid traveler herself, was vacationing in Paris to spend time with her best friend. “Disappointed with awkward selfies and the blurry photos strangers had snapped, we asked a local friend to take some candid shots of us enjoying the city together,” explains Smith in an interview with InStyle. “After 20 minutes of this, I looked at the images on my iPhone and realized I had the best souvenir possible: priceless memories with my BFF in Paris.”

Aside from the obvious Instagram value, Smith’s service creates timeless memories while supporting local artists and the community at large. With over 350 hand-selected local photographers from around the world, she assures that the experience is more like “strolling with a fun, local friend” than hiring a professional photographer.

Would you consider hiring a Flytographer on your next vacation? Search photographers by city here. With  more then 320 Photographers around the globe, On every place you would holiday around the world, 
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Starwood to Introduce a New Level of Bespoke Luxury in the Heart of the Maldives at St. Regis Vommuli

The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will further strengthen Starwood’s fast growing portfolio in South Asia, where the company currently operates 48 hotels with an additional 48 hotels in the pipeline including: W Goa Retreat & Spa and Le Méridien Nagpur in India; Le Méridien Paro, in Bhutan; Le Méridien and Sheraton in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Sheraton in Colombo, Sri Lanka, all due to open in the region within the next two years.

DHAALU ATOLL, MALDIVES – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announced the signing of an agreement with Residency Resorts Malé Private Limited, part of the Chennai-based leading property developer, Appaswamy Group, to debut the renowned St. Regis brand in the Maldives. Set to open in 2016, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort, Maldives will bring the brand’s hallmark luxury services to one of the world’s most magnificent destinations, ideally situated on the private Vommuli Island in the Dhaalu Atoll.

“We are pleased to partner with Starwood to bring this hotel to life: marrying the bespoke service of the St. Regis brand with the ‘barefoot luxury’ mentality of the Maldives,” said Ravi Appasamy Managing Director of Residency Resorts Male Private Limited. “The brand’s allure, coupled with Starwood’s powerful loyalty program, is sure to entice affluent travelers to visit this enchanting destination.”

Slated to Open in 2016, The St.

“Celebrated as one of the world’s best addresses, the Maldives is a befitting destination to introduce the St. Regis brand to a discerning set of global guests,” said Jim Petrus, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “This incredible addition to the St. Regis portfolio has been conceived in perfect harmony with the island’s lush vegetation and pristine lagoon.”

A 40-minute seaplane ride southwest from the Republic’s capital city Malé, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will be located on a private atoll spanning more than 20 acres, surrounded by unspoiled beaches and a secluded lagoon with sparkling turquoise waters. The resort will feature 77 luxuriously appointed private villas, all with a distinct contemporary design scheme inspired by the island’s natural materials and color palette. Guests will have access to a tranquil spa with six private treatment rooms; an infinity swimming pool; state of the art fitness center and yoga space; as well as a dive and activity center. With an all-day dining restaurant, three specialty restaurants and a signature bar, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will also offer guests rich culinary experiences including the legendary Bloody Mary cocktail, which was first created at the flagship St. Regis New York hotel in the 1930s and is served at each of the brand’s 34 hotels and resorts around the world.

“This signing further fuels Starwood’s strong growth momentum in South Asia, where we continue to see strong demand for high-end hotel accommodations,” added Sudeep Jain, Vice President Acquisitions and Development, South Asia, Starwood Hotels and Resorts. “The upcoming arrival of the St. Regis brand in the Maldives underpins our commitment to Starwood’s luxury portfolio in this dynamic market.”

This announcement follows on the heels of the recent signing of The St. Regis Mumbai, which is scheduled to open before the end of the year. The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will further strengthen Starwood’s fast growing portfolio in South Asia, where the company currently operates 48 hotels with an additional 48 hotels in the pipeline, including W Goa Retreat & Spa and Le Méridien Nagpur in India; Le Méridien Paro, in Bhutan; Le Méridien and Sheraton in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Sheraton in Colombo, Sri Lanka, all due to open in the region within the next two years.

The St. Regis Vommuli Resort joins Starwood’s dynamic local portfolio that includes W Retreat & Spa – Maldives and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.

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Activities in Fuvahmulah on the Wetland Land area,

Chas Bin or Wet Land Actities Surrounding Fuvahmulah bandaara Kilhi,

Fuvahmulah is comparatively one of the largest islands in Maldives. Similarly, the environmental threats facing this island are comparatively large too. Recently, the troubles has taken a new twist with reports of severe erosion filling the big headlines in newspapers and with government officials having forced to answer questions relating to the huge devastation facing this island with a vibrant population of about 10,000.

The largest fresh water Lake is Bandaara Kilhi and these images you are browsing is all about the activities related to Dhadimagu Kilhi, Fresh water Lake,

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If your image of the Maldives is powder white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, luxurious villas suspended over water and on the shores of the beach then you’d be absolutely right…

Having recently returned from another Maldives trip,  I have fallen more and more in love with the Maldives yet again!

We were fortunate enough to have been invited to the Grand Opening of a brand new Maldives resort FINOLHU!

Sister resort to the already successful Amilla Fushi, Finolhu is also operated by Aussie team “The Small Maldives Island Co” and is set to enjoy the same success as it’s big sister Amilla but offers a very different experience!

Now, FINOLHU is everything I mentioned above that you would imagine the Maldives to be…and SO much more!

FINOLHU really is mixing it up in the Maldives, and we’re not just talking about the cocktails! Although spend an afternoon at the Baa Baa Beach club with their Greek God Mixolgist Yanni and you’ll soon realise that you have landed in paradise. But if you can manage to tear yourself away from the comfy lounges around the bar, I promise you that after exploring this stunning island and all it has to offer, you’ll quickly see that the bar and the cocktails are not FINOLHU’s only draw card!

One of the first things you’ll see upon arrival, and the natural star of FINOLHU is undoubtedly ,the picture perfect sandbank that stretches out from the beachfront and runs a whopping 1.8km long!

 The Strip (sandbank) at FINOLHU

The Strip (sandbank) at FINOLHU

Memories were made out at the Fish & Crab shack where we feasted on buckets of fresh prawns, soft shell crab tacos, a delicious pumpkin ravioli and lets not forget the glass of bubbling rose….ok so maybe there was more than one glass, but hey, we were on holidays!

DJ Jaffa was doing his thing spinning some cool, old school tunes that we could all sing along to and we all started busting out a few moves standing on our chairs! ( there may have been one or two on the tables as well)  Then we all shimmied our way across to the jetty and then finished off the day with a boogie with our feet in the sand, all while a storm began to roll in over the Indian Ocean.  

It truly was just one of the most memorable days we have ever had while in the Maldives!













It’s not unusual for us to come back home feeling as though we need to “detox” after our holidays, and this trip was no different!

A huge variety of dining options are on offer at FINOLHU but our fav would have to be Kanusan, the overwater Asian Influenced restaurant…try not to fill up on the delicious entrees and mains though as the “Wow Platter” for desert, is not to be missed!!





The thing about the Maldives is, most people see it as your typical flop and drop holiday or a destination that only couples and honeymooners should visit, but these days, it offers so much more and FINOLHU has certainly broken the mould when it comes to holidaying in the Maldives!

So yes, of course it is the perfect option for a dreamy honeymoon, or couples escape, but if you’re also seeking some fun in paradise, FINOLHU is absolutely the place to be!

Expect live entertainment, International DJ’s, beach games with the resorts gorgeous staff, tennis matches, aerial yoga, there’s even an Artist Studio where you can get in touch with your creative side!  The daily retro pool party will allow you to get your groove on with a bit of pool dancing, however if you’re seeking some quiet time, you can retreat to your villa, they’re all super stylish and homely, or head down to Palm Beach and flop on a bean bag with a shake in hand from the old school Milk Bar!  They really have thought of everything here!









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And of course also being based in Baa atoll, with the unique UNESCO World Biosphere on your doorstep, you have access to some of the most amazing marine experiences the Maldives has to offer! Why not combine your stay at Finolhu with a stay at Amilla Fushi for the perfect Maldives combination and take advantage of the complimentary boat shuttles offered in between Finolhu and Amilla to resort guests!

So gather your travel posse, be it husband, wife, fiancé, boyfriend, work colleagues, group of friends or family and put the Maldives and FINOLHU on your radar!  

To celebrate the opening of FINOLHU, we have a fabulous offer for all of you including a 30% discount off room rates for stays of 7 nights or more as well as a complimentary upgrade to half board meals for stays until 19th December 2016!

Contact us today to start planning!

PS…don’t forget the magic words “AUSTIN POWERS”  it will come in handy at the bar!!!


Di x














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Mysterious “beach cusps” observed in Fuvahmulah

Mysterious “beach cusps” observed in Fuvahmulah

I was baffled and amazed to see the picture uploaded by Nasih Thaath in Fuvahmulah online that unfolds the mysterious beach formation in the northern beach -thoondu- of our island. People say everything about Fuvahmulah is unique and mysterious. That i s true. Thoondu is a phenomenal place.



It is the most breathtaking and mysterious beach in the Maldivian archipelago. Twenty years ago, the white sandy beach was so vast that it stretched hundreds of meters across  the northern tip of our island, creating natural phenomenon that puzzled and attracted thousands of people. The edge of the sand adjoining the beach was so slanted that we used the base of the coconut leaf (beedi) to glide down the sand. It was skiing. Hold on! Lets look at the mysterious beach formation in Thaath’s picture. Some pictures similar to these have gone viral on the internet in other parts of  the world.


englandAn image (pic in the left) featuring strange patterns – beach cusps – on a beach in Dorset, England went viral in September 2015, on the content-sharing site Reddit.

These formations are called BEACH CUSPS. This phenomena is not fully understood. Scientists have been carrying out researches for 50 years and they are able to conclude just two theories.


They ‘believe’ two causes for this formation. The ‘standing edge theory’ claims that the interaction between the normal waves approaching the shore and the edge waves gives rise to regularly spaced-points of different wave intensity. Meanwhile the self-organization theory explains that beach cusps are products of interactions among wave, currents, as well as sand over time that result feedback loop.

But these occurrences happen in shoreline made up of various grades of sediment in an arc pattern. The horns are made up of coarser materials and the embayment contains all the finer grain sediment. They can be found all over the world and are most noticeable on shorelines with coarser sediment such as pebble beaches. Thoondu is a place where you can observe one of the most mysterious sediments- called “thoondu veyli” or pebbles. These shining white pebbles resemble gems. However, they can occur with sediment of any size. They nearly always occur in a regular pattern with cusps of equal size and spacing appearing along stretches of the shoreline. These cusps are most often a few metres long. However, they may reach 60 m (200 ft) across.

Once cusps have been created they are a self-sustaining formation. This is because when an oncoming wave hits the horn of a beach cusp, it is split and forced into two directions. The crashing of the wave into the cusps slows its velocity, causing coarser sediment to fall out of suspension and be deposited on the horns. The waves then flow along the embayments (picking up finer sediment) and run into one another in the middle. After this collision these waves attempt to flow back out to sea where they are met by incoming waves. Therefore, once the cusp is established, coarser sediment is constantly being deposited on the horn and finer sediment is being eroded away from the embayments. This process causes the horns and embayments to at least maintain their size, if not grow larger.

According to researches most of these formations do not last long. It forms in a quick pace of time and vanishes quickly.

We have witnessed natural occurrences such as bissaaveli – formation of huge water pools in naturally engraved area of the sand- formation, and the “moving” of the sand across the northern end, and we have been gifted with the pebbles of gems in the beach.

Beach cusp is another phenomena the nature has bestowed upon us. This is the first time that we have witnessed this occurrence. But perhaps it has occurred in the past. Who knows! Nature’s tranquility and perfection have eluded us from these occurrences. Man is ignorant to judge nature. Its so mighty and complex. Natural phenomenon are greatest signs of god’s creation and existence.

Article contributed by Yasir Salih

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