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WORLD’S FIRST UNDERWATER YOGA HOSTED BY HURAWALHI (WORLD’S FIRST UNDERWATER YOGA HOSTED BY HURAWALHI) Hurawalhi Maldives, one of the most prominent luxury hotel resorts in Maldives…

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Islands to visit near Male

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List of Islands to visit near Male

Best thing about the islands to visit near Male is you will only spend a little time to travel and cost of money. In just a minute you can literally relax in your bungalow or swim in the blue crystal clear lagoon.

Bandos

bandos Island Resort and spa
Bandos Resort is in a perfect world situated on North Male’ Atoll, only a 10-minute speed vessel ride from Male International Airport, which is 4.3 mi away.

Bandos’ rooms and manors are encompassed by nature’s magnificence, some highlighting high covered rooftops or wooden stylistic layout. Level screen TV with digital TV channels are accessible. Tea/espresso creators and smaller than normal bars are given. Some component isolate parlors or open air hot tubs.

>>US$136 per night for 2 pax( more info)

Velassaru


Velassaru Maldives offers extravagant beachfront and over-water facilities with continuous sea sees. It includes an extensive variety of water and experience sports, and additionally dusk travels and yoga classes.

Visitors can appreciate unwinding spa medicines in finished water structures, or jump on a Maldivian watercraft and watch the team exhibit conventional angling techniques. Resort offices incorporate a wellness focus, tennis court and unendingness pool with the perspective of the shoreline and the sea. Chinese talking staff is accessible for help.

>>230$ for 2 pax, online rate(more info)

Kurumba

Kurumba’s eateries brag a great assortment of cooking styles, including Italian, Japanese, Indian, and Lebanese decisions. Fez relax highlights a wide choice of shisha, mixed drinks and tidbits, Athiri bar is the best spot for beautiful dusk perspectives and Kandu bar offers unrecorded music.

Couples specifically like the area – they evaluated it 8.9 for a two-man trip.

This property is additionally evaluated for the best an incentive in Male City! Visitors are getting more for their cash when contrasted with different properties in this city.

>>US$216 great value for to pax, online rate. more info here

Kandooma

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma is a 40-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport. It is encompassed by world-class jumping and surfing locales.

Visitors can appreciate a work-out at the wellness fixate or keep running on the running track around the island. Thai back rubs and body medications are accessible at Kandooma Spa.

New nearby fish is served at The Kitchen Restaurant, which offers amazing nightfall sees. The recently revamped Kandooma Cafe highlights Western and Asian dinners and gives indoor and open air seating.

>>US$120 per 2 pax online rate(more info)

Biyadhoo Island Resort

Biyadhoo Resort gives a round excursion speedboat transportation from Malé International Airport found 40 minutes away.

The basically outfitted rooms highlight exemplary wood decorations and perspectives of encompassing greenery. They accompany aerating and cooling, a safe and tea/espresso making luxuries.

Visitors can appreciate evenings windsurfing and swimming free waters or unwinding with a relieving knead. Following multi day of action, calm minutes can be spent in the library.

>>US$136.88 for 2 pax per night online rate, (more info)

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Smallest Maldives Resorts

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Naladhu Private Island Maldives is the smallest Maldives Resort.

Naladhu Private Island Maldives is situated on Veligandu Huraa Island and offers houses with either shoreline or sea sees. Each house has a private pool, steam room and individual 24-hour head servant benefit.
Settled on a delightful and small Island estimating just 123 meters wide by 180 meters in length, Naladhu Maldives is a standout amongst other Retreat for a couple searching for an extremely Romantic hideaway in Maldives.

The Home-Like-Feeling environment wished by the Resort requires a great deal of imagination, regard for points of interest and in addition a steady and exceptionally discrete care. Achieving all desires and past, Naladhu has certainly accomplished this Dream.

The extravagant rooms at Naladhu Private Island Maldives are fitted with free Wi-Fi. Rooms accompany an encompass sound framework, level screen satellite TV, DVD players and an iPod dock.

This Small Luxury Boutique Hotel located at 35 minutes by speedboat from Velana International Airport and also can be reached by a seaplane with in 10 minutes flight.

Among numerous private administrations and exercises Naladhu offers a progression of Spa retreats and medications to be delighted in the security of your own House or in one of its devoted Ocean Retreat, for a custom fitted spa encounter also an exceptionally selective decision of private eating choices.

As indicated by your state of mind, you can have a private jumping exercise from Naladhu or go to the fundamental Diving Center situated at Dhigu. The Diving focus offers tenderfoot’s disclosure courses to further developed Nitrox, profound water and protect plunges and an entire scope of projects to suit everybody.

This property additionally has one of the top of the line areas in Gulhi! Visitors are more joyful about it contrasted with different properties in the region.

Couples specifically like the area – they appraised it 9.8 for a two-man trip.
>>> US$795 per night for 2 pax, online price. (see more details)


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Understanding the Engagement Ring 4Cs: Your Go-To Diamond Buying Guide

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After stalking her Pinterest boards and harassing friends and family, you’ve pegged the perfect ring design for your future bride. Or, maybe you two tag teammed the ideal engagement jewel together. Either way, next up comes conquering the famed engagement ring 4Cs, and determining how you can manipulate each component to get the most bling for your buck when buying a diamond engagement ring. The 4Cs stand for color, clarity, carat weight, and cut, and they make up a grading system that determines the quality and price of a diamond.

According to Andrew Mills, Gemological Institute of America (GIA) graduate gemologist and founder of Andrew & Earth Designs, it’s important to note that the 4Cs grading system is a guideline, rather than a “good” or “bad” scale. “The first thing to keep in mind when reading about the 4Cs is that there is no right answer, and a lot of the information out there can be pretty misleading on what is required in purchasing a diamond,” says Mills. “What really matters is what YOU think of the diamond and its natural appearance.”

Even if a diamond hits the top of every scale, it will naturally cost the most, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any more beautiful than a more affordable diamond that falls a bit lower on the 4Cs spectrum. And, all of the 4Cs are factored together, not just individually, when weighing the diamond’s value. Essentially, the idea that a diamond has to be “perfect” across all 4Cs is a misconception—there is no “correct” set of diamond specs.

To make your diamond hunting process loads easier, we broke down the specifics of the engagement ring 4Cs in no particular order, along with helpful tips on how to make the most of each component financially. You may also be surprised to discover that diamonds have aspects even beyond the 4Cs, including fluorescence, which we’ll also delve into. Behold: your go-to, fully extensive guide on diamond shopping!

1. Cut

Cut is the only diamond component not influenced by nature, and Mills considers this the most important of the 4Cs. This factor refers to the quality of the diamond’s cut, not the shape or size (although these can be interchangeable), and how well the stone is faceted, proportioned, and polished. This also determines how the diamond interacts with light. Brilliance, which is the diamond’s ability to return light to the eye, is measured solely by the stone’s cut (color and clarity have no impact). For any diamond shape, visually, cut is the first C to consider, followed by color, and, least as important, clarity (as long as the diamond has no visible imperfections).

Per the GIA system, diamond cuts are graded as Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor. Cut grade doesn’t influence cost as much as the other Cs, so Mills suggests always sticking within the Excellent to Very Good range for a well-cut stone that works best with light. “Any range of color and eye-clean clarity will be beautiful and super bright if the diamond is well cut,” he says.

Diamond Shopping Tip: The dimension and proportion of a stone (especially for elongated shapes, such as Marquise, Oval, Radiant, Emerald, and Pear) can majorly influence the look of the diamond. A good rule of thumb is to maintain a well-balanced length to width ratio scale, which can make the stone appear larger, or more “spready.” Elongated shapes specifically come in a variety of size ratios, determined by both cut and carat weight, but again make sure to stay within the Excellent to Very Good cut range for the best diamonds.

2. Color

Diamond colors fall under a D-Z scale, with D meaning completely colorless (and the most expensive), and Z having a light yellow hue. According to Mills, standard diamond quality falls within the D-J color grade. The shape of the diamond also influences its spot on the color scale. A round brilliant diamond, for example, hides color incredibly well, meaning you can go further down the scale without seeing any yellowing. However, longer diamond shapes, like Oval and Radiant, reveal color much easier. Keep in mind, though, diamond color is essentially personal preference, and doesn’t indicate quality whatsoever.

Diamond Shopping Tip: With Round, Emerald, and Asscher cuts, you can typically go low as a J grade without seeing any incredibly noticeable color. On the other hand, cuts such as Oval, Cushion, Radiant, Pear, Princess, Marquise, and Heart require a bit higher on the scale (G and up) so as not to see any color.

3. Clarity

This C involves the amount of natural imperfections, called inclusions, present in the diamond, and whether you can see them with the unaided eye. The GIA grading scale rates diamonds from Flawless (FL) to Included (I). However, a stone doesn’t have to be at the very top of the scale—Flawless or Very Very Slightly Included (VVS)—to look perfect and inclusion-free. It’s all about how eye-clean the diamond appears, and Mills says this what usually surprises people most when viewing diamonds in person. In fact, if an SI1 (Slightly Included) clarity diamond appears perfectly eye-clean, there is no visible difference between a VVS1 (Very Very Slightly Included) clarity stone of the exact same carat, color, and cut—minus about tens of thousands of dollars.

“There is no reason, in my opinion, to go higher than VS1 [Very Slightly Included] clarity for any diamond shape except Emerald or Asscher,” says Mills. “For all other shapes, starting at SI1 [Slightly Included] clarity and up, you should not normally see any imperfections visible to the naked eye. Sometimes even SI2 diamonds can be very eye-clean, as well, but generally stick with SI1 and up.”

Diamond Shopping Tip: To get the most out of your diamond for less, finding a balance between color and clarity is key. While that balance varies by diamond shape, you can save money without sacrificing quality by staying on the high end of the color scale, but the lower end of the clarity scale, as long as there are no visible inclusions.

4. Carat

Last but not least, carat refers to a measurement of the actual weight of the diamond. According to GIA, one carat converts to 0.2 grams, which is essentially the same weight as a paper clip. Naturally, the larger the carat, the more expensive the diamond.

Because no two diamonds are completely identical, carat should be viewed as a guideline, since it only determines the weight of the stone as opposed to the actual size. “You can have five diamonds, let’s say Oval, all exactly 2.00 carats, all the same color, clarity, and cut, but they will all be slightly different sizes and shapes,” Mills explains.

Diamond Shopping Tip: A diamond carat is divided into 100 points, meaning a 50-point diamond weighs 0.50 carats. However, a stone with a certain weight may actually look larger than the carat suggests due to its dimensions (measured in millimeters). For example, you could potentially find a diamond that weighs 2.00 carats, but appears closer to a 2.20 carat stone. Essentially, you’re buying a stone that looks larger without the extra cost associated with a higher weight. Score!

The 5th “C”: Fluorescence

Fluorescence refers to the visible glow a diamond exudes when exposed to UV light, like direct sunlight or fluorescent lamps. Not all stones visibly fluoresce in the presence of ultraviolet light, and this component can be ranked from None to Very Strong. According to Mills, diamonds that fall under the None to Medium fluorescence spectrum rarely display a glow—even stones deemed Strong or Very Strong fluorescence may not show it.

Diamond Shopping Tip: A diamond’s fluorescence level ultimately comes down to personal opinion. But, this 5th “C” can save you major moolah. Pairing a Medium fluorescent stone with a medium balance of specs across the 4Cs is ideal when it comes to reducing the cost of a gorgeous diamond. Don’t be afraid of fluorescence—it may not even be visible, and your savings account will thank you.

See more: How to Clean Your Diamond Engagement Ring

All in all, shopping for a diamond engagement ring is an overwhelming experience, no matter how you spin it. Once you’ve pegged your budget, the key component is finding a well-represented, reputable business, equipped with sales professionals dedicated to educating you. “You should feel comfortable asking questions without feeling pressured about money and the best deal,” says Mills.

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10 Best Maldives Resorts Honeymoon Package

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The Maldives, a group of more than 1,000 castaway islands in the Indian Ocean, is amongst the most sought-after honeymoon destinations for its iridescent waters, pristine coral reefs and powder white sand beaches.

For years hotels have been trying to trump one another in terms of luxury with overwater villas, gourmet restaurants and top-notch spas. You can also get involved with marine conservation such as coral planting and turtle watches.

With so many resorts to choose from, it’s difficult to know which to choose. You might want to consider the size of the island, whether the resort has lots of facilities for entertainment and sports and how many restaurants it has (each hotel occupies its own island so there are no outside dining options).

Consider what’s included in the price. Do you have to pay for all your meals, drinks and activities, or would you rather opt for an all-inclusive resort? And do you want to be close to the airport and the main island of Male, or on a remote atoll reached by seaplane?

 

What does a Maldives honeymoon cost?

 

Many people ask how much they need to spend on a honeymoon in the Maldives. This depends on a number of factors including time of year (Christmas and New Year is expensive) but mainly on the luxury level of the hotel.

You can get seven nights full-board in a good resort hotel – such as Meeru Island (see below) – for around £1,300 per person including flights. Upgrading to all-inclusive costs about £30 per person per night.

If you want an over-water villa at a five-star resort, the price will rise higher and it’s possible to pay upwards of £3,000 per person for a week with flights. Bear in mind that meals will cost more at a luxury resort, so it’s worth looking at full-board or half-board prices.

The Maldives are popular year-round but there are distinct weather patterns – check out our guide to the best time to travel. Bear in mind that you can’t get married in the Maldives. If you plan to get married abroad you could consider combining Sri Lanka with the Maldives (with a lead-in price of just £1,995 for 14 nights).

Here are my top resorts in the Maldives and what I feel is their “unique selling point” for honeymooners.

    1. Meeru Island Resort & Spa

Best for: couples on a budget.

You want to honeymoon in the Maldives but you can’t afford the top resorts. Meeru Island Resort (pictured above) has all the elements of a top resort including over-water villas, a spa and of course that eye-popping azure water and fine white sand, yet at 3-star prices. And its all-inclusive option makes it even greater value for money.

Getting there from Male International Airport: The speedboat transfer is a scenic 55-minute ride.

    1. Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives

Best for: couples who want a 5-star all-inclusive.

Atmosphere Kanifushihi (pictured above) opened in 2013 and is ideal for honeymooners who want a hassle-free honeymoon where everything is taken care of as soon as you step on the island – including your final bill. Five-star all-inclusive resorts are still relatively rare in the Maldives. This one includes sumptuous cuisine, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, twice daily replenishment of the in-villa minibars, exciting excursions, fun-filled activities, live musical performances, access to the resort’s sports complex and à la carte dining.

A variety of complimentary honeymoon offers are available year-round and vary depending on how many nights you stay such as sparkling wine, sunset cocktails, a couples massage at the Akiri Spa and a candlelit dinner.

Getting there from Male International Airport: A 30-minute flight by seaplane.

    1. Huvafen Fushi

Best for: couples who like bespoke, quirky luxury.

This much loved, innovative resort (pictured above) continues to stay ahead with the latest technology. Suites come equipped with Bose stereo systems linked through out the villa, pre-programmed mood lighting, remote control blinds and infinity pools with fibre-optic lighting. Huvafen Fushi also created the world’s first underwater spa where couples can enjoy spa treatments together whilst watching the aquatic life go by. Check out the sunset spa sessions where honeymooners can relax on their outdoor daybed and watch the sunset after their treatment.

To leave their mark on the Maldives before they leave, couples can adopt some coral in the resort’s special marine biology programme which will be in their name forever.

Getting there from Male International Airport: 30-minute speedboat ride from the airport or a 15-minute charter seaplane transfer.

    1. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island ResortBest for: foodies.

The perfect choice for foodie couples looking for a barefoot luxury resort. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has 11 restaurants and bars – more than any other in the Maldives including the world’s first underwater restaurant, Ithaa (pictured above).

Getting there from Male International Airport: 35 minutes by seaplane.

    1. NIYAMA

Best for: cool couples who like paradise with a touch of urban chic.

NIYAMA (pictured above) is Huvafen Fushi’s older sister and stands out for its sophisticated studios and pavilions, chic dhonis, floating restaurant, underwater nightclub and 24-hour spa. Honeymooners can head off to Walla Island for absolute seclusion that is only accessible by one of the resort’s luxury dhonis or declare their love beneath a floral pavilion and spend all day drinking champagne.

Getting there from Male International Airport: 40 minutes by seaplane.

    1. One & Only Reethi Rah

Best for: couples looking for a bit of bling.

The oversized and luxurious beach and water villas are another winning combination from the owners of the swanky One&Only group. All guests at the One & Only Reethi Rah (pictured above) enjoy the services of a dedicated Villa Host, on hand 24-hours a day to help with anything at all that will make their honeymoon more luxurious and memorable.

Getting there from Male International Airport: 50 minutes by luxury yacht.

    1. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Best for: couples who love to scuba dive.

Located in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, which is one of the largest and deepest natural atolls in the world and more than 10km from the nearest inhabited island, this resort is pure paradise for those exploring the stunning coral reef, which completely rings the island. The Park Hyatt Hadahaa (pictured above) also has one of the healthiest reefs – the abundance, diversity and topography of the coral is second-to-none. The onsite five-star PADI dive centre run by Resident Marine Biologist Ciara McCarten gives beginners and experts the opportunity to dive amidst these untouched reefs and discover the atoll’s rich and diverse marine life. There are over 125 endangered species (including coral) in the atoll and all can be found off Hadahaa – several species of stingray and sharks, critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles and Napoleon Wrasse are frequently seen.

Getting there from Male International Airport: Maldivian now flies five times daily to the new Kooddoo Airport in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, a 45-minute flight from Male, followed by a 20-minute speedboat transfer.

    1. Angsana Ihuru

Best for: scuba diving in an intimate setting.

Angsana Ihuru (pictured above) is a small, intimate island with just 45 villas. The resort has an excellent house reef and one of the Top 10 dive sites in the Maldives. Guests can pay a supplement for unlimited dives which can also be used as credit in the spa if they feel less energetic. Those who don’t want to do a full dive can enjoy Snuba which, with the use of tubes, enables you to snorkel under the surface.

Getting there from Male International Airport: 25 minutes by speedboat.

    1. Vivanta by Taj

Best for: couples who want some adventure.

Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef (pictured above) provides an ideal backdrop for couples looking for an adventurous honeymoon. Thrill-seekers can explore the Maldives’ underwater life with expert divers on hand to guide them to an authentic shipwreck, 22 metres deep, covered with corals and home to thousands of fish. To feel every inch a modern Robinson Crusoe, lovebirds can explore a deserted island in the Maldives archipelagos and then enjoy a BBQ on the beach. Those with a ‘green’ heart can also participate in the Coral Rehabilitation initiative at the property, which aids the recovery of damaged reefs. To relax, couples can set off on a romantic sunset cruise with Champagne or hit the Jive Spa, before retreating to their over-water bungalow.

Getting there from Male International Airport: 45-minutes by speedboat.

    1. Shangri La Villingili

Best for: sporty couples.

At Shangri La Villingili (pictured above) there is a range of water-based activities such as wave-surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, traditional Maldivian night fishing, catamaran sailing, fun tubes and banana rides, kite surfing, paddle boards, parasailing, small dhoni sailing, water ski, mono ski and wake-boarding. Flat seas and dependable trade winds guarantee ideal conditions for sailing and windsurfing and for diving enthusiasts, there are more than 25 dive sites teeming with marine life. The land-based activities include a fully equipped gym and Health Club, an entertainment centre, an Eco Centre and two tennis courts. Shangri-La also boasts the only golf course in the Maldives, covering nine holes. There are also five neighbouring islands, which are linked together by a 17-kilometre road along which couples can cycle. Chill out with yoga or meditation overlooking the ocean.

Getting there from Male International Airport: A 70-minute flight followed by an 8-minute boat ride from Gan Airport on Addu Atoll.

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Maldives Honeymoon Cost

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The cost for Maldives trip will depend on the package you select and the island resort you choose for stay mostly. I can give you a idea about my trip cost and what all was included in that. I think in same budget as mine you can have a decent trip too.

I had visited the Bandos Island Resort & Spa, one of the many resorts from which you can choose based on your budget. It was a 3 nights-4 days trip there from India. I will give an idea here how it feels to be in an island resort of Maldives through my stay in Bandos.

RESORT VISITED : Bandos Island Resort & Spa

TOTAL COST APPROX : ( $1200) for 2 people [ Bookings done online including to and fro flight tickets from India ]

PACKAGE SELECTED : Half Board ( includes Breakfast and Dinner along with the room)

Please check out my Maldives trip here and I bet you can’t resist booking your vacation there soon !!

Maldives is a place where you can enjoy better if you select an island resort to stay and enjoy for few days instead of hopping around much. There are over 105 island resorts in Maldives and mostly each island is one to two square kilometers in area. Each of these islands is like a stand alone resort providing all the facilities from private beach , adventure activities , food , lodging as well as transportation.

Most of the resorts provide pick up from airport for which you need to inform them your fight landing timing 48 hours before.They will also drop you back to the airport once your vacation is over and give a reminder the last night at what time your ferry will leave depending on your return fight timing.

Maldives trip is more of a relaxing holiday that you can enjoy with your spouse or family. It is a great option if you are planning a honeymoon too.

Available Packages:

Breakfast Only : It includes Breakfast along with the room.

Half-Board : It includes Breakfast and Dinner along with the room stay. It is a cost saving one and good one to opt for as a melange of spread is provided for breakfast and dinner that can keep you going for rest of the day. Alcohol not included.

Full-Board: It includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner along with the room stay. Alcohol not included.

All-Inclusive: It includes unlimited food along with the room stay . Including unlimited alcohol.

Transport: The resort you book generally has its own ferry waiting in airport for transporting guests from airport to the resort every 30 minutes or so. You can opt for an sea plane too if possible.

This cost is generally not included in the packages and needs to be paid separately.The cost will vary depending on how far your resort island is from the airport.

Rooms : Different types of rooms like Garden Villa, Deluxe rooms, Water Villas etc. are available which can be selected based on the budget.

Activities : Activity gears along with guide/trainer can be rented/hired/booked or bought directly from the resort. Snorkeling ,Scuba Diving,Surfing and Night Fishing are the common options. Snorkeling kit rent is around $20 for 24 hours and Scuba charges around $137. Resorts will have indoor games like table tennis and swimming pool.

Food: Other than the complementary ones available with the package , food is available for buying from a number of restaurants scattered in the resort area.

Alcohol: Maldives is a strict Muslim country so alcohols are only available in the resort pubs. Alcohol is not sold outside and there are restrictions in carry them along too. But it is easily available inside resorts.

Water: The most important thing is water which is a bit costly there and it will be around $11 for 1 litre. Everyday per person 1 litre will be provided by resort as complimentary.

Offers: Checkout for offers while booking as seasonly offers like kids stay free and complimentary romantic candle light dinner by the beach are available.

Currency: Mainly USD is the currency accepted throughout. International cards are also accepted.

Weather and Best time To Visit: It is a tropical country so best time is December – March.

I guess I have given you a rough idea now about Maldive through my words. So why not have a live trip view from the link shared above.. Happy Holidays 🙂

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Casa Mia Maldives at Mathiveri, the very words conjure up the magic of tiny pristine secluded islands, gentle whispering of swaying palms and coconut trees, turquoise blue seas gently lapping upon the purest of white sands. To most, this is indeed a dream but Casa Mia Maldives…

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TRIPLE SUCCESS FOR AMILLA FUSHI AND FINOLHU AT THE WORLD LUXURY RESTAURANT AWARDS 2018

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Luxury Maldivian maverick Amilla Fushi and retro-chic sister resort Finolhu claimed a trio of prestigious accolades at the annual World Luxury Restaurant Awards, held at the Galgorm Resort & Spa in Northern Ireland on 14 July 2018.

Amilla Fushi’s signature over-water restaurant Feeling Koi was presented with the regional awards for Best Luxury Waterside Restaurant and Best Japanese Cuisine in the Indian Ocean, while Finolhu’s award-winning restaurant Kanusan was crowned the Maldives’ Best Asian Fusion Restaurant.

Feeling Koi, the breathtaking overwater signature restaurant at Amilla Fushi, offers authentic modern Japanese dining presented in a playful, Latin-influenced style. Bringing informal, laid-back Izakaya-style dining to the Indian Ocean archipelago, Feeling Koi infuses the Japanese gastro-pub concept with warm service and a generous pinch of signature Amilla pizzazz. The restaurant features a Japanese-inspired minimalist design, a private open-air dining room and open deck seating by the water’s edge, an open kitchen and a climate controlled Sake library including Feeling Koi’s own private label collection. Feeling Koi has recently expanded with the opening of a second outpost at iconic Maldivian hideaway Huvafen Fushi.

Finolhu’s premium dining venue Kanusan spans two areas: a relaxed indoor dining space, and an open lower deck which encapsulates the archetypal Maldivian experience of being surrounded by the sights and sounds of the sea. Centred around a stunning duck oven, Kanusan’s open kitchen puts its cuisine centre stage, embracing the theatricality of its Asian spirit. Classic flavours such as Mandarin roasted duck and Larb Gai are given a refreshing Kanusan twist, while newly created unique signature dishes include steamed snapper and lobster, black-truffle roast duck and sliced blue abalone in Kanusan sauce.

With 84 award categories at national, regional and global levels, the World Luxury Restaurant Awards recognises restaurants all over the world for their culinary excellence and memorable experiences, from outstanding atmosphere to exceptional service. The awards aim to inspire excellence and ignite healthy competition in the luxury restaurant industry.

For more information about either Feeling Koi at Amilla Fushi please visit www.amilla.mv/feeling-koi.  For more information about Kanusan at Finolhu, please visit www.finolhu.com/kanusan.

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Maldives resorts reachable by speedboat

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Maldives resorts reachable by speedboat

For more than 180 distinctive island resorts in the Maldives to browse, it ought to be of nothing unexpected that they are spread out finished tremendous separations in this archipelago country.Maldives is in the Ocean of Indian, 500miles from Sri Lanka, it is only a small dot from the world map/google map (see where is Maldives island located) The vast majority of the soonest resorts opened up exceptionally close to the fundamental worldwide airplane terminal, yet the majority of the later openings are far away, which requires an ocean plane flight that can be both tedious and costly.

Luckily, there are numerous water-estate resorts inside a short scope of the airport terminal, including numerous more current ones and an amazing number of the top of the line resorts. These private-island lodgings are all between a 15 and 55-minute speedboat ride from the dock at the air terminal itself, so visitors can actually be swimming in the tidal pond beneath their water estate a hour after their flight lands, while numerous are as yet sitting tight for their ocean plane trip to take off.

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Numerous individuals don’t understand that lodging visitors need to pay to get to their resort from the airplane terminal, and those costs aren’t paltry. A speedboat ride can go amongst US$50 and US$450 per individual return, and the ocean plane flights run from US$350 to US$600 per individual, return.

Another motivation to pick a resort close to the airplane terminal is that you can come or run with greater adaptability. It’s valid that most flights arrive and withdraw from the Maldives early in the day, yet not every one of them, and for those that don’t you should remain the night close to the air terminal. A significant number of the resorts recorded underneath can lift you up or drop you back at any hour of the day, while the ocean plane flights can just go amid daylight. Find Stunning Image of the Maldives

Below are the resorts near in Male Airport

The following are 7 island resorts from the nearest on out, which run from 15 minutes to 55 minutes by speedboat specifically from the airplane terminal.

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives

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This property is 1 minute stroll from the shoreline. The grown-up just Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa Maldives offers extravagant shoreline and over-water housing for grown-ups in the selective North Male Atoll. A sea front spa, a PADI-guaranteed dove focus and an open air pool are accessible. Other than 24-hour room benefit, there are additionally 6 on location bars and eateries serving Thai, Italian and International cooking styles.

Fitted with free WiFi, the aerated and cooled manors and suites all accompany a level screen TV with Chinese link channels, DVD player and scaled down bar. All appreciate excellent perspectives of the blue tidal pond. The private restrooms are outfitted with either a shower or spa bath.

Water villas: 64
Total rooms/suites: 140
15-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>> US$592 low season price, more details

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

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Adaaran Prestige Vadoo offers water estates with a private spa , dive pool and a glass-bottomed washroom relax with perspective of marine life. Free WiFi is given in the rooms.

Estates are outfitted with a gallery, LCD TV with DVD player and Chinese TV channels, smaller than expected bar, home auditorium encompass framework and individual 24-hour steward benefit with in-room eating. A cushion menu is accessible. There is an electric pot. Shoes and dental pack are given.

Visitors of Adaaran Prestige Vadoo can take a dunk in the open air pool or spa pool or go for an in-room spa treatment. Exercises to do incorporate jumping, swimming, angling or table tennis.

Water villas: 40
Total rooms/suites: 40
15-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>>US$448 low season rate, more information

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

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It is inside a 25-minute excursion from Male International Airport to Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa by speedboat. The resort will orchestrate a compulsory speedboat exchange for visitors, with charges apply. The property has Chinese talking staff to help Chinese visitors.

The T-For Tea House serves tart Asian flavors from crisply arranged Chinese diminish entirety, noodles and tidbits. Global food is offered at Feast All-day Dining and the outside Sand Coast eatery. Other eating choices incorporate steak and fish at Sea Salt – Beach Grill and Thai food at Baan Thai. Beverages can be delighted in at Anchorage Bar and the Beach Bar. Chinese breakfast is given.

Water villas: 56
Total rooms/suites: 176
15-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>>US$257.60 low season rate, more information

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

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5-star selectiveness anticipates at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, with rich manors and a vast interminability pool with clear tidal pond sees. It highlights 2 eateries, a bar and a wellness focus. Free WiFi get to is accessible in all rooms. Staff can banter in Chinese.

Solo explorers specifically like the area – they appraised it 9.3 for a one-individual remain.

This property is likewise appraised for the best an incentive in Male City! Visitors are getting more for their cash when contrasted with different properties in this city.

Water villas: 55
Total rooms/suites: 64
15-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>>US$800 for 2 pax, low season rate, more information

Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives

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Encompassed by clear waters, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives offers visitors a restrictive involvement in a surfer’s heaven. Including 5 eating choices, it includes a top notch spa, an open air pool and wellness focus.

Offering staggering sea sees, all around outlined suites highlight covered wood roofs and strong wood flooring. They have adequate seating zone and a private overhang.

Cinnamon Dhonveli is around 9.9 mi, or a 20-minute speedboat exchange, from Male International Airport.

Water villas: 60
Total rooms/suites: 115
20-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>>US$202.50 for 2pax, low season rate, more information

Paradise Island Resort – Maldives

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Heaven Island Resort and Spa offers private manors and lodges on a delightful island in the Indian Ocean. The resort includes an open air pool, 4 eateries and a spa.

Visitor units accompany aerating and cooling, tiled ground surface and a private patio with peaceful sea sees. Conveniences incorporate satellite TV, a safe and a fridge. A tea/espresso creator is given.

Water villas: 62
Total rooms/suites: 282
20-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>>US$149.50 2 pax, low season rate, more information

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Resort

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Including private sun decks and a water cultivate, each eco-accommodating living arrangement is outfitted with a link/satellite TV, DVD player and BOSE encompass sound framework. A coffee machine and scaled down bar are likewise included.

With glass-framed floors, the rich spa gives conventional Ayurvedic medicines and yoga programs. Other recreational exercises incorporate tennis, island day outings and scuba plunging.

Appreciate premium wine and gourmet chocolate at The Wine Cellar and Underground Chocolate Cave. By the Sea Restaurant serves combination and Japanese cooking. The Main Restaurant and Bar offers universal smorgasbord spreads.

Water villas: 45
Total rooms/suites: 45
20-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>>US$1,101.60 2 pax, low season rate, more information

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Maldives resorts reachable by speedboat

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Maldives resorts reachable by speedboat

For more than 180 distinctive island resorts in the Maldives to browse, it ought to be of nothing unexpected that they are spread out finished tremendous separations in this archipelago country.Maldives is in the Ocean of Indian, 500miles from Sri Lanka, it is only a small dot from the world map/google map (see where is Maldives island located) The vast majority of the soonest resorts opened up exceptionally close to the fundamental worldwide airplane terminal, yet the majority of the later openings are far away, which requires an ocean plane flight that can be both tedious and costly.

Luckily, there are numerous water-estate resorts inside a short scope of the airport terminal, including numerous more current ones and an amazing number of the top of the line resorts. These private-island lodgings are all between a 15 and 55-minute speedboat ride from the dock at the air terminal itself, so visitors can actually be swimming in the tidal pond beneath their water estate a hour after their flight lands, while numerous are as yet sitting tight for their ocean plane trip to take off.

Budget cost and easy to access

Numerous individuals don’t understand that lodging visitors need to pay to get to their resort from the airplane terminal, and those costs aren’t paltry. A speedboat ride can go amongst US$50 and US$450 per individual return, and the ocean plane flights run from US$350 to US$600 per individual, return.

Another motivation to pick a resort close to the airplane terminal is that you can come or run with greater adaptability. It’s valid that most flights arrive and withdraw from the Maldives early in the day, yet not every one of them, and for those that don’t you should remain the night close to the air terminal. A significant number of the resorts recorded underneath can lift you up or drop you back at any hour of the day, while the ocean plane flights can just go amid daylight. Find Stunning Image of the Maldives

Below are the resorts near in Male Airport

The following are 7 island resorts from the nearest on out, which run from 15 minutes to 55 minutes by speedboat specifically from the airplane terminal.

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives

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This property is 1 minute stroll from the shoreline. The grown-up just Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa Maldives offers extravagant shoreline and over-water housing for grown-ups in the selective North Male Atoll. A sea front spa, a PADI-guaranteed dove focus and an open air pool are accessible. Other than 24-hour room benefit, there are additionally 6 on location bars and eateries serving Thai, Italian and International cooking styles.

Fitted with free WiFi, the aerated and cooled manors and suites all accompany a level screen TV with Chinese link channels, DVD player and scaled down bar. All appreciate excellent perspectives of the blue tidal pond. The private restrooms are outfitted with either a shower or spa bath.

Water villas: 64
Total rooms/suites: 140
15-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>> US$592 low season price, more details

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

Image Source: Booking.com

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo offers water estates with a private spa , dive pool and a glass-bottomed washroom relax with perspective of marine life. Free WiFi is given in the rooms.

Estates are outfitted with a gallery, LCD TV with DVD player and Chinese TV channels, smaller than expected bar, home auditorium encompass framework and individual 24-hour steward benefit with in-room eating. A cushion menu is accessible. There is an electric pot. Shoes and dental pack are given.

Visitors of Adaaran Prestige Vadoo can take a dunk in the open air pool or spa pool or go for an in-room spa treatment. Exercises to do incorporate jumping, swimming, angling or table tennis.

Water villas: 40
Total rooms/suites: 40
15-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>>US$448 low season rate, more information

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

Image source: booking.com

It is inside a 25-minute excursion from Male International Airport to Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa by speedboat. The resort will orchestrate a compulsory speedboat exchange for visitors, with charges apply. The property has Chinese talking staff to help Chinese visitors.

The T-For Tea House serves tart Asian flavors from crisply arranged Chinese diminish entirety, noodles and tidbits. Global food is offered at Feast All-day Dining and the outside Sand Coast eatery. Other eating choices incorporate steak and fish at Sea Salt – Beach Grill and Thai food at Baan Thai. Beverages can be delighted in at Anchorage Bar and the Beach Bar. Chinese breakfast is given.

Water villas: 56
Total rooms/suites: 176
15-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>>US$257.60 low season rate, more information

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

Image Source: Booking.com

5-star selectiveness anticipates at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, with rich manors and a vast interminability pool with clear tidal pond sees. It highlights 2 eateries, a bar and a wellness focus. Free WiFi get to is accessible in all rooms. Staff can banter in Chinese.

Solo explorers specifically like the area – they appraised it 9.3 for a one-individual remain.

This property is likewise appraised for the best an incentive in Male City! Visitors are getting more for their cash when contrasted with different properties in this city.

Water villas: 55
Total rooms/suites: 64
15-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>>US$800 for 2 pax, low season rate, more information

Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives

Image Source: Booking.com

Encompassed by clear waters, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives offers visitors a restrictive involvement in a surfer’s heaven. Including 5 eating choices, it includes a top notch spa, an open air pool and wellness focus.

Offering staggering sea sees, all around outlined suites highlight covered wood roofs and strong wood flooring. They have adequate seating zone and a private overhang.

Cinnamon Dhonveli is around 9.9 mi, or a 20-minute speedboat exchange, from Male International Airport.

Water villas: 60
Total rooms/suites: 115
20-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>>US$202.50 for 2pax, low season rate, more information

Paradise Island Resort – Maldives

Image Source: Booking.com

Heaven Island Resort and Spa offers private manors and lodges on a delightful island in the Indian Ocean. The resort includes an open air pool, 4 eateries and a spa.

Visitor units accompany aerating and cooling, tiled ground surface and a private patio with peaceful sea sees. Conveniences incorporate satellite TV, a safe and a fridge. A tea/espresso creator is given.

Water villas: 62
Total rooms/suites: 282
20-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>>US$149.50 2 pax, low season rate, more information

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Resort

Image Source: Booking.com

Including private sun decks and a water cultivate, each eco-accommodating living arrangement is outfitted with a link/satellite TV, DVD player and BOSE encompass sound framework. A coffee machine and scaled down bar are likewise included.

With glass-framed floors, the rich spa gives conventional Ayurvedic medicines and yoga programs. Other recreational exercises incorporate tennis, island day outings and scuba plunging.

Appreciate premium wine and gourmet chocolate at The Wine Cellar and Underground Chocolate Cave. By the Sea Restaurant serves combination and Japanese cooking. The Main Restaurant and Bar offers universal smorgasbord spreads.

Water villas: 45
Total rooms/suites: 45
20-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport

>>US$1,101.60 2 pax, low season rate, more information

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PARADISE IS REAL!

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Если вы следите за моим инстаграмом, то наверняка видели наш трип на Мальдивы, мне кажется, что я забила фотографиями всю ленту 🙂

За день до поездки мы приняли решение, что не будем брать с собой камеру, поснимаем виды на дрон и будем только отдыхать..

В день вылета, мы все-таки решили упаковать  камеру «на всякий случай», потому что я до сих пор страдаю, что не взяла фотоаппарат в Японию и не поделилась с вами поездкой.

В итоге у меня 64гб фото и видео с Мальдив, потому что на острове оказывается очень много свободного времени 🙂

Кстати, расскажу о начале нашего трипа, мы купили несколько бутылок моего любимого шампанского в Duty Free в Дубае, потому что не были уверены, что этот бренд будет в отеле. И уже в самолете стюардесса очень живенько объявила «Дорогие пассажиры, не забывайте, что провоз алкоголя на Мальдивы строго запрещен и приравнивается к провозу наркотиков и других запрещенных средств.». Пара-па-ра-пам-пу..сказали мы.

Мы спросили у стюардессы, что делать с шампанским, она покосилась на коробки, увидела узнаваемый логотип, вздохнула и сказала, что ничего не поделать..оставляйте его в самолете, а мы с ним, так уж и быть, разберемся.

Такой расклад меня не устроил, я сказала, что если на земле нам скажут, что надо его отдать, то выпью его до паспортного контроля. Сама. Две бутылки. Муж вздохнул, видимо, очередной раз подумав за что ему такая жена досталась и потащил пакеты к трапу.

На таможенный контроль мы плелись очень нехотя, но, пограничники, завидев наши пакеты из дьютика, сразу оживились и позвали в комнатку досмотра, я уже была готова вскрывать бутылки и пить из них,  убегая от обстрела. :))) Но все обошлось, оказалось, что в страну и правда нельзя ввозить алкоголь, так как она мусульманская и очень строгая (хотя в отеле пейте, дорогие гости, сколько вам вздумается.). А для таких как мы предусмотрена бесплатная камера хранения, куда можно сдать «запрещенку» и забрать на пути домой :))

На Мальдивах, до отелей можно добраться только на лодке или на водном самолете. Наш отель был в 30 минутах езды на лодке, и по фото видно, кто грустит о шампанском, а кто предательски весел.

 

Итак, мы не отдыхали вместе с мужем уже долгое время, поэтому, когда мы выбирали отель я хотела максимально укромный и уголок, скрытый от чужих глаз. В отеле Huvafen Fushi мы нашли виллу под названием The Playpen, которая только для нас двоих и батлера.

 

Вилли превзошла все ожидания — на первом этаже гостиная и кухня, а на втором спальня, гардероб и джакузи.

У Playpen виллы свой небольшой пляж и бассейн, и, дизайнеры даже продумали спот на ужинов и фотосессий в конце пляже. Святые люди! :))

В первый день сразу после самолета мы отправились в Spa, и какого было мое удивление, когда вот из такого домика нас повели.. в подвал! Вы как бы видите, что подвалом там и не пахнет:

Спустившись вниз, мы попали в первое в мире подводное Спа! (автокорректор упорно заменяет Спа на Спаржа, к чему бы это?)

В общем, у нас был идеальный отдых, состоящий из красивых принятий пищи..

И ужасающего кормления скатов!!

На самом деле, это очень круто — каждый день в 6 вечера, прокормленные скаты, подплывают к берегу и как собачки выпрыгивают из воды (я не очень уверена, если жато уместное сравнение)))) и просят еду. Всем понравилось, а я все 4 дня пыталась себя преодолеть и покормить ската так, чтобы случайно не прыгнуть на него и не раздавить. Каждый день мальдивец, который за ними ухаживает, начинал усиленно потеть, глядя на мои попытки их покормить. Каждый раз я была уверена, что сегодня-то я уж точно готова погладить скатов, но, когда очередная волна прибивала их к берегу и они начинали прыгать на мою ногу, я с криком убегала.

Один день мы решили сходить на экскурсию на морскую виллу, я очень боялась в таких останавливаться, но посмотреть было интересно.

 

Больше всего мне запомнился пол «с окошком», который просто производит гипнотический эффект. Но я представила, что там можно увидеть акулу, и решили, что это не мой вариант точно.

Так же у нас был ужин в винном погребе, где я чуть не околела в начале, но потом нас согрели :))) 

В общем, все время мы притворялись молодоженами и хихикали, что люди и не догадываются, что мы уже 10 лет, как не молодожены))

Отдых удался на славу, мы совершенно не пожалели, что выбрали самую уединенную виллу, хотя для меня она была великовата. На острове рестораны с разными кухнями мира, бар, спа и, конечно, морские развлечения вроде джетски, сап борда, снорклинга и пр. Мы за 5 дней ни разу не заскучали!

Нам очень понравилось и мы обязательно еще вернемся!!

P.S: В отеле нашли шампанское 🙂

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Maldives Travel News – Maldives Resorts & Spa News

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TALL TALE WEDDING PAVILION OFFERS OVER-WATER WEDDING CEREMONIES

Walk down the glass floor aisle to say yes to your love, surrounded by the stunning vistas of the Indian Ocean at Jumeirah Vittaveli

Jumeirah Vittaveli has launched an enchanting overwater wedding pavilion, offering wedding ceremonies and vow renewals.

The Wedding Pavilion sits serenely tucked away in the resort’s overwater fine dining complex, adjacent to French fine dining venue Fenesse, the newly opened wine library Cuvée, and the tranquil overwater lounge Cyan. Panoramic glass doors provide 360 degree views, and decorations can be adjusted to suit the wedding couple’s personal wishes.

“The Maldives provide a wonderful, romantic location for weddings, and we have arranged a number of stunning ceremonies, on a secluded beach, a remote and deserted sandbank, and even an underwater exchange of vows. We can now offer this spectacular new venue to guests who wish to celebrate in style at Jumeirah Vittaveli. Imagine watching your partner appear to walk on water and down the glass floored aisle that stretches over the shimmering turquoise lagoon,” said Amit Majumder, General Manager, Jumeirah Vittaveli.
The wedding pavilion can be booked for ceremonies in advance or once guests are on location. Additional romantic packages include the Wedding Ceremony in Paradise or the Romance in Maldives offer which includes a romantic dinner by the beach and couple’s spa massage. Marriages at the resort are purely ceremonial and not legally binding.
Enhance your romantic escape and stay at the picturesque Private Ocean Retreats. Cocoon yourselves into this indulgent hideaway with a loft-style bedroom upstairs, overwater hammocks, private infinity pool and full outdoor daybed. The Villas are freestanding in the lagoon ensuring maximum privacy while only a two minute ride on board the complimentary boat service from the main island. The Private Ocean Retreats are designed to offer all the resort services at your fingertips, from in-villa dining, to yoga on your own open air deck, to an indulgent couple’s massage.
Jumeirah Vittaveli offers romantic escapes as well as a variety of land- and water-based activities, including the destination’s first ice rink, a PADI Dive base, water sports centre, six restaurants and bars, and two lounges; an underground tasting room and a wine library will open soon. 
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Influential Talented Photographers visit Maldives

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The first official ‪#‎clubmedinstameet‬ in the Maldives saw a group of 19 talented photographers and influencers spend a magical 5 days at our beautiful Club Med Finolhu Villas.

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Geneva Vanderzeil/APair&ASpare Lifestyle blog for people who love to make things and go places. snapchat: apair_andaspare geneva@apairandasparediy.com apairandasparediy.com

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Contributor to EverydayAsia aikbengchia@gmail.com www.aikbengchia.com

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rachwinwong Thai Actress Co – Founder of Boutique Resort @summerdaybeachresort 🌴 Contact work 📲P’May 0956164266 , 0892446245

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SARA DONALDSON Blogger. #EffortlessMinimalist. Reality Show @fashionbloggerstv on E! Sara@harperandharley.com Nadine@chicmanagement.com.au Snapchat:harperandharley www.harperandharley.com

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Sher Reen L. KUL • iPhone only lim.sherreen@gmail.com

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Jason 👤 SocialMedia, YouTube, Design, See 🗻 Coffee, Food, Archi, Travel 📷 Lumix GM5 #smashpoprates #smashpoptoy FB/LINE: smashpop 👻: smashpoppler discovr.smashpop.net

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Trisha T. Food & other stories. KUL www.trishatoh.com #BreadButter2015 | More info, link below. bit.ly/bytrishates

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Rian Assaaf (… Postcard from a dream) Jakarta, Indonesia || rianassaaf@me.com priime.com/rianassaaf

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Leonard Based in Singapore. SONY XPERIA Z3. My photos speak more than I do. STEP●INTO●MY●BLUE●WORLD #stepintomyblueworld instagram.com/leotomatic

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Mae “เมษ์” Artist Manager , Co-Founder Devon&Drew. Contact Me: 0892446245 , 0956164266. My Asst: 1.K.Maw 0814566254, 2.K.NiNha +668-6928-5538 www.devonanddrew.co.uk

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Maldives: Turquoise Seduction

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Maldives is the land of turquoise-cobalt waters, colourful coral reefs and sparkling white sandy beaches. Sujoy Dhar returns mesmerized after a rather sinful island resort hopping, spiced with self-indulgent spa experience, snorkeling and exciting stay in the upscale water villas in the Indian Ocean

When the return flight took off from Maldives Male International Airport on Hulhule Island, the feeling was not sad. It was one of rejuvenation. Because like all visitors to this land of white sands we were taking back a piece of the turquoise, emerald and cobalt memories of the Indian Ocean with us, to beat the blues of daily life. The SriLankan Airlines flight took off and as it gained height we saw from the windows the capital Male like a piece of showpiece in our living rooms surrounded by the blue ocean.

True that an exciting journey ended, but what was fresh was the previous nights dinner in the beach at Adaaran Club Rannalhi resort and how after waking up early in the morning the sea and the sky outside was mystic blue in that all quiet water world. We left the island in speed boat for the airport in the morning, rewinding in our mind a three-day stay in a dreamland beginning with the sprawling Meeru Island Resort. It should be mentioned here that every island has been turned into a resort in the Maldives and to enjoy this enchanting land, choose your resort holiday according to your budget.

The best way to travel to Maldives from India (New Delhi) is to take a flight of SriLankan Airlines. You can even choose an overnight stay in Colombo and then in the morning take a little over one hour flight to reach finally in the land of turquoise seduction. As you touch down and come out of airport, you do not see a bus or a car waiting for you. There was a speed boat waiting to take us to the Meeru Island Resort from the airport. After a nearly one hour boat journey we were finally in the Resort in Meerufenfushi island.

Maldives is an awesome wedding destination too and romance is in the air here in its white pristine beaches. So while marriages can be made in heavens, some die-hard romantics love to solemnise them in some of the most exotic, or rather heavenly places, here on Earth. But what better destination can you find, than in the Maldives, the tropical paradise of palm trees and turquoise lagoons.

We were lucky that on reaching Meeru Island Resort, when we took a buggy ride to the beach on the other side of the island, we were witness to such a fairy tale wedding.

A good-looking German couple exchanged their wedding vows afresh in the glistening white sand beach.

Meeru Island Resort and Spa has some of the most luxurious jacuzzi water villas right in the lagoon. In the resort, which is about 1200 metres long and spread over 60 hectares, these villas not only overlook the waters but they are right in the lagoon and you can climb down the wooden steps and swim in the crystal clear water instead of the jacuzzi.

Jacuzzi Beach Villas are Beach Villas with a bedroom including a four poster bed, a private, walled-in outdoor area featuring a Jacuzzi for two under the stars with a wooden sundeck with chaise lounges, a shade Pavilion or umbrella, tropical plants and a beautiful view of the lagoon.

At Meeru, we also took a cruise in the evening for dolphin spotting though it yielded only two sightings. But the cruise was refreshing as we watched the twilight sky with awe. Living in Meeru Island Resort is sinfully luxurious.

After a stay in Meeru Island, onthe second day of our tour, we reached Paradise Island Resort. The resort lives up to the title and its promise of uncompromising luxury and comfort. We checked in, in one of the water villas again and this time we had an amazing swim in the crystal clear waters. This is at the heart of the island Lankanfinolhu in North Male Atoll.

If you are looking for the much touted Spa experience in Maldives, perhaps one of the best is offered by Paradise Island Resort.

At the Araamu Spa in Paradise Island Resort (Araamu meaning comfort) if you have deep pockets you can regenerate your hormonal system and improve blood circulation and stimulate nerves system. This Spa also boasts of the Loabi loabi massage, a sensuous massage for couples using Ayurvedic oil and herbal powder. It is also called honeymoon massageaphrodisiac. More details can be spared.

Shark and Stingray feeding in Paradise Island Resort is quite an experience and watching the flattened bodied stingrays settle on the bottom while feeding, often leaving only their eyes and tail visible, is quite a treat. They usually do not sting humans unless you step on them. Fatal stings are rare but who can forget the death of the famous Australian Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin in 2006.

While Paradise is the second of the resorts we visited, it will remain etched in memory for a rainbow sighting. Over the horizon beyond the water villas we were caught unawares by the natures surprise. As we were waiting for a buggy to take us back to the water villas after a gust of rain, we were frozen for a moment on the wooden causeway at the sight of a colourful arc. Yes, a rainbow so beautiful is one we had not seen in a very, very long time. It was kind of a divine blessing or as Wordsworth said natures piety, on us from above. It lasted not more than ten minutes.

Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi resort was the next resort we stayed in The Maldives. The journey to the resort was wonderful and with a stopover at the airport and then in a speed boat of the resort. We had a great spa experience here and later we went for snorkeling.

But the most spectacular of coral reefs and underwater life was in store for the next day when we snorkeled in the most beautiful part of the sea in Maldives at Adaaran Vaadoo Resort.

But theAdaaran Select morning would always be cherished for a breakfast in an wooden water villa deck by a serene crystal clear Indian Ocean lagoon with shoals of fishes swarming below for company.

This resort has some of the most beautiful ocean villas. You can walk along a dark wooden causeway into the enticing waters upon which lay their distinct thatched roof Ocean Villas. Featuring wooden exteriors with modernist interiors, each retreat is complimented by bright colours and contemporary design.

Our snorkeling experience of the life was however awaited at the Adaaran Vaadoo Resort. This is resort is ideal for the super rich honeymoon couples perhaps and we halted there for snorkeling.

But as the property manager, who left his San Francisco job to take up one here in the island, showed us around it was mind blowing. Even the bathroom has a glass floor with the turquoise water visible below while the deck of the water villa sports a mini infinity edge pool. And what we saw underwater cannot be described in words perhaps.

Adaaran Club Rannalhi was our last of the resorts and it was a wonderful evening spent, first lazing in the white beach and then taking a ride in a fishing boat. We took a fishing trip but what captivated us that evening was the vastness of the horizon, and amazing colours of the twilight sky when we went fishing. ‪

Maldives is indeed a tropical paradise to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

HOW TO GO:

From India, the best option is to take SriLankan Airlines flight.

WHICH RESORTS TO CHOOSE:

Every island is a resort in Maldives and all are mind-blowing, but some of your options can be a combination of Meeru Island Resort Spa, Paradise Island Resort and Adaaran Group resorts.

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Maldives or Mauritius: Which would you choose??

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What do the Maldives and Mauritius have in common? Well, they’re both located in the Indian Ocean, they both feature some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and they’re both popular with holidaymakers looking to escape to a tropical island paradise for a week or two.

With the help of travel experts, Destination2.co.uk, we’ve had a look at the differences between these two popular holiday destinations to help you decide which one’s more suited to you.

The best time to go

The Maldives enjoy hot temperatures throughout the year, with averages ranging from 27°C – 29°C. However, alongside this tropical climate comes an abundance of rainfall, which is more common from May through to October, during the aptly named rainy season. It’s worth noting that the rainstorms in the Maldives are different to the ones we have in the UK, in that they usually don’t last very long, and the hot sunshine dries everything up in next to no time.

A great time to visit the Maldives is during December and January. On December 31st, many of the luxury resorts on the islands have elaborate New Year’s Eve celebrations right on the beach!

Mauritius has more of a range of temperatures throughout the year, with averages ranging from 21°C to 26°C – still great beach weather! However, it does still have a rainy season, which begins in January and ends in April. This makes Mauritius a great place to visit for a summer holiday, as the dry season will be in full swing.

Things to do

Each year, millions of tourists flock to the Maldives to relax in the hot sun and sample some delicious local cuisine. With that being said, there’s not an awful lot more to do here, aside from snorkelling and watersports. Snorkelling in the Maldives is a truly unforgettable experience – with miles of colourful coral and fascinating sea creatures, it’s like being in a dream world.

We advise that you go whale watching during your Maldives holiday. Many of the islands have trips where you can be sailed out to sea and watch the spectacular whales do their thing – magnificent!

Mauritius, although still very much an island paradise, is much more built up that the Maldives. The island has lots of heavily promoted attractions, including hikes over the rolling hills, undersea walks, the Black River Gorges National Park and the Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park and Nature Reserve, to name but a few.

It’s due to the sheer amount there is for holidaymakers to do on Mauritius, that we recommend this island for families with younger children, so as to keep them occupied. However, many of the resorts in the Maldives do have kids clubs for the kids to attend during the day, so it really does depend on personal preference.

Cost

Maldivian resorts tend to be expensive due to their incredible luxury. The best option when selecting a hotel in the Maldives is to book an all inclusive option, which includes drinks, food and flights. Due to the remoteness of the islands, many Maldivian resorts are specifically designed so that you don’t have to leave them for the duration of your holiday.

Mauritius can be slightly less expensive than the Maldives, and holidaymakers usually have a choice ranging from ultimate luxury to mid-budget hotels. As the island generally has more going on than the Maldives, it’s not essential to go all inclusive here, but we recommend it to ease the stress of budgeting once you’re there.

Both the Maldives and Mauritius are stunning island jewels, surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. For a luxury escape on a white beach, with nothing else but relaxation and delicious cuisine to fill your day (bliss!), choose the Maldives. If you’re looking for a holiday that’s got a little bit more going on, but you still want that stunning island scenery, Mauritius is the perfect island escape for you.

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The Honeymooners’ Guide To Maldives

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Annastasia and John enjoyed a romantic tour of Europe for their honeymoon. Including stops in Italy and Spain, Paris was the last act of their newlywed adventure. Read on for their favourite sights, eats and activities in the City of Light.

Paris, the epitome of romance to me, was the last stop on our month-long honeymoon tour in Europe. We began in Florence, made our way to Spain for a second wedding surrounded by family who couldn’t make it to the states, and Paris became our grand finale. And grand it was. John and I spent our last moments in our honeymoon bubble with endless croissants, Eiffel Tower chocolates on our pillows, and bike rides to and from museums. It was incredibly hard to leave, but knowing I’d have these pictures to remind me of that rare month of bliss eased the transition back into reality.

 

If it’s your first visit, a river cruise is a great way to orient yourself. I recommend it at night! The city sparkles and shines at night. Another must: stroll the bridges. There is a bridge for every occasion, each with a unique story to tell. And for those eternally in love, bring a lock to epitomize your love and throw away the key. Hoping for rain is an odd desire, but in Paris it only heightens the city’s beauty and romantic ambience. My wish for you – a small drizzle to accompany the stroll you take with the comfort of a loved one’s fingers interlaced in yours. That was certainly the highlight of our visit.

 

EAT

When you start to get hungry, I recommend not skipping a visit to Le Relais de l’Entrecote for lunch. They have the best steak frites in Paris, and it’s endless. They will serve you until you are full, but don’t visit with the idea of eating anything else. So if your whole party can agree, head over to taste the ultimate version of steak frites and if you are lucky, you may even spy a celebrity or two! We did!

 

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I have been a Flytographer fanatic since I stumbled upon a beautiful post years ago! Pictures to me are the ultimate souvenir and I am over the moon with the way mine turned out. Making Flytographer part of any adventure is a must for everyone!

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Newton Abbot photographer among winners in national photography competition

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A NEWTON Abbot man’s picture of his romantic holiday in the Maldives has placed in the top 10 of a national photography competition.

Chosen from more than a thousand entries to the contest which asked people in the UK to share photos that represented what love means to them, Gareth Benyon’s photo charmed the judges to rank among the winners.

Titled ‘Dinner in the romantic Maldives, the photo shows the darkness of a calm sea at night is lit up by candlelight as a married couple enjoy dinner in the tropical paradise of the Maldives, staring only at one another despite the dramatic surroundings.

Gareth said: “I’m honoured my photo was shortlisted. I love capturing beautiful moments and it’s great to know that other people feel a connection with my work.

“On the last night of a romantic Maldives holiday I surprised my partner with a private dinner out over the ocean. I set up a tripod and took the photo as a long exposure while we had lobster and champagne in a perfect location.”

Launched by relationship experts eHarmony.co.uk, the third annual Love Captured photography contest asked the nation to submit photographs demonstrating what ‘love’ means to them.

eHarmony UK Country Manager Romain Bertrand said: “As this year’s competition closes, we’re thrilled to have seen so many fantastic and imaginative entries. At eHarmony we’re experts at connecting the right people to create happy relationships built to last. We also know that love comes in many forms. It’s truly inspiring to see such a wide range of photos that demonstrate the different ways people see love across the UK.”

WINNER

 

Title: Together

Photographer: Michael Berwick

 

Region: Eastbourne

Age: 30
Together: The winning photograph shows a couple holding hands on their 30th anniversary as their beloved dogs, Poppy and Ruby, look at them

Michael said: ‘The moment came quite naturally, as anyone who has pets can attest to photos involving dogs are hard to arrange artificially!

‘With the sun streaming in and my parents sat together on their anniversary in their garden – which is their pride and joy and they built side by side – it’s a great symbol of romance standing the test of time.

‘It’s amazing to hear that my photo was chosen as the 2016 Love Captured competition winner – it’s a moment I’m very glad to have captured.’

The company asked the nation to submit photographs demonstrating what ‘love’ means to them.

2ND PLACE

Love comes in all shapes and sizes: A touching photograph shows a grandfather on his mobility scooter and his grandson on a tricycle sharing a moment together

Title: Love comes in all shapes and sizes

Photographer: Sue Gibson, from Warwick

A moment between photographer Sue’s father and her son, where they share a look and despite the age difference, a sense of symmetry exists between the pair.

Sue said: ‘I’m utterly delighted to have one of my photos recognised by the judges of this national competition. My photo captured a snap of grandfather and grandson sharing a moment, as they often do, despite grandfather’s disability.’

 

3RD PLACE
Wild Carneddau Ponies: Two beautiful wild ponies nuzzling together in Snowdonia, captured by Sandra Robinson

 

Title: Wild Carneddau Ponies

Photographer: Sandra Robinson, from Wales

With a wild Snowdonia landscape as the background, the photograph captures two wild ponies that seem to be nuzzling together, reminding us that love and affection isn’t an exclusively human quality.

Sandra said: ‘I spend many hours with these beautiful wild ponies of North Wales. They are Carneddau Ponies that roam over thousands of acres, mostly mountainous regions.

‘I had been following this mare for a few months before her foal was born so to me this was a special moment. It’s so lovely to have recognition for these beautiful ponies.’

3RD PLACE

My darling granddaughter: Hannah captured running along a beach in Northumberland in a photograph taken by her grandmother Gillian

Title: Capturing our granddaughter Hannah

Photographer: Gillian, in Northumberland

The wet sand reflects a cloudy sky, creating a seemingly infinite landscape while the photographer captures her granddaughter running along the beach, leaving footprints as she goes.

Gillian said: ‘The family and I had been to Banborough in Northumberland for the weekend and went for a stroll along the beach just before evening set in.

‘My granddaughter, Hannah, was dancing and running along the beach – she looked so happy and free, which inspired me to capture this moment.’

Sisters for life: A young girl is pictured embracing her baby sister in a photograph taken by Laura Davies, from Wales

Title: Sisters for life

Photographer: Laura Davies, from Wales

A girl embraces her baby sister in a tender moment between two young people who will share a love for the rest of their lives, bonded by their sisterhood.

Laura said: ‘I can’t believe that my picture has been selected from over 1,000! I’m absolutely thrilled and so excited.

‘We’ve had so many wonderful moments this year with weddings, babies and fun times and I’m over the moon that my one of my special moments has been included in eHarmony’s Love Captured 2016.
4TH PLACE

Love comes in all shapes and sizes: A touching photograph shows a grandfather on his mobility scooter and his grandson on a tricycle sharing a moment together

Title: Love comes in all shapes and sizes

Photographer: Sue Gibson, from Warwick

A moment between photographer Sue’s father and her son, where they share a look and despite the age difference, a sense of symmetry exists between the pair.

Sue said: ‘I’m utterly delighted to have one of my photos recognised by the judges of this national competition. My photo captured a snap of grandfather and grandson sharing a moment, as they often do, despite grandfather’s disability.’

My darling granddaughter: Hannah captured running along a beach in Northumberland in a photograph taken by her grandmother Gillian

Title: Capturing our granddaughter Hannah

Photographer: Gillian, in Northumberland

The wet sand reflects a cloudy sky, creating a seemingly infinite landscape while the photographer captures her granddaughter running along the beach, leaving footprints as she goes.

Gillian said: ‘The family and I had been to Banborough in Northumberland for the weekend and went for a stroll along the beach just before evening set in.

‘My granddaughter, Hannah, was dancing and running along the beach – she looked so happy and free, which inspired me to capture this moment.’
5TH PLACE
6TH PLACE

Dinner in the Maldives: A British couple enjoying a private candlelit dinner in the Maldives out over the ocean

Title: Dinner in the romantic Maldives

Photographer: Gareth Beynon, from the south West

The darkness of a calm sea at night is lit up by candlelight as a married couple enjoy dinner in the tropical paradise of the Maldives, staring only at one another despite the dramatic surroundings.

Gareth said: ‘I’m honoured my photo was shortlisted. I love capturing beautiful moments and it’s great to know that other people feel a connection with my work.

‘On the last night of a romantic Maldives holiday I surprised my partner with a private dinner out over the ocean. I set up a tripod and took the photo as a long exposure while we had lobster and champagne in a perfect location.

7TH PLACE
Like father, like son: Jane McColl, from Yorkshire, took this photograph of her husband and their 18-month-old son

Title: Husband and Son

Photographer: Jane McColl, from Yorkshire

Background: In this black and white photograph, a father and his young son look lovingly at one another, both laughing as they do, the love and joy clear from their faces.

Jane said: ‘This is one I took in the summer when my son was 18 months old. I took a series of them lying on this blanket and they were giggling and pulling faces – it was this series of pictures that really made me see the bond between father and son and how many mannerisms and looks they shared.

‘This is my favourite picture of them together, with that mutual laughter and love in their eyes.’

8TH PLACE

Best in show: An owner holding his dog in the rain at a village show. The picture was taken by Yvette Robertshaw

Title: Captured at a local show

Photographer: Yvette Robertshaw, from Wales

A young man braves the rain at a village show, holding his dog. Their close relationship is touching to witness as they rest their heads on one another.

Yvette said: ‘I have to say my initial reaction was shock! It’s absolutely thrilling and I’m humbled that the judges have selected my image as one of the top 10.

‘This is a very special image for me, which I will always treasure and one I felt really captured a unique love at its purest form.’

9TH PLACE

Brother and sister love: Mariella and Barnaby sitting under an umbrella in a cute photograph taken by their mother

Title: Brother and sister love

Photographer: Caroline Cordery, from the West Midlands

Mariella and Barnaby, the photographer’s young children, can be seen sitting under an umbrella together with sun shining through in the background.

Caroline said: ‘It’s satisfying to capture their loving moments on camera because – despite the inevitable fighting – the love between a brother and sister is solid and unlike some relationships in life, they’ll have each other for the rest of their lives.

‘I hope when people see my photo, they’ll remember to appreciate their siblings!’

10TH PLACE

Big hug: Cousins Safia and Umama sharing a loving embrace outside. The photograph was taken by Ata Adnan

Title: Safia & Umama

Photographer: Ata Adnan

Two young cousins share a loving embrace conveying the innocence of childhood and importance of family.

Ata said: ‘I’m completely overwhelmed with this announcement. It is so special since this particular photograph is very close to my heart.

‘Safia and Umama are cousins born in the UK to Bangladeshi parents who moved here initially to study and later to work.’

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WORLD CHAMPION FREEDIVER CHRISTIAN REDL RETURNS TO LUX* SOUTH ARI ATOLL – MALDIVES FOR THE 5TH EDITION OF THE ISLAND’S UNDERWATER FESTIVAL

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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

Dolores.semeraro@luxmaldivesresort.com 

    
    
 

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