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How to Try Spanking During Sex For The First Time

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Are you interested in spanking, but aren’t quite sure where to begin? Are you looking to cause some pain, but not too much? Maybe no pain at all, but just excitement and novelty? You’ve come to the right place.

First things first, there is nothing weird or gross about spanking. Let that nonsense go.

Our brains closely relate pleasure and pain. The same areas light up when we experience both sensations. We love spanking because of the electricity and surprise, the twinning of pain and pleasure. It is erotic. There is a reason Fifty Shades was such a phenomenon, kiddo.

Spanking offers an element of control: Being spanked or spanking is the giving and receiving of control. It is giving total trust to your partner or taking it.

Spanking is an easy way into trying some light kink. The important part is to have your information on hand and being ready to step into this form of play without traumatizing anyone. Spanking is fun, but upsetting your partner and losing trust is not the goal.

Here is how to get started with spanking, for beginners.

Have a conversation before you spank anyone

As fun as spanking can be, it is not something you whip out (no pun intended) during sex. If you haven’t done it before, you need to talk about it beforehand. There is nothing sexy about getting smacked when you, in no way shape or form, want to get smacked.

That is a one-way ticket to sleeping on the couch, amirite?

You don’t have to necessarily carve out time on the G-cal to talk about this, but it does need to be discussed. Bring it up in a neutral way, as a part of a larger conversation about fantasy. Let your partner know you think it would be super hot if they spanked you (or if you spanked them). See what the feelings around spanking might be.

For some, spanking can be triggering. To ease into it, read or watch some erotic materials to suss out what works and what doesn’t. If your partner is apprehensive, figure out if he or she would feel more comfortable being the spankee or the spanker, and begin there.

Have a safe word

Always have a safe word when trying anything remotely kinky. We suggest using the stop light method: Green for “YES PLEASE THANK YOU,” yellow for “This is a bit uncomfortable, slow down,” and red for “STOP THAT NOW.”

This way you don’t have to worry about being yelled at, or doing any yelling, if the spanking is not working for you. It’s a neutral way to pull out of the scene and reassess the situation. It may feel a bit silly at first, but trying new sex stuff is hard.

It can be awkward and uncomfortable. Anything you can do to ease around the more difficult aspects is welcomed.

Start with hands

When trying spanking for the first time, always, always, always start with a bare palm on a butt. No slapping, for goodness sake! This is not your opportunity to grab a wooden spoon and go to town, full force on your partner’s bottom. Nope. This will not work out well for most people.

Don’t get into it by hammering away. Smack them once during sex and see how it feels. Were they turned on? Were you turned on? If you get a positive reaction, go for another spank. Always go slowly and proceed with care. Empathy is key here. Pay attention to both your own feelings and that of your partner.

Work up to harder strokes

You know when you’re playing baseball and you wind up to pitch a ball as fast and hard as you can? Yeah, this isn’t like that.

Do not spank someone with full strength, unless you are specifically told that is what they want. If you want to work up to hard spankings and/or spanking accoutrements (such as a riding crops or paddles), there is opportunity to do so. You, like everyone, need to start at the beginning.

Don’t rush things. There is plenty of opportunity to explore your sexual threshold and test boundaries.

Check in with your partner

Remember to check in with your partner before, during, and after play.

Before you begin, let them know you plan to do some spanking during whatever sex you’re having. After you spank them during sex, ask if it felt good before trying again. After you’re finished having sex, talk about how you felt during the experience.

See more: How to Get Your Partner to Dominate You During Sex

Checking in breeds trust. Make time for after care. Cuddle and hold your partner. If they are a person who prefers to have space after sex, let them have their space.

We all want to feel cared for and loved. It’s important that your partner knows you’re there for them and they you. You’ll be much more likely to play this way again if you both feel safe and connected throughout the experience.

Gigi Engle is a certified sex coach, educator, and writer living in Chicago. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @GigiEngle.

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7 Tips to Stop Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck

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Now that you’re getting married soon, you might be thinking about other “grown-up” stuff you’re hoping to tackle next: taking an epic vacation, planning a family, buying a home. Unfortunately, as you well know if you’re in the midst of planning your nuptials, adulting is hella expensive. And if you’re the person who responds to a question about the state of your savings account with, “LOL. What’s a savings account!?” you’re not alone.

According to the fourth annual Love and Money Survey by TD Bank, more than one-third of U.S. consumers (34 percent) confess to living from paycheck-to-paycheck. The survey polled almost 1,800 Americans across various ages and found that—surprise!—finances rank as a major source of stress. Anxiety about retirement tops the list at 18 percent, followed by 14 percent of responders worrying about not being able to provide for their families, and 12 percent concerned by an inability to pay off debt. All of these fiscal frets are causing people to put off reaching their financial goals. (For example, 42 percent of millennial couples reported having to pump the breaks on buying a home.)

Ready for some good news?

We’re not sweeping these woes under any chic, affordable rugs; we’re addressing them! The majority of respondents in committed relationships—60 percent—said they discuss finances with their significant others at least once a week. Millennial duos are most loose-lipped, with 97 percent saying they have money talks at least once a month, compared with 88 percent of couples across all age groups.

And it’s not just conversations being shared. Assets and responsibilities too are increasingly a joint venture in relationships, the survey says. The results tallied 55 percent of couples combining their money, 70 percent of couples sharing decisions around large-scale purchases, and—drumroll, please!—61 percent of women reporting being the primary decision-makers for everyday purchases.

Yada, yada, this is all great, but you’re wanting a little less talk about talk and a lot more talk about action, right? How can you STOP living paycheck-to-paycheck? What plan can you and your partner START right now to save enough cash money to get away somewhere exotic, have a baby, put a down payment on a home, or wild out and buy a customized Intrepid yacht? (My fiancé really wants one of these. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ )

To find out, we tapped Dr. Jane Greer — a nationally-renowned relationship expert, psychotherapist and author of What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship — and Jason Thacker, Head of Consumer Deposits and Payments at TD Bank. Follow their seven bits of advice below, then tag us in your boat selfie when you’re rolling in it.

1. Make A Weekly Dinner Date to Discuss $$$

Even if you’re already having money talks once a week, make it a “thing” by scheduling it. Greer suggests picking a week night after dinner so it’s part of your routine—and hey, everything’s better with food. “Even if it’s only for 10 or 15 minutes, build it into a time when you are both home and won’t be distracted by other things,” she says. And as Thacker points out, “Meeting so regularly allows you to discuss and amend your budget as needed.”

2. Open A Savings Account and Automate a Payment in There

Even if it’s only $20 a month, the point is you’re building a good habit, and automated payments mean you don’t even have to think about it!

“If you want to achieve financial independence, start by automating your finances,” says Thacker. “Setting up services like direct deposit and automatic transfers can do more for your savings than you realize.” Thacker also suggests looking into automatic online bill paying and retirement contributions. You’ll always pay bills on time and invest in your future, again with very little effort on your part. High-five, fellow lazy millennial!

3. Prioritize Your Expenses (And Include All the “Little” Stuff Too!)

When couples sit down to make a budget together, the big-ticket expenses (rent, utilities, gym fees) are easy to remember, but Greer says you should write down everything. “Include the taxis and coffees so you can literally see everywhere your money is going,” she says. “You can take stock of the realistic financial landscape — not the fantasy of what you wish it would be.” Next, rank the expenditures in order of how important they are to you. You may be surprised to find you and your partner value very different expenses. But, if one of you cannot function without your daily coffee (consider buying one of these for your home), help the other one to understand that, and be willing to sacrifice somewhere else!

4. Cut As Many Reoccurring Expenses As You Can

Speaking of things like gym fees, are there any reoccurring money-sucks in your life that you can cancel entirely? “Get rid of extra stations or cable,” suggests Thacker. “Freeze or cancel monthly memberships or subscription services that you’re truly not getting your money’s worth out of. Use it instead to build up your savings for future financial needs or an emergency fund.”

5. Consider a Joint Account for Accountability

The increase in couples who are choosing to combine finances makes us feel like you guys are hoping to approach all your #MoneyMoves as a team. What are two benefits of being on a team? Accountability and progressing towards a common goal.

“Opening a joint account means each partner can see what their partner is spending money on, and what’s important to them,” says Greer. “They’re both aware of the whole picture so there’s no room for sudden surprise expenditures, that could leave them without the financial resources they need.” Again, “learning how to address your differences in priorities will make you more effective problem-solvers together,” says Greer.

Additionally, Thacker says that he recommends couples open a joint savings account because working together to achieve a certain goal, like a larger purchase or vacation, can be very positive for your relationship. You both win!

6. Meet with a Financial Advisor and Set Three Types of Goals (Immediate, Short-Term, and Long-Term)

Encouragingly, a fair number of millennials (38 percent) are already seeking the support of a financial advisor, but Thacker wants everyone to schedule a meeting.

“Sit down and create a plan,” he says. While you’re at it, ask your expert to help you identify three different kinds of financial goals: immediate (cancelling the music streaming service you never use), short-term (paying off student loans), and long-term (pillowing out your retirement fund). Then, you can figure out the particulars. “Even if there is a big difference in salary, as long as you work out a plan on how you’re spending and saving your money in a way that feels equitable to both of you, you’ll be about to meet your goals without either person feeling they had to sacrifice what was really important to them.”

See more: What To Do If Your Partner Is Bad With Money

7. Lay Out Your Pipe Dreams to One Another

Our last tip? Don’t keep things from your partner. (24% of Millennials reported keeping a financial secret from their significant other!) Instead, tell each other all the crazy things you’d spend money on if you had it, no matter how ludicrous, indulgent, or embarrassing. If you force yourselves to be comfortable enough to do that, confessing your vice for high-end sex toy shopping won’t feel as scary (or will it…).

“Because of social media, Millennials are more open to sharing about everything they do,” says Greer. “Talking about money is a natural part of this, and gives everybody a feeling of involvement. Being upfront about what you want and how you spend minimizes guilt—and the anxiety that comes with worrying your partner will find out and disapprove.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Be Guests of Honor at Hamilton Gala in London

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Newlyweds Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are headed to the West End. The royal couple is set to take in a London performance of Broadway’s hit musical Hamilton as the guests of honor. Kensington Palace announced Monday that the royal couple will be attending the gala performance of Hamilton at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre on August 29, alongside show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Though the couple previously saw the show in February, they will be attending this particular Hamilton performance as it will help raise funds for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale — for which he recently played a charity polo match. According to its website, the charity supports the mental health and well-being of children and young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana. Not to mention, the royals will have the privilege of seeing the show for a second time, and who doesn’t want to see Hamilton twice?

Markle, her husband, and Miranda will meet the cast and crew onstage and are expected to address the audience, according to a statement from Kensington Palace. “At the conclusion of the show both the Duke of Sussex and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the show’s book, music, and lyrics, will address the audience,” it reads.

Anyone interested in attending the event can purchase a ticket online for $25 to $130, plus a charity donation. Kensington Palace also announced via Twitter that Harry and Meghan will also be attending the Well Child Awards — an event in support of the national charity (of which Harry is a patron) for seriously ill children and their families — on September 4, as well as charity music gala 100 Days to Peace, on September 6.

Looks like married life is insanely busy for Meghan and Harry!

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How Orgasms Actually Happen

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What leads us to orgasm? What if we haven’t experienced an orgasm? What happens to the body during orgasm? Have you had an orgasm? Is orgasm important?

These questions have been asked for many, many years. We’re constantly trying to break down orgasm. We want to know how to have one, how we get there, and how we get our partners there.

There is so much variance in the way women experience desire, pleasure, arousal, and orgasm. There are no true black and white answers. “Most of us tend to think of sex as linear and it doesn’t have to be. It’s great to use it as a guideline, but everyone’s experience is subjective,” Dr. Emily Morse, a sexologist and host of the Sex With Emily podcast tells Brides.

While we can suss out facts based on scientific research, it is important to recognize that there are vast personal differences. We each fall on a kind of spectrum. In no way is this information meant to incite feelings of “lacking” or “abnormality.”

The only normal that exists is the abnormal. We are all complex, unique, and different.

That being said, here is everything we know on the stages of sexual response and, yes, orgasm.

A wee bit of history

Not to bore you with a bunch of facts and history, but it’s actually quite important when discussing the ways we’ve come to understand (and not understand) female sexuality. If we don’t have the facts, what do we even have? It’s not like the information we receive on sex from school or family is highly reliable. (If you hate history and facts, just skip to section three).

When we talk about human sexual response, orgasm, etc. we usually jump to the original model created by pioneering sex researchers, Masters and Johnson, in the 1960s. These groundbreaking researchers broke the human sexual response cycle into excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution. While a huge contribution to sexual science, Rena McDaniel, a certified sex therapist, tells Brides that this isn’t where the story ends.

In the 70s, this original model of human sexual response was further developed by Helen Singer Kaplan, adding in desire as the beginning of the sexual response cycle. This made way for a new framework which broke sexual response into a Triphasic Model: desire, arousal, orgasm.

“I’m most concerned with women knowing the difference between desire and arousal. Desire is our sex drive, our pilot light, or mental stimulation – whereas arousal is what happens when we’re physically turned on,” says Morse. Desire is in your mind, arousal is in the body. Including desire in the overall sexual cycle is crucial.

This three-part model may seem a little simpler than the Masters and Johnson’s, but it actually accounts for the overlapping, broad way we experience desire and arousal. Each of these three phases is complex and are experienced differently from woman to woman.

But, there’s more!

Sexual response was even further developed by researchers Janssen and Bancroft’s Dual Control Model and Basson’s Sexual Response Cycle.

These models map out sexual response as a super complex, overlapping, nonlinear system. McDaniel tells us that for female sexual experiences, desire may not be the first thing you feel; it might develop as you brain recognizes and codifies sexually relevant contexts. For example, your partner has lit candles and you start making out. Your vagina may lubricate before you think, “This is hot. I’m into it.”

“The Dual Control Model speaks to a similar system of ‘accelerators’ and ‘brakes’ that govern sexual response in a non-linear way,” McDaniel says. Accelerators move you forward in the sexual response cycle, while breaks slow you down. (To learn more, read on here.)

It’s complicated to say the least!

So, why does this matter?

It’s, like, why are we talking about this history stuff when there are juicy sex things to discuss? Because if you’re a woman, or a man, or a genderqueer person, or a non-binary person, or ANY person, you know that sexuality is complex AF.

It’s important to know how far science has come in order to get a better grasp on how your body works. If anything, all of this history and research can show you how we’re still figuring stuff out. You are not broken or lacking. Bodies are not a one-size-fits-all model.

Orgasm is not some ‘big finish” or “goal”

If the history lesson above should teach you anything it’s that sexual response and experience is anything but simple. Orgasm is defined as the involuntary release of sexual tension. That’s it. The word pleasure ain’t present in there, y’all.

We put a bunch of pressure on “orgasm” as this exciting big finish. If we don’t “get there” or if our orgasm is anything other than earth-shattering, we’ve failed. This is the wrong way to think about it. And frankly, it just makes women feeling like crap about themselves.

Orgasm isn’t the goal—sexual pleasure is the goal. If orgasm happens to take place, great. If not, your sexual experience is not invalidated. “When we reframe orgasm as the ‘cherry on top’ of a pleasurable and intimate sexual experience, it takes the pressure off and gives us more space to be present and enjoy the pleasurable sensations for their own sake instead of a means to an end,” McDaniels explains.

What this all means

Stop forcing an orgasm! It’s not doing anything for you. Putting pressure and stress on yourself will not result in the framework needed to relax into an orgasm.

If your partner is constantly asking you, “Did you come?” Have a conversation with them about how orgasm works. Pressure = breaks.

See more: Why Putting Pressure On Yourself To Orgasm Never Works

“It’s most important for women to figure out what turns them on and explore their body rather than worrying about whether or not they’re experiencing the ‘correct’ model of sexual arousal,” Morse says.

If we stopped freaking ourselves out so much, we’d probably all have more orgasms. Ah, a lovely sexual catch-22. Take time for yourself and figure out what works for you. Whatever works is right. That’s all there is to it. “Self-exploration is the key to understanding what it takes to orgasm during sex,” Mose says.

Masturbate, masturbate, masturbate. Consider this your call to action.

Gigi Engle is a certified sex coach, educator, and writer living in Chicago. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @GigiEngle.

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OH-SO FIT WELLNESS WEEK with EVA CHODAKOVSKA in Kandima Maldives

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Kandima Maldives has partnered with one of the most kool fitness trainers in Europe – Ewa Chodakowska – to host an OH-SO FIT WELLNESS WEEK at Maldivian activity jungle. The event will involve daily training sessions in the morning and afternoon, healthy meal plans curated by the official BeActive brand dietitian; private dietary consultations before and after the event, fun-packed activities and excursions, and customized body readings using the Body Composition Analyzer ‘Tanita’.

Kandima Maldives совместно с одним из самых клёвых фитнес тренеров в Европе – Евой Чодаковска организовывают неделю OH-SO FIT WELLNESS в Мальдивских джунглях. Это мероприятие включает ежедненые тренировки утром и днем, план здорового питания от официального диетолога бренда BeActive; частные консультации диетолога до и после мероприятия, увлекательная программа экскурсий, сервис анализа качества тела от бренда Tanita.

Ewa Chodakowska is one of the most influential people in health and fitness in Europe and has been recently named ‘the trainer of all Polish women’ by various media and sport brands in Poland. Her fitness empire begun in 2012 with training videos, in which she was motivating women to exercise in a positive way. Today she also offers DVDs, books, sport equipment, dieting system and active travel projects. She’s also the editor in chief of Be Active magazine and runs massive workouts in the open air. Ewa Chodakowska is well known for her achievements as The Guinness World Record 2017 – the largest group holding 1 minute in abdominal plank position; The Guinness World Record 2014 -the largest group exercise session.

Ева Чодаковска одна из наиболее влиятельных людей в индустрии здоровья и фитнеса в Европе и недавно была названа “тренером всех Польских женщин” в различных медиа и спортивных компаний Польши. Её фитнес империя начала свой рост в 2012 году с серии фитнес видео, в которых она мотивировала женщин тренироваться с позитивом. Сегодня она также предлагает DVD, книги, спортивное оборудование, диеты и различные спортивные проекты. Она также является главным редатором журнала Be Active и проводит групповые тренировки на свежем воздухе. Ева Чодаковска известна своими заслугами, вошедшими в книгу реордов Гиннеса 2017 – самая большая группа, одновременно продержавшая упражнение “планка” в течении 1 минуты; рекорд Гиннеса 2014 – групповая тренировка в самом большом составе.

What’s included in our sweet deal / Что включено

• 7-night accommodation in a Sky or Beach Studio / 7 ночей в категории Sky или Beach Studio
• Full Board – personalised healthy meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with healthy drinks) based on Ewa’s signature BeDiet plan / Полный пансион – персонализированный здоровый план питания, основанный на фирменном BeDiet плане от Евы
• Daily trainings with Ewa and Lefteris (2 per day) / Ежедневные тренировки с Евой
• Water at Burn fitness studio / Вода в фитнес студии Burn
• One guided snorkelling excursion during the stay / Одна сноркелинг экскурсия с сопровождением
• Snorkelling gear rental for the whole stay / Оборудование для сноркелинга на всь период прибывания
• Daily welcome mocktails at Breeze Pool Bar / Ежедневные безалкогольные коктейли в Breeze Pool Bar
• Training itinerary / Расписание тренировок
• One POUND® class at Burn fitness studio / Тренировка One POUND в фитнес студии Burn
• Access to complimentary fitness group activities at Burn fitness studio / Доступ к бесплатным тренировкам в Burn фитнес студии
• Event itinerary Dates: 16th – 23rd September 2018 / Даты мероприятия: 16-23 Сентября

Price: 1 person – US$ 3512++ per week / 2 people US$ 5074++ per week / Цена: 1 человек – US$ 3512++ за неделю / 2 человека US$ 5074++ за неделю

The details of the event mentioned below are given for the information and are not including additional terms and conditions, transfer details, taxes and cancellation policy, which  should be checked at the time of the booking. / Детали мероприятия представленнные выше имеют информционный характер и не включают дополнительные условия, стоимость трансфера, налогов и политику отмены, которые должны быть уточнены во время бронирования.

For booking and additional information / для бронирования и дополнительной информации: info@letsgomaldives.com

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Hulhumale to get hotel, Maldives first water theme park

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A project has begun in the satellite town of Hulhumale to build the first ever water theme park in Maldives and a city hotel.

Materials required for the project have been gathered at the site.

Housing Development Corporation (HDC), which oversees the development of Hulhumale, signed an agreement with Malaysia’s Miri Housing Development Sdn Bhd last year to develop and operate the water theme park and hotel.

Located on Nirolhu Magu next to the Youth Park, this USD 25 million new development will come with numerous attractive facilities, including different types of water slides for both adults and children such as spiral slides, speed slides and family slides, kids pool, bumper boats, water houses, water rollers, water gyro, aqua loops, fountain square and rivers.

Additionally, the water theme park will come with related commercial developments such as food and beverage outlets and a six-storey hotel.

“HDC believes that the water theme park is another important step towards realising the government’s vision to develop Hulhumalé as Youth City as it is projected to transform the landscape of the city creating a more youth friendly environment,” HDC earlier said, in a statement.

“Furthermore, it will also create an additional platform for the city to become a centre for urban tourism in the country.”

Hulhumale is home to a number of guesthouses, but the town has no hotels. A project by State Trading Organisation (STO) to build a luxury hotel in Hulhumale has also stalled.

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Can You Have Good Sex Without An Orgasm?

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Can I have good sex without an orgasm? I feel weird.

My partner wants me to orgasm, but I can only have one on my own.

I’ve never had an orgasm during sex. Is that normal?

These are the questions that flood our inbox on a daily basis. Women everywhere want to enjoy sex, but don’t think it can happen without an orgasm. It’s not surprising. We have been taught that orgasm is the grand finale, the main attraction in this theme park called Sex.

So much leaning on the big O. You know what doesn’t lead to good sex (or orgasms for that matter)? Being obsessed with having an orgasm.

Good sex does not always equal sex with an orgasm. Say what? Yeah. Here’s why.

You’re smashing the breaks

Let’s talk about the Dual Control Model. So, your brain plays an enormous, starring role in whether or not you get in the mood for sex, feel pleasure, and orgasm.

The biggest sex organ in your body is not the clitoris (although the clit is queen). Sexual desire begins in the brain. If your mind is not in on the game, you’re not going to have a good experience.

Now, your vagina might lubricate and your clitoris may become engorged when thinking about sex or when they are touched, but that doesn’t mean you feel sexual desire—it just means your body is aroused. Not the same thing, girl.

The Dual Control Model goes down in the brain. You have brakes and accelerators. The breaks are things that your brain codifies as: Not sexy. Now is not a time to get busy. Stop now.

The accelerator is the thing that propels the brain forward. It says: Yes, very sexy. I enjoy this. Let’s do more of that. Now is sexy time.

Getting into an “orgasm is a must and if I don’t have one I am broken and will probably die” mentality smashes your breaks like you smashed the breaks in your mom’s car when learning to drive.

You are putting your brain in a non-sexual state. You will not have great sex if you convince yourself good sex requires orgasm — especially if you don’t have an orgasm during an otherwise perfectly lovely sexual encounter!

Pressure is not sexy

Stress is the ultimate libido killer. Pressuring yourself or your partner to have an orgasm does not good sex make. It will not turn you on and it will leave you feeling empty and broken if you don’t come.

Orgasm should just be taken off the table. It is not a must-have goal. It is not required. If you happen to have an orgasm, that’s great. If you don’t, that’s still great.

Look, orgasms are incredible. No one is going to deny that. Pay attention to the clitoris. Have your partner pay attention to the clitoris. Do all the things that feel amazing to your body. Relax into the pleasure instead of focusing on the need to finish. What a waste of time when you could be enjoying yourself!

Pressure to orgasm is not hot. It will not make sex good. Don’t even think about orgasm as a need. If you take pressure off the orgasm, more orgasms occur. Chill.

What makes sex “good”?

Here is the kicker: Good sex is defined by how you feel about the sex.

That’s it. That’s all there is to it. If you enjoyed yourself, the sex was good. If your partner was empathetic to your feelings, paid attention to your body, asked you what you needed, and made you feel sexy and wanted, the sex was good! Sex is so much more complex than “OooOOOO. I came. Get off me now.”

Ask yourself: Am I happy? Was that fulfilling? Do I feel whole and safe?

Who cares if there was an orgasm if you are happy and satisfied? Tell yourself this constantly: Not all good sex ends in orgasm. Good sex ends in feelings of joy. If you need an orgasm to feel like sex was good, that is your prerogative. It isn’t how every woman (man or person) feels. No more definitions. It’s all a grey area.

Gigi Engle is a certified sex coach, educator, and writer living in Chicago. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @GigiEngle.

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Club Med to launch ‘Fusions’ talent collaborations at exclusive collection Finolhu Villas

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Club Med is set to launch Fusions by Club Med for its Gentil Members (G.Ms) at Club Med’s Exclusive Collection resort, Club Med Finolhu Villas in the Maldives.

Fusions by Club Med appeals to those who desire exclusive and premium experiences during their travels. Aiming to redefine paradise, Club Med will be bringing together unparalleled connoisseurs from different fields to create out of the ordinary experiences to delight its guests.

“When you have experienced the finer things in life, when you believe travelling is a means of collecting unique, one-of-a-kind experiences… Club Med has curated and designed a series of collaborations, created to scintillate your senses and elevate your experience to the next level,” an announcement read.

“From Club Med’s blender of creativity, we are embarking on unprecedented collaborations with exceptional talents and brands across various industries. We meld their individual strengths and fortes together to bring you an unexpected treasure trove of phenomenal experiences. We immerse you in trendy, limited-time events that promises exclusivity and avant-garde moments that will forever be etched into your memories.”

Composer-pianist Tze Toh (R) and Chef Jozef Youssef

The first of this quarterly series will be launched at the Finolhu Villas on August 30, 2018 with a multi-sensory culinary experience.

Curated by world-renowned Chef Jozef Youssef and award-winning composer Tze Toh, guests can expect to be immersed in a dynamic experience that ignites their senses. The combination of music and food complements each other and stimulates not just the senses of sight and sound but taste as well. Firing imaginations and highlighting senses may boost sweetness or enhance the umami flavours of the food.

Regular guests can also look forward to this unique experience inspired by this event from September to November 2018. Indulge in a menu specially crafted by Chef Jozef and music curated by Tze and discover the unprecedented collaboration that delights the senses.

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Club Med, the French pioneer of luxury all-inclusive holiday experience, runs two resorts in the Maldives; Club Med Kani and Club Med Finolhu Villas.

Occupying the island of Gasfinolhu, a 40-minute boat ride from the main Velana International Airport, Club Med Finolhu Villas feature 52 villas — overwater and on the beach — that line the sunrise and sunset sides of the island. The resort sets itself from other properties in the Maldives with its “eco chic” offering; built from sustainable materials and 100 percent powered by the solar panels that line the roofs of the jetties.

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What Is The Difference Between Kink and Fetish?

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Kink and fetish are widely considered taboo, gross, or weird. Moralists far and wide would jump at the opportunity to tell you you’re a sexual deviant for wanting to be tied up during sex.

“Sexual fetishes are frequently misunderstood and stigmatized because they’re so specific and can be so intense, but as long as the experience is positive and both the fetishist and partner feel good about the fetish and experience, it’s healthy,” says Sandra LaMorgese, PhD., a former professional dominatrix.

The question is this: We often hear the words kink and fetish thrown around. You hear a story from a friend about a guy who was only interested in sex if he could suck on her toes (“He had a foot fetish!”) or your cousin tells you how she and her wife tie each other up and use spanking paddles.

Is it a fetish? Is it a kink? Is there a difference? We went to the experts to get to the bottom of this conundrum.

It’s not all black and white

To begin, we have to decide, is there a difference between kink and fetish? Or are they one in the same? The answer: it’s complicated. LaMorgese tells Brides that there aren’t any solid black and white boundaries between the two.

There is no way to completely cut and define the two terms perfectly. They overlap and connect in myriad ways. That being said, while the two terms are connected and even used interchangeably at times, there are a few big differences.

Being kinky

When you or someone else says they’re “kinky,” it usually means you’re a person who practices sex outside of traditional vanilla guidelines. Vanilla refers to regular missionary sex and other “standard sex” positions.

Most often, kink refers to BDSM. But not always! Kink can refer to anything outside of the social “norm.” Dr. Kristie Overstreet, PhD., a clinical sexologist and psychotherapist describes kink as a rather large umbrella, encompassing many a sexual interest along the spectrum.

For you, being kinky might entail any number of sexually adventurous things. What is kinky for one person, might be considered vanilla to another. It is all subjective.

Trying something kinky isn’t as much about the “thing” itself as it about upping the ante on sex. LaMorgese says that kink involves “enhancing sexual intimacy with your partner by adding new and creative elements to sex, such as covering each other in whipped cream and licking it off. In that example, the whipped cream is secondary to the sexual experience that you and your partner create together.”

The whipped cream is something added with the hope of making sex more fun and your connection to your partner stronger. The sex itself is not centered around the whipped cream. It is an asset.

Again, this definition may not fit the bill for all kinky people. Some people call themselves kinky, but BDSM and leather are very much a core part of their sex lives. You might have a thing for leather, a serious thing, and still be a kinky person. The definitions for kink and fetish overlap and collide in various ways, for various people.

What is a fetish?

A fetish differs from kink in that you are not using a specific thing to just enhance intimacy or connection, but are actually sexually attracted to that thing. According to LaMorgese, “A person with a fetish might masturbate while they hold, smell, rub, or taste the object, or they might ask their partner to wear it or use it during sex.”

A fetish is a fixation on something largely nonsexual, such as feet, bubbles, tickling, leather, latex, cotton panties, etc. The nonsexual thing turns them on sexually. Kink, on the other hand, can vary, shift, and evolve over time. You might find being spanked turns you on, only to later find you rather enjoy spanking others even more.

“Unlike kinkiness, which can change freely along with preferences, interests, and partners, fetishes tend to have deeper roots in the psychological and physiological levels of our being,” LaMorgese says. She has had many clients who have had their fetishes since childhood.

For instance, the difference between loving leather as a kink and loving leather as a fetish is where the sexual attraction is founded. A person with a leather fetish is sexually attracted to leather itself, not just the person wearing it. They will often need leather to be a part of their sexual experiences in order to get turned on.

See more: 15 Totally Normal Sex Fantasies You’re Not Weird for Having

Again, these things overlap and meld quite a bit. Dr. Overstreet says that fetish is a category under the overarching kink umbrella. “They are different yet connected,” she says. “If someone is into kink or a part of the kink lifestyle it could mean many different things about them. It is a very general term. However, a fetish is very specific and describes a person’s need for contact with a particular object for gratification. Don’t assume that just because someone is kinky that they have a fetish.”

Gigi Engle is a certified sex coach, educator, and writer living in Chicago. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @GigiEngle.

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Maldives tourist arrivals post 8.1 percent growth in July

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Maldives on Thursday reported an increase of 8.1 percent in tourist arrivals in July, as the destination continues to recover from a new wave of domestic political turmoil that rocked the island nation early this year.

Maldives attracted a wave of bad publicity following the recent declaration of a state of emergency, which ended in March. However, the political turmoil was strictly restricted to the capital city, away from the resorts and local islands where holidaymakers stay in.

The political turmoil led to rare declines of 0.1 percent and 0.6 percent in tourist arrivals in April and May respectively before rebounding in June with a 10 percent growth.

Official figures for the month of July released by the tourism ministry show that a total of 122,332 tourists visited the Maldives during the month — an 8.1 percent increase over the 113,175 tourists in July 2017.

Europe, the largest regional source market, posted an overall growth of 12.8 percent over July 2017, as arrivals increased to 47,603 from 42,192.

The UK, which is the single biggest European source market, made a gain of 9.3 percent, while several other major European markets such as Italy, France and Spain also posted gains of 25.6 percent, 35.8 percent and 21.2 percent respectively. Germany also rebounded from its rare decline of 23.3 percent in June, as the second most important European source market posted a 1.5 percent growth in arrivals in July.

Russian travellers continued to show their appetite for the Maldives, as arrival numbers jumped 5.5 percent in July to reach 4,370 from 4,144 in July 2017. This strong performance last month translated into an impressive growth of 23 percent in arrivals from Russia for the past seven months of the year.

Arrivals from Asia, the second largest regional source market, also increased 6.5 percent in July.

Arrivals from China once again declined by 3.1 percent to reach 33,227 compared to the 34,276 in July 2017. This decline, which came after declines of 27.5 percent, 28 percent, 27.1 percent and 5.4 percent in March, April, May and June respectively as well as 15.8 percent in January, offset the rare gain in arrival numbers from China in February and led to an 8.6 percent decline in arrivals from the Maldives’ single biggest source market for the January-July period.

Meanwhile, almost all major contributors to Maldives tourism from South East Asia continued to post strong gains in July as well, with arrivals from countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines increasing by 69.2 percent, 60 percent and 36.9 percent respectively. Arrivals from Singapore, which had been posting weak performances for the past seven months of year, also increased by 8.3 percent in July.

However, arrivals from South Asia, which has become one of the fastest growing source markets, declined by 0.4 percent in July after posting major gains for the past seven months of the year. This rare decline is due to negative growth in arrivals from all South Asian countries except India, which posted an increase of 5.7 percent.

Along with the strong performance in established markets, relatively new markets also continued their upward growth trajectory last month, as arrivals from the Americas were up 0.4 percent and Oceania up 29.4 percent.

Arrivals from the US, which last year secured a place amongst the top 10 contributors to the Maldives tourism industry, increased by 4.8 percent to reach 3,494 last month compared to the 3,334 in July 2017, while the number of visitors from Australia also increased by 32.7 percent. South Africa, which has been on the recovery, also posted an increase of 1.2 percent.

Middle East, which has proven to be a volatile market, recorded a slight gain of 1.5 percent in July — the second consecutive month of growth after a decline of 24.1 percent in May. However, arrivals from several major Middle Eastern countries, including Kuwait, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates posted negative growth of 32.4 percent, 7.1 percent and 14.7 percent respectively. Saudi Arabia (up 8.4 percent) and Qatar (up 811.9 percent) were the only major contributors from Middle East that made gains in arrivals in July.

According to the July statistics, total arrivals for the first seven months of the year increased by 10.1 percent to reach 848,847 compared to the 770,715 in the same period of last year.

In addition to the recent political turmoil, the Maldives is currently experiencing the traditionally low season.

May to November is considered the low tourist season, as these months constitute rainy season in Maldives. Between May and November, the islands boast of wet weather, making it less ideal for tourists to travel and enjoy the tropical environment.

Over the past five years, dozens of uninhabited islands have been leased to local and foreign resort developers. Several international brands have entered into the market, increasing the number of resorts to 120. That number is set to increase as the government has announced the opening of some 20 new resorts over the next two years.

Along with the new resort openings come the challenge of increasing demand from budget travellers who choose guesthouses over luxury resorts that the Maldives is known for. The guesthouse sector has rapidly expanded with over 450 guesthouses in operation today.

The government last year announced new steps to maintain a structured growth in tourism, including a slowdown in leasing islands for resort development and increased marketing efforts in key markets such as China and the Middle East in order to reach an ambitious target of a record 1.5 million tourist arrivals this year.

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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

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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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A Complete Guide About The Classic And Magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the beautiful white marble structure is an epitome of grandeur and magnificence. This architectural beauty took over 12 years in its completion and is known as the ‘White Pearl of the Gulf’. Situated in Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque with its beautiful flower patterned walls, gold plated chandeliers, and the world’s largest loomed carpet is one of the most imposing structures in the Arabian nation of UAE. With a capacity of 41,000 worshippers, the mosque is the third largest in the world!

Basic Details About The Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Location: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, 5th St, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Area: 22,412 sq metres

Best Time To Visit Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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The Sheikh Zayed Mosque can be visited any time of the year. If we talk of the best time during the day, then the evenings are exemplary as one is saved from the scorching heat of the sun, making it favourable to tour around the place. Moreover the mosque looks spectacular against the beautiful sunset views!

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque Facts

Here are a few interesting facts about this amazing Sheikh Zayed Mosque:

The Alluring Architecture

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The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the third largest mosque in the world and truly majestic in its appearance. With a total of 1048 columns, the mosque has 82 beautiful domes. It also flaunts the largest mosque dome in the world!

The Colossal Carpet

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The prayer hall at Sheikh Zayed Mosque features the world’s largest loomed carpet. The carpet is crafted from Iranian cotton and New Zealand wool and has beautiful Islamic and Iranian art motifs. This magnificent carpet took 1200 weavers and almost one and a half year to be completed. It weighs around 35 tonnes and measures around 60,570 sq feet.

The Gleaming Crystal Chandelier

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Under the main dome of the mosque hangs the world’s largest chandelier which is 15 metres high. It weighs around 12 tonnes and is spectacular in its appearance. This 24 carat gold-plated structure is made up of one million Swarovski crystals from Austria.

How To Reach Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Located in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Mosque can be easily visited from Dubai.
By Road: One can catch a bus from the Bur Dubai bus station or hire a private taxi to reach the Sheikh Zayed Mosque from Dubai. It takes roughly 90 minutes one side.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque Timings

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The mosque is open to visitors everyday. Sheikh Zayed Mosque visiting timings are as follows:

  • Saturday – Thursday: 9 AM – 10 PM
  • Friday: 4-30 PM – 10 PM

The last entry inside the mosque is at 9-30 PM.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque Dress Code

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The visitors are requested to dress up modestly. The men have to wear full length trousers and shirts and the women are required to wear Hijab and Abaya. Hijab and Abaya are available at the mosque free of cost.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque Entry Fee

The entry to the mosque is free. Also there are free guided tours every hour here.

Further Read: 9 Abu Dhabi Museums Presenting Arab World From Different Eras

Enticed yet? Book your trip to Dubai with TravelTriangle and visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque to experience peace and serenity at this amazing and overwhelming place!

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Six Senses Laamu scores more awards for community outreach

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Six Senses Laamu has been named the 2018 winner of Green Hotelier’s Community Award, in addition to being the highly commended runner-up for Responsible Hotel of the Year title.

The 2018 Green Hotelier Award winners represent the world’s leaders in environmentally and socially responsible hotels. The awards were based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which cover 17 areas, including issues of energy use, water conservation, waste management, human rights, partnerships and more.

“Every single hotel (applicant) is deeply committed to doing their bit for people and planet, and many of them go above and beyond to have huge positive impacts for the communities and environments where they’re located. We saw so much innovation and many environmental solutions that both make sense for that hotel’s location, and also help drive the sustainability agenda forward,” Editor of Green Hotelier and awards judge Siobhan O’Neill was quoted in a statement, as saying.

Six Senses Laamu strives to align its operations with the SDGs in order to lead the way in the sustainable tourism industry and encourage others to follow suit. Protecting the ocean and its coral reefs, onsite production to reduce imports together with staff member and community development are all critically important to the Six Senses brand concept.

The Community Award focused on ways the resort provides financial and educational support to the local communities in order to drive sustainable development. Six Senses Laamu’s Sustainability Fund allocates 0.5 percent of total revenues towards projects that conserve the marine environment, ensure clean drinking water, reduce the use of plastics, or improve public infrastructure.

However, the resort is most well-known for resources allocated towards its community outreach and education programs. The Eku Eky programme brings together all 11 islands in the atoll, as well as local government agencies and international NGOs to discuss sustainable development and long-term conservation strategies. The resort’s marine team has been conducting education programmes in local schools for the past four years, has led swimming and snorkelling lessons to expose kids to wonders of their backyard coral reefs and has jointly organised two annual festivals with the theme Turtles in Laamu – Safe and Protected. These initiatives not only raise awareness about the importance of marine conservation in Laamu, but also strengthen relationships between the resort and all stakeholders in Laamu atoll.

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Six Senses Laamu was also recognised as the highly commended runner-up for Responsible Hotel of the Year award, for its commitments and achievements across all SDG categories.

“We are delighted to be recognised for our community work, which is critical to the sustainability of the resort’s operations. Without a flourishing local community, we would not be able to run our business in an environmentally-friendly or mutually beneficial way. Over the years we have been inspired by the work done by some wonderful environmentally and socially responsible hotels and I hope this award can in turn help serve as inspiration for other hotels to give back to their local community and surrounding environment,” Marteyne van Well, the General Manager of Six Senses Laamu, said.

These awards add to the resort’s accolade of Maldives Travel Awards 2017 Leading CSR Programme.

Six Senses Laamu is the only resort located in the Laamu atoll, which lies in the southern part of the Maldives. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the resort prides itself on its commitment to sustainable operations and development as outlined by Agenda 21 and Green Globe Benchmarking.

At Six Senses Laamu, most of the villas and facilities are built overwater. However, beach villas and on-land dining is an option. All villas offer a sense of privacy and seclusion, with an amazing view to the Ocean and Maldivian nature.

Six Senses Laamu offers a wide range of dining options, with cuisines from around the world, a swimming pool with a sunken bar, an ice cream parlour, an overwater wine cellar and a signature Chill bar. Many activities, excursions and options are available for everyone to enjoy, both overwater and underwater, in addition to the Six Senses Spa.

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Singapore Airlines: This is the Most Luxurious In-Flight Experience

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Flying these days is a mixed bag. On one hand, there’s basic economy on Delta and United, which offers affordable fares for price-conscious travelers, but doesn’t provide seat assignments until check-in and only allows passengers to bring a carry-on that fits underneath the seat. On the other, there’s the elevated experience on Emirates and Qantas.

Soaring high above competitors is Singapore Airlines—the world’s most awarded carrier for a reason—which recently debuted individual cabins so grand they’ll make you look forward to long-haul flights.

Located on the upper forward deck of the new Airbus A380 fleet, the highly-anticipated first-class suites are spacious, luxurious, and come with a plethora of perks. (Even before you step foot on the plane, the royal treatments begins with expedited entry and lounge access.)

Each of the six private sanctuaries features a fully flat bed with adjustable recline, leather swivel chair, 32-inch HD flat-screen television, USB charging ports, closet, handbag storage, plush carpeting, and mood lighting. Because, well, ambiance. For couples, suites can be converted into massive doubles for majorly premium cuddling.

And then there are the opulent extras, such as a dedicated crew member assigned to cater to your every whim and personalized meals created by Michelin star chefs. On the menu might be blinis and caviar artfully presented on specially designed Wedgwood china or poached lobster paired with a glass of buttery chardonnay. Adding to the allure are Lalique pajamas, linens, toiletries, and perfumes. Plus, top-tier turndown service.

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And forget waiting in lengthy lines to use the lavatory. The exclusive suites cabin boasts two beautiful bathrooms, one with a sit-down vanity—perfect for in-flight facials.

As to be expected, a voyage this extraordinary comes at a price. But it’s worth it to land bright-eyed, satisfied, and ready for whatever adventure awaits.

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Pippa Middleton Is Reportedly Letting the Sex of Her Baby Be a Surprise

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No one loves a royal pregnancy more than the Brits, and since neither Kate Middleton nor Meghan Markle has a bun in the oven at the moment, all eyes are on Pippa Middleton. Kate’s younger sister is currently expecting her first child with husband James Matthews and, in keeping with the tradition set by her older sister, Pippa isn’t rushing to learn the baby’s sex just yet, People reports. During a recent sit-down with the U.K. talk show This Morning, James’ brother, Spencer Matthews, revealed that the parents-to-be still don’t know if they’re having a boy or a girl.

After being asked by host Ruth Langsford whether he’ll be the uncle to a niece or a nephew when the baby arrives this fall, Spencer admitted that he’s just as in the dark as the rest of us. “They don’t [know],” he said. “They’re extremely private and, honestly, we know nothing.” Those who keep up with the royal family will recognize Pippa’s decision as the same one Kate made while expecting each of her three children. The Duchess of Cambridge kept the world guessing until after each little prince or princess had been born.

While Pippa has been secretive about many of the details surrounding her baby, she’s spoken openly about her exercise regimen during her pregnancy. “When I learned the happy news that I was pregnant, I realized I needed to adjust my normal four- to five-day-a-week routine and find a way of continuing my exercise safely throughout the three trimesters,” she recently wrote in her regular fitness column for Waitrose Weekend.

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Pippa went on to explain that swimming is “the most enjoyable and rewarding” form of exercise while pregnant. “It’s comforting to know that it’s safe throughout pregnancy, and you don’t need to adapt and change too much (unlike most other sports),” she wrote. “It’s so good for you that you could swim every day–as long as you don’t overexert yourself–right up until the end of the third trimester.”

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Nick Jonas and His Parents Land in India Reportedly to Meet Priyanka Chopra's Family

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Earlier this week, an anonymous source told a newspaper in Mumbai that Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra would be celebrating their (still unconfirmed) engagement in Mumbai this weekend. Now, it looks like that rumor’s coming true. On Thursday evening, People reported, Jonas and his parents—Denise and Kevin Sr.—arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Supporting that theory was the robin egg blue Tiffany & Co. bag reportedly dangling from Kevin Sr.’s hand. To recap, Jonas reportedly closed down a Tiffany’s in New York back in July so Chopra could pick out an engagement ring.

Previously, an unnamed source told the Mumbai-based Daily News and Analysis that the couple’s families would be meeting for the first time at their (rumored) engagement party on Saturday. “Priyanka has sent out messages to close friends and family members to set aside time on August 18 for a party,” the source said. “It’s exactly a month after her birthday and those close to the Quantico actress feel that she may make an official announcement about her relationship status at the bash. However, the venue of the do has been kept under wraps.”

If the rumors check out, this would be Jonas’s second trip to India to meet with Chopra’s family. Back in June, he and Chopra spent a week vacationing there, with Jonas reportedly meeting Chopra’s mother, Madhu, according to People.

“We’re getting to know each other and I think it was a great experience for him,” Chopra told People at the time. “That’s what he said. I think he really enjoyed it. It was really beautiful. He had a great time.”

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It looks like this will be happening a lot more once the couple ties the knot. “To me, my whole life is about traveling,” she added to People. “I travel every two weeks on a different plane. My family flies over, my friends fly with me. It’s not a big deal in my world. It’s my normal.”

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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.
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Have you seen the Sea of Stars?

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If you keep up with all that is viral, it’s likely you’ve come across these pictures of the ‘Sea of Stars’.

Bioluminescence in the waters of Maldives is nothing new. All you have to do is trail your fingers through the water at night, and you’ll see a bluish glitter. These are phytoplankton in the water reacting to disturbance.

But glittery phytoplankton takes a backstage in the phenomenon now famous as the Sea of Stars.

The ‘Sea of Stars’ got famous because it lasts longer, and thus, shows up clearly on long-exposure photography. It lasts longer than typical plankton bioluminescence because these shoreline light shows are held by creatures called ostracod crustaceans. They’re tiny cousins of crabs and shrimps. When disturbed, they can glow up to a minute.

You can spot this phenomenon at various islands in the Maldives. But the most famous location for sightings is Vaadoo Island in Raa Atoll.

The phenomenon can be seen in varying intensities year-round. But it’s highly unpredictable. There’s just no telling when these little guys start lighting up the beach. It simply happens when the number of ostracod crustaceans that wash up ashore increases.

What we do know is that they glow more intensely during the waning moon and that sightings increase beginning from mid-year. If you’re lucky, your trip to the Maldives might just coincide with this stunning display!

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10 Historical Places In Mauritius That Tell A Great Deal About This Country!

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The island country of Mauritius is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations around the world. Known for its beaches, flora and fauna as well as picturesque scenery, Mauritius is a multicultural place, home to people of Indian, African, French, and Chinese ancestry. The tropical climate of the island attracted the Europeans here, which made its history quite noteworthy. The country was ruled by the Dutch, French, and the British between the sixteenth and twentieth century. There are many must-visit historical places in Mauritius, which will help you understand the culture of the place better.

The Most Prominent Historical Places In Mauritius

Read on to know more about the mysterious and mystifying places here that must figure in your itinerary.

1. Aapravasi Ghat

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aapravasi Ghat, or Immigration Depot, is a complex of buildings which were used back in the day for bonded labourers from India. The place, located on the seaside, now houses an interpretation centre. Guided tours help gain more knowledge about different structures and remains found here. Life-size models are also added to the paraphernalia, making the place more real and striking.

One of the most significant historical places in Mauritius, the depot holds a mirror to the past and practices of colonialism. Between the years 1850 to 1923, almost five hundred thousand people were brought here to be shipped to different colonies of Britain around the globe.

2. Baie de l’Arsenal or Arsenal Bay

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The ruins of a French Arsenal can be found in this bay area known as Arsenal Bay, located in the north of the country. One of the lesser known historical places of Mauritius, the village of Arsenal was home to a French foundry, which produced cannons and all other kinds of military supplies. However, it was destroyed back in 1774 due to an explosion killing around 300 slaves. If you are staying at Hotel Maritim, you can actually visit the grounds to witness the ruins.

3. La Route du Thé (Bois Cheri)

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Bois Cheri is a famous tea plantation, which is one of three most prominent stops on La Route du Thé. Located around twelve kilometres from the famous Rivière des Anguilles, these tea gardens cover an area of about 250 hectares. You can book a tour of the premises where you will get to know in deep about the history as well as the functioning of the plantation, making it one of the must-visit historical places in Mauritius.

There is an exhibition space here as well, showcasing the centuries of history of this place. At the end of the tour, you can sample teas.

4. St. Aubin House

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One of the best historical places in Mauritius, the plantation of St. Aubin goes back almost two hundred years. The factory was shifted in the seventies and the estate no longer deals in sugar. However, the lawns of this huge house are now home to a rum distillery. There is a vanilla house, spice garden, tropical garden here as well. You will be accompanied by a guide on your walk around the house and its different parts including the famous sugar factory. The five-course Mauritian lunch here, focussing on palm, mango, and pineapple, also sets the mood right.

5. Beau Plan Sugar Mill

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Another sugar factory, the Beau Plan serves as a museum, placing it on every list of top historical places in Mauritius. The exhibition here covers the tale of sugar, crisscrossing with the history of the island, rum trade as well as the practice of slavery.

The tour will take anywhere from two to three hours. The factory itself was started back in 1797, and it was closed down on the turn of the century in 1999. The museum also has videos as well as interactive sessions where you can gain more knowledge about the history of the place. Oh, and at the end of the tour, everyone gets to taste around fifteen types of sugar, all of which were first invented in Mauritius itself.

6. Martello Tower

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The five towers were built back in 1800’s by the British to protect their colony from the French, who apparently were trying to instigate the slaves. The tower located at La Preneuse is now serving as a museum where experts explain the incredible architecture of the towers. Apparently, these towers are all three metres thick, with copper cannons which could shoot at a range of about 2 kilometres.

7. Eureka House

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Built in the early 1800’s as a grand mansion, this place is a museum now, providing an insight into the colonial past of the country. The house itself bears characteristics of tropical architecture with about 109 doors and a large number of rooms to keep the place cool even in scorching summers. The place houses many antiques, pieces of furniture and maps dating back to French East India Company along with servant quarters and kitchens. Truthfully, this is the one historical building in Mauritius you should not miss, no matter what!

8. Le Morne

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Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the place is undoubtedly one of the most famous historical places in Mauritius. It is simply a mountain located southwest of the island, which provided shelter to a number of slaves who dared to run away from their masters back in the day. Given the place’s dangerous, inaccessible topography, the slaves who got away created their own communities here and stayed in the caves. The place is a huge symbol of their fight for freedom and the uncrushable human spirit.

9. Matthew Flinders Monument

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Built only 15 years back in 2003, this is one of the few historical monuments in Mauritius. The place is dedicated to Matthew Flinders, the English cartographer and explorer, who first identified Australia as a continent. It commemorates the two hundredth anniversary of his arrival in the country. Interestingly, when he first arrived on the island, he got imprisoned for six years as England and France were at war.

10. Citadel Fort

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Also known as Fort Adelaide, this military building was built by the British back in the nineteenth century. You can enjoy panoramic views of the capital, Port Louis, as well as the harbour from the top. The barracks of the old times have been converted into boutiques where you can pick souvenirs up from.

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If you are planning a trip to the country soon, do not forget to cover the above mentioned educational and historical places in Mauritius. Plan your Mauritius itinerary around these major attractions and they’ll surely make your trip incredible and fun!

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