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Westin Hotels debuts in Maldives with the opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

MALDIVES Diana and Bodgana at Adaaran Vadhoo in Male atoll, DOUBLE TAP IF YOU LOVE, COMMENT WITH LOVE PHOTO BY Asad

Westin Hotels & Resorts has announced the brand’s launch in Maldives with the opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort.

Developed by Belluna Co. Ltd of Japan and Asia Capital PLC of Sri Lanka, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort heralds the Westin brand’s wellness positioning in the Maldivian oasis.

“We are thrilled to introduce the Westin brand to the Maldives, strengthening our presence in Asia Pacific,” Mike Fulkerson, Vice President for Brand and Marketing at Marriott International Asia Pacific, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

“The opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is a significant addition to our portfolio underscoring a transformative and meaningful wellness proposition for travellers, who are increasingly prioritising well-being even while on the road.”

Stunning Location

Nestled on a beautiful coral island in the Baa atoll, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site, guests of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort will experience a tranquil escape with uninterrupted ocean and pristine turquoise lagoon views. From the atoll’s most desirable locale, guests are in close proximity to landmarks such as the Hanifaru Bay, which is known for the largest gathering of manta rays globally.

“We look forward to welcoming our guests to discover the charm of the Maldives while at the same time enjoy the unparalleled level of service,” Brendan Corcoran, General Manager at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, said.

“Along with the Westin brand’s focus on wellness, we trust that every guest will feel exceptionally relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated during and after their stays.”

Marine Inspired Décor, Modern Appointed Villas

Led by award-winning Milan-based architects PEIA Associati, the resort’s design takes inspiration from the ocean with a visionary approach towards environmental sustainability. All elements of the resort’s design take inspiration from the environment from the use of natural materials, such as unique shells to the movement and flow of marine life including sea turtles and whale sharks, providing guests with a link to the region’s exceptional enchantment. An aerial view of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort reveals an outline in the shape of a fish — a distinctive reflection of the beauty of surrounding marine life — while the arrival jetty is structured to resemble clamshells and the oceans’ waves.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort features 70 villas and suites, 41 on island and 29 overwater. Each villa is shaped with an eco-friendly double roofing to create the perfect natural ventilation. Outdoor rainforest showers are a distinctive feature. Poised over the sea on stilts and with an area of almost 200 square metres each, the overwater suites are among the largest a resort has to offer in the Baa Atoll region.

Refined Venues, Elevated Experiences

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort presents three unique dining experiences.

The Pearl is the resort’s specialty restaurant and is ideal for indulging in exquisite Japanese cuisine with exceptional ocean views. The restaurant offers a refined Japanese menu with a focus on seafood and fresh local ingredients.

The all-day dining experience at Island Kitchen stays true to the Westin brand’s Eat Well brand pillar through a balanced menu combining Chinese, Indian and Maldivian fare. At Hawker, guests can sample authentic Asian street food with a live kitchen in a casual bustling atmosphere. Adjacent to the Library and overlooking the azure blue Indian Ocean, Sunset Bar is a relaxed lounge serving tapas and imaginative cocktails.

More Ways to Recharge

The idyllic resort also features Westin’s signature branded spa concept, the Heavenly Spa by Westin™ with the latest in beauty treatments. The design of the spa area exudes an intimate and serene ambience that allows guests to reflect on their destination, including a spacious treatment suite for two with a Jacuzzi and panoramic ocean views.

Guests can stay active with the 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio sprawled across two levels that features weight machines, free weights, and cardio equipment that faces personal flat-screen televisions; and outdoor pool and recreation ground with tennis, volleyball, basketball options.

Designed to cater to the way modern families travel, the Westin Family Kids Club® offers reimagined family experiences that are tied back to the brand’s wellness positioning for young guests between the ages of 4-12 years. Some of the activities includes nature walks, family-style runs and water activities.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is also well-equipped to play host to distinguished ceremonies or vows renewal with its multifunctional event spaces.

Directly from the beach, guests can explore the house reef with colourful corals and be surrounded by thousands of tropical fish. Miriandhoo is a turtle sanctuary, and guests can easily and often see turtles nesting along the white beaches. Reef sharks, lionfish, manta rays and often whale sharks all reside in the Baa atoll. The stunning experience of the underwater world can be explored while snorkelling, diving, fishing and parasailing.

Additional on-site facilities of the resort include a PADI dive centre and a boutique store.

Westin Hotels & Resorts, a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade, lives its philosophy “Empowering a Better You™” through the brand’s Six Pillars of Well-Being: Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, Eat Well, Sleep Well and Play Well. At more than 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, guests can experience offerings that include the iconic Heavenly® Bed, RunWESTIN™ and Westin Gear Lending with New Balance®, delicious and nutritious SuperFoodsRx™ and more.

Parent company Marriott runs several resorts in the Maldives, including The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa, W Maldives, and the upcoming JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa.

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MAHRP hosts workshop on HR research in decision making

MALDIVES Diana and Bodgana at Adaaran Vadhoo in Male atoll, DOUBLE TAP IF YOU LOVE, COMMENT WITH LOVE PHOTO BY Asad

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has hosted a successful workshop on the topic of Essentials of HR Research and Data in Decision Making.

The workshop, held as part of MAHRP’s commitment to adding value to the HR network and community, was conducted in collaboration with Villa College’s International Research Centre on Saturday. The session was attended by over 60 HR professionals covering all industries.

During the session, officials from MAHRP shared the importance of HR professionals being aware of big data and how it can be useful in finding solutions for various challenges that they encounter on a daily basis in managing human capital. Ideas were shared around how HR data can be used in research as well as how research findings can be used as guidance in dealing with HR challenges.

Keynote speaker Dr Ali Najeeb, who serves as the Vice Rector at Villa College, shared a compelling presentation on establishing data collection methodologies and research findings, and how it can be published to the community and used it as a base to finding solutions for evolving HR matters. This keynote also included several activities and quizzes which allowed participants to work as a team to discuss HR challenges in the community.

“Having a workshop like this is crucial to keep the HR professionals aware about how to make decisions using big data and HR researches. Everyone was able to take some key learnings from these sessions. It was a privilege to host this session at Villa College. We have future research and HR survey projects which we will work closely with MAHRP,” Dr Najeeb was quoted in a statement issued by MAHRP, as saying.

As a follow up to this session, MAHRP and Villa College’s International Research Centre will work together to conduct workshops on research abstract writing and research questionnaire as well as workshops on other topics of interest that will help interested HR professionals to develop and publish their research.

MAHRP’s next event will be held on October 27 at the Maldives National University’s Faculty of Education Auditorium, which is located on Ameenee Magu. Members interested in joining the half-day event can register through MAHRP’s Facebook page.

Inaugurated in February, MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development.

The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

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GoAir begins Maldives flights with Voyages Maldives as General Sales Agent

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GoAir has launched its flight operations to the Maldives, directly connecting Indian cities of New Delhi and Mumbai to Male at an affordable return fare.

The inaugural flight landed at the Maldives main Velana International Airport Sunday afternoon.

The inaugural flight to the Maldives by GoAir. PHOTO/ MACL

“We are excited to see GoAir expanding its presence to Maldives.” This provides Indian and Maldivian passengers with an easy and convenient option to connect between Maldives and Indian two major cities, which will increase the traffic of tourists to both countries,” Ibrahim Faizal, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said.

Ibrahim Faizal, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). PHOTO/ HIGHRISE

GoAir commenced its operations to the Maldives with three non-stop flight services per week between Mumbai – Male – Mumbai and two direct flight services per week between Delhi – Male – Delhi, at starting all-inclusive fares of USD 230 and USD 260, respectively.

“This new route to Maldives continues our purpose of connecting smart travellers to what’s important in their lives. This route will make it easier and faster for Indian travellers to reach the Sunny side of Maldives and Maldivians the possibility to reach Mumbai and Delhi more conveniently,” GoAir Vice President Arujun Dasgupta said.

GoAir Vice President Arujun Dasgupta. PHOTO/ HIGHRISE

In November 2005, GoAir launched its operations as a low-fare carrier to commoditise air travel and offer airline seats at a marginal premium to train fares across India. The airline currently operates over 230 daily flights and approximately 1,600 weekly flights across 25 destinations — 23 domestic and two international.

At a special function held at Hotel Jen in Male Sunday evening, award-winning travel company Voyages Maldives was appointed as the General Sales Agent (GSA) for GoAir in Maldives.

Established in 1980, Voyages Maldives has been in the travel and tour business for more than 35 years, and is one of the most trusted one-stop shop for many Maldivian travellers. Voyages Maldives is also the GSA for British Airways, Lufthansa and Alitalia as well as the Passenger Sales Agent (PSA) for Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Bangkok Airways and Maldivian.

GoAir Vice President Arujun Dasgupta (L) and Voyages Maldives CEO Aminath Salah. PHOTO/ HIGHRISE

Flagship carriers of the Maldives and India currently operate scheduled flights to and from major cities, including Bangalore, Trivandrum and Chennai. Low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet also operates daily direct connections between Kochi and Male as well as Trivandrum and Male.

However, no scheduled direct service exists between Male and Delhi as well as Male and Mumbai.

Introduction of flight operations by another Indian low-cost airline — and to and from two of the major business and tourism hubs in India — is expected to help both the countries, and further boost tourist arrivals to the Maldives from India, which has become a major emerging source market for the Maldives’ tourism industry.

Official figures show that 83,019 tourists arrived in Maldives from its closest neighbour last year, a 24 percent increase from the 66,955 Indian travellers that chose the Maldives in 2017.

That growth is expected to continue this year as well, as the number of Indian tourists that visited the Maldives recorded a 4.4 percent increase in the January-August period of this year to reach 51,075 compared to 48,939 in the same period last year.

Maldives has also become a sought after destination by Bollywood stars.

Famous Bollywood stars who have vacationed in the Maldives include Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor KhanAlia BhattPriyanka ChopraParineeti Chopra, the Bachchan familyNeha Dhupia and Angad Bedi, and Sonakshi Sinha.

Tickets for the new flights can be booked through Voyages Maldives, by phone (+960 301 8877 / +960 301 8866), email (goair@voyagesmaldives.com), or in person. Voyages Maldives’ offices are located on Chaandhanee Magu.

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Velassaru Maldives introduces new Infinity pool bar

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Velassaru Maldives has introduced a brand new Infinity pool bar and menu.

The new bar offers fantastic gourmet milkshakes, slushies and soft serve ice-cream. Carefully curated with artisanal premium quality ingredients, its menu draws inspiration from Velassaru’s youthful, exciting and unpretentious identity.

Francois Briel, the F&B Director at Velassaru, shares his top picks from the new menu: Love Ferrero Shake, Golden Goose Berry Shake, and Peanut Butter and Banana Shake.

New Infinity Pool Bar🍸We are very excited to announce our brand new Infinity facility and Pool Bar menu. We have introduced fantastic gourmet milkshakes, slushies and soft serve ice cream. Carefully curated with artisanal premium quality ingredients, the new menu drew inspiration from our youthful, exciting and unpretentious identity.Francois Briel, F&B Director, shares his top picks from the new menu:▫️Love Ferrero Shake▫️Golden Goose Berry Shake▫️Peanut Butter & Banana ShakeFor the full cocktail menu, please visit www.velassaru.com/fen-barhttps://goo.gl/HPcHg1

Posted by VELASSARU MALDIVES on Saturday, June 23, 2018

Owned and operated by leading local hotel group Universal Resorts, Velassaru is located in South Male Atoll and accessible by a short 25-minute speedboat ride from the main Velana International Airport.

Velassaru offers luxurious beachfront and overwater accommodation with uninterrupted ocean views. Featuring wooden ceilings and floors for a tropical atmosphere, the contemporary-styled villas and bungalows offer chic serenity.

A wide variety of international specialities are offered at Velassaru’s five restaurants, including fresh contemporary seafood, Japanese, international and grill pan Indian options. The two beach bars serve cocktails and wines.

Guests can enjoy relaxing spa treatments in overwater pavilions, or hop on a Maldivian boat and watch the crew demonstrate traditional fishing methods. Other resort facilities include a fitness centre, tennis court and infinity pool with the view of the beach and the ocean.

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Soneva Fushi wins Community Engagement Award at PURE 2018

MALDIVES Diana and Bodgana at Adaaran Vadhoo in Male atoll, DOUBLE TAP IF YOU LOVE, COMMENT WITH LOVE PHOTO BY Asad

Soneva Fushi has picked up the Community Engagement Award at PURE 2018.

The winners were announced at the PURE Awards Party hosted at Sofitel Marrakech on September 12.

The Community Engagement category recognises a project or initiative that strategically and sensitively integrates the local community, aligning itself with the values of the inhabitants and protecting the authenticity of their culture, while enriching the experience of the traveller.

Two initiatives won Soneva Fushi the award; the Soneva Ocean Stewards, a programme that teaches Maldivian children to swim and to learn to love and protect the marine environment, and the Soneva Eco Camp, which educates children on the environmental challenges faced by their communities in the hopes of inspiring them to become environmental stewards.

“We are thrilled that Soneva Fushi won the award for Community Engagement, and we couldn’t have done it without our fantastic Community Engagement team, headed by Ahmed Moomin. They have done an incredible job teaching so many local children how to swim, training swimming instructors and raising awareness in local communities on how to safeguard the Maldives’ natural environment,” Sonu Shivdasani, Soneva’s CEO and co-founder, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

Despite living in an island nation just one metre above sea level, a large number of Maldivians are unable to swim, a problem that poses a particular risk to children. According to UNICEF, child drowning is an epidemic that happens less than 500 metres from home. While safety is an important driver for the Soneva Ocean Stewards programme, it is also about introducing children to the marine life in the Indian Ocean, which many of them never get the opportunity to see.

Soneva believes that if children are taught how to swim, then taken snorkelling to see reefs and marine animals, then they will want to protect the ocean. Combined with environmental education, the aim is to inspire children to become the next generation of ocean stewards.

The Soneva Ocean Stewards programme is divided into three focus areas: training swimming instructors, teaching children how to swim and apply these new skills, and educating them on environmental awareness. A train-the-trainer programme was put into practice to ensure there were enough qualified local swimming instructors to have an impact on many local islands.

Children in the programme can choose to take either an intensive two-week programme or weekly swimming classes over a longer period of time. The programme focused on third graders who are at a good age to learn to swim, with water festivals arranged as a means for them to put their skills into practice.

The Soneva Ocean Stewards programme has taught over 300 children how to swim, which was achieved by training 38 swimming instructors who will ensure that the number of children who learn to swim continues to increase. This programme is currently running on three local islands, which should increase by another six over the next 12 months.

Conversely, the Soneva Eco Camp is an initiative that invites local children on a five-day training course at Soneva. During this time, they get to see first-hand how Soneva’s Eco Centro Waste-to-Wealth facility recycles 90 percent of its solid waste and turns it into real financial value, and also to learn about the biodiversity on land and in the sea.

In addition to the Soneva Eco Camp, Soneva regularly invites local Maldivian and Thai school groups to take the Soneva Eco Tour, which are day trips to Soneva to see its Waste-to-Wealth practices in an effort to build their interest in environmental protection.

Fifty children have participated in the Soneva Eco Camp so far. A collaboration with UNDP provide theoretical depth to the learnings at the camp, while experts from Soneva provided the children with tangible examples.

Soneva has also hosted over 150 children on the Soneva Eco Tours. The success of the programme can be seen in this statement from one of the participants of the Soneva Eco Camp: “I want to actually make a difference to our society. I want to protect our environment, not using PET bottles. I have been using one single bottle since I came here. I think I will try to stick to that.”

Established in 1995, Soneva Fushi is the original Soneva. The No News, No Shoes blueprint for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways is located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives. Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 65 spacious beachfront villas, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms, hidden amongst dense foliage.

The iconic resort has bagged several international awards for eco-friendly tourism and green initiatives, including the 2017 Green Hotelier Award for the Asia Pacific region and the Sustainable Hotel Award by the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) as well as a spot in the Gold List compiled by Condé Nast Traveler China as the Best Hotel in the Maldives and amongst the best resorts in the world in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017.

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14 Women on What Orgasm Feels Like

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We hear a lot about what “orgasm feels like.” It’s often described in grandiose terms. It is this this life-altering, earth-shattering, next-level experience that will take our sexuality to new heights. How much information we’re actually given in order to have an orgasm is lacking, but hey, when you live in a society that shrouds sex in shame, it’s bound to happen.

Orgasm is not the same for all people. Let’s get that straight. It doesn’t feel identical for every woman, man, or human. When we’re given these overarching, far-reaching expectations, it’s no wonder many of us wind up … disappointed or confused.

If you expect your clitoris to explode from all the good feelings of orgasm and that isn’t what happens, how could it be anything less than a let down?

Orgasms can be pleasurable, but by definition they are simply the involuntary release of tension at the height of sexual activity. Yes, they feel incredible for many of us. For others, they’re alright, but nothing to freak out about. For others, they’re barely noticeable.

The point is, experiences vary. Here are 13 real women on what orgasm feels like for them.

It’s a MOMENT

“I’ve recently found the perfect angle with my partner where the ‘magic’ happens. I’d had sex many times before but never had that MOMENT. It feels like an intense buildup is finally released. It’s like an internal massage that makes my back arch and ends with euphoria. It doesn’t happen every time, but when it does I momentarily have no control over my body—in the best way possible.” —Lyndsey, 24

I want to cry

“Usually really awesome and sometimes satisfying and sometimes as a build up to more. Sometimes like a release of tension and an indescribable feeling and then I want to cry. Those are rare, but brilliant.” —Nicole, 24

Orgasm overrated?

“I’ve always found orgasm and sexual activity in general to be a bit overrated. Maybe I’m just not doing it right.” —Barbara, 32

Pulsating to a finish

“Building to a pulsating finish. Strength of pulses depend on type or orgasm (clitoral/g-spot).” —Gabrielle, 28

A sex toy to change it all

“The orgasms I have that are the most intense are the ones that come from clitoral stimulation with my hand, or with the Satisfyer Pro. As I’m getting good and warmed up, I feel a slow, smooth, light, yet mildly electrical wave of energy from all the extremities of my body drawn in like a vortex to my clitoris. Then, at the moment of orgasm, all that energy explodes out from my entire genital region and returns back to its origin.” —Lanae, 49

Overwhelming bliss

“Orgasm feels like a release, but in this uniquely blissful way. Sometimes it’s so blissful it can be overwhelming. It’s like hot water running all over my body. Even if I come really hard, I’m usually so primed up that I want to orgasm again right away. It’s incredible.” —Nadia, 28

An ocean wave of serotonin

“Orgasms are the ultimate feeling of happiness in the body. It is pure delight. When I near orgasm, I sometimes have to concentrate really hard to peak because I’m so excited and nervous that it begins to run away from me. It’s like being hit by an ocean wave made of serotonin.” —Jana, 35

A rush of love and abundance

“Orgasm to me is bliss. It’s a rush of love, creativity, abundance, and passion. It’s a sticky, sweet glorious mess that invites us to be present, enjoy each moment, and savor life. It’s quick pulses of energy and rhythmic pleasure that causes my body to convulse and release. It’s an invitation and longing for more.” —Melissa, 47

A satisfying sneeze

“I once heard someone referring to orgasm as feeling like really having to sneeze then letting that sneeze out slowly until you’re fully satisfied. Never heard something more accurate.” —Candice, 24

Eh, kind of lackluster

“I’m still waiting to get that big ‘O.’ I’ve had small orgasms all my life and have recently been devoted to finding a bigger orgasm. When I come, it’s like a tiny shock or release. It isn’t enough to fully release all my sexual feelings. I enjoy it, but not being able to get everything out of me is frustrating.” —Danielle*, 32

Letting go of something

“Orgasm has always felt like letting go of something for me. I fool around with my partner and there is a big buildup on tension or energy inside me. And then, I release it all when I come. It’s warm and inviting. Like letting go of something profound. That’s all I can think of when I wan’t to put it to words.” —Brianna, 29

See more: Women Can Have 6 Different Types of Orgasms

Sudden joy

“Like a sudden onslaught of rain on an increasingly unbearably hot day. Refreshing and sudden joy.” —Kiki, 28

Sensational release

“The best, most fun, most sensational release of tension imaginable. The relief is joy.” —MJ, 44

Extra syrup

“Like taking a first bite of a pancake with extra syrup. Delightful!” —Leah, 27

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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Kuredu Resort Maldives to host Football Escapes’ coaching course in December

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Kuredu Resort Maldives has partnered with Football Escapes to offer a children’s football coaching course this December.

The five-day coaching course will be available to kids visiting Kuredu from December 23-28 (excluding 25th). The course is open to children of all abilities, aged 5-15.

The course offers five days of coaching with two hours of daily football activity at Kuredu’s FIFA regulated, 11-a-side pitch. Each child that enrols in the course is provided with a full kit, including a shirt, shorts and socks as well as a signed certificate and medal on completion of the week’s course.

“Football Escapes’ players and coaches immerse themselves fully on and off the pitch providing families a unique experience to help make that special holiday even more exceptional. Whether it’s around the pool, by the bar or at breakfast, their team are on hand and always happy to say hello,” an announcement read.

“The courses are led by ex-professional players, supported by a great team of UEFA licensed coaches, all of whom come from renowned English Premier League clubs.”

London-based Football Escapes provide premier football coaching courses in partnership with some of the finest and most exclusive resorts around the world. The company has worked with world-renowned hotel groups such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, JA Resorts & Hotels, Jumeirah and Kempinski Hotels in leading destinations, including the Maldives, Mauritius, Dubai, Cyprus, Portugal and China.

Located on a 1,800 metre by 325 metre remote island in the northern atoll of Lhaviyani, Kuredu is accessible by a 35-minute scenic seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport. This 4.5-star resort has 383 rooms, including beach and water villas, making it the second largest resort in the Maldives.

The island boasts a dive and snorkel centre, a water sports centre, a spa, golf and tennis courses, a kids’ club, and an extensive choice of restaurants and bars. Kuredu guests can also dine in 5.8 Undersea Restaurant at the neighbouring Hurawalhi Maldives resort.

This fantastic five-day football course, run by Football Escapes is available for USD 750 (not including accommodation). To book your child’s place, or to receive more information please contact the resort

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You Probably Fantasize About THIS Person More Than Anyone Else

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Fantasy is the spice of life (not to be corny, but it really is). Our brains are extremely complex. Creating narratives, both sexy and non-sexy, are a part of being human. We think about how we’re going to stand up to our boss while we’re in the shower, we imagine our dream engagement, and we think about being bent over a couch and spanked.

So, what about the content of said fantasies, especially the sexual? What does it all mean?

Justin Lehmiller, PhD is a Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute and author of the blog Sex and Psychology found through researching for his new book, Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life, that we actually tend to fantasize about our partners more than anyone else.

Lehmiller surveyed over 4,000 people and notes that: “Nine out of ten participants said they had fantasized about a current romantic partner before and, further, among those who were in relationships, nearly two-thirds said they fantasized about their current partners often. By contrast, fewer than one in ten participants in relationships said they fantasize frequently about Hollywood celebrities, porn stars, politicians, or other famous people.”

Before you go yelling at your partner for watching porn or psyching yourself out because your favorite fantasy this week involved Taylor Kinney and a fireman’s pole, here is what the data actually shows: People like to think about their partner a lot. It’s not that hard to believe. This is a person you love, feel comfortable with, and have likely done some pretty dirty, nasty, hot things with.

It’s like the saying authors use when giving advice: Write what you know. We like to pick from what we know when creating sexual scenarios, too.

Most people just want to sleep with their partner

We see many, many pieces about fantasizing and how thinking about celebrities, ex-partners, or the random girl from the coffee shop when we get off is normal.

And it is!

What we forget to do is to cut back from all the sensationalized editorial and remember that at the end of the day, we stick with what we know for the most part.

It seems pretty clear that making up an elaborate fantasy involving Taylor Swift and a rabbit vibrator takes more brain power than imagining the person you’re married to holding that same rabbit vibrator. Hey, you might even use actual scenes from your IRL sex life for orgasm-inducing material. You’re not boring or lame, you’re simply using your own stuff. As Paris would say: That’s hot.

When you love someone and are turned on by them, you think about them in a sexual way. That kind of comes with the territory when you’re married or committed long-term to someone.

So, is it normal to think about other people? Yes. Is it easier, and likely more comforting, to think about the person you have sex with on a regular basis? Also yes.

Is your relationship in trouble if you fantasize about other people?

It’s perfectly normal and healthy to have sexual fantasies outside of your current relationship. What’s interesting is that through Lehmiller research he found that those who were fantasizing about other people, and excluded their partners entirely from sexual fantasy might be the in rockiest of relationships.

It’s not to say that there is anything wrong with picturing Idris Elba going down on you on a beach in Tahiti, but if he’s the only person you’re thinking about during partnered or solo-sex, you might want to think about why that might be. Is there a particular reason your partner doesn’t make a single cameo when you’re having sexual thoughts?

You don’t need to freak out if you have scenes in your mind when you’re getting off that don’t involve your spouse, but it’s important to keep tabs on every aspect of your relationship, including fantasy. If they are never the source of your erotic thoughts, you might want to think on it a bit.

What does this all mean for you?

What this really is is a reality check, a look into everyday, average American couples who like to have sex with each other. The media hypes up anything that deviates outside of conventional norms, thus giving attention to the unusual aspects of sexuality, and often forgetting to mention the bigger picture.

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

As a media outlet, we recognize that this can happen here from time to time as well! We want to read about things we find exciting and new. It just so happens that while sexual fantasy can (and does) include more than just our current sexual partners, it most often won’t.

What this research and data shows is that we like to have sex with our partners and we like to think about having sex with our partners when we’re not having sex with our partners. It all sounds pretty standard.

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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Veligandu Island Resort introduces drone photography package

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Veligandu Island Resort and Spa has introduced a new drone photography package for guests.

With the package, guests can enjoy a scenic trip to the nearby Madivaru Finolhu island for a two-hour photoshoot session. Professional and friendly photographers from the resort’s in-house Raalhu Photo team will capture high quality images and video from the revered DJI Phantom 4 Pro camera drone.

“The Drone Package is the ideal option to capture the best of your holiday, whether you are a photography enthusiast, travel blogger or simply looking to feature high quality captures from your holiday on Instagram,” an announcement by the resort read.

The fun and memorable experience is USD 370 per couple, and includes:

  • Two-hour photoshoot session
  • One-minute drone video
  • 10 drone images
  • 20 camera pictures
  • Inflatable doughnut
  • Speedboat transfer

Veligandu, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and a long stretch of white sandy beach, is the only resort on the island of Veligandu in North Ari Atoll. The resort, which is accessible by a scenic 20-minute seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport, has 91 rooms, including 54 Jacuzzi Water Villas, 10 Water Villas, 16 Jacuzzi Beach Villas and 11 Beach Villas.

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Hulhule Island Hotel bags Leading Airport Hotel title at South Asian Travel Awards

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Hulhule Island Hotel (HIH) has bagged the award for the Leading Airport Hotel in South Asia.

At the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2018 gala held at The Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on September 15, HIH won two accolades: the Leading Airport Hotel in South Asia and the Maldives.

HIH, the only hotel located on the airport island of Hulhule, provides free two-way shuttles to Velana International Airport, just five minutes’ drive away. With 136 guest rooms in various categories, HIH boasts a private beach, an outdoor pool and a golf putting green.

The hotel has six food and beverage options. Offering an international menu, Uduvilaa features glass walls overlooking the sea, while the 24-hour Faru Coffee House specialises in European, Japanese and Italian dishes.

Guests can enjoy a game of tennis or beach volleyball, or exercise in the fitness centre. Massages and body treatments are offered at the spa, which also features a sauna.

Launched in 2016 by Maldives based event management company Highrise, SATA has been endorsed by regional tourism authorities and organisations, including the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Sri Lanka (FCCISL), Colombo Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), Confederation of Associated Tour Operators (India), Association of Travel Agents (ATA) Maldives, Association of Travel and Tour Operators India (ATTOI), Association of Professionals in Tourism (APT, India), Kerala Hotel General Managers Club (KHGMC), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Liveaboard Association of Maldives (LAM).

SATA is the first ever regional travel awards endorsed by multi national associations, providing the tourism sector of the South Asian region with recognition towards their facilities and service excellence. It aims to encourage and raise service standards in the region’s tourism industry.

A record 500 plus nominations from the Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal were received for the 36 categories in 10 segments included in this year’s edition of SATA.

This year’s evaluation process was carried out in the most vibrant cities in each country: Maldives capital Male, Sri Lankan capital Colombo, south Indian city of Bangalore, Indian capital New Delhi, Nepalese capital Kathmandu, and the Bhutanese town of Paro. The evaluation was carried out by an all-women jury, which comprised Amal Goonetilleke from Sri Lanka, Rinku Madan from India and Hinna Khalid from Maldives.

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Phnom Penh Nightlife Guide: 10 Best Clubs For The Party Starters!

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Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia, is also known as “ Pearl of Asia”. Enriched with beautiful French Architecture, the city is picturesque. Phnom Penh nightlife is also very exciting, it has numerous clubs and pubs where travelers can meet local people, enjoy and have a good time.

There are many places in Phnom Penh that are famous for having most of the clubs and pubs. Few of these areas are Riverfront, Sisowath Quay, Street 102 and many more.

10 Clubs To Enjoy Phnom Penh Nightlife

Although there are specific areas that have an abundance of clubs and pubs, to experience the clubs mentioned here visitors may have to travel from one area to other. It is very easy to travel in Phnom Penh as there are tuk-tuks available all the time.

1. Zeppelin Bar

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Any traveler who is a rock fan, it is the nightclub in Phnom Penh for you. The main catch of this bar is its music. They mainly play the 70s to 90s rock, metal and punk music. Travelers can relax and enjoy the chill environment. The drinks menu is pretty versatile. They serve 47 varieties of cocktail plus wines and beers.

Location: 109C Street 51, near Walkabout
Price: INR 1500/- per person
Timings: From 18:30 to 04:00

Must Read: 10 Essential Things To Do In Phnom Penh On Your Cambodian Trip

2. Che Colu

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Che Culo is a very popular spot in Phnom Penh. It has great cocktails that with satisfy the visitor. They serve Mediterranean cuisine, the menu is short and friendly. It is also a great place to hang out for lunches after a long day of exploring in Phnom Penh.

Location: 6B, St 302 BKK1, Phnom Penh
Price: INR 1600/- per person
Timings: From 11:00 AM to 01:00 AM

3. Cafe Metro

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Cafe Metro is a well organized stylish cosmopolitan club that can be added in the list of best nightclubs in Phnom Penh. They have completely air conditioned, interior sitting. They serve delicious cocktails, wine, beers, tropical fruit juice and more. This will be a perfect spot to kick off the night with drink or two.

Location: Street 148 (Oknha Ouk Lonn) Phsar Kandal 1 Commune Daun Penh
Price: INR 5000/- per person
Timings: From 7:30 AM to 01:00 AM

Suggested Read: 10 Most Romantic Places In Cambodia That Will Spoil You Both For Life!

4. Duplex Cafe

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Duplex Cafe is made for those who love to have a good night with some live music. They have live music playing in the cafe almost every night. The staff there is also very friendly and they help out travelers to choose the perfect seat of their choice. The food is really good and overall creates a great mood.

Location: St. 278 | Wat Langka, BKK 1, Phnom Penh
Price: INR 5000/- per person
Timings: From 11:00 AM to 02:00 AM

5. Elephant Bar

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The Elephant Bar is a classic if any traveler wants to enjoy Phnom Penh nightlife. This bar has been open for a long time and has seen Phnom Penh evolving starting right from President Kennedy visiting Cambodia for the first time in 1967. Elephant Bar also has a floral beer garden.

Location: 92 Rukhak Vithei at Preah Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh
Price: INR 6000/- per person
Timings: From 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight

Suggested Read: 10 Most Popular Festivals In Cambodia: An Insight Into Its Rich Culture

6. Hanger 44

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The first thing that would attract travelers towards Hangars 44 is the hardcore motorbike decor of the bar. The roof of the bar is decorated by hanging heavy chains and its create a vibe of their own. With this intense decor, travelers will find some expert made cocktails that will just keep up with the mood. This is surely a must go to experience Phnom Penh nightlife.

Location: 92 Rukhak Vithei at Preah Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh
Price: INR 6000/- per person
Timings: From 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight

7. Foreign Correspondent Club

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Foreign Correspondent Club or FCC sits right in the heart of the Phnom Penh. It is a beautiful French mansion with art decor of that era. This place is also known as a social ground for travelers all over the world. This is probably the most popular place to enjoy Phnom Penh nightlife.

Location: Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Price: INR 5000/- per person
Timings: From 6AM to 1:00 AM

Suggested Read: 5 Best Trails For Hiking In Cambodia To Experience & Enjoy It To the Fullest

8. Food Tour At Night

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It is a guided group that will take travelers through various restaurants in Phnom Penh at night. This tour can be organized according to the traveler. This tour takes place for 4 hours and is a dream tour for the foodies.

Location: Pickup and drop in tuk-tuk.
Price: INR 5376/- per person
Timings: According to the tourist.

9. Candy Bar

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If any traveler is looking for a bar that fulfills their feminine guilt pleasure, then this is the place for them. The bar is very girly in ambiance, which is very fun for those who have that kind of taste. It is one of the best 24-hour bars to enjoy the best nightlife in Phnom Penh.

Location: 136 St, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Price: INR 4500/- per person
Timings: 24 hours

Suggested Read: 7 Best National Parks In Cambodia For Wildlife Enthusiasts And Nature Fanatics

10. The Riverside Bistro

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The Riverside Bistro is a long-running bar in Phnom Penh. It has the appearance of the French era. The food menu has quite a few barbeques that should be relished. The bistro also has free wifi and a pool table to enjoy the night.

Location: A Sisowath Quay, corner of Street 148
Price: INR 20000/- per person
Timings: From 07:00 to 01:30

Further Read: These Siem Reap Floating Villages In Cambodia Will Cast You Away Into A Surreal World

Do you want to party hard? Is Phnom Penh your next destination to rock whole night? Then book Phnom Penh packages with TravelTriangle that will let you enjoy on a personalized vacation.

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6 Superfood-Infused Skincare Products for Your Healthiest Skin Yet

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Elemis Superfood Facial Wash

If you ask us, a daily cleanser should do more than just wash away dirt, gunk, and grime. Clearly, Elemis agrees, because this good-for-you formula doesn’t just remove nasties, it improves skin health thanks to a nourishing supergreen complex, mineral-rich kale, and resilience-boosting prebiotics.

SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $25

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Maldives showcased at TTG Travel Experience

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Maldives has been showcased at TTG Travel Experience, one of the largest tourism fairs for the Italian market.

The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) together with 37 officials from 20 companies across the Maldives tourism sector are promoting their products and services at the fair, being held in Rimini, Italy from October 10-12.

At the three-day fair targeting the Italian travel trade, officials are meeting with industry professionals to explore means to further develop and strengthen the presence of Maldives in the Italian market.

Apart from the business meetings, activities are being organised at the stand, which measures 64 square metres, to attract more visitors.

Visitors have the opportunity to experience the Maldives in virtual reality and see the underwater beauty of the country through VR gear. Visitors also can take a selfie at the stand and post on social media with hashtag #visitmaldives and #TTG2018 to win a surprise gift from the Maldives. They can also have a taste of Maldivian flavours at the stand, which is designed to colourfully display the beauty of the Maldives.

Being one of the leading tourism fairs in Italy, TTG Travel Experience is the gateway to the Italian outbound market. This fair provides one of the main B2B tourism marketplaces in Italy to sell tourism products, to network and win new business as well as exchange views and find new ideas.

Although the target is mainly the Italian market, this event also gives the unique opportunity to meet with representatives from various sectors of the tourism industry from all over the world.

With more than 2,550 exhibitors from 150 destinations represented at the fair, more than 72,000 visitors are expected to visit this year. These include 1,500 buyers from 90 countries along with 750 journalists and 300 bloggers.

Italy is one of the major source markets to the Maldives, with 88,848 Italians having visited the Maldives in 2017 — an increase of 24 percent compared to the previous year. According to the latest arrival figures, by the end of August 2018, a total of 69,787 tourists visited the Maldives from Italy, which is a 19.1 percent growth compared to the same period of last year.

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Amilla Fushi bags award for South Asia’s Leading Wellness/Spa Resort

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Amilla Fushi has won the award for the Leading Wellness and Spa Resort in South Asia.

At the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2018 gala held at The Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on September 15, Amilla Fushi was presented with two accolades: Leading Wellness and Spa Hotel / Resort in South Asia and the Maldives.

The Javvu Spa at Amilla Fushi is a beautiful, home from home hang out with two sides to its nature – a private side and a social side. You can retreat into the protective canopy of the trees or chill out in the large, communal lounge for your treatments.

The spa has an ‘open door’ policy and you are welcome to simply stop by and flop, read a magazine on one of the comfy chairs or sofas, shop, nibble and have a drink (champagne and herbal tea) served from the drinks trolley  — whether you are booked in for a treatment or not, and the only thing that whispers here are the leaves in the trees.

The Javvu Spa is made up of 10 wooden double treatment pods with either a sauna or a steam room, a relaxing tea lounge, a wet area which also includes a no-bookings required sauna and steam room. There is also a wonderful spacious outdoor yoga and meditation pavilion.

The socialising Amilla spa-style area has a specialist barber, hair salon, exclusive manicure and pedicure areas, a beauty bar and relaxation area overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean.

Located just 30 minutes by seaplane from the main Velana International Airport, Amilla offers a choice of 59 Houses that sit gracefully over crystal clear waters, nestled amongst lush tree tops or huggin the shores of pristine white sand. Additionally, eight spectacular four to eight-bedroom Beach Residences ideally suited to large families, groups of friends and VVIPs seeking the ultimate in space and privacy are also available.

Amilla’s innovative restaurants range from the diverse, informal foodie hub Baazaar to the relaxed yet sophisticated overwater dining at the signature Feeling Koi. Guests can even drop in to gourmet café and deli The Emperor General Store or The Wine Shop and Cellar Door to treat themselves to lighter snacks, a favourite bottle or a gourmet selection of artisanal cheeses.

With an unrivalled range of purpose-designed multi-bedroom accommodation options, and an exciting, inspiring and active Kids’ Club, Amilla is putting the Maldives on the map as a destination not just for couples, but for families and friends.

Launched in 2016 by Maldives based event management company Highrise, SATA has been endorsed by regional tourism authorities and organisations, including the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Sri Lanka (FCCISL), Colombo Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), Confederation of Associated Tour Operators (India), Association of Travel Agents (ATA) Maldives, Association of Travel and Tour Operators India (ATTOI), Association of Professionals in Tourism (APT, India), Kerala Hotel General Managers Club (KHGMC), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Liveaboard Association of Maldives (LAM).

SATA is the first ever regional travel awards endorsed by multi national associations, providing the tourism sector of the South Asian region with recognition towards their facilities and service excellence. It aims to encourage and raise service standards in the region’s tourism industry.

A record 500 plus nominations from the Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal were received for the 36 categories in 10 segments included in this year’s edition of SATA.

This year’s evaluation process was carried out in the most vibrant cities in each country: Maldives capital Male, Sri Lankan capital Colombo, south Indian city of Bangalore, Indian capital New Delhi, Nepalese capital Kathmandu, and the Bhutanese town of Paro. The evaluation was carried out by an all-women jury, which comprised Amal Goonetilleke from Sri Lanka, Rinku Madan from India and Hinna Khalid from Maldives.

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Bleeding After Sex: Is it Normal?

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The short answer to, “Is it normal that I bleed after sex?” is: no. However, it is very common.

Studies indicate that at least 9 percent of women have experienced bleeding after sex at some point (likely much more than 9 percent). In most cases, what you need to do is take care of yourself.

Bleeding during sex usually happens because we rush into intercourse. We’re socially conditioned to put our partner first, especially male partners. Women are taught to bow to the male orgasm and as a result, little attention is given to the clitoris. We’re supposed to enjoy being penetrated by a penis when, in reality, a penis inside of a vagina does not an orgasm make.

When you (and your partner) don’t look out for your vagina, you can wind up hurting it.

No matter who you are, if you’re experiencing abnormal bleeding, make an appointment with your gynecologist to rule out any medical concerns. There are many reasons you might be bleeding after sex, but for the most part, you can help prevent it.

Here is what you need to know.

Make sure you’re aroused enough for intercourse

Before engaging in sexual intercourse, listen to your body. Be aware of your arousal levels and how you’re feeling both in your head and in your body. When the body isn’t aroused, the vaginal walls lie flat against one another. The vaginal canal only extends about four inches in length.

When you get turned on, a few key things happen: The vaginal walls expand, the canal itself extends to accommodate a penis (or whatever object you’re putting up there), and the vagina lubricates itself. These are the natural ways Lady V prepares herself for penetration.

For women, it can take an average of 20 minutes to become fully aroused. It takes many women much longer and it varies from person to person. What’s important to note is that if you go sticking something up your cooter before it’s ready, it can be painful, cause minor vaginal tearing, irritation of the cervix, and subsequently, bleeding post-sex.

Don’t rush into sexual intercourse. Get into foreplay! The myth that this is the supreme form of sex needs to die and it needs to die now. Stimulate the external clitoral glans with either a mouth, fingers, or a toy. If possible, have an orgasm before you engage in penetration.

No matter how aroused you are, use lots and lots of lube! Vaginas lubricate, but they don’t lubricate enough to render personal lubricant obsolete. Use it. Love it.

Rough sex

If you engage in rough sex, that’s totally fine, normal, and healthy. If you like it a little kinky and hard, that’s your game. You do you. What’s critical is that you’re engaging in rough sex properly. Obviously we have a complete guide to having rough sex like a champion.

“Rough” does not equal “unaroused” or “no clitoral stimulation.” Just because you want it in doggy style like a porn movie or in missionary while you’re handcuffed to a bed does not mean your pleasure centers should be ignored. When you’re too rough with the vulva and vagina, without taking proper precautions, bleeding can most definitely occur.

For more on how to take care of your vagina after a rough sex session, read this.

Could you have an infection?

If you’ve noticed some bleeding after sex and aren’t sure what could be causing it, look out for other symptoms. Have you noticed any unusual, thick discharge? Burning when you pee or itching?

You might have a yeast infection or another bacterial infection such as BV. A variety of infections can cause post-coital bleeding. When you have one of these super common infections (nearly every woman will get a yeast infection at some point in her life), your vagina becomes irritated and inflamed.

This makes the mucus-rich, tender vaginal and vulvar skin very sensitive and prone to tearing. If you thrust a penis (or wand or dildo) up in there, you will anger the already stressed out V.

See more: Ouch! What to Do If Sex with Your Partner is Painful

Again, listen to your body. Pay attention to what is happening to you. Don’t ignore your vagina when it’s trying to tell you something.

If you think you might have an infection, see your doctor ASAP. Yeast infections can usually be cleared up with an over-the-counter medication like Monistat, but a bacterial infections like BV or a UTI need a round of antibiotics.

Be sure to get tested regularly for STIs, as they too can cause post-coital bleeding. HPV (which can only be tested for by Pap Smear), for instance, affects the cervical cells. If a penis is poking an inflamed cervix, there can certainly be bleeding.

If you take precautions to ensure arousal and are being careful with you vulva and vagina and yet the bleeding continues, see your doctor. As we sex educators like to say: You don’t mess the vagina. You honor it and take care of it.

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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Velassaru Maldives launches new environment-friendly initiatives

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Velassaru Maldives has launched a series of environment-friendly initiatives.

Amongst the initiatives is a comprehensive recycling facility, which includes a shredding machine for plastic bottles and a glass grinder for all non-returnable glass. A new botanical waste chipper and mulcher produces material that can either be converted into compost or used as mulch for the resort’s gardens. Kitchen bio-waste is also processed in a bio-composting machine to supplement the on-island compost initiative, which makes its way onto the gardens.

Velassaru has also started reusing grey water, which makes up the largest portion of wastewater on the resort. All grey water on the island is now processed through a pro-biotic aeration plant and reutilised to irrigate the gardens.

As part of Velassaru’s green initiative, a purpose built water filtration and bottling facility is to be commissioned on the island soon in order to produce premium quality still and sparking water in reusable glass bottles. This initiative will replace plastic water bottles used by guests and staff members, removing a minimum of 200,000 plastic bottles per year and a million every five years.

Additionally, Velassaru has stopped using plastic drinking straws.

Owned and operated by leading local hotel group Universal Resorts, Velassaru is located in South Male Atoll and accessible by a short 25-minute speedboat ride from the main Velana International Airport.

Velassaru offers luxurious beachfront and overwater accommodation with uninterrupted ocean views. Featuring wooden ceilings and floors for a tropical atmosphere, the contemporary-styled villas and bungalows offer chic serenity.

A wide variety of international specialities are offered at Velassaru’s five restaurants, including fresh contemporary seafood, Japanese, international and grill pan Indian options. The two beach bars serve cocktails and wines.

Guests can enjoy relaxing spa treatments in overwater pavilions, or hop on a Maldivian boat and watch the crew demonstrate traditional fishing methods. Other resort facilities include a fitness centre, tennis court and infinity pool with the view of the beach and the ocean.

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Top 10 Places That Are Perfect For Paragliding In Vietnam

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Vietnam is famous for its rich and diverse culture and unique traditional lifestyle. It houses many pristine beaches, vast spreads of rivers, magnificent Buddhist pagodas and cities bustling with locals and tourists. This Southeast Asian country also features spectacular towering mountains whose beauty is best experienced via paragliding. One of the most famous adventure sports here, paragliding in Vietnam offers splendid bird’s eye view of the picturesque landscapes.

Best Time For Paragliding In Vietnam

In Vietnam, the months which offer the best paragliding experience are February, April, November, and October. Even the winds play a major role in carrying out this adventure activity and during the autumn and spring season, the winds in Vietnam are ideal for paragliding.

Here are some of the best places in Vietnam where adventure enthusiasts can indulge in this unique and challenging experience:

1. Mount Vien Nam

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This mountainous range is a popular spot for paragliding in Hanoi Vietnam located at Yen Binh Ward in the Thach That District. This place is 50 km away from the capital and offers a beautiful experience of gliding through the natural landscapes by jumping off a cliff. This mountain range is perfect for ridge roaring fly, where the visitors are made to take off from a height of 260 m. It involves a 30 minutes trek to reach the take-off point at this range.

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2. Lang Co

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Lang Co is centrally located in Vietnam and is known for its wonderful scenic beauty with a beautiful blue beach. One would have to travel north from Danang for 30 km to reach this place. It is one of the places which offer the best paragliding in Vietnam as one can witness incredible scenic views. It is generally windy here which is an ideal weather for paragliding and this makes the experience even better. The take-off height is at 200 m on the cliff.

Must Read: Exciting Things To Do On A 6 Days Family Trip To Vietnam

3. Langbiang

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It is 15 km away from central Da Lat. One can reach here by either taking the bus, motorbike or a car. It would take around 20 minutes to reach this mountainous peak. The participants are asked to jump off and take off from a height of about 2000 m. This makes Mount Langbiang the highest paragliding spot in Vietnam. One can even opt for a Jeep tour to reach the top to save time and energy.

Suggested Read: Top Restaurants In Hue For An Authentic Culinary Affair While Backpacking In Vietnam

4. Hon Hong

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Mount Hon Hong is famously known as the “Pink Mountain”. It is in close proximity to the famous tourist destination Mui Ne. One can reach here in 45 minutes from the central Phan Thiet city. The teams which offer their services here include Mekong Paragliding Club, Hanoi Paragliding and Viewings. These teams also offer several paragliding courses in Vietnam. The take-off height is at 200 m from a flat surface on a sand dune which is right beside the beach. This flat surface is large enough to easily accommodate up to 10 open canopies at a given time.

Agency: Mekong Paragliding Club, Hanoi Paragliding, Vietwings
Cost: INR 4500
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5. Bu Hill

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This is also known as the “833 Hill”. This paragliding spot is located in the Hoa Binh Province, at the Luong Son Commune. One can easily reach this paragliding spot by traveling southwest from Hanoi for 40 km. The height of the take-off spot is at 620 m. This mountainous range is a narrow one and soars to a height of 1500 m. It is a popular spot amongst the paragliding pilots during the windy season for ridge flying and XC flying.

Suggested Read: Shopping In Can Tho: 7 Ultimate Places For Bringing Home The Best Vietnamese Finds!

6. Khau Pha

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This paragliding spot offers the best sky views making it one of the most visited paragliding spots in Vietnam. It can be found on the National Highway 32 which leads to Mu Cang Chai. During the months of September and October, this place sees a peak in the number of adventure enthusiasts flocking in from every part of the world to get a hands-on experience of this wonderful adventure. The mesmerizing view of the beautifully terraced rice-fields below is what makes this a popular paragliding spot.

Agency: Vietwings Paragliding Club
Cost: INR 4700
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Suggested Read: https://traveltriangle.com/blog/restaurants-in-vietnam/

7. U Bo

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This is one of the well-known paragliding spots near Hanoi in Vietnam. This spot can be reached by driving 42 km from the central capital. It is a part of Tien Xuan Commune which is located in Thach That Ward. This spot was made functional after a lot of trials and testing by Hanoi Paragliding. This terrain offers four take-off directions making it very convenient for paragliders. This is an ideal location for ridge soaring, air-born fly, thermal fly as well as for SIV practice. The take-off, as well as the landing site, are vast enough to accommodate a large number of people. One can easily reach the take-off spot by car or a motorbike.

8. Son Tra

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Paragliding in Danang Vietnam should not be missed by any traveler. The paragliding spot here is Son Tra which offers the spectacular views of magnificent Danang Bay and the beautiful shore from an elevation. The take-off site is at a height of 600 m and the landing site is either the Pham Van Dong Beach or the Tho Quang Beach. The experience is similar to that of paragliding in Nha Trang Vietnam.

Agency: Vietwings Paragliding Club
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Suggested Read: 10 Best Places To Visit In Ho Chi Minh City For An Impeccable Vietnamese Trip

9. Bai Nha

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This paragliding spot has the most favorable conditions of weather, winds and space and is, therefore, the center for many paragliding competitions which are held annually. It is located in the Lac Son region of Hoa Binh Province. Many of the annual paragliding competitions are held here as the weather conditions are quite favorable. This is the best spot for XC flying as the thermal is stable and wide always. Bai Nha is considered to be one of the spots which offer the best paragliding in Vietnam map and also in the whole of Southeast Asia. Paragliding pilots practice at this spot regularly to better their skills.

10. Linh Truong

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This mountain range is located in the Thanh Hoa Province at an altitude of 210 m. Not only is paragliding here a challenging experience, but even the trek to reach this paragliding spot is quite tough as the path which leads to this place is quite narrow and is amidst a thick dense forest filled with pine trees. The wonderful scenic views of the lush greenery, forest spreads, pristine beaches and vast spreads of rice fields from the sky, are worth taking the effort to reach here.

Further Read: Ho Chi Minh City Nightlife: 9 Best Places To Spice Up Your Evenings In Vietnam

Paragliding in Vietnam is one of the popular adventure activities among the locals as well as tourists. Get a chance to experience this thrill by taking a trip to Vietnam with your BFFs!

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Gili Lankanfushi appoints Sarah Davies as new Marine Biologist and Environmental Officer

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Gili Lankanfushi has welcomed a new Marine Biologist and Environmental Officer, Sarah Davies.

With a degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography from the University of Plymouth, followed by a masters in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Exeter, Sarah is a well-versed expert in the conservation of marine life.

Her undergraduate training included the study of animal behaviour, marine mammal physiology, ecology, physical and chemical oceanography and marine and coastal environment assessment and management. Following this, her postgraduate study involved scientific surveying, sampling, coral reef management, climate change and habitat management strategies.

Having worked in Mexico for Global Vision International as a Marine Science Officer and Divemaster between May 2010 and August 2012, Sarah’s experience led her to train volunteers in marine survey work and analyse the data collected. She also gained proficient knowledge of Caribbean fish, coral, invertebrate and algae species identification. Besides this, Sarah was involved in environmental outreach and awareness with local communities, fishermen and hotels as well as running the turtle monitoring programme during nesting season.

Her next placement was as a marine biologist with Seamarc at Four Seasons Resorts Maldives, where she was involved in delivering science presentations to guests, guiding daily snorkelling trips, sea turtle rehabilitation and assisting the coral restoration project.

Most recently, she has been working as a marine biologist and dive guide with Azalea cruise in the Maldives, where she has delivered presentations on the marine life of the Maldives, guided daily dives and assisted the cruise director with daily schedules and logistics.

“Bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, we look forward to have Sarah take us to greater heights in our sustainability efforts and to continue preserving our natural habitat at the resort,” an announcement read.

Set on the private island of Lankanfushi in the North Male Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the water out to spacious villa accommodations, where ultimate privacy can be found. This luxury resort is just a 20-minute speedboat ride from the main Velana International Airport.

At Gili Lankanfushi, an idyllic personal hideaway is one of 45 spacious, rustic overwater villas crafted from natural wood and glass. A palette of sparkling blues paints the horizon, the ocean stretching to infinity wherever on the island. The open design, with indoor and outdoor living space, allows guests the freedom to be themselves, the sound of the sea and warm breeze soothing all senses.

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10 Pieces of Wall Art You Can Buy On Etsy

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Thinking about how to fill those blank walls of your new home together? If you’ve attempting to start an art collection (however modest), we know how hard the curation process can be. Key word here being curation. It’s certainly tempting to want everything to be perfectly in order the moment you move in. However, sometimes if you buy ALL your wall art at the same time, your home could end up looking like a furniture showroom. And no one wants to feel like their living in a showroom!

So we’re here to advocate for slowly decorating—this will yield much more personality and depth to your home’s character. When you take the time to collect art and decor over time, each piece holds meaning and doesn’t feel rushed. And, here’s a good insider tip: your home will never actually be “done.” Just like you, it will evolve as your tastes change and your needs shift—and that’s ok!

If you’re looking for art that feels personal, handmade, and not like a mass-produced print that every blogger has, look no further than Etsy of course! Here are 10 of our favorite pieces to make your house feel like a home (and not a showroom).

See more: 14 Affordable Pieces of Art For Your Home’s Gallery Wall

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