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Soneva Launches ‘A Festival of Colour’ Campaign to celebrate rare experiences across its resorts

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Renowned French film director Bruno Aveillan has created a series of short films themed around each colour of the campaign

February 19, 2018: Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has launched its first ever year-long campaign known as a ‘Festival of Colour’ to celebrate the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year, ranging from visiting Michelin-starred chefs and astronomers, through to authors, champion free-divers, artists and more. Each month of the year is associated with a different colour and theme, which will be brought to life at Soneva’s resorts in the Maldives and Thailand through special on-site events and collaborations.

Underscoring the Festival of Colour is a series of short “colour” films created by the renowned French film director Bruno Aveillan. Bruno visited Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in early 2017 to shoot the films, which were inspired by the different colours he found at the resorts. Soneva plans to release one colour film each month during the campaign on its website and on social media.

As part of the Festival of Colour, Soneva has confirmed a huge line-up of visiting experts, including chefs, authors, wine producers, world-champion free-divers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more at all resorts.

Fine dining experiences are a pivotal part of Soneva’s Festival of Colour, and the company has so-far confirmed 28 of the world’s top chefs (many of which have at least two Michelin stars and above or are included within The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) for exclusive dinner events.

Confirmed chefs include (in alphabetical order):

• Chef Tom Aikens, the youngest British chef to win two Michelin stars
• Chef Andre Van Alten, from the one-starred Restaurant La Provence in Driebergen- Rijsenburg, Netherlands
• Chef Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex, a two-Michelin starred chef from Auberge de l’Ile Barbe, France
• Chef Wilco Berends, of the two Michelin starred Restaurant De Nederlanden, Netherlands
• Chef Tim Butler, of Eat Me, Bangkok
• Chef Benoit Dewitte, the head chef and owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant Benoit Dewitte in Belgium
• Chef Andre Van Doorn, from the one-starred Restaurant Kasteel Heemstede, Netherlands
• Chef Jarno Eggen, from the one Micheline-starred Restaurant De Groene Lantaarn, in Zuidwolde, Netherlands
• Chef Jos Grootscholten, from the one-starred Old Town Hall of Capelle aan den Ijssel, Netherlands
• Chef Kenji Gyoten, the youngest Japanese chef with three Michelin stars
• Chef Michael Husken, who heads up the kitchen team at Sophia’s restaurant at Rocco Forte’s “The Charles Hotel”, Munich
• Chef Mark Lundgaard, a one-Michelin starred chef of Restaurant Kong Hans Kaelder in Denmark
• Chef Gert De Mangeleer, a three-Michelin starred chef who co-runs Restaurant Hertog Jan in Belgium
• Chef Max Mascia, of the two-Michelin-starred San Domenico Imola (Italy)
• Chef Claus Meyer, co-founder of Noma in Copenhagen, of Bolivia’s best restaurant GUSTU and of the one-Michelin-starred Agern and Great Northern Food Hall in New York City
• Chef Kiko Moya, a two Michelin-starred chef from L’Escaletta, Spain
• Jean Baptiste Natali, a one-Michelin starred chef from At the General’s table, Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, France
• Chef Bruno Oger, a renowned two-Michelin-starred chef from Le Cannet, France
• Chef Pere Planaguma, 2 Michelin Stars. He is the head chef of Les Cols of Olot from Girona, spain
• Chef Tim Raue, from the two-Michelin starred restaurant TIM RAUE in Berlin, Germany
• Chef Prateek Sadhuof Masque, one of Mumbai’s most acclaimed restaurants
• Chef Dmitry Shurashov, a Russian celebrity chef
• Christian Le Squer, a three-Michelin-starred chef from France
• Chef Ton Tassanakajohn of Le Du in Bangkok; one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants
• Chef Edwin Vinke, from the two Michelin-starred Restaurant De Kromme Watergang in Hoofdplaat, Netherlands
• Chef Michael Wignall, formerly at Gidleigh Park, UK, with two Michelin stars and five AA rosettes
• Chef Lu Yao, the head chef at the Relais & Chateaux property Yihe Mansions in China
• Chef Eric Yu, the head chef at the Relais & Chateaux property Seven Villas Hangzhou, China

“We’re really focused on crafting these beautiful, beyond bespoke experiences where discovery is a way of life. With our expert hosts as personal guides, we invite our guests to explore and delight in experiences that will last a lifetime. Soneva has never been so full of LIFE*,” said Sonu Shivdasani, Founder, CEO and Joint Creative Director of Soneva.

In addition to chefs, other experts include the renowned British historian Andrew Roberts, the world-champion free-diver Umberto Pelizzari, the astronomer Massimo Terenghi, plus glass artists James Devereux and Louis Thompson, among many others.

Guests who visit any Soneva property during the Festival of Colour will be treated to special colour-themed movie screenings, cocktails, canapes and more. There will also be announcements over the next few months linked to new restaurant openings and new guest experiences, all linked to different colour themes.

The video for the first colour in the Festival of Colours, pink, will be revealed shortly. Soneva’s Festival of Colour runs from February 2018 – February 2019. For more information about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com. For more information about the Festival of Colour, together with the calendar of visiting artists, visit www.soneva.com/festivalofcolour

For a selection of high resolution images, kindly visit www.sonevabrandcentre.com

* LIFE stands for Learning, Inspiring, Fun, Experiences.

About Soneva
Soneva is a pioneering family of hospitality properties and products, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments – from world class hotels to outstanding natural locations. Combining luxury with a conscientious approach to sustainability and the environment, and proactively changing the nature of hospitality, it delivers intuitive service and meaningful experiences to the guests.

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Mysterious “beach cusps” observed in Fuvahmulah

Mysterious “beach cusps” observed in Fuvahmulah

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article contributed by Yasir Salih

sources

http://www.boredpanda.com/beach-cusps-sand-patterns-waves/
http://www.awesomeinventions.com/mysterious-beach-cusps/
http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/09/the-mystery-of-beach-cusps.html
http://travel.aol.co.uk/2015/09/22/beach-cusps-dorset-beach-strange-patterns/
http://www.elitereaders.com/beach-cusps/
http://www.theweathernetwork.com/uk/news/articles/climate-and-environment/see-waves-create-mysterious-beach-cusps-in-dorset/57539/
https://www.researchgate.net/post/Can_you_explain_the_Mysterious_Beach_Patterns_that_found_in_England_and_USA_and_how_are_they_formed
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Maahefun

Fuvahmulah Thundi Maahifun Event_


Maahefun
 or Maahifun Celebration marks the beginning of the Ramadan, Where the Muslims in Maldives celebrate the taking of their last meal before beginning the month-long fasting. It is a traditional celebration where everybody gathered to have their last meal before fasting and thereafter the peoples of Maldives began to throw any living thing that moves into nearest beach,

Fuvahmulah Thundi is one of the most visited places of Fuvahmulah on this Festival, People from Male and other islands of Maldives visit the closest uninhabited island on this occasion.

Accommodation

 

Food Places in Fuvahmulah
Royal Restaurent
Mango

Activities

 

 

Maahifun 2015 at Fuvahmulah thundi by Asad’s Photography | Ibrahim Asad | http://asad.photo

 

Maahifun 2011 at Fuvahmulah thundi by Asad’s Photography | Ibrahim Asad | http://asad.photo

 

 

 

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Coming Soon: Fly Fishing in the Maldives at Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Time to catch some fishes for tonights BBQ, It was a gorgeous time with friends around the most beautiful Natural islands of Maldives in Kaafu Atoll, Kaafu atoll is the most visited atoll in nation being the gate of the Maldives

The abundance and variety of fish beneath the South Ari Atoll make Lily Beach a top destination for any fly fisher.

Not only do you have the chance to catch your triumphant fish, but also to catch a sight of the Maldives’ breathtaking landscape, making the overall experience one that is bound to reel you in.

The number and size of fish are exceptional: Bonefish, Yellowfin Tuna, Barracuda and Milkfish are just a few species from the long and distinguished list of fish you may come across, not the forget about the one species that tops the wish lists of many anglers: Caranx Ignobilis, a.k.a. the Giant Trevally.

Explore beyond Lily Beach and hop on one of the fly fishing excursions that are coming soon to the Resort:

Guided half day fly fishing trip: $450

Guided full day fishing trip: $600

Those interested in doing some proper fly fishing in the Maldives may be interested in the exclusive fly fishing offer that we have running for a limited time – find detailed information about the 7-day Package, incl. accommodation and Platinum All-Inclusive, below:

Flying Fish Special 

Its the Maldives wedding by Asad, You must be heading to my web site to check these in high resolution, http://asad.photography

Time to catch some fishes for tonights BBQ, It was a gorgeous time with friends around the most beautiful Natural islands of Maldives in Kaafu Atoll, Kaafu atoll is the most visited atoll in nation being the gate of the Maldives Every single bit of Maldive is romantic, Its clear sunny days, Turquoise lagoons and its warm water, White sandy beaches and its surrounding environment and natural music, Photo by Asad Ethunuge kula gandu haadha fakkaley, I felt in in Love with the day and the scene in, Can you list the colors on this Image? How do you measure love in Maldives? Can we measure love with Naalhi or Laahi?
Disclaimer: The above prices are valid at the time of publishing, and are subject to change.

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Images of the wedding couple on Raiveh’rehaa Uninhabited Island, in Huvadhoo Atoll

It was a great time in GA Villingili Maldives Island in atoll, Yes Its world’s largest atoll and the people are as friendly as any other Maldives, The hospitality and friendly faces were a doze of happiness on every turn, 
Notables from Island local island includes but not limited to @sulthan.sulaiman +  @ayisha_faheem and @akhmadh + @Limshaana, Families of both couples who attended both weddings carrying a huge smile of a Maldivian and a lot of love for both couples, 
Yeah there I go with the great team who joined me on making the time in GA Villingili, The grooms men who made Sulley and Aisha’s wedding setup to bring up great images, coordinated so well as the wedding photographer,  from the both weddings on decoration details to setting up the Lights, About the team who helped making the night Images of the wedding couple on Raiveh’rehaa Uninhabited Island,

It was a great time in GA Villingili Maldives Island in atoll, Yes Its world's largest atoll and the people are as friendly as any other Maldives, The hospitality and friendly faces were a doze of happiness on every turn, Notables from Island local island includes but not limited to @sulthan.sulaiman + @ayisha_faheem and @akhmadh + @Limshaana, Families of both couples who attended both weddings carrying a huge smile of a Maldivian and a lot of love for both couples, Yeah there I go with the great team who joined me on making the time in GA Villingili, The grooms men who made Sulley and Aisha's wedding setup to bring up great images, coordinated so well as the wedding photographer, from the both weddings on decoration details to setting up the Lights, About the team who helped making the night Images of the wedding couple on Raiveh'rehaa Uninhabited Island,

Photo by Asad – Follow Asad on Instagram @Pro_Capture & Online Portfolio http://asad.photography

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It was a great time in GA Villingili Maldives Island in atoll, Yes Its world’s largest atoll and the people are as friendly as any other Maldives, The hospitality and friendly faces were a doze of happiness on every turn, Notables from Island local island includes but not limited to @sulthan.sulaiman +  @ayisha_faheem and @akhmadh + @Limshaana, Families of both couples who attended both weddings carrying a huge smile of a Maldivian and a lot of love for both couples, Yeah there I go with the great team who joined me on making the time in GA Villingili, The grooms men who made Sulley and Aisha’s wedding setup to bring up great images, coordinated so well as the wedding photographer,  from the both weddings on decoration details to setting up the Lights, About the team who helped making the night

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Beautiful Double rainbow seen in the world’s largest Geographical atoll,

Beautiful Double rainbow seen in the world’s largest Geographical atoll, 
This atoll of Maldives with the least population on Number of Island percentage, Its the worlds largest geographical atoll devided into two Administrative Atolls with the name of South Huvadhoo atoll and North Huvadhoo Atoll, South Huvadhoo Airport Kaadehdhoo and North Huvadhoo Airport Kooddoo. Making the only geographical Atoll hosting two Airports in Maldives. Huvadhoo Atoll Hosts worlds top Luxury hotel brands like Jumeirah, Park Hyatt, Residence, Ayada, 
I shall tell you a secret too at this minute writing about the atoll, Equator is across Huvadhoo atoll and You may easily cross equator on a paddle boat if you’re living in South Huvadhoo atoll

Beautiful Double rainbow seen in the world's largest Geographical atoll, This atoll of Maldives with the least population on Number of Island percentage, Its the worlds largest geographical atoll devided into two Administrative Atolls with the name of South Huvadhoo atoll and North Huvadhoo Atoll, South Huvadhoo Airport Kaadehdhoo and North Huvadhoo Airport Kooddoo. Making the only geographical Atoll hosting two Airports in Maldives. Huvadhoo Atoll Hosts worlds top Luxury hotel brands like Jumeirah, Park Hyatt, Residence, Ayada, I shall tell you a secret too at this minute writing about the atoll, Equator is across Huvadhoo atoll and You may easily cross equator on a paddle boat if you're living in South Huvadhoo atoll

Beautiful Double rainbow seen in the world’s largest Geographical atoll, This atoll of Maldives with the least population on Number of Island percentage, Its the worlds largest geographical atoll devided into two Administrative Atolls with the name of South Huvadhoo atoll and North Huvadhoo Atoll, South Huvadhoo Airport Kaadehdhoo and North Huvadhoo Airport Kooddoo. Making the only geographical Atoll hosting two Airports in Maldives. Huvadhoo Atoll Hosts worlds top Luxury hotel brands like Jumeirah, Park Hyatt, Residence, Ayada, I shall tell you a secret too at this minute writing about the atoll, Equator is across Huvadhoo atoll and You may easily cross equator on a paddle boat if you’re living in South Huvadhoo atoll

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