Best of the Maldives: Water Trampoline – Kuramathi
Published 21 October 14 1:26 PM | Maldives Complete
   Sand banks aren’t the only middle-of-the-ocean features that move around the water like some sort of Lost plot . Kuramathi’s “Aquaglide” water trampoline gives guests the opportunity to bounce all over the place too. Also ‘Best for Water...
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Best of the Maldives: Private Sand Bank – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Published 19 October 14 4:29 PM | Maldives Complete
  Jumeriah Dhevanafushi offers its some of its water villa guests their own private “plot of sand” bank right in the ocean right next to the villa. However, like much of the organic and fluid Maldives, this sand bank moves all over the place and...
Best of the Maldives: Over Water Beach – Velaa
Published 17 October 14 10:37 AM | Maldives Complete
  A plot of sand and a palm tree . That is the Maldives. Except when you are staying at their other iconic feature – a water villa. Unless, you stay at Velaa where you get both signature attractions combined in one.
Best of the Maldives: Sandbox – Dusit Thani
Published 15 October 14 11:55 AM | Maldives Complete
  Whenever I describe the Maldives to someone, I always say “You know those iconic pictures of tropical islands with a plot of sand and a palm tree…that’s the Maldives.” Kudos to Dusit Thani whose kids club sandbox evokes this zeitgeist with its...
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Best of the Maldives: Tapas – Velassaru
Published 12 October 14 6:35 PM | Maldives Complete
  Today is the anniversary of Columbus sailing the ocean blue to discover the “New World” which Spain celebrates as its “Fiesta Nacional de España”. Another “new” the Spaniards have brought the world is spin on bite-sized “nouvelle” cuisine – tapas...
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Best of the Maldives: Buffet – Soneva Fushi
Published 10 October 14 12:19 PM | Maldives Complete
    Soneva Fushi turns the buffet into a smorgasbord. Buffets are one of the resort world’s staples. They can be a simplified logistics way to cater to large numbers and diverse tastes without a massive outlay of service staff or preparation...
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Best of the Maldives: Gift Shop – Kurumba
Published 8 October 14 2:9 PM | Maldives Complete
    Gift shops in the Maldives are usually of two extremes – very basic, not too impressive souvenirs (coconut shell turtles), snacks (Pringles and Tobblerones) and toiletries or over-the-top luxury fashion and jewellery. Resorts that (a) don...
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Best of the Maldives: Cool Character-ature – Huvafenfushi
Published 6 October 14 1:22 PM | Maldives Complete
  It seems like every possible moment of a holiday is captured by the ubiquitous digi-gadgets snapping every possible permutation of sunset, seascape and romantic pose. For a more stylish and creative worth-a-thousand-words memento, Huvafenfushi...
Best of the Maldives: Soap Menu – Anantara Kihavah Villas
Published 4 October 14 4:56 PM | Maldives Complete
  Anantara Kihavah Villas expands the toiletries selection with its special “Soap Menu” which offers a range of frangances four your cleansing including… Ginger Flower Patchouli Vetiver Cedar Wood Waiter, I’ll have the soap du jour.
Best of the Maldives: Custom Complimentaries – Soneva Fushi
Published 28 September 14 8:32 PM | Maldives Complete
  Even getting free gifts right can be tricky. We often feel bad when the resort management has left a traditional complmentary greeting in our room and it’s something for some reason or another we can’t enjoy. Sometimes it’s not something we fancy...
Best of the Maldives: Bling Welcome – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Published 24 September 14 9:36 AM | Maldives Complete
    When Jumeirah came to the Maldives a few years ago, I think the expectations were that the two properties (Vittaveli and Dhevanafushi) would be all Dubai bling. Even I held these preconceived notions and was delighted when the properties...
Best of the Maldives: Pillow Menu Samples – Anantara Kihavah Villas
Published 22 September 14 11:34 AM | Maldives Complete
    The other extreme from electronic virtual menus …scale model replica menus. Anantara Kihavah Villas offers its own pillow menu (now at a number of the super premium properties), but instead of just a description of the different varieties...
Best of the Maldives: iPads – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
Published 18 September 14 11:12 PM | Maldives Complete
  My wife can live without her computer in the Maldives and even her phone, but her tablet is still standard equipment. It’s handy light reading and comfortable way to check on email and update her Facebook posts in the comfort of her lounger. Park...
Best of the Maldives: Wireless Technology – Cheval Blanc Randheli
Published 15 September 14 8:25 PM | Maldives Complete
    A bit slow posting this week working my day job at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam where we at Ericsson and 1,500 other firms were showing off the latest electronic gadgetry to hit the home screen. Probably our biggest...
Best of the Maldives: Turtles Snorkeling – One & Only Reethi Rah
Published 13 September 14 9:49 AM | Maldives Complete
    One of the new items on House Reef profiles is the “Resident” field. This notes if there is a particular creature who is regularly found on the house reef and who can be distinctly identified. The first “Resident” I met in the Maldives was...
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