Maldives Tour 2014 - Day 8: Royal
Published 28 July 14 7:12 AM | Maldives Complete
  Budget Baa. One of the stops I most anticipated was a visit to Royal Island. I knew very little about Ayada, but I knew nothing about Royal. Of all of the resorts I was visiting, it was the only resort that I hadn’t written anything about. And...
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Maldives Tour 2014 - Day 7: Soneva Fushi
Published 26 July 14 8:33 PM | Maldives Complete
Soneva Fushi , a love story. The resort is a heartfelt expression of love for the Maldives by the founders and owners Eva and Sonu Shivdasani. The very name “Soneva” is like two sweethearts’ names carved inside a heart, “Sonu ...
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Maldives Tour 2014 - Day 6: Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Published 24 July 14 6:18 PM | Maldives Complete
    When I visited Jumeirah Vittaveli last year , we were discussing potential superlatives for the “Best of the Maldives” section. The marketing manager asserted that Jumeirah Dhevanafushi was the “Most Romantic” resort in the Maldives. It...
Maldives Tour 2014 - Day 5: Ayada
Published 23 July 14 5:3 AM | Maldives Complete
Exotic fusion. Some of the most exciting wines are blends. Some of the most delectable drinks are cocktails, and the most inspired cuisines are fusion concoctions. Ayada fuses two exotic ingredients – the tropical paradise of the Maldives with the...
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Maldives Tour 2014 - Day 4: Park Hyatt Hadahaa
Published 22 July 14 9:25 AM | Maldives Complete
As if to trumpet our arrival to one of the most eco-obsessed resorts in the Maldives, the very icon of environmental-friendliness - the dolphin - came out to greet us during our transfer to Park Hyatt Hadahaa . Not just a token welcome party, but a teeming...
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Maldives Tour 2014 - Day 3: Huvafenfushi
Published 21 July 14 1:44 PM | Maldives Complete
  Inspired. Huvafenfushi is one of the Maldives’ pioneers in inspired luxury. One of the founding fathers of the super deluxe experience where resorts try to concoct service, facilities, and experiences as jaw-droppingly heavenly as the destination...
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Maldives Tour 2014 - Day 2: Chaaya Island Dhonveli
Published 19 July 14 3:49 PM | Maldives Complete
Classic Maldives. Classic in a nostalgic sense. Before the underwater laundry rooms, the Chateau Margaux oatmeal and the hydrofoil transfers, this was the standard fare for the Maldives that people came from around the world to savour. Simple villas with...
Maldives Tour 2014 - Day 1: Male Arrival
Published 19 July 14 2:41 AM | Maldives Complete
Tour #5 begins. I’ve set off on my 5 th tour, our 13 th trip to the Maldives overall. After this tour, we will have visited 55 resorts in total. The focus of this journey across paradise is the Gaafu Alifu (first time) as well as Baa atoll (we have...
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Best of the Maldives: Pain Perdu – One & Only Reethi Rah
Published 14 July 14 7:36 PM | Maldives Complete
    Let them eat eggy bread! A toast to Bastille Day today. I’m a bit of a breakfast aficionado. Most important meal of the day. My tastes range from the refined (eg. Eggs Benedict) to the profane (eg. grits with maple syrup). Lori makes a superb...
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Best of the Maldives: Maldivian Therapy – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Published 12 July 14 11:27 AM | Maldives Complete
    Maldives resorts offer spa treatments from all over the world – Thai, Swedish, Balinese. A number of resort spas do offer Maldives treatments which are often variants of Ayurvedic practices from India. Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu offers a very...
Best of the Maldives: Fish Spa – Sun Siyam Iru Fushi
Published 10 July 14 3:2 PM | Maldives Complete
  We often find the wrasse's approaching us to scan our skin for loose bits to nibble on during our snorkelling if we are very calm (not moving around much, but just floating). Especially, if it is later in the visit and our skin is flaking a...
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7 Underwater Wonderful Activities in the Maldives
Published 7 July 14 5:38 AM | Maldives Complete
        The 7 th of the 7 th for 7 Wonders. Everyone knows the “7 Wonders of the World” (well, like the Seven Dwarfs, they always forget the last one like “Doc” or “Mausoleum at Halicarnassus”). In the age of listicles, there seems...
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Best of the Maldives: American Wine – One & Only Reethi Rah
Published 4 July 14 3:34 PM | Maldives Complete
  Happy Independence Day! The 4 th of July is the day of red, white and blue. In the Maldives, you sit on the flour white sand surrounded by the turquoise blue waters. So to add that star-spangled final touch, consider a glass of the rarest of American...
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Best of the Maldives: Workout Course – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Published 1 July 14 8:22 PM | Maldives Complete
      If a running machine seems just too monotonous for you, you might want to go to the other extreme with Coco Palm Dhuni Kholu’s obstacle course (thanks Paola ). Tumble in the jungle.  
Best of the Maldives: Running Machine – Constance Halaveli
Published 29 June 14 10:45 AM | Maldives Complete
    For those preparing for the next Red Bull race or just preferring a more sheltered, less pressured running workout, then Constance Halaveli’s fitness centre offers the Lifefitness 95T machine. My wife Lori is a bit of an aficionado of these...
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