Best of the Maldives: Grappa – Nika
Published 31 August 14 5:36 PM | Maldives Complete
  The past few months have been a smorgasbord of tour posts – resort visits, tour “best ofs’, updated ‘not seens’. And every filling feast needs a bit of a digestif to cap it off. Since today (the last Sunday in August) is one of the traditional...
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12 Even More Things I Have Yet To See In The Maldives…from Hammacher Schlemmer (Part 6)
Published 30 August 14 3:0 PM | Maldives Complete
  Forget Louis Vuitton , it’s Hammacher Schlemmer who should open up their own resort. Researching a few leads on the latest “Haven’t Seen ”, I tracked them down to the Hammacher Schemmler catalogue . Browsing around and I had a field day of clever...
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27 More Things I Have Yet To See In The Maldives (Part 5)
Published 27 August 14 8:45 AM | Maldives Complete
    After 55 resorts , I have seen more innovative and imaginative ways to enhance idyll in the sun and luxury in a paradise. And yet, despite the 100+ resorts all jockeying to distinguish themselves with something unique and different, I still...
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Best of the Maldives: Coconut – Kurumba
Published 25 August 14 8:40 AM | Maldives Complete
Coconuts are synonymous with tropical paradise…and Kurumba is synonymous with everything coconut. “Kurumba” actually means “young coconut” (the green kind that you get coconut water from) in Dhivehi. Literally the signature...
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Best of the Maldives: Salt – Anantara Kihavah
Published 23 August 14 4:39 PM | Maldives Complete
“ Salt ” is not just a thematic name to Anantara Kihavah Villas ’ signature over-the-ocean restaurant, also its star attraction. Sort of the Thelma Ritter of the dinner table – a record 6 Academy Award nominations for “Best Supporting Actress”. ‘Salt...
Best of the Maldives: Snorkel Safety – Dusit Thani
Published 20 August 14 8:22 PM | Maldives Complete
  If there is one “Best of the Maldives” innovation that I would like all resorts to emulate it is Dusit Thani’s snorkel safety programme. We were taken through it by the resort’s dive centre instructor Manon (photo above). REQUIRED SNORKEL BRIEFING...
Best of the Maldives: Fish Pool – Royal Island
Published 18 August 14 4:36 AM | Maldives Complete
Reflecting pools are a regular feature in the Maldives echoing the encompassing aquatic aesthetic. Royal has taken such shimmering pools a step further with a gigantic coral and fish pool. It provides a colourful close up appreciation for the sea life...
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Best of the Maldives: Ice Cream – Soneva Fushi
Published 16 August 14 2:0 AM | Maldives Complete
Nothing goes with sunshine like ice cream. And nobody does ice cream in the Maldives like Soneva Fushi . We have sampled many dairy delicacies over our many trips here, and some particularly scrummy scoops , but no selection as broad and creative as theirs...
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Best of the Maldives: Zumba – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Published 13 August 14 2:27 AM | Maldives Complete
  Zumba is a fitness craze that has is just about everywhere now, but in the Maldives it is only at the , Jumeirah Dhevanafushi resort. Like a number of aerobic trends, the key to its popularity is injecting a strong dose of fun into the workout...
Best of the Maldives: Jacuzzi Chess – Ayada
Published 10 August 14 11:43 AM | Maldives Complete
  I have seen lots of ways to play chess. Fancy sets. Giant outdoor setups. But Ayada’s has to be the most ingenious master stroke of them all. I love hanging out in the Jacuzzi or pool, but admit it can get a bit boring. You can’t read in the pool...
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Best of the Maldives: Island Creation Excursion – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
Published 8 August 14 10:59 AM | Maldives Complete
    The exhilaration of the Maldives begins well before you land. It actually begins about 30,000 feet above the Indian Ocean about 20 minutes before arrival at Male airport. As you cross the first of the northern most islands, you are treated...
Best of the Maldives: Night Aquarium – Huvafenfushi
Published 5 August 14 7:8 PM | Maldives Complete
Night reef for everyone. These underwater wonders are no cheap gimmicks. They run millions of dollars to install. Conventional wisdom says that when you have an expensive piece of capital, you try to sweat that asset as much as possible. That’s...
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Best of the Maldives: Wood Apple – Chaaya Island Dhonveli
Published 4 August 14 6:20 PM | Maldives Complete
  Over the 10 days of Tour #5, I did uncover 143 new Best of the Maldives candidates, and over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing the first of these for each resort visited in the order of the tour. These selections are not necessarily the...
Maldives Tour 2014 - Review
Published 2 August 14 8:13 AM | Maldives Complete
Tour 5 At-a-Glance… 10 islands 3 atolls 5 new Resort Profile pix 74 new Room Type Profile pix 143 'Best of the Maldives" pieces 2 ideas for Maldives Complete website enhancements 19 Snorkel Spottings 34 pages of notes 5 dives 4 spa treatments...
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Maldives Tour 2014 - Day 11: Kurumba
Published 1 August 14 3:35 PM | Maldives Complete
    The Cliveden of the Maldives. A grand stately home that has kept up with the times refreshing and reinventing itself to maintain its revered status as a 5-star icon. With our obsession for discovering new resorts, we have an unofficial policy...
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