Best of the Maldives: Floral Iced Teas – Soneva Fushi
Published 22 May 15 11:18 AM | Maldives Complete
    This weekend is the height of that colourful harbinger of English spring – the Chelsea Flower Show . And the perfect time to raise a glass to the most apropos accompaniment – Soneva Fushi’s floral iced tea selection… Roselle Flower - Roselle...
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Best of the Maldives: Laser Show – Maafushivaru
Published 20 May 15 4:20 PM | Maldives Complete
The first functioning laser was operated by Theodore H. Maiman of Hughes Research Laboratories, 45 years ago this week. Since then, its unique optical properties have been applied to everything from cutting to welding back together again. They are use...
Best of the Maldives: 5-a-Side Pitch – Ayada
Published 19 May 15 11:49 AM | Maldives Complete
Today’s Commemoration of Atatürk in Turkey is celebrated with a traditional Youth and Sports Day featuring a whole host of competitions and exhibitions. Here in the Maldives, the Turkish inspired resort of Ayada offers its own distinctive sporting...
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Best of the Maldives: Charity Gala – Kurumba
Published 15 May 15 8:26 PM | Maldives Complete
      ‘Tis the season. Not the season to be jolly, but “The Season” to be generous. May kicks off the start of the social “season” here in London with Ascot, Wimbledon, Henley bringing out the picnics of champagne, strawberries and cream...
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Best of the Maldives: Nurse Sharks – Huvafenfushi
Published 12 May 15 5:1 PM | Maldives Complete
      International Nursing Day today I thought was an apropos time to call out the eponymous “creature feature” nurse shark. As dependable as those faithful healthcare workers who alleviate our suffering, the similarly calm and composed...
Best of the Maldives: Pool Hammock – NIYAMA
Published 10 May 15 4:41 PM | Maldives Complete
    A place for quiet reflecting itself in a reflecting pool. NIYAMA ’s pool hammock is very close to the Hammacher Schlemmer on my “ Haven’t Seen” list (but it’s not quite the petiole model I had noted). Just floating in the pool…
Best of the Maldives: Mirrors – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Published 7 May 15 8:50 AM | Maldives Complete
If you want more literal self reflection , the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is the place to go. I know I gave a nod to W Retreat’s seeing glass motif . So to fairly distinguish the two, I’m calling out Dhevanafushi’s “free standing”...
Best of the Maldives: Healer – Soneva Fushi
Published 5 May 15 5:52 PM | Maldives Complete
  A segue from “ sole cleansing ” to “soul cleansing” (or even more unpardonable, from “heeling” to “healing”), as Soneva Fushi introduces its own Healer in Residence, Jaqueline Bourbon. She is described as a “ leader in enlightening wellness experiences...
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Best of the Maldives: Foot Washing – One & Only Reethi Rah
Published 3 May 15 12:56 PM | Maldives Complete
    If there is anything that needs cleaning in the “no shoes” world of the Maldives and needs a bit of pampering after long haul travel, it is the piggy toes. Here Charmaine is treating Lori to a signature welcome by One & Only Reethi Rah...
Best of the Maldives: Sunglass Cleaning – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Published 1 May 15 3:7 PM | Maldives Complete
    International Workers Day today is a chance to celebrate the sterling work that the Maldives resort staff provide every day of the year. They do every thing from keep us safe on snorkel trips to making sure that every whim is catered for...
“Marketing and Differentiation: How do you choose?”
Published 30 April 15 3:2 PM | Maldives Complete
     I try to help. Most of the material on Maldives Complete is aimed at helping prospective visitors to the Maldives decide on the best resort for them (my response to the question I get asked most frequently…” there is no *best* resort...
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Best of the Maldives: Mobula – Robinson Club
Published 28 April 15 8:27 AM | Maldives Complete
(picture courtesy of Alexander von Mende)   Maldives diving expert Alexander von Mende not only helped with the Huvadhoo dive sites , but he also offered some very insightful tips for my Best of the Maldives research. He ventured that the dive site...
Worst Place in the World to Snorkel #3
Published 20 April 15 9:13 PM | Maldives Complete
       With all of the effort into providing a guide to the best snorkelling (and diving) in the world, only fair to provide a further instalment on some sites to avoid. The latest was the photo of West Bank snorkelling in Israel...
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Best of the Maldives: Resort Dive Site – Werner Lau (Bathala, Filitheyo, Medhufushi, Kuda-Funafaru)
Published 16 April 15 5:44 PM | Maldives Complete
      When describing my motivations for adding a Dive Site database to Maldives Complete, I noted the lack of interactive guides. Most diving information is traditional hard-copy book form or magazine websites that provide articles and...
Best of the Maldives: Atoll Dive Book – “Huvadhoo”, Alexander von Mende
Published 14 April 15 2:24 PM | Maldives Complete
    Most dive books (Godfrey, Harwood & Bryning, Lonely Planet) try to cover a range of atolls. While this breadth approach is useful when trying to plan your next resort destination, it’s less useful when you’ve actually decided on your...
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