Barefoot Luxury in the Maldives

I recently did a post on the top five Summer 2011 travel destinations, as reported by  Yahoo! and their extensive APAC search results.  Great inspiration, but one guest made a comment that we had left the Maldives off the list.  Talk about inspiration…If you love the color turquoise as much as I do, try doing a google images search on the Maldives. Pure Bliss.

Like a string of pearls scattered over the deep blue Indian Ocean,  sunny, unique and unspoiled, the Maldives is an archipelago comprising 1,190 low-lying coral islands scattered across the equator.  There are 2041 coral reefs  spread over an area of 4500 square kilometers which are home to nearly 200 species of coral.

Maldives from a sea plane.

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Because surfing in Maldives is available through the year, I do not think it is going to be hard to convince my husband of our “new home.”   There are two resorts renown for wave surfers, Hudhuranfushi and Dhoneveli Beach Resort.  A few other resorts also provide the options for surfing. There are also widespread range of safari/liveaboard surfing available. This is the option most of the surfers go  for as this allows for multiple surf points and cruising across the Maldives.

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The origins of the Maldivian people are shrouded in mystery. The first settlers are thought to be from Sri Lanka and Southern India.  This image not only shows that the colorful destination looks just as gorgeous in Black and White, but it shows the traditional Maldivian style. Feyli has been a part of Maldivian dress and culture for a long time with records even as far as the 1340s.

Traditional Maldivian Cuisine sounds tantalizing.  Being surrounded by the sea, naturally, fish is a main staple, along with coconut, chilies, and rice.  If you do not have a reservation for the famous underwater restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, try making some of your own Baraboa Mashun, it looks simple and delicious.

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Alila Villas Hadahaa is the first property in the Maldives to achieve the prestigious Green Globe “Building, Planning and Design” benchmark and was designed to best adapt to the tropical climate and natural environment of the island. This includes rainwater harvesting, waste treatment, high roofed areas and open ceilings. To confirm their local social responsibility, the resort has just launched a “Gift-to-Share” program.

Maldives, where have you been all my life?  Barefoot Luxury, Warm Turquoise Water, Healthy {& Spicy} cuisine, gorgeous and sustainable architecture… this is where I simply belong.

And so much more.

 

 

One Response to “Barefoot Luxury in the Maldives”

  1. Jennifer at GetawayStyle June 9, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Gorgeous photos! And I love the tidbit about the origins of the Maldivian people. Will add to the bucket list….

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