Dreaming of Maldives Blog change of address…

Dear Dreaming of Maldives Blog readers,

If you read this, it is probably because you still do not know that Dreaming of Maldives Blog was transfered to our main website : www.dreamingofmaldives.com/maldives-blog

You will find of course your favorite Dreamy Maldives posts and photos, Maldives latest news and much more…in a very near future.

By the way…do not forget to update your RSS and E-mail subscriptions to receive the latest updates from your new blog !

We thank you for keeping up with us and wait for you very soon…

Rozenn and Sakis.

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Follow the jetty for the new Address...| Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

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DJ Ravin, back to Huvafen Fushi for his “Huvafen Fushi Maldives Compilation” Volume 2

Huvafen Fushi Maldives

Huvafen Fushi Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

At Dreaming of Maldives the news could not fall better …
Huvafen Fushi, one of the most Hip & Trendy resort of Maldives, will vibe again under the loungy-electro- dreamy influence of DJ RAVIN in October 2010…with his new Album : A Waking Dream.

Huvafen Fushi bby Ravin - Vol.2 - A Waking Dream

Huvafen Fushi by Ravin - Vol.2

After a hugely successful launch in Paris that was graced with the attendance of Academy Award nominee Catherine Deneuve, Ravin will be hitting the white sandy shores of Huvafen fushi this October 15th, 2010. Per AQUUMs multi-award winning luxury retreat in the Maldives, teamed up again with Ravin, DJ and Producer of the Buddha-bar series to launch its highly anticipated compilation, Huvafen Fushi Maldives By Ravin Volume 2.

The second volume has evolved extraordinarily in true Ravin style with never before heard music, rhythms and beats. Something quite rare in a compilation. The very essence of Huvafen Fushi has been captured yet again throughout his mix, evoking memories of Ravin’s experience on the island. All 13 brand new unreleased tracks promise a unique blend of cool ambient-house mixes, a touch of electro and funky bass beats with a twist of jazz and salsa.

The experience is promising…Maldives is surely one of the Best Place on Earth to listen Lounge Music. To understand what I mean, and if you’re not right now listening your MP3 on a Maldivian beach, watch the video below… You will probably touch the Dream, right from home…

By the way…Did you know that Huvafen Fushi in Dhivehi, literally means Dream Island ? ( Huvafen = Dream \\// Fushi = Island)

HUVAFEN FUSHI MALDIVES  BY DJ RAVIN – Vol1 – O2

More information on HuvafenFushi.com

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Happy Birthday to the furthermost Resort of Maldives : Shangri-La’s Villingili !

Shangri La's Villingili Maldives beach and lagoon

Shangri La's Villingili Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

As you might know, today, July 26th 2010, is a very special date for Maldives as the country will celebrate  45th years of  independance from the British.

But did you know that  July 26th was also Shangri-La’s Villingili very first Birthday ?

And eventually…do you know Shangri-La’s Villingili ?

Shangri La's Villingili Maldives Pool Villa

Shangri La's Villingili Maldives Pool Villa | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

Apart from its birthday, the young resort deserves a special focus on Dreaming of Maldives….

Located in the very far and unspoiled most southern Atoll of Addu, Villingili is the furthermost resort of the Maldives ! It is simply and beautifully, the latest point of the Territory. Go further, and there will be nothing else than the vast Indian Ocean….

To reach Villingili, you will have to fly with Maldivian, the National Maldivian Airline Company and cross the Equator. After 1h10 minutes of probably one of the most amazing flight above the archipelago, you will land to Gan International Airport, second Airport after Male/Hulhule airport.

map Maldives Shangri-La's Villingili

Maldives map

The transfer to Shangri-La’s will only take you 10 minutes by speed-boat.

The first impression of the island is unforgettable…Villingili is just majestic.

Impressive first by its size : 2 kilometers long ! (an exception in Maldives where the average resort length is about 500 meters) and then… the vegetation : ….17 000 very high coconut trees and gigantic Banyan Trees, surrounded by a bright blond very long sandy beach and an endless perfectly shaped turquoise lagoon…The “waow” effect is guaranteed, even for the long time traveller in Maldives.

Besides its stunning location, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, first luxury resort in the Maldives south of the equator, is located in a boutique-style environment where guests can choose from private ocean retreats to tropical tree house villas with panoramic views, a selection of fine dining options, innovative treatments at CHI, The Spa and cycling on nearby islands will satisfy every sense.

The Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, famous for its touch of elegance and luxury transformed Villingili into a true Luxury retreat in a very well preserved and astonishing natural environment.

The resort’s natural lush vegetation,  its unique access to the local neighbouring inhabited islands paired with luxurious accommodation are not the only assets  that we loved…Shangri-La’s Villingili has also contributed in many ways to the development of Addu Atoll and its community.  In addition to employing over 300 local staff, the resort has established strong relationships with local fishermen, farmers and companies, providing them with new business opportunities.  Furthermore and contrary to the most of the Maldives, many people

from Addu, working in the resort, now enjoy the possibility to return to their hometown and live close to their family for a better quality of life…

Happy Birthday Shangri-La’s Villingili, and many others to come !

ADDU ATOLL…THE OTHER MALDIVES.

Addu Atoll is not like the Maldives as we all know them.

Of course, you will find the usual beautiful landscapes, as in the rest of the country, but the Atoll has something different, something more…Everything looks bigger, thicker. The islands, the vegetation, the lagoons…even the air you breathe will not be the same…The southern Equatorial position is the key factor to this rare and subtile differences. Furthermore, the Atoll is located at 336 miles away from Male…obviously Nature can not be the same.

Long-time home base of the British Militaries during their colony, Addu Atoll is also the birth place of most of the resort Staff  you will meet around all Maldives, as their English language level used to be the best and highest in the country. The people from Addu were the first to work in the Hotel and Tourism industry in the Maldives, in the 70′s.

© DREAMING OF MALDIVES 2005-2010.

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Solar Energy Forever in Soneva Fushi Maldives

Solar Energy in Maldives at Soneva Fushi

Solar Energy in Maldives

If I tell you Chic, Barefoot, Luxury, Beautiful and Green…located in Maldives…? What comes up in your mind ?

Some might say the latest trendy Resort in Maldives…and some others, the Chic Eco Retreat Aficionados, will surely find the right answer which is Soneva.

Soneva by Six Senses Resorts and Spas is a very innovative and successful Chic Eco retreat Resorts concept, created by 2 persons, Sonu and Eva Shivdasani, who have been convinced and charmed by the “Live Green Philosophy” long before the actual trend.

They have lived this way for years and decided in 1995 to create the very first Eco-friendly Luxury Resort, Soneva Fushi in Maldives, proving to the Hospitality industry that Luxury could perfectly be combined with Environment.

The  true “Intelligent Luxury” was born.

Soneva story and concept have since then,  inspired many Luxury Hotels and Hotel Brands.

Here at Dreaming of Maldives, their new green challenge could not be ignored….

One Resort = One City

Maldives probably represent the best example in matter of environment and Hospitality.

The superb Island Nation, Paradise on Earth, is a gigantic honey-pot for hotels and tourists…bringing almost 600 000 visitors a year on approximately 100 tiny islands having basically nothing else than white coral sandy beaches, lagoons and coconut trees…and all separated from each others.

Each resort, at time of construction, is an unthinkable challenge from the first to the last step of pre-operation, with tons of building material brought each day by boat, from Asia or Middle East to Male, the capital, and then from Male to the resort itself, sometimes located at miles and miles away from the capital.

But what about the water ? the electricity ? without mentioning the waste …Each resort is independent and can be assimilated to a tiny city with its own Power supply generators and seawater desalination installation, pumping each day a unreasonnable amount of fuel to work for the tenth of thousands of visitors to come.

Running a resort is a brain teaser for engineers but mostly, and apart from being extremely costly it has also considerable bad side-effects on the very fragile Maldivian environment and eco-system.

Villa Soneva Fushi Maldives

Villa Soneva Fushi Maldives | Photo © Soneva

This is where Soneva Fushi deserves to come under the spotlights !

The Intelligent Luxury goes beyond the concept with a very clear and serious commitment : to make sustainable development a priority, without compromising the experience and expectations of guests.

Since 1995, Soneva Fushi challenges creativity and try first any new Green solution. If successful, the idea will then be applied to other resorts.

The last in date is the wide use of Solar Energy. After all…aren’t the Maldives a perfect place to use the Sun endless power ?

Soneva Fushi Eco Chic

Eco Centro at Soneva Fushi Maldives | Photo Courtesy Soneva

Pioneer in this huge project, Soneva Fusfi has installed a 70kW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant system that today has already achieved eight months of successful operation. It is the largest renewable energy plant currently operating in the Maldives.

The Sun covers at the moment 3% of the island needs and the installation will expand by another 300% in the near future with besides, the project to have the (very consuming) air conditioning systems converted to Solar Power.

Guests love it and we love it too, as we are, ourselves using this fabulous energy at home.

We hope now that this initiative will become an example and a model in Maldives and wish Soneva a great success on their Green road !

© DREAMING OF MALDIVES 2005-2010.

For more information, read the Soneva Green Commitment.

For complete information on the resort and the concept, visit  Soneva Fushi website

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WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS 2010 , Maldives scoops most of the Awards

WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS 2010 , Maldives scoops most of the Awards

Maldives aerial view

Maldives aerial view


There is no other country in the World like The Maldives.
Located astride the equator, south of India and west of Sri Lanka, the all country unique specificity resides in the Geography made of an exclusive formation of natural atolls, sandy islands and reefs stretching along 823 km (511 miles) but occupying only an area of just 300 sq km (116 sq miles).
With an average ground of 1.5 meter above the sea level, the country is today endangered by the global sea level rising.
All land above the surface in the Maldives is of coralline origin.
The beauty of their lagoons and sandy beaches along with their splendid aerial views make the Maldives an Absolute Paradise.
The origin of the word “atoll ” itself derives from the Dhivehi language of the Maldives “Atholhu” and is now used in many languages worldwide.
In 2010 World Travel Awards, they have been again honored with numerous prestigious Awards :
Awards to Maldives:
Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination: Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Cocoa Island, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination: Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel: Baros Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Indian Ocean’s Leading Spa Resort: W Retreat & Spa, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency: Vermillion International Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa: Baros Residence, Baros Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Water Villa Group: Adaaran Prestige Resorts
Maldives’ Leading Hotel: Kurumba Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Tour Operator: Skytours Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Resort: Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Maldives’ Leading Spa Resort: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Maldives’ Leading Villa: Anantara Resort Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Water Villas: Adaaran Prestige Water Villas


Congratulation to Maldives and the winning Resorts.

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Maldives Summer Monsoon…the essential

Day 56. NORTH MALE ATOLL. When Monsoon brings very artistic skies…Divine Maldives…

Maldives sunset summer monsoon

Maldives sunset during summer monsoon | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

It’s June…
This is the time for the summer monsoon in Maldives. Named « Hulhangu » in Dhivehi ( Maldivian language), the summer monsoon often starts in May, reaches its peak around July/August and slowly disappear in October, followed by the winter monsoon ( “Iruvai” in Dhivehi).
The summer monsoon is considered as the strongest of both of them.
You will often experience strong to very strong shower rains. Winds are generally stable and strong too and blow West/ South-West.
During this period of the year, Maldives weather becomes very versatile.
Strong rains often follow a beautiful sunny morning. The weather can change in a few minutes…
Dark, rainy and very windy periods can be very short, but they can also go on for a few days and be immediately replaced by idyllic weather conditions.

Weather balance will remain very fragile all along the season. It is sometimes so humid that a bright Sun can suddenly disappear behind heavy dark threatening clouds.
Here, there is no rule and there never was. Climate changes also affect the Maldives and the phenomenon got stronger the past years.

However, the Summer monsoon also has its good sides !
It is the best times for windsurfing, kitesurfing, fishing and surfing.
But if you are neither a windsurfer, a surfer or a fisherman…and you are a fan of spectacular sunsets and photography, Maldives will also fulfill your wishes.
This is precisely during at this time of the year ( high humidity combined with strange cloudy skies) that Maldives will offer you her best Natural shows with breathtaking unforgettable sunsets…

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Maldives Resort | Dreamy Window

Day 50. SOUTH MALE ATOLL. Dreamy Window…..Another view from Paradise…Maldives

Maldives Resort with a lagoon view

Maldives Dreamy Window | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

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