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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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Aerial Photo of the Maldives, this morning…

Photo of the Maldives from the sky,flying this morning with Maldivian, the National Company.
We wanted to share with you what we saw from the plane this morning, flying from extreme South to Male. 10 years flying above these marvels, and we never get bored…Aren’t they Georgeous ?

Maldives aerial photo

Aerial Photo of the Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

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The Maldives, 4th in the finalists of the Vote for the New 7 Wonders of Nature

Maldives aerial photo of the islands

Maldives aerial photo | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

Have you ever heard of The World 7 Wonders ?

Can you name them ?…No ?
So here is the list :
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

This famous list will surely remain forever the same in the memories.
But, what is the point with Maldives ?  Well, if you want to know more, read carefully the following:

The New7Wonders Foundation was established in 2001 by the Swiss-born Canadian filmmaker, author and adventurer travel lover Bernard Weber to contribute to the protection of the worlds human-built and natural heritage and to foster respect for our planet’s diversity and beauty.

The finalist list is essentially based on votes from World citizens like you and me.

This project offers 2 possibilities of listing :

The Official New 7 Wonders of the World.


The Official New 7 Wonders of Nature.

The Maldives are officially in the 28 finalists and remain ranked as 4th for the past weeks !

The Reserve List contains nominees from the second phase of the Official New7Wonders of Nature that qualified as one of the top 77 nominees from over 440 nominees participating.

Here on Dreaming of Maldives Blog, we obviously wish that Maldives would finish in the top 3.
Do you also believe that Maldives should be at the top of this original and beautiful list ?

So, just click on the link, and you will be automatically redirected  to the new7Wonders website.

Follow the steps to vote (-attention : you must register to vote – ) for Maldives and your 6 other favorite Nature Wonders !

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Vote for Maldives as 7 Nature Wonder

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Heart-Shaped Reef in Maldives. Aerial Photo

The dream never stops here, on Dreaming of Maldives blog…

In exclusivity for you, a unique aerial photo of a Heart-Shaped reef in one Atoll of Maldives.

Aerial photo of a Heart-shaped Reef in Maldives

Aerial photo of a Heart-shaped Reef in Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

Undoubtedly, flying above Maldives is an incomparable experience.

There is no better way to observe the infinite mosaic of islands and reefs spreading along the 90000 km 2 ( 35 000 sq mi) of this fabulous archipelago.

In Maldives, aerial views are truly breathtaking. From the sky,  islands and reefs look like tiny green and ivory spots, surrounded by turquoise waters and gracefully lying on the deep blue color of the sea.  Even from the sky, lagoons are so transparent that we can, sometimes, observe groups of fishes swimming around in their labyrinths of corals.

Formed over hundreds of thousands of years on volcanoes’ sinking remains, the 26 atolls of Maldives will surely astonish you, not only by their indisputable beauty, but also by their aspect and variety of shapes.  Their splendor, even after several flights above the archipelago, will always surprise you and never make you lose your enthusiasm.

In Maldives, in her quest for Perfection, Nature drew fabulously shaped islands and reefs.

This unique photo of a small  heart-shaped coral reef, spotted during one of our photoflights, is again another testimony of Maldives beauty.

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The Best Spa in the World is in Maldives

The Best Spa in the World, in the category Beach Resort, is in Maldives at Island Hideaway Spa Resort and Marina.

Island Hideaway Maldives Aerial Photo | © Sakis Papadopoulos

Island Hideaway Maldives aerial photo, Best Spa in the World

The Resort was again awarded with another prestigious Trophy  ( Island Hideaway was recently awarded as the “Indian Ocean Leading Villa” see my previous article of November 2009) during the The Senses Wellness Awards ( International Reference in Wellness Segment) 12th Edition.

Island Hideaway Maldives best Spa in the World

Island Hideaway Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

The Senses Wellness Awards were presented in Berlin, before the ITB fair (the place to be for new Tourism Trends) on March 11th to honour the world’s best wellness oases and spas.

Island Hideaway Maldives best spa World

Island Hideaway Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

The Resort was chosen among a panel of nearly 500 Hotels and Resorts worldwide

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