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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 :

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.

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

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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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Luxury in Maldives. Spa or Cruising Boat ?

Day 47 in Maldives. ARI ATOLL.
Luxury Moment in Maldives. Is it a Spa or a Cruising boat ?
Do you have an idea ? Let us a comment !

Maldives spa or cruising boat

Luxury in Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

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Maldives Resort | Water Villa with lagoon View

We are in Maldives for 10 days.
Current position : North Maldives. Noonu Atoll.

After a few grey days, the sky is clear again. Colors are bright…as usual. 32 degrees C ( 90 degrees F).  A light sea breeze refresh us.

Starting from today and during all our journey, we will introduce you a Room with a View.
Sunday April 25th
NOONU ATOLL. Water Villa…

Maldives Water Villa with lagoon View

Maldives.Noonu Atoll. Water Villa with lagoon View | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

Noonu Atoll is located North Maldives, at 40 minutes seaplane flight away from Male.

Wild and unspoiled, the Atoll still counts very few Resorts.

Northern Atolls nature offers a different landscape. Islands generally have a few or no coconut trees with a low and dense vegetation.

Noonu Atoll is part of the unknown Atolls of the archipelago, due to a very recent Resort development and distance from Male International Airport.
As most of the unknown places in the world, Nature here remains untouched. The feeling of being at the end of the world is absolute.

Noonu Atoll, together with many Northern Atolls are also famous for their rich and various diving sites. Divers often come to this part of Maldives for shark observation.

Definitively a place to experience…

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Asia chose Maldives as Best Diving Sites in the World

2009 and 2010 are the Years of Maldives !

Diver in Maldives jumping in lagoon

Diving in Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

The largest diving and beach resort exhibition in Asia, the Marine Diving Fair, was held in Tokyo Japan, from April 2nd until April 04th 2010.

During this 2 days,  Maldives were awarded twice during the Yearly Dive & Travel Awards 2010 Ceremony. The Awards are based on judgement and votes from the thousands of readers of the 2 famous Diving Magazines “Travel Diver” and “Marine Diving” as a “Reader’s Choice Award”.

At the top of the list this year, Maldives won the Awards for :

  • “Best Diving Area” among very strong candidates as the World famous dive favourites Palau in the Pacific Ocean and Ishigaki Island in Japan ( famous for their 65 beautiful and rich diving sites).
  • “Best Dreaming Area” against the fabulous French Polynesia and one more time Palau.

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