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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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Sunset on a Sandbank in Maldives.

It is 06.00 pm in Maldives.

The time for contemplation…
The time for wonder…
Sometimes, the time for reflection too.

At this time of the day, all Maldives resorts –  3, 4, and 5 stars –  live at the same rhythm, in the same smooth, romantic and tranquil atmosphere.

At this time, all Holiday makers of the islands stop their activities to stare at the horizon.

At 06.00 pm, at the equator, the light becomes so particular, so remarkable and so amazing, that such moment can not be missed.

It is time for the long-awaited Sunset.

Sunset on a sandbank in Maldives

Sunset on a sandbank in Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

It is the time when, close to the beach, terraces at the resort cafes are mostly crowded.
Some resorts have a special music program adapted to the magic of the moment. Others will let the moment as it is… In silence.

If you stay in a resort provided with a sandbank, you will definitively have to get there at this time. And be sure not to forget your favorite drink !
You will often find yourself alone or in a tiny group, as the sandbank relative “distance” – a few hundreds of meters – together with the nonchalance of the islands often dissuade most of the people from going there.

No sandbank in your resort ?
Well, do not worry, magic and tranquility are still guaranteed.
In Maldives, even during the highest season, you will always find a hidden and desert piece of beach,  at any time of the day.

The perfect combination of  the resorts sweet Rhythm of Life and clever infrastructures is the best to create  idyllic hideaways.

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Photo of Maldives | Aerial View of a private deck

Aerial Photo of a Private deck in a Resort of Maldives.

Are you tired of the crowd ? Fed up with cars, noise and pollution ?

Do you want a total and absolute retreat away from the confusion that is going on around you ?

Then no doubt that this marvellous isolated place spotted from the air in Maldives,  in one of the Resort of the archipelago,  is the perfect solution  for you :

Maldives aerial photo of a private deck in the lagoon

Maldives aerial photo of a private deck in the lagoon | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos


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Dreaming of Maldives…A Photo of a Magical moment .

Dreaming of Maldives…Just for pleasure, enjoy an unique and magical moment in Maldives.

Photo of a double Rainbow on a Maldivian lagoon

Photo of a double rainbow in Maldives

Photo of a double rainbow in Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

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Shark Fishing officially banned in Maldives. The story, the facts…

The question of shark protection in Maldives is not from yesterday but started more than 10 years ago…

Shark in Maldives lagoon

Baby shark in Maldives Lagoon | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

We estimate that app. 800 000 tons  of sharks are fished or massacred around the World per Year.

Indian Ocean and Pacific are the main sources of this activity.

In Maldives, shark fishing was first done to take the oil of shark livers in order to maintain boats.

Shark eating is not in the local food tradition.

Shark fishing has widely and rapidly developed itself to answer to the huge request from many known Asiatic countries. Along years, the activity became a very lucrative fishing industry, after tuna fishing in Maldives.

But sharks are also one of the main reasons for several thousands of visitors to stay in Maldives.

Shark observation is an extraordinary asset and  attraction of the Maldivian islands that has brought millions to the Maldivian government.

This major income together with the slow and terrible disappearance of sharks ( sharks are considered as near extinct species ) brought Maldivian Authorities to face the problem and wonder about it, since the beginning of 90’s with requests for scientific surveys on the subject.

As a matter of fact, sharks were already protected in Maldives, but only in a delimited area -app.7 atolls- decided according to levels of tourist frequentation. But as good and praiseworthy was the decision ( a few countries participate to shark survival), the  zone of protection was still very small in comparison to the total size of the Maldivian archipelago.

After almost 15 years of negotiations, petitions, scientific surveys, foundations of shark rescue groups and protestations, the Maldives belong since yesterday,  March 01st 2010,  to the (too) small group of countries that entirely protect sharks.

It is now official : Shark fishing is forbidden everywhere in Maldives !

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Windsurfing in Maldives, Funboarding in Maldives, Kitesurfing in Maldives…all pleasures allowed !

Windsurfing in Maldives-funboard

Windsurfing in Maldives-funboard | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

Windsurf  lovers…make your choice and get ready for MAGICAL times.

Maldives are mostly known for snorkeling and diving.

But what about windsurfing, funboarding and kitesurfing ?

Sailing on Maldives pristine lagoons is a must and will definitively offer unique sensations to both beginners and advanced. But surprisingly, despite of their amazing natural assets, Maldives still did not receive  the recognition they deserve also on this matter.

2 consecutive years of windsurfing in Maldives gave me the chance to experience totally magical and unique moments on their blue lagoons. Maldives are indeed a Paradise to play with the wind and  I believe that more facts, information and advises should be given.

Some of the following information might be totally new for you.

But before starting, I wish to outline that beyond diving and snorkeling, Maldives are also known for being an ideal surfing spot. This activity would obviously deserve to be focused on, but surfing does not require the same spot conditions,  logistic and holiday routing plan. Surfing in Maldives is a vast subject that will be developed in a future article. Let’s concentrate here on windsurf, funboard and kitesurf.

On the other side Water skiing and Jet skiing are less common in Maldives. I will also post about this subject later on. A little patience….

Windsurfing, Funboarding, Kitesurfing in Maldives, all pleasures allowed and highly recommended !

A few facts, information and advises :

Can I practice such activities in Maldives ?

YES. Absolutely. But not everywhere. The possibility to practice depends mainly on the equipment and assistance on location. Mostly, all resorts have a Water sport center to offer, but they differ from each other in matter of quality and  choice of equipment. Furthermore, resorts with very small lagoons will eventually not provide them or partially.

The material

In general, resorts do have material at disposal. Among others, they offer basic windsurf equipment – varying from the old to more recent models – funboard equipment – varying also according to the islands – and last but not least,  kitesurf gear. For information kitesurf  is quite recent in Maldives and is getting more and more widespread in the archipelago.

You can of course bring your own material with you. Some Airline Companies, like Emirates assure the transport for free, but at certain conditions ( refer to emirates and/or your travel agent for more information and reconfirmation)

  1. Material must not be more than 9.84 feet long.
  2. Material must be correctly and securely packed.
  3. Material weight must be part of your checked baggage allowance.

How can I be sure to find good material on location ?

It is difficult to answer for sure. Detailed information about resort water sport equipments are not that easy to find.  Keep in mind that all equipments are quite always subject to an extra fee.

Some resorts put at disposal ideal gears to have a fantastic ride, meanwhile some others just offer the minimum acceptable to enjoy it. On this matter, I strongly advice you to get information and confirmation with the hotel or via your travel agent. Pay attention, resort category does not matter in this case. I saw very nice water sport centers in simple 3 stars resorts !

I am a beginner, can I learn windsurf and Kitesurf in Maldives ?

Yes. Quite all resorts have material for beginners. Some of them also offer small sails for an easier start.

Differences between services in resorts mainly resides in their ability to offer a good instruction team and the natural assets of the island itself. But again, it has nothing to do with the category of the resort.

If instructors are not guaranteed everywhere, you have chances to meet a friendly and helpful Maldivian at the water sport center who will be happy to teach you the basic.

Concerning the island environment, you should prefer an island with a large lagoon, not to crowded with corals;  All Maldivian islands do not offer this particularity.

You will have to be careful with the numerous snorkelers and swimmers who will also enjoy the beauty of  Maldives paradisiacal  lagoons.

Is it dangerous to practice them ?

Alike any water sport activity, some basic rules have to be kept in mind and some of them must not be forgotten for your own safety and of course the safety of others.

Firstly, even if you believe you are a confirmed windsurfer or kitesurfer, do not go too far from your island. Please inform the team at the water sport center about your ride plan, the weather and check if there is a safety boat. Ask also if rescue will be extra charged on your bill.

Any spot in the world ( particularly tropical destinations with corals) has its own defect : corals, narrow and difficult reef channels, various lagoon depths, currents but also sudden wind changes, mostly during the monsoon, that might be sometimes destabilizing, mainly if you left the beach with a big sail. You can easily find yourself in a very delicate position, subject to currents, tough winds and very rough seas. Again, listen carefully the water sport member(s), they know their lagoons like no other.

Finally, respect snorkelers, divers and swimmers who are obviously king of the destination.

Kitesurfing in Maldives

Kitesurf in Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

What are the best resorts in Maldives for windsurf, funboard and kitesurf ?

Sliding on the incredibly turquoise and transparent lagoons of Maldives is an absolute pleasure. You will be amazed by the extraordinary pristine waters  that will run under your board. According to the spot…and if it is your lucky day, you will be able to see many fishess and even stingrays passing by as you slalom.

To be able to live the ultimate sliding sensation in Paradise, you should choose a resort featuring a wide lagoon. Most of  resort websites show aerial views of the island and it should give you a good idea of the spot. Do not forget the fantastic observation tool of Google Earth.

From my personal experience, I will keep in memory the following islands : Rihiveli, Velassaru, Baros, Meedhupparu, Medhufushi, Kuramathi, White Sands- (prev. Ari Beach) among others. All these resorts have absolutely wonderful and perfect lagoons for windsurf, funboard and Kitesurf.

Maldives windsurfing conditions are generally better for a smooth and fantastic slalom. Waves are not their best asset and can be found outside house reefs, but you need to be well prepared and again to check with the water sport team.

I believe it is also worth mentioning that you will rarely windsurf or kitesurf in crowded conditions. Often alone or with tiny groups, the lagoon is yours and the pleasure is complete.

What is the best season to enjoy windsurf, funboard and kitesurf in Maldives ?

Beginners can enjoy them and learn all year long.

Advanced will rather come during the monsoon, between May and October( low season in Maldives- due to the high probabilities of bad weather), when winds are more regular and strong to very strong.  Skies turn dark, lagoons take a fascinating bright turquoise color. The contrast is then amazing and worth being seen.

The rest of the year, approximately from October until April, high season in Maldives, generally proposed as best period to travel is more random.

But rains and winds ( small depressions) still can occur…it is unpredictable.


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