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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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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 www.new7wonders.com, 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 !

Maldives 7 Nature Wonder

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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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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Maldives Reefs and Lagoons aerial view

Diving in Maldives at a glance
Maldives are undoubtedly a Paradise for divers and snorkelers.

The archipelago offers a wide range of undersea sites. The Ocean that surrounds Maldives can reach a depth of 4000 meters. Outside of atoll edges, reefs rapidly fall to abysses and can give vertigo to the most experimented diver.
On the other side, inside reefs offer ideal conditions, reaching an average of 50 meters depth. In Maldives, a few minutes of boat transfer are sometimes enough to bring you to the most exciting and rich diving sites. Some Resorts even possess at a close range, idyllic waters for a deep and breathtaking dive, giving the possibility to divers to reach out their exploration site directly from the beach.
For beginners, it will be the absolute occasion to feel their first scuba diving emotions. Maldivian lagoons are a must for a diving initiation. Such waters assure a safe and guaranteed opportunity to live high-emotion moments.
In Maldives, like a few other diving destination in the world (New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Bahamas….), scuba diving initiations can be done in lagoons without necessarily having to dive first in a swimming-pool, giving you a first glimpse of the abundant Sea Life of Maldives. Pristine, clear and calm waters will contribute to make you feel serene and confident.
Diving initiation prices vary according to the Resorts. You should expect an average of 50 euros -app.70 US- as a starting price for a 45 minutes to 1 hour experience.
If you believe that scuba diving is definitively not made for you, you will still be able to discover Maldives under sea marvels with a simple snorkel equipment.
In some Resorts, reefs can be explored and reached directly from the beach in front of your villa. The magic show starts after a few meters.
Tip : Ask to your travel agent for confirmation of existing nearby snorkeling spots. Any good travel agent must be able to inform you on this matter…and others.
If you book through the internet or directly with the Resort, do not hesitate to send them an e-mail with your question list.

So, let yourself be tempted.
White sandy beaches and swimming around in their lagoons might be enough to enjoy Maldives, but the experience will not be complete without having seen their amazing under sea life.
Maldives aerial photo

Maldives aerial photo | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

(Photo from Dreaming of Maldives Creative Collection)


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