To many travelers, the Maldives have long been synonymous with paradise. Whether you’re a honeymooner, scuba diver, or sun-seeking beach lover, Maldives will always be a welcoming place for anyone who visits its beautiful, warm turquoise waters and lush tropical islands. With its picture-perfect scenery, it’s no wonder that this tiny Indian Ocean archipelago has stood out as the ultimate in luxury holiday destinations.
The Maldives, sitting in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is a nation of more than 1,200 coral islands, usually grouped into “atolls”. There are 26 natural atolls in Maldives, most of them uninhabited, with the biggest concentration of resorts on Malé (Kaafu) Atoll, and a few other on Vaavu, Baa and Lhaviyani. Alifu (Ari) Atoll has been declared the new Tourism Zone of the Maldives, and the area has undergone recent construction to upgrade and build new resorts for the nation’s thriving tourism industry.
Only about 200 of these islands are populated, with the majority of the Maldivian population living in Male, the Maldivian capital. A few trendsetting restaurants and transit hotels can be found here, but there is no alcohol and little to appeal to the masses of hedonists arriving every week.
Instead, travelers head straight for exclusive island resorts located on islands all over the country, where various luxuries and amenities compete for attention with a brilliant transparent underwater world. Maldives holidays are quiet and private, with long lazy days filled by lounging in the sun, swimming, sunset drinks and the gentle rhythms of the waves merging with the tunes of local music. The Maldives deserve the attention of anyone looking for a uniquely indulgent break, with breathtaking scenery and sheer luxury that stays with you long after your holiday has ended.
Fun in the Sea
With access to the sea readily available, it’s not hard to guess that most of the activities here involve the water. You can swim for recreation, play water polo, and go surfing. Every single resort in the Maldives is equipped with a sports centre that provides a wide range of water sports activities. During the southwest monsoon season between June to September, the islands of the Maldives experience massive swells, making it a mecca for surf-enthusiasts from all over the world. The more popular breaks are located in the North and South Malé Atoll, with some other lesser-known breaks accessible through specialized surf cruises offered by cruise operators all over the country.
Thanks to a warm climate, the waters of the Maldives ensure crystal clear visibility that allow you to see fish passing by as far as fifty meters away. Maldives is also home to a series of ancient coral reefs of incredible natural beauty, which are home to over a thousand species of fish and other underwater creatures. In the Maldives you have the opportunity to see all kinds of marine life, from tiny shrimps and crabs to schools of glittering fishes, magnificent mantas and sharks.
Furthermore, you do not have to be a professional diver to enjoy scuba diving in Maldives. Resorts and safari boats provide basic to advanced training to allow even the most reluctant diver to enjoy the beauty of Maldivian underwater life. If you are not comfortable going into the water, you can try the Whale Submarine, a popular excursion which allows visitors to view underwater life on a reef from inside the submarine.
Sights to See
While Maldives is famed for its beach, sun and surf, there are also various historical monuments and exceptional cultural relics worth checking out. The Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), located in the capital of Maldives, is the oldest mosque in the country, dating back to 1656. The exterior of the property does not look very attractive, but the interior is superb and famed for its elaborate woodcarvings.
The small National Museum, a three-storey building in one corner of the Sultan’s Park, is also worth a visit. This is the only remaining part of the original sultan’s palace, and it hosts a large collection of historical artifacts depicting the history and rich cultural heritage of the country.
Honeymoon and Romance
The Maldives is the perfect setting for an intimate, secluded, private and most importantly, beautiful honeymoon or romantic interlude. The Maldives have plenty of options for newlyweds to choose from, whether it’s a luxury resort island or a private water bungalow. One common thread, however, will be the seclusion and privacy that you will experience in your celebration of love.
Dine under the stars with the sand beneath your toes and the rhythms of the sea in the backdrop. Head to a nearby-uninhabited island and enjoy it all by yourselves for the whole day. Laze around in your private villa as you enjoy a spa treatment right inside the room. The amazingly romantic and beautiful atmosphere will leave you yearning for more.
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In this issue
+ Luxurious Maldives
+ Singapore’s Top Restaurants
+ Kaleidoscopic Rajastan
+ Childhood Passion, Yellow Mountain
+ Romantic Interlude, Bali
+ Everlasting Love in Taiwan
+ It’s Amore! V-Day Traditions
+ Capturing Emotions
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A glamorous view can add a touch of flair and ambiance to any event. Open-air concept and seaside revelry, combined with fine gastronomic treat and intoxicating wine and you’ve got the perfect setting for a great night out. Continuing on the theme of romance, we follow our list of romantic Asian backdrops with a spotlight on Singapore. Here, we share with you a list of 8 amazing views in Singapore, perfect for that romantic dinner you have been planning all along.
Jaan at the Swissotel The Stanford is simply stunning. The entire restaurant is impeccably decorated, with fine linen and silk in seasonal colors, and sculptural crystal and silver chandelier. But above all else there is the view – full-length windows looking out over Singapore from 70 storey high. The setting is chic and modern, and thankfully the food also manages to live up to it, serving modern French cuisine that has won awards and accolades. If you need any more proof of the excellence on offer, here are a few – Jaan was ranked the 4th Best Restaurant in Asia by The Miele Guide 2009/2010, and ranked No 39 on the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 2010.
Sky on 57
Justin Quek, one of Singapore’s most celebrated chef, comes back to Singapore to helm The Sky on 57 a new restaurant at the newly minted Marina Bay Sands resort. Located on the highest point of the property, the restaurant will feature the pairing of Singapore and Asian food with his classic French cooking techniques and refined presentation style. That, complemented with amazing view from 200m above ground, will surely add a touch of flair and extravagance into your important occasion.
Perched atop the penthouse unit of ION Sky on Orchard Road, Salt Grill is celebrity chef Luke Mangan’s sixth venture in his global restaurant empire. The menu focuses on modern Australian cuisine and is startlingly simple, with emphasis on light and clean flavors that accentuate freshness and quality. But the view is nothing short of spectacular, with sweeping views of Singapore’s urban surrounds while you tuck into delicious Australian flavors.
At 282 meters above sea level, 1-Altitude stood proudly as the highest alfresco bar in the world. Occupying the top 2 floors and the roof of the OUB Building, the establishment is poised to be one of the most exciting dining and entertainment venues in Singapore. On the 61st floor is 282 and City Golf, an interactive sports lifestyle hub for the sports fanatic. Right above it is Stellar, a fine-dining restaurant, followed by the 1-Altitude Gallery and Bar on the roof. The view is magnificent, with 360-degree view of the city that is bound to mesmerize.
The Helipad is located at the top of Central Mall, located at the heart of Singapore’s party district Clarke Quay. The bar cum lounge is flash and hip, a popular jaunt for the stylish in-crowd to go for a drink before they hit the clubs partying. But you can opt for al-fresco seats right by the namesake helipad for a more relaxed atmosphere and a great view of the Singapore river and its busiest district.
Ku De Ta Singapore
Ku De Ta is a brand name in Bali, Indonesia – the ultra plush restaurant and lounge in Seminyak which draws the stylish crowd for a sunset drink, dinner and followed by all night partying. Its newest namesake has now opened – the Ku De Ta Singapore, swapping the sandy beach with a stunning view from the top of the iconic Sands SkyPark. The property is divided into three areas, each with their own niche offerings – the Restaurant, the Club Lounge and the Poolside Terrace.
The Lantern Bar is conceived by the architect as the highlight of The Fullerton Bay Hotel, and they certainly did not disappoint. The rooftop bar hosts a 25 meter pool set in lush tropical setting, with surrounding area furnished with faux rattan lounges, chairs and tables. The bar offers an excellent panoramic view of the bay and is the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon or a romantic revelry.
Enjoy a 90-minute fine-dining experience aboard the Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest observation wheel. Towering above Singapore’s iconic landmarks, the world’s first full-butler dinner service in the sky is bound to leave you breathless. The Singapore Flyer stands at 165 meters tall, making it a full 30 meters taller than the London Eye observation wheel.
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