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Mal­dives Ma­nia - no limit to ex­pe­ri­ences in the In­dian ocean, from glid­ing the cur­rents in a sub­ma­rine to ice skat­ing on the beach; Un­ravel Bhutan’s se­duc­tive and se­cluded re­gions with Six Senses and Amankora; Step aside White House and say hello to Ver­sace’s Villa Ca­sua­r­ina in USA; Phu Quoc is a glory of fine din­ing, com­fort foods and fine views; Ta­ble Bay Ho­tel, set amidst Cape Town’s dra­matic coast­line turns 21; Turk­ish Riviera any­one? Six Senses Ka­plankaya gives Europe a run for their money; Dine amongst works of art when at Cap-fer­rat; Pas­sion and love be­hind Museè du Par­fum Frag­o­nard’s ob­jects d’art; May­fair’s The Square blends a sym­phony of flavours; Lux­u­ri­ously sail along Mekong aboard Gypsy and Flores sea on a phin­isi; Kuala Lumpur, a re­lax­ing des­ti­na­tion with an ever ex­pand­ing 5-star of­fer­ing; Dance, swim, drink and cre­ate in Bali’s party clubs; Ev­ery­one’s favourite city Bangkok and ev­ery­one’s favourite Banyan Tree meet at rooftop Moon Bar.

The azure seas of the Mal­dives en­chant in ex­cit­ing new ways that will find you breath­lessly blow­ing up your In­sta­gram feed with un­be­liev­able ad­ven­tures of a life­time.

Be­gin with a flight un­der­wa­ter in a sub­ma­rine built for three on Four Sea­sons Re­sort Mal­dives at Lan­daa Gi­raavaru. The Su­per Fal­con 3S sub­ma­rine takes you and two of your besties on a dra­matic odyssey un­der the sea – bring­ing ideas of Cap­tain Nemo and the Nau­tilus to life. Fly through azure wa­ters to lit­er­ally im­merse your­self in the beauty of the atolls and the UNESCO Bio­sphere Re­serve the way they are meant to be ex­pe­ri­enced––up-close and per­sonal through 360-de­gree view­ing domes. Ex­clu­sively for kids over seven years old with fif­teen-hun­dred dol­lars to play with. A knowl­edge­able pi­lot en­gages ad­ven­tur­ers with real-time in­sights into the coral for­ma­tions and sea life, in­clud­ing sharks, dol­phins, rays, and tur­tles.

Can’t get enough of life un­der the sea? You’ll def­i­nitely en­joy a unique tidal gallery space cre­ated by renown en­vi­ron­men­tal sculp­tor Ja­son de­caires Tay­lor, that cre­ates a trans­for­ma­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for guests at the Fair­mont Mal­dives Sirru Fen Fushi. Seek­ing to tell sto­ries of the sea while sav­ing it too, the Co­ralar­ium mar­ries art while heal­ing lo­cal ma­rine life. As time moves over the gor­geous struc­ture, the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment it­self will cre­ate its own art­work with a chang­ing patina and al­gae coloni­sa­tion. The roof of the un­der­wa­ter art in­stal­la­tion made out of Jes­monite sculp­tures––part-hu­man, part-plant, part-coral––con­nects the sky and sea, al­low­ing the Co­ralar­ium to bridge the space be­tween worlds.

But maybe you’d pre­fer skat­ing away over­wa­ter in­stead. At Jumeirah Vit­taveli noth­ing says Mal­dives like ice skat­ing. Ice, Ice Maybe, the first ice rink in the Mal­dives, will have you pass­ing on the vanilla and go­ing straight for the rum. Last March, Olympic Gold medal­ist Ey­geni Plushenko ac­com­pa­nied by his wife and chil­dren, wowed guests with a stel­lar, ath­letic in­au­gu­ral per­for­mance. The man­u­fac­ture of the ice plates aims at the re­sort’s heart for sus­tain­abil­ity, for­go­ing tra­di­tional ice rink tech­nol­ogy for cut­ting-edge, com­plex molec­u­lar syn­thet­ics that func­tion with­out wa­ter and at a zero-en­ergy level. At 170 square me­tres there’s plenty of room to play hockey, prac­tice skat­ing rou­tines or just take in breath­tak­ing, above-wa­ter views from the ring­side seats.

Lat­est in Lux­ury Ex­pe­ri­encesOdyssey un­der the sea in Four Sea­son’s Su­per Fal­con 3S sub­ma­rine Un­der­wa­ter art in­stal­la­tion, The Co­ralar­ium, at Fair­mont Mal­dives First ice skat­ing rink in Jumeirah Vit­taveli, Mal­dives

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