Where You Go Star-spot­ting

The Mal­dives is the place to find your star.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Mahrukh Fa­rooq

The Mal­dives has in­vested money and re­sources for a place fit for


Pris­tine beaches with crys­tal-clear wa­ters as far as the eye can see, Mal­dives seems like some­thing straight out of Par­adise. Pre­vi­ously a haven for lost trav­el­ers, the shores of Mal­dives greet vis­i­tors with turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and lush green palm trees, promis­ing a sanc­tu­ary that is well away from the chaotic na­ture of city life. Termed ‘a ge­o­graph­i­cal marvel’, Mal­dives has a lit­tle some­thing for ev­ery­one, whether it’s a quiet time at the beach or an ex­cit­ing adventure spent ex­plor­ing fish around the is­land’s corals. This is prob­a­bly why, on an av­er­age, over 800,000 peo­ple visit the coun­try ev­ery year – a sub­stan­tial num­ber of which hap­pen to be some of the big­gest celebri­ties from around the world.

With land spread over a ter­ri­tory span­ning roughly 90,000 square kilo­me­ters and a pop­u­la­tion of over 300,000, the Mal­dives has earned the ti­tle of be­ing both the small­est Asian coun­try as well as the most ge­o­graph­i­cally dis­persed. The econ­omy is largely driven by the tourism in­dus­try which ac­counts for over 28% of the GDP and more than 60% of for­eign ex­change re­ceipts. Over 90% of the gov­ern­ment’s tax rev­enue comes from im­port du­ties and tourism-re­lated taxes. This has helped cre­ate di­rect and in­di­rect em­ploy­ment for a lot of other in­dus­tries, lead­ing to Mal­dives’ great­est achieve­ment – the 2010 World Travel Award for Best Hon­ey­moon Des­ti­na­tion. It’s no won­der, then, that the Mal­dives in­vests so much money and re­sources to be a place fit for the stars. The Science Be­hind Celebrity Re­treats

It is be­com­ing very com­mon for jet set­ting celebri­ties to fly off to breath­tak­ing lo­ca­tions such as the Mal­dives. Many of them are lucky enough to own is­lands which they have the priv­i­lege to es­cape to any time they wish. The rea­sons for them do­ing so can be many; some quiet time away from pains and pres­sures of be­ing a star, much needed R&R, re­cu­per­at­ing time fol­low­ing a messy breakup and qual­ity time with friends and fam­ily. Luck­ily for them, the Mal­dives is a place that en­com­passes all the fea­tures a typ­i­cal va­ca­tion spot is re­quired to have, and then some. So it doesn’t mat­ter what cat­e­gory th­ese celebri­ties may fit into, they can be sure to find ev­ery­thing they need on this beau­ti­ful ar­chi­pel­ago.

“One of the main rea­sons that stars keep com­ing to the Mal­dives is the iso­la­tion of­fered by the seclu­sion of some of the far-reach­ing is­lands,” ex­plains Jared Shel­don, travel con­tent writer for re­puted travel news web­site, Travel News Mal­dives. “For­tu­nately, for the stars, track­ing down a cou­ple some­where in 1,192 is­lands that span the dis­tance of the ar­chi­pel­ago is like find­ing a nee­dle in a haystack.”

Although the vast ex­panse of the Mal­dives gives celebri­ties a lot to choose from, there are a few re­sorts and vil­las that have be­gun to be known as ul­tra fa­mous celebrity haunts. Th­ese are: Con­rad Mal­dives Re­sort, Rangali Is­land

Fea­tured in Conde Nast Trav­eler’s 2013 Gold List of the Best 100 Ho­tels in the World and The World’s 10 Best Beach Ho­tels, Con­rad Mal­dives Re­sort on Rangali Is­land of­fers amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in the form of re­lax­ing spa re­treats as well as div­ing ex­cur­sions, lux­u­ri­ous sun­set cruises, big game

It is be­com­ing very com­mon for jet set­ting celebri­ties to fly off to breath­tak­ing lo­ca­tions such as the Mal­dives.

fish­ing ex­pe­di­tions and lo­cal is­land hop­ping trips. Anan­tara Ikharah Vil­las, Mal­dives

This re­sort boasts a whop­ping to­tal of 78 vil­las, re­plete with pri­vate pools lo­cated on the beach and over wa­ter. It even in­cludes sev­eral luxury vil­las and res­i­dences that are ideal for fam­i­lies along with a stunning Over and Un­der Wa­ter Dining Com­plex and Over Wa­ter Spa. One & Only Reethi Rah Re­sort

The ul­ti­mate choice for celebri­ties ev­ery­where be­cause of its serene and peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment, the One & Only Reethi Rah sports 128 pri­vate re­sort vil­las ei­ther on the beach sur­rounded by lush trop­i­cal green­ery or set above the clear wa­ters of the la­goon. Styled as per con­tem­po­rary de­sign, the One & Only Reethi Rah Re­sort is con­sid­ered to be amongst the largest re­sort vil­las in the world. The writer is an as­sis­tant edi­tor at Slo­gan and has an in­ter­est in ad­ver­tis­ing, me­dia and public re­la­tions.

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