Where You Go Star-spotting
The Maldives is the place to find your star.
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.