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Just a 20-minute boat ride from Male airport and surrounded by crystal clear waters is Gili Lankanfushi. With a Robinson Crusoe barefoot luxury philosophy, this award-winning eco-resort is a destination within a destination.  

The whole Gili experience is seamless and from the moment you arrive, you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of life.   It’s intimate and luxurious with a castaway vibe.   As you set foot on the jetty you are greeted by your Mr or Ms Friday, a dedicated butler whose job is to ensure your stay is second to none. 

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With just 45 sumptuous overwater villas, including seven Crusoe Residences and The Private Reserve, it feels like a private paradise.    The overwater villas are nothing short of fabulous, with split-level decking that opens out directly onto the ocean.  Inside the generous space comprises of an open-air lounge, bedroom and an impressive bathroom with an outdoor shower, free-standing bath and double sink facing floor-to-ceiling windows.  The private roof terrace is the ideal spot to soak up a spectacular sunset.

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One of the standout features of Gili is its world-class spa and wellness facilities.  Tucked away on a secluded bay and perched across the ocean is Meera Spa, a tranquil haven designed to bring the outdoors in with glass-panelled floors, endless views of turquoise waters and open-air walkways.  Here you can experience a customised wellness programme that incorporates a range of global therapies, drawing on age-old cultures and knowledge.  

To celebrate the launch of their new spa and wellness menu, House of Coco caught up with spa manager, Ni Wayan Eka Rianti to find out more.

Rianti tells me that unlike other spas, Meera is focussed on creating a bespoke wellness experience that is tailormade to suit guests’ needs.  “In addition to our diverse range of treatments, spanning relaxation, Ayurveda, body and face care, journeys and therapeutic treatments, our skilled therapists curate personalised experiences modified to each individual’s needs.”    There are immersive one-to-five-day wellness journeys, that include a range of curated restorative experiences with long-lasting benefits. Journeys range from a lavish five-day detox retreat, aimed to purify body and mind with a host of treatments and healing experiences, to a one-day Ayurvedic remedy journey, which revives weary travellers through therapeutic massage. New active programmes combine surfing or scuba diving with tailored spa treatments to allow guests to reach their full potential whether under the sea or riding the waves.  Rianti concludes, “Our team goes beyond traditional therapy, they become your wellness buddy treating you with genuine smiles, love and care.”

Away from the classic massage, the spa team has designed a collection of distinctive treatments.  Rianti explains, “Our Deep Muscle Fusion is a massage created for athletic, sporty guests who require complex techniques including stretching, myofascial release and trigger points to address stiffness and detox lactic acid.”  In addition to this, launching in April is a Pairing Journey.  “This is a synergy of Eastern and Western traditions that enhances the overall benefit of the treatment. This approach is adapted from the Five Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Wind). For example, Earth Journey will help the guest feel grounded and calm with Shirodara and foot reflexology massage.” She says. 

For anyone feeling jetlagged or struggling to sleep the spa team are on hand to help.  Their Mindful Sleep Journey is designed to enhance the quality of sleep incorporating breathing exercises, sound healing, relaxing massage and aromatherapy.

Throughout the year, visiting practitioners specialising in healing and wellbeing take residency at Gili hosting curated programmes.  Rianti explains, “Previous practitioners have included energy healers, reiki specialists, Watsu therapists, acupuncturists, and crystal sound healers. Our ever-changing roster of visiting practitioners represents Gili’s commitment to offering world-class service and amenities amid the tropical splendour of our island.”

The eco-conscious ethos of Gili Lankanfushi extends to the spa, Rianti tells me that sustainability is at the heart of their operations.  “We have aligned with VOYA, Sodashi and Ocean R, a product line committed to sustainability and eco-friendly practices. Furthermore, we foster partnership with several local brands to contribute and support the local business community.”  She concludes, “Some ingredients used in our treatments are sourced internally from the resort’s organic garden.”

What sets Meera apart from other resort spas is not only the amazing treatments but the way the natural beauty and surroundings are showcased.  “Each of the treatment rooms has strategically placed glass panels, positioned directly below massage beds so guests can enjoy the beauty of the ocean while experiencing a relaxing touch at the same time,” says Rianti.   The Ayurveda champa is an outdoor treatment room covered by lush green bushes by the beach.  Here guests can indulge in a treatment with natural sounds of birds, wind and the sea.   Rianti tells me that one of the guest’s favourite spots is the relaxation area.  “You can relish in unobstructed views, watching the waves breaking on the reef while sipping our signature ginger tea post treatment.”

Gili Lankafushi is a luxe oasis for discerning travellers looking for a relaxing, rejuvenating retreat.

Nightly rates at Gili Lankanfushi start from £1,397/$1,722 based on two adults sharing a Villa Suite with breakfast included. For more information or to book please visit Gili Lankanfushi

House of Coco travelled to the Maldives via Dubai with Emirates.  London Heathrow to Male return is £1,749. This is based on Premium Economy from London Heathrow to Dubai and then Economy from Dubai to Male. Prices subject to change. 

If you’re dreaming of a tropical getaway that transcends the ordinary, look no further than Six Senses Laamu. Ensconced within the pristine beauty of the Maldives, this luxurious resort offers an experience that goes beyond your typical fly-and-flop vacation. From the stunning decor of the villas to the diverse culinary delights, and a plethora of activities to indulge in, Six Senses Laamu is a haven for those seeking relaxation, adventure, and rejuvenation.

Getting there

Your journey to relaxation begins long before you arrive at Six Senses Laamu. If every good holiday starts at the airport, then flying Emirates Premium Economy sets the perfect tone for your getaway.  You get a generous baggage allowance, and a seamless travel experience, with priority check-in and boarding making the journey as stress-free as possible. Say goodbye to long queues and hectic terminals, here, the journey is just as enjoyable as the destination.

Once onboard settle into one of the buttery soft cream leather seats that are 19.5 inches wide, with a pitch of up to 40 inches and additional legroom, allowing you to stretch out and catch up on your sleep. 

Use your flight time to enjoy a movie or your favourite box-set from over 5,000 channels. The expansive, high-resolution 13.3” screen and noise-cancelling headphones provide a cinematic experience, turning your seat into a private entertainment haven.

And let’s not forget about the food because every good journey should be accompanied by delicious cuisine. There’s an extensive globally inspired menu and complimentary drinks including premium wines and champagne.   All meals are served on chinaware, accompanied by stainless steel cutlery wrapped in a linen napkin.

Sit back, relax, and by the time you reach the Maldives you will be refreshed and ready to start your holiday.

The Resort

Touch down on the jetty at Six Senses Laamu via the Sea Turtle, their private sea plane transfer from Male where you’ll be greeted with warm smiles and genuine hospitality. Here you’ll meet your Guest Experience Manager or GEM who will give you the low-down on all the essential information you need for smooth stay.  Your GEM is on speed dial and can help with everything from restaurant reservations to making sure you have the pillows of choice to ensure a good night sleep.

The island is a sprawling haven of luxury that epitomises the essence of understated opulence.  The style is rustic chic, with a harmonious fusion of contemporary design elements and traditional Maldivian architecture. It has been designed to blend seamlessly with its natural surroundings, with spacious villas scattered along the pristine beaches and perched over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

The Accommodation

Picture yourself waking up to the gentle sound of waves lapping against the shore, with the soft hues of the ocean merging effortlessly with the earthy tones of your private overwater villa.   The internal décor uses lots of dark wood and natural fabrics juxtaposed with fresh white linen and accents of lime.   Space is in abundance, split level decking with an infinity pool and lounge area wraps across the back of the villa with direct access to the ocean.  The deck leads up to an outdoor shower and bathroom, complete with a glass bottom bath. Whether you opt for an overwater villa or a beachfront hideaway, you’ll find yourself surrounded by unparalleled comfort and luxury.

Food and Drink

At Six Senses, dining is an experience to savour.  Unlike some of its Maldivian neighbours, Laamu has a range of restaurants offering everything from international cuisine to local delicacies, there’s something to tantalise every palate.

Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the turquoise waters at Longitude, it’s a great spot to see dolphins, turtles and marine life.   Indulge in a leisurely lunch by the main pool at Sip Sip, with a laid-back beach bar vibe you can soak up the sun with a cocktail and a selection of light bites and main plates.  They serve a mean woodfired pizza and homemade burger.  When it comes to dinner you are spoiled for choice, each of the fabulous four restaurants delivers a unique experience.  Leaf is particularly standout and a firm favourite of mine.  This treehouse style, adult only restaurant serves Mediterranean inspired gourmet cuisine.  The chefs here are culinary wizards, weaving magic with the freshest ingredients sourced locally and from the resort’s own organic garden.  The menu changes daily and features tender cuts of beef to seafood delicacies, every dish is a masterpiece.

Those with a sweet tooth will love the Ice and Chocolate studio.  Take a trip post lunch, to the complimentary al fresco ice cream and sorbet parlour that serves a whopping 48 unique flavours.  They’re all homemade using natural ingredients and are the ultimate treat to help you stay cool.

Things to do in Six Senses Laamu

There’s a whole array of activities to keep you entertained and engaged throughout your stay. Explore the vibrant marine life with a snorkelling or diving excursion, the house reef is spectacular, corals are rich in colour and brimming with marine life.  Discover secrets of the sea at The Maldives Underwater Initiative, SHELL, a stunning visual and interactive experience that showcases the marine environment.  Here a cool team of marine biologists conduct innovative research in the lab facilities and take guests on an extraordinary journey into the ocean. 

We can’t talk about Six Senses and not mention wellbeing.  The brand is synonymous with health and wellness and as you would imagine is part of the resort’s DNA, for those looking to indulge in some self-care you can head to the spa where you can book in for an integrated wellness screening, enjoy a treatment and consult with the spa team to create a bespoke wellbeing programme. The spa makes full use of the outdoor space with uniquely designed treatment ‘nests’ dotted along the beach or among the lush landscape.   

Hop onboard the luxury yacht, Sense of Escape and enjoy a private dolphin cruise against the backdrop of a pink Maldivian sunset.  Sip champagne and appreciate the views while your guide shares stories and local knowledge as the crew lookout for dolphins.  For a more romantic cruise you can sail the Indian ocean on a Dhoni.  This traditional Maldivian boat glides out just before sunset, drinks and canapes are served while you lay back relax and take in the ever-changing colours of the sky.

For the more adventurous souls, there are opportunities for surfing, kayaking, and water-skiing.   The Ocean Wings Watersports Centre offers a variety of options for aqua lovers. The experienced instructors will help you get familiar with the equipment and give you inside tips to improve your technique.

Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or simply a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this idyllic retreat offers a slice of luxury and an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and nature. So go ahead, pack your bags, and embark on the ultimate getaway where every experience is designed to delight the senses.

For more information on bookings at Six Senses, Laamu please contact reservations-maldives@sixsenses.com or visit the website

House of Coco travelled to the Maldives via Dubai with Emirates.  London Heathrow to Male return is £1,749. This is based on Premium Economy from London Heathrow to Dubai and then Economy from Dubai to Male. Prices subject to change. 

When you think of the Maldives, what comes to mind? Crystal-clear waters, pristine white sand beaches, and overwater bungalows perfectly tailored for romantic getaways, right? While it’s true that the Maldives has long been synonymous with honeymooners and couples seeking a romantic escape, there’s so much more to this tropical paradise than meets the eye.

While it’s great for relaxing and taking time out, each resort has unique experiences to spark your sense of adventure, stoke your senses and light your imagination.   Two resorts that excel in personalised experiences and deliver in abundance are Gili Lankanfushi and Six Senses Laamu.  Both resorts serve up lashings of luxury, plum sunsets, pink skies and azure waters but what sets them apart from their Maldivian neighbours is the exceptional experiences.  Here’s my favourite things to do in the Maldives.

Discover an underwater world at Six Senses Laamu

One of the things that sets Six Senses Laamu apart from the other resorts is the spectacular house reef that hugs the edge of the island, coupled with a state-of-the-art immersive research facility and you have a unique marine experience that lets you take a deep dive into ocean life.  

The Maldives Underwater Initiative (MUI) by Six Senses Laamu is a collaboration of marine biologists from the resort and three partnered NGOs; the Manta Trust, Blue Marine Foundation and the Olive Ridley Project. The Sea Hub of Environmental Learning in Laamu (SHELL), home to MUI, is a stunning visual and interactive experience that showcases the marine environment.  Here a cool team of marine biologists conduct innovative research in the lab facilities and take guests on an extraordinary journey into the ocean.  This awesome facility wouldn’t look out of place at the Science Museum.  Full sized manta’s hang from the ceiling, while a series of dedicated informative stations are dotted around, jam packed with fun facts and statistics on the mysteries of the ocean and those who inhabit it.

The SHELL is home to an interactive room designed for guests to discover the secrets of Laamu and the underwater world. Highlights include an augmented reality sandbox which allows you to change and redesign habitats and topography using projection mapping technology. There’s a nifty little piece of animation kit that lets you get creative and watch your favourite marine creatures come alive on a large screen and watch them swim in a virtual world.  I came away with a plethora of facts and a better understanding of the ocean.

Following some time exploring the SHELL you can get up close and personal with sharks, parrotfish and green turtles at the house reef.  Private tours are available for beginners as well as seasoned divers and snorkelers.  

The coral reefs of the Laamu atoll are rich in colour and brimming with marine life. I took a snorkel tour with the resident marine biologist who knows all the best spots along the reef to get a glimpse of Nemo and the impressive eagle rays.  I spent over an hour exploring the stunning coral garden coming face to face with oriental sweetlips, a moray eel, schools of needlefish and pretty Moorish idols.  It’s easy to get lost in this breathtaking world.   

Whether you are a marine enthusiast or a novice, I’ll guarantee you’ll quickly fall in love with the ocean and this is without a doubt the most impressive snorkelling sites of the atoll.

Experience your own private jungle cinema

Upon arrival at Gili Lankanfushi you are assigned your own Mr Friday, a dedicated butler service to ensure that your stay and experience is second to none.  I can vouch that this is very much the case, with my Mr Friday going above and beyond to make sure my stay was nothing short of incredible, recommending a series of unique experiences to enhance your stay.  My Mr Friday arranged for a slice of movie magic under the stars, a fantastic way to spend an evening.  Nestled in the middle of the island ensconced in your own private leafy jungle is an outdoor cinema like no other.  Ahead of my private screening I got to request my movie of choice and select from a mouthwatering barbeque menu.  This wasn’t your run of the mill burger and sausage menu, instead it comprised of succulent lobster and fresh seafood with wagyu beef and premium cuts of meat, accompanied by delicious sides and salads.  

After drinks on the beach watching the sun go down, I was whisked to a quiet nook of the island where flanked by tress and foliage was the most fabulous outdoor cinema.  I was greeted with a glass of champagne while a private chef was getting to work on dinner discreetly in the corner.  The set up was nothing short of spectacular.  A large screen played out an action-packed Denzel Washington movie while my date and I were served starters, and our champagne was topped up at an intimate candle lit dining table.  After our main course we retreated to a cosy lounge area, with reclining beds and blankets.  Here we sipped more champagne, indulged in a delicious chocolate treat for dessert and enjoyed the rest of the movie. 

Be warned, once you experience the private jungle cinema at Gili, popcorn and a slushy at the local Odeon just won’t cut it.  It has ruined the regular cinema experience for me!

Indulge in Culinary Delights

Situated amidst the outstanding beauty of Six Senses Laamu, the team at Kaji bring the vibe direct to your dinner. Combining the artistry of Teppanyaki with the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean, this culinary gem promises an unforgettable journey for the senses.

As soon as I enter the restaurant, I’m hit by the aroma of warm sizzling garlic that fills the air and entices my taste buds.   

There’s a set menu of five courses, each thoughtfully curated to showcase the freshest seasonal ingredients and bold flavours. From tender cuts of beef to seafood delicacies, each dish is a masterpiece.

The dining experience revolves around the ancient Japanese cooking technique of Teppanyaki, where skilled chefs showcase their talents in an open kitchen setting.   What makes Kaji exceptional, is the theatrical element where right before your eyes, chefs expertly grill and flip.  I get to take a seat around the Teppanyaki grill, where I am treated to a front-row view of the culinary action unfolding before me. The chefs, deftly wield their knives and spatulas with precision and grace, chopping with speed and accuracy, turning cooking into an art form. It’s not just a meal, it’s a performance.

But beyond the spectacle, it’s the quality of the food that truly shines at Kaji. Every ingredient is sourced with care, ensuring the highest standards of freshness and flavour. The chef takes time to talk you through each dish, explaining with passion the process.  Whether it’s the buttery texture of the scallops or the umami-rich taste of the miso-marinated black cod, each dish is a testament to the resort’s dedication to excellence.

And let’s not forget the fun factor. Dining here is not just about satisfying your hunger – it’s about enjoying a lively and convivial atmosphere with friends and fellow diners. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply indulging in a night of gastronomic adventure, you need to book a table at Kaji.

Nightly rates at Gili Lankanfushi start from £1,397/$1,722 based on two adults sharing a Villa Suite with breakfast included. For more information or to book please visit Gili Lankanfushi

For more information on bookings at Six Senses, Laamu please contact reservations-maldives@sixsenses.com or visit the website

House of Coco travelled to the Maldives via Dubai with Emirates.  London Heathrow to Male return is £1,749. This is based on Premium Economy from London Heathrow to Dubai and then Economy from Dubai to Male. Prices subject to change. 

The Maldives has been on my bucket list for a while so when I received an invite to visit not one, but two prestigious resorts in the heart of the Indian Ocean, I jumped at the chance.  It didn’t disappoint, it’s one endless picture postcard with dusky pink and peach hazed sunsets, overwater hammocks and endless blue skies.  What I didn’t expect was for the place to touch my soul and stir up so many emotions. With its sun-kissed beaches and turquoise waters, it’s not just a vacation destination but a soul-soothing haven for resetting and recharging.

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From the moment I arrived at Gili Lankanfushi I felt a mental shift.  This award-winning eco-resort is a destination within a destination.  With just 45 sumptuous overwater villas, including seven Crusoe Residences and The Private Reserve, it feels intimate and exclusive.    Their Robinson Crusoe, barefoot luxury philosophy extends to all guests having a dedicated Mr or Ms Friday butler service, ensuring you have everything you need.  The service here is immaculate, it’s so discreet it’s invisible.  At one point during my stay, I did wonder if the staff had been given ninja research training because the personal touch is second to none, from the bar tender knowing your favourite drink to a personalised breakfast menu.

Post 16 hours of travel I needed a boost, and an Integrative Massage with visiting wellness practitioner, Virginie Claret was welcomed.  Virginie is a Reiki Master with over 15 years’ experience in massage, specialising in energy healing.  I’m well versed when it comes to massages having been fortunate as Wellness Editor, to road test many, so I don’t say this lightly when I say it was the best massage I have had.  Virginie has healing hands.  Focussing on the meridian lines of the body she works on balancing your energy, any blockages and restoring peace.   Within minutes I had dissolved into the bed, any post flight tension was lifted as I went into a deep state of relaxation.  Six weeks prior to traveling I had suffered a bout of Covid and as a result had ongoing chest pains and a persistent cough.  I was astounded when following my treatment with Virginie the cough stopped and I no longer had chest pains.  It may have been a coincidence, or the sunshine and the break I needed, either way I felt a lot better.

Meera spa is a holistic haven set on a secluded bay away from the villas. Over-water treatment rooms are airy and light, with expansive views and sea breezes.  Glass bottom floors allow you to catch views of the marine life while experiencing a relaxing massage.

The spa offers a selection of Ayruvedic treatments. This 5,000-year-old alternative medicine system is designed to correct imbalances in the mind and body. With a dedicated champa for Ayruvedic treatments, that use local herbs you can go on a one-day personalised Ayurvedic wellness journey or let the therapists recommend something bespoke to restore your body, mind and spirit.  I experienced a full body massage using a warm herbal poultice massage, this hits different to a regular massage and quickly soothes any aches.  The warm oils and herbs penetrate the skin to help increase blood circulation and detoxification.  The therapist works her magic and I float out of the spa and back to my villa.

What sets Gili Lankanfushi apart is not just the breathtaking scenery but the curated wellness experiences that cater to the body, mind, and soul. As the day unfolds you might find yourself participating in mindfulness workshops, guided meditation sessions, or even indulging in a moment of peace, barefoot in the soft white sand, soaking up the unparalleled views.  One of the standout features is the presence of visiting practitioners. These experts in holistic wellbeing are renowned in their field and host curated programmes providing guests with the opportunity to design their own wellness plan. Gili is a stunning, serene sanctuary that scoops you up and envelopes you in tranquillity and love.  You arrive a guest and leave as family.

Just a 45-minute sea plane ride from Male is Six Senses, Laamu.  Here wellbeing takes centre stage and is integrated into your overall stay from the food you eat, to your sleep hygiene and activities you experience. My wellness journey started a few weeks prior to travel when I received a digital package with a complimentary jet lag plan, journal and a questionnaire on my preferences for room scents, pillows and the option to request additional toiletries, yoga mat and eye mask.

On arrival you receive a warm welcome on the jetty from the team and your very own Guest Experience Maker or GEM.  Hamza, my GEM was on hand the whole stay, assisting with dinner reservations and experiences.  Laamu is a big, spacious resort offering plenty of choice for food and drink as well as activities, so you’ll never be bored. 

I checked into one of the over water villas with large split-level decks, an infinity pool and roof terrace, perfect for yoga and stretching.  From the decking you can access the ocean, where avid snorkellers can spot black tipped sharks, turtles, mantas, and some of the prettiest marine life.  Inside, the spacious interior has been designed to bring the outside in, using natural fabrics and lots of wood.  There’s an outdoor shower that looks over the ocean, but the show piece is the glass bottom bathtub.  Indulge in the views and watch the fish swim below while you soak in the tub.

Six Senses is synonymous with wellbeing and the resort offers a layered approach to wellness, combining some of the best holistic treatments, with the healing benefits of the environment and expert knowledge of their spa team to create a bespoke programme.  I started with a non-invasive health screening, which measures your key physiological biomarkers. I was strapped to a couple of machines and within 15 minutes, following some simple exercises and instructions I had my results.  The screening highlighted high dopamine and endorphin levels and low serotonin which reflects my lifestyle.  As a regular gym goer, I wasn’t surprised my endorphins were high.  Tech overload and my ongoing need to hit targets and results exposed the high dopamine levels and a bout of poor sleep coupled with a busy period at work was no doubt a factor in my low serotonin.  It was an opportunity to step back and make a few changes.  The Maldives is the ideal destination to do this, and I spent the next couple of days thinking of small adjustments I could make to be a little gentler with myself. The great thing about Six Senses is they can design a wellness program based on your results and goals. My wellness therapist recommended some dietary adjustments to boost my serotonin and ideas to support my sleep and switch off.

After a restful sleep, I start my day with a Pilates class surrounded by the soothing sounds of the ocean.  There are various classes available at the resort including Aerial Yoga, Yoga Nidra meditation and Thai Chi, all gentle and restorative. 

My GEM booked me into the resort’s award-winning spa for a tailor-made, therapeutic full body and scalp massage including face reflexology. The spa makes full use of the outdoor space with uniquely designed treatment ‘nests’ dotted along the beach or among the lush landscape.  Once I was ensconced in my nest, sound bowls and aromatherapy scents helped me tune out.  Around 15 minutes into my massage I had fallen asleep, a sign I am calm and at peace.  Following 60 minutes of utter bliss, I retreat to the juice bar for a gut soothing shot and views of the beach. 

There’s a unique energy at Six Senses, that resonates with the rhythm of the ocean and the pulse of nature. It’s a place where time seems to stand still, allowing you to press pause on the chaos of everyday life and focus on the simple joy of being. With its powder white beaches and crystal-clear ocean, It’s canvas for self-discovery and renewal.

Nightly rates at Gili Lankanfushi start from £1,397/$1,722 based on two adults sharing a Villa Suite with breakfast included. For more information or to book please visit Gili Lankanfushi

For more information on bookings at Six Senses, Laamu please contact reservations-maldives@sixsenses.com or visit the website

House of Coco travelled to the Maldives via Dubai with Emirates.  London Heathrow to Male return is £1,749. This is based on Premium Economy from London Heathrow to Dubai and then Economy from Dubai to Male. Prices subject to change. 

Emirates, renowned for its commitment to providing unparalleled luxury and comfort in air travel, has unveiled its latest offering to enhance the passenger experience – the Premium Economy service. Aimed at bridging the gap between Economy and Business Class, this new class, Emirates Premium Economy, promises a harmonious blend of affordability and enhanced amenities House of Coco Wellness Editor, Anji McGrandles was given the VIP treatment on a recent trip from London Heathrow to the Maldives, and it didn’t disappoint.  Here’s why upgrading to Emirates’ Premium Economy service is a game-changer for discerning travellers.

Priority Boarding and Lounge Access

Every holiday starts at the airport, streamline your pre-flight experience with the convenience of a dedicated check-in area and priority boarding, ensuring you have extra time to settle in and relax. For an additional cost, Emirates’ Premium Economy passengers can also gain access to select airport lounges, providing a tranquil and exclusive environment to unwind before the flight. After a browse around the shops, you can retreat to the lounge away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds and enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and a bite to eat as well as access to Wi-Fi and shower facilities.

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Enhanced Comfort and Spacious Seating

Once onboard sit back and relax on one of the buttery soft cream leather seats that are 19.5 inches wide, with a pitch of up to 40 inches and additional legroom, allowing you to stretch out and catch up on your sleep.  A wood panel finish similar to Business Class sets the cabin’s mood, and each seat is designed to provide optimal comfort and support with 6-way adjustable headrests, ensuring a comfy space to unwind during long-haul flights. 

Their cosy, sustainable blankets are made from recycled plastic bottles, and their generously sized pillow, is perfect for a mid-flight snooze. Customers can also refresh themselves with the complimentary amenity kits which come in reusable, sustainable bags, and contain items which are all made with some element of recycled or sustainable materials.

Exquisite Dining Experience

Elevate your culinary journey at 30,000 feet with Emirates‘ Premium Economy dining service. Indulge in a curated menu of delectable dishes inspired by global cuisines, made with seasonal ingredients. All meals are served on chinaware, accompanied by stainless steel cutlery wrapped in a linen napkin. Passengers can enjoy complimentary beverages, including premium wines and a sparkling Chandon wine. This dining experience adds a touch of sophistication to the travel experience, setting Emirates apart as a leader in premium air travel.

Generous Baggage Allowance

Emirates’ Premium Economy service comes with a generous baggage allowance, allowing passengers to pack more without the worry of excess fees. This added benefit is especially advantageous for those who prefer to travel with extra comfort items or require additional space for shopping and souvenirs. A hassle-free baggage experience is just another way Emirates ensures your journey is as seamless as possible.

Cutting-Edge In-Flight Entertainment

Stay entertained throughout your flight with Emirates’ cutting-edge in-flight entertainment system, featuring a wide selection of movies, TV shows, music, and games. The expansive, high-resolution 13.3” screen and noise-cancelling headphones provide a cinematic experience, turning your seat into a private entertainment haven. With an extensive library of 5,000 channels, catering to diverse preferences, Emirates ensures there’s something for every passenger to enjoy during their journey.

On a four-class Emirates A380, the Premium Economy cabin is located at the front of the main deck with 56 seats laid out in 2-4-2 configuration. On the Emirates Boeing 777, up to 24 Premium Economy seats will be installed in a dedicated cabin section between Business and Economy.

Anji travelled to the Maldives via Dubai.  London Heathrow to Male return is £1,749. This is based on Premium Economy from London Heathrow to Dubai and then Economy from Dubai to Male. Prices subject to change. 

It’s vacation time, and there’s nothing as relaxing as enjoying a nice cold drink looking out into the clear water. It is not quite possible to explain the pleasure of a day well spent at the beach. Whether it is lying on the sand, building sand castles, or taking a dip in the water, there is just so much to do during a holiday trip.

The question then arises, where you can find the ultimate relaxation for your next holiday destination. Don’t fret; we will share with you the top destinations with stunning crystal Clear Waters, which you must put on your bucket list, for places to visit.

  1. Italy, Lampedusa

Lampedusa is in the Mediterranean Sea and is part of the Pelagie islands. Lampedusa has a thriving fishing economy, but it also has one of the most amazing white sandy beaches. The water is crystal clear and has become a major attraction for tourists from all over the world.

  1. China, Jiuzhaigou Valley,

Looking at pictures of Jiuzhaigou Valley in China will give you the feeling that an artist became too enthusiastic with Photoshop. The water is so clear that you can see right to the bottom. The Valley is a great hiking site, and the burst of color is something to experience. There is a national park within the Valley, and you will get to experience terrace Lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife.

  1. Poland, Valley of the Five Lakes

You will have so much choice of things to do at the Valley of the Five Lakes. Located in the Tatra Mountains in Poland, you have crystal Clear Lakes. During summer, it is a sight to behold. In winter the Lakes freeze but, they remain as clear as they are during summer. Ice skating or walking across the frozen lake will give you the feeling that you are walking on air.

  1. Philippines, Boracay

Boracay is a small island in the Philippines that has become a great tourist attraction. The initial inhabitants were goat and rice farmers; what a pleasure it must have been taking the goats out to pasture while surrounded by all the beautiful scenery.

The water surrounding the island is so clear, and there are many activities you can engage in during your vacation.

  1. New Zealand, Blue Lake

If you take an aerial shot of the Blue Lake in New Zealand, you will capture the entire bed due to how clear the water is. If you capture a side-shot of someone sitting in a boat in the middle of the Lake, you would think that it is suspended in the air.

The Blue Lake, which is in Nelson Lakes National Park, is sacred to the Maori, and you are not allowed to swim in it. The water is so pure that tests indicate that it is the same as distilled water.

  1. Greece, Lefkada

If you’re looking for tranquillity and a great spot for kite surfing or other water sports, make it a point to visit the Ionian Sea in Lefkada Greece. You get crystal clear turquoise water and sandy beaches in places like Porto Katsiki beach, among others.

To access the Porto Katsiki beach, you can use the taxi boats or the winding staircase on the cliff.

  1. Brazil, Rio De Prata

If you enjoy a spot of snorkeling and happen to find yourself in Brazil, make sure you visit Rio de Prata. Bring a pair of hiking boots so that you can tour the rainforest. Swimwear is also mandatory for this trip because you will get a chance to swim in the crystal clear waters. Pack a good camera because you will get to see South American fish like pacú and Dourado.

  1. Canada, Alberta, Moraine Lake

If you know anything about Canadian currency, then you know that the Canadian $20 bill has a portrait of Moraine Lake. The lake is in the Canadian Rockies, and the lake gets its water from the glacier, and is an impossible to imagine blue color.

Bring a kayak or canoe along for a scenic tour of the Lake; you will feel like you’re gliding over glass. Visit dream-guides for great selection of cool kayaks

  1. Italy, Laghi de Fusine

The Laghi de Fusine is a glacial Lake that has crystal clear water. You may not want to take a dip here because the water gets very cold; although we can bet on a dare from your friends, you might decide to try. You can, however, enjoy a scenic tour of the Lake while taking plenty of pictures.

  1. Croatia, Plitvice Lakes

The beauty of the area is breathtaking. Tourists are welcome to visit at any time of the year. Seeing the Lakes during the different seasons is a sight to behold. The color burst from the changing leaves, and the blooming flowers will provide great material for your photography endeavors. One thing that stands out though, whatever the season, the water remains blue and crystal clear.

  1. Maldives

The Maldives is another popular holiday destination. Located in the Indian Ocean, you have 1190 Islands to explore. You get white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. There is so much to do with regards to water activities, and the marine life is something to check out.

  1. Bahamas, Grand Exuma

There is no list of top destinations that would be complete without a mention of the Bahamas. It features some of the best sandy beaches and crystal-clear water. Imagine how lucky the inhabitants of these places are, waking up to scenic views, many people only see in pictures.

Now here is one thing you’ll find interesting; it is not uncommon to find wild pigs swimming in the Grand Exuma; a chance to cool off perhaps? If you’re feeling adventurous, by all means, jump into the water and join the pigs.

Final Thoughts

We have shared with you the top 10 destinations with crystal clear waters. You will never run short of fabulous places to visit in your lifetime. Remember to carry many bathing suits, plenty of sunscreen, hats, and get ready to spoil yourself thoroughly.

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has been described as ‘brochure perfect’ and for good reason too. A luxury holiday experience at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius brings to life in vivid detail, images of idyllic beaches, blue skies, crystal clear waters and traditional Mauritian hospitality. Our Team Coco writer, Omo Osagiede, recently visited the island’s eastern coast to experience this personal paradise with a touch of Shangri-la.

Welcome to Mauritius

Mauritius is well established as a long-haul, luxury island destination in the Indian Ocean.

The heat embraces you upon arrival at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. Mauritius enjoys a subtropical climate for most of the year. However, the period from November to April (summer) is considered the best time to visit, with average temperatures settling around 26 degrees Celsius.

As you emerge from the airport, you are immediately bombarded by different welcome signs bearing the names of multiple holiday resorts located around Mauritius. After manufacturing and agriculture, tourism contributes significantly to the island’s economic growth and remains a key factor in its overall development.

The name we were looking for was Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius. This five-star deluxe property, located at Trou d’Eau Douce on the island’s eastern coast, would be our sanctuary for the next week.

We found our transport and began the hour-long coastal journey from the airport to Trou d’Eau Douce. Narrow roads wound their way through small fishing villages while sugarcane farms stretched as far as the eye could see to the foot of distant mountains.

The scenic drive brings to life the magical beauty of the Indian Ocean, a view which holds you spellbound (if you are lucky to get a window seat) upon final approach to the island from the sky. Nothing prepares you for your first up-close glimpse of the vibrant turquoise colours of the water or the talcum-white sandy beaches.

We were also unprepared for the warm welcome we received upon arrival at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius.

A long tradition of Mauritian hospitality lives on

A resounding gong signalled the start of a traditional Sega welcome ritual delivered by local performers. The singer’s voice pierced through the tranquillity of our surroundings as a beautifully dressed dancer swayed and swirled to the pulsating rhythms from the sound of his drum.

If the ancient banyan tree standing proudly at the front of the hotel hinted at the resort’s past, an imposing woven sculpture, titled ‘The Weaver’s Belvédere’, told another story about its journey to the present day.

Le Touessrok began life in 1915 when a sugarcane farmer, Henri Wiehé, and his wife built a beach house and began hosting social gatherings with family and friends. This foundation of hospitality was established when it was later converted into a five-room guesthouse.

The 2015 partnership between world-famous luxury hotel group Shangri-La and Le Touessrok Resort & Spa has ensured the preservation of this long tradition of showcasing Mauritian hospitality.

The combination of the island’s culture mix and rich biodiversity with elements such as food and beverage and Mediterranean-style design create a brand that makes this resort a worthy choice for a long-haul island holiday destination.

A private hideaway, a personal paradise

The resort architecture includes 200 rooms and suites and three exclusive villas spread out along the pristine Trou d’Eau Douce Bay.

Our stylish beach-chic Junior Frangipani suite came with a king-size bed and provided direct access to one of six idyllic beaches located around the property. A design highlight was the in-room deep-soak bathtub. Its position, facing large bay windows, provided uninterrupted views of the lagoon and a chance to watch the sunrise while soaking in luxurious bath gels.

Rooms in the Frangipani Wing also come with special benefits including a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, à la carte breakfast in the Republik Beach Club & Grill, a complimentary mini bar and sunset cocktails. Fresh drinking water was placed in the rooms daily in glass bottles (we learned that the hotel is consciously reducing single-use plastics).

To make an already luxurious experience even more spectacular, there is also a private island, Ilôt Mangénie, to which the resort’s guests have exclusive access. Regular shuttle boat services transport guests across a crystal clear lagoon into an intimate experience that comes with a private beach cabana, champagne and butler service. A delicate truffle pizza was a highlight during our visit.

Keen golfers can spend the day at the neighbouring Île aux Cerfs. Although a popular destination for tourists, much of this island has been transformed into an 18-hole championship grade golf course. Designed by the famous German pro-golfer Bernhard Langer, guests of Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa enjoy complimentary green fees.

A host of aquatic activities are available. However, thanks to the reef which surrounds the island, our favourite activity, by far, was the ability to ‘walk in the sea’ during low tide.

Sampling local culture through gastronomy and adventure

Holiday resorts often come under criticism for not doing much to highlight the local culture. Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa makes a deliberate effort to introduce guests to Mauritian culture through gastronomy and curated excursions.

The days when Jacqueline Dalais, granddaughter of the hotel’s first landowner put this slice of Trou d’Eau Douce on the culinary map of Mauritius with her seafood-inspired restaurant in the 1960s are long gone. However, the resort now offers guests a choice of five dining options including the dinner-only Safran restaurant which offers a fusion of Mauritian and Indian cuisine.

After breakfast one morning, we spent time with Safran’s internationally acclaimed Chef Ramesh Bundi who explained that Mauritian cuisine is as diverse as the island’s ethnic makeup – Indian, African, Chinese and European. This fascinating blend of cultures is given expression through the restaurant’s menu. Our Lamb Rogan Josh and Poulet Kadai were cooked to tender perfection in a rich blend of spices.

Many people visiting Mauritius are often seeking relaxation rather than adventure. However, for the curious visitor, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa can arrange soft adventure excursions including cycling tours and visits to local markets. Adrenalin-inducing outdoor adventure activities (including ziplining and quad-biking) are available at Domaine de L’etoile, a natural reserve located in Central Mauritius.

Slow and steady at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa

In a place designed for ultimate relaxation, the concept of time quickly becomes irrelevant. After a visit to Ilôt Mangénie one afternoon, we booked a signature massage at CHI, The Spa at the resort. One sure sign that you are having an incredible spa experience is when the most important thought that occurs to you is deciphering bird sounds from the soft ambient music surrounding you.

For a time, the Maldives and Seychelles may have stolen the headlines as leading Indian Ocean island destinations for weddings and honeymoons. However, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa makes a strong case for Mauritius as the paradise of choice if taking things slow and steady is your utmost priority.

Travel information

We flew directly to Mauritius from London Heathrow with Air Mauritius (12 hours). Transfers to the resort were pre-arranged. Rates for a 5-night stay in a Junior Suite Frangipani Beach Access room start from £920 per night for half-board (includes breakfast and dinner, golf club access and water sports). Costs are based on 2 adults visiting in November 2019.

For enquiries and bookings, visit www.shangri-la.com/mauritius

With the global wellness industry currently experiencing 6.5% annual growth*, planning a wellbeing holiday to enjoy some dedicated ‘me time’ is more popular than ever.

If you’re thinking of booking your own wellness break, House of Coco has compiled some of the best global spa’s where you can relax in sumptuous surroundings and indulge in the unique wellbeing treatments on offer from luxury caviar anti-aging facial to chakra crystal balancing treatments.

Located on a beautiful secluded island, The Duniye Spa at Meeru Island Resort in the Maldives offers oriental inspired treatments, with a philosophy of ‘nurture your body, calm your mind and inspire your soul’. Time is left at the door and a new journey begins with treatments such as the renowned Coconut Hair Cream Bath, which uses the healing qualities of the palm tree family to calm. A warm blend of luxurious coconut oil is massaged gently into the scalp, following by a coconut hair mask wrapped in heated towels to deeply soften and hydrate. This beautifully fragrant and soothing approach promotes a deep sense of serenity and joy, enabling travellers to drift away and relax.

Available with Emirates Holidays, prices from £1,535 per person for a 7 night stay in a Garden Room, complimentary upgrade from breakfast to half board, complimentary return shared speedboat transfers and return flights. Price based on selected dates from 1 September to 15 October 2019 and flights from London Gatwick and London Stansted, supplements may apply for other departure airports.

Recently awarded the Hotel Spa of the Year 2018 and the World’s Best Resort Spa at the World Travel Awards. The Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai, boasts a host of unusual treatments including the innovative Hammam Coffee Peeling treatment which utilises Turkish coffee to refine and smooth the skin, leaving it firm and toned. Based on the traditional hammam sequence of exfoliation and olive soap cleansing, the ritual finishes with a full-body coffee peeling to awaken the senses, benefiting the skin and mind.

Available with Emirates Holidays, prices from £889 per person for a 3 night stay in a Superior King Room on a half board basis and return flights. Includes a complimentary one-day/one-park access to Dubai Parks and Resorts. Valid for travel on selected dates from 1 to 19 September 2019. Price based on flights from London Heathrow and London Stansted, supplements may apply for other departure airports.

Bali is ideal for a wellness retreat and Lagoon Spa at The Laguna Resort offers a blend of indigenous and contemporary treatments including a Detox Algae Body treatment. It uses blue-green algae which is rich in amino acids, minerals, trace elements and vitamins and has a highly stimulating effect on the skin and the metabolism of the skin tissue. Alternatively, for the face there is a Collagen Booster Treatment which was designed closely with Dr. Michael A. Konig, a leading authority in cosmetic treatments. With 99% collagen obtained from natural, freeze-dried collagen fibres that imitate the skin’s collagen structure, it supplies intensive moisture and promotes collagen synthesis in the skin, to reduces wrinkles, improves declining skin tone, and prevents the formation of lines and premature aging.

Available with Emirates Holidays, prices from £1,165 per person for a 7 night stay in a Deluxe Garden View Room with breakfast and return flights. Valid for travel on selected dates from 1 to 30 September 2019. Price based on flights from London Stansted and London Gatwick, supplements may apply for other departure airports.

Steps away from the coastline is Raffles Praslin Spa which has been carefully designed to calm the spirit and awaken the senses. This luxurious spa in the Seychelles features 12 treatment pavilions, showcasing the spectacular view of the blue ocean and tropical surroundings. Experience true indulgence with the Luxury Caviar Anti-Aging Facial that firms, tones, refines and deeply hydrates the skin with protein rich caviar and powerful antioxidants. An exclusive AcuLift Massage visibly firms and tones as the Marine Biomatrix Sheet provides intensive hydration to instantly restore radiance. Results are immediate, leaving the skin looking supple, healthy and luminescent. The resort also has its own outdoor yoga studio perched just above the sea with the sounds of the waves crashing below.

Available with Emirates Holidays, prices from £2,555 per person for a 7 night stay in a Garden View Pool Villa with a complimentary upgrade to half board and return flights. Valid for travel on selected dates from 1 September to 24 October 2019. Price based on flights from London Stansted and London Gatwick, supplements may apply for other departure airports.

The very best spa treatments and therapies await you at Banyan Tree, Samui, Thailand. This secret hideaway features The Rainforest, a holistic hydrotherapy wellness experience designed to heal and soothe. Treatments include the Apple Green Tea Polisher that uses natural acids from the apple and acts as a gentle cleanser while the green tea powder nourishes the skin with its anti-oxidant properties leaving your skin softer and skin cells are naturally renewed. Lose yourself in the Royal Banyan treatment that delivers the best of Eastern and Western massage techniques to improve blood circulation. Featuring a warm herbal pouch dipped in Sesame Oil the treatment also including a coriander cucumber cleanser, Royal Banyan Herbal Pouch Massage, jade Face Massage and a therapeutic Herbal Bath.

Available with Emirates Holidays, prices from £2,075 per person for a 7 night stay in a Deluxe Pool Villa with breakfast and return Emirates flights. Valid for travel on selected dates from 1 September to 24 October 2019. Price based on flights from London Gatwick, supplements may apply for other departure airports.

Anantara Al Jabel Al Akhdar Resort has a unique retreat that is perched 2,000 metres above sea level on Oman’s fabled Green Mountain and offers a range of treatments. There is the Rose Rescue Ritual, a romantic pampering from head to toe, allowing the recipient to blossom naturally with the use of fragrant roses. Alternatively, discover wellbeing remedies from the Far East through the Journey of Siam, a ritual which includes a full body steam, refreshing coconut scrub to moisturise and soften the skin, before finishing off with a compress massage combining calming remedial herbs.

Available with Emirates Holidays, prices from £995 per person for a 5 night stay in a Premier Room with a complimentary half board upgrade and return flights. Valid for travel on selected dates from 1 to 30 September 2019. Price based on flights from London Gatwick and London Stansted, supplements may apply for other departure airports.

Navasana Spa at the Outrigger Beach Resort, Mauritius is a lush sanctuary by the sea that wakens the senses with an array of new signature therapies infused with natural essential oils by Aromatherapy Associates of London. The spa is under the guidance of resort Reiki master, Jeeten, and has designed 15 new rejuvenating treatments for both men and women. Indulge in the Moroccan Rhassoul Ritual, a journey of invigorating hamman, a toxin-releasing body wrap, and an application of nourishing argan oil. For couples they have a Sensory Complicity treatment in the VIP cabin where you can enjoy two hours of bliss, and treatments including relaxing body massages, a milky bath decorated with tropical flowers and is perfect for romantic quality time.

Available with Emirates Holidays, prices from £1,239 per person for a 7 night stay in an Ocean View Room on a half board basis with return flights. Valid for travel on selected dates from 1 September to 24 October 2019. Price based on flights from London Gatwick and London Stansted, supplements may apply for other departure airports.

Please note: Prices are correct as of 26.04.19. All pricing is based on 2 adults sharing a room. Offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. For more information on Emirates Holidays or to book, visit www.emiratesholidays.com or call 0208 972 8949
*2018 Global Wellness Economy Monitor by Global Wellness Institute

Team Coco checked into Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa for a week of unrivalled tropical luxury. From lounging in our own private water villas, to sipping coconuts beachfront, farm-to-plate dining, and even sailing yachts among spinner dolphins; we’re letting our inner island girl free and living our best life at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa.

A picture is worth a thousand words – and so what better way to give you some mid-week travel inspiration than by sharing our own visual diary of our dreamy trip to the Maldives? We’ll just leave these here.

The Water Villas

Think natural wood interiors, a seductively comfortable king-sized bed, and a bathroom that’s bigger than a Victorian semi-detached. The Water Villas are exactly what our travel dreams are made of. Enjoy some in-room dining on your veranda, and lounge on a hammock-directly suspended from the sea. Have a soak in your oversized oval bath tub, or better yet shower outdoors. Trust us, there’s nothing more liberating.

Dining by Design

The resort has three restaurants, and each one has its own distinct personality, but if you’re looking for a truly bespoke culinary experience — try the Shangri-La’s Dine by Design. Fancy having lunch on the equator? A barbecue in your villa? Or maybe even a dinner in the Chef’s garden? Then let the Shangri-La’s expert chefs create an unforgettable dining experience just for you. We tried their new farm-to-plate dining experience, which began with picking our choice of island grown ingredients from the chef’s garden, followed by a visit to the neighbouring town of Meedhu.

A Traditional take on Wellness

Hidden amidst large banyan trees and tropical shrubbery, CHI, The Spa has eleven spacious treatment villas, two meditation pavilions, and a yoga pavilion overlooking the ocean. We tried the Kandu Boli Ritualmassage. This traditional treatment is a soothing body and face massage, where coconut oil is rubbed on you with a hot cowrie shell – absolute relaxation.

Eco-luxury at it’s finest

At the Eco-Centre, marine biologists take guests on nature trails, while dive-masters guide diving enthusiasts across the Addu Attol’s best kept snorkel gardens. After doing our part for the environment and planting some coral in the resort’s coral farm; We went on a snorkelling excursion just a 30 minute boat ride away from the island, and swam amongst incredible aquatic wildlife and coral — even spotting some sea turtles along the way.

Sailing with the dolphins

From jungle treks and golf to coral planting and sea-bobbing, here’s plenty to do at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa. We highly recommend venturing away from the resort’s many luxuries — and jumping onboard a Yacht for a sunset cruise like no other.During our brief expedition out to sea — we were greeted by large and friendly groups of Spinner dolphins, racing with our boat’s bow, and showing off with some pretty impressive flips too!

Room rates at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa are from US$645 (approx. £501) per night. This is based on double occupancy and includes all taxes and fees. To book, please visit www.shangri-la.com/male/villingiliresort or call 0800 028 3337.

PARAMIDONNA is a contemporary beachwear label, born in 2015 and created by Donika Ancheva. The focus of the brand is on sophisticated ladies who love travelling. Passions to Fashion with Paramidonna, PARAMIDONNA captures the essence of the woman`s wild nature and then transforms it into unique, sexy, and elegant swimwear and beachwear designs. Each one of the collections takes you on a journey with its emblematic theme, signature prints, handmade details, and trend colors.

Here, we chat to Donika to find out more…

Tell us why you launched your brand…

I launched the brand because my big dream is living by the sea shore, it is what inspires me. So I guess creating bathing suits is getting me closer to this dream of mine. I also love fashion and have always imagined that the swimsuit should be a special something for every woman, just like luxury lingerie or special jewellery.

Where did the name come from?

It is a combination of Spanish and Italian words. To be exact it means: for my woman.

The truth is, my grandmother is called DONNA and I inherited the passion for sewing from her. She used to create gorgeous dresses for my special occasions but never wanted to make me a swimsuit, I don’t know why. Well, I decided to do it myself when I grew up!

What has been your best seller?

Our latest bestseller is called JUST DOMINO. It is a two-piece swimsuit in black and white colour featuring a high-waisted bikini – a very classic piece.

The one-piece swimsuits are also a trend amongst customers – in each pattern and colour.

Your items bring out our people’s wild side, make them feel sexy and still remain elegant at the same time.

When you work on new designs, what kind of client do you have in mind?

When creating the pieces I have in mind exactly this – combining elegance and sensuality.

In the first place, I think about the comfort of the woman wearing my designs. The garment has to fit perfectly, it has to emphasise the beautiful woman’s curves and hide the imperfections as much as possible. We all know that nobody is flawless despite all of the beautiful photos we see daily on Instagram. I want my customers to feel incredible and divine by wearing the pieces, and not having to worry about their insecurities.

Secondly, I think about how to improve the designs, every new piece has to be unique, and better than the previous one and I always think of it as the next bestseller!

What can we expect to see from you in 2020?

The brand was proud to present Main Collection 2020 in Paris at the Mode City exhibition in July 2019. The collection is called “The New Venus”. Being inspired by Italian art, mainly Botticelli, this collection promises to be even more feminine and different from what we have so far.

You will be intrigued to find pearls, feathers, nude and metallic colours. We have also prepared new fabrics and interesting cuts. As usual, PARAMIDONNA will offer delicacy and tenderness on the beach.

For any other women aspiring to launch their fashion line, what advice would you give?

It requires a lot of hard work and ambition. The market is competitive, but it does not mean you should give up. You have to believe in yourself and be determined to succeed. They should not be scared to express themselves through fashion.

Since launching your company, have you had any regrets?

Never! It makes me happy, fulfilled, energised and is the one thing that makes me feel like myself!

You have a small selection of men’s swimwear, is this something you plan on expanding?

I get this question a lot. For now, this is not something I am planning to do. Our main goal is to be a leader in the market for women’s swimwear and discover new possibilities to grow.

Your ideal customer loves to travel, where is your favourite travel destination?

I adore travelling, it is safe to say this is like a drug to me, an addiction. My favourite destinations are – the Maldives, Thailand, Asia, Caribbean Islands. As you can see for these places you need nothing more than a swimsuit, sunglasses and sun cream!

At the beginning of 2015, she started working on the project with her team and within 6 months the first collection was already a fact!

Being 4 years on the market, PARAMIDONNA is now well-known for stylish, elegant and sexy swimsuits. The brand was featured in VOGUE RU, British VOGUE, L’officiel, Grazia, Joy and others.

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