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The Caralarium

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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.

Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Fairmont Maldives & Jumeirah Vittaveli

Taking you to the limits

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.

Odyssey under the sea in Four Season’s Super Falcon 3S submarine
Odyssey under the sea in Four Season’s Super Falcon 3S submarine

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 burning a hole in their pocket. A knowledgeable pilot engages adventurers with real-time insights into the coral formations and sea life, including sharks, dolphins, rays, and turtles.

Underwater art installation, The Coralarium, at Fairmont Maldives
Underwater art installation, The Coralarium, at Fairmont Maldives

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 creates a transformational experience for guests at the Fairmont Maldives. 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.

First ice skating rink in Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives
First ice skating rink in Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives

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.

Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli

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. ◼

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© This article was first published in Aug-Sept 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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