Our gracious host was Island Hideaway Resort, almost as far North as you can venture in the Maldives. Beautiful Landscape Photography - Panoramic Prints.

Solitude – Far Northern Maldives

NEW RELEASE  |  Our gracious host was Island Hideaway Resort on the island of Dhonakulhi, almost as far North as you can venture in the Maldives.

It was a beautiful, quiet island and slightly more ‘wild’ than many resort islands, in that the villas are all hidden from view, and from each other, in the jungle.

We had casually asked the staff after dinner one evening if they knew of a place that was like a sand island surrounded only by water. Such was the seclusion of the Northern Maldives, we had a feeling that such a request wasn’t too far fetched.  Receiving only small nods and a few smiles from the manager, we were simply asked to meet them at the jetty the next day.

They would not disappoint, and took us to an idyllic sand island in the middle of the ocean not 20 minutes from the resort. There is much to write about in subsequent posts about what happened on that unbelievable day, but in the meantime here is a simple image of a white umbrella on that very special island.

Beyond the umbrella lies India and Sri Lanka, with nothing but the warm, azure Laccadive Sea between.

The Maldives is the essence of paradise, and this stunning resort, Gili Lankanfushi, has been voted the best resort in the Maldives several times over

New Release; ‘Island Refuge’, Maldives

This is the first in a series of tropical images from the Maldives. Woe is me.

The Maldives is the essence of paradise, and this stunning resort, Gili Lankanfushi, has been voted the best resort in the Maldives several times over (and there are over 100 resorts in the country!).

We were greeted warmly and asked to remove our shoes and place them in a bag, under their ‘no shoes, no news’ policy, to be returned at the end of our stay.

I would describe what transpired as blissful utopia, without exaggeration. The service from our ‘man friday’ (or in our case, ‘girl friday’ Momoko), the exotic, fresh food, the glowing water teeming with fish, and of course the photographic opportunities will stay with me for the rest of my life.

The huts you can see out in the water are the ‘Robinson Crusoe’ villas, and can only be accessed by boat.

The resort has an underground wine cellar adjacent to an underground chocolate room. Yes, you read correctly.

I did, however, burn the soles of my feet without my shoes…which only served to remind me I had not died and gone to heaven.

If you ever get the chance…go! I will be back.

‘Island Refuge’ is available as stretched canvas prints, rolled prints and ice mount prints.