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AUTUMN 2009I sea& iI47 aboardashore PREMIER RESORTS Only one sixth of the islands in the Maldives are inhabited, just under half of which, like Manafaru, have been transformed into exclusive island retreats. The following are just a handful of the properties that can be visited while cruising the North Malé atoll. One& Only at Reethi Rahis an hour's cruise from Malé. The naturally formed island has been expanded to create the perfect fantasy resort. Home to 130 villas, three restaurants, an E'Spa spa, and all the mod cons one could expect from a One& Onlyresort, Reethi Rahis a favourite stop on the cruising map. The relatively new resort of Barosis perfect for an overnight anchorage and dinner ashore at the Lighthouse with 360- degree views over the surrounding islands - ideal for sunset cocktails. Huvafen Fushiis also in the North Malé atoll. A minimalist resort, the contemporary retreat has an idyllic cutting- edge spa - ideal to hop ashore to when wishing to escape the midday sun on board. The Kuda Huraa Four Seasons resort is also located close to Malé. One of the first resorts to be established in the Maldives, it reflects the country's indigenous culture. There are several more resorts in the North Malé atoll but aboard a yacht you can venture further afield to the 25 other atoll groups. The following are just a handful of retreats to be found at the finest atolls. Lying northeast of Malé in the Lhaviyani atoll, Kanuhura is a stylish, unpretentious retreat that is all about laid-back glamour. A tiny island, measuring only 2km long and 200m wide, it packs in a plethora of luxury facilities, including restaurants, spa and gym, freshwater pool and a watersports centre. Located in the next atoll, the Baa Atoll, is the Robinson Crusoe- style idyll Soneva Fushiby Six Senses. Step ashore for what the island calls the ultimate in barefoot sophistication. Located in the South Malé atoll, Cocoa Islandis an outpost of the COMO hotel collection and the design, service and location certainly live up to the COMO name. The Kandooma Channel lies on one side of the island where you will find one of the best dive sites in the Maldives. In the North Ari Atoll, W Retreat & Spa Maldivesis more jet- set than peaceful, with its own nightlife hot spot, 15 Below, and five further gourmet offerings - perfect for stepping ashore after a few days cruising the surrounding deserted islands. The pool at Manafaru The Sultans way

fine China hong kong Little surprise that China was itching to reclaim its gilded island in 1997; Hong Kong, appropriately located at the mouth of the Pearl River, is a valued jewel in any nation's crown By Kate Rigby 48Isea& iIAUTUMN 2009 A strip of sparkling metropolis slung low on the base of the heaving mass of China, Hong Kong has always been a bit different; a bit special. Ingrained with 5,000 years of Chinese tradition and polished off with more than 150 years of British colonialism, Hong Kong is a law unto itself; a heady mêlée of stately colonial grandeur, furious- paced finance and glittering Oriental glamour mingling together to delicious effect. The question was, would Hong Kong continue to dazzle once it returned to the Chinese fold in 1997? The answer, resoundingly, is yes. Xianggang as it is now officially named,