In our usual appointments with the articles of our blogs, we usually go and tell the many facets of underwater life in the Maldives and, thanks to Marco Carè’s photos, we discover curiosities and anecdotes about the special inhabitants of the Indian Ocean waters every time. We like to combine our love for nature with a passion for photography, which today we want to dedicate to the story of a flower, the Sea Hibiscus, which often becomes the symbol of a dream vacation in the Maldives.
Anyone of you who has been lucky enough to reach the heavenly NAKAI Resorts in Alimathà, Dhiggiri or Maayafushi to spend unforgettable holidays, will always carry the flower of the Sea Hibiscus in their hearts. This flower is used by the NAKAI Resort Staff in charge of the care, cleaning and decoration of your unique and comfortable rooms. Whether they are beach or water bungalows, the Sea Hibiscus enriches them with that unique exotic tone, giving the refined NAKAI furniture that touch of tropical finesse that will accompany you throughout your Maldivian holiday, and, we are sure, even beyond.
The NAKAI House Keepers use the wonderful sea hibiscus flowers every day to enrich and embellish the beds in the rooms, composing with them words of welcome and wishes for a good day. They invariably use them to decorate your romantic occasions or for any precious request. The flower of the Sea Hibiscus unfolds from its bud in the early morning, with an intense bright yellow color, and then falls to the sandy ground in the afternoon, with that unmistakable and unforgettable characteristic red color with a pastel touch that creates a magnificent contrast when it lies on the fine Maldivian sand, in perfect harmony with the last rays of the sun of a unique sunset as only in the Maldives can happen. In the late afternoon, the NAKAI Staff in charge passes under every single Sea Hibiscus plant of the Alimathà, Dhiggiri and Maayafushi Resorts and collects from the immaculate sand the flowers that cyclically and naturally are deposited at the foot of the plant itself. In order not to damage the fragile petals, special aprons of soft silk are used for the collection.
In this photo by Marco Carè, the author of the shot wanted to draw attention not to the flower as a whole, but to the unique leaves. The sea hibiscus plant, native to Australia, was subsequently imported mainly to all tropical countries due to its climatic survival needs. The leaf has a characteristic and unique heart shape and, according to Marco, is “the best symbol of the message of Love that can be represented in a photograph”.
Looking forward to being able to offer you again our fantastic Maldivian floral decorations, we wish all of you happy and safe Christmas holidays.