Thursday, October 18, 2012

Art therapy by the beach at the One & Only in the Maldives

In Manila, trying to squeeze in more of my never-ending Travelife for rest of 2012, I'm thinking of visiting the Maldives sometime soon for a bit of art therapy instead of retail therapy.

It's a novel concept introduced by the One & Only Resort in the Maldives, but I can see how combining a holiday with some art lessons can easily turn into one of the most memorable vacations ever.


I've done several art holidays by now, and they've been among my best holidays to date. Long ago, I did two weeks of a watercolor painting course in Switzerland, and then another by Lake Garda in Italy; and most recently, I had private lessons with a famous teacher of classical Japanese watercolor painting in Kamakura in Japan.

But I've never done one by the beach yet.

At the One & Only Maldives, guests can fully unwind by taking part in art therapy with renowned Australian artist Christopher Hogan while holidaying on the white beaches.

Talk about killing two birds with one stone. And, actually, if you throw in a couple of killer massages every evening, you'll be killing three birds with one stone. Holiday. Therapy. Relaxation.

Christopher is the One & Only Reethi Rah’s artist-in-residence until November 30.


Known for compositions reflecting the beauty found in wildlife, such as lizard skin patterns and the colour palettes of marine life, Christopher’s unique and distinctive style is stimulating to the eye. In particular, his creation of the ‘Reef Series’ propelled him to international recognition.

In harmony with the setting of One & Only Reethi Rah, the artist will take inspiration from his time on the island and produce new works as well as guide aspirational artists staying at the resort -- including kids.

Guests can book art classes with Christopher, including private classes in your own villa.

Talk about the ultimate luxury, especially as the One & Only Reethi Rah is a sleek all-villa resort set along six kilometers of private beach. They've got both beach and water villas, and all have spectacular ocean views.


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