It is easy to draw a parallel between the unfathomable beauty of the Maldives and the tremendous impact of love. Yes, the best place to celebrate love is in the Maldives. The beaches are impeccable, the marine life is mind-boggling and the accommodation options are endless. PER AQUUM Niyama Maldives is one that will interest all love birds who are on the lookout for resorts. Maldives will certainly provide the perfect ambiance for a romantic escapade. Couples in search of adventure, leisure and luxury will be delighted to find many, many options in the Maldives.

Secluded villas overlook the glorious sea while marine life thrives beneath the waves. If you and your partner crave adventure, wear your snorkelling gear and paddle in the motionless sea. Behold truly magnificent sights, as clown fish glide past while multi-hued corals glimmer in the background. If you are a trained diver you could hold onto each other and dive deeper. You would be able to discover and teach each other much more about marine life.

If you would rather enjoy the beach, this too is a possibility, as certain resorts and villas provide access to private beaches. Spend endless hours frolicking in the sun, distinguishing between seashells and enjoying quality time together.
Food in the Maldives is also remarkable. Mouth-watering seafood preparations are served and indulging in these dishes would mark the beginning of a culinary adventure. It would be as exciting and spicy as your journey together.

There is life beyond the impeccable beaches as well. It wouldn’t surprise you to know that the locals are extremely friendly and would love to share their memories of living in an island home. As you grow fonder of your surroundings you would also realize that you have established a lasting bond with your partner.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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A symbol of tradition in the bustling city

Hong Kong offers many an anecdote to the traveller – be it shopping, food or interesting traditions. An interesting landmark that you might come across is Lovers’ Rock. Located in the heart of the city, visitors on the Bowen’s Road fitness trail – which lies across many a popular Wan Chai hotel – would come across this monument on their daily run; a phallic rock that is revered by the locals.

Within easy reach from Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong hides this testimony to modern day belief in ancient customs. Locally known as Yan Yuek Sen, this is frequented by women and young brides with relationship and fertility problems. Draped with prayer papers and worshipped by the young, the women pray for eligible husbands and male heirs at the Lovers’ rock. The busiest time for this is during Maiden’s Festival in mid-August. Women gather here in numbers, some to pray for a boon, some to offer gratitude for providing them with a boon and others to appreciate and acknowledge the strength of the roots of superstition that are present in the modern day Hong Kong.

Standing at a height of 9m, the area of Lovers Rock affords a beautiful view of the Victoria harbour. Among the people flocking here with offerings of oranges, suckling pig and chicken, some others are found with a camera, striving capture a perfect shot. Around the base of the structure are soothsayers, who consult their “Book of Fortune” to determine if the partner chosen by/for a young maiden is a suitable match or not. Of course, this comes at a price, for the soothsayers charge for every transaction that takes place.

One might not expect to find such a structure and such a following for an age-old custom or a superstitious tradition in the modern Hong Kong. And yet, all these doubts are put to rest by one visit to Lovers Rock, for it is still venerated throughout generations and is likely to be in generations to come.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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