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THE MAGIC OF THE MALDIVES

Images of The Maldives often feature on travel wish lists and vision boards. As it turns out, the impossibly clear turquoise waters, brilliant white-sand beaches and the luxurious overwater villas are as good as they look. DNA sent model Alexander Dorokhov to this Earthly paradise to shoot this month’s travel and fashion features. Photography and text by Lewis Payton.

ALEX WEARS ADDICTED ADS041 SAILOR WITH SPORT STRIP SWIMWEAR AT W MALDIVES.

The vibe on all three luxury Maldives resorts we visited was dreamlike. Given the country’s geographic isolation, the youth of its tourism industry, and the environmental sensitivity of the resorts, visitors can still experience The Maldives as a unique and unspoiled part of the world.

With 1,192 coral islands across 298 square-kilometres, The Maldives is one of the most geographically dispersed nations on earth. It enjoys an enviably even climate, with average daily temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) year-round. There’s no bad time to visit weather-wise, although May to August can be slightly rainier than average.

As a strict Muslim nation, LGBT rights in The Republic Of Maldives are nonexistent, and laws and public attitudes against homosexuality reflect this. For this reason, it’s best not to visit the capital, Malé. It lacks tourism infrastructure and LGBT travellers are potentially at risk of harassment or worse.

Everything changes, however, as soon as your seaplane takes off to your resort, flying over an endless aquamarine ocean, dotted by thousands of coral atolls. On landing, it becomes apparent that each resort is defined not by the conservative values of Malé, but by the unique culture and environment created for its visitors.

“Given the massive tourism infrastructure in The Maldives, and the sheer number of islands spread across such a vast distance, we find that each island resort exists, somewhat, as its own nation,” says W Maldives Marketing And Communications Manager, Anna Karas. “Of course, we adhere to the laws and regulations of the government, but there is a huge degree of autonomy. Each property creates the culture that will most appeal to our vibrant, diverse international clientele.”

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Pack your sexiest swimwear and your sunnies, this issue we're off to the magical Maldives. In DNA #210, a special travel issue, we serve up some serious beachside babeness as cover model Alexander Dorokhov shows off the latest in resort fashion while recharging his (already beautiful) body in the wellness and relaxation bliss of The Maldives' amazing spas. We get to know the charming Ibrahim in Egypt's old city of Alexandria, discover regional Australia’s hidden gay gems, head to the snow in New Zealand for gay ski week, and visit a “straight friendly” boutique hotel chain. There's also 20 Things We Love About Canada, which may make you want to visit to the land of Justins and Ryans! Your heartstrings will be strummed by 21-year-old musician Jaimie Wilson, your hips will be moved by Aussie hunk Sam Sparro and his tribute to George Michael, and you'll go weak at the knees for twinkalicious boyband GNTLMN when you heard their version of a famous Carpenters' song. Dear Diva lays down some relationship rules, and Dr Zac helps check your prostate health. For global Pride month, we wave a few of the LGBTI+ flags that celebrate the great biodiversity of our community. All that and more, this month in DNA.