GT-Mar 1-15


Maham Nayer, an AUD (American University in Dubai) graduate, crossed the Indian Ocean over to the Maldives. After chilling on the beach, enjoying the water sports and gorging on an array of cuisine, she narrates her idyllic tropical island break to her friend Fatima Sheikh 

Why Maldives?

It was the most impromptu plan ever. Four days before flying, my brother in law told me that we are going to Maldives for a short trip. As shocking as it was, it was also the most pleasant surprise ever. It’s thanks to him for taking us all on the wonderful trip.

What is the best time to visit?

You can visit at anytime throughout the year as it’s a tropical place and the weather is pretty much the same year round. Make sure that you check the weather forecast for rain, because when it rains the water becomes very unclear and you can’t enjoy the water sports then. (It’s low season during the hot summer months so you can avail a great discount. Come winter and the rates are sky high.)

Where did you stay?

We stayed at Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi. It is a 35 minute boat ride from Male airport, which was really convenient. It’s a beautiful resort and the staff was very welcoming and attentive.

Favourite restaurant?

That’s a tough one! The food was amazing at all the restaurants; however, if I have to pick a favourite it would be Salt. It’s a fine dining Japanese restaurant at the resort. We had a delicious 6 course meal there. The food was to die for and so was the ambience.

How to get around?

We took the hotel cart or buggy to get from one place to another. Most of the times, however, we would just walk. It’s a small island so everything was close by.

What did you get up to during the day?

I was staying at a beach villa so I woke up to the comforting rythm of ocean waves and birds chirping. I watched the sunrise once and it was the most scenic and pleasant view ever. After that, I would go for breakfast at an outdoor restaurant next to the beach and enjoy the ocean view from there.

Where to stay?

I really enjoyed my stay at Per Aquum Huavafen Fushi, but it really depends on what you are looking for. There are many beautiful resorts there and you have to be very careful while choosing which resort to stay at as each resort is an build over a different island and when you choose a resort, you are technically choosing that island for your trip.

What to eat?

Again, it depends on which resort you are staying at, as you either be dining ala carte or at the hotel buffet. With that being said you will surely have lots of options and could try a different cuisine for every meal everyday, including different types of salads/starters, seafood, Japanese, Indian Mediterranean cuisine, etc. and an array of desserts.

What to see?

You can experience the serenity as well as the enchantment of nature. The vast Indian Ocean, the marine life, and the beaches are all so alluring. The water sports are a must-do for anyone travelling to the Maldives. Jet skiing, parasailing, snorkeling, swimming in the deep blue water makes you come alive.

Five essentials you cannot live without when traveling?
1. Camera
2. Flip flops
3. Shades
4. Sun screen
5. Apres Sun Moisturiser

opens up to Sana Zehra on who needs a makeover!

What is the biggest fashion mistake women make?

Wrong shoes

Favourite place to find budget buys?

You can find them anywhere really, depends on how much you have in your pocket.

Favourite place to shop in Karachi and why?

Zainab Market because of the endless options

If you’d choose to give any celebrity a makeover who would it be and why?

Mathira for sure because she badly needs one!

What are the must-haves a woman must have in her closet at all times?

Basic black, basic white, denim and a pretty lawn suit (Just one?! We at GT don’t agree with that one!)

Favourite all time designer?

From couture fashion designers, I love the craftsmanship of Umar Sayeed, Shamaeel, Bunto etc. Out of high street brands, I think Stoneage and Outfitters are doing great work.

If one is really stuck and you don’t know what to wear, what would you suggest?

LBD (little black dress) or a white shirt/Khaadi top with blue denim.

Item worth splurging on?

Be a spontaneous buyer and buy something you really, really like.

Any suggestions for men?

Start wearing colour.

What are some of the famous names you’ve worked with?

Manchester City Football Club, Aditya Rai, Shahid Kapoor, Fawad Khan and almost all the celebs in Pakistan. I’ve also worked with a lot of international models including a show on Fashion TV in Gulf where I got a chance to work alongside Jean Claude Van Damme.

Who is your favourite person/celebrity to style at all times?

I would like to go back and style the Manchester City Football Club. Aditya Rao Kapoor was also so much fun to work with.

Who is the most difficult celebrity you’ve worked with?

Someone who is not a celeb but is pretending to be a celeb is always difficult to work with.

Who is your favourite makeup artist?

It varies but I like Vimi Joshi, the head makeup artist for MAC in the Middle East.

What is the worst makeup mistake women ever make?

They don’t know how to do makeup tbh (to be honest). Watching these videos does not make you a makeup artist. You need to enhance the features not slather on foundation and powder.

What is your favourite food?

French cuisine

Do you know how to cook?

Yes, at times I do cook. I love to experiment with food so give me ingredients and I will make you a dish.

Favourite vacation spot?

Europe, Europe, Europe! For the history, architecture and culture

Have you ever been in love?

Yes! Every second moment I am in love.

With whom?

Myself (laughs)

Any fashion related message?

Keep shopping, put it all together well and flaunt what you have got.

Any styling advice?

Just be yourself. Don’t wear a lot of things and come out looking like a clown.

What does GT mean to you?

Good Times!

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