- Club Med’s exclusive island getaway, Finolhu Villas, is a 40-minute power boat ride from the Maldives capital Male
- It consists of just 52 villas on the beach or over the water and each with a private butler and a mini swimming pool
- All-inclusive luxury includes a la carte dining, two snorkelling trips a day and ferry trips to another Club Med island
Taking the plunge: The communal area features this huge infinity pool over looking the lagoon and next to a bar which serves a huge range of cocktails
Our snorkel guide was looking animated, jabbing his finger down towards a colourful patch of coral.
He flipped over in the water and propelled himself down the side of the reef as we tried to work out what had caught his eye.
And then it appeared, the dark outline of a giant eagle ray, gliding along a drop off, descending effortlessly through the tropical waters, scattering brightly-coloured reef fish this way and that. This was the Maldives I had heard about and as we swam along the reef, the sea life just kept coming.
Spectacular: The resort is just two years old and is powered by solar panels while villas are made out of sustainable materials
Into the blue: Each ‘over-water’ villa has its own private butler and a mini swimming pool as well as steps down into the crystal clear water
Comfort: The villas are fitted out with luxury fittings while the doors open out on to a deck with a swimming pool and glorious views
Paradise: There are more than 50 private villas on Club Med’s Maldives eco-island, each with their own swimming pool and stunning views
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- Photographer Fabien Astre, 32, spent a year documenting life on the Pacific islands, which lie south of the equator
- He said on the 1,000 plus islands that make up the nation, you feel worlds away from everything you’ve ever known
- Astre saw the island where John F Kennedy was stranded during WW II when his ship was sunk by the Japanese
Life has remained the same for thousands of years on the Solomon Islands.
The locals still get around in the same dugout canoes as their ancestors, the moon is used as a calendar in rural areas – the days of the week meaning nothing – and the marine environment largely shapes the islanders’ fortunes, as it always has.
French photographer Fabien Astre, 32, spent a year documenting life on the Pacific islands, which lie just south of the equator, and his images reveal how truly magical and alluring they are.
He said: ‘No matter which island you are on, of the 1,000 plus islands that make up the archipelago nation, you are guaranteed to feel worlds away from everything you’ve ever known.
‘Despite the diversity of the population, over 70 languages are spoken, Solomon Islanders all continue to have one thing in common – the ocean sustains them.’
Astre explored emerald-coloured lagoons, the island where John F Kennedy was stranded in World War II and vibrant marketplaces, where stall owners sometimes sleep next to their produce for a whole week. Here he tells a story, in pictures and words, of a place that’s truly timeless.
The Solomon Islands contain thousands of isles and are known for their emerald lagoons and exotic fish
French photographer Fabien Astre, 32, spent a year documenting life on the Solomon Islands, where residents travel in dugout canoes, a boat made from a hollowed tree trunk. Astre said: ‘Solomon Islanders make paddling a dugout look incredibly easy… but looks can be deceiving’
Astre said: ‘Nearby Olasana Island is like all the others with its white sand beach, reef for snorkeling and no crowds. Kennedy Island can be seen in the distance’
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The feud between the FBI and the Department of Justice over whether or not to proceed with charges against Hillary Clinton in the ongoing email investigation just took an unexpected turn.
Recall that one month ago, we found out that on one hand, the FBI is seemingly hell-bent on chasing down every possibly angle involving Hillary’s email abuse, when we reported that one hundred forty-seven FBI agents have been deployed to chase down clues and leads and that the FBI has accelerated the investigation because officials want to avoid the possibility of announcing any action too close to the election. A former Clinton staffer is also cooperating with that investigation, and it’s believed Clinton herself will be questioned.
The flipside has been the Department of Justice which has been stonewalling the probe every step of the way. It hasn’t been alone in its unwillingness to pursue Hillary: on April 1, the state department announced that it is suspending its probe of “top secret” Clinton emails.
The divergence of these two paths, one which wants to get to the bottom of Hillary’s email probe and the other which is dead set on blocking it, has led online betting markets such as PredictIt to put the the odds of federal charges being filed against Hillary at record lows.
Which, paradoxically, could be bad news for Hillary.
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