Sun Siyam Resorts

The staff at Sun Siyam Resorts found out I love sharks, and created this artwork on my bed covers one night. Pam LeBlanc photo

Forget bath towels folded into animal shapes. The Sun Siyam Resorts where I stayed in the Maldives Islands went a step farther. They used palm fronds to create works of art on top of my bed at night.

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I spent nearly two weeks in the Maldives in January, visiting three different resorts. When I arrived at each new hotel, someone had used fresh green fronds to spell out the words “Welcome Home” on my duvet.

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Staff artists use palm fronds to create artwork on the bed covers. Pam LeBlanc photo

The hotels – Siyam World, Sun Siyam Olhuveli and Sun Siyam Iru Veli – were all part of the same group of properties, operated by Sun Siyam Resorts.

But at Iru Veli, things got even more impressive. One night, I discovered a snaggle-toothed shark and a “good night” message on my bed. “We knew you liked sharks,” the head housekeeper told me.

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A manta ray and sea turtle glided across my bed covers the final night of my stay at Sun Siyam Iru Veli. Pam LeBlanc photo

And on my last night, I found a manta ray and a sea turtle gliding across my bed covers, along with the message “See you soon.”

The designs were delicate and beautiful, perfectly formed. Someone put a lot of effort into making them.

Now I want to try it at home. Somehow, though, I don’t think bits of cedar bark and handfuls of Texas leaves won’t look quite as good as tropical foliage.


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