Music conjures up memories of specific times and places and I believe, in the same way, so does our sense of smell. You only have to have a whiff of freshly baked bread to feel you are at home or the aroma of freshly cut grass to somehow feel like it is summer.
Kuoni, one of the premier travel companies in the UK, are currently running #ScentsofAdventure, a blog competition to help put The Maldives on their sensory map of the world and they are asking us to conjure up our sense of smell especially for this beautiful location. You could win a luxurious 7 night holiday to the Maafushivaru resort. You can find out more about holidays to the Maldives with Kuoni here.
If there was one smell which captured the The Maldives for me it would be that of the:
Why? Well there are a number of reasons. First and foremost it conjures up the exotic scent of a romantic tropical island – which of course The Maldives most certainly are. Added to that, there is the oil of the coconut widely used in massage lotions and sun creams, as well as soaps and cosmetics, which brings forward a smell you regularly associate with your holiday.
Then, of course, there is the wonderfully aromatic taste of coconut milk widely used in many flavorsome dishes by chefs all around the world including many dishes such as mains like curry and deserts such as a refreshing ice cream or scrummy macaroon.
The Coconut is also the national tree of The Maldives and is considered the most important plant in the country. The Coconut tree grows on all of the islands and, in years gone by, the leaves and timber were used for constructing houses.
It’s versatility makes almost every part of the coconut palm useful to humans in some form or another and gives it great economic value. Something the people of The Maldives must treasure. Another reason for it to be claimed as the scent of this beautiful location.
Finally, if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then how about a wonderfully fragrant Pina Colada, which famously includes cream of coconut together with pineapple and rum, whilst relaxing on a lounger enjoying the sun. To me this is the essence of a wonderful holiday.
If you would like to blog about which scent you believe should belong to The Maldives then you can enter the Kuoni competition here and be in with a chance of winning the holiday of a lifetime.