Sun, sea and skates – First outdoor ice skating rink opens in the Maldives

Get your winter fix in the sun. Maldives opens its first open air ice rink. Source: Sven Hansche/Shutterstock

IF you are stuck on whether to soak up the tropical sun this winter or head to the chillier parts of the world for snow sports, then we have the answer. Head to the Maldives where a full-size ice rink has just been constructed.

The ice rink uses a molecular technology, developed and provided by artificial ice plate company, Glice, who have also provided zero-energy rinks to the likes of Hardrock Café, Red Bull, Coca-Cola, and the Olympics.

Sun-worshippers can thank the Jumeirah Vittaveli Resort for setting up the novel attraction in time for Christmas, so winter vacationers can enjoy snorkeling in the India ocean and then hop over the ice rink for their festive fix.

While this latest addition to the luxury resort may be a first for the Maldives, practicing snow sports in some of the world’s most sun-soaked countries is nothing new.

Dubai is one of the hottest places on the planet, but that doesn’t stop it from using its sizable state funds to recreate the winter resorts of cooler climes.

Ski Dubai opened in 2005, providing residents and visitors a welcome break from the sweltering heat and sprawling sand dunes. The indoor ski resort is laid out over 22,550 square meters, and includes three lifts and five runs, including the first indoor black diamond run – not for amateurs.

China, Japan, and Singapore also offer their versions of indoor ski centers. Some on real, reinforced snow and others have magic revolving carpets that mean you can ski for hours without having to get back on a ski lift.