Simploring 2017 (94) Akula Island

After my visit to Sunfall just a few weeks ago (read here) I got in contact to Freya Spellhunter, one of the owners of Sunfall. We had a very nice correspondence. She first pointed out that Sara Greene, the other owner of Sunfall, did most of the work in creating this sim and that the credits should go to her. She also told me, that there’s another sim in the immediate neighbourhood that I may not have noticed. It’s a tropical retreat, created and owned by Sara Greene and it is open to the public – Akula Island.

As it is cold outside and Winter is coming, why not spent my Sunday afternoon, November 26th, in the sun on a tropical island?
Akula island is a beautiful and romantic place. I rarely saw a sim with that many spots to cuddle and dance. It offers a large and long beach, two waterfalls, event space and bar, several huts (with beds *winks*), some oddities like the upper part of the Statue of Liberty at one beach or the Nautilus submarine. I would count the old sailing ship as an oddity too, as Akula island has not a historical setting. Don’t get me wrong, these oddities spice up the island and do fit, we’re in a virtual world. At one hut I found a board with the inscript “The only read things in Second Life are our feelings, so please take care of eachother“. There’s nothing to add to this statement.

November 26th: Impressions of Akula Island (1)

Akula island is an adult sim, you can be naked there at the beach or anywhere else. The landmark I got led me to the middle of the island but I found another spot that might be the intended landing spot having a board with the islands name and a warning that you might see people naked aorund here. The landmark description is short and hits the mails head “Tropical jungle beach hangout. Clothing Optional.”

November 26th: Impressions of Akula Island (2)

You can go everywhere on Akula island, all houses and huts and all areas are open to the public. Exploring and discovering it was great fun for me. You might just have a problem to decide where’s the best and most romantic spot here. The many pictures, that I took, might give you a food impression.
Thank you Sara Greene for providing your tropical Akula island to the public!

November 26th: Diomita visiting Akula Island

Landmark to Akula Island
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleannbogh2/121/132/24

Simploring 2017 (85) Sunfall

Sunday, October 22nd, I was up for a simploring tour. I checked Inara Pey’s blog as well as the SL desination guide but no sim attracted my direct attention. I was looking for fall and not for an Halloweeen sim. Finally I used the inworld search function of SL for “Autumn” and I selected “Sunfall” for my simploring tour:
“Autumn has arrived! The sim is bursting with fall colors.
Wander around this beautiful landscape, spot the dragonflies dancing on the stream, climb the lighthouse tower or relax on the beach, watch the waves at smugglers rock.
Shopping too!”

Sunfall – an overview

Sunfall is a full sim, divided in three parts: Sunfall Landing, House of Spheres and Pestique Furniture. The landing point is on the beach of Sunfall Landing and I got an automatic greeting “Sunfall: Hello Diomita Maurer. Welcome to Sunfall Landing, enjoy your visit 🙂 Relax in this romantic nature sim. Wander around on foot or use the signposts to TP. Home of the mainstores of House of Spheres and Pestique.”

Impressions of The House of Spheres

Sunfall is another example how to combine business with a public sim, that also offers opportunities to walk, to sit and cuddle, to explore, take pictures and to have fun. A customer service that I appreciate. I never heard of “The House of Spheres”. This part of the sim and the shop are owned by Freya Spellhunter. The House of Spheres offers floral arrangements and decorations. I really like the presentation of the flowers in a greenhouse. And in SL flowers don’t fade but stay in shape and in their colours.

Impressions of Pestique Furniture

Pestique Furniture is the part of Sunfall, that is owned by Sara Greene and hosts her shop. Pestique offers all kind of furniture and decoration, everything you need for home and garden. The modern 3-story store does not really fit into the environment but exhibiting furniture needs some space. While I liked the greenhouse used as a store for the floral arrangements, I think also the modern building next to the greenhouse, where Freya exhibits decorations (right now of course Halloween) looks a bit like a contaminant.

Sunfall: The waterfall, the lighthouse and the sauna in the rocks

As mentioned the signposts do not point to the spots to visit but are used as TP Points to bring you around in Sunfall if you don’t go on foot. Besides the Greenhouse, the House of Spheres and Pestique, you can visit the Lighthouse, the Waterfall and two beaches. I went to all places. The sim is lovely and offers some really nice spots. In the end of my visit, I discovered a sauna that is build into the rocks. For sure a nice place for a sauna as you can enjoy the view outside. And Autumn? Well my desire to visit a real Autumn place with all the colourful leaves was not really satisfied. But nonetheless I found a nice place to go to and I appreciate this way of doing business in SL. It gives a bonus to the cutomers. Thank you Freya Spellhunter and Sara Greene. I enjoyed my visit.

At the beaches of Sunfall

Landmark to Sunfall
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleannbogh/14/128/21