Where more than in the Maldives does a picture paint a thousand words. It is hard to really describe how beautiful this archipelago of almost 2000 islands is, so following my and Tara's recent trip we decided to show you our own personal photos – unedited and unfiltered – these are genuinely what it is really like in the Maldives.
When flying into Male you can’t help but be glued to the plane window as soon as you see all the tiny little turquoise dots appear. The aerial view, with all the little coral islands making up each of the 26 atolls, is totally unique and there is nowhere really like it in the world.
First stop was one of the pioneers of the luxury hotel industry in the Maldives and is still very much considered one of the best resorts, the small but perfectly formed Huvafen Fushi. Its wonderfully spacious villas and laid-back atmosphere (complete with live music from local Maldivian band) got us straight into the relaxed feeling of the Maldives.
Next stop, down to the very south of the Maldives to Six Senses Laamu which you can’t help but fall in love with. For those wondering if the extra domestic flight is worth it – the answer is simply yes. One of our favourite things about the island is the bikes (complete with personalised number plates) that everyone uses to get around. Oh and how could we forget in room dining on our own little over water table!
When anyone talks about the Maldives, the sea and underwater life of course always comes up. For Tara it was her first snorkelling experience. Where better to put on a mask and flippers for the first time and to witness the amazing marine life first hand. From parrot fish to trigger fish with plenty of reef sharks, dolphins and sting rays – it was an unforgettable experience.
Following Six Senses we headed north for our first sea plane ride to Cheval Blanc. As if catching a sea plane was not exciting enough Cheval Blanc have their own, super luxury private plane which drops you off on their perfectly manicured jetty. The staff greeted us with a smiley “Bonjour Madame” and we immediately knew we were at one of the best resorts in the Maldives, if not the world. Owned by the LVMH Group the resort must be seen to be believed. Everything is of the highest quality and they even built the island to make sure everything was perfect. Our highlight was the spa, located on its own private island, where we had a go at aerial yoga!
A popular theme in the Maldives is sustainability and nowhere works harder on this than the next hotel on our tour, Soneva Jani who are the first island to recycle their own plastic. This said, guests do not sacrifice any amount of luxury or wow by being at a more “eco” resort. There are huge villas, with sliding open roofs and each with their own slide into the sea left us speechless. Plus, the (relatively!) large untouched island to explore felt totally different to anywhere else in the Maldives.
Our second last stop was a quick trip to one of our favourite resorts, Four Seasons Landaa Giravaruu. We knew, thanks to their well-known name, that the service would be impeccable (and it was!) and we were so impressed by everything they had to offer – from amazing accommodation (including a private island that left us desperately not wanting to leave) to their marine discovery centre (where children can become Manta Ray Scientists for the day) – this really was a resort to suit every different kind of guest.
Vakkaru was our final stop and by this point we didn’t think it could beat the amazing resorts we had seen – but it did. One of the new kids on the block it has a lot to live up to but the incredible space and quality of the accommodation (with the biggest bath tubs) and the warm and friendly staff immediately made us fall in love with the resort. A true highlight was the food, immaculately overseen by chef Philippe Wagenfuhrer who blew us away with his exquisite dishes.
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