June 29, 2017
Why Maldives? You ask.
When you imagine a paradise on Earth, where exactly do you imagine? Hawaii? The Bahamas? Maybe even Bali? Well, if you ask me, Maldives is a paradise on Earth.
Maldives is one of the most exotic, breathtaking locations in the world. The sun shines on the sparkling white beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, and colorful coral reefs. The seas are home to undisturbed and exotic marine life.
This gorgeous country offers a peaceful sanctuary from the harsh realities of the outside world. If you want secluded luxury, you will find it here.
In Maldives, there is a combined culture of Arabic, South Indian, and Sinhalese influences. This unique combination lends to some interesting culinary delights and exclusive gourmet meals.
Life is better by the sea, and Maldives is paradise by the sea!
Want a Dream Vacation in Maldives? Explore these 2 Amazing Hotels
In planning my trip around the world – whose script changed more than a few times, one of the stops I did not want to give up was Maldives.
Ah … the Maldives… just thinking about this heavenly place makes me want to go rushing back.
I honestly don’t think you will find a more stunning scenery in the Indian Ocean. The ocean is extremely clear, and the foliage is a mixture of palm, banana, and coconut, among others.
The country is made up of more ocean than land — 99% to be exact. In contrast, there are only about 300 square kilometers of land including all 1,192 islands which sometimes disappears depending on the tides.
There is so much to say about this hidden corner of the world, and not enough time to share it all. But as you can see, Maldives is one unique experience I didn’t want to miss out on having.
I was undecided on which hotel/resort to stay at because I was told how very different every island is. So I decided to split my time and go to two completely different islands and stay at one of the best hotel chains in the world — The Four Seasons.
The Four Seasons have two islands in the Maldives: Male and Landaa Giraavaru. Male is the capital of Maldives and features high-rise buildings, local markets, and an array of touristy type attractions. Landaa Giraavaru was my second destination and is the opposite of Male. Landaa Giraavaru is an island covered with tropical vegetation, white sand beaches, and offers it’s visitors peace and serenity.
The Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa
When I landed on Male, and after going through immigration, I was greeted by an employee of The Four Seasons, Kuda Huraa. This very friendly staff member from the hotel took me up to a comfortable waiting room within the airport where I sat and waited for my transportation to the hotel. This was contrary to other passengers who had to stand around waiting for a while before catching the boat to their hotels.
The time from the airport to the Four Seasons, Kuda Huraa, was 30 minutes by boat. It was a peaceful and enjoyable ride — then I arrived at the Kuda Huraa Four Seasons and was greeted by several smiling employees.
After checking in, I went to my room and even though I was expecting luxury accommodations, I was still pleasantly blown away by how beautiful the room was. My room was waterfront with gorgeous views both inside and out, and all of the luxury items a girl could ask for.
Wanting to grab a bite to eat, I found there were four different restaurants, and two lounges to choose between. The food was both beautiful and tasty, and of course the service outstanding.
The next day I was so excited to be waking up in paradise that I almost forgot about all of the daily activities the hotel offers: yoga, diving, spa treatments, and visits to local villages. The hotel also has a great gym. But to be honest, I didn’t partake in many of the activities as I was very happy just snorkeling and relaxing by the pool. However, it was really nice to have so many options.
Overall I would have to say the resort itself is beautiful, the rooms are perfect, and the food is delicious, but it is the attention to detail and service that makes The Four Seasons Kuda Huraa exceptional.
The Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru
After a glorious few days on Male, it was time to move on — the time between the Four Seasons at Kuda Hurra and the Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru by seaplane is only 45 minutes, and a very easy trip.
Although Male was a beautiful location, Landaa Giraavaru took my breath away. The stunning natural beauty and quite serene views were glorious.
My adventures on Landaa Giraavaru began with a short drive through the jungle which offered fabulous views of the other resorts.
Arriving at the Four Seasons, I saw wild exotic vegetation which made the island look more like a forest than an island. But then there was white sandy beaches and water surrounding it on all sides.
During check-in, I was given a key to one of 131 villas spread throughout this huge resort. I stayed in a villa on the beach with a swimming pool. I would absolutely recommend anyone visiting here do the same as it is so private and the size of the village is very comfortable. It really felt much more like I was staying a secluded beach house than at a resort.
The resort is so big that when I arrived in my village, bikes were waiting for me to use. I have to say that strolling on a bicycle around the resort was fun!
I chose to have food delivered to my room a few times, but there were also four restaurants, and there lounges that I enjoyed dining at in the village. The themed restaurants are fantastic!
For fun, I looked into the exceptional opportunities for diving which included diving with manta rays. Swimming in the clear water, looking at brightly colored fish and coral, and having manta rays surround you is an experience everyone should have and the Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru provides that opportunity.
Looking back over my adventures in Maldives, I am so happy that I chose to split my time between the two islands. It allowed me to explore two very different parts of this country. Sure, if you only wanted to go to one resort either of these locations is great. But, if you can work it out so that you can go to two, these two Four Seasons are the absolute best and offer the best that Maldives has to offer.
In addition to sharing my experience with traveling to Maldives, I also thought I would share a few important tips that I learned while being here.
- Wear sunscreen. The intense equatorial sun is not kind.
- Do not forget to bring a camera that is waterproof to photograph your adventures.
- What to bring: my recommendation is to take very little: shorts, lightweight tops, beach dresses, bikinis and flip flops.
- Look at your calendar and plan not to travel during the rainy season. During the rainy season, the weather is not suitable for diving, and it’s windy.
For more information on my trip to Maldives or with any questions you have about where to stay, contact me — I would love to help you plan your vacation to Maldives!!!!