Our first trip to the Maldives was unforgettable, we returned home feeling completely rejuvenated and relaxed. From the mesmerising colour of the water to the mouth-watering local cuisine, everything oozed luxury.
Highlights of our Maldives trip include snorkelling and seeing the vivid colours of the coral and the incredible manta rays at Four Seasons Resort Maldives At Kuda Huraa and sleeping out under the stars at Gili Lankanfushi.
This is a truly Robinson Crusoe style resort, it is incredibly eco-friendly, natural and wild, guests rarely wear shoes and it makes you feel as though you are staying in the heart of the jungle. On arrival we were taken out on a boat to our very own private sandbank to enjoy canapés and Champagne and watch the beautiful sunset, you are even able to camp on the sandbank if you wish and experience sleeping under the stars, surrounded by lapping waves. Make sure you spend an evening dining on the star light table in the very top of the restaurant at Fresh; it is truly an enchanting experience. Fresh use all organic ingredients in their dishes which they grow themselves and the food is simply divine. Also be certain to toast the occasion with a glass of Soneva's ginger Champagne.
Soneva Fushi is the perfect eco-friendly hideaway for those searching for understated luxury surrounded by rich vegetation and crystal clear waters.
On arrival we indulged with a welcome meal at Blu, the resort's contemporary Italian restaurant, where we tried the pink pasta which was delicious, whilst gazing out over the beautiful turquoise water. Followed by cocktails at the Seabar situated at the end of the jetty and dancing to music from the resident DJ. The next day we relaxed by the pool and devoured as many different flavours of sorbet as we possibly could, such as lemon grass, coconut, guava and pomegranate.
You arrive at Four Seasons Resort Maldives At Landaa Giraavaru by seaplane and from the moment you touch land you are surrounded by an enchanting unspoilt environment.
The water villas we stayed in have their own pools that meet the sea and are separated by only a glass wall, so we spent our first morning swimming and diving, to watch the colourful marine life. In the evening we dined at Baraabaru where the chef uses family recipes passed down to him from his mother and we enjoyed the most incredible Indian cuisine. That night we relaxed beneath the stars in the torch lit Night Spa appreciating the cool tropical evening breeze and experiencing the island's lunar spa ritual devised by Sodashi to attune our body's natural rhythms.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives At Kuda Huraa reflects all the charm and intimacy of a traditional Maldivian village, with its restaurants and recreational facilities at the heart of the resort encircled by beach and water bungalows.
On arrival we were taken to our room and welcomed with a relaxing foot massage to rejuvenate us after our long journey. This put us in the mood for a morning of pampering, so we went for a Watsu massage, a treatment performed whilst you float weightlessly in a salt water pool, followed by a rehydration skin treatment at the sun spa. Later on that day we tried out our artistic skills in Club One's boutique art studio with a lesson from the resort's resident artist.
One&Only Reethi Rah is great for families and couples alike, adults will love indulging in a number of fascinating spa treatments, while children will excite at the range of adventurous activities available, such as a climbing wall in the middle of the ocean. .
Baros is a small but beautiful island; we spent the morning enjoying a yoga class out on a sand bank in the middle of the ocean, learning how to improve our posture, strength and flexibility. In the evening we dined at the Lighthouse Restaurant, an overwater pavilion with a white sail on the roof which you can see for miles as the island comes into view. I tried mouth-watering flaming lobster soup, followed by Kadaif pastry wrapped tiger prawns, cooked to perfection.
Baros is the perfect location for couples seeking a secluded romantic holiday in paradise.
Conrad Maldives spans across two idyllic islands, the main island of Rangalifinolhu is great for families, it includes a number of unique features just for children, such as the Ice Cream Spa, where kids can devour as much ice cream as they wish, available in endless exciting flavours. Across the bridge, Rangali Island is scattered with enchanting water villas set on stilts over the lagoon, these are most popular with couples seeking quality time together surrounded by natural beauty. Excursions include a two person submarine dive to see the resident mantarays and other exotic marine life. During our visit we spent an evening in The Cheese and Wine Bar with the lead sommelier, leaning about flavours that best complement each other. The floor in the wine bar is covered in black volcanic sand imported from New Zealand, so you can enjoy your night barefoot.
It is hard to find a location as stunning as Conrad Maldives; it is its own nirvana.
Six Senses Laamu is an impressive resort set upon a beautiful beach, famous for its incredible surf. The water villas have outdoor bathrooms so you can relax in the tub whilst watching the exotic marine life. We spent our day relaxing in the sun and appreciating the breath-taking views whilst trying as many flavours as we could of their 46 different homemade ice creams.
This resort offers the ultimate in luxury in an eco-friendly setting; with Guest Experience Makers always on hand to take care of anything you may want or need.
This luxurious barefoot property is styled with natural rustic decor and is considered one of the finest water villa resorts in the world. They only serve organic fresh ingredients, which they grow themselves and use to create the most exquisite cuisine; which we had the pleasure of enjoying by moon light in our villa garden and over dinner in the gourmet wine cellar. We spent most of our time soaking up the sun whilst reading our books and lounging in hammocks in the middle of the sea, but we did venture to the resort's dive school for an exciting training session, the morning before we left.
The highlight of our stay was sleeping out under the stars on the roof of our villa and being woken up by the warmth of the morning sun.