Less than 40 days until I arrive at my dream destination with my husband-to-be. The Maldives has been on my hit list for quite some time and we couldn’t resist when planning our honeymoon. Obviously I will be more so out of contact while I am away for two weeks (Maldives for 11 nights, Singapore for 2) but upon my arrival home I look forward to sharing with you what I know will be an amazing review!
So where exactly?
The Maldives has fascinated me for a long time. Whilst planning my honeymoon with my fiancé we discovered that the Maldives is made up of about 26 islands. A lot of resorts occupy the whole island they are on! The Maldives is just north of the equator which means you are most likely to get hot weather all year round. The closest countries to the Maldives are India and Sri Lanka.
We will be flying from Australia up to Singapore (about eight hours) then a connecting four hour flight across to the islands. Our first stop (since we get in late) will be at the Traders Hotel. Traders is owned by Shangri-La and is located in the town centre close to the airport, great for quick overnight transit stays. I absolutely love the look of the rooftop infinity pool at this hotel. Check it out..
I can’t wait to try all the seafood dishes!
Next we head south to the bottom of the Maldives – which my fiancé is super excited about because of the good surf (hopefully for him – I will in the meantime be heading to the spa’s hehe). We will be staying at the new resort Maalifushi by COMO, which is a 40 minute seaplane flight from Male. Our agent recommended we take this flight during the day as it is a tourist attraction in itself.
COMO is a luxury hotel group with hundreds of escapes around the world. Both our five night stays in the Maldives will be at COMO resorts. Maalifushi is the first luxury resort in the Maldives to open in the Thaa Atoll in the archipelago’s southwest. Having only opened in November 2013 this resort will be celebrating almost one year when we arrive! Hooray for more celebrations! The resort was created by a Japanese architect and features a mix of 66 beach villas, overwater villas and garden suites. The style of the resort is sophisticated and understated with shallow lagoons, private terraces and lush greenery.
We decided to first stay in a beach / garden suite. I must say they look really good – breezy with lots of fresh air, an outdoor shower, your own personal lap pool and outdoor spa – ah heaven! See it for yourself..
Next stop – Cocoa Island!
This resort is made up of 33 overwater suites – imagine a traditional boat-like hut attached to one long wharf extending out onto the lagoon. I’m looking forward to waking up and jumping off the hut straight into the lagoon.
The package we got was fantastic – it included all accommodation, flights, transfers to and from the airport, honeymoon bonuses, spa credit and all breakfasts and dinners! So we don’t have to worry about overspending on food. And hopefully we can go diving in the warm waters!
Here are some fun facts about the Maldives I recently discovered:
- The Maldives was established by an exiled prince!
- 99% of the Maldives is water
- It is the lowest country in the world
- It is the smallest country in Asia
I cannot express how excited I am whilst writing this. I cannot wait to see more of the beautiful world!
Have you ever been to the Maldives or Bora Bora? Or is it on your travel list?
Psst… To see my photos from our honeymoon click here