One of my favourite days from our honeymoon in the Maldives involved sailing. We took out one of the resorts Catamaran’s for a couple of hours and sailed around our island (Cocoa Island). To see my island tour click here. There was the perfect breeze on this day which let us sail all the way around (we spent around two hours slowly circling the island). Luckily my hubby was quite good at operating the sails, so I mainly got to sit back, lounging and enjoying the superb island views.
My favourite thing about traveling is experiencing new cultures and ways of life. The Maldives provided nothing short of resorts and hotels that really allowed their guests to experience the Maldivian Island lifestyle. Cocoa Island is a resort only a forty minute speed boat trip from the capital Male. It is the sister island to Maalifushi, and although it isn’t as new as Maalifushi, it is still one amazing island.
When you are isolated and living the island life for 14 days in the Maldives it is crucial to have a good set of bikinis. Luckily I had this bright Triangl bikini set gifted to me from the girls at Triangl (available here). I liked this swimwear set because it was quite a tough wetsuit material but unfortunately the colour did fade – probably from too much Maldives sun and sea salt!
Towards the end of our stay on the first island, Maalifushi by Como in the Maldives, we spent the morning photographing around the island. Maalifushi, approximately 800 metres long, consists of various styles of accommodation including over the water bungalows and beach and garden suites. I think the best asset of this island is that every guest gets their own private pool with their accommodation. How awesome is that!
Another great thing about staying on this island is that once you’re on, everything is there for you to enjoy – free of charge! (mostly!) You can hire catamarans, paddle boards, kayaks, bikes… all for free! They have complimentary snorkelling tours around the island reefs, volleyball games for guests as well as complimentary yoga classes at 4pm each day in the Como Shambala spa.
There are a few extras you can choose to pay for – for example we did a snorkelling trip with turtles and manta rays and my husband went out surfing on an amazing reef break 30mins away from the island. Prices range from 40-250 US dollars. There is also an incredible spa there where we booked multiple massages (Indian, traditional Maldivian) and facials. The spa also has separate men and women’s sauna’s and steam rooms and there is also a gym.
On top of all this the island includes two restaurants – serving a variety of food, although mainly seafood, Japanese and Indian inspired. There is also a pizza bar with a stone oven. And service is fantastic! They have a ratio of 3 employees to every guest so you can imagine how great it is. For example I was sitting around the pool and as I bit into my apple it fell out of my hand – and within a second someone was there to pick it up! Around the pool area they also serve complimentary water, fruit and towels.
I really have nothing bad to say about this island. Everything is brand new being only one year old! The rooms are fantastic featuring outdoor and monsoon showers and large jacuzzi like baths. They are very spacious and let in lots of natural light. The water around the island is so warm and clear, I’ve never seen anything like it. And the variety of fish and coral you get to see is incredible.
We visited the island for five nights in October and I think it was the perfect amount of time to stay. It’s a good amount of time to slow down, unwind and get through some activities (they give you an activity sheet upon arrival so you can plan out how to spend your time there). The only thing I would say is to not spend much longer on the same island as you can get island fever – especially if you are used to big cities! The weather was 30 degrees everyday mostly sunny, only raining one afternoon for a couple of hours. You can sometimes see dark storm clouds on the horizon, but that’s expected when you’re on the tropics.
Overall amazing accommodation, service, beautiful people and food, and stunning plants, animals and sea life. I would love to visit again! Enjoy these photographs x
One of my favourite outfits from my stay at the Maldives. Lightweight, breezy and a mix of cool whites and blues. Perfect to through over after a swim or dress up for dinner on the beach.
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