What other place on the earth to choose for celebrating our Wedding Silver Anniversary than Maldives ?
There are no direct flights from Mumbai or Pune to Maldives so we decided to go via Chennai. ( Pune->Chennai->Colombo->Male). One good thing about about Maldives is that Indian passport holders do not require any visa to visit Maldives.
Maldives is made of 1000+ islands, out of which around 300 islands are being used either for living and for resorts. I think around 200 islands are having resorts. Typically, there is one resort on one island.
After arriving in Male in the afternoon, we were greeted by Taj Vivanta staff and then transferred to the Hotel via Motor boat. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the hotel and during the transfer, you can see beautiful islands and blue lagoons. You get to see the trailer of what is waiting for you at the resort !!
After reaching our island/resort, we were greeted by the manager & chief chef. We were directly taken to our beach villa. We had booked a days’ stay in “Beach Villa” and 2 days in “Water Villa”. The Hotel is on 6 acre island and on the one side of the island facing beaches are the “Beach villas” and the other side of the islands are having the “Water Villas” right into the blue lagoon around the resort. The resort also has some spots like Moon deck where you can have a private dinner. The water around hotel is very clear & blue and the beaches are of white sand. You can just go out to watch beautiful calm blue sea and experience the tranquility.
You can do a lot of water sports activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking in the lagoons around the hotel. We took some snorkeling lessons and did a lot of snorkeling around the blue lagoon of the resort. We could see some beautiful corals and fish. This was one of the best activity at the resort. Even if you do not know the swimming, you can do snorkeling with the help of life jackets. The visit to Maldives will not be complete without snorkeling !
We also did one fishing excursion. We could catch a Tuna and a few red snipers. One interesting part about fishing is that you can ask the Chef to cook the fish that you catch.
We went for a half board ( Breakfast and one meal), which was enough for the day after a heavy breakfast at their restaurant – Latitude. The good thing I like about breakfast ( and meal also) is that they do not have a buffet, everything is made to order & fresh. The spread is fantastic with variety of cousins – Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Continental, etc. Apart from Latitude, they have 2 other restaurants – Grill and Pizzeria.
Everyday at 5 PM stingrays come to one of the resort beaches, where you can feed them the raw fish. Along with stingrays, a few baby sharks also come to eat the raw fish.
The water villas are too good and I strongly recommend to book at least a day there. The villa is quite big and modern. The villa opens up to the Ocean on one side. It has a private deck where you can relax while watching clam beautiful blue ocean and blue sky. In the night, you can see beautiful stars on the skyline.
While we were leaving the resort for the return ferry, all the senior staff were there to see us off !! In a few days stay, we started to develop the belongingness towards the resort and as we were leaving, we already started to get a feeling of how much we will miss beautiful Maldives – clam & clean beaches, blue lagoons and good food !