Review — Maldives luxury, it all began at Kurumba
Review — The thick grove of over 500 palm trees, gives little hint of the 5 star, 180 room luxury resort hidden in its shade. Kurumba is Dhivehi for coconut and synonymous with the birthplace of the multi million dollar tourist industry of Maldives.
Review — At Coco Bodu Hithi it’s pure indulgence all the way
Review — “May I help you unpack Madam?” asks Mahon my handsome private butler from Chennai, India. I hold up my daypack and flippers, that’s all I’ve brought. “Should I open the champagne for you?” he says pointing to a bottle of Taittinger chilling in an ice bucket in the living room of my overwater residence. I check my watch. It’s 11:30 am, but hey why not, I’ve got nothing else to do other than cool down in my private infinity plunge pool on the spacious split-level deck or maybe slip on the flippers and check out the fine house reef right outside my villa. But before I do anything that adventurous I check out the villa itself, which is the size of a small house. There’s an extensive pillow menu on my bedside table, yes, a pillow menu, the curtains in front of my oversized bed can be controlled by remote control and, on request, Mahon will fill the massive bathtub that overlooks the turquoise lagoon with a luxurious bath, to go with the French bubbles I am about to taste.
Review — Can you locate Shangri-La on a map?
Review — When James Hilton described his fictive paradise of exotic earthly bliss by that name in 1933 in his seminal novel Lost Horizon, few people would have known how to identify Maldives on a map, let alone Villingili island in heart shaped Addu atoll. Today several scheduled daily flights take you to Gan International Airport at the southernmost tip of Maldives, just below the equator. Taking a 70 minute domestic flight after your international flight might seem a stretch, but if it weren’t out of this world, it wouldn’t be Shangri-La, right?
Review — Jen’s Kitchen: hotel food for everyone at affordable prices
Review — Hotel Jen officially opened Jen’s Kitchen On-The-Go On Thursday with live music, mascots, dancing waiters and free tastings.
Review — How to do barefoot luxury in real style
Review — “I want my guests to emerge from the natural jungle into a landscaped garden,” says Paul Vincent Benedict Brown in his clipped English accent. He makes me stop and open my eyes to this subtle yet dramatic change in landscape, marking the natural entrance of Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island, one of the world’s most exclusive private islands.
Review — Eriyadu stands for affordable, laid-back Maldives
Review — It’s a 50 minute speedboat ride to the tiny, oval-shaped island of Eriyadu which sits alone, just behind the outside rim of the North Malé atoll. The day I visit, it’s school holidays and the speedboat is packed. There is just enough time to catch the sunset from the deck of the overwater restaurant and bar, the only overwater structure in this small, no frills resort.
Review — Time out in paradise
Review — My descent to Amilla Fushi was almost unbearably poetic, as the seaplane landed right by the island to the sight of the setting sun painting a kaleidoscope of color unto the largely white architectural canvas of My Island Home.
Review — Arena Beach Maldives – a tranquil, island retreat
Review — Reachable from Malé in about 90 minutes by ferry and 30 minutes by speedboat, Arena Beach is located in the island of Maafushi, where the thriving guest house business originated in the Maldives. With over 40 hotels now operating in Maafushi Island, Arena Beach is conveniently situated right across the beachfront giving guests a spectacular view of the northern seashore and blue lagoons of the island.
Two all-time aquatic experiences with Manta Rays and The Golden Wall At Anantara Kihavah
Encounters with Manta Rays and Anantara Kihavah Villas’ house reef ‘The Golden Wall’ are two lifetime experiences snorkellers of every ability shouldn’t miss out on. The manta ray is one of the most mysterious and largest fish in the ocean with wingspans of up to 5 metres or more and Anantara Kihavah Villas offers your best opportunity to encounter these amazing creatures in their natural annual migration to The Maldives.
Review — Anantara Kihavah Villas combines desert island with contemporary chic
Review — Aun, our villa host, has prepared a footbath strewn with flower petals on the ocean-facing porch of our beach villa. Our feet are hardly tired – we have arrived in all comfort by speedboat from Soneva Fushi, also in the UNESCO listed biosphere of Baa atoll, 30 minutes from the International Airport – but a footbath is a nice way to take in the new environment of this resort. It couldn’t be anymore different from Soneva Fushi and its barefoot luxury, Robinson Crusoe feel.
Review — Indulge in Unpretentious Luxury at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Review – “My feet get a lot of attention,” says our barefoot pilot as we say goodbye with one last photo after a scenic 30 minute seaplane ride that has taken us from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport north to Baa atoll. A traditional Dhoni meets us at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and we are greeted by a member of the reception staff who has also opted to go barefoot.
Review — Canopus Retreat is welcoming new markets to Thulusdhoo
In the Maldives your holiday begins before you step ashore. Whether you are traveling by seaplane, speedboat or local ferry, the journey is part of the adventure. The white and blue wooden dhoni that takes us to Thulusdhoo on a Thursday afternoon is packed with scooters, locals and half a dozen Westerners with backpacks. It’s the weekend and everybody is excited to get away from the hustle and bustle of Malé. We sail past resort islands, a fish processing plant, the local islands of Huraa and Himmafushi. By the time we reach Thulusdhoo, one and a half hours later, crowded Malé feels a long way away.
Soneva Fushi pairs Robinson Crusoe fantasy with Intelligent Luxury
“May I take your shoes?” asks Xain our personal Mr. Friday. Our sandals disappear into a cotton bag, where they will remain for the duration of our stay. We have arrived by seaplane at Soneva Fushi ‘international airport’, a small pontoon in the UNESCO-listed waters of Baa atoll, and are whisked by speedboat to Kunfunadhoo Island. Stepping ashore barefoot feels like an initiation rite into the Soneva Fushi SLOW LIFE ethos.
Review — Discover Maldives off the beaten track at Holiday Home Kelaa
Review — Since the first guesthouse opened its doors on Maafushi Island close to Malé in 2010, you can now have a tropical budget holiday on a local island in just about every one of the 26 atolls across the Maldivian archipelago. But getting to the remoter atolls involves costly transfers by speedboat and/or domestic plane and you might wonder whether it’s worth the extra expense.