Welcome to Heaven on Earth….assume that must be all I ought to say as anything and I don’t assume I might do it justice…but I’ll attempt!
Whenever you think of the Maldives you consider absolute luxury, crystal clear waters and many various shades of blue from the ocean to the sky. Wanting on the footage on instagram you swear a filter has been utilized however now I can formally say ‘no’ what you see IS what you get! The Maldives has been on my bucket record for as long as I can keep in mind and it didn’t disappoint.
I opted to stay at the luxurious resort of Milaidhoo as after doing my research I decided to remain in a smaller boutique resort to actually have the ability to take pleasure in some peace and quiet and a break from the loopy 24/7 way of life of London. I needed something that may supply us quite a lot of activities and the pliability and choice to have the ability to create an experience based mostly on our personal aspirations and most significantly something authentic that allowed me to expertise the Maldives in it’s true self fairly than a resort that was too targeted on pandering to the worldwide crowds. This is something that Milaidhoo satisfaction themselves on and it was the best way they talked about themselves that basically gained me other. They check with their expertise as ‘reinvented luxury’ and say they like visitors to put in writing their very own ‘story of a small island’ Now this is all pretty advertising speak but from the moment you hit their web site to the second you meet their representative on the airport in Male (we had the stunning Lee) to landing on the resort to the very last second before you board the seaplane residence the message and expertise stays the same. Every single one in every of their employees that we met, displayed a true ardour for the island and in addition for the experience we have been about to take pleasure in. Once you arrive on to the island you’re launched to your ‘island host’ (we had the sensible Karen) who exhibits you to your room and turns into your personal go to individual for anything. You will have her cellular number to contact and once more creates a relationship that is extra private than simply calling the front desk. I can truthfully say I can’t examine Milaidhoo to another resort. It is a stand alone and stand out life experience that has not just meant a tick off on my bucket listing however it’s added a field I hadn’t even placed on my listing!
In the event you’re eager about staying right here, don’t assume it, BOOK it! You’ll not be sorry.
LOCATION: UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve 126 km northwest of Male
HOW TO GET THERE: Only 35 min seaplane from Male.
A Milaidhoo representative meets you as you first arrive and escorts you and your baggage to verify in in your subsequent journey…the seaplane. That is usually a very quick procedure and then you definitely’re pushed in a personal air conditioned automotive to their exclusive government lounge with an offering of snacks, drinks, restrooms and wifi to let you wait in comfort. Once you’re your aircraft is ready to depart you’re then taken pretty much direct to the aircraft so the boarding is super quick. The sea aircraft seats about 15 individuals complete as it is extremely small so ensure you adhere to the bags weight restrictions as they do verify! However that is the Maldives you don’t want a lot, just some swimwear and sunscreen and also you’ll be pleased!
The sea aircraft was one in every of my favorite elements of the trip, though noisy (you’re given ear plugs) the views are spectacular. Seeing all the gorgeous islands and the reefs from overhead is breath-taking and not to mention all of the totally different colours of the ocean. Undoubtedly not one to sleep by means of. Plus for those a bit fearful concerning the flight, it was easy and the take off and landing have been super clean. Once you land the aircraft is related to a jetty where you disembark and watch for the resorts boat to return and meet you. You possibly can see the resort from the jetty so the boat journey is literally just one minute and if you arrive into the resort officially, you’re greeted by the employees with drinks and towels. An awesome welcome to the start of an even more superb experience.
Water Pool Villas (245 sq m)
Whenever you think of the Maldives, let’s be trustworthy it’s the water villas that you simply conjure up in your head. These are actually the smaller and are the entry degree villas on the island but let me be clear there’s nothing small about this villa. The mattress is ginormous and insanely snug, you’ve gotten a stroll in wardrobe room, an enormous toilet together with his/her sinks, a bathe that lets in the morning daylight via it’s personal flooring to ceiling glass window and not to point out its pretty massive oval tub that you could sit in with the glass doorways absolutely open exposing you to your personal terrace with a 42sq m personal infinity pool overlooking the gorgeous ocean – add a glass of champagne and this can be a moment to remember. For those who might press pause on anybody second this is it!
Sleeping over the water provides you a tremendous natural sound effect of the waves to softly lull you to sleep. We opted to maintain the curtains open permitting us to be woken naturally when the sun came up round 6.15am (I’ve a 16 month previous so this felt like a lie in!)
Seashore Pool Villas (290 sq m)
The beautiful interiors of the Milaidhoo seashore pool villas
We stayed in one of many Dawn seashore pool villa’s once we first arrived and wow have been we blown away. As I’ve stated earlier than the photographs nonetheless don’t seem to do that island justice. The seashore villas are larger than the water ones but still supply direct access to the ocean to benefit from the unimaginable snorkelling that this island has to supply. Their giant flooring to ceiling glass doors retract to showcase a 180-degree view the place indoors and outside turn out to be blurred.
Waking up in the morning and with the ability to take pleasure in a cup of tea in your terrace watching the sunrise after which either taking a refreshing get up dip in your personal pool or taking a 20 second stroll onto the seashore to jump into the ocean – the choice is yours!
All rooms come outfitted with toiletries to get you thru your journey and do you have to overlook your toothbrush and razor it comes with that too! Women there are hairdryers and sensible lit mirrors to apply your make-up for the evening. Should you wish to partake of their complimentary yoga periods they provide you with yoga mats or for those who fancy taking an tour then use their seashore bag to take your digital camera, cowl ups and sunscreen! What I really like too is that they provide each visitor 2 gadgets of free laundry per day so you don’t find yourself again residence feeling depressing and so as to add insult to damage, a pile of laundry to do too.
Milaidhoo really has thought of every thing ! Practically speaking it’s great as they have UK plug sockets, sensible wifi should you feel the necessity to plug your self again into the life you left behind.
Once I thought Milaidhoo couldn’t get even more luxurious I then discovered myself within the Spa. What an experience and this was before the remedy had even begun. Behind 2 giant blue doors lie this small oasis of calm and serenity. A wonderful backyard of exotic flowers align the brief path up to the doorway the place we are met by one of many therapists who presents us a chilly towel and refreshing drink while we fill within the types. He then takes us via to certainly one of their ready rooms, which is situated on stilts over the water and feels like the remedy has already begun. A small cosy room with flooring to ceiling home windows displaying searching onto the gorgeous combination of blues within the sea under, which is just mesmerising. Before we fall into a trance our 2 pretty therapists arrive and then escort us to our remedy room – another lovely chamber overlooking the serene lagoon.
In every remedy room there’s a separate toilet so as to become your disposable underwear and branded fluffy robe in privacy. They also have a lovely handcrafted jewellery field to maintain your valuables while you’re in any other case occupied. It’s all the little touches like this that basically do make Milaidhoo stand out from the remaining. They’ve really thought of every thing.
Once you’re suitably undressed and robed up you’re invited to take a seat on the terrace and dip your ft in a heat basin the place the therapists wash and massage them to get you prepared for the complete physique healing that you simply’re about to experience.
Laying on the massage mattress with a phenomenal flower display in water in my eye sight to assist me chill out and drift off into that magical place between sleep and awake.
My husband somebody who claims to not take pleasure in massages, was quickly nodding off having succumbed to the delicate but powerful touch of his therapist. It was a type of experiences that when it was all over you’re unsure if it’s been 5 minutes or 5 hours. However then once you’re left floating out of the room you already know the remedy has delivered exactly what is was meant to.
FOOD & DINING
You completely cannot visit Milaidhoo with out visiting their signature restaurant Ba’theli. Unbelievably the only conventional Maldivian restaurant in the whole of the Maldives as worldwide meals has been historically extra prevalent! Plus to not talked about it makes for an awesome image spot as it’s situated on three dhoni (traditional Maldivian boats) and serves an “ocean to plate” menu of authentic native dishes. You possibly can sit outdoors on the decks and stare into the dark sea by candlelight or you’ll be able to choose to take a seat inside and take a look at the sealife immediately under the boat via the home windows on the floor including to the unimaginable ambience that awaits you on the boat.
There’s a huge a-la carte menu the place you possibly can decide and select the dishes that spark your curiosity. Nevertheless in case you’re appetite permits for it, they offer a full 6 course Maldivian tasting menu costing $250 for 2 individuals.
This restaurant isn’t included in evening dining package deal until you added their Milaidhoo gourmand plan the however each guest is offered $65 USD in the direction of their invoice as a approach of an incentive to experience the restaurant. The employees are all so keen about their meals and really know the menu in and out so can offer you a personal suggestion
Milaidhoo’s Ba’theli Eating expertise: The Maldives first trendy Maldivian restaurant
As it sounds this restaurant provides entrance row seats to the lapping waves of the ocean. This is the place all meals are served which are included in the gourmand packages. Breakfast is served simply after sunrise when the deck is in full sunshine. You’ll be able to choose to take a seat right on the decks edge enjoying the early morning solar or settle down in the restaurant that has all it’s doorways open so you possibly can still enjoy the feel of alfresco dining.
There’s what they referred to as a ‘small’ buffet, which I can guarantee you is something but. There’s the fail protected toast and cereal, heat dishes reminiscent of eggs, sausages and hashbrowns, to the healthier recent fruit and smoothies. They have the indulgent pastries and desserts which are a must for any vacation to not point out the cheese desk! I know I’ve missed plenty of other options out but I might go on for too long. If none of that takes your fancy additionally they have an a la carte menu where you possibly can order your favourite dishes comparable to eggs benedict, avocado on toast and a crab omelette! Belief me there is something for everyone.
Compass Pool Bar
For those who feel like being sociable and may handle to tear your self away from the serenity of your personal villa then head to the Compass Pool Bar. Right here you possibly can grab a chew to eat to tide you over till dinner, although should you’ve made full use of all the fantastic food on the breakfast buffet then this gained’t be crucial or potential! They offer every thing from salads to pizza to burgers and panini’s so once more something for everybody.
They’ve a terrific providing of cocktails and for those who don’t see what you want then simply ask the bar employees as they will pretty much create anything you like! As the photographs present there is a giant infinity pool that captures both the dawn and sundown and makes for a fantastic picture spot. The bar has sand as flooring actually implementing their barefoot ethos and permitting you to actually feel faraway from the hustle and bustle of city stay. They’ve probably the most snug ‘swing seats’ within the lounge too which encourages that sense of freedom that I was starting to turn out to be accustomed to….leaving Milaidhoo was going to be exhausting!!
Vacation spot Eating
For those who’re stay and finances permits you then additionally they supply some destination eating choices as detailed under. Undoubtedly a method to make this additional particular resort EVEN more special and distinctive to you, simply contact your island host to rearrange or prematurely of your keep you possibly can e-mail [email protected] for more info on their rates.
- Sandbank picnic lunch
- Sandbank BBQ lunch
- Sunset Champagne Cruise
- Night time Adventure Cruise
- Milaidhoo Moments Dinner
- Beachside BBQ Dinner
- Romantic Sand Bank Dinner
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
If lounging by your personal pool begins to wear skinny, there are many actions to maintain you busy. From the 24/7 fitness center which is small but has all the things you possibly can need; operating machines, cross trainers, bikes, weight machines and free weights. There is a games room with a pool table and chess. When you fancy one thing a bit extra outgoing you possibly can lease some water sports gear from snorkel kits, get up paddle boards and windsurfers to clear kayaks and catamarans. The resort additionally gives deliberate excursions at a price however going with an skilled actually makes a distinction. We opted into the Turtle expedition which included a 35 min boat experience to the vacation spot and then once all kitted up we jumped into the blue abyss and adopted our guide to seek out the turtles and uncover all the opposite superb fish that the Maldives had to supply. On the trip again we have been treated to some juices and recent fruit and sat on the top deck and enjoyed the journey again to our personal little paradise.
The Maldives is understood for its great diving spots and not removed from Milaidhoo round Hanifaru Bay is likely one of the greatest locations in the Maldives for Manta ray sightings. I’ve never been diving before however for these of you which might be staying out for longer and have also by no means dived then this is undoubtedly the place to attempt it out as they’ve a five star PADI dive centre the place you’ll be able to study every part it is advisable know and have the security of an skilled dive staff to help.