24th January 2017: I have recently returned from an absolutely amazing trip to The Maldives with Kuoni, where I had the pleasure of visiting 7 different islands. Each was a perfect retreat with pristine beaches and sparkling waters, but with their own unique features…
After a long journey, I landed at Male airport, where a speedboat was waiting directly outside, ready for our transfer to Vivanti Taj Coral Reef. We were greeted on arrival by friendly staff and a much-needed drink, so things started very well.
Located on Hembadhu Island, this small 5 star resort has a dive centre and its own coral covered shipwreck, which is accessible from the shore. I stayed in a beach villa, which had direct access to the beach. In the evening you can even feed the stingrays and small reef sharks that come right into shore.
Next stop was Vihamanafushi, where I stayed at the Kurumba. This was the very first Maldivian island resort to open its doors back in 1972, and with so many water activities on offer, your holiday can be as relaxed or active as you like.
I stayed in a beach bungalow, which was just a few metres from the ocean, and I even had my specially assigned sun bed, which takes away the need to get up early to claim one with your towel. One of the many highlights for me was the large pool overlooking the ocean and its vibrant evening entertainment.
Kuramathi is one of the most popular islands in The Maldives, with its large choice of restaurants and its stunning mile long sandbank; it’s not hard to see why.
I stayed in a water villa, which was a really unique experience. Built on stilts over the water, I loved having direct access to snorkelling and endless views across the ocean, where you could even spot colourful marine life. During my stay I went on a sunset cruise, where I was lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins.
During my visit I spent the day at Kandolhu, a tiny tranquil island with only 30 beach and water villas. With lush jungle, wide sandy beaches and emerald green waters, this island paradise combines nature and modern architecture perfectly.
I had a tour of the island, which only took a few minutes, and then it was time for a quick snorkel, where I was lucky enough to see turtles!
The next paradise island was Moofushi, and by this point in the trip I had stopped wearing footwear and was fully adopting the motto 'no shoes, no news', that greeted me on my arrival to Constance Moofushi.
This luxurious resort prides itself on a high standard of service, attention to detail and large white sandy beaches. It is also widely regarded as one of the best diving spots in the world, along with plenty of water activities and a relaxing spa.
Another day, another island, and the next stop was Maafushivaru. This small romantic island offers the unique opportunity to stay on its uninhabited sister island, which can be booked exclusively overnight for that real Crusoe experience.
I stayed in a spacious beach villa and one of the highlights for me was dining in the Teppanyaki and Sushi restaurant, which overlooks the ocean. This contemporary restaurant serves delicious Japanese cuisine in a fun and interactive way.
My final night was at the world-class island of Baros, where I stayed in a stunning beach villa. Set amongst the natural environment, they feature 4 poster beds, contemporary furnishings, a wine chiller with notable wines and champagnes and a private sun deck overlooking the ocean.
This serene island is the perfect oasis for relaxing in the sun, but it also offers a range of different excursions, including a voyage on a traditional handcrafted Maldivian sailing dhoni, cruise on a luxury yacht or even “Fishing by Twilight”.
My stay in The Maldives was a truly unforgettable experience and I am already looking forward to my next visit! One thing I would definitely recommend before you leave the Maldives is a seaplane trip, as it was awesome to see all islands from above.