My love for the Maldives began eight years in the past after I went there for my honeymoon. The place is what I envision as paradise on earth. I made a vow then to return yearly. Having visited a number of atolls and totally different resorts, I’ve come to desire the pure islands. COMO Maalifushi, COMO Cocoa Island and Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives, the three five-star resorts I visited on my newest journey, are all centered on precisely this: the chic pure great thing about the Maldives. Herein are my highlights.
LUXE CASTAWAY FEELS AT COMO MAALIFUSHI
An expensive five-star resort positioned within the distant Thaa Atoll, COMO Maalifushi is accessible solely by a 60-minute seaplane journey from Malé. From the second I step onto the resort, I’m immersed in a sense of full rest and indulgence. As my husband and I are greeted by the nice and cozy employees and brought to our overwater sundown villa by our butler, I’m struck by the beautiful views of the crystal-clear waters and the luxurious greenery that encompass us. It’s like stepping right into a postcard-perfect paradise.
The resort boasts extraordinary eating. Our first morning began with a floating breakfast, aesthetically organized by the employees within the infinity pool of our overwater villa. Elegant and refined, Tai restaurant additionally stands out. Each dish is a murals, from the recent tuna tataki to the reef lobster. With its stunning sundown view, Madi is one other must-visit spot, the place we loved an distinctive three-course dinner on the seashore by candlelight and below a blanket of stars.
Together with stress-free massages on the COMO Shambhala Retreat, we additionally did a day journey to pristine Picnic Island. Only a brief boat journey from the resort, the island is a secluded oasis. Our butler organized for a connoisseur lunch to be delivered to the island at our comfort, and it was a feast for the senses. As we loved our meal, the sudden rain added to the magical ambiance and appreciation for the island’s uncooked magnificence. The sense of freedom and castaway vibe made us really feel like a Robinson Crusoe-like adventurers—it was a priceless expertise, one I extremely advocate.
From the distinctive health-centered eating to the breathtaking views, each side of the resort is designed to indulge and rejuvenate. All of the resort employees had been devoted to making sure we had an unforgettable expertise, and did we ever.
SWIMMING WITH TURTLES AT COCOA ISLAND
Subsequent cease: COMO Cocoa Island. On a small island in South Male Atoll, it’s the right mix of luxurious, rest and marine journey. Much like its sister resort, Cocoa Island’s pure location is a chic one, nestled in a surreal turquoise lagoon with a kilometer-long sandbank.
The overwater villas are uniquely formed like the standard Maldivian boat generally known as Dhoni. These villas provide breathtaking views of the lagoon and the colourful marine life. Designed with a minimalist method, they exude class and ease. They’re spacious and comfy too, with an outside deck excellent for lounging and absorbing the solar.
Twice a day with the tides, a sandbank emerges making a surreal change within the surroundings. You possibly can stroll alongside it, surrounded by crystal clear water on all sides, and watch because the waves crash on the encircling reefs. It’s an expertise that feels nearly otherworldly.
Stepping into the water is a should and Cocoa Island’s dive heart employees are among the finest I’ve skilled. We went on a snorkeling journey with them which I’ll always remember. We had hawksbill turtles swim alongside us. The water is so clear you can see the colourful colours of the fish and coral from the floor. It’s also possible to take part in coral planting, which is such a pleasant solution to be taught in regards to the ocean and deepen mindfulness for marine life.
The overwater villas, the disappearing-reappearing sandbank, the meals, the wellness, the underwater actions—my keep right here nothing in need of extraordinary.
A SUBLIME SANDBANK SETUP AT TAJ EXOTICA
On Embhodoo Finolhu Island, “finolhu” which means sandbank in Maldivian, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives is constructed on what was one. The pure great thing about the situation is beautiful, with pristine white sandy seashores and crystal-clear waters so far as the attention can see.
Their Taj Personal Seashore Villa is additional particular. Situated by itself personal seashore, it presents friends final privateness and seclusion. With its beautiful structure, luxurious furnishings, and breathtaking views of the ocean, this villa is actually a dream come true, with loads of personal outside areas each sunny and shaded. I most liked lounging within the hammock or sinking my toes into the powdery sand in entrance of our villa earlier than getting into the turquoise lagoon.
We occurred to rejoice our anniversary right here, beginning the day with a floating breakfast and persevering with with essentially the most stress-free personalised remedy on the Jiva Spa. I’ve to say, this spa exceeded all my expectations—the therapists join with you on a deeper degree, guaranteeing your remedy is a delight to your senses. The day ended with cocktails because the solar set and a three-course dinner on the Deep Finish restaurant.
We additionally deliberate a snorkeling journey with mantas and sharks, however we all the time like to avoid wasting actions as pretext for an additional go to. I’ve heard the TAJ diving heart is likely one of the finest within the Maldives, so for certain we’ll return. Till subsequent time, Maldives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ROXANA COZMA, LUXURY HOTEL CONNOISSEUR, SHARES DREAM TRAVEL INSPIRATION ON WANDERLUST VOYAGER.