Guest Post: Maldivian Paradise

We flew out for a two-week holiday at the Maldives in October 2011. We paid the extra for the premium seats, which really wasn’t worth the extra money. The seats were not any bigger and I struggled to do up the seat belt- a first for me.

When we arrived on the island we were greeted with a cold flannel and a cold fruit punch. This was warmly welcomed after such a long journey, plus the humidity really hits you once you leave the plane in Male.

We booked our accommodation at the JBV 103, situated in the south end of the Meeru. A member of staff showed us to our villa and then our luggage soon followed. Our villa was close to the jetty and had all the facilities, but at the same time was far enough away to be right near the beach. It was the perfect location –and thank god for the lovely breeze! It is so much hotter on the other side of the island where the Pavilion bar and pool reside.

The villa was great; very large, huge bed, lovely open bathroom and a fantastic Jacuzzi, which we used about 5 times during our stay. There was plenty of space for everything so we couldn’t fault it.

The food was great the entire stay, always plenty to eat whatever your tastes. It was the beginning of the monsoon season when we went so we had some rain but it didn’t spoil the honeymoon at all.

We did two excursions to the house reef and Robinson Crusoe Sandbank. The house reef was amazing- the coral and fish truly beautiful. The Sandbank excursion was ok although not worth $210 and we were only on our own for 2 hours before a group of Chinese tourists descended on the sandbank.

We also did a spa treatment each which was fabulous at the over the water spa- you can see fish from the glass windows on the floor of the hut. Well worth the money!! You also get a 15-minute complimentary back massage. The sunset cruise was great as well and we saw lots of dolphins!

Some tips:

1) Take lots of mosquito spray and sunscreen –you will need these.
2) Just take beach shoes and flip flops- the entire island is sandy.
3) When tipping- do this at the end of your stay. We tipped after each week but noticed the level of service did drop after we gave the first lot of tips.
4) Take your own snorkel gear
5) There is no need to take shampoos and shower gel- they provide this and beach towels each day.
6) Bring along some small notes for tipping.

Overall we had a fantastic time. The island is stunning and you won’t get bored. I liked the southern end of the Island and the two bars; Dhonie and Kakuni. The swimming pools were great and there is waiter service for all your drinks.

Author Bio:

Annie Halls is a freelance travel writer for Hailing from the UK, she works in customer service and possesses a passion for literature and the performing arts. Imbued with a passion for travel, she loves exploring new places and experiencing different cultures.

Photo credits: click on the image to find the source on Flickr. All images were under Creative Commons license at the time this post was published.


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