Being the perfect picture of paradise - azure water, colourful coral reefs, fine white sand and over water villas, Maldives is everyone's dream honeymoon destination. It's situated in the Indian Ocean, an archipelago that's made up of 26 atolls and some of the best diving sites in the world.
|Both Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines operate direct flights to Male, however the late night arrival times almost always mean an overnight stay in the city if you need a seaplane to access your resort. Instead opt for the Maldives own 'Mega Maldives' international airline with 4 direct flights per week from Hong Kong. These flights land into Male early afternoon so make sure you secure a window seat to be able to see the wonderful view from above - this is what you come to the Maldives for! Welcome to Paradise!|
After an hour's stop at the airport lounge, a short 5-minute drive by taxi takes you to the seaplane port. During my time in the Maldives I stayed at Maalifushi by COMO, a stunning property located in the Thaa Atoll.
|Once you arrive at the resort, it's a short walk down the wooden walkway to reception - keep an eye out for the resident black tip reef shark which circle in the shallow waters. Upon check in you are greeted with cold towels infused with COMO's signature 'Invigorate' scent of eucalyptus, geranium, lavender and peppermint and instantly feel relaxed, as if you had been in a spa all day rather than travelling! This calming aroma is found throughout the property.|
|The great thing about Maalifushi by COMO is that the island is larger than most, hence offering more facilities and even the opportunity to rent out a bicycle to get around. The accommodation ranges from beach villas to over water villas with private plunge pool and 2 grand two-bedroom villas. I stayed in an over water suite, perfect for couples with my own private pool overlooked by the thatched sala - a great place to view the sunrise! The rooms are simple with clean lines and light wooden features, the bathrooms are always luxuriously large and big windows let in a lot of natural light.|
There are two restaurants on the island: Madi restaurant is the all day dining venue with themed dinners facing the central pool. Breakfast is served here daily and you can choose between the normal menu or the healthier COMO Shambhala menu. Whilst waiting for your main course feel free to feast on fresh fruit, bread and home made yoghurt (highly recommended!) at the buffet section. For dinner we tried the Maldivian feast - curries, naan bread, rice, fresh tuna and lobster, fish, sambal and home grown vegetables whilst enjoying the local Maldivian drum show. On the second night it was an Indian themed dinner, which was equally amazing. The second restaurant is a Japanese restaurant serving the freshest seafood whilst you take in the sunset on the viewing deck.
By Kirsten Hill