Blue me Away !!

Theres something magical about the water in Maldives. It had a very soothing feeling to it. Every person is sure to fall in love with this place. Like i mentioned in my earlier posts , i had never seen so many shades of blue ever and i clicked so many pictures but still couldnt capture the beauty of Maldives.

I would love to share some more pictures of the place just so that you are tempted to go there 😉

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I like this shade of blue.. it has such a calming effect !!

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Taken from the boat..on our way to the fishing village.

DSC_4925On our way we could see so many resorts pass by…Can u see the change of color to ink blue ….

My favourite picture of the lot

My favourite picture of the lot

DSC_4908I loved how every few minutes the color changes… its like god was constantly painting the town Blue 😉

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We stopped at Bandos Island resorts at Kaafu Atoll. Another amazing place to be. The reef at Bandos is one of the best in North Male atoll we were told. It was very different from the resort we stayed at. They had Jacuzzi Beach villa’s, garden villa’s and deluxe rooms. Even without a water villa, the resort was really good.

At Kaafu Atoll

At Kaafu Atoll

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I just loved this @ the Bandos

I just loved this @ the Bandos

And then we moved on to our resort, soaking in the beauty of the island. Seeing the ever changing color of water , the lush green vegetation and lots and lots of corals.

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I had fallen in love with this place.

The gentle breeze, the gushing waters, the pearl white beaches, the turquoise colored lagoon, the different aquatic creatures (some which i had seen for the first time)  and the beautiful landscape all making me believe that this is what people mean by Heaven. Maldives will always be my favourite destination because this is where i fell in love…with him.

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Paradise Island Resort – A Photo Essay

I could go on and on about Maldives & never get tired of it. Here i am with another photo essay dedicated to this beautiful island nation that got me mesmerized.

From the moment i stepped into Maldives i was head over heels in love with this island nation. It is known to be the smallest Asian country with 1192 coral islands grouped in a chain of 26 atolls, out of which 185 islands are home to its inhabitants while the rest are used for tourism. When a hotel staff told me this i was shocked, my reaction was “one resort is one island?” It is also the lowest country in the world but the most beautiful one.

With captivating ocean views of Indian ocean, deep blue lagoons, white sandy beaches and first class accommodation, Maldives is surely an unforgettable experience. This post is a photo essay of our journey in this island.

The dock outside the Airport..from where a speedboat takes you to the resort

The dock outside the Airport..from where a speedboat takes you to the resort

Some resorts have Sea plane service to ferry their customers to the hotels.

Our resort from the speed boat.

Our resort from the speed boat.

We stayed at Lankanfinolhu island , which is in North Male atoll . Our resort was called the Paradise Island Resort and it was the best choice we ever made.

I loved spending time by the poolside.

I loved spending my time by the poolside.

Our over water villas with steps down to the crystal clear water.

Our over water villas with steps down to the crystal clear water.

View of water villas from the beach villa.

View of water villas from the beach villa.

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I spotted so many of these outside my room.

It was a soothing experience relaxing  just a few feet above the Indian ocean, watching the sky merging with the blue water.

The sit-out outside our room.

The sit-out outside our room.

This was my favourite place.

This was my favourite place.

And his too 😉

With beach just a few steps away, fishes all around you, crystal clear water where you can see your reflection and ocean right outside your room but yet so private, we certainly did feel we were in paradise.

Our Resort

Our Resort

The never ending beachside.

The never ending beachside.

I could never get enough of  Maldives and i definitely want to go back again , maybe to another island , another paradise.

My paradise on earth – Maldives

After a lot of discussion about where to go for honeymoon we zeroed in on Maldives the paradise on earth, Bora Bora island was left for our 25th anniversary (winks).

I really dint have any expectations of this place but that’s what turned out to be the best thing. For Maldives was a dream come true for me. It was my Paradise on Earth.

The airport pick up point.

The airport pick up point.

Male, the capital of Maldives was not a part of our itinerary, we just saw the Male airport and jumped on a speed boat to go to our final destination Lankanfinolhu island. The journey was breathtaking, I had never seen this color of blue ever in my life. It was just magical and every few minutes the color changed from light blue to dark blue to ink blue. I was like WoW. So much blue just blew me Away.

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Once we reached our island we stopped at our resort , our home for the next few days, Paradise Island Resorts & Spa. The place was truly a paradise. On arrival we were given a welcome drink and escorted to our room which was a beach villa. The rooms were really big which opens to the beach. From the beach you could see the overwater villa (it had been my dream to stay in an over water villa). But due to unavailability we were given the beach villa which was also quiet good . After a fantastic 2 days stay at the beach villa we were upgraded to the overwater villa much to our surprise. I was super excited.

The over water villa's

The over water villa’s

If the beach villa was super, this was super se upar (winks). The whole experience changes once your in the water villa .The view from our villa was breathtaking. Crystal clear blue water just merges with the the blue skies. You could see fishes , rays, sharks oh yes baby sharks all around you just by sitting outside your room. We could see a lot of hotel guests go in for snorkelling but the water is so clear and clean that even the tiny fishes were clearly visible just by sitting on the deck. Simply mind blowing. The rooms are superbly made, with an open bath tub and an open deck just outside your room with steps that lead you down to the water. It’s a perfect romantic setting, just ideal for your honeymoon.

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The view from my room

There are three restaurants, all of which were good. The Italian restaurant had the best setting, we could feed the fishes sitting there while having our dinner. The beach was so clean and the spa was amazing. I took a body massage which was rejuvenating and so refreshing.

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The best part was the surprise my husband planned for me , a beach side candle light dinner with a personal chef. I was on top of the world.

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There are water sport facilities too like para gliding, jet skiing but it’s too expensive. Snorkelling was a favourite with the tourists here. We took a half day island hopping tour which took us to another resort and from there to a fishing village to shop ..the tour was just about okay, I would rather stay in the resort and take in the beauty. But the next day we opted for a submarine ride, which was the best. We were taken on a boat to someplace close to male , in the middle of the water and asked to jump on the submarine. Now that we we were truly underway, my excitement level just tripled. We were taken down and down and down… It was the most beautiful sight I had ever seen. Fishes, coral, water flower, water snakes, and more fishes it was like a beautiful dream. The whole experience was out of this world.

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The four days that we spent at Maldives before heading to Dubai was the best days of our honeymoon. One should go there for a perfect romantic setting, beautiful beaches and the awesome Sunset. It’s a place for a die hard romantic and a perfect place to spend some quality time with your beloved.

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Pointers:-
1. Everything there is expensive. So take an all inclusive package.
2. Even bottled drinking water comes for a cost , and they charge you in dollars and not in their local currency.
3. Stay in a water villa for a bit of luxury, or do a combination of both the water villa & beach villa.
4. Try all the three restaurants , all of them are good.
5. If u have this problem of sea sickness, avoid the full day island hopping tour. (Half day itself made me feel a little uncomfortable, considering the boat that they take you in,is quiet different from the speed boat you take from the airport to the resort. )

Go with absolutely no expectations and return with a whole lot of memories etched in your heart forever.