Maldives - Summer 2017
This past May I was lucky enough to visit the Maldives for the second time. Paige, who has been my best friend since we were four, and is practically a sister to me has been living in the Maldives the last couple of years, so I am fortunate enough to be able to go stay with her. Last time I went to see her, I stayed on Kuredu because she was working there. Now that Kuredu's sister resort, Hurawhali has opened, she moved there to work. The two islands are about a five minute speed boat ride away, and each has their own unique vibe.
This visit, most of my time was spent on Hurawhali, a brand new(at the time), five star resort. I fell in love with it in a matter of hours. The island is small, quiet, clean and romantic. You can easily walk the beach with hardly a soul in sight. It of course has the famous white sand and bright blue water the Maldives is famous for. This is not a trip I would be able to afford if Paige wasn't living there, but if the Maldives is on your bucket list I definitely recommend saving up to see it. You will be awestruck by the endless shades of blues.
Because I was staying with Paige, I did not stay in the actual resort rooms, but I saw them, and can assure you they are GORGEOUS. The resort is pretty luxurious. There is a spa, infinity pool, amazing food(I'll get to that later), overwater champange bar, and a nice gym(something I definitely value).
Now, I am typically not the one for "relaxing" vacations. I get really restless and have to be doing something. Fortunately, the Maldives has some of the best scuba diving in the world. Some of the best memories from my trip were made under the ocean. Paige is a dive instructor on the island so most of my days were spent accompanying her to work. If you have never been scuba diving, it is a pretty magical experience be able to breathe underwater and spend an hour under the surface. On my most memorable dive there, we descended into a strong current and just sat under the surface holding onto some rocks on the reef so that we didn't get pushed away. Eventually some sharks came to the reef and we got to just stay there and watch them in their natural habitat. You see sharks almost every dive there but during this one we were so close. It was such a peaceful moment. I also saw so many rays, turtles, eels, and fish each dive. I didn't see any dolphins while diving (still a goal of mine), but they played in the boat wake and accompanied us to our dive site almost every morning.
All the food on Hurawhali that I tried was so delicious. They have great options for everyone. The most special dining experience I had though, was definitely eating at 5.8 Undersea restaurant. It is the world's largest all-glass undersea restaurant. It was really special to eat there because Paige was in charge of building the reef around it, so I got to see what she had worked so hard on! I wish I had nice pictures of my food because each course was so beautiful and delicious. It was definitely the nicest meal I have ever had. We even had a wine that was paired with each course. A meal that decadent felt like a once in a lifetime experience for me. I really can't describe how good the food and service was. The best part of dinner though, was just sitting together and having good conversation over our meals. :)
Kurdeu is the larger, less expensive resort of the two. It has more of an active, casual vibe. The rooms are not as fancy, but the food is still really good. My two favorite things on Kuredu are watching all the hermit crabs(they are everywhere!) and the sandbar. There were multiple times when we walked far enough out on the sandbar that the closest people looked like little dots and we had the whole thing to ourselves.
If you are looking for a tropical island to just relax on and endless blues to gaze out at, then the Maldives will not disappoint. :)