What You Need to Know Before Visiting the Maldives
The Maldives. Have you seen those amazing photos of the over-the-water cabanas, with infinity pools and crystal blue waters? It had been on my bucket list for such a long time, and to recently tick it off was such a dream come true.
My family and I were lucky enough to be invited to the annual Surfing Champions Trophy hosted by Tropic Surf and the Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa (the perks of having a surfing boyfriend huh?). This meant that we were treated to a week-long vaycay on the most picturesque island that I have ever laid eyes on.
Now getting to the island is the only hard part, but coming from Perth means we're lucky that we are relatively close. Two planes, a lay-over in Singapore, and a midnight arrival with a toddler who can't sit still for more than two minutes is definitely not something I'd recommend, but when you have palm trees and margaritas waiting for you at the other end, I probably would have done it four times over just to get there.
If you want somewhere where you’ll be treated like royalty (isn’t that what you want on every holiday?), then I highly recommend staying at the Four Seasons. Once we arrived, we were greeted by a luxury speed boat transfer to the island, then a golf buggy to our room (AKA, a king sized four poster bed), only to fall straight asleep and wake up to absolute paradise.
If you’ve always wanted to travel to the Maldives, but have no idea what to expect, keep scrolling.
- Do not pack enough bikinis for three outfits changes a day. Obviously that’s what I did, and that’s why I always end up with excess baggage. You really won’t wear them all.
- Make sure you bring a special outfit for dinner. On Kuda Huraa, there are four different restaurants on the island, including one that is in the top-150 restaurants in the world, so you’ll want to dress the part.
- Flats! The whole island is on sand, so flats or wedges are a necessity.
- Minimal kid’s clothes. I packed so many outfits for my daughter Bella, and she ended up spending most of the time in our pool, with no need for all the clothes I’d packed.
- You don’t have to move very far if you don’t want to. The island has golf carts at your fingers tips to take you everywhere you want to go.
- There is an amazing kids club on the island, and they can organise (affordable!) babysitters for you, too.
- There is a marine restoration centre, educational for the kids and cute!
- The activities are endless. Surf tours, scuba diving, jet skis for hire, sailing, snorkelling, a gym, you name it, or there are so many different zones on the island to simply kick back, and sip a cocktail by the pool.
- Speaking of pools—there’s a special adults only pool which very quickly became my best friend.
- The food, UGHHHH the amazing food. Top restaurants are riddled around the island so choice is never a problem.
- Travel time. If you're aiming for a quick getaway, it’s a bit more than a hop, skip and a jump away—especially if you're travelling from the east coast of Australia.
- It’s a bit secluded being on the island. We spent the entire time on our island, apart from the day trips to watch the boys surf. But this is barely a downside as there’s no real reason to leave the island once you're there. But if you're after a holiday to mingle and meet new people this may not be the one for you.
- It does come with a large price tag, but you get what you pay for and its worth very dollar.
If I haven't convinced you already, keep scrolling for my travel diary, and you’ll be sold.
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