I was fortunate to be invited by Kuoni on their VIP trip to the Maldives in May.
Flying overnight with Qatar Airlines on their dreamliner via Doha, we arrived in paradise by morning.
Our first transfer from Male Airport was a 90 minute fast boat to the island resort of Kuramathi. Alternatively you can take a 20 minute seaplane. One of the largest islands, Kuramathi is a laid back resort with a huge array of facilities including 12 restaurants & 7 bars. Entertainment included a live band & cinema nights making this one of the livelier islands. There is a wide range of accommodation including 2 bedroom duplex suites which are ideal for families or groups of friends. I would definitely recommend the Select All Inclusive. Our first evening we were welcomed at the Hotel by the manager and enjoyed our welcome dinner at the Palm Restaurant. A new experience for me was the outdoor bathrooms!
This morning started with an exciting speedboat ride to Kandolhu. Kuramathi's smaller sister island, this island has only 30 villas. Very unique, this resort includes go pros in the room & beach bags including beach games. Offering 5 a la carte restaurants, I would suggest to upgrade to all inclusive - this will include a mini bar in your room including 30 wines replenished daily. If you are looking for a Spa this is the perfect reosrt offering spa packages including treatments.
After our first taste of snorkelling on the reef we enjoyed a taster menu lunch which was fabulous.
We returned back to Kuramathi by speedboat. This evening we sampled the Indian Restaurant and the live music.
Today we transferred to Faarufushi. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this resort only opened in March this year. Offering 80 rooms from beach bungalows to overwater villas, there are many watersports on offer here.
We stayed overnight here in a private pool villa which was stunning. The food was an excellent standard and included an a la carte served breakfast rather than buffet.
Today we visited Biyadhoo, which is a 45 minute speedboat transfer from Male Airport. If you are on a budget, this is the resort for you. A 3 star hotel, offering all inclusive in their bar and restaurant, great watersports facilities and a friendly vibe, this hotel would be great if you aren't looking for luxury.
A worthwhile extra would be adding on the private beach dining. This was a fabulous experience and could be very romantic if you weren't with a bunch of travel agents!
Today we moved on to the 'No news - no shoes' resort of Constance Moofushi. After a tour of the island and its stunning facilities we checked into our amazing water villas. Snorkelling from your own room or just taking in the view, these rooms make for a very special holiday! Dinner this evening was at the al fresco Alizee Restaurant. This resort is a true all inclusive offering barefoot chic with premium drinks and exquisite cuisine!
Unusually this island has it's own time zone which is different to any other part of the Maldives! And not recognised by your iphone!!
Our next overnight stay was on the island of Kurumba. The closest resort to Male, the transfer time is only 10 minutes by speedboat which is great after a long flight. Kurumba was the first resort hotel in the Maldives and still offers 5 star standards and has many repeat guests. Offering interconnecting rooms this resort is a popular choice for families. Lots of excursions are available including a sunset dolphin cruise, glass bottom boats and guided tours of Male. The kids club here was excellent.
After another beautiful dinner we enjoyed the Kandu bar where you could relax on beanbags on the sand and watch the stunning sunset.
Our last resort of the trip was to visit Velassaru. 25 minutes by speedboat from Male, this hotel offers 24 hour transfers which is unusual in the Maldives. This 5 star spa resort offers a stunning spa, with activities like sunset yoga on the beach. This resort offered the most watersports from banana boats to parasailing. Deep sea fishing was also a popular excursion. I loved the chilled vibe of this resort and though hard to pick a favourite resort in the Maldives - it could be Velassaru.
Our paradise adventure came to an end all too soon and we were returned to Male Airport for our Qatar flight back via Doha to Manchester.
A truly exceptional trip - I discovered the Maldives has island resorts to suit all needs! From quiet luxury to lively family friendly resorts, 3 star laid back and fun to 5 star unspoiled luxury.