By Angela Sense
In October 2018 I travelled with my partner and son to the Maldives, what a fantastic trip! We went for two weeks, spending nearly the full two weeks on one resort island – Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa in an overwater villa. In order to commence your own magical getaway to the Maldives, you are able to get a surprising amount of flights from Australian airports into Male (the capital). Once you arrive in the Maldives, the resort island organises their own transfers to their islands – for example, our island required us to take a 20-minute speedboat.
Overall, our experience on the island was amazing! In the package that we purchased food and drink were all-inclusive – and they had multiple restaurant options, including buffet and a la carte options for each meal, and multiple bar options! My understanding is that most resort islands offer this (as it is very expensive otherwise), so be prepared to come back with a few extra kilograms on the scale! The island we were on offered the main restaurant with a buffet with themed dinner nights, which also had chefs making omelettes, noodles, pasta dishes and other meals to order. There was also an Italian restaurant, a Thai restaurant and a Middle Eastern restaurant which we tried – all were delicious!
The physical beautify of the Maldives is spectacular – white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and an abundance of the amazing reef right off the shore. A big part of each day involved snorkelling in this amazing reef right off either the beach on the island, or directly from our overwater bungalow. Every day we snorkelled it was calm and not too deep if you were a new snorkeler, but also with plenty of coral and fish to see to keep it interesting every day. A perfect way to spend the afternoon after a snorkel around the reef was to relax in the open-air bar, taking in the scenery with a cocktail and reading a book or playing a board game! Other activities you could undertake included scuba diving, parasailing, working out at the gym, hiring paddleboards or other water sports. We spent nearly two weeks there, and I came back feeling so relaxed and rejuvenated, and definitely would recommend the Maldives as a top travel destination!