HOLIDAY IN THE MALDIVES
Maldives. All you need to know! *not a sponsored post, just my experience
HOTEL // Ok so where to stay? I locked myself down at the Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa. The reason? It was only about a 20 minute boat ride away from the airport. My room was the Deluxe Water Villa – you know, the ones that are like little huts built directly on top of the water. I just figured, if you’re going to the Maldives – one of the only places in the world that’s famous for this type of “walk out of your room and go straight into the ocean” type of bungalow, you should just invest in this option. Beach front villas are also available at a cheaper price, but you can stay in one of these on any tropical island!
GETTING THERE // I flew Tiger Airways. Cheap, completely painless and an easy 4.5 hour flight from Singapore. Someone from the resort will be there to greet you and put you on the boat direct to the hotel. You pay the boat drivers separately. I think this was an additional $20 USD per person.
EATING // There are limited options on the island. This is because the island is the resort! There is one Italian, one Thai and one Mediterranean restaurant, plus the buffet which rotates certain cuisines each night – i.e. Mexican night etc. The food is actually generally really nice, the Thai would have to be my pick. A laab salad at lunch with a mojito – yes please! My tip is to try and book this accommodation direct through their website as sometimes they have a promotion on the half-board – we got ours included for no additional charge to the room!!
What is a half-board package? It means breakfast and dinner plus all drinks including alcoholic at those meals is included. Full board is also available, but I didn’t think that was completely necessary. But if you’re after all inclusive, then by all means blow out!
If you think the water tastes a bit weird, that’s because it’s desalinated…
ACTIVITIES // Stand-up paddle boarding was free, as is kayaking, banana boat, snorkelling etc. Motorised sports are an additional price – think wake boarding and the parachute gliding off a boat. Wakeboarding was $50 USD for 30 mins I think.
THINGS TO NOTE // When you arrive you’ll realise that’s when the expenses start! Bring your own sunscreen. We ran out as we only took carry on luggage. At the resort shop a small 100ml bottle was $20 USD…. YES! Crazy!