Maldives for anniversary?!

posted 1 month ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Hi Bee,

Yes, hubby and I went to the Maldives as our first trip together back in 2015. We stayed at Coco Palm Dhuni and we paid extra for the all inclusive package which was beyond worth it, it saved us a LOT of money as it is expensive for drinks, meals etc. We stayed for 3 days in a beach villa, very private, no neighbors, and then 2 days in the water villas. Both were amazing. If you can afford a night or two in the water villa I would recommend it, it’s an incredible experience. Unless you choose a big brand resort I’d bring some cards, or board games, as the smaller, more secluded islands (like ours) didn’t provide much in terms of entertainment at night. There was water sports, and a spa, and one day we got to see them release baby turtles which was epic. I would recommend tipping well, we tipped all staff and one night they set up a table off the beach with candles and rose petals for us to enjoy our meal. It was super sweet.

My hubby and I being very new into our relationship were really happy to just be us two, we sunbathed, drank pina colada’s, ate fresh food, snorkled and just talked. We didn’t wear shoes or use our cell phones the entire time. It was bliss. 

I made a short video of our trip on the gopro, it was my first video creation from the go pro so it’s not the best quality  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMS3FJbdbAE 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

We spent our 30th anniversary on Vilamendoo. Lovely beach villas and water villas. Friendly staff and great food.

The island is not as exclusive or small as some islands but it does have one of the best house reefs in the Maldives. Every morning we swam in clouds of fish who didn’t seem at all fazed to see us. Fantastic!

All inclusive is a good idea. Save tipping staff for the end of the stay as it isn’t always considered polite. You can hire snorkles and flippers or bring your own. There are boat trips – we swam with a whale shark and saw dolphins and manta rays – and there is a diving centre. You get to the island by seaplane, which is a fun event in itself. If you miss civilisation there is the internet, a gym and a beauty therapy centre. The internet may be slower than you are used to but who cares in such a place.

The beach, paths and even the restaurant floor are all sandy and so if you do go don’t take lots of sandals. We gave up on footwear after the first day. Do take suncream though and a tee shirt for over a swimming costume if swimming at noon or swimming in slightly cooler water at the edge of the reef.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Have a look on Trip Advisor so that you can choose the place that is right for you. I know some people just adore luxury and exclusiveness. Me? I wanted to experience the underwater world as well as the beach.

I think that honeymooners probably need privacy so do check for this. 

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