Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Stunning Destinations: The Maldives (Private Resort Experience)

Life on the High End

It’s a well-known fact that good health and happiness can be bolstered by treating yourself to the finer things in life.  In this case, a trip to the Maldives private resort is a good choice. 

The Maldives is a haven for all luxurious resorts, sky is the limit in spending as they say. Choices ranges from three star to even five star island resorts.  They say further atolls have even more beautiful and luxurious water bungalows.

For this trip, we chose Fihalhohi Island Resort.  It is rated three star among all the list of island resort and is on the lower end of the price spectrum, costing at least US$300 per night, which, while not super budget, is a lot cheaper that other resorts. Apart from having the cheapest return transfer from either Male or Airport at $140 US per person.

When we arrived at Velana Airport, we approached the kiosk of Fihalholhi Resort and they assisted us going to the boat. It was just a 45 minutes speedboat ride to Paradise.

Fihalhohi Resort, I am ready for you
When we arrived at the resort, all I wanted to do is relax and feel the moment. I wanted to feel that I am really on vacation, aside from celebrating my birthday and life in general. Life on the island was easy. In a private resort bubble, you don't have to worry about getting around, meals, or what to do.
The Board Walk leading to Paradise (such a sight to behold)

Waiting to be Checked In (c) Simple
I can only take vacation life for a day or two before I get bored.  The high life was I thought it would be - relaxing opulence - but I was itching to see  the real Maldives, life on local islands, and talk to a few people.

After we settled our things, we had lunch took some photos of  the resort. Believe me it's really stunning in most angles. Partying and drinking alcoholic beverages is permitted in private islands. Fihalhohi Island Resort have four bars/dining areas to accommodate its guests. When we entered the resort, we were taken to the Fisherman's Bar.
The Fisherman's Bar
It's lavishly furnished with Bamboo Sofas and surrounding are bars to cater to different needs. There is also a very romantic deck situated towards the ocean, it’s the perfect place to have a cocktail or a mocktail.The Fisherman’s Bar is the main bar of the resort. Overlooking the ocean, this vibrant Maldives bar is perfect for relaxing after a day in the sun. Live bands Traditional Boduberu and the resort’s DJ make appearances throughout the week, and the energetic dance floor becomes the centre of activity and attraction once the sun goes down.

The Perfect Place to Lounge after a long day

The staff was super friendly and accommodating. Meals served are wide choices of food in a buffet style, and they are seriously delicious.

Resorts in the country are geared towards families or couples, there were very few group travelers  or non couples. There wasn't a lot of guest interaction but since everyone there is on a vacation, I'm not surprised.
Lost in Fihalhohi? lol (c) Nao
The Palm Groove Restaurant is where all the dining happens from Breakfast to Dinner. Serving sumptuous, buffet-style breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, this breezy Maldives restaurant perfectly captures the island spirit with alluring Indian Ocean views through expansive windows. A full continental European, English breakfast is available at the breakfast buffet and a wide variety of Continental, Asian and Maldivian curry cuisine is served at lunch and for dinner. 

The Palm Groove Restaurant
The Blue Lagoon bar is located near the water villas and offers snacks such as Burgers, Pizza, Salads. They also offer lunch and dinner of your choice and the highlight is the Hi - tea buffet at the heart of Surf Cafe.
A nice area to Lounge near the Blue Lagoon Bar