Published: August 16th 2010December 31st 2008
When I was younger I always dreamed of going to the Maldives and staying in a water villa (A villa on stilts over the water if you didn't know). I knew it wouldn't be cheap, I was just about to start a new job and probably wouldn't be able to get a xmas and new year off for a very long time so whilst I was young and before I have kids and can't afford it (not that I can afford it now) I decided to go.
Probably the biggest problem with the Maldives is once you have been you're going to struggle to find anywhere as nice to go for your honeymoon, the only other problem is if you don't dive or like water sports there isn't much to do apart from eat, relax and sunbathe. That might sound like heaven but if you're an active person you will crave something to do by the end of a two week holiday, Luckily my fiancee and I dive and whilst there we took our advanced diving tests.
At the airport on the way there I showed my boarding pass at security and the guy turned to me and said
“I hate you”, I was a little confused, he then said “I hate you because I know where you’re going”, I laughed and just said thank you.
It was about 12 hours to get there and when we landed at Male international airport, we had to get a sea plane to our island, Kuredu, whilst waiting for our sea plane we were shown to a lounge, where there were what I would call beds, for you to lay on. Someone bought over a cold towel for us and a fruit smoothie, the lounge was surrounded by water on all sides and although there was noise from the planes it was so tranquil. We only had to wait about 15 minutes and then we were taken to our sea plane, the views were fantastic, every island we flew over had a different shape and all were beautiful.
As we came in to land we both started to get really excited, we were taken to the reception and given cocktails whilst they sorted out our rooms. Someone came over and looked at our passports, “Ahhh Mr Nicholson” he said with a big grin on his face, he picked up our
bags and we walked to a golf cart then we were driven to our water villa. He opened the door and there was a massive four poster bed, it had doors that led on to a covered decked area with a table and chairs and our own private sun deck with two sun beds, I was in heaven!
We went on to the sun deck and looked down and saw some of the most beautiful fish in the water below then we saw a sting ray, about 3 feet in diameter, swim past, as it was lunch time we went for our first meal. The views were spectacular; the food was out of this world and the service impeccable, on our way back to our villa we were still trying to get to grips with paradise, we looked in to the water and saw two reef sharks, I could not wait to dive here.
Our first night in the water villa was a bit un nerving, I noticed a light switch that switched a light on outside the villa, no thanks, I though, I don't want to attract any mosquitoes, so I switched it off, turns out the
light is underneath the water villa and the reason it is there is to keep the fish away. They know that if they are in the light they are going to be eaten so they stay away, I turned the light off so I heard thrashing around in the water all night, at one point I thought the stilts had collapsed and we were in the water it was so noisy.
We booked to go diving and dived most days and a couple of nights, Nikki (my fiancée) has trouble with reverse blocks so she didn’t dive every time. Every day was the same, food to die for, amazing weather & scenery and fantastic dives. It was pretty surreal to be spending xmas on a beach for the first time, some people had said to me before I went that they preferred xmas to be cold, I loved a hot xmas.
The gala dinner they put on was out of this world, animals shapes carved into food, displays of food bigger than me, I didn’t want to go home, the new year gala was just as good too, every night we had the same table on the beach
and watched the sunset. We started our new year with a bottle of champagne being sent to our room to enjoy the sun setting on 2008.
Our last dive of the holiday was a little bit of a disappointment, our instructor told us that our last dive was his favourite as it is where we will see the most sharks, I couldn’t wait, we had a new dive instructor with us, it was his first time on this dive too, he got a brief about where to take us but clearly didn’t understand. If we would have been given the brief we could have done better, to cut a long story short we were supposed to start by swimming against the current as at the corner of the reef was where all the sharks were, the instructor took us with the current so we saw absolutely nothing and to make matters worse someone in our group started to blame us for having such a bad dive.
I didn’t want to end the holiday on a low point so for the first time in my life I bit my tongue and didn’t have a go at the miserable couple,
even though it was a bad way to end a dream holiday I really can’t fault anything else with this place, I’d highly recommend going here!
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