I try to make Travel Lightbulb accessible to everyone, whether you can afford a luxury holiday, or a budget backpacking experience. I hope everyone finds something that suits them. However, I also want to feature places we all dream about, and decided to blog about one of the most exotic places I've been to...the Maldives.
My husband and I spent our honeymoon in the Indian Ocean islands back in September 2010, and it was totally stunning. We stayed at Veligandu Island Resort, and were lucky enough to be upgraded to a jacuzzi water villa - on stilts above the ocean - it was complete paradise! I spent a long time researching various resorts in that part of the world, but this one stuck out a mile because it was a small island, and also because of the rave reviews it had received.
While our weather was unusually wet for that time of year, it didn't spoil our trip, and the staff could not have been more helpful. There is a 'no news, no shoes' policy at Veligandu which (in the most pleasant of ways) forces you to relax; clear your head, and feel more rested than ever. It also leaves you with incredibly soft feet - after all, the last time I spent two weeks without shoes, I was still in nappies!
The food was outstanding. There are two restaurants on the island - one included in the price of your stay, and one you can pay extra for. The food was so good at the inclusive restaurant that we ate there every night, and didn't have the same meal twice in our two week stay - fabulous. The snorkelling was five star - think turtles, the most colourful fish you can imagine, and sharks. While white tip reef sharks may not be dangerous, nothing prepares you for the feeling of seeing a 6 footer - yes, the 'Jaws' music was running through my head at the time, but wow, what an experience!
If anyone is thinking of a trip to the Maldives, you could not go wrong with Veligandu. It's simply stunning, and I hope to be lucky enough to return one day, and chill out in paradise once again!
Have you been to the Maldives? Would you recommend the island you stayed on to others? What was your own experience like?