With the hustle and bustle of being a full-time traveler, I’d be in denial if I told you that I find myself stressed and overworked more often than not. However, a few days in the absolutely stunning Maldives forced me to embrace a more tranquil, balanced side to traveling. I’ve been so grateful ever since.
Seeing the Maldive’s’ kaleidoscope of oceanic blues with my very eyes was beyond comprehension. I don’t think I’ve ever seen bluer, cleaner waters. The peaceful ocean tide lapping into the white sand beaches and water-settled resorts could settle even the most restless traveler’s heart. Truthfully, if the Maldives’ beauty alone isn’t enough to make you book a ticket, perhaps this will! Being so close to nature, the serene sounds of water and the surrounding calming blues changed my outlook immediately. And how could it not? If heaven had a spa, I’m sure it would look a lot like the Maldives islands. If you haven’t heard or seen the Maldives before, this island nation is made up of 1,400 islands. Each island houses a private resort, which in turn, takes ultimate relaxation in privacy to the next level.
Our trip was by far the most calm adventure I’ve taken on in a long time. From flying internationally on a 1 hour flight from Colombo to Male, to being escorted to the Conrad Maldives‘ chic and comfortable airport lounge… every step of our journey was a dream. I loved watching the seaplanes land and take off from their luxurious lounge! And finally, our 30 minute super scenic seaplane ride to the Rangali Island was an explosive movie for the eyes. Seeing the scattered white sands in juxtaposition to the bold and electric blues of the Indian Ocean is like seeing art unfold below you. Upon landing, we were escorted on a wooden boat to the Quiet Zone where our Water Villa awaited our arrival.
Scooting around the gorgeous resort on golf carts (it’s always a joy to drive when traveling on the road for so long) or boating between different areas forced me to slow down and enjoy the beauty around me. Every second, every minute, every moment was a feast for the eyes. So many colors, so many warm and inviting people, so many delicious smells and stunning vistas. Tropical plants, clean beaches, blue lagoons, coral reefs, the serene sounds of peaceful water… heaven! Between scuba diving, snorkeling, night fishing, and searching for whale sharks and turtles, every sort of adventure centered around the extraordinary wildlife that surrounds the resort. How can you not celebrate the nature that surrounds you in a place like this?
A huge highlight of our time in the beautiful Maldives was dining at some of the most delicious and beautiful restaurants. Some of my favorites include: grabbing a cocktail in the world’s first underwater restaurant, Ithaa, savoring Mandhoo’s amazing views and organic lunch menu and having an amazing breakfast with sunrise at the Vilu restaurant. Finally, make sure to book the ultimate dinner experience at Koko Grill, a ten course Japanese meal with wine and sake pairings. Having a front row seat to watch the chef prepare everything was amazing!
Noshing on drinks in Ithaa’s undersea restaurant might be worthy of any gal’s bucket list. Five meters beneath the surface of the ocean, Ithaa’s expansive coral garden and colorful sea creatures unfolded in front of our eyes. The beauty of nature is so incredible (even that which is under the water!), and this was certainly evident here! Watching the beautiful wildlife gracefully move past us as we sipped on cocktails and talked about the good things in life is a moment I’ll never forget.
Taking the underwater experience to a whole new level, Conrad Maldives just launched the world’s first underwater villa! The Muraka residence is such a special lodging experience. Its glass encased tunnels and chic sleeping quarters allows visitors to be surrounded by tropical fish at any time of day or night. Imagine sleeping in a gorgeous fishbowl! The Muraka bedroom is also two story, so you can stay above water to watch a gorgeous sunset or choose to “submerge” into the depths of the Maldives’ crystal clear waters by going below. The Muraka is due to open in November of this year.
Should you find yourself needing a travel experience that will connect you to the tranquility of nature and a moment or two to get in touch with your more peaceful, still and mindful self… the Maldives are awaiting you.
Trip sponsored by Conrad Maldives.