Who is not dreaming about diving in Maldives? Or what about a liveaboard in Raja Ampat. Some of the most amazing scuba diving destinations in the world that I have been to, but I never dove there. Why not? Long lasting ear problems are keeping me out of the water now for almost 4 years.
Fulidhoo lately won the award for being the best local island in Maldives for tourists. Obviously that had its reasons and traveling to Fulidhoo suddenly became a popular thing to do. But what is it that makes Fulidhoo such an amazing place to spend your Maldives holiday?
You know that feeling when you come home from a holiday and the first couple days your mind is still at that amazing place? Amplify that by 10 and that is how I still feel exactly a month after I left Lux South Ari Atoll Maldives. I have been staying in a lot of fancy hotels & resorts all over the world and every experience seems even more amazing than the previous one, but almost a week on such a paradise island is hard to top.
There are so many 5 star resorts in Maldives that it is hard to choose the right one and I can understand that everyone thinks that all resorts are the same, but nope that is a complete misunderstanding! First of all not all resorts are 5 star, second biggest mistake is that all Maldives resorts have over water bungalows. Then there are the all-inclusive resorts or those that are very exclusive and most people are unable to afford.
Since it was my third time in Maldives and I am always struggling with weak and slow Wi-Fi I thought it was finally time to figure out what for tourists is the best sim card in Maldives is. Not all people on a trip to Maldives are staying in fancy resorts, the time that Maldives tourism was exclusively for the rich and famous or honeymooners is over and more and more budget travelers are finding their way to this paradise destination.
You have seen me hanging out in very luxurious resorts in Maldives, but I have also seen the other side of island hopping in this country. Maldives tourism is booming and not only for luxury travelers. Since a couple years local islands in Maldives are open to tourists and guesthouses are popping up. A trip to the Maldives is no longer just for honeymooners, but how does traveling in Maldives work?
How many flights I board a year? I don’t know anymore to be honest. I used to keep track of that and remember in 2013 and 104 that were about 50 a year. Nowadays it is a little bit less, but the last weeks I flew from Bali to Amsterdam with KLM, then from Amsterdam a return trip to Vietnam with Emirates and then quickly left Holland again to fly to Maldives and back to Europe with Qatar Airways.
Staying at Kandima Maldives marked already the 10th luxury resort in Maldives I visited. Many people think that all resorts are the same, but that is totally wrong. Kandima only opened its doors to guests less than a year ago so is brand new and is the Kandima concept is completely different than most other resorts, I will explain you why.
My second resort after a week in the Maldives with Maldives TV was one away from the North Male Atoll. About 60 kilometers East of the capital there is a little Atoll called Rasdhoo and coincidentally I had already been there last year on my first visit to Maldives. Rasdhoo itself though is a local island and in 2016 I took a local boat to live like a local in Maldives. This time I traveled to an island next to it: Kuramathi Island Resort.
Curious how many miles I traveled? How many countries I have been? And how my 2017 flight schedule looked like? In this blog I am recapping all my trips of 2017 and I collected some cool statistics about my travels. Plus some insight in my travel plans for 2018.
It was sad saying goodbye at the Lux South Ari Atoll but there was not a lot of time to deal with that as a new adventure was waiting. I landed back again on Hulhumale Island and made my way to the Anantara private lounge. Unlike 99% of the resorts Anantara does not have a little booth where you have to present yourself, Anantara has a little private lounge for its guests to relax after their mostly exhausting flight. It did only take a couple minutes though before my speedboat transfer was ready for departure. Naladhu Private Island is part of the Anantara Hotel Group and is one of those Maldives hotels with speedboat transfer. The boat ride took only about 40 minutes and there was the team of Naladhu waiting for my arrival.
It was my first time in Maldives and I was about to head to one of the most remote islands of the country. The moment I wanted to check in for my domestic flight to GAN Airport there came someone up to me asking if I was Mr. Grond. Please sir follow me to the lounge… I guess my dream trip just started! More luxury travel experiences on my Hotel & Resorts pages.
Last year I visited Maldives 4 times and every time I flew into this paradise destination I got as excited as a kid. When you see this country from the airplane window you can clearly see why this is a unique place on earth and is topping many travelers’ bucketlist. And now more than ever a trip to Maldives is within reach for everyone!
Being invited to a conference in the Maldives was to me like winning the jackpot. Yes I want to come speak at your event in paradise but don’t expect me to fly home straight after. I requested my flight out of Maldives 2 weeks later as I wanted to make the most of this trip and stay as long as I could. When people asked me how long I would stay I answered as long as I get free accommodation! ;)
Traveling to Maldives is a dream for everyone that loves paradise destinations. Not only for honeymooners even for very experienced travel writers from all over the world. There was a little confusion about the event taking place or not, but not a single travel writer bailed out as everyone desperately wanted to be included in this amazing event held on such a unique location in the world. The Maldives is a dream destination and although it was my second time visiting this unique country I was excited to fly business class with Qatar Airways on my way to paradise.