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Maldives Bliss – Beach Paradise Come True

”Oh, Maldives? Some day…maybe?”
That was the usual response I would give friends whenever they excitingly mention how Maldives is their dream destination for:
– Honeymoon 
– Diving
– Bucketlist Item

Maldives dream destination - whats the big hype about it

Not that I didn’t want to visit the Maldives, but I just didn’t see what the hype was all about. I mean, there are so many beach destinations in the world – Seychelles, Bora Bora, Mauritius etc. What’s the fuss about this one place that always slips out from a conversation involving honeymoon beach paradise or perfect dream getaways.

But I have to admit, I was wrong.

Maldives is … stunning, a world of its own.

View of the villas of W Maldives from the sky

View of the over-water villas of W Maldives from the sky ( Photo credited to WeAreHandsome)

The minute I hopped onto the seaplane and my eyes got a glimpse of the atolls (islands), accustom to the sheer colours of turquoise, blue, green, sapphire, opal..

I was sold.

It was magical.

View of maldives atolls from seaplane

View of Maldives Atolls from seaplane. The shimmery and luminous hues were hard to comprehend and fathom. I was dumbfounded.

Sunsets and sea life at Maldives

Sunsets and Sea life at Sheraton Maldives. Taken from a boat going out to sea to spot dolphins. One can just sit and watch this all day. Love sunsets, read my South Africa post as well.

So here’s an introduction into this beach paradise destination to lure you one step closer to visiting it someday.

1. Beautiful Blue Water and White Gorgeous Sand

Seaplane view of W Maldives ( Photo credited to Chunky Matthew)

Seaplane view of W Maldives ( Photo credited to Chunky Matthew)

Be it at a bird’s eye view from the seaplane to your resort or a speedboat ride, you cannot help but be stunned by the brilliant crystal clear Maldivian waters. Its clarity and purity is hard to believe, that you might want to actually take a sip of it to see if its actually freshwater.

crystal clear waters, sunshine and blue skies at Maldives all day

Crystal clear waters, sunshine and blue skies at Sheraton Maldives all day all year long, except for the occasional passing showers.

Private beach access into the white sand and crystal clear waters right in front of you

Private beach access into the white sandy beach and crystal clear waters directly from your W Beach Oasis suite

2. Accessibility and flights to Maldives 

Male International Airport has 3 different airlines from Singapore Changi Airport  – Singapore Airlines, Silk Air and Tiger Air. There is a growth in new airlines linking over to Male the past few years, from Lufthansa, Air Asia and more, making Maldives even more accessible to all around the world. From the airport, it will be a 20 minutes  seaplane ride to W Maldives, or 15 minutes speedboat to Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa.

Me and my first seaplane ride | Maldivian pilot and crew

Me and my first seaplane ride on the Trans Maldivian Airways ( TMA). Seaplane ride costs US$505 per pax | Maldivian pilot and crew

The Maldivian pilot and crew were really friendly and lovely. Small plane but great service and smiles.

 

Wellness and Yoga in Maldives? Why is this a great destination for that?

3. Experience over-water bungalows and private villas

Overwater bungalows at W Maldives | My idea of island life

Over-water bungalows at W Maldives, perfect for privacy, endless horizon and romance | My idea of island life

One trademark about Maldives is to experience staying in an over-water villa, or a villa by the beach to sleep to the sound of the waves at your doorstep. Indeed a beach paradise for many.

Veranda of the over water bungalow at W Maldives, overlooking the stunning coral reefs and blue clear ocean

Huge veranda of the over-water bungalow at W Maldives Wow Suite, overlooking the stunning coral reefs and blue blue ocean

 

A room with a view like this, makes you wonder why you ever want to leave our room | My idea of island life

A room with a view like this, makes you wonder why you ever want to leave our room.

infinity pool and gorgeous deck chairs. Maldives Beach Paradise

Infinity pool and gorgeous deck chairs for each over-water bungalow at W

Beach Oasis at W Maldives

Beach Oasis at W Maldives, pretty lounge bed by the private pool

Ocean view villa with your own private pool overlooking the ocean

Ocean view villa at Sheraton Maldives with your own hammock, deck chairs and private pool overlooking the ocean and crashing waves. Every single unit have a perfect view for sunrises.

Private pool with the waves crashing

My own private pool with the waves crashing in the background! All the privacy you want

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4. Maldives Marine life and Water Activities

Everyone who comes to Maldives must at least partake in some activity that brings you closer to the marine and sea life. Be it snorkeling in the reefs, racing dolphins in the sea, dive with manta rays, the magic of this destination is in being close to the marine and sea.

Maldives Marine life and water - blue and clear for snorkeling. Maldives Beach Paradise | Island life at its best

Maldives Marine life and water – blue and so clear that you can spot even a crab crawling at the sea bed | Island life at its best

Maldives Snorkelling - Going for a morning snorkel around the island | Maldives marine life

Going for a morning snorkel around the island. Water so blue and clear its unbelievable. Look out for the Maldives Marine life and trying to spot the resident sea turtle at W Maldives

Maldives stunning waters - Jumping straight into the sea straight from your overwater bungalow deck to explore the Maldives Marine life.

I was in and out of the water every other hour. Jumping straight into the sea straight from your overwater bungalow deck to explore the Maldives Marine life.

5. Private Yacht and Private Island Escapade

Private yacht rides out to the sea

W Private yacht ESCAPE rides out to the sea

Private Yacht with champagne out to sea to catch the sunset. Maldives Beach Paradise and sea life

All dress in our beach best to head out to catch the sunset. Sea life indeed.

Private Island secluded all to ourselves to explore the Maldives Marine life

Gathafushi Private Island exploration – secluded all to ourselves to explore the Maldives Marine life

Enjoy a private island all to you and your friends. Maldives Beach Paradise | My idea of island life

Enjoy a private island for you and your friends. So many photo moments! | My idea of island life

6. Yoga and a good calm retreat for your senses 

Dancer Pose - Shot against the sunset at Sheraton Maldives

Dancer Pose – Shot against the sunset at Sheraton Maldives

Headstand at morning sunrise yoga at AWAY Spa W Maldives

Headstand at morning sunrise yoga class at AWAY Spa W Maldives

With stunning coral filled waters, fresh sea breeze, beautiful sunrise and sunsets, this is really a top notch beach paradise destination to recharge your soul and rejuvenate your mind. Definitely a place that makes even me, a night owl, want to wake up early just to catch the breathtaking sunrise…every day.

 

With that, I conclude my story about my Maldives Bliss, indeed a dream beach paradise destination for the senses and soul. Will you add this to your list now?

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To read on other beach destinations in Asia, read my Krabi Rock Climbing Story.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Francesca @onegrloneworld
    April 12, 2016 at 1:59 am

    I was really curious about the Maldives, I have been for a while now. So many people rave about it, but like you it wasn’t really on my list. I just returned from Anguilla which is a gorgeous beach location with crystal clear water and white sand. I was starting to believe that maybe it’s the same – but the Maldives look far more luxurious! Did you have a lot of mosquitos in your room though since you were staying off the water?

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      April 12, 2016 at 2:55 am

      Hi Francesca,

      Yes Maldives is stunning, and definitely luxurious given the remote exclusiveness of the destination, each resort is an island. To answer your qn, no there are no mosquitoes, sand flies and such bugs at the Maldives, which makes it so so awesome.

  • Reply
    Nafisa Habib
    June 15, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    I wish to back the Maldives again, truly a dream destination and paradise on earth. But I’m glad that I made a budget and solo tour and it was completely a different experience. Loving every photo here. The turquoise waters won my heart in all way!

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      June 16, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      It is indeed paradise on earth, Nafisa. You should be very proud of your trip there. 😉

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