Maldives was on my travel bucket list for the longest time. I always dreamed of waking up to the ocean view in a water villa, and jumping into the water right from the dock. When the hubby suggested us to do a side trip to Maldives during our stay in Hong Kong, it was like heck ya!
We flew direct from Hong Kong International Airport to Malé, Maldives through Cathay Pacific. It was still almost a 7-hour flight. We arrived in Malé airport at night, so it was pretty much pitch dark. Our hotel was Jumeirah Vittaveli, located in Bolifushi Island, and was a 30-minute boat ride from Malé. Many of the resorts in Maldives require either a boat or plane transportation, which cost extra so make sure you find out in advance how to get to your resort. Maldives is 3 hours behind Hong Kong time, but be careful with the time change as apparently each hotel resort can set their own. Make sure you check with your hotel when you arrive so you can adjust your time accordingly.
December is the beginning of Maldive’s high season as the weather starts getting drier, however it can still be unpredictable. We were lucky enough to get 3 full days of sun, with some sprinkling of rain on our fourth day. Since we noted it was our wedding anniversary trip, the hotel was very nice to upgrade us to one of their Ocean Suites! There are only seven of them, and are quite secluded, requiring a mini boat ride from the resort mainland. Our suite had 2 stories, with the bedroom and second bathroom on the top floor, and it was GORGEOUS! A host/butler is included with each of the Ocean Suite, definitely makes you feel like a VIP. We pretty much just chilled on the deck most of the time, absorbing some much needed Vitamin D, and did some snorkeling right in front of our suite for couple days. Pure bliss is the perfect description!
The only thing that bothered us were the amount of flies and insects in general, given it is tropical weather. Those darn flies always find a way to sneak into the room, while I found a mini spider on the Nespresso machine one morning and pretty much freaked out. Other than that, everything was perfect. Nothing beats waking up and being in the middle of the ocean. Just sitting there staring out and listening to the waves truly melted all the stress and worries away.
I thought the sunsets in Greece were beautiful, boy was I wrong. Maybe it was because we were right on the ocean? Every day we just sat on the deck and watched the sun go down while listened to the sound of the ocean. There is nothing in this world that gives me more peace. It was magical.