The Maldives have always been on top of my bucketlist. Just google it and you will understand why: endless stunning white beaches, crystalline blue waters and the most amazing sunsets. Finally I could experience this amazing island paradise!
We flew with Emirates via Dubai to Male (with wifi on board!) were we arrived after a 11 hour flight at 07:40 am. From there we had to take a seaplane transfer to our resort. This 35 minute journey was in itself an experience as we got the most beautiful views of the atolls (funny fact: the pilot was flying the plane bare foot).
After this short flight with the seaplane we landed next to a floating platform. From here we’ve been picked up by a boat to be taken the remaining few meters to shore. We hopped of the boat and I had to really pinch myself when we arrived on the most beautiful island I’d ever seen! My first impression was: this is spec.tac.ular!! The breeze between the palm trees was the only reminder that we were not trapped in a postcard. It was so incredibly beautiful, almost surreal!
We were staying at Reethi Beach Resort (Reethi means beautiful in the local language) were a kind lady of guest relations offered us a coconut drink and a refreshing towel. After we checked in we went to our gorgeous villa. It was literally a few steps from the beach and it had a very big open air bathroom with bad-tub and two open-air rain showers. We were welcomed by a sweet postcard and a bottle of wine which my best friends arranged from home to wish us a pleasant stay! How sweet! This holiday couldn’t start any better!
The island was quit small. It took us about 15-20 minutes to walk (very slowly, because: 38 degrees!) around the island. Although it was a tiny island the facilities include 5 restaurants, 5 bars, a beautiful spa and wellness retreat, a gym, an infinity pool and a diving- and water sport centre were you can book a wide variety of adventurous excursions which enables you to explore the untouched beauty of Baa Atoll and the rich culture of its inhabitants. After a quick breakfast we raced back to our room, got our snorkels on and jumped into the sparkling turquoise water!
As we swam around the island we saw the most colorful coral and encountered thousands tropical reef fish. We even saw a shark, a seaturtle and stingrays! You may think that simply relaxing is the main activity in the Maldives but I actually made a lot of km’s swimming and snorkelling around the lagoon every day! A lot more exercise than I did back home!
No need to go far or deep to experience these wonders and get dazzled. The Maldives have the clearest water in the world so you have fantastic visibility. But if diving or snorkelling with stingrays and sharks seem a little bit too life threatening to you (I don’t blame you) you can also SUP! There is even a chance you are supping in the middle of hundreds of dolphins. Every time we saw dolphins swimming close to shore, we took our surfboard and peddled to them as soon as we can.
The last days of our stay we booked a water villa built on stilts over the clear waters of the lagoon. From here we had the amazing sunsets! So romantic.
The Maldives really stole my heart. I will definitely go back to this magical place!