My proudest passport stamp, The Maldives! A group of more than 1,000 islands located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this is where you come to relax and get away from the world. From the east coast of the U.S., it took us over 22 hours of travel time and a 9 hour time difference to get there. Certainly not an easy place to get to, but well worth the rewards!
The best time to go to the Maldives for sunny, beach weather days, are from January through April. We went there in March, and had zero rain, lots of blue skies and a constant breeze to chill under the palm trees. Needless to say, the weather was perfect! It takes a lot of planning just to figure out which island you want to stay. Basically, the island you choose will be determined by the hotel you like, because the hotel is likely to be the only thing on the entire island. So this is where you will be eating, sleeping, and beaching during your vacation.
Hotel prices in the Maldives start from around $400 USD per night to “you name it”, unless you stay in Male, the capital. But no one does that. I decided on staying at the Kurumba Maldives. Initially, I chose this hotel based on price and closeness to the airport, but I could not have been happier with the beauty of the hotel and the island. In order to get to Kurumba, you must fly into the main airport, in Male, and from there the hotel staff will pick you up and take you to the island on a speedboat. The ride is pleasant, no longer than 15 minutes. We were the only ones on the boat, and they had cold towels and bottled water for us. Check-in to the hotel was in an outdoor lobby with views to the ocean and came with welcoming drinks. The concierge reviewed our stay, confirming our dates, room, and price, but it was hard to focus, because I couldn’t stop staring at the beauty around us. I have been to many islands around the Caribbean, Europe and Asia; but never had I been to an island that I could walk the entire circumference in less than 20 minutes. It felt like walking through your own neighborhood of villas surrounded by lush green plants and jasmine flowers. The doors in the bedroom opened straight to the beach. The lounge chairs on the beach were even numbered by room, so you are always guaranteed a chair. But it wasn’t even necessary because the island was so quiet that other guests were scarce. It felt like the island was almost all to yourself.
Since we had arrived in the evening, we took some time to explore the island before going to bed to recover from our jet lag. Next morning, we grabbed a kayak and circled the island while we sunbathed. We saw see black tip reef sharks in the shallow waters, but nothing to be afraid of though, most of them were small! Being here was such a treat. Sometimes you get caught up on sightseeing and checking things off your to-do list, that you forget to actually enjoy the moment. Here there is only one thing to do, relax and there’s nowhere to be except for enjoying your almost private island!