A LUX* Welcome To The Maldives

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So you all know that Matt and I ventured off in to new territories last week for the trip of a lifetime to the beautiful islands of the Maldives. These islands are unique to this world and it’s a place I have always wanted to visit for such a long time. I just want to start off by saying that I am really blessed to have been able to go on this trip and I hope that you guys will also be able to experience the Maldives before they disappear towards the end of this century. If you haven’t heard already the ice caps are melting, people!

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The journey is a just over a 10 hour flight from the UK, then seaplane or domestic plane and speedboat to the island of Dhidhoofinolhu in the South Ari Atoll. I hate long flights but I’ve done so many now that I’ve got my little travel essentials at the ready for each trip.

Travel pillow
Headphones
Kindle (Michael Scott’s ‘The Alchemyst’ series)
Occles eyeshades

We got a night flight, so it was pretty cool as it was basically 10 hours of sleep and plane movies!

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When we landed the heat that hit me as soon as the door opened was like a wave of magic. Completely refreshing after boarding in the rain back home.
The speed boat ride was around 20 mins to the LUX* resort and this was actually my first time in a speedboat so it was quite exciting!
The Maldivian people are very friendly and we received the warmest welcome on to the island when we were greeted at the end of the dock by the resort staff with fresh cucumber drinks and face cloths to clean up.

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It has always been a dream of mine to stay in an over water villa and this again was a first for me. We had the most beautiful signature villa which stepped down in to crystal clear ocean.
The island is about a 40 minute walk end to end and in the middle of the Indian Ocean so I regularly saw huge tropical fish swimming about in the shallow waters.
We had our own pool looking out over the sea and a beautifully decked balcony with gorgeous furniture.
Every last detail has been thought of at LUX* from the complimentary toiletries, flip flops and beach bag to the castaway themed decor.
The resort made us feel so welcome and we found fresh fruit, and champagne on ice ready and waiting for our arrival. Complimentary water and a stocked mini bar were refilled twice daily along with a daily clean and turn down service in the evening.

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This island has so much to offer and whilst we did spend a lot of time relaxing in the pool and sea, we really explored this paradise.
We went on such a beautiful boat ride locally known as a Maldivian Dhoni to swim with the whale sharks and turtles.
A top tip is to rent a bike so that you can get around the island quickly. It’s really idealic cycling through the exotic foliage and over the bridge to the water villas!
We visited the wishing tree and made a wish and also took in some spa time at the LUX* Me spa.
I even spent a morning in the very intimate beach yoga class which was a surreal experience and I loved every minute.

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There are 8 restaurants at this resort including Italian, Japanese, Meditteranean, Arab, Sri Lankan, Indian and local Maldivian inspired dishes.
The resort also invited us along to their Maldivian night to experience the traditional side and culture of the Maldives. It was really special and the food was fantastic. I am a huge curry lover being halfJamaican and obviously, British! It was total food heaven for me.
At either end of the island there is also a bar serving freshly made cocktails that you can sip whilst watching the sun go down.
LUX* even make their very own coffee, ice cream and water right there on the island so it truly is a unique experience to stay here.
Thanks so much to LUX* for having us and I really hope that this was not my one and only visit to this beautiful island!
Find more info on how to book over at LUX*

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Have you been to the Maldives? What do you think makes it so different to other destinations?

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