Having spent months Insta stalking everyone (and I mean, everyone) in the Maldives, I was expecting big things from the islands. Everything looked perfect- the sea, the sand, the sunsets- but, as you would, I presumed it was mostly down to a few filters. How wrong I was. My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to visit Velassaru Maldives back in March, and it was so amazing that I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Seriously.
I’ll go into more detail in a moment, but picture this: you’re greeted at the airport by the friendliest hotel representative you’ll probably ever meet, before being whisked away on a speedboat where you’re served dragonfruit smoothies and wet towels. Fifteen minutes later you arrive at a beach so white you’ll need sunnies, with all the hotel staff waving you in. Hopefully that’s set the tone for you. Now for all the details:
How to get there
We took a 7-hour flight from London to Doha with Qatar Airways. From there, we took a connecting flight of 4 hours and 30 minutes to Male. You can fly direct from London to Male with British Airways, but this saved us around £200 with one stopover. We always make sure stopovers are no longer than 2 hours, otherwise the journey ends up being a lot longer than necessary.
Where to stay
Velassaru Maldives. We booked via Destination2, and Velassaru Maldives was actually third from the bottom of all hotels (according to ratings). The cost jump between Velassaru and the ones above was so big, we didn’t think it would be worth it. And we were right. We stayed in a beach bungalow (again, the cheapest option), but it was anything but basic. It comes with its own terrace and outdoor bathroom (shower only), quite possibly the comfiest bed of all time and even a widescreen TV. The hotel also offers overwater villas, but these are around £200 more per night than the bungalow option.
Where do I start. This was without doubt the best part of the resort. Every single meal was absolutely breathtaking. And when I say breathtaking, I mean I was counting down the seconds until I could eat again. The breakfast buffet featured everything from chocolate pancakes and omelettes (cooked in front of you), to fresh fruit and endless pastries. My fave? The coconut milk. Five glasses down and it was only my boyfriend that stopped me from having any more. Sigh. We booked the bed and breakfast option, and since we ate so much in the mornings, we rarely needed food again until dinner. Sure enough, this was just as impressive. There are 5 restaurants to choose from, and we had planned on trying each, but after one night at the buffet option (Vela), there was no reason to go elsewhere. At $60 per head, it’s not cheap, but it is so worth it. We went for 10 nights in a row, and not once was the menu the same. If ever there were a reason to return to a resort, it’s this.
What to do
From mini sharks (there’s probably a technical name for that, but you know what I mean), to the brightest fishes, I was honestly amazed at the array of sealife so close to the shore. You can hire snorkels through the hotel for free.
Being the fitness fanatic I am, we went to the gym everyday (I know), and even that’s impressive. We’re talking every cardio machine you can think of and free weights up to your eyeballs.
3. Book an excursion
The hotel hosts sunset cruises, an outdoor cinema night, a beach BBQ and a weekly white party. Which, by the way, includes approximately 594 white deserts. Delicious, of course.
I can safely say I have never been as relaxed as I was during my stay at the Maldives. When we weren’t watching the sunrise/sunset/sleeping/reading, I was simply taking in the surroundings. It truly is a pinch me place.
I’m the type of person that wouldn’t think twice about going back to the same place when there’s so much of the world to see, but so far, this is one I’d definitely return to.
P.S. I’ll be writing a lot more travel pieces from now, so if there’s anything you want to know, comment below!