The Maldives is one of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries, where the hotel industry continues to capitalize on its allure. The Republic of Maldives is spread across about 300sqkm with resorts on islands that form part of the atolls, so not the easiest to navigate. Flying to the Maldives can be quite a frustrating experience, as arriving in Male is only half of the journey to get to your resort where paradise awaits.
A further check-in is required at the arrival kiosk upon identifying your pre-arranged hotel’s counter, more like a mini bus terminal quasi cargo workstation with very basic administrative operation. Chaos is expected even with the help of your identified resort representative.
One fine day in Hurawalhi Island Resort Maldives
Despite the view from above looking down at how different atolls are formed to be fascinated, at that point of time, all you want is to get off the plane with the fastest speed that you can. Our body were soaked and feeling unpleasant especially after an overnight flight, so feeling fatigued and in need of a freshen up.
The Ocean Villas in Hulrawalhi Island Resort
The Ocean Villa view from the private deck look out.
Don’t be too intimidated when you see some of the staff coming to greet you with their bare-feet as the resort encourages barefoot living. Why not especially where the luminous white beaches and soft silky-like sands awaits you and it is all around you to see and to feel it for yourself. Spot on! Yet, it would still be nice to see someone with their shoes on in the restaurant during breakfast, lunch or dinner, not only for the safety concern but also a kind of self-respect at the dining table.
The resort has 3 main restaurants and 3 bars. Besides the all-day dining Canneli Restaurant and the Aquarium Bar/Restaurant, the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant is their highlight. There are quite a few activities offered here besides just laying around the beach: soaking up the sun by the infinity pool; listening to the breeze at your villa’s sun deck; snorkeling or diving excursions - a must-do when you are in the Maldives. Be amazed by the diverse fish life and the reef, a unique community of Green Sea turtles.
The service in Canneli Restaurant is rather attentive yet lacking of a touch of warmth and pro-activeness to make guests feel at ease and enjoy themselves more. Telephone manner is also deficient with no name greeting and taking more than 8 rings to pick up on an average counts. We missed our wake-up call one day where we needed to postpone one of the excursions to Dream Island. Be alert and remember to reconfirm your departure seaplane’s schedule especially when you have an international connection flight to catch as pre arrangement by the staff may differ from what your actual schedule should be.
The Aquarium Bar/Restaurant
If none of these activities interest you, a Sunset Cruise with dolphins watching is the next best alternative despite no alcohol is served on board but only a pre-cruise mocktail offered before you set on your journey. For non water activities, the resort has an in-door game room and a fully furnished gym for you to burn a few more calories after your numerous meals of indulgence.
Sunset cruise with dolphin watching
Further to that, you may also book yourself a spa treatment at the DUNIYE Spa to reconnect your inner self and rejuvenate your body and mind.
There is no shortage of resorts in the Maldives and there are plenty of new comers that can offer you a truly charming retreat or to some, a life time experience to celebrate luxury and high life by indulging themselves to embrace nature, serenity and tranquility for a most exquisite vacation in which to be able to disconnect.
Republic of Maldives
Tel: +960 662 2000