Being at Maldives is not about lavishly spending on shopping or going around relentlessly visiting tourist spots, but about simply relaxing and getting in touch with the absolute natural. Sanjay Pasari realized that Maldives is of the stuff that fantasies are made of, while on his 4D/3N trip to Maldives with his wife and two daughters. At a total price of Rs.168,001, his package covered their stay at luxurious resorts, dinner, breakfast and transfers. Terming it as his best international trip, here is what he has to share.
My family and I are extremely fond of traveling. I make it a point that my family travels to one international destination and one domestic destination every year. I have been successfully following this routine since the last 9 years. This time on the demand of my younger daughter, we shortlisted Maldives to be the one. I started looking for the perfect package, but since I didn’t find many tour operators in Kolkata who could provide me a package for Maldives, I started looking online. On being offered a suitable quote, I sealed the deal with TravelTraingle.
Tip: When it comes to family trips, it is always better to have a travel expert handle your trip. Also, another good thing about traveling to Maldives is that there is no Pre-Visa requirement. Upon landing in the country, you get Visa on arrival that has a 30 day validity.
Day 1: Exploring the sunny side
We were picked up from the Male International Airport at around 2 pm and were transported to our resort by a speed boat in 20 minutes. On reaching our resort — Superior Beach Bungalow, we were delighted to discover the mesmerizing view from the balcony of our rooms.
After checking in at the hotel, we proceeded towards the beach adjacent to our resort. Benumbed by the scenic beauty, we sat around the beach for an hour and blankly admired the sun change its colors — from fiery yellow to orange to dark blue. Retreating from the beach, we went for our dinner at the resort’s restaurant which was included in our package. Though we were offered a sufficient variety of food, the Indian cuisines served were not up to mark.
Tip: Most of the resorts in Maldives serve Indian cuisine so travelers need not worry, but it is always better to confirm from your agent.
Day 2: Soaking in the Maldivian beauty
Since I am an early riser, I started the day with a morning walk along with my wife and we were later joined by our daughters. Superior Beach Bungalow is situated right on the beach, thus offering a perfect view and an uncrowded space for a peaceful walk. After a refreshing bath at the beach, we went for the breakfast. I rejoiced having some Maldivian specialties but my wife and daughters couldn’t, since there were hardly any vegetarian options available.
Tip: Always choose your accommodation carefully since all the rooms on your resort could be beach facing but if you’re someone who prefers the ocean view more than anything, a water villa could be your thing. Luckily, for us, we booked both.
The day was free for leisure. Though we enjoyed our time swimming at the beach and hanging out on the balcony — we could not get enough of the Maldivian beauty. The only problem was the weather, which revolved around 30 degrees through most of the day.
Tip: Be prepared for some serious sun since Maldives during this time is usually a bit hot during the day.
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Back at the reception, we inquired about water sports that were being offered at the resort. We wanted to book a submarine trip but were informed that it won’t be possible until 8 members from the resort book for the same. When the minimum required number could not be fulfilled, it got cancelled. Back at the beach, we indulged in jet skiing and paragliding.
Tip: Activities at most of the resorts in Maldives are paid and could also be subject to availability and weather conditions, so be careful about that.
Paragliding in Maldivian waters was very exciting and safe, since it was very well organized. The beaches were very clean, serene and uncrowded, unlike the beaches of Pattaya and Phuket that we had previously visited. Later in the evening we happened to see the Heaven Villa, and got hypnotized by its sheer magnificence. We then inquired about the difference between our pre-booked Water Villa and Heaven Villa. At a price of $75(Rs.5000) per person we got our stay upgraded and booked the third night’s stay at the enthralling Heaven Villa.
Tip: Once again, it is important that you know the kind of accommodation you would be getting and if you’re not happy, one can always try for an upgrade, which most of the resorts are happy to cater to.
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Day 3: A stay in heaven
Having upgraded our stay, the next morning we shifted to Heaven Villa. Our rooms not only featured an extremely fantastic view from the balcony but also a private Jacuzzi. The best part was that we could get down in the sea right from the balcony itself!
Post a delicious lunch at the villa, we caught up with the water sport activities that were left — kayaking and snorkeling. After having a power doze of adventure, we stayed in the balcony of the villa for the rest of the day. The experience of being at the resort was such that it was hard to extract ourselves from its exquisite beauty.
In the evening we went for the shark show, which was a one-of-a-kind experience. As night approached, we arranged our own dinner thinking that it was no longer included in the package after up-gradation. It was only on the next day that we got to know by the resort authorities, that it still was.
Tip: Always be aware about the inclusions and exclusions in your package.
Day 4: Speeding back home
Bedazzled by the rising sun, we once again woke up early to see the sunrise. Since we had a flight to catch at 2 pm, we began packing by 11 am. We then had our breakfast and cleared out the bills at the reception for up-gradation and water activities and left for the airport on the speed boat.
High Point: The trip was managed perfectly and we had a very relaxed holiday.
Low Point: Better negotiation with the resort authorities could have been done while getting the stay upgraded.
Tip for future travelers:
- Maldives is the perfect place to chill and relax. Your indulgence with natural serenity will remain uninterrupted throughout your stay.
- Get to know about your accommodation before you book
- State your requirements clearly to the agent so that there is no last minute miscommunication
- Try to book a full board package where all your meals are covered since it turns out to be more economical
Allow your senses to be hypnotized by the mesmerizing Maldives. Resisting would yield you nothing, so Book NOW!
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