Travel Diary: Maldives Beach Paradise

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I’ve been lax in blogging – there’s been so much going on! We’ve got some exciting news to announce, but I’ll save it for next post. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some pix from our May trip to the Maldives. We stopped over on our way back from India. It was a much needed respite after attending the High Point Furniture Market, a 3-day wedding in Jaipur, as well as a full on sourcing tour in India…

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If you’re looking for down time, the Maldives is the place to go. We stayed at Velingandu Resort, which is in the North Ari Atolls. The Maldives is a series of islands in the Indian Ocean about 600 km off Sri Lanka. Literally, the islands are the peaks of old volcanoes in the middle of the ocean.

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It is the lowest lying country in the world (the highest point is 7+ feet) and so is ultimately vulnerable to the rising seas. Known mostly for it’s resorts, the capital is Male – which is kind of like Hong Kong – super dense and vertical (but much smaller).

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Most resorts are accessed by seaplane taxis. (Those closest to Male are reached by speedboat).

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It’s a “slap me, is it real?” kind of place. The water is incredibly clear, the sand pure white, and fish everywhere…

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In fact, there’s really nothing to do other than eat, drink, swim, and relax. What else is there to do when the island is only 150 x 600 meters?
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I could ramble on about this unique, Muslim country, but I’m sure you’d rather just look at the pretty pictures. For more info on this island, I highly recommend the book “Gate Crashing Paradise – Misadventure in the Real Maldives“. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m always skeptical of places that look too perfect…

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But who’s to argue when every sunset takes your breath away.

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For More Info:

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa
North Ari Atoll
Maldives
Telephone: +960 666 0519
Fax: +960 666 0648
Email: ­reservations@veligandu.com

 

Photo Diary: All The Beaches I’ve Loved Before…

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Sunset Beach – North Shore, Oahu

It’s that time of year when it seems like the winter will never end. I’m dreaming of sticking my toes into warm sand and baking in the sun as the sea laps against the seashore… Ah one can dream!

Join me for a trip to some beautiful sunny beaches of trips past…

Beach in Hoi An, Vietnam
Lone palm on the beach. Hoi An, Vietnam
Hayman Island - Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Hayman Island – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Old dock - Koh Samui, Thailand
Old dock – Koh Samui, Thailand
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Doris Duke’s Shangri La – Oahu
Double infinity pool at The Hanging Gardens outside Ubud.
Not a beach, but this water was gorgeous! Hanging Gardens – Ubud, Bali
Zazen Resort - Koh Samui, Thailand.
Zazen Resort – Koh Samui, Thailand
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Rosario Islands – Colombia
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Crooked palm – Koh Samui, Thailand
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Cove view – Uluwatu, Bali
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Copacabana Beach – Rio, Brazil
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Bondi Beach – Sydney, Australia
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Uluwatu – Bali
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Whitsunday Islands – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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Sunset Beach – Oahu

Are you ready to buy a plane ticket? Me too.