Travel Diary: Maldives Beach Paradise

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…

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.

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).

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




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

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?


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…



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

For More Info:

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa
North Ari Atoll
Telephone: +960 666 0519
Fax: +960 666 0648
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