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