The moment I stepped off the speedboat to our island I knew I had arrived on something you could only describe as Heaven on Earth. I have always wanted to travel to the Indian Ocean, I almost didn’t believe the photos I had previously seen a million times on Google until I actually arrived on the spectacular island. The clearest minty-toothpaste coloured water, warm lagoons and snowiest sandy beach felt untouched and pure, something you wouldn’t be able to see on a regular beach shoreline really is a knockout from the countless brochures and magazines I have read. At the back of my mind I was convinced what I had seen online was all photoshopped magic but it really was the polar opposite. The Maldives is indeed super photogenic. The atmosphere was calming; with other couples and travellers on the island it still felt as if I had hired an island. It was peaceful and serene which was needed after a stressful final year at university. The purpose of the Maldives is to completely shut off, unwind and do absolutely nothing. The Maldives is built up of islands or atolls and this allows everyone to travel by speedboat. I managed to find an incredible resort and spa located on Meeru Island. As soon as my partner and I arrived, we were greeted by the locals and member of staff playing drums (which were incredible BTW), they were extremely accommodating and upgraded us immediately to a water villa and a bottle of champagne to settle in comfortably. The resort offered a range of water sporting activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and so on. The cuisine was impeccable, alternating to seafood and meats imported from Male, I would recommend trying Manaam and The Wok for dishes specialising in spice and flavors from South Asia especially if you love an eclectic mix of seafood. My highlights of the trip was receiving a complimentary deep tissue massage from The Duniye Spa, Sunset Cruise sighting bottle nose Dolphins, my first Snorkelling experience and pure relaxation at the adults only Infinity Pool. If this sounds like your type of holiday then the Maldives is for you. I will definitely come back to this island and visit the others also.
P.S No footwear required.