Our honeymoon was an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience, it was SO good! I don't think J and I are the only ones to have been caught daydreaming about over the water villas on a turquoise sea during our childhood and well up until now! It's something you see in magazines, on TV, on the internet... and catches your eye right away. We're so happy to finally having had the chance to visit such a dream place! We spent months doing research trying to find the hotel that would better meet our expectations, and we were not disappointed (or just a bit, more on that in a while).
The resort we stayed at is the newly opened Maalifushi by COMO, which occupies the whole Maalifushi island, about 45 minutes away from Male. It was the soft opening of the hotel during our stay, meaning that some of the villas where still under construction, for which we got some special promotions, like full board for the price of half board, which was such a bargain! We stayed at the resort for 6 days, which was just about right, taking into account you couldn't get out of the island! Well, we did kayak to the nearest inhabited island, but that's about it.
The private sea of our water villa ^.^
The hubby swimming with the sea turtle!
We loved the resort, the facilities, our water villa, the amazing food... everything was outstanding. The only thing we were disappointed about was the transportation. From the very beginning, only resorts which had a seaplane for transfers from the airport to the hotel made it to our shortlist. J was really excited about the seaplane thing, and I wanted it because taking a domestic flight was not a very good option: domestic flight run on a schedule, so it's hardly possible you'll get a flight that fits your international flight schedule perfectly. We booked Maalifushi by COMO because it was one of the hotels that offered the seaplane option. What was our disappointment when, two weeks before our stay, we received an email from the hotel telling us the seaplane wouldn't be an option because their legal permits where taking longer than expected. I was so infuriated. We ended up having to take a domestic flight, my worst nightmare!!! From the airport to the hotel on our arrival it was alright, since we didn't have to wait long. But on the day we checked out, they made us leave the resort at 2PM because our domestic flight was at 3PM, and our international flight wasn't until 11:30PM!!! You can imagine how outrageous I thought this was.
Anyway, this bad experience aside, if Maalifushi by COMO gets its license for the seaplane, it will definitely be a resort to love, seeing how the domestic flight was the only thing I didn't like about it.
Best nap ever :p
All in all, it was an amazing honeymoon the hubby and I enjoyed to the maximum. We loved every single experience, our relaxing villa, the white sand, the wondrous snorkeling... We swam with sea turtles and sharks, I mean, OMG!!! It was also specially nice to get there on Valentine's Day, the hotel had a special exquisite dinner menu for the occasion, and it was the best Valentine's Day of my life!