Journey to Paradise
No matter how colorful the description of the Maldives may be, no matter how amazing the photos show you, the real sensations from this amazing place will still exceed your expectations. It is unique.
The Maldives is a group of small islands located at different distances from each other, which slowly but surely go under water due to rising water levels in the ocean. The main city is the capital of Male. This is the only place in the Maldives where there is all the necessary urban infrastructure: schools, hospitals, banks, restaurants. In other tiny towns and villages that are located on separate islands, there is practically nothing, only the most necessary: pharmacies and small shops. Some of the islands are fully occupied by hotels. From Male you can get to them either by seaplane or by boat. We visited one of these islands; it was 3.5 hours by boat from the capital. The first day we stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel on Kuda Huura Island. We were greeted with smiles and songs, after which they offered an incredibly refreshing and invigorating drink: cold water with ginger, lime and cinnamon. A sip of this magic drink - and fatigue after the flight no matter how happened. We were accommodated in stunningly beautiful, spacious rooms with marvelous sea views. Throwing our bags, we went on a tour of the island. Only in the Maldives can you see such a combination of colors in wildlife: absolutely white, as if from icing sugar, sand and the sky-blue sea. Water is not just pure - it is crystal clear, the bottom is visible even at great depths. In all hotels in the Maldives, and in Four Seasons hotels in particular, they carefully protect nature and monitor the environment. Some do not even use inorganic cosmetics. Four Seasons Hotel Spa features products from Australian company Sodashi, which produces exclusively pure organic cosmetics. You might think that in such an exotic place there should be many dangerous insects and snakes. But all the inhabitants of the Maldives are completely safe - both on land and at sea. Shy geckos, flying foxes and nimble crabs are harmless inhabitants of the Maldives. And even the sharks there are very small (about a meter in length) and very shy. When the world around you is friendly and safe, you can completely relax. As the local Deep Yoga yoga instructor says, which means deep relaxation. In the Maldives, it really succeeds. There is nobody on the island except vacationers and staff, so you can walk all night - no one will touch you. In the Maldives, even the most deep-seated anxieties immediately disappear. They are left behind - somewhere in the cargo area of an airplane. Happiness is here and now. Only you and the island. The azure ocean, lilac-yellow sunsets, the taste of freshly squeezed mango and there are no usual problems.
Spacious water villas in Kuda Huura have their own private pool and terrace.
Many people don’t like a boring vacation at sea, where every day you just do what you wallow on the beach, constantly rubbing sunblock into your skin. There is no time to be bored in the Maldives. Each Four Seasons Hotel has a diving center. A varied daily program: for professionals and daredevils - complete scuba diving, for lovers of the underwater world, snorkelling, cruises to dolphin habitats. We swam with a mask and snorkel twice a day. We were taken by boat to some uninhabited island surrounded by a coral reef, and we watched the fish. I’ve never seen such corals, maybe even in pictures: some look like petrified trees, others look like giant mushrooms from magical forests. Nature has created such a number of incredible fish, all colors and colors. And you will never see a bad combination of colors. The most amazing thing you can meet is a whale shark or manta ray. Manta - a huge fish from the family of rays, reaching seven meters in width. Mantas swim in packs, sometimes 20 animals each, their fins are like wings, but they are absolutely not dangerous to humans. Huge sea turtles came across at every step. Some were very scared, while others, apparently already accustomed to frequent visits to underwater tourists, let themselves be watched. Do not stick your fingers close - the beak of turtles is so strong so that they can break off corals, and the human finger is much softer than petrified underwater plants. Nevertheless, the turtles were friendly, it is very interesting to watch them from a distance. Four Seasons Hotel has a special program for protecting turtles. The fact is that accidents have become more frequent: turtles, rising to the surface of the ocean to breathe, fall under the engines of boats and boats. Turtles also eat plastic bags and clear plastic bottles that so often fall into the water due to human negligence. They confuse transparent plastic with the jellyfish they feed on. Once in the turtle’s stomach, it creates a cork, resulting in the formation of a large amount of air, which prevents the turtle from sinking to the bottom for food, so they stop eating and die. The number of sea adventures that they managed to complete there exceeded all expectations. Surfing, swimming with slopes, flocks of dolphins, a yacht, a hydroplane - all of them filled the mind with unforgettable vivid impressions. This is so unlike anything that has been seen and tried before. Yes, there is only the ocean, sun and sand, but they do not at all resemble the usual ones in our view. They seem to be made of another material, the highest standard, fill you with love and joy.
Coastal bungalows at Landaa Hiraavaru have their own swimming pool, separate access to the beach and a relaxation pavilion with a thatched sunbed under the roof.
On the third day, we went on a trip on a Four Seasons yacht through the vast expanses of the Indian Ocean. Snow-white luxury yacht with cozy cabins, similar to luxury hotel rooms. For three days we were fed incredibly delicious dishes, for this we were asked in detail about gastronomic preferences even on the shore. Twice a day, we armed with masks and snorkels, put on flippers and, led by a young biologist from England, went to observe the local underwater world. And upon returning to the “ship”, they exchanged impressions of what they saw. I must say that because of the small space on the yacht, all the guests talked a lot, a very warm friendly atmosphere was created, which was complemented by a joint viewing of videos about the underwater world, after dinner. Every day, our “research” was filmed on a camera so that the ruby brilliance of coral reefs and the wide range of fins of the stingray-eagle are forever imprinted in memory. Every morning I woke up in the middle of the ocean, through a window, almost the entire wall, I could see only two wide strips of sky and water: blue and blue. Then we went to the deck, where there are sun loungers on which to spend the whole day, wallowing in the sun and drinking cocktails made from fresh fruits. The yacht has a separate room for massage, which can be enjoyed under the gentle rustle of sea waves. The yacht team, led by Captain Eric, with an eternal smile on his face, created all the conditions so that we could truly rest and relax. So that at least for these three days they could forget about everything that awaits on land, and enjoy the happiness here and now, on this small ship, in the middle of the vast ocean. Every day after dinner, we were taken to an absolutely uninhabited island, where there was not a soul, only palm trees and sand were overgrown. You can talk for a long time about this place, about this paradise on earth, but only your own experience can help to feel the charm of this place. If, of course, there is an opportunity, it is best to go there and enjoy. The ocean and its vibrant inhabitants, pink sunsets and white sand. Enjoy peace and joy ... We thank Four Seasons Hotel Chain and PR Columbus for an unforgettable trip.
Sunsets in the Maldives