Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Anantara Kihavah, Reethi Beach, Soneva Fushi, Royal Island, Dusit Thani, Maldive

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Anantara Kihavah, Reethi Beach, Soneva Fushi, Royal Island and Dusit Thani 

The Maldives Islands, July 2012
Roberta and Paolo's journal

It's July the 2nd, our flight with Emirates leaves on time. We travel in economy, but the service is perfect as usual. At 10.23 pm local time we land in Dubai. After a tour in the wide duty free, at 03.25 we leave for Male. We land at the Hulule Airport on Tuesday July the 3rd at 8.35 am. The sun is shining and it's a good start for a perfect day.

A speed boat takes us in approx. 25 minutes to the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa hotel, located in the eastern part of the North Male atoll. This was one of the first luxury resorts opened in the Maldives in 1997. After the Tzunami of 2004 it has been renovated and reopened in 2006. The Island is 530 meter long and 160 meter wide.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, North Male atoll, Maldives

Distance from Male' (Km): 20
Transfer time: Speed boat (m): 25

Resort Category: 5*
Room number: 100
Reef: This island has not a close reef

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa panoramic

You can see the new photo gallery of Four Seasons Kuda Huraa here, videos are here

Florencia Wade, the Marketing coordinator, welcomes us and will later show us the island. We check-in at the Reception located in the North-West part of the Island. We set our clocks one hour forward Male, a habit adopted by the most part of the islands in order to save daylight.

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Four Seasons Kuda Huraa sea view

We are led to our room, the Beach Bungalow with Pool number 117 located in the west part of the Island. There are 28 bungalows of 63 sqm, plus 82 sqm of external space and they are located whether in the east and in the west side fo the island. All rooms at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa have a strow roof and tropical-style furniture, perfectly integrated with the surrounding nature.

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Our room is wide, with dark-wodden floor and furniture, with a king bed and a big sofa at the end of the bed.

There is air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, a Nespresso coffee machine with capsules, minibar, safety box, TV, DVD player, iphone/ipod dock station and WI-FI with wideband Internet.

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The wardrobe is between the room and the bathroom and inside the wardrobe there is the safety box.

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The bathroom is open-air, with the bathtub inside and the shower whether inside and outside. There are bathrobes, hairdryer and a complete bath set.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa bungalow bath area

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The room looks on the external veranda, where there are a small table and small sofas, sunbeds and a big gazebo, with a sofa in front of the 17 sqm pool.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa bungalow veranda

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa bungalow veranda pool

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The access to the sea leads the guest to the beach, where there is an umbrella and two sunbeds at disposal for each bungalow.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa bungalow beach

We have lunch at Caf™ Huraa, the main restaurant in front of the pool, in the north-east part of the Island, where guests can enjoy buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner ! la carte. Food is delicious: pasta, meat and fish are perfectly cooked and are always served with fresh or cooked vegetables. Dessert and fruit are always served at the end of the meals. Pizza is also very good.

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If you decide to relax in the pool area, you will taste delicious watermelon ice-lollies. Children have a special space at their disposal to swim and play.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa pool area

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Four Seasons Kuda Huraa ice-lollies

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After lunch we start our 'inspection sightseeing'. Beyond the Cafª Huraa there are the pool, Internet Center, a relax area with TV and computer for the guests, the doctor's office available 24/24 and the Kids Club Kuda Mas, for children from 4 to 12.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa gym

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa relax area

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Different activities are organized every day for the children, such as yoga, snorkeling with the Marine Biologist, introduction courses to the sea life and cooking courses.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Male kids club

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On the right, there is the yoga area, where every day courses and activities are organized.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa yoga area

We go toward the north part of the island, on the east side.

Near Caf™ Huraa there is the Kandu Grill, only openend in the evening, where we will have dinner the next day.

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After it there is the Barabaru Restaurant, specialized in North India and Moghai cuisine, only opened in the evening and where you can have a candle-light dinner. It has a beautiful terrace facing the lagoon.

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On the north side there is the Staff area, behind, towards the interiors of the island, we find the Boutique, near the Reception.

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Next to the Reception there is the Library and the Marine Discovery Centre. Here we meet Liraz Levy, the Marine Biologist who explains us the several projects about which we give you more details below.

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Four Seasons Kuda Huraa marine discover center

After that (we find ourselves now in the north-west part), there is the Sunset Lounge on the sea where you can enjoy amazing sunsets.

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Once crossed the Main Jetty, which directly leads to the Reception, we find the Water Sports area, with the Diving Centre and the Surf school. The tennis court is under construction.

The Diving Centre organizes many divings around the Island, among which there is the famous Manta Ray Cleaning Station, where it is very easy to see manta rays between May and November and a wreck of a 110 meter cargo ship. As in many other resorts, two divings per day are organized: one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

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The Water Sport organizes courses with windsurf and catamaran and offers kayak, parasailing, water motor and banana boat.

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The surf school organizes courses for children with a minimum age of 6 and for adults. The Four Season Kuda Huraa is located near one of the 6 best Point Breaks of the Maldives, which represent one of the favorite destination for the surfers all over the world. The best waves are between June and October, when the water temperature is between 27 and 30". The school is managed by Tropicsurf, an Australian association always looking for the perfect wave around the world.

On the west side we find the other Beach Bungalows with pool and the 25 Beach Pavillions with pool, which are located only in this part of the island: they are similar to our bungalow but a bit smaller, 45smq inside and 62smq outside.

Beaches are wide and you have the feeling to be alone, even if the resort is full.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa beach

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All the structures and services are in the north part of the island, while the south part is reserved for bungalows and the southermost point to the overwaters. Between the beach and the overwaters there is the Reef Club Restaurant & Bar, opened only in the evening, which offers Italian cusine with home-made pasta, Italian specialties, pizza and ice-creams.

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Before dinner, we take part at the excursion "Dolphin Cruise", together with the Marine Biologist looking for the Spinner Dolphins, one of the several species of dolphins living at the Maldives. They are characterized by a long snout and by a maximum length of 2 meters. It is very acrobatic and famous for its jumps and for its sensational dips. It is the only dolphin which screws on itself while in the air and which swims up to 300 meter and can remain under-water up to 20 minutes.

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In the evening we have dinner and go to bed early, tired beacause of the trip and the busy day.

The next day it is a sunny day and immediately after breakfast we go out for snorkeling. The island has not a natural reef, but the two Four Seasons (Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru, in the Baa atoll) since 2001 join the project SReefscapes , in cooperation with the Seamarc Pvt. Ltd company. The project objective is the repopulation of the corals: they implant metal structures, cover them with sand and attach broken but alive coral fragments, which will grow in a few years, These structures are called SReef Balls . Guests can participate to the expenses with donations ranging from 150 to 500 dollars, according to the metal structure size. A label is attached to the structure with a code and the name of the guest, who can follow the repopulation of his Sreef piece . There are around 350 structures around the island and it will take about 4 years to have them completed.

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We visit the Over Waters Bungalows, There are 28 of them, each one is 61smq plus a terrace of 39 smq, 4 Water Bungalows have a pool, similar to the others but with an external pool, 4 One-bedroom Water Suites of 91 smq plus an external area of 55 smq with a living room and with a bedroom, and 2 Two-bedroom Water Suites, 173 smq plus an external area of 99 smq, similar to the One-bedroom bungalows, but with an additional bedroom and an additional bathroom.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa over water bungalow

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We visit one of the 4 Water Bungalows with pool. There is air-conditioning plant, ceiling fan, a Nespresso coffee machine with capsules, minibar, telephone, safety box, TV, DVD Player, iphone/ipod dock station and WI-FI with broadband Internet.

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The safety box is in the wardrobe.

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There are bathrobes, hairdryer and a complete bath set.

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Sulla terrazza esterna ci sono i lettini prendisole, la piscina di 12mq e l'accesso al mare. Anche la terrazza è in legno, come la parte interna della camera.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa over water bungalow terrace

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa over water bungalow terrace pool

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After having lunch at the Cafè Huraa Restaurant, we go to the SPA, open until 22 pm. It is located on a small island in the north part of the island and can be reached through a small dhoni which works as a shuttle between the two islands.

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The are 7 Overwater Bungalows with sliding wood walls, which allow to admire and listen to the ocean during the massage and create a total relaxing atmosphere.

We do a 60 minutes massage and the effect is what we hoped it would be: we feel regenerated and ready to go on with our activities.

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The inside of the island is very green and well mantained, full of plants and flowers.

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The Marine Discovery Center (MDC) opened at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa on September 2010 is a research and education center which teaches to the resorts guests and to the children of the local school the rules for the local and global preservation of the marine ecosystem, supported by courses, films and videos.

Marine Discovery Centre (MDC) Four Seasons Maldives

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In addition to the project SReefscapes, MDC is the reference point for the program Maldivian Sea Turtle Conservation and teaches the importance of the turtles and turtle eggs preservation. Five out of seven species of turtles in the world lives in the Maldives and two of these are regularly sighted: the hawksbill turtle and the green turtle.
Turtles spawn their eggs in small nests in the sand on the beaches. The marine biologists of the island protect and monitor these eggs until they open and help the small turtles to reach the sea. Only a small part of them is put under safety until they are 15 months old, in order to give them a higher chance to survive.

Turtles are codified with unique codes and GPS devices are applied on their shells, in order to follow their life into the seas. During these 15 months on the Island, the small turtles are continuously monitored, measured, fed and cleaned before they go into the sea.

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Before dinner we go to the happy hour organized for the guests every week at the Sunset Lounge, where we meet the General Manager of the Island, Mr. Tullio Hochkoeppler. After that we have dinner at the Kandu Grill with him and with his wife Diana. They are a very nice American couple: we talk about Maldives, Apple Computer (Mr. Tullio is an Apple fan, like me and Roberta), MondoMaldive, Italy (Tullio's brother is a university professor in Bologna) and about the Italian cusine, tortellini, fettuccine, ragu and so on. It was a really pleasant evening and a perfect end for our stay at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa.

In the morning of July 5th at 11.45 we catch the seaplane to reach the Four Seasons Landaa Giravaru, in the Baa atoll. The flight is about 30 minutes for a trip of 90 km. Many guests split their vacation between the two resorts, using the seaplane.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Baa atoll, Maldives Islands

Distance from Male' (Km): 130
Transfer times: Seaplane (m): 30

Resort Category: 5*
Room number: 108
Reef: surrounds about the 50% of the island.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives panoramic

You can see the new photo gallery of Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru here, videos here

Opened in November 2006 the resort has been created accordingly to the traditional Maldivian architectural criteria, with walls in coral stone - recycled by an intervention of urban conversion - and with 45"slooping straw roofs. The Island is 850 mt long and 210 mt wide and is located on the north-east side of the Baa atoll.

Deborah Bomstein, the Marketing Coordinator, welcomes us and will later show us the resort. We also meet the General Manager, Armando Kraezlin. We receive a mobile phone for the SManta on call , about which we will later give you the details. We complete the check-in at the Reception and are led to our room, one of the 28 Beach Villas with pool, number 227, located in the south west part of the Island.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives reception

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Outside our room we see two bicycles with our initials, for the instant identification during our tours of the Island.

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Later on we will also see the bicycles for the children.

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Our Beach Villa with pool is 137 sqm wide and the external part is 260 sqm. Floors are in light wood, furniture in dark wood and in addition to the bedroom there is also a living room with sofas and desk. There are ceiling fan, air-conditioning, Nespresso coffee machine with capsules, minibar, telephone, TV, DVD Player, iphone/ipod dock station and WI-FI.

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Behind the room there are the wardrobes and the safety box is inside one of them. The bathroom door is also there. 

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The bathroom is big, like the room: there are two washing basins, a bathtub, an internal and an external (open air) shower, bathrobes and hairdryer.

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The external area is very big: a part of it it’s covered and is equipped with sofas and armchairs and a dining table for the meals in the bungalow (it is possible to require this type of service). Over it, there is a small loft with a sofa and a hammock for the relax.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives beach villa terrace

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In the external part there is the 12 mt. pool, a gazebo with a sofa, sunbeds and the access to the sea.

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The beach in front of the room has another small gazebo e two sunbeds with an umbrella.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives beach villa beach

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We have lunch at the Blu Sunset Bar & Restaurant on the west part of the island, in front of the beautiful 2 km lagoon. A part of the structure is dedicated to the restaurant and one to the bar; the bar service is also provided for the guests under the umbrellas on the beach. There is a big pool in front of it, where  it is is not possible to take a bath.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives restaurant lagoon

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives restaurant lagoon

It is opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cusind  is Italian and à la carte, with starters, main courses, meat and fish, pizza and pasta for lunch, home-made ice-creams and a wide selection of wines, most of them Italian.

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In the external area there are tables and umbrellas with sunbeds, located on the wide beach, near the lagoon.

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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives sand beach

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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives lagoon

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After lunch Deborah leads us to the Overwaters, which are located in the north-west part of the island. There are 28 Water Villa of 85 sqm with a terrace of 53 sqm, 10 Water Villas with Pool, similar to the other, which have a wider external part (67 sqm) for the 11 mt. pool. There are 2 Two-bedroom Water Suites of 182 sqm, plus a terrace of 200 sqm and 2 Two-bedroom Land & Ocean Suite Overwater of 280 sqm, plus an external area of 400 sqm. 

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We visit one of the two Two-bedroom Water Villas, the only one available as the resort is full.

There is a wide living room with sofas and a table for the meals.

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The two rooms have the same comforts of the Beach Villas and a wide window on the terrace.

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Each room has its wardrobe area with a safety box.

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There are two specular batrooms with bath and showers, whether internal and external.

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On the terrace there is a table with chairs, a 16 mt pool, sunbeds and a little ladder with access to the sea. Over the dining area there is a relax area, accessible through an external ladder.

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Later on we go to the Marine Discovery Centre, where meet Mr. Yoann Sabathè, the Marine Biologist and expert in the island corals. The MDC is located at the beginning of the arrival wharf, near the Diving and has a multi-language team. They organize several diving in the area, in the Unesco Reserve of the Baa atoll and it is about 20 minutes distance speedboat from Hanifary Bay, one of the most beautiful area in the world where it is possible to swim with manta rays and whale sharks (from June to October).

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As at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, the Marine Discovery Centre deals with the research and with the education for the local and global preservation of the marine ecosystem (see here). Great attention is given to the children: a first playful but constructive approach to teach the respect for the sea and for the nature.

The Four Season Landaa Giraavaru is located in the Baa atoll and has been selected by the AEC (Atoll Ecosystem Conservation Project – created by the Maldivian Government) as the ideal place for the World Reserve of the UNESCO Biosphere and has been chosen for its wide biodiversity. UNESCO deals with more than 500 reserves of the biosphere in 107 countries of the world and the Baa atoll became a worldwide model for the atoll ecosystem preservation on June 29, 2011. 

Together with the Kuda Huraa, the Landaa Giravaaru follows the project “Maldivian Sea Turtle Conservation” (see here)

On a monitor we can see the traces of one of the monitored turtles, which is swimming towards the Sri Lanka.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives turtle centre

In the turtles bath, further to the little turtles kept there until they are 15 months old, we can see two turtles which are receiving cares. The first could no more go under the water and was therefore no more able to feed itself, but now it’s recovering. The second one had a broken flipper, which has been sewed and now doctors are waiting for its recovering in order to let it go in its natural environment.

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Another project of the Four Seasons Landaa Giravaaru concerns the marketing of the tropical fishes for the acquarius, a widespread habit in the Maldives which risks to damage the ecosystem of the reef. For this reason the Research Center is trying to find a fish breeding process for the production of tropical fishes addressed to the commerce, avoiding in this way to damage the natural balance of the reef.  In the reef they catch small fishes in their post-larval phase, as the 95% of them does not survive to the predators. The biologists breed them in a lab hoping to find soon the production process, to sharing it with the local companies and thus finding an alternative source to this ornamental fish commerce.

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Another project of the Four Seasons Landaa Giravaaru has involved the other resorts of the Baa atoll: since 2007 the Baa Atoll Project (BAP) has been organizing meetings to discuss about the preservation of the marine life, to monitor the night fishing practice, the garbage disposal, the instruction of the local population and the shark protection. The resorts participating to this initiative deal also with the near fisherman’s islands garbage disposal, who usually threw all the garbage in the sea.

After visiting the Research Center, we go to the “Blu”, where we enjoy a cocktail with Mr. Armando Kraenzlin, the General Manager. We pleasantly spend two hours with him, talking about the Maldives and about all the projects of the resort, linked to the nature and to the marine life protection.

We also have dinner at the Blu Restaurant with Deborah. Around 11 pm we go back to our room, tired but well aware of the fact that a lot is done for the protection of these places which we love so much.

On July the 6th, early in the morning, we decide to go snorkeling. The south part of the island has a natural reef which is not very rich and which is involved in the project “Reefscapers” (see here). The natural reef is equipped with the “Reef balls” structures.

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While we were going to the SPA, the mobile phone which was us given at the arrival starts ringing … our Manta on call cellular! All guests who require this service are given a mobile phone which rings in case manta rays are seen. You have 15 minutes time to go to the Marin Discovery Centre, where a boat leaves to see the manta rays. The period for the manta sightseeing is from June to October.

We postpone our appointment at the SPA and run to the MDC: unfortunately we can see only 3 or 4 manta rays and only for a few minutes as they go away very fast. Anyway it has been a great emotion.

We come back for lunch time, eat quickly at the “Blu”, under the umbrellas in front of the sea and then we start a tour of the Island, waiting for our appointment at the SPA. Near the “Blu” there is the Beach Volley and the Water Sport Centre, with kajak, windsurf, catamaran, water-ski, parasailing, kite surfing and banana boat.

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From the Blu, which is on the east part of the Island, we go towards west, remaining in the south part and go towards the Main Jetty. The beaches are very wide.

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Near the Main Jetty you can see the Al Barakat Restaurant, opened in the evening, offering Moroccan and Lebanese kitchen.

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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives restaurant barakat

On the ground floor, there is the Shisha Bar, which is the ideal place for a cocktail before going to dinner upstairs.

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On the upper floor there is the Arab-style decorated Restaurant, with many colorful chandeliers, whihc creates a very particular atmosphere. 

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After the Marine Discovery Centre, towards the Reception, we find the Recreation Centre, which includes the gym and the Majaa Maizan Young Adult's Club: on the first floor there is a wide area with billiard, board games and computer with access to Internet, TV and Playstation. On the ground floor and in the adjacent areas there is the ping-pong, the billiard, the table football and the Library.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives recreation centre

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives billiard area

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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives board game area

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives relax area

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Towards the Reception, we also find the Boutique, the Gym and the Tennis Court.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives boutique

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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives gym

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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives tennis court

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After the Reception, on the right there is the Main Restaurant Café Landaa, where we will dine in the evening. Near the Restaurant there is the Wine Cellar, with wines from all over the world and a wide choice of Italian wines.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives cafe

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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives wine cellar

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Part of the restaurant is open-air, if guests desire to eat outside.

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Near the Restaurant, there is a big sized chessboard.

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Now we are on the north-east side of the island and we find the Infinity pool with the Bar.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives pool bar

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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives pool bar view

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Behind the pool, towards the inner part of the island, there is the Kids Club, with a small pool for the children.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives kids club

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We go to the SPA, on the north side. Before the massage, we meet the Ayurveda doctor. The Ayurveda medicine is based on the concept of the three “Dosha” humors, known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These define, through their balance or unbalance status, the well-being or the illness of each individual. In Sanskrit the word Ayurveda means “ayus” (life) and “veda”(science): it deals with the well-being of the individual under all points of view, physical, psychical and spiritual and deals whether with the illness and with a normal health status.

In the several Restaurants of the resort, on the menu, there are indications on the different courses, if they are more suitable for Vata, Pitta or Kapha people, in order to help guests in choosing the right meals for themselves.

Near the doctor’s office there is a garden with herbs for the Ayurveda medicine.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives medicine garden

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The SPA is located on the north side and is made up in bungalows directly on the sea which create a relaxing and natural atmosphere.

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The inner part of the island is very natural, green and well cared, with old and high trees and lush vegetation.

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Before dinner we go to the staff area, where people are playing a BadMington game.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives staff area

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Paolo has made up an appointment with some guys of the staff for a basketball game.

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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives staff area 5

After the game and a quick shower, we dine at the Main Restaurant, where we find a wide fish buffet. The Restaurant offers Asian, continental and international cusine and Paolo can restore himself for the effort done…

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Baa Maldives main restaurant

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After dinner we go back to our room to pack the luggage as this is our last night at the Four Seasons Landaa Giravaru. The following morning , July 7th, the Anantara boat takes us to the Anantara Kihavah, north of Baa atoll.

This is the itinerary planned with our App "The Maldives" which you can find on the iTunes Store (see The Maldives here)

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Once the itinerary is planned, it is possible to send a mail with the travel data:
Travel
Starting point (lat, long.): 5.284661, 73.112801
Covered distance: 7.54 Km
Average Speed: 47.52 Km/h
Time: 10 min

If you open the file "viaggio.kml", attached to mail, the travel itinerary is displayed on Google Earth.

da Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru ad Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives

Anantara Kihavah Villas, Baa atoll, the Maldive Islands

Distance from Male (Km): 133
Transfer time: Seaplane (m): 35

Resort Category: 6*
Number of rooms: 79
Reef: surround the 50% of the Island.

Anantara Kihavah Villas Baa Maldives aerial

You can see the new photo gallery of Anantara Kihavah Villas here

Afrah Waheed, the Sales Coordinator, welcomes us with a drink at the Manzaru Pool Bar & Restaurant. This is a bar during the day and a restaurant in the evening with Italian specialties form the italian cusine cooked by an Italian chef.

Anantara Kihavah Villas Baa Maldives pool bar and restaurant

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We don’t have much time and decide to start immediatly the Island tour: the Island is 560 mt long and 270 mt wide.

Near the Manzaru Pool Bar & Restaurant, we find the Reception and in front of it the Library, with the internet stations for the guests and the Boutique.

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives reception

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives boutique

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives library

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Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives internet point

In the Island Internet is free, in the room there is a Ethernet cable, but it is possible to require WI -FI.

We visit one of the 34 Beach Pool Villas, located along the island: they are 258 sqm wide, including the internal and the external part. The room is equipped with dark wooden floor and furniture, a king bed and a sofa that can become a third bed. There is air-conditioning, a ceiling fan,  telephone, satellite TV, surround system, iPod docking station, an iron and an ironing board, mini-bar, coffee machine and Internet connection.

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives beach pool villa

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Behind the room there is the wardrobe with the safety box.

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The bathroom is open air, with bathtub, internal and external showers, hairdryer, bathrobes and complete bath set.

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives beach pool villa bathroom

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The veranda outside has a rocking chair and a table, sun-beds and a pool. On the beach umbrellas and sun-beds are available for each room.

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives beach pool villa terrace

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Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives beach pool villa beach

We go towards north-west where there are the overwaters: there is a total of 40 Over-Water Pool Villa, 295 sqm wide.

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The rooms are equipped like the Beach Pool Villas.

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The bathroom has the internal shower: whether the bath and the toilette and the external shower have a transparent floor to see the fishes in the lagoon.

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The two Two-Bedroom OverWater Pool Residence are 861 smq wide and are located on the sunset side: they have two bedrooms and a very wide living room, with a small kitchen.

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives over water pool residence

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We also visit the Tree-Bedroom Presidential Beach Residence, located in the eastern part, near the overwaters jetties.

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives tree-bedroom presidental beach residence

There is a very large living-room, with sofas and table, and it is possible to require room service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

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There are two rooms, one with a king size bed and one with two separate beds.

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Outside there is a wide pool with a gazebo, if you wish to eat open air, and a small jacuzzi.

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Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives tree-bedroom presidental beach residence beach

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On the south-east side of the Island, there is a long jetty leading to the Sea (Underwater Wine Cellar & Restaurant), to the Fire (Teppanyaky Restaurant), to the Salt (Asian Grill) and to the Sky (Rooftop Bar).

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The bathrooms have also in the center a glass which allows to see the fishes in the lagoon. 

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At the lower floor there is the Sea, the under-water restaurant with the wine cellar. It seems to be in an aquarium where, for the first time, guests are not the audience. It’s a very evocative feeling: the fishes come close to the glasses and observe the people, maybe they know they are safe!  

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After that  we go to the Anantara SPA, on the nearby jetty,

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives spa

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There are 6 overwater bungalows, with a full-length window facing the sea.

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Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives spa terrace

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In the center of the island there is the Recreation Centre, with billiard tables, board games, table football and, on the upper floor, the gym.

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Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives recreation centre gym

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Nearby there is tennis court and the Thiththi Boli Kids' Club for children from 3 to 12. Next year this club should available also for children up to 15.

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives recreation centre tennis court

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Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives recreation centre kids club

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Then we go to the Diving and Watersports Centre, on the north side of the island. 

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives diving watersports centre

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Among the activities of the Water Sports there are: Parachuting, Canoe, Water-ski, Catamaran, Water motor, Kite Surfing, Wake Board, Windsurf, Banana Riding and Depth Sounder.

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At the Diving, we surprisingly notice that they have used our cartoon of the project “Protect the Maldives” to inform the guests about the behavior to adopt the sea. (Read here "Protect the Maldives").

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives protect the maldives

Also Anantara Kihavah joins the project "Reefscapes and Reef Balls" (read here)

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives reefscapes and reef balls

We make a quick tour around the beaches, they are very wide and desert at the moment…. Unfortunately we cannot snorkel as we have no time.

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives sand beach

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The inner part of the island is green and very well-cared.

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We go back to the Manzaru Restaurant for a quick lunch with Afrah Waheed. During low season lunch is served as a buffet.

Kitchen is opened 24/24. To the guests, requiring this service, an iPad is given during breakfast to read the latest news from the world or from the stock Exchange.

Anantara Kihavah Baa Maldives manzaru restaurant

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Immediately after lunch, a dhoni of the Reethi Beach takes us to this Island. We leave at 3 pm: we have about one hour sailing and decide to sunbathe.

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da Anantara Kihavah a Reethi Beach Baa Maldives

Reethi Beach Resort, Baa atoll, Maldive Islands

Distance from Male' (Km): 126
Transfer time: Seaplane (m): 35

Resort Category: 4*
Number of rooms: 110
Reef: surrounds the 75% of the island.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives aerial

You can see the new photo gallery of Reethi Beach Resort here, videos here

We arrive to the Reethi Beach at 4.10 pm of July 7 and immediately check-in at the Reception before going to our room.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives reception

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Our room is one of the 50 Deluxe Villas, number 122, located on the south west side of the Island, near the Beach Bar. 

The room is wide, the floor and the furniture are in light wood. At the entrance there is a small sofa with a table and a desk and then there is the bed. On the front wall there is a door leading to the bathroom, on the right there is the wardrobe and on the left there is the fridge that you can fill with food and beverages purchased at one of the bars. The room is equipped with telephone, ceiling fan, air-conditioning, TV and safety box.

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The bathroom is open air, with bathtub and shower outside. There are bathrobes, hairdryer and bath set (shampoo, shower gel and body lotion).

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives deluxe villa bathroom

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Outside, in the small veranda, there are two sun-beds, a rocking chair and on the beach there are an umbrella and sun-beds.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives deluxe villa veranda

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives deluxe villa beach

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We immediately take pictures and video of the room and then we start a tour of the island before sunset. We are one hour forward Male.

Going south, along the beach, we find the Beach Bar opened during the day.

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Once crossed the southernmost point, before the Reception, we find the Water Sport Center: it is possible to practice water-ski, windsurf, catamaran, canoe, kite surfing, surf and banana riding.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives watersport center

Near the Reception there is the Internet Café with two computers at guest disposal: at the moment it is free beacause it is very slow. The Reception area is covered by WI-FI, it is free but faster than the connection at the Internet Cafe.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives internet cafe

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Behind the Reception there is the Boutique.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives boutique

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After the Boutique there is the main bar, where the wireless connection is active and free from 8 am until 8 pm. In the evening, after dinner, the guests reach the bar where all the entertainment activities, such as shows, karaoke, disco etc take place.

All the services of the Island are on the east side, while rooms are on the west side, so that the evening entertainment activities cannot disturb guests who wish to rest or to sleep.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives relax area

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Next to the main Bar, there are tables with umbrellas and the main Restaurant.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives main restaurant

The service is buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The island hosts an international guests, especially European (German, English, Italian and French people), together with some Chinese, Japanese or Russian clients. There is a great variety of food in order to satisfy the different tastes: main courses of pasta or rice, chicken, meat, raw or cooked vegetables, fresh fruit and cakes. The majority of the food is very spicy and dressed.

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Towards north, on the east side of the Island, we find the Diving Centre, managed by the Sea Explorer.

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Then, there is the Reethi Grill, where we dine the next evening.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives grill

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Going on, we see the SPA, managed by the Coconut. On the ground floor there is the relax zone dedicated to pre-and post massage, while the massage rooms are upstairs with the windows facing the sea.

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At the end of the jetty there is the Coffe Shop Moodhu Bar & Restaurant, opened the whole day: here you can eat sandwiches, lobsters and specialties of the eastern and western cousine.

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After the jetty there is the Pool, the Sport Centre with the gym, badminton, squash and ping pong, tennis court and an area reserved to the children.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives sport centre

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Reethi Beach Baa Maldives sport centre gym

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Reethi Beach Baa Maldives sport centre tennis court

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We go back to our room and get dressed for dinner at the Main Restaurant.

Sunday July the 8th it’s a sunny day.

We immediately decide to snorkel: there are 5 accesses to the reef, one on the east side near the Diving Centre and 4 on the west side. The best area is the western part. Depending on the stream, you can access from point 1 or 4 and be drifted.  The reef is not very colorful, maybe because of the slight sea, but we are able to see many fishes.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives reef

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After the snorkeling, we visit one of the 30 Reethi Villas. They are slightly smaller than the Deluxe Villas: there is no sofa at the entrance and no bathtub, comforts are however the same.

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While the sun shines, we go to the Main Restaurant for lunch but when we decide to leave outside there is a terrible storm. Luckily it stops soon, so we can visit one of the 30 Water Villas, located on the north side of the Island.   

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives water villa

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At the beginning of the jetty of the overwater there is the Sunset Bar, dedicated to the beach area for the Water Villa guests. 

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives sunset bar

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Reethi Beach Baa Maldives water villa 2

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives water villa 3

Each overwater has two separate lodgings. The room is wide and has a sofa which can become a third bed. It is equipped with telephone, ceiling fan,  air-conditioning, TV, safety box and fridge.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives water villa internal

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Behind the bed there is the bathroom with bathtub and shower, bathrobes, hairdryer and a complete bath-set. 

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives water villa bathroom

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives water villa bathroom 1

From the room you can access to the external veranda with umbrellas and sun-beds.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives water villa veranda

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives water villa veranda 1

On the Island there is a small clinic with a  doctor available.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives clinic

The Island has lush and natural vegetation.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives island inside

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The beaches are very wide whether on the east and on the west side. On this side, towards north, they are narrower.

Reethi Beach Baa Maldives sand beach

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In the evening we dine at Reethi Grill with Denise Schmidt, Front Office Manager of the Island. She is German. 

Denise informs us about the philosophy of the Island, about the activities and the projects for the Island and environment safeguard. The Reethi Beach joins the project of the garbage collection from the nearby fishermen islands (read here). The north area of the island suffers from beach erosion and to prevent this problem the Reethi Beach has adopted a special system: bags full of sand made-up of a particular fabric help the adaptation to the sea environment. Near the overwater we find long reefs made up by these bags with some breaches used to integrate or, if necessary, replace the lost sand.

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Reethi Beach Baa Maldives sand beach 9

We remain another day at the Reethi Beach and decide to enjoy the sun and the sea as we have already visited the whole Island. 

In the morning of the 10th the speedboat of the Soneva Fushi takes us to the resort. It takes approximately 60 minutes.

The Maldives app di MondoMaldives 3


da Reethi Beach a Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives map

Soneva Fushi, North Male atoll, the Maldive Islands.

Distance from Male' (Km): 114
Transfer time: Seaplane (m): 30

Resort Category: 6*
Number of rooms: 65
Reef: completely surrounds the Island.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives aerial

You can see the new photo gallery of the Soneva Fushi here, videos here

The Soneva Fushi was created in 1995 from a project of Sonu Shivdasani, an English man with Indian origin, and his wife Eva Malmstrom (a former Swedish top model, famous in the 70s and in the 80s).  They wanted to build a resort without damaging the existing environment. The resort is indeed unique and made up by recycled and natural material (following you find more detailed information).

The General Manager, Nicolas Messian, welcomes us and gives us the program of the two days we are going to spend at the Soneva Fushi. It is very busy, but interesting. In the meantime we check-in and drink something at the Bar.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives bar

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We are led to our bungalow by Saeed, our “Friday”, as the butlers are called on this island.

On the way we realize how green this Island is. It is called “Jungle” as the inside is a real jungle: instead of the golf cars they use electrical cars similar to a Jeep.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives electronic car

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives electronic car 1

Our bungalow is one of the 8 Crusoe Villas, number 36, located on the north. Everything recalls the jungle: floor, furniture and accessories are in light natural wood and there are many ropes recalling the jungle creepers.  

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives crusoe villa

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Each bungalow is equipped with bicycles to go around the Island.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives crusoe villa bycicle

On the ground floor there is the living room with a sofa, a desk, a table with two chairs, the coffee machine, telephone and WI-FI Internet access and there is a wide window facing the beach.

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Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives crusoe villa internal

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Behind a curtain there is a TV which broadcasts only movies. In fact, the Soneva Fushi philosophy is: “No News, no Shoes”.

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The door leads to the open air bathroom, with a covered bathtub and with showers indoor and outdoor. There are bathrobes, bath-set, flip-flops. On the right there is a large wardrobe: part of it is dedicated to the dresses and has safety-box, umbrellas and k-ways, another part contains the mini-bar and in another one there is the Bose system with the dock for the ipod/iphone. There is also an ipod with prerecorded music.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives crusoe villa internal bathroom

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In the living room area there is a wooden ladder leading to the upper floor, which is basically a loft. Here there is a bed, a second small bathroom and a wooden bridge with a rope leading to the terrace with a sofa and a table. The air-conditioning is only in the bedroom area.

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Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives crusoe villa veranda

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives crusoe villa veranda 1

From the terrace there is also an external ladder directly leading to the front of the bungalow. 

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives crusoe villa veranda 2

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives crusoe villa veranda 3

In front of the Villa there is a table with chairs – you can require the room service for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and the access to the beach equipped with sun-beds. 

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives crusoe villa beach

We have lunch at the Mihires Mitha, also called Ehere Etha, which means “here it is”, near the bar. We reach the restaurant by bicycle and immediately realize that it is very easy to get lost. Nicolas however reassures us that this is very common for the newcomers!

We have lunch in the Bar area as it rains and we cannot sit at the beachfront Restaurant. The service at Ehrere Etha is buffet for breakfast and lunch and offers fresh cooked main courses, meat and fresh fish, a great variety of vegetables located in a closed and refrigerated area, fruit, cakes and dessert. Everything is well cooked and delicious.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives restaurant food

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Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives restaurant

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives restaurant 1

Near the restaurant there are some rabbits looking for food. The island hosts several species of animals, such as hens with chicks and it is very easy to see them around the island. 

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives island animals

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Immediately after lunch, Saeed shows us the different areas of the Island. Unfortunately we cannot see other room types as the resort is fully booked. There are 65 rooms on the island which is 1400 mt. long and 370 mt. wide: privacy is guaranteed with a density of about 8000 sqm per room.

There are 16 different types of rooms: the Rehendi Room, bungalow with only one floor, bungalow similar to ours, the Crusoe Villa, but with a swimming pool, different types of Soneva Fushi Villas and the Soneva Fushi Jumbo Reserve.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives villa

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We go to the Six Sense Spa, located in the south-western part of the Island: there are different areas for the different treatments in a soft and relaxing atmosphere. Tomorrow in the afternoon we will get a massage with healthy effects on the body and the mind. 

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives six sence spa

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On the upper floor there is the relax area, where you can go after the massage to prolong its benefits.

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Behind the SPA there is the gym and the tennis court.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives gym

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives gym 2

On the right of the SPA, towards south, there is the Diving Soleni Dive Centre, opened on October 1995 that is the first diving in the Baa atoll.
The majority of the diving is 15/30 minutes far away by dhoni. The best season is from December to April, while from May to November the visibility is very bad because of the plankton which attracts the manta rays and the whale sharks. From February to April the sea is calm. Turtles, rays, sharks, eagle rays and other variety of fishes can be seen all year round.

At the diving center we meet Francesca Siena, who has attended the Master of the Bicocca University in Magoodhoo, in the Faafu atoll. The island is 700 meter long and 300 meter wide: it has schoolrooms, research laboratories, accommodations for students (26 bedrooms) and teachers (8 bedrooms), a diving center for the diving equipment, recreational area, services and an area for the sport activities.
The Master in marine science for a sustainable development of the BicoccaUniversity lasts 9 months plus 3 months for the stage. It is opened to 35 Italian and international students: 15 places are reserved to Maldivian students while 20 places are for the Italian and foreign students. The objective is the training of biologists and operators specialized in ecological tourism, that respects the environment and protects the ecosystem. For this reason, the majority of the laboratory activities are addressed to the protection of the reef. 
Among the subjects there is oceanography, geo-biology, tropical marine ecology, tropical marine zoology, but also communication for the scientific report, cultural anthropology and sustainable management of the resources. Topics of the stage are the environment preservation, report activity towards the tourists, survey on the reef health status. Lessons are held at the Research and Training Centre of Bicocca University in Magoodhoo, while the stage is held also at other structures at the Maldives, such as Soneva Fushi.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives soleni diving centre

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Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives soleni diving centre 2

Near the Diving, there is the Library, the yoga centre and the Wine Cellar.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives library

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives library 1

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives yoga centre

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives yoga centre 1

The Wine Cellar contains around 7000 bottles of wine from all over the world and from Italy. A sommelier welcomes the guests and let them discover precious wines of different countries.  

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives wine cellar

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Next to it, there is the Restaurant By The Beach and Bar, where in the evening you can enjoy happy hours with sashimi and sushi and Japanese and Korean dinners.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives restaurant bar beach

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Towards north, in the center of the Island, there is the Fresh in The Garden and Bar, a wide garden producing part of the vegetables and spices used by the several restaurants of the resort.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives garden

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On the upper floor, that can be accessed through a suspended bridge, there is the Restaurant where we dine the next evening.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives restaurant

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From the Restaurant it is possible to reach the Observatory equipped with the most powerful telescope of the Indian Ocean which allows guests to admire the sky at the Equator.

An Indian astronomer, Dr Parag Mahajani, helps guests to identify the several constellations and to count the Saturn rings. 

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives observatory

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We go to Cinema Paradiso, on the north-west point. The area was the old landing runway for the helicopters: many years ago, before the introduction of the seaplanes, the travels around the Maldives were performed by old Russian helicopters.
Every week, if weather conditions allows itare, movies are shown for the guests: it is also possible to “reserve the space” to organize an evening at the cinema with a romantic dinner.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives cinema

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Near the Cinema Paradiso there is the beach, where usually turtles spawn their eggs, that are then monitored by the biologists of the Island.

Towards south east, there is the Bar(a)bara, a bar located on a platform in front of  Eydhafushi, a fishermen island.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives bar beach

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Towards south, inside the Island, there is the Vegetable Garden, another garden with vegetables and spices whose products, together with those of Fresh in the Garden, are used for the internal use.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives vegetable garden

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Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives vegetable garden 2

We go back to the Reception (north-east) where we park our bikes in one of the several parking lots of the Island.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldivesreception parking bike

On the right of the parking lot there is the volleyball, the pingpong and the table football.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives volleyball

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives pingpong

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives table football

The Reception is called Guest Relations Champa.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives reception guest relations champa

Nearby there is the Boutique and the Jewellery.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives boutique

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On the sea, near the main jetty, called the Kannai Ketty, there is the Water Sport: water-ski, catamaran, wake board and windsurf are available for the guests.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives water sport

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Before dinner we enjoy a cocktail at the party organized by the General Manager for the guests. We dine at the Mihiree Mitha which offers a Mediterranean buffet: prawns, lobster, grilled fish, skewers…a dinner we will remember once back in Italy.

In the morning of July 11th, we go snorkeling with Francesca, the marine biologist, through one of the two accesses in the north-eastern part of the island (the other is near the diving). The reef completely surrounds the island and in some areas there are many fishes. Francesca knows each part of the reef and takes us in the most interesting points, where coral is alive.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives reef

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After snorkeling, we make a tour inside the island, in the jungle, on our bikes.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives island jungle

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The vegetation is lush and thick and very natural.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives vegetation beach

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We spend two hours in sunbathing and relaxing and then have lunch at the Ehere Etha. At 3 pm we enjoy a massage and then we go back to the Mihiree Mitha Restaurant for a short kitchen course with one of the chef of the restaurant: chicken, prawn and lentils cooked according to the Maldivian style, with spices and herbs which give taste and flavor to the food. We will eat these dishes for dinner.

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At 7.30 pm we meet Nicolas, the General Manager, for a cocktail at the By the Beach Bar, near the diving. Then we dine at the Fresh in the Garden: we enjoy the dishes cooked in the afternoon during the kitchen course and other food prepared with the fresh vegetables of the garden. We spend the evening talking about the Maldives but especially about the Soneva Fushi and about the philosophy of the resort, which is able to offer high quality services even if it is completely surrounded by nature. Nicolas takes us to the Observatory: we are lucky, there are no clouds and we can admire the Maldivian sky and see Saturn. This is for us a new and exciting experience we will never forget.   

In the morning of Thursday July 12th, before leaving, we go to the Eco Center, located in the north-eastern  part of the Island, before the Cinema Paradiso. The Manager of this center explains us the several activities for the recycling of the organic and inorganic garbage and for the energy production.

Thanks to the Eco Center, almost the 80% of the garbage produced by the resort is recycled: all wooden garbage is converted into coal through the pryolysis process in order to be used in the kitchen. The organic garbage is converted into bio-gas for the electricity production and into liquid fertilizer in order to be used in the green area through an irrigation process. There is also a tank for the rain water which is used for the irrigation.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives recycling garbage

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Every day the shells of the approx. 100 coconuts fallen from the trees or used in the kitchen , are collected and used for the compound.

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Mushrooms are produced in about 6 months and are then used in the kitchen.

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Cans are compressed for an easier transportation to the Male garbage dump.

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Glass is broken and used for decorations or is mixed with the cement and used to build tables or streets.

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An area is dedicated to the energy production: solar panels produce about 70kW energy per day, about 5% of the resort supply. There is a 3 Million dollar project for the implementation of the solar panels which will cover the 50% of the daily energy supply.

Soneva Fushi Baa Maldives solar panels

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Around 11.30 am the speedboat takes us to the Royal Island. This is called Horubadho in the local language and is located in the center of the atoll.

The Maldives app di MondoMaldives 4

da Soneva Fushi a Royal Island Baa Maldives map

Royal Island Resort, Baa atoll, Maldive Islands

Distance from Male' (Km): 114
Transfer time: Seaplane (m): 30

Resort Category: 4*
Room number: 190
Reef: completely surrounds the island.

Royal Island Resort Baa Maldives aerial

You can see the new photo gallery of Royal Island here, videos here

We arrive around10.40 am, Male time. Here they are one hour backwards compared to the other resorts. We are welcomed at the Main Jetty, in front of the Reception, by the Reservation Manager, Mohamed Thinaan Latheef, and by his assistant, Hasan Ibrahim, who will take us for a tour of the Island. The island is 770 mt long and 240 mt wide.

Royal Island Baa Maldives main jetty

Our room, one of the 148 Beach Villas, is number 130 and is located on the east side of the Island.

Royal Island Baa Maldives beach villa internal

Floors, walls and furniture are in light wood. There are two beds, a table with two armchairs near the door accessing the veranda and the sea. There is a ceiling fanm air-conditioning, telephone, a small TV, a mini-bar, a safety box and a tea and coffee kettle.

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The bathroom is outdoor, the bathtub is covered while the shower is open-air. There is a hairdryer, bathrobes and the bath-set (shower gel, shampoo and body lotion).  

Royal Island Baa Maldives beach villa bathroom

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From the room you can go to the veranda, which is equipped with two armchairs, while in the beach in front of the room there are two sun-beds.

Royal Island Baa Maldives beach villa veranda

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We have lunch at the Raabondhi Restaurant, in the southern part of the island: the main restaurant, the Maakana Restaurant, located near the Main Bar, is currently under renovation and all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are served at the Raabondhi, which is usually à la carte. At the moment breakfast and dinner are buffet, while lunch is still à la carte.
Mr. Mohamed Thinaan Latheef explains us that the service at the main restaurant is more various and complete and this is only a temporary solution.

Royal Island Baa Maldives restaurant

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Royal Island Baa Maldives restaurant internal

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Immediately after lunch we begin our tour, starting from the Reception. All services are located on a straight line which cuts the island in two on the shortest side, from north-east to south.

Royal Island Baa Maldives reception

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On the right of the Reception there is the Pool and the main bar, the Bolo Bar. This area and the Reception are covered by free WI-FI.

Royal Island Baa Maldives pool bar

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The Bolo Bar is very wide and there are billiard tables and the Library.

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Royal Island Baa Maldives bar library

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On the right part of the Reception there is the Cyber Cafè with some computers for the Internet connection.
In front of it, there is a small Gazebo with sofas, a relax area near the sea. Then, there is the Sport Centre, with a very nice parrot which “controls” the area. Parachutes, canoe, water-ski, catamaran, water motor, kite surfing and banana riding are available for the guests.

Royal Island Baa Maldives relax area

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Royal Island Baa Maldives sport centre

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Going from south towards north-east we find the Boutique, the clinic with a doctor who is always available, the Fun Pub, opened only in the evening and which offers disco and karaoke, the Badminton, the gym, the tennis court, the volleyball court and the ping-pong.

Royal Island Baa Maldives clinic

Royal Island Baa Maldives boutique

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Royal Island Baa Maldives disco

Royal Island Baa Maldives badminton area

Royal Island Baa Maldives gym

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Royal Island Baa Maldives tennis court

Royal Island Baa Maldives volleyball area

Royal Island Baa Maldives pingpong

There is also the Araamu SPA: it’s very wide with gardens inside and many areas to relax.

Royal Island Baa Maldives araamu spa

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Near the Raabondhi restaurant, in the southern part, there is the Diving Centre managed by Delphis Diving Centers. Among the staff, there is John who speaks also Italian.

Royal Island Baa Maldives diving school centre

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In the central part of the island the vegetation is lush: there are old trees and many flowers with many small paths.

Royal Island Baa Maldives vegetation island

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We dine at the Raabondhi on the beach. The atmosphere is calm and relaxing. Inside there is a large buffet: appetizer, main courses, meat and fish, vegetables, fruit and dessert. Part of the food is very spicy, but we find also milder food. .

In the morning of the 13th, we go for snorkeling. The reef completely surrounds the island. It’s a natural reef, which is very rich of corals and fishes in some areas.

Royal Island Baa Maldives coral reef

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After lunch we make a tour of the beaches. The sun shines.

The beaches are very wide in this season, especially on the south-east and on the north-west side. Sand, in some areas, seems baby powder. In some areas the beach is a bit eroded: there are some bags to limit the erosion, which is very common at the Maldives because of the streams.     

Royal Island Baa Maldives sand beach

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Before the sunset we relax on the beach for a couple of hours and then we dine at the Raabodhi Restaurant under an amazing starry sky.

Saturday July 14th  the speedboat of the Dusit Thani takes us to the last destination of our trip. 

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da Royal Island a Dusit Thani Baa Maldives map

Dusit Thani Maldives, Baa atoll, Maldive Island

Distance from Male' (Km): 123
Transfer time: Seaplane (m): 40

Resort Category: 5*
Number of rooms: 100
Reef: completely surrounds the island.

Dusit Thani Maldives aerial

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After around 12 minutes sailing, we arrive to the Dusit Thani Maldives, north of Royal Island. Rifaa-Ath Saeed, the Island Senior Sales Manager, welcomes us. She will take us around the Island, which is 630 mt long and 280 mt wide, opened on February of this year.

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We check-in at the Reception and then we go to our room, which is located south of the island, in front of the main jetty.

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Our room is a Beach Villa with pool number 408 and is located in the northern part of the island. The Beach Villas with pool are 15.

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Floor and furniture are in natural wood, there is a ceiling fan,  air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, WI-FI and Bose surround system.

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Behind the bed there is the minibar and the coffee machine.

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The two wardrobes near the door of the bathroom contain the safety box, the bathrobes, the iron and the ironing board.

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In the bathroom on the right there is the shower, on the left the bathroom fixtures.

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The bathroom is open air, with a large covered bathtub and an open-air shower and complete bath-set.

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In the external veranda there is a small sofa with table and armchairs. The 15 Beach Villas with pool have a pool, while the 31 Beach Villas are similar but without the pool. On the beach there are the sun-beds.

Dusit Thani Maldives beach villa veranda

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We decide to go immediatly to snorkeling. The accesses to the snorkeling are at the Diving Centre, with the indication of the different difficulty levels.

Dusit Thani Maldives snorkeling

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The reef is full of corals and fishes. We suddenly meet a turtle that swims next to us with no fear. We follow it for a few minutes as this is always an exciting moment, even if it is frequent at the Maldives.

Dusit Thani Maldives snorkeling turtle

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After  snorkeling we begin a tour of the island, starting from the Infinity Pool and from the Sand Bar, on the right of the pool, located on the north-west side of the island. In the middle of the pool there is a beautiful tree, which existed before the resort creation and which has been luckily left untouched.

Dusit Thani Maldives pool bar

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On the right of the pool there is the Sea Grill, a restaurant opened in the evening where we dine during our two days stay at the Dusit.

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Near the Sea Grill there is a Wine Cellar, where it is possible to dine even if the temperature is freezing!

Dusit Thani Maldives wine cellar

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Towards the internal part of the island there is the Kid’s Club. The external area is still under renovation.

Dusit Thani Maldives kids club

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Near the Kid’s Club there is the beach.

Dusit Thani Maldives gym

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Then, there is the Dearavana SPA. All the rooms are located on pile-dwellings in the green. They are very unique and cozy and are connected through a wooden bridge that can be accessed by a large ladder. 

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We visit one of the two Beach Residences with Pool, located in the western part of the island. They have two bedrooms, one downstairs and one upstairs and a wide living area.

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The bathroom is downstairs and is outdoors, with open-air bathtub and shower.

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Outside there is a wide veranda with table and armchairs, sun-beds and a large swimming pool.

Dusit Thani Maldives beach residence veranda

Dusit Thani Maldives beach residence veranda pool

A wooden ladder takes us upstairs where there is the second bedroom and the second bathroom.

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Towards north, there are the tennis courts.

Dusit Thani Maldives tennis court

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On the north we find the Benjarong, the Thai restaurant, and upstairs the Sala Bar, where you can drink and eat some snacks in the evening with background music. This evening we are going to drink a cocktail with Rifaa-Ath here. 

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We visit the overwaters, which are in the most north-western part of the island. There are 20 Ocean Villas with pool and 2 Ocean Pavillons with pool, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living area, suitable for families.

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We visit one of the Ocean Villa with pool.

Dusit Thani Maldives ocean villa

The room is similar to our Beach Villa, with the same equipment: telephone, WI-FI, air-conditioning, mini-bar, coffee machine, Bose surround system and safety box. There is also a sofa in front of the big window facing the veranda. On the right of the room there are two sliding doors leading to the bathroom.

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The bathroom is indoor and has both shower and bathtub.

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On the veranda there are two sun-beds with the umbrella and the swimming pool, whose end seems to be the sea.

Dusit Thani Maldives ocean villa veranda pool

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In the evening we enjoy a cocktail at the Sala Bar with Rifaa-Ath. She is a very nice Maldivian girl and we talk about Dusit Thani and about the Maldives, of the political situation, of the new rules for the environment protection and of many topics concerning this country with its natural beauties and its contradictions. We continue our conversation at the Sea Grill, where we they serve us fresh fish dishes.

In the morning of July 15th, our last day, we wake up and decide to continue the tour of the island. Suddenly, in front of our bungalow, we see something in the water: we do not understand exactly what it is, therefore we jump in the sea with our mask, flippers and camera.
With our great surprise, we see three manta rays on the reef. We remain about three hours in the water with the manta rays dancing in the sea in front of our room: this is one of the greatest emotions of this trip.

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Still excited for the unexpected experience, we go to visit the Lagoon Villas. They are 30, some of them are located in the south-eastern part and others in the north-eastern part.

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The room and the bathroom are similar to the Water Villas, just like the external veranda with the pool.

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Dusit Thani Maldives lagoon villa veranda pool

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We go towards east, where we see the Water Sport and the Dive Centre.

Dusit Thani Maldives water sport dive centre

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The Dive Centre is managed by the Seasplash Maldives. The spaces are not yet completely furnished, but the diving is definitely operative.

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We go back to the Reception. On the right there is the Market Restaurant, the main restaurant, where we had breakfast during these two days. It serves international à la carte cuisine.

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Dusit Thani Maldives main restaurant veranda

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Near the main restaurant, there is the clinic with a doctor, who is always available, and nearby there is the Boutique and the Jewelry. 

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Dusit Thani Maldives boutique jewelry

Bicycles are available for the guests, even if the internal paths are often covered with sand and therefor In some points it is very difficult to bike on it.

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The internal part of the island is very wild as during the construction they tried to keep the vegetation untouched as much as possible.

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It is not possible to make a complete tour of the island because there are the Lagoon Villas and because in some areas the beaches are not so wide.

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In the afternoon we go again for some snorkeling on the reef. We use the access in front of the Sea Grill and swim towards the Ocean Villas. The sea is slight and it is not easy to snorkel, but the views are amazing: the reef is colorful, full of different types of corals and fishes. This is definitly the most beautiful reef of our trip and one of the best at the Maldives.    

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In the evening we dine at the Sea Grill. It’s the Mediterranean buffet evening, with fish specialties. The dinner is delicious and is a perfect conclusion of this trip that we will never forget.

Dusit Thani Maldives sea grill

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On Monday July 16th, at 11.30 am we take the seaplane to Male. Our Emirates flight is at 11 pm, therefore we decide to stay in Male and meet some friends of ours.

Our tour has come to and end , we had two intense but instructive weeks. We visited all the resorts located in Baa, with the exception of Kihaad (which was closed for renovation) and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu.

This beautiful trip is finished; it was not easy to organize,  especially the transfers, but everything worked out well. The organization by all the visited resorts was perfect. We thank all the people helping us in matching the dates and the transfers among the several resorts and who organized our stay at it's best. This is an experience that we wanted to share with you.

We do not know yet when we will be able  to return to the Maldives, but for sure we will start planning our next trip very soon.

Roberta e Paolo