My travels have unearthed countless treasures, life-changing experiences and awe-inspiring sights, but the Maldives are unlike any place I have ever visited. Located in the Indian Ocean on a vast underwater mountain range, the Maldives have close to 1,200 islands and sandbanks protected by reef structures. The crystal-clear turquoise water and underwater sea life truly cannot be described—it must be seen.
That’s exactly what I did in May when I was fortunate to spend eight nights discovering two distinct resorts: Lily Beach Resort and Hideaway Beach Resort.
Lily Beach Resort was the all-inclusive pioneer in the Maldives and it shows. The premium food and beverage options are sure to satisfy everyone. The beach, lagoon and water villas ensure that couples (dream honeymoon, anyone?) or families will find an individual paradise to call home. Here are few noteworthy activities from my trip that you could experience, too: snorkeling with turtles, spending two hours on my own private hammock in the middle of the ocean, and relaxing with a calming spa treatment while gazing into the blue waters through the glass floor. Journeying to the northern area of the Maldives, I reached Hideaway Beach Resort. One of the hallmarks of this property is the unmatched privacy. Each of the expansive beachfront villas, many with luxurious private pools, is surrounded by a lush tropical garden to ensure a true “hideaway.” The over-water villas are truly what dreams are made of. Situated on wooden stilts above the turquoise lagoon, they boast unforgettable panoramic views. The morning yoga on the beach, snorkeling right off the beach and spending time relaxing in my private pool was pure joy. Pure. Joy. If your travels have yet to take you to the Maldives, make sure this destination tops your wander list. Until next time, wanderers!