Maldives Journals

A Jewel in the Indian Ocean

A May 2001 trip to Maldives by Tania Riddell

Quote: We spent nine days and nights in a tropical paradise -- it was a truly magical holiday in one of the most magical places in the world.

A Jewel in the Indian Ocean

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Each time you go to the restaurant at the resort you are staying at and you receive a bottle of water which of course you pay for, if you do not finish this bottle, make sure that you take this with you, as there is no fresh water on the islands and it becomes very expensive if you have to continually purchase water.

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The accommodation was a thatched cottage. Each cottage had its own bathroom with shower and toilet. The water for showers is desalinated water. Each cottage had air-conditioning and was very large and roomy. They had a balcony outside with chairs and table and also an area to hang wet beach towels and snorkelling equipment, etc. Each day a member of staff came in to clean the cottage. Most of these cottages were a couple of steps away from the ocean. The resort was beautifully landscaped and had two other lots of accommodation, which were more expensive at the Blue Lagoon and the Cottage Club. Each night it was off to the Fung Bar, which is built out of a traditional fishing boat, to hav...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 30, 2004

Tandoor Mahal

Restaurant

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This restaurant offers a selection of south and north Indian dishes, including varieties of tandoor dishes and kebabs. The restaurant was decorated superbly. This was definitely authentic Indian cuisine, as staff had been brought in from India. We dined twice in this restaurant and found the service to be extremely good and the food even better.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 30, 2004

Siam Garden

Restaurant

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Who would believe that you would find an authentic Thai restaurant in the Indian Ocean in amongst 1192 islands? I must admit, before going to the Maldives, I was not really into Thai food, but this dining experience changed my mind. We went twice, once to the Thai buffet and again to sample the a la carte menu. The building the restaurant is housed in is built in the Thai style and the staff cooking had been brought from Thailand. The waitstaff were friendly. A truly memorable dining experience.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 30, 2004

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The Maldives comprises some 1192 tiny islands, some only a couple of kilometres across or only higher than a few metres above sea level. Maldivians are traditionally fishing and trading people and have been able to maintain their independence over the years. There are two seasons in the Maldives - the northeast monsoon (or iruvai) from December to March, which are the drier months, and the southwest monsoon (or hulhangu) from May to November, which are the wetter months. Although there are the two seasons temperatures range from 30 degrees C to 31 degrees C throughout the year. You can be as active as you want with diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, surfing, game fishing, or ...Read More