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Maldives: Gateway to Paradise

Maldives, a group of islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is the smallest asian country and one of the most dispersed! There are around 1,190 islands and over 105 resorts!


Read about my trip to Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort. A spectacular resort and not too expensive to rule out of your next travel plans. Maybe just for a couple of days... That's what my boyfriend and I did in Marts and it was beautiful and we had plenty of time to enjoy it to the fullest.



Getting there...

From the international airport in the capital of Maldives, Malé Island, (it's actually not on Malé, but on a airport island called Hulhumale right next to Malé) a representative came and walked us to the domestic airport (2 min. walk) and showed us the lounge with free breakfast. To get to our resort, Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort, we had to take a domestic flight included in our price. The representative picked us up from the lounge after breakfast and walked us to our plane - we didn't have tickets because the representative was kind of our tickets. That's how they do it here. It took an hour in a small plane with A LOT of couples and after that a new staff member picked us up and took us to our overwater sunset villa in a golf car.


Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort has 43 overwater villas and 25 beach bungalows. Some of the overwater villas have pools and if they don't, there's a huge pool at the restaurant, Alita. There's a restaurant at the beach, a bar/restaurant over the water, a spa, a water sport area and a diving center. Read more about the facilities here or look at this map.



Our villa for three amazing days

Our over-enthusiastic golf car driver dropped us off right in front of the villa and showed us the coolest vacation home I've ever been in! We had a huge kingsize bed with a beautiful view over the water! There were wifi and bluetooth speakers. Under our coffee table we had a glass floor where we could see the reef from and fish swimming around. Our bathroom was almost as big as the bedroom and had three showers! An indoor shower, an outdoor shower and a bathtub. We were living the dream!


On our terrace we had our own infinity pool with the most beautiful view over the ocean and sunset! Even though there were 43 other villas, it felt really private! Like we had the whole place to ourselves! When we sat in our pool we couldn't see anything but the turquoise ocean and the blue sky.



A day on the resort:

We had 3 nights on the island, but only two half days and one full day. We started our full day at sunrise - because why miss a single moment of this fairytale place. We enjoyed the unspoiled sunrise before heading to breakfast at 7 o’clock. I don’t know if it was because it might have been low season or because the Maldives isn’t the most touristy place, but it felt like we almost had the island to ourselves. The breakfast buffet was included in the price and we ate so many waffles, omelettes, pancakes, MANGO JUICE, etc. as we could. The breakfast buffet was huge!


After stuffing our faces with pancakes, we relaxed on our terrace until we felt ready to take on the reef with the free snorkeling gear provided by the resort. The turquoise blue water was just as beautiful from down under. The reef greeted us with purple and yellow colors and all kinds of fish! Even a dussin small sharks and a few stingrays.


After hours of exploring under the sea, we ate tapas at the sunset bar and the went to the Water Sport Center to try out paddle boarding and kayaking which was free of charge. After a whole day on/in the water and sun, we were so tired that we took a long bobble bath and relaxed until it was time for dinner.


After dinner we finished off our day, watching the sunset from our infinity pool. It had been a perfect day in Paradise and worth every penny. We were content and ready to move to a local island the next day.









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