Where to Stay in the Maldives – The Best Maldives Hotels

Where to Stay in the Maldives – The Best Maldives Hotels

Traveling to the Maldives is a dream come true for many travelers. But, when trying to decide where to stay in the Maldives, the options can be daunting. They all seem so amazing, with overwater bungalows, beach front villas, and private islands. So, how can you choose the best place to stay in the Maldives? I asked some of our favorite travel bloggers about where they stayed in the Maldives. Here are their recommendations, as well as ours, on the best places to stay in the Maldives! Where To Stay In The Maldives Maldives Luxury Resorts There are certain people who might say that all Maldives hotels fit the definition of luxury, and in some cases that is true. There are certain places to stay in the Maldives that stand above the rest, either because of their unique Maldives all inclusive options, or their exclusivity. Here are some luxurious options for the best hotels in the Maldives. Anantara Kihavah Villas Jennifer from Luxe Adventure Traveler Located on the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Anantara Kihavah Villas are some 125 kilometers from the Maldives capital, Malé. At Anantara Kihavah, it’s just you, the sea and the stars. Each and every one of the 79 villas has its very own private pool as well as access to the turquoise sea teeming with reef turtles and colorful reef fish. Our favorite unique features of this luxe Maldivian resort are the glass bottom bath tubs in the over water villas, the underwater restaurant that is home to the world’s first underwater wine cellar, and a resident marine biologist to help you...
5.8 Restaurant – An Underwater Restaurant In The Maldives

5.8 Restaurant – An Underwater Restaurant In The Maldives

When researching what to do in the Maldives, we spent most of the time researching the website of the resorts we planned on visiting. After all, in most cases, travelers land on a private island, and stay on that private island. During my research, though, I never thought we would end up in an underwater restaurant. About 5.8 meters underwater to be exact.  >>Book Your Holiday at Hurawalhi Maldives<< 5.8 Restaurant Maldives Just before dusk, we left the soft sands of the Maldivian island where we were spending our luxury holiday in the Maldives. Up to that point our stay at Hurawalhi Maldives was already magical, filled with an overwater villa, bright blue seas, and spa treatments.  We walked onto a jetty that juts out into the warm Indian Ocean. As we walked along, we looked to either side and spotted small, black tipped reef sharks, that seemed to be circling us. Just before hitting Aquarium restaurant, where dined the night before, we made a left turn down another overwater walkway. This one offered views of Hurawalhi island resort to the left, and the sea to the right. We crossed over several glass panels, which offered views to the world underwater, just below our feet. This was just a sign of what was about to happen. our server asked us to remove our shoes. I was happy to comply. I always think dining barefoot is something special.  Our server opened the double doors, almost as though he was presenting another world to us. And, in some ways, he was. We started to walk down a narrow spiral stair case, descending further and further...
Hurawalhi Maldives- A Luxury Overwater Villa In The Maldives

Hurawalhi Maldives- A Luxury Overwater Villa In The Maldives

I’ve dreamed about an overwater villa in the Maldives every since I first heard about the island nation over a decade ago. Sometimes, dreams do come true. And the goal at Hurawalhi Maldives seems to be to make dreams come true. >>>Book Your Maldives island holiday at Hurawalhi Maldives<<< Friends of ours honeymooned in the Maldives about 15 years ago. Before their wedding, I had never even heard of the country. They told us all about it, showed us photos, and since then, I have been wanting to travel to the Maldives. I dreamed about staying in one of the top Maldives resorts. It only took us 15 years to get there! The Maldives is famous for being an island nation. There are over 1,100 islands of varying sizes, spread across the Indian Ocean. Every single island, including the capital in Malé, is tiny. Very tiny. To make the most of space, resorts began building platforms and jetties with overwater bungalows that jut out into the sea. The same went for Hurawalhi Maldives when it became one of the new hotels in the Maldives. Hurawalhi Island Resort opened towards the end of 2017. When we arrived, everything at Hurawalhi was fresh and new. We checked in on their fourth day of operation. And, yes, there was a new resort smell to the place. After registering at the sand-filled reception area, staff whisked us on a golf cart to our Ocean Pool Villa. We rode past the soon to be finished football pitch and tennis courts, and along the back side of the spa and the restaurants. Then, the buggy turned around...
What to Eat in Chengdu

What to Eat in Chengdu

When we left China after our first trip in 2009, I was in no rush to return. China is hard. Even traveling in major cities like Shanghai and Beijing, or to tourist destinations like Xi’an was a challenge. We had a hard time finding English menus and English speakers. We got scammed. I swore I would not return to China for quite some time. The only exception: traveling to Sichuan province, to eat Chengdu food. >>Find the Best Sichuan Restaurant in Chengdu – Reviews Updated 2018<< What to Eat in Chengdu I loved spicy Sichuan food. When we lived in Chicago, one of our favorite restaurants was a Sichuan Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. That meant spicy food. So spicy my lips would still be tingling 30 minutes after leaving. We always ordered Sichuan chicken, double fried with loads of Sichuan style chili peppers. I loved it. At the time I don’t think I knew the connection between Sichuan and Chengdu. I knew Chengdu only as the land of the famous Chengdu panda bears. And, I always wanted to visit Chengdu specifically for the pandas. But, honestly, I had no idea where Chengdu was, or that it was at the epicenter of Sichuan province. Home to spicy food and lip numbing dishes. I knew I wanted to travel to Sichuan. And after we figured out that Chengdu was, in fact, in Sichuan, we were set. I just needed to research Chengdu food and what to eat. What is Sichuan Pepper? Sichuan cuisine has a characteristic red color, and is often loaded with dried chilis. Generally, it is easy to assume these...
Korean DMZ Tour – 8 Tips For Booking

Korean DMZ Tour – 8 Tips For Booking

One of the things that happens when you travel as much as we do, is we tend to do very little research before we arrive places. This results in us often being stuck in a situation entirely unprepared, like when we had a layover in Doha airport and did not know that we needed to get a visa on arrival, or when we were shocked at how expensive a ticket to Petra was. The same thing happened when we were booking a Korean DMZ Tour. But, here we share our tips on how to visit the DMZ in Korea. >>Book Your Korean DMZ and JSA Tour Here << >>See Updated 2018 Pricing for DMZ Tours<< I swear I saw a television program once (and it might have been Anthony Bourdain), where you could take a train up towards the Korean DMZ, and just have a look around. I thought, in the back of my mind, that this would always be an option. We tried to work with Viator on booking a Korean DMZ tour with them, but they were sold out by the time we got around to it. Once I started doing some research, I realized we had to take a tour, but we had yet to book one. When we first arrived at the Courtyard Seoul Times Square, I suddenly became a little panicked about booking a Korean DMZ tour. I learned that they don’t do tours every day and you need to send a copy of your passport 48 hours in advanced. I was afraid we would run out of time during our week in Seoul because we had not planned...
An Osaka Cooking Class – Japanese Home Cooking

An Osaka Cooking Class – Japanese Home Cooking

There have been a handful of times when we are traveling where we have felt truly special and lucky. Often times it involves meeting fascinating people with inside knowledge of their city or culture. A few times, this special treatment is the result of being invited into someone’s home. When we booked our Osaka Cooking Class we had no idea that we would be invited into the home of two lovely sisters, who offered us an inside look at food in Osaka. And they opened up the secrets to Japanese cooking. >>Top Osaka Restaurant Reviews – 2018 Update<< There is just something amazing about seeing the inside of a home in a foreign country. To be able to see how people live, and what homes and apartments are like. Yeah, we can get this experience by renting apartments overseas, and attempting to live like a local when traveling. But, being hosted by a local is an entirely different story. Yayo met us at her local train station, only a few stops from central Osaka. She escorted us to the apartment she shares with her sister, Hiroko, and their adorable little terrier, Akane. We had no idea where the Osaka cooking class was going to take place, until we walked up to Yayo’s apartment building. Many of the cooking classes we’ve taken have been in a fancy cooking studio at a fancy Japanese culinary school. Sometimes that’s fine. But learning to cook Osaka food, in a private home, from two sisters. That was special. There was an attention to detail because I felt like we were cooking in Japanese. Read what other travelers have to...