Maldives Travel Guide – How to Travel to the Maldives

Maldives Travel Guide – How to Travel to the Maldives

One of the most confusing things about a Maldives resort holiday is figuring out how to travel to the Maldives, and then how to get around to your chosen Maldives island when you get there. Our Maldives travel guide offers some advice to make your trip to the Maldives smooth. We were a little, well, lazy, when it came to figuring out how to travel to the Maldives. We obviously were able to figure out how to travel from Bangkok to the Maldives. But, we didn’t really look much beyond that. We trusted the Maldives hotels we booked would take care of things. And, for the most part, they did. In the end, though, we needed a little more than that to handle Maldives travel. Wondering what are the best resorts in the Maldives? Check out our guide on Where to Stay in the Maldives. What Airlines Travel to the Maldives Airport There are plenty of full service and budget airlines that fly to the Maldives and offer Maldives holidays. We flew Air Asia through Kuala Lumpur, which was the cheapest option with the fewest layovers. It did mean, however, an overnight flight back to Kuala Lumpur. The best way, however, to fly to the Maldives is to fly on one of the Middle East airlines, like Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, or Etihad. From Europe this means it is possible to arrive in the Maldives after only one stop. That’s even possible from the US from some of the Middle Eastern gateways, like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other major cities. This actually means that if you are...
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 Review 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...
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...
The Best Chengdu Panda Tour – Being a Panda Volunteer

The Best Chengdu Panda Tour – Being a Panda Volunteer

When researching our trip to Chengdu China, I knew I wanted to see a giant panda up close. I just wasn’t sure how to see pandas in Chengdu. What I quickly learned is that there are a variety of options, depending on your budget. It took a lot of research into all of the panda information I could find to pick the right Chengdu panda tour. Here, I will walk through the options, and offer our advice on the best Chengdu panda tour – being a panda volunteer. After all, Chengdu is where to see pandas in China.   Book a Panda Volunteer Experience – The Best Chengdu Panda Tour *This post contains compensated links. Find more info in my DISCLAIMER. The Cheapest Panda Tour in Chengdu There are a variety of panda centers and panda bases surrounding Chengdu. Some of them are as close as 40 minutes outside of the city. They are easy to get to and tickets are inexpensive. These are more similar to Chengdu panda zoo-like experiences, where visitors are able to walk around a panda park and see pandas hanging out in their outdoor living spaces and natural panda habitat. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the most common Chengdu panda tour and one of the top Chengdu tourist attractions. Although we chose an experience that would be more hands-on, part of the experience we had as panda volunteers included this giant panda viewing experience. It’s possible to wander around and watch the pandas. Frankly, this was very similar to some of the experiences we had seeing pandas in the US, in Washington, DC,...
Chengdu Food Travel Guide – What to Eat in Chengdu

Chengdu Food Travel Guide – 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. Book this Half Day Chengdu Back Alley Food Tour to learn more about spicy Sichuan food What is Sichuan Pepper? Sichuan cuisine has a characteristic...