As even The Planet D, a notable adventure travel blog couple has stated, the Maldives is one of the top destinations to visit in 2017. Now, Dave and Deb, I am sure look for something a bit different than we do when traveling. They look for adventure. I am sure a trip to the Maldives for them includes snorkeling, diving, kite surfing, and more. But, we are not adventure travel bloggers. We are luxury travel bloggers. In that vane, we were looking to put together a slightly different list of what to do in the Maldives.
Top Things To Do in the Maldives
Set The Alarm for Sunrise
This was all Eric. I slept in. Sunrise occurs around 6:30 am and is around a similar time throughout the year because the Maldives is so close to the equator. Many resorts categorize their rooms as either sunset or sunrise. We had a sunrise room at Hurawalhi, but the sunrise was a bit too far to the right for us (meaning Eric) to enjoy it from our deck. At Outrigger Resorts, though, the sunrise was directly in front of our beach villa. Eric was up most morning, with our GoPro, taking some lovely photos and videos of the sunrise.
I slept in. Happily. After all, at the top of my list of things to do in the Maldives, was relax.
Enjoy Fresh Fish and Seafood
Only two food items are naturally found in the Maldives: fish and coconuts. One of the main staples of Maldivian cuisine is a tuna coconut curry. In addition to the curry, fish and seafood are plentiful at all of the resort menus. Some of it is local, like the tuna. Other types of fish or seafood travel a bit farther, but it is still one of the best things to eat in the Maldives.
The Maldives is known for tuna. At Hurawalhi, I ate tuna at almost every meal. Tuna sashimi and sushi, tuna tartare, and even tuna curry. In fact, tuna is so predominant in the Maldivian cuisine that some of the expats who’ve been working at the resorts for a while can’t eat tuna anymore. If you like tuna, there are loads of tuna eating opportunities in the Maldives.
Stroll on the Beach
This is one of the typical promotional photos about what to do in the Maldives. There is always a couple walking on a white sand beach surrounded by crystal blue waters. And, it is possible to do this. One disappointment I had during our trip to the Maldives, though, was that I had hoped to be able to circumnavigate each of the islands we visited. Unfortunately, there always seemed to be something in the way, like rocks, or a restaurant. Regardless, there was plenty of opportunity for strolling in soft white sands in the Maldives.
Go Swimming Steps From Your Villa
I’ve always dreamed of staying in an overwater villa, one where I could peek over the edge and see the fish. I always wanted to stay in a villa with a little ladder to walk directly into the water and go for a swim. At Hurawalhi, our Ocean Pool Villa had just such a ladder, and yes it was entirely possible to go swimming steps from our villa.
We had a similar arrangement during our stay at Outrigger Resorts. Our beachfront villa included a deck, a few steps, two lounge chairs, and an unobstructed walk straight to the beach, and into the water.
Check out our overwater villa experience at Hurawalhi Maldives:
Lounge By The Pool
There were no shortages of pools during our stay in the Maldives. In fact, at each of our resorts, we had our own private plunge pool. At Outrigger Resorts, we spent more time in our private little pool, when taking a break from the heat of the beach.
At Hurawalhi, though, we spent a lot more time at the one communal pool. It was a simply stunning infinity pool, surrounded by crystal clear waters that were the same color as the pool. There was a bright white Robinson Crusoe style beach in the distance, adding to the view. The bartenders at Coco Bar, including our new friend Raam, kept the cocktails flowing, and the bar played some chill music. It didn’t take me long to relax.
Get a Massage With a Shark
I am sure each luxury Maldives resort has its own fabulous spa. But, the Duniye Spa at Hurawalhi offers 4 spa rooms in an overwater building at the end of a long jetty. There are two massage tables in each room. Instead of facing down over a bowl filled with pretty flowers, Hurawalhi placed each massage table over a glass floor. That meant that I was able to watch the fish float by during my massage. And, at one point, 3 beautiful, black-tipped reef sharks gracefully swam by. That was certainly a first.
Enjoy a Sunset With a Cocktail
This seems to go without saying, but this is always a highlight for us during any tropical trip. The Champagne Pavilion at Hurawalhi was the best place to enjoy a sunset with a cocktail. At the end of the jetty where the ocean villas are located, the petite Champagne bar offered only 4 exclusive tables, a friendly bartender, and glasses of sparkling wine to enjoy the sunset, which set bright just in front of us.
Enjoy a Romantic Sunset Dinner on the Beach
Although generally, we are content with enjoying a cocktail on the beach for sunset, Outrigger Resorts took things one step further. Outrigger Resorts is part of GHA, the Global Hotel Alliance. Part of their loyalty program offers unique local experiences. In this case, the staff at Outrigger set up a lovely table in the sand, surrounded by twinkle lights and served us an amazing tasting menu with wine pairings. Chilean wine paired with a steak and lobster surf and turf, all with our toes in the sand, certainly made for a romantic experience. And, it was one of the most unique things to do in the Maldives.
When planning our trip, and looking for that to do in the Maldives, I did not expect that dinning underwater would be one of those things. But, at Hurawalhi we had a once in a lifetime opportunity to dine at 5.8, so named because the restaurant is indeed 5.8 meters underwater. We sat with a handful of other diners and enjoyed watching the fish surround us on almost every side as dusk turned to dark. All while enjoying a seven-course tasting menu, and a lovely bottle of rose from Provence. Another truly unique thing to do in the Maldives.
Relax And Day Dream
Ah, my favorite. This was the first trip we’ve taken in a very long time where I felt truly relaxed. I felt so relaxed that my muscles ached several mornings. I would like to say it was because I took some time to exercise, but I think my body was simply relaxing. Part of this was most likely due to the lack of speedy wifi.
At each resort were able to get online for basic things, like posting to social media or checking email. But, hardcore work was impossible for us, and that is pretty much the point of taking a trip like this. After all, regardless of what the adventure travel bloggers say, when it comes down to figuring out what to do in the Maldives, relax and daydream should be at the top of everyone’s list.
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Amber Hoffman, food and travel writer behind With Husband In Tow, is a recovering attorney and professional eater, with a passion for finding new food and drink destinations. She lives with her husband, Eric, in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Together over the last 20 years, they have traveled to over 70 countries. Amber is the author of the Food Traveler’s Guide to Emilia Romagna.