The world is bigger than we could ever possibly imagine, and it’s scary to think we will never even scratch the surface in this lifetime. Even if we do travel to the same places, we see the world through different eyes, creating a unique experience. As I dive head first into travel, I am inspired by each of your adventures and am starting Sonderlust Secrets as a series showcasing this. Interested in being featured?Day 1: We arrived as weary travellers at Ibrahim Nasir International airport in Male (the capital of the Maldives) at about 8.30am in the morning – where we were met and greeted by a lovely customer representative who showed us to our speedboat that was ready and waiting to escort us to our Island destination. The three guys from the resort and steering the speedboat, were so friendly and even offered for me to drive the boat!! OMG! I politely declined and told them that if I got hold of the helm they would “be sorry because we would all probably end up on the reef”!! Their infectious smiles broke into laughter and it was such a relaxing, albeit short 10 minute boat ride as we gently bounced along on the white-frothed waves.
After we reached “Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa” and completed an early check-in, in a really cool open plan area with awesome sea views and white sand as our floor covering, our kind hosts transported us by golf cart to our lovely room and accommodation. I was delighted to find that we even had a deep outdoor spa bath that allowed for a luxurious soak after an entertaining day.
Feeling much more refreshed after a bit of a short rest and cleansing shower, we did as we always do (when we first arrive at a destination) and went and explored around the whole Island (which only took a mere 10-15 minutes).I soaked up all of the great sights on offer, the stunning beach views, overwater bungalows, terrific restaurants, bars, the relaxing pool area and the quaint little Souvenir shop.
Even more stunning was the view from our room, with the sun beds invitingly laid out and the tempting azure waters, it was truly magical and all that I had imagined and more. Sun bathing and getting a tan would be high on my list for tomorrow.
As we had paid for an “all-inclusive package” (breakfast) lunch and dinner would be a wonderful affair with lovely fare at “Oceans” restaurant, with so many delicious choices and options to choose from.
I was exhausted from my flight, adventures on the high seas and all the excitement and buzz from the day, so as my head hit the pillow I drifted off to the sounds of Island music……….Day 2: The morning started with a leisurely walk along the beach and the making of footprints in the sand………
As my puku (stomach) started to rumble and grumble, that was definitely my cue to go and get some “kai” (food) and relish a delicious breakfast! Yum!
By mid to late morning it was time to get out the swimmers and board shorts and take the whole 10-15 steps to reach the beautiful Indian ocean. So there we were, just chilled as we floated in the beautiful sea waters and watched all the pretty little silver and yellow coloured fish dart in and out around us. It was a hive of activity (but not too overcrowded) as we noticed other couples snorkelling from off their bungalow stairs, or riding the tandem peddle boats and kayaking. Very romantic.
There was even a burst of activity as I heard some Japanese guests snorkelling by us, say “Shark, shark”! Naturally we cautiously got up out of the water, only to discover that it was actually a small brown and black baby reef shark that had been curious, had a look around and then swam off.So, our day basically revolved around drifting between the stunning sea waters, reading a book and snoozing in our sun lounges. I had hoped to get a nice golden tan but instead I ended up looking like a red beetroot! Go figure – that will teach me for not putting on enough sunscreen!
A beautiful sunset marked a lovely ending to what was an amazing and enjoyable day spent with my gorgeous husband, it was only fitting that we finished off the day with a refreshing “Sunset Mocktail” at the trendy “Viu” bar.
Finally, it was a themed “Hawaii” night for dinner at “Oceans” restaurant again. Life is good!
Day 3: Today’s itinerary was all about doing some free water activities!
The first adventure was tandem kayaking – sadly water sports is not my forte and my poor husband had to not only put up with a wife who had no sustained upper strength (these big looking Maori arms are purely for show only) but also no co-ordination! To cut a long story short, we were only out there for a little while in our bright yellow kayak, getting slightly tossed around by the waves before it was time to head back and try the next water adventure – tandem peddle boating!Now this was an absolute hoot and I loved it! The further out we peddled, the deeper and more midnight blue the sea became, and is another situation where my over-active imagination came to the fore as I envisioned a big grey Shark fin emerging from the depths of the sea and tipping our peddle car over! OMG! Luckily nothing happened and I was reassured to learn that there is meant to be a reef area to act as a natural barrier between us and the ocean.
Pure happiness is the only way I can describe my day, with smiles for ear to ear. If you have never been to the Maldives you must go there and experience it for yourself.
Sunset was once again spent drinking mocktails at the Viu bar and followed by the regular evening “feeding of the baby reef sharks” which was an interesting site. Once the feeding frenzy had ended, all of the little brown and black coloured reef sharks slowly swam off and nestled amongst the rocks close by; and became near invisible as they perfectly blended right into their home environment.
Just another glorious day in Paradise!It’s our second to last day in Paradise and breakfast was once again an enjoyable, relaxed time at Oceans restaurant.
We met the lovely waiter who had graciously waited on us for dinner the night before. He was very curious to see where we were from and when we told him we were from New Zealand, he gave us such a big beautiful smile, said that we were a long way from home and then we started to talk about “Cricket” (lots of laughs).
The local staff on the Island were truly beautiful and genuinely friendly people and the service was impeccable.
So today was a “free day” with no specific plans except to “Chillax” and take some final photos as a lasting memory of this beautiful place.
Later, it was a leisurely stroll around the Souvenir shop as I picked out and bought last minute gifts for my home, family and friends.
It was a lovely, social evening as we gathered for our last dinner at Oceans. I will be sad to leave.Day 4: Sadly, today would be our last day at the resort and I decided that I would get a treat at the “SPA Cenvaree”.
I settled on a facial and it was just heavenly, the perfect indulgence and a lovely way to end my holiday.
When my treatment had finished, I was led away to a beautiful covered outdoor “relaxation lounge” on the point, overlooking the ocean, where I sipped on a refreshing tea drink and nibbled on a healthy snack.
My time in the relaxation lounge by myself was a quiet moment of reflection and if ever there was a time that I had experienced a feeling of “Shangri-La” then this was it.
For the first time in a long time, everything in the universe was aligned for me and I was filled with absolute contentment, was at peace with myself and my higher power; and I simply enjoyed just being “present in the moment” with this blissful, conscious and overwhelming sense of wellbeing.
We got all dressed up for our last night on the Island and decided to “splash” out too and reserved a nice, romantic dinner at the “La Brezza” restaurant. We dined outside by candlelight and enjoyed the ambience of the night, along with other couples under a canopy of stars.I will forever hold happy, joyful and treasured memories of our honeymoon holiday at “Centara” and nothing will ever liken to this magical and captivating place.
Del is a proud, indigenous Maori/Kiwi Girl from Northland in New Zealand on a journey of discovery to fulfill her dream and passion for travel. “My humble new travel blog is a creative platform to be able to share my “Travel tales” and experiences with family and friends.”