1. The feeling of awe when we arrived.
We caught an early flight from Sri Lanka to Male, then arrived at our island via speedboat. It was incredible stepping off of that speedboat onto the wooden pier and into a picture postcard.
2. The scent of our water bungalow.
Sadly, we haven’t invented smell-o-vision just yet but I will never forget walking in to our gorgeous water bungalow and seeing petals scattered on the bed, the bright blue sea and sky from the windows and inhaling the aroma of whatever reed diffuser they had placed in there. Sometimes it’s the small details that count.
3. The peace and quiet.
A tropical island like this only invites a happy, calm and tranquil atmosphere, even when surrounded by other holidaymakers.
4. The island band.
In contrast to the peacefulness, we adored watching The Wood at Kuramathi perform. ‘Billionaire’ by Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars will always remind me of the night we spent dancing under the stars, sand between our toes, to the island band (who I hear have moved on, possibly to a different island).
5. The cocktails!
Hands down the best cocktail menu I have seen. I enjoyed the Ninja Turtle – which had black pepper in it! Worth going all inclusive for (although the food was tasty too!)
6. Movies under the stars.
If we weren’t watching The Wood in the evening, then we were sipping our cocktails on beanbags and loungers watching a movie on the beach. We saw ‘A thousand words’ starring Eddie Murphy and ‘Little Fockers’ starring Ben Stiller. Very romantic! Haha!
7. The wildlife.
Seeing the stingrays being fed at dusk, the cute little crabs skittering about the sand, the heron majestically perched at the edge of the infinity pool, the contrast of the flocks of black and white birds at the sandbank, the lizards in the little garden of the outdoor shower of our beach villa – you haven’t lived until you’ve showered naked outside with lizards eyeing your behind!
And let’s not forget…
8. The marine life.
Snorkelling in the crystal clear turquoise ocean, that close to all those brilliant, beautiful tropical fish. And yes we did see a couple of sharks.
9. The infinity pool.
Infinity pools always have something a little more luxurious about them. Lovely to cool down as you gaze out to the horizon.
10. The spa.
I would love to be wealthy enough to have a regular spa day but we went for a relaxing soak with champagne and fruit followed by a full body massage (him) and a Thai foot massage (me).
11. The sunsets.
What’s not to love about a glorious sunset on a tropical island? Part of our stay included a free sunset cruise which was a pleasant little boat ride, including champagne.
12. Souvenir shopping.
The island had a gift shop and because I collect foreign coins but was sadly paying for things using U.S. dollars rather than the Maldivian rufiyaa, I bought a souvenir pack of coins. This unusual necklace caught my eye too so I treated myself – it’s one of my favourites.
13. The sandbank.
At the tip of the island there is an exposed stretch of sand where you can walk and feel truly like you are on a deserted island on the edge of the world.
14. Photogenic scenery.
It’s almost impossible to take a bad photo on this island it is so beautiful.
15. The seaplane experience.
Departing by seaplane is definitely something worth experiencing, just to see all those tiny, stunning islands below you dotted in the Indian Ocean.
We stayed at Kuramathi Island Resort.