In the second of our guest blog posts from travel writer and globalista, Laura Ivill here she shares her memories of her first ever visit to The Maldives and how these beautiful islands and atols make the perfect beach vacation and a great combination with the tigers of India.
Etched in my mind is how exotic the resort of Taj Exotica Maldives really is. One small island in this Indian Ocean archipelago, it makes as perfect a beach vacation as it’s possible to get.
The resort takes up the full length and breadth of a spit of sand rising out of a 200-acre lagoon – I’ve been amazing all my friends how tiny the island is – just 770 meters long and between 15 and 20 meters wide. But there is everything you need here – the villas each have a large private plunge pool and sunbathing deck facing out to the horizon, and everything you could possible want is on the island.
It is wonderfully romantic – such a feeling of privacy, exclusivity and space – the perfect idyll to wile away sunny days, eating fresh fish, drinking wine, swimming, snorkling and watching the sun go down with a cocktail.
There’s no doubt in my mind this is my favorite beach so far in the world. I have an aversion to cold water – here, I would get stuck into a good read on a lounger after breakfast or in a hammock after lunch and frequently cool off in the balmy pure-sand lagoon. And you would have to walk a very long way out indeed for the depth to rise above waist level.
After a week of fast-paced tiger safaris in India, I was very much looking forward to a few quitet days in the Maldives – and it did not disappoint. A short, direct flight from Bangalore and then just a 15-minute speedboat ride from the airport to the resort means it’s the ideal end to an Indian adventure. And then straight home to the UK – perhaps with a little of the whitest sand from this tiny island paradise still in-between your toes.