Tuesday, 10 February 2015

A Night In Paradise - The Maldives

COUNTRY: Maldives
PROJECT: Teaching and swimming coaching
WRITTEN BY: Vivienne Zhu

Waking up early, we were very excited to go to the Robinson Club. It started raining as we were boarding the speedboat, and we hoped it would clear up later in the day. Unfortunately the rain kept coming but that didn’t stop us from enjoying our little getaway in paradise.

When we arrived, we were welcomed by the staff at the resort and greeted with champagne and small starters (mini sandwiches and fruit). After reception we were taken to our rooms, and they were beyond imaginable! The outdoor egg bed, soft sofas and hot garden showers were a treat from the cold showers and hot nights at the guesthouse!

With our bikinis on, we headed to the pool for a little swim under the spitting rain and grabbed drinks from the friendly bartender. The buffet lunch was gourmet and absolutely mouth watering: beef, pesto pasta, pizza, salad and grilled fish were some of options available to us.

Some of us booked massages at the spa, a bit pricey, but worth it because YOHO (you’re only here once). There were various massages including hot stone, Balinese, Thai, as well as manicures and pedicures and we were treated to ginger tea after our massage.

The next morning, we woke up early to watch the sunrise. We walked in the dark to the jetty and sat on the beach waiting patiently for the moment the sun peeks over the horizon. To say the least, the sunrise was breathtaking, and we saw a small baby shark swimming close to the shoreline. A breakfast fit for kings was available, including amazing omelettes cooked before us, muesli, yoghurt and waffles to name a few. We took a table by the ocean and enjoyed the sunny day ahead.

We went for a short stroll to the beach and laid out our towels for a nice morning sunbathe. We saw some honeymooners with wives wearing their wedding dress and the husband setting up timed cameras (it was not a rare sight). We had fun taking photos of ourselves lying in hammocks, climbing trees and jumping with the Maldivian blue ocean in the background.

Janelle and I went for a snorkel, however the coral reefs weren’t as vast as the other reefs we’d seen. The fish didn’t dart away from us, and a long eel-like fish with a barb-like tail caused us to abort mission.

At midday, it was time to checkout, and we met the Kolamaafushi group at reception. It was nice to see new faces, and we all headed to the pool for a final swim before lunch. Without a doubt, it was a great idea to go to the resort during the middle of our trip because we were able to relax, regroup and eat some delicious western food before our final two weeks!

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