Beaches for Days and Days
Of all the places I have traveled in the world, nothing is quite like the Maldives. The string of coral reefs and sand bars dotting the Indian Ocean, offer sweeping sunsets, and peaceful reflection.
A visit to the atoll of Kuda Huraa to stay that the Four Seasons Resort: A tranquil, 106 room property that includes over the water villas and beachfront rooms, taking up the entire island and beyond. Many of the room are on water, extending from the island. Given the location choices of the rooms – bright blue water or powdery white sand beaches. It’s a tough decision to have to make.
The palm-thatched bungalows built over water are extraordinary. Simple luxury expressed in every room with a contemporary feel. Teak floor and touches of rattan and wicker laced throughout. So spacious – it’s like having your own apartment on the Indian Ocean. The rooms are raised on stilts above the turquoise lagoon, I had my own private dock on the ocean to swim from; room service at my fingertips. It is possible to never leave the room. However, then I would miss out on one of my favorite amenities – the Spa. Set on a tiny sand bar, just off shore, requiring a one-minute boat ride to visit. The spa tables are set up so that during my massage, I look out unto the glass floor and see straight into the ocean, watching brilliant colored-sea creatures float by. It was magical.
The four restaurants at Kuda Huraa are ample variety for a weeks visit: Indian, Western, Asian, seaside grill fare and more. Despite the fact that everything must be flown in, I’m impressed by the quality. The Indian restaurant, Baraabaru, open kitchen features an open tandoori bar and dramatic torch light seating facing the ocean. But perhaps the most impressive is the extensive brunch at the resort. It features items from all around the globe. I enjoyed sampling breakfast items from Japanese and Indian fare, as well as American and European staples.
With the Maldives reputation for coral reefs and underwater life you can dive or experience many unique activities. The resorts’ PADI Five-Star IDC Centre offers a two-tank morning dive and a one-tank afternoon dive, as well as sunrise, night and other specialty dives. Unfortunately, diving needs to take place 24 hours after or before leaving on a plane for safety reasons – something to keep in mind for the future. From all accounts, it is incredible.
The Four Seasons resort in Kuda Huraa is the kind of place to simply relax, maybe catch up on reading, or sleeping, or exercising – do some light yoga in the mornings, or even meditate. The sense of calm when was wonderful. But I couldn’t quite place it the origin of it? Was it the soft calming music, ever so faintly, in the background, or the soft-spoken staff, maybe the absence of noisy traffic? All of the above, no doubt.