YOU DESERVE IT! You work hard all year. You know you do. You travel half way round the world to get here. Why? To relax and unwind. Well take it to the next level. Go into the Spa and get that relaxing massage! Every resort in the Maldives has a Spa. You can hear the pleasant wind chimes as you approach the entrance and smell the fragrant waters as you enter. Ask the friendly staff for a price list and a tour of the facility. There is something here for everyone.
The Coconut Spa (pictured) at the White Sands Resort offers sensual Asian Message, and full body treatments to leave you feeling exhilarated and relaxed at the same time. Beauty treatments will take care of you from your head to your toes. Reflexology will take care of your general health. You can see why you could easily spend a day here. So if you get caught in a sudden downpour of rain, head to the Spa and make the most of your Paradise stay
Having the possibility to have a massage was one of the reasons we choose Helengeli for our Maldives holidays.
We were not disappointed.
Duniye Spa has a branch on Helengeli and a bigger one on Meeru. The women working there are Thai and really know what they are doing.
They offer a lot of different Massages (Oriental, swedish, aromatherapy, thai, 4 hands, hot stones ...) as well as wellness packages such as body wraps and scrubs and manicure, pedicures, hair treatments etc.
Before you get to have a massage, you are offered a water with lemon, as well as a cold towel to refresh. If you are a couple, you can reserve the treatment to be iin the same room for both.
After the treatment you get a fresh lemongrass ginger tea.
The prices are higher than the ones you pay in Thailand, but still ok. You can save a little by booking for special times (between 11 and 14 o'clock) or get discounts by making reservations for 3 or 5 treatments - what exactly you are going to have, you can still decide later.
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Euro Divers operates full PADI courses and has a fantastic 1-day intro course for about $100. In the morning you get the training video and instruction on dry land (good idea). Next you take your training into about 5 ft of water and practice your new found skills. In the afternoon you get to dive one of the most picturesque coral reefs in the world. This is a full hour to explore and see: stingrays, barracudas, whale sharks, soft coral, sea turtles, manta rays and a huge host of other colourful fish. If you enjoy the first day, you can carry on and earn PADI certificates.
The gift shops in every resort sell disposable underwater cameras for $25, but they are only good for shots within 5-7 meters of the surface. After that, you don’t have enough light to capture all the great colours
Bathala is a beautiful island in the north Ari atoll, about 56 kilometres from the airport. You can reach it by speedboat in 90 minutes or by seaplane in 20 minutes. Bathala, in particular is a natural island: no trees were cut to make room for the beach - no nasty walls were built to protect the beach from the sea. And It's tiny: it takes seven minutes to walk its perimeter. What did I like best? The white soft beaches, the different colours of the sea and especially the fishes: I spent the best part of my days with my head underwater, snorkeling. Wonderful, colourful, amazing, curious and friendly little fishes.
The photo flight is definetly the highlight of the trip, the views from the top are stunning and beyond words to describe it.
The cost of a 15 min photo flight would be $110 pp. The resort only operates this excursion if there are only 14 people doing this.
If your hotel is far from the airport then the transfer is usually by sea plane.
I ended up chartering a sea plane for $600 as 14 people were not ready in the resort for this trip. It was worth it definetly a life time experience. If you are a big group going then chartering the plane would fall much cheaper.
Our resort offered a submarine ride for 1 hr for $105 pp, the views were disappointing, they give u a brouchere showing you what to expect, the submarine basically goes down about 120 ft and you can see the fishes and corals. The Submarine trip in Pattaya is much more entertaining, A big disappointment felt it was a total waste on money
This is a tour where in you visit a near by island (resort) spend about 45 mins there, followed by a visit to a local fishing island to see of the local maldivain people live their lifes, one can do some shopping there as it would much cheaper than the souveniur shops on the islands. The final stop would include a deserted island where one can go for swimming and snokerling followed by a barbeque lunch, the cost for such a excursion would cost $70-$80 pp
If you like fishing then you can try your hand at big game fishing, day fishing and night fishing, the cost for this trip would be USD 30-40 pp and last for about 2 hrs, all equipment and baits are provided by the hotel
It is true that the maldives offer the best diving sites in the world, a great place for those having a PADI certificate or for those who just want to snorkel, we had taken a 2 hr snorkerling trip offered by the island, they take us by Dhoni a local motor boat to a place abt 10 mins from the island for snokerling.
The view was Ok nothing great, i would say the snokerling in Phuket was much better
I am sure that there are better sites in Maldives but the Hotel would take us to the nearest spot as it would make more economic sense to do it. The cost of this trip was USD 35 pp
Umm if you like water sports then maldives is the place to be, if you get bored swimming in the tourquie lagoon and swimming pool, then one can try the para sailing, water sking, bannana boat ride and numerous other rides, the islands offer such facility for a charge, if you have experienced the thrills of these activities at destinations like thailand, bali, maritius etc then dont opt for it as it would be much costlier to do the same in Maldives
If you step on one of these guys, you will find out why part of their name is ‘sting’. These almost flat fish are amazing and gracefully glide through shallow clear water so you can see them. Unfortunately they also land in the sand and manage to cover themselves quickly & effectively – so watch your step! They can grow to be up to 1 meter across and 2 meters long from ‘nose’ to poisonous tail. They have a barbed spine at the end of the tail they use to attack. They are able to strike both upward and forward, hence the warning about stepping on them. Many resorts have a feeding time for large stingrays at the same time each night. These amazing fish know how to keep time and will never let you down.
In rare cases their sting can be fatal and the venom stays in the spine even after they die!
The (not so) rare Western White Whale lives a sedentary existence most of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, mostly the Americas and Europe. It actively avoids the sun and physical activity whilst eating virtually continuously. Just prior to several rapid migrations to areas closer to the Equator, they will actually reduce food intake for 1-2 weeks.
Upon arrival in sun blessed areas like the Maldives, these shy retiring creatures burst into unusual physical activities, sometimes healthy eating and display plumage not revealed during their sustained periods of inactivity in colder areas.
Although they are not an endangered species and definitely over breed, it is illegal to harpoon them in the Maldives.
Often develop a painful red colour during their migration.
Whatever you do - do not pack your camera in your luggage! You will never get the chance again. The seaplane transfer to any resort is the ultimate photo opportunity of a lifetime. No where else on earth is the same beautiful blue as the sea and islands of the Maldives. Make sure your batteries are fully charged and you have a large memory card!
The Maldives is far away, a holiday of a lifetime and there are no stores. So you need to plan well. Start with the resort. Make sure that it’s not a new one being built now or being remodelled. Each resort is based on a small island. ANY construction activity in resort will spoil your holiday or honeymoon. If you are diving (or thinking about it) then contact the resort to ask what equipment they have so you can pack the equipment you need. If you need a prescription dive mask ask if they rent tem or buy one using the link below. ). I bought my mask from them and it worked brilliantly. Check, double check and check again your clothes and toiletries. You can get laundry done I resort, but clothes shopping is limited to swimwear when you get here. Sunscreen is sold here, but cost more than buying gold (almost). When you have booked get the telephone number of your resort and leave it with family/friends back home. It is very expensive to telephone from the resorts (another money making opportunity for them).
Lastly – leave your laptop at home and switch off your mobile telephone. If you are planning to use these here, you are going to the wrong country. The Maldives is a paradise and escape from the outside world. If you can’t do without these modern electronics and staying connected, I suggest you find a cheaper place closer to home.
You will probably not believe what you are about to read. No one, no nationality, absolutely no passort holder needs a Visa to get into the Maldives. This must be the most Tourist friendly country and border in the world. The Maldives authorities seem to have the theory that if you can afford to get here and stay in a resort, that you have the financial ability to return home. Also I don’t think any hotel is going to let you overstay your welcome.
You also do not need any immunisations, malaria tablets or mosquito repellent. The Maldives is remarkably disease free and a healthy place to visit. All you need is high factor sun screen.
They do require a Yellow Fever certificate if your are travelling here from a Yellow Fever area. This is an international standard.
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