The 30th of January, Daniel and I did something I thought I could only dream about experiencing. We drove to Hamburg, Germany, flew from there to Frankfurt, took a plane from Frankfurt to Male, in the stunning Maldives. Lastly, we flew 45 minutes by seaplane where we after almost 24 hours of traveling arrived at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa. I think it’s more than safe to say our first impression was paradise. Daniel was the only one of us who could compare some of it to Egypt, and that was the coral reefs, otherwise it was pretty much a whole new world for us.
We had talked a lot about it, but due to my fear of flying and my generally anxious personality, it took me a while to gather the courage to leave the comforts of our home and just do it, and I’m so glad we did it because that vacation turned out to be the most wonderful, relaxing, adventure-filled vacation both of us had ever been on, and might I just add that we’ve both done our fair share of traveling. In fact, we both noticed how all the other charter vacations we’d been on always had missed something. We could look back on those and realize how we’d been looking for exactly what we found in the Maldives all along (though our vacations in Europe have been wonderful as well, just in a completely different way.)
We had booked a beautiful Sangu Water Villa, and we thought we would be staying there throughout our vacation, which we did until we were upgraded to a Sultan Pool Villa, free of charge, which I happened to like better, simply because it was a lot more private. But I have to say the Water Villa was spectacular as well. Waking up to see nothing but ocean as far as the eye could see was something we both knew we’d never get tired of.
The food was also in a league of its own. I’m not a picky eater but I am careful about what I eat and I always have an observant eye on the hygiene and general food safety. But to be honest, I had a hard time putting a finger on anything during our stay and the high standards of the food made me comfortable enough to venture out and try things I never thought I’d eat, like a whole lobster and mussels. I must say it was all so very delicious and the chefs preparing the food and the staff made everything as close to perfect as can be. I came home and felt less anxious about what I eat, (oh, well, less anxious in general, as I felt like I was experiencing life to the fullest.)
The facilities and the general use of the island were very well thought out as well. As we had booked a Sangu Water Villa we stayed in the Sangu part of the Island, which meant no children under the age of 18 would have access to the facilities in this part of the island, so everything was very peaceful and quiet, like we wanted.
However, we found ourselves using the main pool area more, as it was bigger, and the pool bar was, in our opinion, more relaxed and casual there, so we felt more comfortable getting drinks in our swimwear there.
While we stayed at Kuredu we also went on a lot of excursions like; Manta Ray safari, Dolphin safari and even a full day’s sailing on the boat ‘Muna’ where we saw Pilot whales, snorkeled at four different reefs, had an amazing lunch and met great people. Not to mention all the beautiful seaturtles we saw in our own house reef. I think we saw at least 5. It was all such a life affirming experience.
We came back to Denmark feeling strangely empty inside. It was almost like we had gone to heaven, seen the Garden of Eden, and come back again disappointed about the dull, gray colors of our Scandinavian country. But we also returned with a feeling of awe. We had had a taste of some of the most amazing things life has to offer, the ocean, the wildlife and natural beauty in its purest form. There really is a paradise on earth and it’s called Kuredu Island Resort & Spa. We would love to go back again but until then, we can only dream.