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Sally's picture of Huvafen Fushi

Sally's picture of Huvafen Fushi

Sally's picture of Huvafen Fushi Sally's picture of Constance Halaveli Sally's picture of NIYAMA Sally's picture of the underwater spa

The Magic Of The Maldives

By Sally Woolley

Travel Consultant

Posted: 02 July 2014

Sally travelled with British Airways in Club World from London Gatwick to Male in the Maldives − the comfort of a fully-flat bed and 'Champers' for the ten and a half hour flight, made such a difference! As did the wonderful crew who looked after her superbly.

When she arrived in the Maldives she felt ready to immerse herself into her action-packed itinerary that started with a stay at Constance Halaveli. After whizzing across the most beautiful of turquoise waters by speedboat, she arrived and was shown to her fabulous water villa, complete with spacious bedroom and bathroom, plus an outdoor plunge pool very handy for a quick dip to cool off. Sally also viewed the resort’s villas on the beach, including duplex villas that have a king-bedded room downstairs and a twin room upstairs, which are perfect for a family. There is also the three-bedroom Presidential Villa which comes complete with a large pool, direct access to the beach and a private mini gym and spa room. Sally thinks that Constance Halaveli is a good option for a family holiday, especially as there is a great kids’ club too.

However, that’s not to say that couples and friends travelling together won’t find it a little slice of paradise too. The suites for couples at the spa are great. They have a glass floor under the treatment bed, so that you can see any fish that decide to swim by − although Sally was a bit disappointed that they decided not to during her treatment! Another of Sally’s highlights here was the food. She dined with the General Manager on what can only be described as a five-course feast − she even met the Head Chef who explained a little more about each dish.

The next day Sally was taken by dhoni boat to catch the seaplane back to Male Island where she was able to chill out in the Lounge whilst she waited for the next seaplane over to Niyama Private Islands. When she arrived at Niyama Private Islands, her first impression was ‘wow’. Her one-bedroom beach pavilion was huge and featured a separate bedroom and living room with a small kitchenette off it, as well as a large lap pool on the beach. There are also large Smeg fridge/freezers with complimentary ice-cream which is a great idea, and there are popcorn makers with complimentary popcorn too! Sally says that the spa here is fabulous, and she also saw the beach villas, as well as the two-bedroom overwater villa which is huge and spectacular! Sally recommends dinner at the fine dining restaurant, Edge, which is accessed via a speedboat ride, as well as the amazing SUBSIX which is an underwater club with its very own DJ who will play tunes for you to dance the night away to if you wish!

Sally’s trip concluded with a stay in Niyama Private Islands little sister, Huvafen Fushi, where she discovered that the word ‘fushi’ means island, which she says explains why so many hotel names end in fushi! You learn something new every day! She’d stayed here a few times before and it remains one of her all time favourite resorts. In the past she’d stayed in an overwater villa, (which are fantastic), but this time round she had a Deluxe Beach Bungalow with its own plunge pool at the back of the villa (off the bathroom) and a second pool at the front. She was also lucky enough to see the Ocean Pavilion − a two-bedroom overwater villa with a pool off the living room, which she says was stunning and would be great for families, as well as CUBE − a three-bedroom villa directly on the beach with a its own pool and lots of space! During her stay, Sally also enjoyed an incredible private dinner at VINUM which started with a glass of Dom Perignon, with the Chef popping out to personally introduce each course before it was served, and, of course, a superbly selected wine to complement each dish. She also experienced the underwater spa − where Sally would have been happy to spend the whole day, but alas there was only time for the one treatment before getting ready for lunch at Celsius and bidding farewell to this truly gorgeous destination.

About Sally

I have a wealth of knowledge and have visited many of our hotels and resorts around the world. I also enjoy organising spectacular trips to America and Canada from complex multi-centre trips to the more relaxing beach holidays.

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