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Hello Paradise!

I never, ever thought in my wildest dreams I would get the opportunity to visit this beautiful part of the world again.  My husband and I were fortunate enough to travel to the Maldives last year (2014) for our honeymoon, But here we are again and completely pinching ourselves.
We flew Singapore airlines, Sydney to Singapore and then onto the Maldives. A trip that took 14 hours including a 3 hours stopover. I say this because some people think that the Maldives is miles away, extremely hard to get to and airfares expensive, but it’s actually not and a ticket price tag is around a thousand dollars. On arrival into Male (The capital ) it’s a short 20 – 30 min boat ride to Paradise, also know as Club Med Finolhu. The moment you lay eyes on this piece of paradise you a completely overwhelmed and breathless. How can something so beautiful exsist. The bluest oceans, whitest sands and general perfection is truly breathtaking. As you pull up to the wharf you are greeted by the staff and the general manger offering welcome drinks and extremely large smiles.
Club Med Finolhu officially opened January 31st 2015 and is designed by world renewed architect Yugi Yamakazi and is the first 100% solar run resort in the Maldives. Yup that’s right,  solar panels help electricity, air conditioning and hot water run the entire property. Making it the ultimate in Eco-luxury resort. It has 52 villas on the entire Island, beach bungalows, sunset and sunrise over water bungalows. Our villa was a sunset water bungalow and it didn’t disappoint as every morning we were greeted with the most epic sunrise. The beautiful flow of the villa brought the outside in, with doors and windows from the inside leading out onto the ocean. A genrious sized living room, bedroom and bathroom and did I mention the outdoor bath!!!!!  Each villa is private and has it’s own luxury plunge pool and a staircase leading from your your own private bungalow directly to the clear blue waters of the ocean, making your hardest decision for the day being…. to pool or sea?  If you require anything for your stay, room service, waters, cocktails, information on activities, you can call your very own personal butler. We had Vikash, who was absolutely lovely and always made us laugh.
So If I haven’t sold you yet, just wait. Club Med is known for its ‘All inclusive’ concepts which means the price you pay includes all your food and beverage for your entire stay. Breakfast (unless you want in room ) lunch and dinner is all served in the over water restaurant. This restaurant is a grand building and has a bar with a glass floor, so you can see the colourful sea life beneath while you sip on your chosen cocktail. At lunch a buffet is served bringing top chefs to prepare fresh seafood, or chosen cultured food. At night it’s an ala carte menu which changes daily.
For those more active there is a gym, tennis court and yoga available. You can also go deep sea snorkelling, fishing and jet skiing. We went Jet Skiing and watched a pod of over 50 dolphins dance around us effortlessly, a truly magical moment. A spa is also located on the island for those wanting a more relaxed vacation.
I could honestly keep writing about this surreal part of the world, but I recommend you just go and visit it for yourself and I highly recommend Club Med Finolhu if you are wanting to spoil yourself in luxury.

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A huge thank you to all the staff at Club Med Finolhu and our butler Vikash (that’s him on the left) I hope to one day go back.

A dream trip.

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And back I went!

This is a small add on to the post I wrote originally on Club Med Finolhu. The place was so magical, I had to return! A year later we decided to visit Club Med Kani, located in the Maldives also and only 5 min by speedboat from Finohlu ( Read all about Club Med Kani here ). Being so close, it was only logic to return to the magical Finolhu, eager to see if it had changed within a year. Happy to report, it had changed…In a good way! The garden’s greener and more mature, the villa’s even more incredible then I remembered and the food was first class along with the service. It truly is an exquisite place. Watch the video below on my quick but impressive second stay at Club Med Finohlu.