For years you wonder what it's really like - is it THAT blue, THAT clean, THAT blissful! Being able to experience one of these teeny-tiny islands in the flesh allows you to judge it yourself...
We want to share our thoughts here, but having scrolled through hundreds of photos and read so many hotel reviews - trust us, you can't judge the Maldives from a screen.
The resort we stayed at is Anantara Dhigu / Anantara Veli. These are two separate resorts both owned by Anantara which you can get a 2 minute boat to/from. The boat runs all day until 11.30pm which is a very nice touch. (Even though this is the Maldives we're talking about, the water is too deep to walk across).
Things to do in Maldvies
1. Enjoy its beaches
A tropical nation in the Indian Ocean, totalling 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It's pretty obvious that the beaches here are INSANE. These beaches and lagoons are the main reason why the Maldives is so well loved, and they are out of this world. The lagoon in which Anantara is situated is pretty large so there's lots of tiny beaches to explore, and you can usually find an empty spot where you feel like there has been a zombie apocalypse and you're the only ones left in the world!
2. Look out for wildlife
We stayed in an over-water villa, and saw stingrays almost every morning. Lots of fish and baby sharks in the water too! When looking back on some of our drone footage we could see turtles swimming around just a few meters from the beach, too bad we didnt see them at the time!
3. Water sports
You are provided with complimentary snorkelling equipment, kayaks and paddle boards, so make use of it! They also offer petrol powered water sports for the adventure seekers.
4. Dine at all the restaurants
The food in Mauritius is amazing! There were so many restaurants to choose from where we stayed; Thai, Italian, Steakhouse and their buffets which have a different theme every night. Our favourite was the Thai restaurant, and we are still dreaming about it. The spicy mango salad!
5. Take a day trip out to sea
All resorts offer fish, turtle, dolphin, whale and manta ray snorkelling - almost always at an extra price which varies depending on what you want to see. We did this and were actually disappointed with the experience. We visited a coral about 15min from the resort and whilst there was a lot of small fish to be seen, we had been hoping to swim with dolphins or turtles. We were told that it was due to the weather.
6. Soak in the sunsets and catch the sunrises
Obviously! We were in the Maldives for 4 nights, and all the sunsets were stunning so don’t miss them! The sunrises, whilst not as spectacular as others we've experienced, are awesome to wake up to as the island was so peaceful and still. Also great for photos!
7. Have a private dinner on the beach
Not something we did, but at most resorts you can arrange to have a private dinner on the beach, whether it is just you and you partner or a big group of you. They set your table up right by the sea, light a fire to give you that soft, dreamy end to the day! We will be doing this next time for sure!