Arriving in the Maldives
How lucky are we?
Seeing in the start of a new year filled with adventure and travels in one of the world’s most beautiful locations, the Maldives.
We flew into Male, the capital, with Silk Air. There were a small number of passengers and we had 3 seats, a luxury on any flight, so we took the opportunity to stretch out and enjoy the time to catch up on some reading.
Although a shortish flight from Singapore, it was quite bumpy, so it was with great delight we emerged from the clouds to see the atolls and islands of the Maldives, iridescent in the morning sun.
Landing at Male, was an interesting experience and perhaps not for the faint hearted, as it appeared we were going into the ocean, the land appearing at the last moment. The airport is so small that the plane did a 3 point turn to get to the terminal.
Clearing customs and collecting baggage was easy and within no time we had located the desk related to the resort we were heading for, Veligandu Island Resort. We were greeted by a young man who, after a short delay, had us on the bus headed for a little airport lounge across the island to await the seaplane transfer. It is worth noting that island time applies from the time you land and nobody is really in a rush; so chill out and enjoy the view, soak up the tropical warmth and relax into island time too.
What a sensational way to arrive at our accomodation! Seeing the Maldives from only a few hundred metres up is like watching a string of jewels strung out over the aquamarine ocean. Veligandu Island resort is indeed a jewel. We were greeted by a friendly hostess, who took us to our villa and explained the details of the island, our package deal and the entertainment for New Years Eve before leaving us to gape at the beauty of where we had just landed.
Welcoming in the New Year
New Years Eve on the island included a sunset cocktail party, gourmet buffet and after dinner entertainment, DJ and dancing in the beachside bar. Never ones to knock back a drink, dinner or a bit of a party we were dressed and ready to go in no time. All the guests of the island had dressed up and with about 100 others we saw off 2016 in style.
I have to admit that we did skive off from the party a bit earlier than midnight. It may have been the champagne cocktails, the lobster, the mountain of dessert consumed, or simply the romance of a private beach, we remain unsure but who could pass up celebrating the start of a new year on their own private beach with a bottle of bubbly?
It was difficult to remain bleary eyed upon waking on the first day of 2017 as our bed looked directly out of our bungalow across a metre of soft white sand to clear skies and azure waters. One cannot stay bleary eyed in heaven, can one?
In no time at all we were out of bed, across the sand and clearing our slightly foggy heads with a swim in the 26°C water before heading to breakfast where we were greeted with every possible breakfast combination imaginable and more Champagne. Why not we asked each other?
Lazing by the pool
The rest of our day set the precedent for the week. Walking on the beach, lazing by the pool with book and cocktail in hand, lazing by the beach with book and wine in hand, massage, spa, more food and another cocktail.
2017 was looking like a pretty damn fine year so far.
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Such clear water! I would rather be in the ocean instead of the pool!
Hi Victoria, thanks for commenting, it was a hard decision choosing one of the pools or the ocean.
You have got best destination to start the new year. What comes next?
Hi Varsha, we are heading home to Australia for a bit and will do some travel in our homeland before the next big OS trip. Thanks for commenting
Im so jealous! Maldives are one of our top places to see, maybe 2019…2018 is pretty much already planned out 🙂
Hi Sherrie, keep an eye out for some early bird specials, that way you can stay longer. Thanks for commenting
You are very lucky and I am so jealous. Getting to see the beauty as you leave one year and begin a new year. Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you too, it was a special place to celebrate
Now I really want to go to the Maldives so bad 😀 Your photos look beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂
Hi Verena, thanks for commenting. We hope you can plan a trip to the Maldives soon
Yes, you guys are indeed very lucky, How I wish I could just fly now to Maldives. Perhaps for our second honeymoon? why not. lovely read.
Hi, thank you for commenting. Yes a second honeymoon would be perfect in the Maldives, we hope you can make it there. It would be a nice surprise anniversary gift.
Wow, this sounds like an amazing place to spend New Year’s Eve! I would love to watch a sunset from the chair in the pool. Looks like a great time!
Cat, it is the perfect place to watch the sunset, the only choice you have to make is which cocktail would go perfectly with it. Thanks for commenting
Cath and Ian, you paint such an amazing picture and then your pictures are mesmerizing. I want to go, but this is one of those vacations I’d want to go without the kids. It looks like heaven and sooo relaxing. Thank you for sharing.
Hi Ciara, you would have to leave the kids at home but maybe they would enjoy a holiday with Grandma and Grandpa while you had a quick relaxation holiday? Thanks for commenting
This dounds like the best place to spend New Years Eve!! I love how laid backyhe vive is and that you get a beach subset! Lucky!! Would love to spend New Years here one day and its good to know that its a short but bunpy trip from Singapore!
Hi Kelly, thank you for your comments. We hope you can get to spend a NYE in the Maldives, it was great fun
Sounds like a totally amazing trip, and a great place to unwind and enjoy the warmth.
Hi Jim, thank you for commenting, it was a great vacation.
How jealous am I!!! I would love to spend NYE in the Maldives! It’s like heaven there …blue water, soft white sand … perfect! I might have to suggest this to Ian! : )
Hi Lana, my Ian was very impressed with the Maldives, not only was it NYE but his birthday too. I am sure your Ian will love it. Check out the Veligandu resort it is fantastic.
Wauw, I simply cannot think of a better place to spend a new years evening!! Must have been great!
Hi, thank you for commenting, it was an awesome 5 days and everyone of them felt like NYE.
Have always been looking for new places to spend NYE and the Maldives are certainly an amazing destination, hope to celebrated NYE there one day, thanks for sharing!
Hi Jack, thanks for commenting, we had such a good time on this island, we would highly recommend it
So a stylish way to party whitin the frame of a perfect landscape. It is impossible not be inspired by such perspective. Nice post!
Hi Gabriele, thank you for commenting, it was a great way to start a new year, we would highly recommend it
That looks like paradise to me! I would love to spend NYE in this place, might consider that for next year.
Hi Karo, we are sure you would love it. Thanks for your comment
This place looks amazing!!! Is it really as stunning as the pictures show? I’ve always wanted to go diving there!
Hi Terra, thank you for your comments. It is an incredible place and yes it looks exactly like that, everyday! We hope you can dive there soon. Keep an eye on the blog for more tips on how to travel in the Maldives. Happy Travels
Yes I love this! & this is exactly how I’m spending my NYE I already booked my flight!
Hi Camilla, I am so excited for you. NYE is amazing in special places like the Maldives, which island are you staying on? Happy Travels
Thank you for inspiring me to go to maldives!
Aga, thank you for your comments, I hope you love the Maldives and get a great deal. Happy Travels
Great article! I really love this. Keep updating this kind of articles:))
Thank you for your comments Aneezah. I hope you can keep reading and being inspired to make some travel plans. Happy travels