Why I’m In Love With The Maldives

Sheila Sim shares about her dream vacay at the Loama Resort at Maamigili


I’ve always wanted to honeymoon in the Maldives. But last year, I decided to go there with friends instead — and I’m really glad I did.

From the minute I stepped off the direct flight, it was non-stop bliss. To get to the resort, I recommend you skip the domestic flight and speedboat option (it costs US$400 one-way, 50 minutes) and take the seaplane. It costs more (US$590, round trip) but offers 15 minutes’ worth of fantastic views, including various resorts dotting the shimmering azure and turquoise ocean!

My other tip: Stay at the Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili. Located on a teardrop-shaped private island within the Raa Atoll region, it’s made Conde Nast Traveller Middle East’s Hot List 2015 of Best New Hotels in the World.

On arrival, I was wowed by my gorgeous Ocean Villa, my home for the next four days. I felt the stress leaving my body as it readied itself for four days of fantabulousness.

Your to-do list should include discovering the region’s treasures and paintings by locals at the museum and art gallery; and getting way too many massages at the lemongrass-scented Loama Spa.

Explore the nearby city, Maakurathu Island, to savour authentic Maldivian fare — it’s very similar to Indian cuisine, so expect lots of spices and curries. Also go dolphin-watching on a traditional Maldivian dhoni boat or snorkel at Goimaru, a gorgeous private island nearby.

Back in Singapore, I miss being surrounded by unspoilt beauty, and enjoying some of the best sleep I’ve ever had. My first trip to the Maldives will definitely not be my last.

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