5 Travel Lessons From The Maldives
Escapades, sun, sand and sea are just her thing. While many come back from Maldives giving you a run-down of what they did, see what Eunice shares about the five things she learnt on her trip.
Palm trees, ocean breeze, sun-kissed skin, salt in the air and sand under my feet. My joy is well, pretty much as deep as the ocean, to say the least. I’m back from the Maldives and that place has just done me good – I’m stressed-detoxed with five travel lessons Maldives has taught me.
2016 has been a pretty aggressive start, I toiled late nights juggling between the demands of work, school and a personal life (if I even had one). That said, I was desperately looking forward to a trip which I’ve seen so many photos and heard so much about, but never quite thought I’ll make it a trip that soon. I’m glad I did, thanks to my travelling party that made this a reality. ‘Nuff said.
1. Take time to enjoy the finer things in life. Sometimes.
A self confessed average girl, I’m not one of those who splurge at all costs, down to earth as I may be, sometimes splurging a little on the finer things in life for the experience is worth it.
We stayed at the luxurious Amilla Fushi and it was one experience that will remain etched in my heart, soul and mind. I’ve seen so much of the hospitality landscape and this has to be one of the best I’ve come across by far.
From a product standpoint, they’ve got contemporary island homes that were functional, beautiful and luxurious. We got ourselves an Ocean Reef House which comes with an infinity pool and direct access to the ocean just below us.
Talk about YOLO, youth, time and experiences are elements that one should seize. Immerse yourself for the total experience when in Maldives. We kind of ended up on a gastronomical journey from for a private wine and cheese tasting session, to indulging in Luke Mangan’s speciality restaurant on the resort, Lonu by Luke Mangan and even a Lobster and Champagne Dinner with sunset on the horizon. The experience – I’ve been swooned away, that’s for sure.
2. Travel On and Go to Places You’ve Never Gone Before
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are. – Samuel Johnson.
Given a choice, I think I’ll enjoy life vagabonding. I’ve seen a gazillion photos and heard so much about Maldives, I imagine how surreal and in awe I will be being there. The “sun, sand, sea” baby in me yearns the for that reality. I’m glad I travelled on to satisfy the imagination in me.
Maldives and the beauty of it – a reality. I still remember my first words upon landing in Male and saying “Omg, is this real? Am I really here?”
Embark on experiences you don’t normally get to do – nestle in the nearest resort to The Blue Hole, part of Baa Atoll’s UNESCO heritage site, swim or take a submarine to check out the biosphere. Entering The Blue Hole can only be done by diving, so get a license to do so.
3. Slow Down and Take Time To Find Yourself.
More often than not, we’re always planning to seize every moment of our vacation, packing a million and one activities onto that travel agenda. Sometimes, you return from it more tired than rejuvenated. Maldives have taught me otherwise – just do nothing.
Take time to just do nothing and enjoy the salt in the air, the warm sun rays that radiate with joy, the sounds of waves rippling through the ocean. Enjoy the camaraderie of your lovely travel party and find your inner peace.
For all the stress that I accumulated from the start of 2016, Maldives was truly a stress-detox trip – doing things I absolutely enjoy – champagne, wine, ocean time, spa, great company, pristine shores and the warmth of the sun that hugs me.
4. Service from the Heart – Impressed with the Maldivian Hospitality
For those who know me, yes I’ve had my fair share in the hospitality industry and perhaps have somewhat inculcated that “job hazard” of paying attention to service standards.
I’m impressed with the Maldivian hospitality with Amilla Fushi. The team articulates excellent service delivery at every touch point. Their passion for their jobs simply radiated through the smiles and guest engagement – truly service from the heart.
And if you ever thought English could be an issue, I’ll be the first to vouch that they speak really well. There’s definitely a people and guest strategy that this resort has definitely done right!
5. The Ocean is a Harmonist
It can be calm, sometimes a little rigid and rough, but at the end of the day, it’s still impeccably beautiful. It’s pretty much the personification of life. I’ve got this affinity with the sea/ocean and it creates a sense of harmony in me in entirety.
I’m a hedonist that enjoyed my Maldivian moments of sipping champagne under the balmy sun on our pool deck staring out at the ocean and chuckling away or simply grabbing the snorkel gear and meeting my colourful friends of the ocean.
I’m back to reality, the rat race that we constantly find ourselves in. Perhaps I got stress intoxicated again? Well, maybe not quite after sharing this blog post – as I bring back memories of the pristine shores, turquoise waters and my lofty dreams. I do hope you enjoyed the read too!