Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April. As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing some of my travel memories to known and unknown places in the hope to inspire your travel dreams.
L is for…Lily Beach Resort & Spa (Maldives)
Our trip to the Maldives was last minute, as is usual with us. My husbands work schedule has never been very compatible with planning things in advance. Even last minute, we were lucky enough to find an amazing hotel for our ‘babymoon’ – our last trip before our son was born. I was VERY pregnant and still very sick, so we needed something close to Mumbai and relaxing. What better than some time in the Maldives!
This has to be one of the nicest hotels we have ever stayed at and definitely is the most expensive! There doesn’t seem to be any real budget options for the Maldives, so we just gave in and went with the flow.
To get to the Lily Beach Resort & Spa, we flew from Mumbai to Colombo and then onto Male. We were then picked up by someone (no idea who!) and taken to a sea plane airport where we were treated to private waiting lounges with cold towels, drinks and snacks. We already felt like movie stars at this point and couldn’t wait to see what else was coming.
We then boarded our small sea plane with a few other people (who were dropped off at their own islands) and headed out over the ocean looking down at crystal clear turquoise waters below with tiny private island hotels dotted around. I was nervous the entire flight because it was LOUD and my little bun in the oven was kicking hard at the sounds. Relieved to finally be landing, I barely noticed that we landed on water (!!!) and were then being escorted to our hotel by a jet boat. Whew. What a journey!
Arriving to our massive villa perched over the ocean, we were greeted with such amazingness that I had only seen in magazines. Our own private plunge pool, a ladder leading straight into the ocean from our bungalow and of course a glass floor in our room to watch the fish (and husbands) swim underneath us.
We were giddy! My husband was even more giddy remembering that it was all inclusive which included alcohol! I was just glad to have my fill of ice cold water and orange Fanta (a pregnancy craving!).
Our few days on the island were so peaceful and relaxing. There was absolutely nothing to do, but relax, enjoy the beautiful surroundings, snorkel and walk around the island. Trust me, there is nothing better than floating in water when you are massively pregnant!
We were so sad to leave. And even sadder once we arrived to a “regular” hotel in Colombo for a few more nights away. The Maldives is definitely an absolute luxury that I am so thankful to have been able to experience. If you ever have the opportunity, take it!