By Cynthia Andrew
The Maldives- what can I say- It’s been on my bucket list for a very long time. I believe sometime last year, I promised myself that I would have to make the trip happen in 2019. As luck or fate would have it- the opportunity to visit presented itself in the form of a press /influencer trip organized by Zapwater (they also organized this Finland trip) with Visit Maldives (tourism board).
Even though I had few details going in, I knew there was no way a trip like this could disappoint, and I was right- this is definitely my highlight trip of 2019 and I highly doubt that any of the trips I have left for this year will dethrone it. There’s so much to share I barely know how or where to begin_ I actually went back and forth about how I wanted to present this recap as I wanted it to be helpful and not just packed with superlatives. It is very easy in the Maldives to just end up with a superlative filled review. Seriously how many ways can I say the water was remarkably clear sparkling even, and that the different islands are beautiful and so on and on?
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When it was confirmed I was headed to the Maldives- I immediately contacted my Lilly Pulitzer family to let them know that I wanted to wear this here. Nobody does endless summers like @lillypulitzer- see the dress in motion in my stories. #LillyPulitzer #partner #TravelThursday
I think it would be easier to list the top 5 things to know about a trip to the Maldives. Most of this is based on questions I received on Instagram as I posted videos, pictures, and trip Highlights.
IS IT REALLY THAT BEAUTIFUL?
I’m kidding, no one asked this. I think it is pretty obvious. But I do want to offer a little advice- The Maldives is not a single island- there are over 1200 unique islands with different resorts located at different points in the Indian Ocean. While they all share the same see-through turquoise waters- each island has its own unique personality. Male the capital, for example, is a growing cosmopolitan city, with high rises and everything you’d expect from an urban city. Many of the resort islands will be on the other end of the spectrum, but there are also islands that fall somewhere in between.
CAN I AFFORD IT?
Yes, you can. I think the biggest misconception about the Maldives is that it’s not accessible and only intended for the ultra-wealthy. There was a time that island hopping was a privilege but now with many new options comes accessibility. You can island hop in a variety of ways, from seaplanes, domestic flights to speedboats (all with solid safety records). A little homework will reveal your best options as comes to time and cost. As concerns where you stay, there are amazing options at every price point. iN fact, over the course of our trip, we visited 3 very different properties- they offered different facilities, services, amenities, activities at different price points. I would like to emphasize that different doesn’t mean inferior. So don’t let your budget be a deterrent, with a little research, I’m certain you can find a worthy hotel that suits your wallet.