Maldives is a postcard perfect destination with its crystal clear waters and white powdered sand. Unrivalled luxury and its vast underwater life will entice any traveller to make their way there for an experience of a lifetime.
The amount of resorts in the Maldives is mind boggling to say the least. We love to experience luxury hotels when we travel and this was an oasis of choice. I was at the end of my first trimester of pregnancy and didn’t want to sit a tiny seaplane after a 9 hour journey from Australia. There were a few resorts within a short boat ride from Male airport and Taj Exotica (TE) caught our attention.
TE is on a private island located 8km from Male airport and the hotel speedboat will get you there within 15 mins depending on the tide. It is centrally located on Emboodhu Finolhu and has one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives.
A TE staff awaited our arrival and helped us with our bags onto the speedboat. Cold towels and bottled water were provided on board and we eagerly anticipated our docking at the TE jetty. Music played as we arrived and we were greeted by name by the TE staff. Our photo was snapped and we were whisked away to the reception via buggy. Our butler showed us around and explained the amenities in our room. He was a delight to have around during our stay.
Deluxe Lagoon Villa with Plunge Pool – 94sqm
TE has 64 rooms available and 54 of them are overwater villas with plunge pools on their deck. (Tip: We read that the odd numbered ones did not face the capital and are more private) Our villa had a plunge pool, lounge chairs, a day bed, a comfy king bed and views all around. (Even in the bathroom!) The water was as turquoise as I have dreamt of and I couldn’t wipe the smile of my face.
The sand was swept clean multiple times a day.
TE food was nothing short of YUM, minus the expense. They did Indian food exceptionally well with dosai’s and curries being a standout.
I’ve been terrified of snorkelling as WA beaches are known for the lurking presence of Great Whites. But when in Maldives.. how could I not? Especially since the resident marine biologist confirmed that there were no deadly sharks in these waters. We snorkelled around the resort for starters and then ventured out by boat to the deeper Maldivian waters where I got to swim with the rays and wave to Nemo and his family. The visibility was so clear and I would love to dive in the Maldives some day. We also went old school line fishing on a traditional boat and caught a few fish for our dinner the next day.
Resident sting rays coming in for a feed. I went in for a pat and I totally felt like a daredevil. (not)
Water swing that was 100m out. We could walk to it during low tide.
The service provided at TE was paramount. They made a point to remember our preferences, greet us by name and to give us a smile every time we walked by. Russell made a lasting impression with us as he never failed to show us his pearly whites and always stopped to have a chat and ask how our day was going. His daily greeting was ‘Hello!! Need buggy?😀’
View of the sunset from the infinity pool.
Hubs and I checked out after 5 days and were given a photo frame with the snap they took when we arrived. As the boat left the jetty, the TE staff smiled and waved us off to the distance.
Walking us to our boat back to Male Airport.
Ariel View Photo Credit: Taj Exotica