One of our travelers took a moment and narrated his story of visiting Maldives and discovering an island that is a little bit different. So here it is, to what we perceived.
The island is captivating from the moment anyone here’s about it. It’s magical. There might not be a massive story behind this small island, yet it attracts visitors with an array of authentic experiences, that reflect the Maldivian culture.
Right in the heart of the UNESCO reserve, rests Milaidhoo which is small yet perfect and guess what? Sustainable. From the Maldivian styled restaurant served on a traditional boat, to authentic cooking classes using finest and fresh ingredients or learning to catch a fish – Milaidhoo is a synonym of creativity.
The island is said to provide personal touch as soon as you arrive. The hosts of the island are said to be gentle, dedicated and friendly, which adds on to the luxury. I mean, who doesn’t like a bit of pampering right?
When we talk about the resorts, there are only 2 types of room available at Milaidhoo – Beach villas and water villas which are both equally stunning, beautiful, spacious and stylish.
The villas speak for themselves and the villas really set a new standard to Maldives. Each villa has got his own pool which is big enough for anyone to swim and is a gorgeous place to spend some quality time. It’s so amazing, that you actually have to make an effort to leave your room.
Snorkeling and diving near your own room, is that even possible? Yes. That’s one of the attractions of the place. There are even tours like Finding Nemo snorkeling trip that is managed by the marine biologists of that area. What makes it even more amazing, is The Clown Fish is found in abundance here. The trio colored fish takes your breath away, because of course it is beautiful.
One of the great moments that he shared with us was he found yoga mats in his room. It seemed like a thrill or a motivation to find such a thing which motivated him to practice fitness for some time in the morning. There is even a resident yogi who gives yoga classes to tourists every morning at 7am so why not have some fun with fitness?
Coming to what attracted him the most – It was the Ba’theli Restaurant which is the only one restaurant in the world that is set on a boat inside a lagoon. Featuring gourmet dishes that is Maldivian Cuisine inspired is the specialty. There are 3 boats to the restaurant – One being the kitchen, the other one bar and the main restaurant which is quite pleasing to the eyes. Any guesses on why is the name of the restaurant, Ba’theli?
So basically, the name and the theme is inspired by stories from the ancient times when Maldives was an important part of the trade between Southeast Asia and Arabia. In exchange of spices and silk, the merchants used to transport goods like coconuts, sun-dried fishes and boats with the locals. These goods were transported on cargo boats like Ba’theli. Interesting, isn’t it? A nice piece of information that he shared with us.
Food is such an important part of any holiday, and when there is good food with a perfect ambience which feels beyond perfection. Milaidhoo follows an elegant dining experience trend which is why there is more luxury dining experience than any other islands of Maldives here.
There is a sand-bank pop up restaurant that creates a perfect dining for guests. How it works? You are taken to a private sandbank which is surrounded by nothing but just perfect white colored sand and turquoise water floating all around you. And on the other side, you have a waiter smiling his teeth out with a chilled glass of champagne for you. You have your own personal chef who fuses delicious seafood platters and other veggie options (If you like) which is served to you on your tables that is carved in to the sand. The feeling is unexplainable.
That was about food, but there’s one more thing which we don’t think anyone of you might be expecting. We’re talking about Cinema under the stars. It is an experience that your local Maldivian hosts would offer you in one of the biggest rooms on your villa. Your movie is well combined with a glass of wine and some popcorn to munch on. There can be nothing more magical than this!
So our overall review for Mailaidhoo is that it is a small island yet quite unique and delightful in its own distinct way. If you’re looking for peace, with some fun and some authenticity throughout, this laid back luxury is the best thing ever!