...Thulhagiri Island Resort!
Why did we choose the resort? At first we wanted to stay at one of their gorgeous water villas (apparently theirs are among the most popular water villas in Maldives) but the price was crazy expensive. How crazy? Say about RM 1,400 a night *gawk* and mind you, that’s the price AFTER discount. Before discount it’s about RM 2,700 a night *double gawk*. So we went for the next best option – beach villa, which was only a quarter of the price. We might not get to sleep above the waters, but we had the beach in front of our doorstep, which was just as lovely.
Spa on the left. Water villas on the right.
Walked along this beautiful stretch to get to our hideaway.
Our villa. Clockwise: The room, the verandah, the front, the back.
Our beach. Open the door and that’s the view. Awesomeness!
First on our to-do list - spa! A nap during massage gave us a taste of sleeping in a water villa ;-)
After the spa, Eila went back to the villa to rest. I decided to take a walk around the island and took some photos. It was a relatively small island, didn’t take me more than half an hour to circle it. The water villas were definitely gorgeous. The beach was white and sandy. Couldn’t wait for the sun to rest so I could jump into the blue waters without getting much sun
Resort staffs walking on the jetty.
There were many of these bright green birds around the island...
...and I saw this creature too. What do you call this? Iguana?
It was a sunny and windy day at Thulhagiri!
Went back to the villa. Took a good nap while waiting for the evening to come. Woke up a few times in between as I was just too excited to run out of the door and jump into the sea! Couldn’t remember how many times I asked Eila “Why is it still hot outside?” and chanted “I wanna swim! I wanna swim! I wanna swim!” again and again and again. I bet if she wasn’t so tired she would have thrown me out of the door :-p
The evening finally came. Changed into our wet suits and jumped into the beautiful Maldivian waters. It was awesome. The lagoon was flat, even if your swimming skill was nonexistent, it would be impossible to drown. Saw an Arab couple taking a dip nearby. The wife went into the water dressed in abaya, covered from head to toe. I couldn’t even see her eyes.
By the way, speaking of attire, saw this on TV while getting ready for dinner...
...a Maldivian newscaster wearing a bun on the side of her head.
Dare to try this new hijab style?