Archive for the ‘Travel & Transportation’ Category
The Four Seasons Cruise Ship is a 39 meter, 11-cabin, three deck catamaran cruise ship perfect for a tropical island adventure!
Getaway into paradise with one of the most luxurious cruise ships to sail on the Maldives
The Four Seasons Explorer is a unique way to experience the Maldives. Because guests would be doing so aboard a super luxurious catamaran by the world renowned Four Seasons.
The Four Seasons Explorer Accommodation
The cruise catamaran will take you around the Maldives with the renowned style of the Four Seasons. It can take up to 22 guests for the best luxury cruise around the Maldives.
All the cabins in the Four Seasons are bright and airy with air conditioning and each includes a full ensuite bathroom. All cabins have a compact disc surround sound system, DVD player, television, telephone and wireless internet access. The amazing thing about the wireless internet on the Four Seasons Explorer is its able to transmit up to 1 kilometer from the boat providing internet access to guests on any deck or on a nearby island.
The Explorer suites are even more luxurious with a king sized bed, living are with day bed and couch and a indoor dining area.
The Four Seasons Explorer Cruise Dining
On the upper deck of the cruise catamaran is the dining room. It is Led by the Executive Chef that boasts a fine culinary team that serves Asian and European dishes. Dining experience may vary from gut busting buffets, peaceful sit down services, International fun theme nights and delightful sandbar barbecues!
There are two bars on the catamaran. One with sofa seating and offers a relaxed type of lounging while sipping on drinks. The other one is sheltered on the lower deck for some breezy alfresco seating and a whirlpool.
The Activities On The Four Seasons Explorer
Being one of the most popular diving destinations in the world. The Four Seasons explorer provides scuba diving activities the best equipment available for both advanced and beginners, amazing dive opportunities like sunrise, wreck and night dives. Go snorkeling with a marine biologist. Enjoy an afternoon on a virgin island, relax on the beach side or enjoy water sports in the lagoon like kayaking, deep-sea fishing and windsurfing.
The Four Seasons explorer has something for everyone even a Lounge/Library for those quiet relaxing times. Its a beautiful place in the boat made of wood with a large selection of reading materials, Cd’s and DVDs!
The Four Seasons is probably the best way to experience the Maldives outside of the luxury hotels. Treat yourself to a real island paradise adventure getaway! Take the Four Seasons Explorer on your next island holiday!
For more information on the Four Seasons Explorer Cruise visit
For more about the spectacular islands of the Maldives visit
Located at one of the widest and deepest atolls in the world. Expect nothing like the Alilia Villas Hadahaa.
The Alilia Villas are dedicated to both nature and its guests. Its construction at September 2009 was renowned all over the world because of the impeccable consideration that was given in preserving the natural environment by using only “green” and nature friendly materials and building techniques. Great care has been taken in making the Alilia Villas and it is because of this it is the first resort in the Maldives that has been awarded with a “Green Globe” certification award for its construction and resort operations.
Alilia Villas Resort Accommodation
The villas of the Alilia resort allows an immensely joyful experience of blue skylines and crystal clear waters framed by power fine white sand. There are a total of 5o island and aqua villas. We chose of course the Aqua Villas to maximize the Maldives tropical island paradise experience. Aqua or Water Villas are a must in our opinion when spending a holiday in the Maldives. Villas come with private pools, sun bathing decks, gardens and a plethora of technology and luxury feats that are surprisingly non-intrusive with the island paradise feel of the villas. The amazing design of the villas instantly inspire relaxation. So please do be as comfortable as you can for a few hours, Make it so at a Alilia Villa.
Alilia Villa Resort Cuisine and Dining Experience
Two internationally renowned in the highest level restaurants are available on the island. Relish and Battuta’s, both cater to different palates but impress and satisfy just the same. 24/6 dining and a wide array of options with a ever changing fresh-catch-of-the-day menus. You can never go wrong and dining is always a delightful experience at the Alilia Villa Resort. Take it up a notch and avail a private dining experience on a private sand bar or on the moonlit dining area of your villa. Hosts of the Alilia will be more than happy to whip out their magical Maldivian romantic dinner know how to aid you in attaining a most romantic evening in the Maldives.
A new fresh approach on the Maldives experience with big large tents!
Welcome to the Banyan Tree Maldives
Where all your island resort paradise dreams come true. Come to the Maldives and let Banyan Tree treat you to a world of tranquility and luxury. Give in to the temptation as the powder white sand and the azure crystal clear waters beckon. With a exclusive cluster of Tented Pool Villas for the ultimate in resort service. The resort is inspired to look like a desert island but don’t get it wrong there is nothing dull or barren about the Banyan Tree is it merely for decor with looks wonderful with the sun shining brightly all the time.
The Banyan Tree Accommodation
On the freestanding cluster of Tented Pool Villas there is a plethora of functions and features that can be had. Just as one can expect from a top notch hotel resort. The Villas easily inspire a relaxing environment, it also has a high range of luxury services and luxuries that will surprisingly does not disturb the natural flow of the ambiance. A feat that we cannot ignore is the outdoor showers and the service of that oh so attentive island host. Let there be no mistake, the guests of the Banyan Tree have the island all for themselves exclusively. Let loose and enjoy paradise!
Banyan Tree Dining Experience
The Boa Keyo restaurant was named after a indigenous tree that grows around the Maldives. Serving a plethora of delightful Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. Make sure you grace the outer decks as we did so you get a amazing view of the ocean while enjoying a very good meal. Private In-Villa dining is the pride and glory of the Banyan Tree. Enjoy a tasteful in villa barbecue with a wide selection of glorious meat and seafood right at your villa, Goodtimes! We also recommend the Sandbar dining for a unique private experience. The icing on the Banyan Tree dining experience comes in the form of the Madi Dining Experience, Dine on different islands on a master sailing yacht. All you have to do is make arrangements and the rest will be island paradise heaven.
Banyan Tree Scuba Diving
Scuba Diving is a must for those who desire aquatic adventure. A full list of world renowned dive sites are available for a whole spectrum of beginner or advanced divers. The Banyan Tree resort also houses a fully equipped highly capable PADI dive centre.
The Soneva Gili is the Maldives’ first over-all-the water resort. All villas are water villas coupled with the world renowned Six Senses Spa what more can you ask for?
Welcome to the marvelous island paradise of the Soneva Gili!
The Soneva Gili is a mere 20 minute boat ride from the Male international airport. Upon arriving you immediately notice that the resort is located at one of the largest turquoise lagoons in the Maldives. The Soneva Gili is a special place for us. Come and experience Soneva Gili make it yours too.
The Soneva Gili Accomodation
The villas are huge and oversized is definitely a understatement, all the villas in the Soneva Gili are over the water villas. The view of the azure ocean and skyline from every villa is breathtaking. The design of the island resort and the villas are marvelous, a perfect blend of ultra high luxury and technology without disrupting the natural feel of the island. The Soneva Gili does deliver on its claim on “total privacy” with all the luxuries and such a high level of service and privacy the Soneva Gili is hard to beat. Enjoy the cantilevered sun deck on your villa, and while you do have someone take a picture the sun deck on the villas create an amazing illusion that the sunbathers are floating on water and believe us it feels like it too. How’s that for a unique villa feature?
The Soneva Gili Dining Experience
Here, guests of the Soneva Gili shall experience true paradise. The wonderful scenery and experience should be as good as the food. The dining is as good as it gets, we were able to request for a moonlit dinner on our villa and the Main restaurant is just so delightful. The Main Restaurant of the Soneva Gili is located at the west side of the Lakanfushi, has an amazing breakfast menu and of course is able to fill in the requests of those discerning gourmands. There is a Over-Water Bar and Lounge and it is glorious, the mere sight of the establishment will send you to excitement. It offers light meals and a lunch buffet of Mediterranean, fresh of the garden salad, daily fish catch, a delightful array of imported meats and my personal favorite sushi. For those who want a little at-home dining experience, we recommend the Private Villa Barbecue service. Oh that glorious meat and seafood while lounging away with drinks at the privacy of your own villa. It does not get any better than that.
The Soneva Gili Receational Activities
The island resort follows suit to a no shoes no news philosophy, A total disconnection from the urban jungle an escape from the daily grind can be achieved at the Maldives. Scuba diving at the Soneva Gili is highly recommended because world renowned dive sites are within the vicinity and a mere 10 minutes away from the island resort. The Soneva Gili has its own highly renowned fully equipped PADI certified diving schools.
For more information on Soneva Gili Island Resort www.sixsenses.com/soneva_gili
Deep End Restaurant At The Taj Exotica Hotel
Along with the many well regarded restaurants at the Taj Exotica is the Deep End restaurant. The Deep End restaurant is more on the formal side of dining. So leave your sandy swim wear and board shorts behind for a formal dining experience on Frette linen set tables and a very long intense wine list that includes classics like Robert Mondavi To-Kalon I-Block Fumé Blanc.
Upon entering the Deep End restaurant you realize that the restaurant is actually a overwater dining room. With that great ambiance and tropical island dining feel is exceptional food. Along with all the great wine and dine at the Deep End, guests get to experience the great flavors with a romantically lit, marble and polised woods, and tables spread out a nice distance from one another.
We highly recommend the Moroccan-spiced spiny lobster medallions, fresh barramundi in a warm Seville orange mustard fizz.
With great wine comes great foie gras and its the best of the best of both at the Deep End restaurant. The menu is a long long list of tempting and mouthwatering courses and deserts. I reckon that guests should frequent the Deep End and try something new because its just so confusing. But as the food arrive the table coupled with your choice of wine, all that confusion becomes a great big blanket of culinary comfort and amazement. Choosing your meal will is going to be a tad taxing as you get a sensory taste crave overload upon gazing on the long list of gastronomical wonders to arrive at your table.
When we left, we were always given 2 small jars of lovely ground coffee, to enjoy the next morning, wrapped in sellophane and tied with gold twine. The service needless to say was amazing.
It is always a good idea to go back again and again for another delightful culinary and relaxing experience at the Deep End restaurant of the Taj Exotica Maldives.
The Wine Room Of The Taj Exotica
Take your Maldives dining experience to the next level with the highly exclusive Wine Room of the Taj Exotica!
Famous for spoiling its guests with the best cuisine and a selection of only the finest!
The Taj Exotica has numerous jewels on its culinary and amazing dining experience crown. One of which the most sought after is their wine room, It is very exclusive and requires a long line of reservations.
The interior of the wine room of the Maldives is a sight to behold. Built with white washed stone walls and conspicuous candle slots following a kind of medieval theme. From there a meticulously set table with candles and beaded place mats await. A personalized menu written on a scroll that looks like the declaration of independence the menu of course is requested upon reservation.
Each meal course shall be paired with its own appropriate wine. The Veuve Clicquet for starters has heavenly and you get that feeling that its only going to get better from there.
The wine room of the Taj Exotica delivers a delightful wine and dine experience and so much more, more in the presence of its cheery bar manager that does amazing card tricks. The experience at the wine room is sure to embed as a experience to be remembered forever.
For more information about the Taj Exotica, visit their webpage.
Best Breakfast in the Maldives!
Breakfast à la Maldivienne is located near the Villingilli ferry terminal. The Breakfast à la Maldivienne stand out amongst the squeezed together teashops in this part of town.
Teashops like most hawker places are usually famous for one or two special dishes or drinks that go together so well its legendary. As the name suggests the Breakfast à la Maldivienne is fast becoming to be known as one of the best places that serves breakfast in the Maldives. The Breakfast à la Maldivienne hides within a canopy of leaves and is quite hard to locate if you are not farmiliar with the area or would not look hard enough.The Breakfast à la Maldivienne is particularly one with palm trees and adored with powder white sand. Once inside a surprisingly cherry red interior greets its customers even the tables and fans are red.
Breakfast à la Maldivienne at 9am is when the people get all piling. As we sat on out table outside under the shade of the palm trees, we see people fresh off start their mornings here.
We opt for a serving of flat bread with grated coconut called Huni roshi and Tuna and grated coconut called Mashuni. The service and the way the food arrives are your table is definitely noteworthy. One can sense that a system has been developed by a skilled manager of sorts. The Breakfast à la Maldivienne huni roshi is top notch and served hot of the pan. It was crispy and sweet just as it should be a delightful coconut dish. The mashuni however is perfect with all the ingredients fusing together to make an impression on your palate, that says this is the flavor of Maldivian cuisine and it is heavenly.
The way the dishes are prepared and served are very straightforward and no room for fancy cut outs.
I fancied the Kurumba which is coconut juice from young coconuts, served chilled with shavings of coconut meat that has the consistency of syrup. Perfect drink for a sunny day.
The small cafe is well served by the four highly efficient waiters wearing white shirts and black pants. Tip them well you’ll be surprised on how quickly they serve and clean up.
Now for some sweets and coffee. The waiter serves small portions of hedika which are sweets and different kinds of rice cakes. Alas the strong delightful aroma of the coffee is too much to resist. The Italian Lavazza coffee was very impressive and was frothy and full flavored.
It is no surprise and we now understand why people swarm for breakfast or more like brunch at the Breakfast à la Maldivienne and the other neighboring stalls. The food is just delightful and is a perfect way to start your day. I’m pretty sure I’ll be trying out the other teashops next time and see what surprises are in store. Find out more about holidaying in the Maldives at wwwMaldives.com.
A new and improved Seagull Cafe awaits those who want to taste its famous gelato!
One of the most popular outdoor cafes in the Male the Seagull Cafe makes its own homemade Italian ice cream!
Now with better interiors and ambiance, new and old patrons of the Seagull Cafe have much to rejoice. One of the most popular outdoor cafes in the Male is now bigger and better so to speak. Read more about holidays in the Maldives at our Maldives Holiday Website.
Upon arriving at the Seagull Cafe we chose to be seated at the sunlit upper deck, we saw the upper deck and found it quite inviting. Just around the Seagull Cafe is a great big Jambolan tree wherein the restaurant’s roof has deliberately built in such a way not to harm or occlude the tree’s branches.
Of course the feel of “resort cafe” is instant once inside the Seagull Cafe. With rustic and mood lighting along with the tone of wood and paintings of island life along the walls of the Seagull Cafe make it a cozy place to be in. The folks could not be more diverse as we could see all ages prancing around the cafe.
On our tables we were handed with two menus, one with the food and drinks and one with for the ice cream. There is great big list of drinks as most cafe’s should sport. The hazelnut milkshake in particular which I tried was heavenly, smooth creamy and nutty. Tropical fruit smoothies are also a must try, they are served with milk, yogurt and finely crushed ice that wont give your utensils a hard time.
The food much to our amazement arrives really fast. The honey mustard chicken offers a delightful zing and is a must try. Fries were great and so were the vegetable sidings. A Thai delicacy is up next a cuttlefish salad, fried cuttlefish served with Thai chilies and other spices to complete a harmonious hot and sour tangy lime flavor it was such a delight! and so was the salmon cooked to perfection possible the best salmon in the Male’ the salmon with some freshly squeezed lime juice brings about a heavenly fusion of flavor that explodes in your mouth. The experience is also heighten with nice noodles, chili sauce and bok choy.
But the highlight of the Seagull Cafe is and will always be its ice cream. It was one packed flavorsome chocolate ice cream for me. It really does own the championship belt for having the best ice cream in the Male’
Seagull Café House is located at Fareedhee Magu. It’s open from 9am to 12am except on Fridays, when it is open from 4pm to 12am.
Great view! But what about the food?
The Farivalhu Restaurant is located within the cluster of establishments and buildings at the Central Hotel at Rahdhebai Magu.
The Farivalhu is nestled at the huge terrace of the hotel which is usually a function room for receptions and events. The smoking area, like it or not has the best view in the restaurant and it is where we have opted to be seated. The smoking area is elevated and is able to seat up to 18 people.
Upon attending at the Farivalhu’s menu we take our time sweeping our eyes through almost 300 entries involving Indian, Italian, Chinese and vegetarian cuisine. Eventually choices have been met and expectations were set.
First to arrive as usual are our drinks which were garnished in such a way to be really enticing. Unfortunately the taste did not match the garnishing, The mango juice for example was a sour watery paste that obviously meant not so fresh fruit.
The main course arrived fish steak in pepper sauce along with, chicken Parmesan and prawn macaroni in tomato sauce. The dishes ooze with mediocrity and disappointment, the french fries served with the fish steak were soggy and suggest that they have been reheated. A shred of lettuce and beetroot is ever so present as a garnish on all the dished, It is unclear but then maybe it is the symbol of the Farivalhu or who knows? Because even the green salad was not done right, the dressing was overpowering and poorly served. Then we altogether figured out and was not a wee bit surprised that the Parmesan chicken was overcooked because it was already chewy and gummy. Adding insult to culinary injury is the fish, which looked fresh but it was treacherous. It was in every way a travesty when you serve stale fish when the restaurant was a few minutes away from fresh fish. The pepper sauce was a nice revelation though but that’s about it, the sauce was the only thing noteworthy. The macaroni with prawns was served not with macaroni but with penne. I really think there was a monkey loose at the kitchen…because if not overcooked dished were undercooked it was like the restaurant was playing a practical joke. Even the coffee was burnt and bitter.
With all the disappointments we have consumed at the Farivalhu, Atleast we can point out the great staff who served great care and art. Disheartening as it may be the food at the Farivalhu put its great view and scenery to waste.
Trans Maldivian Airways Review
Trans Maldivian Airways provides quality and experienced air transport between the islands and atolls in the Maldives.
Trans Maldivian Airways operates 17 Twin Otter Sea planes and several buses and baggage vehicles for land transfers. They have been operating in the Maldives since 1989 when they were also involved in helicopter transfer. TMA averages about 300,000 transfers a year from airports to the island resorts in all corners of the Maldives. Read More Details