Set on an enchanting private island in the pristine Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, Hurawalhi Island Resort is the perfect match of serenity and excitement, comfort and adventure.
The Maldives has been on my must-visit list for a while, and I have been doing researches to find the best place to stay, and that is when I came across the perfect location; Hurawalhi Island Resort. Hurawalhi is an enchanting private island surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, excellent house reef, long stretches of white sandy beach and some of the best snorkelling and diving in the Maldives. The resort also boasts a breath-taking undersea restaurant, and it is basically is a piece of heaven on earth.
The 40-minute seaplane flight that took me from Velana International Airport offers the most beautiful view I have ever seen. As the seaplane landed, I was even more stunned by the surrounding landscape. All of the colours were so vivid, from the bright blue of the sky and sea to the dazzling white of the beach and the green of the surrounding hills. My city-weary eyes were overwhelmed. This indeed was the perfect ocean hideaway.
I was escorted to my Ocean Villa; the villa is spoiled with lavish comfort, exclusivity, and mesmerizing views. The villa offers privacy and comfort, and it is also generous in size. The best thing about the villa is that it has the ocean on my doorstep. I loved the private sundeck with chaise lounges and the stairs directly into the sea. Although I have to admit, I never used the stairs as I just jumped into the sea. After the staff left me alone, I sat down and was stunned by just how peaceful and quiet everything was. I had forgotten life could be like this. The only thing I heard was the wind, the ocean and the occasional macaque calling in the distance.
That evening, I dined at 5.8 Undersea Restaurant which is the world’s largest, all-glass undersea restaurant. I sat at one of the ten tables located 5.8 metres beneath the lagoon where I enjoyed a scrumptious dinner while being entertained by an exciting natural show of fish swimming around the magnificent surrounding coral reef. It was an experience that I would never forget.
The following morning, after a delightful breakfast, I found out that you would never get bored staying at Hurawalhi Island Resort as there are so many activities offered here. For my first sightseeing of the day, I chose to tour The Manta Trust Marine Biology Centre. I found the tour very interesting as I learnt a lot about the marine environment and how to help conserve the natural beauty of coral reefs.
Back from the tour, I couldn’t wait to enjoy the clear ocean water, so I grabbed a snorkel to explore the beauty of the undersea world, which is literally located just outside my villa. I was greeted by a spectacular array of magical, iridescent and fascinating sea life: green sea turtles, swarming reef fish, clown fish, soft coral, barrel sponges, all surrounded by a myriad of tropical fish.
The next day, I spent most of the day just soaking in the beauty of the resort and its beautiful underwater world. After all the activities, I headed to Duniye Spa for some pampering, and it was exactly what I needed. After the massage and rest, I felt so energized and ready for my next adventure, and went on a night handline fishing.
The night handline fishing is a true Maldivian fishing tale, it is one of the simplest, yet most effective fishing methods. As the sun bids farewell to the day, we sail on a boat trying on our luck to catch some fish. It was an exciting experience as I have never tried handline fishing before. We did not catch anything that night, but I didn’t mind. I was happy enough just being in the middle of all that great nature and stillness.
The time I spent at Hurawalhi Island Resort was extraordinary. For the perfect Maldivian holiday, you have to stay and experience Hurawalhi Island Resort
Text by AJ | Photos courtesy of Hurawalhi Island Resort
Hurawalhi Island Resort
Republic of Maldives
Phone. +49 157 343 583 61