I arrived back at my gorgeous over water villa just as the sun began to set. I have seen many beautiful sunsets in my life – but this one in particular was pretty damn spectacular. I loved the way the rays seemed to be erupting from behind the darkness of the clouds.
Sunsets are wonderful times to take photographs. The lighting is natural and soft. Colours may be less vivid, but in losing this vividness, seem to gain a richness and depth of colour that was not otherwise apparent.
The water was so clear and so beautiful! I wanted desperately to jump in for a swim, but knew I had to head to dinner not too long later and didn’t want to go with sopping wet hair – so I settled for dipping a few toes in; at least until the next morning.
After a short ten or so minutes, the sunset had pulled away some of its burnt orange hue and threw in splashes of mauve and lilac for good measure – with pretty stunning results.
All too soon the light had faded completely. However this did signal the impending arrival of dinner, for which Kate and I had a reservation at Tai – the premier restaurant at Maalifushi. Tai is located a short walk from anywhere on the island, and visually, to say the walk isn’t half bad is a bit of an understatement!
When we arrived at the restaurant we had planned to grab a pre dinner drink, but before Kate and I could settle in at the bar, some unexpected visitors had shown up to distract us!
Many little fishies, several sting rays and two nurse sharks had come to the party! I had never seen a sting ray outside of an aquarium before so I was pretty in awe of the whole situation. The way they could glide so effortlessly through the water was pretty breathtaking to watch.
Once I had seen my temporary fill of these graceful ocean creatures it was time to get that long awaited drink. I did not know it at the time, but this would be the first of many amazing encounters with wildlife in the Maldives.
The cocktail list at Tai was extensive and also unique. You will not find your standard cocktails here, instead expect a variety of Maalifushi specialties designed to give you a truly new and unique experience. This smoked lavender cocktail was like nothing I had ever tasted, in the best possible way.
Tai is an example of resorts doing fine dining right. The food here is undoubtedly world class, as fresh as possible and positively inspired. Tai aspires to be one of the best restaurants in all of the Maldives, and is succeeding. With tables overlooking the water, staff willing to go the extra mile, and food you will think back on fondly, a meal here is nothing short of utterly wonderful.
After thoroughly gorging on some of the best sashimi I have ever had, it was time to take my full and sore tummy back to the villa to swim off some of my gluttony.
I had good intentions about staying up and having a good solid swim. I really needed it after overeating at dinner, but once arriving back at the villa I found that it had undergone a lovely “turn down” service and the bed just looked far too inviting!
I got as far as changing into my bathers and dipping my body into our pool for about five minutes, but sleep was calling to me. It had been a big day and like many animals after devouring a big meal – I needed to go into short term hibernation.
An early morning turned out to have been a great decision too. By hitting the hay early, we were able to get up nice and early to welcome the sun to a brand new day – and it was worth the early rise.
T H E L O W D O W N
Getting to Male: There are many different routes flying into Male, flights with Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur are some of the cheapest
Maldivian: This is one of two seaplane companies flying to destinations in the Maldives
Getting to Maalifushi: Access is by seaplane only, a return trip from Male airport will set you back around $600 USD.
Maalifushi by COMO: One of the most luxurious resorts in all of the Maldives, rooms start at approx $1000 USD per night for a garden room, water villas start at $1700 USD per night up to $2800 (seasonally dependent)
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 12-40mm M.Zuiko Pro Lens
Threads: My purple wrap maxi dress and blue bikini top are both by aussie label Tigerlily Swimwear
Remember: An appetite for the ages and as many memory cards as you can carry!
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