After we had spent a few nights in our deluxe beach villa at Reethi Beach Resort, it was time for a change of scenery and time to migrate to one of the beautiful over water villas.
Costing around $245 USD per night, these villas are some of the cheapest over water villas in all of the Maldives, and perhaps even the world. Perfect for those who want the incredible over water experience but aren’t keen on selling a kidney on the black market to pay for it – these four star villas are worth every cent and then some.
Though the decor is a little dated and the linens could afford to be updated with a more classic style, on the whole, these rooms make for an incredible stay.
Featuring all the typical hotel amenities you would expect from a four star hotel, what makes these villas truly special is the view and the direct access to the ocean below.
Shortly after arriving at our little villa, the sun disappeared, the wind picked up and the Maldives became something completely at odds with what you see in all the pictures.
When people think of the Maldives, they immediately picture clear blue skies, bright blue water and an endlessly sunny paradise. So to experience a monsoonal storm? Not what I expected, but not at all unwelcome.
In this next photograph you can see the clouds beginning to form and the sky going dark. What was even more amazing than the thunderous sky was how this darkness completely changed the look of the water. Gone was the clear cerulean we had become accustomed to, it had been swiftly replaced with a bright – almost neon – aqua.
Within mere minutes the clouds had gone from shapeless to completely formed and utterly astonishing. The rain hadn’t started to truly pour at this point, but I knew it was coming. Look at those clouds – how could it not?
We wasted no time in reaching for our cameras to capture the moment. Honestly, without pictures, I didn’t think anyone would believe me when I said that the Maldives had been anything but sunny.
This next shot was my favourite of the day. The clouds are so dark, the water so bright – I love the juxtaposition and the calm yet dark mood it creates.
After snapping about a gazillion shots, this girl figured that there was no better time to throw on her snorkel and jump back into the water. What could be better than a little stormy splash around in the middle of the Indian Ocean?
The seas were on the choppier side, but not enough to stop me! With all the wind and thunder, the fishies seemed to have made themselves scarce and water was significantly less clear than usual, but it was still beautiful and still well worth the few more strands of hair lost to the snorkel mask.
Not long after I had hauled myself back up the ladder to our villa the sky which had been thundering all day finally opened up and poured.
We stayed inside for a little while watching the rain, but I have never been one to be put off by a little rain. If anything, the rain makes me want to go outside even more! So off we went to explore a bit more of our tiny little island hideaway. The rain seemed to keep a lot of people at bay, so we had so much more of the place all to ourselves.
The lizards that had been running around the place had appeared to take cover from the rain, but it hadn’t put off the little hermit crabs on the beach.
Everything looked so much more lush in the rain. The leaves looked greener, the sand felt softer, the place had always been beautiful – but this was the first time it felt magical.
After a little while the rain went from a sustained pelting to a light drizzle. Seaplanes began arriving again and other island enthusiasts began emerging from their lodgings.
Not only were humans emerging, but wildlife too. During a little beach walk we came across a pack of at least 10 big sting rays just hanging out by the shoreline. Pretty amazing to say the least! These rays were a beautiful way to end a rainy day – lucky for me, it wasn’t my only encounter with sting rays in the Maldives. Stay tuned!
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
Trans Maldivian Airways: This is the largest seaplane company flying to destinations in the Maldives
Getting to Reethi: Access is by seaplane or domestic flight – costs for return flights are $450 USD and $330 USD respectively
Reethi Beach: One of the most affordable resorts in the Maldives, basic rooms start at $165 USD per night
Snorkelling: Snorkel gear hire at Reethi is just $12.99 per 24 hours
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.Zuiko 12-40mm Pro Lens
Threads: My cute bikini and maxi skirt are by Aussie label Tigerlily Swimwear and my off shoulder top is by Tree of Life
Remember: A little bit of rain should never be a deterrent!
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