Thursday, 13 August 2020

Three types of vacations to take in the Maldives

*Produced by SilverKris for Kaimoo Resorts & Hotels*

With its azure blue waters, powdery white sand beaches and clear and cloudless skies, the Maldives is a storybook paradise that’s worth visiting all year round. And as of July 2020, the island nation is fully open to international visitors again.

Ariel view Embudu Village
Ariel view of Embudu Village

As you’re planning your future trips for when it’s safe to travel, a sojourn in the Maldives should rank high on your travel bucket list. Whether you’re eager to explore its coral reefs through daily diving sessions, spend some quality time with your significant other or take the family on a fun-filled vacation, Kaimoo Resorts has you covered with a range of accommodation options to suit your needs.

In order to ensure the safety of guests, a range of health and safety measures have been implemented across the resorts. These include strict hygiene and cleanliness protocols; increased cleaning; and social distancing measures observed by all staff members, so that you can book your stay with peace of mind. 

Embudu Village beach
Situated on its own private island in the South Male Atoll, Embudu Village features white sand beaches and clear waters

For diving fanatics: Embudu Village

For the ultimate ocean exploration, Embudu Village (reopening in September 2020) is the perfect pick. One of the Maldives’ very first resorts, this beautiful beachfront property is located in South Male Atoll, about 30 minutes away from the Velana International Airport by speedboat. Besides the requisite white sand beaches, the resort also has a house reef and offers well-appointed villas that exude a down-to-earth Maldivian charm.

Divers can take advantage of the resort’s house reef, which has direct access right from the beach for snorkeling and diving; an SSI-certified dive school; and the chance to visit 30 popular dive spots within a 45-minute boat ride from the resort. These include the the wreck dive at Victory and the colourful corals and marine life of Potato Reef.

Besides its diving offerings, the hotel also conducts weekly cooking classes where you can learn how to make Sri Lankan and Maldivian curries; whale shark-watching excursions; various water sports; and in-house activities including badminton and table tennis.

Summer Island Maldives 
Summer Island Maldives is perfect for a romantic getaway

For a romantic stay: Summer Island Maldives 

Celebrating an anniversary, commemorating a honeymoon or simply in need of a romantic getaway? The secluded Summer Island Maldives resort in North Male Atoll, a 45-minute speedboat ride from the Velana International Airport, offers a romantic slice of paradise. Catering particularly to couples – which make up 80% of the clientele – the resort overlooks a gorgeous lagoon and boasts plenty of adults-only spaces, including luxurious water villas, an excellent over-water restaurant and an over-water spa.

Also reopening in September 2020, Summer Island Maldives has various romantic experiences to suit your preferences, ranging from a romantic candle-lit dinner on the beach and a sunset cruise in a traditional Maldivian sailboat to a sandbank excursion and the ability to immortalise your love by leaving an engraved padlock at the world’s first underwater love wall. Prefer to keep it free and easy? Relax in an overwater hammock, alternate between dips in the sea and the infinity pool and sip on cocktails at the tiki-style beach bar.

Besides these romantic offerings, you can also check out the world’s largest 3D-printed reef, which was installed in 2018 in a bid to see whether the technique can be used to help coral reefs adapt to climate change. Young corals from the Summer Island’s Blue Lagoon coral nursery were transplanted onto the 3D reef, and are growing to create a unique ecosystem for marine life. Named South Asia’s Leading Beach Resort for three consecutive years (from 2017 to 2019) at the South Asian Travel Awards, this eco-resort has also eliminated the use of disposable plastics and installed eco-friendly features such as solar-powered water heaters.

Equator Village Pool
Luxuriate at Equator Village’s outdoor pool while sipping on a cocktail

For families with diverse interests: Equator Village

If you’re planning to take the entire family on a Maldives vacation, Equator Village on the lower tip of Addu Atoll is the ideal resort for you. The property recently underwent a refurbishment and has 78 spacious bungalows that open out onto courtyard gardens, providing plenty of space for the kids to roam around freely.

Traveling with people who have different interests? The resort offers a variety of activities to cater to all types of guests, including bespoke diving experiences and surfing trips; exciting water sports such as water-skiing, banana boat rides and snorkelling around gorgeous coral reefs; the chance to learn traditional weaving techniques; and exploring the mangroves and wildlife of Addu Nature Park.

Currently open and accepting bookings, Equator Village is also one of the few resorts in the Maldives that is connected to other local islands via the Addu Link Road causeway. This means that if you’re craving something a little different, you can simply hop on a bicycle to explore the culture of neighbouring island villages.

For more information on Embudu Village, Summer Island Maldives and Equator Village, visit their respective official websites.

Travel Advisory: Please refer to the latest travel restrictions of your country before making any reservations.

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