I’ve been to the Maldives twice and I still stand by the fact that it is the most beautiful place on earth. If you have thought you knew how to relax, I can promise you that you haven’t until you’ve visited the Maldives.
I recently visited the Maldives again and this time I stayed at the Westin Miriandhoo resort. I only ever feature hotels on my blog that I genuinely recommend and would go back and stay with time after time….this is one of those. It’s only a year old and although it is pleasing to the eye with modern finishing and clean lines, it still encompasses the Maldivian heritage through the staff and food.
Travel – We always take the sea plane from Male airport and the Westin had arranged everything for us upon our arrival at Male. We were escorted to the Westin lounge where we could eat, drink, shower and relax until it was time to get the seaplane. When you’re flying over the Indian Ocean and see the beautiful Atolls, you realize how much natural beauty there is in the world. You forget that places like this exist because we’re all so consumed by our day to day lives….anyway lets not get too deep! The welcome at the Westin was so nice! As we landed, the staff were all lined up waving at our arrival.
Food – The food was out of this world! Everything was freshly made and if you opt for seafood then it’s probably been caught that same morning! Chef Gaurav was in charge of all the restaurants within the resort and every one we visited he seemed to pop up – he’s very passionate about his job and that makes the food even better! During our trip we did a cooking masterclass and learnt how to make Maldivian Tuna Fish curry. One of the head chef’s teaches this class and I loved how detailed it was. I’m excited to try out the same curry at home! I loved the variety of juices they had on offer each morning. I wouldn’t usually try Kale, Cucumber, Mint and Lime but once I did, I had it each morning!
Rooms – When you’re staying in the Maldives, your room is so important because your activities range from water sports and relaxing on the island. Each room has it’s own private pool. I think every hotel room needs this! The rooms are so spacious and has a interlinked living room area where you can relax and watch tv or even juice your own fresh orange juice (yes, your room has it’s own juicer)! The little things make all the difference too; the staff leave a small Lavender balm for you to use at night to aid peaceful sleep. Oh and don’t get me started on the bed and pillows! The Westin has the best bed I have ever slept on. It’s so good that they have a site where you can buy the same pillows here https://europe.westinstore.com/en/pillows/feather-down-pillow.html You also have an indoor and outdoor shower and also a stunning bath tub so you can take your pick. The bathroom has a double sink area so you and your partner can have your own areas. The alternative rooms available are the water villa’s which look amazing however I haven’t stayed in this one as yet.
People – The staff were amazing. They are attentive and have great customer service yet are not overpowering or pushy. We had a good chat with some of the staff at the resort and it’s so interesting to see how they all live as a community at the resort. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. While we were staying at the resort we also did a Mixology class and the staff member who taught us was called Divya. She was so knowledgable and passionate about her job and genuinely loves the resort. It was nice to see such a diverse range of people working at the Westin who came across as family rather than staff.