There are four restaurants for use on the island; a Thai, Italian, buffet and Middle Eastern restaurant. My favourite was the Thai food ( both because the food was fantastic but also the service was great!).
There are loads of complementary water sports available for use – snorkel gear, canoes, paddleboards etc that you can use around the resort. We went on a turtle quest snorkelling expedition and we saw amazing sea turtles swimming in their natural habitat. Snorkelling in the Maldives is really like no other place I have been before. There is SO much coral and Marine life to be seen. On one occasion I went for a snorkel off our villa and something shot out at me from the sand. It was the most beautiful red octopus – I stayed with it for just under an hour watching its every move. It was truly incredible to watch this creature – every time it landed on a rock its skin would change colour so it was camouflaged into the rock or coral that it was surrounded by.
Two marine animals I was hoping to see but didn’t were Manta Rays and whale sharks – unfortunately our hotel was located in the North Male Atoll and the most frequent spotting of these animals is usually in the South Ari Atoll ( this area of the Maldives is a protected marine national park area) so we will just have to come back and stay in a hotel located in the South Ari Atoll!
Our second hotel Coco Bodu Hithi had truly stunning scenery. Unfortunately the service and staff were not as friendly and accommodating as the staff at the previous resort, and the hotel was on grounds that were just way too big to walk around and still feel relaxed as it was like a maze getting from the room to the breakfast and dinner spots.
We stayed in a overwater residence, which were situated in a oval shape around lots of coral gardens. I remember when we got there and after our first snorkel around the room I hoped in the shower to get ready for dinner and I looked out the window and below was the biggest jack fish I have ever seen in my life! Not joking it was around 2 metres in length and about half a meter wide! At first I thought it was a shark!
What really made this hotel stay and one of the main reasons I wanted to come here is that they have a marine biologist that lives at the resort and is available to take you around on a marine life snorkelling expedition. Of course we opted to do this and we set off on a 3.5 hour snorkel around the reef that the resort was set on. We saw 2 sea turtles and we were really close to them. We also saw the very venomous lionfish, but it was gorgeous to look at. Other marine life we saw were nemos ( anemone fish) reef sharks, sting rays, trigger fish, circus fish, surgeon fish along with many others that I cant remember to name. This was probably my favourite activity from the trip and it was so nice to go with a marine biologist who could share lots of information about the animals we were seeing.
There are loads of restaurants on the island, but beware they are really pricey!
One restaurant that enables you to have a unique experience is Aqua restaurant – basically the restaurant has different platforms around it close down to the water with one table on each platform – so basically you are having a private meal over the ocean that is lit up beneath you but you are still in a restaurant!
Overall I had the BEST trip to the Maldives and am hoping to be back there again this year but this time swimming with the whale sharks and manta rays– because why wouldn’t you want to be at the prettiest place on earth!!!