Maldives & Dubai:
Once checked in and through security at Manchester airport your business class experience starts.
The business class lounge is easy to locate and is normally not too far from the departure gate.
The lounge itself is spacious, airy and bright. It has different sections to it depending what you want to do e.g. Watch TV, read a paper or have something to eat or even freshen up in the showers.
Business and first class can board first and if they wish or can even board last if you would like a few extra minutes in the lounge.
On-board in business class you are sat in what I would call pods, which start from the centre of the plane all the way to the back of the plane where there is a bar, should you wish to socialise and have a cocktail mid-flight.
All A380 airbus’ have these in business class.
The actual seat/pod has everything you could want from plug sockets to charge your phone, Wi-Fi, lay flat beds and in-seat entertainment. There are hundreds of TV shows, films and music channels to choose from and the cabin crew are so helpful and friendly, you truly feel like a VIP from the start.
The food was outstanding on-board from the 3 course meal to the nibbles at the bar, there was no excuse to feel hungry.
There are so many facilitates on-board, the long 7 hour flight to Dubai wasn’t so long and I arrived feeling fresh and ready for the trip ahead.
Maldives & Dubai:
The Amilla Fushi Hotel is located in the UNESCO biosphere of the Baa Atol; one of the 26 natural atolls in the Indian Ocean.
To get there you simply take a 15 minute flight from Male airport to Dharavandhoo airport and then a short speedboat ride to the island.
Amilla has a modern look with white washed water villas sitting over turquoise waters. These water villas are spacious with a very airy feel to them and outside you will find an infinity pool in which you can relax and look at the gorgeous water lapping up and may even spot a turtle.
You will find several different room types here depending on your needs, they range from water villas to beach villas, to treehouses to huge residences’.
There are also several dining options here with something for everyone. The breakfast are to die for and you can be as healthy or unhealthy as you like!
The key benefits to this hotel:-
- Daily breakfast
- Free fast Wi-Fi in all rooms
- Kids club
- Spa % treatments
- Water sport
We next moved to Six Senses Laamu which is the only resort in the Laamu atoll.
A short domestic flight from Male airport and speed boat ride of 15 minutes will get you to this idyllic resort.
The island operates a no shoes policy “take magical memories, leave only footprints”, this is not compulsory but it does feel amazing!
Push bikes are the main way to get around the island and you find these waiting for you at your room on arrival.
This resort is committed to sustainable tourism by:-
- Energy conservation
- Waste reduction
- Nature, island and reef protection
- Code of conduct dolphin watching
So you can really feel you are making a difference if you visit this island.
The resort has many things to do such as:
- Surfing at Yin Yang, the Maldives’ most famous surfing wave that breaks just offshore or diving as you discover pristine hard coral gardens with a massive variety of marine life including rays! Unfortunately I didn’t spot any on this visit.
- A visit to the sand bank is a truly amazing experience, here you can have a bbq or romantic meal and once you’re ready to come back to the island a boat will come a pick you up.