..where the sky is so blue. Sweet home Lhaviyani, Lord I'm coming home to you!!! - Outside JBV #145
The Maldives consists of 26 atolls spread out like a pearl necklace in the Indian ocean about 850 km from north to south and about 120 km wide. Water makes up 99,7 % of the country's surface, the rest is 1192 islands divided between the atolls. An atoll is a group of islands. Lhaviyani is one of those atolls, c:a 100 km north of the capital, Male.
Following countless trips to the Maldives and endless glorious days of sun and sea I feel that coming to our beloved resorts in the atoll of Lhaviyani really is like coming home. Kuredu and Komandoo staff greets us and take care of us like long lost, and welcome, relatives. It's fantastic! Lately we have added Hurawalhi to the mix, giving us the ultimate mix of diversity and activity on Kuredu, barefoot chilling on Komandoo and delicious luxury on Hurawalhi. All this with minimal loss of time spent in transfer. It never gets old, just better with every visit.
We came back a few weeks ago and already have 2 more visits booked for October 2018 (husbands big birthday) when we go with family and our "usual time" next February as a couple, staying 5 + 5+ 10 (Kuredu + Hurawalhi + Komandoo). Can't wait!!
Welcome home indeed!!! First night on Kuredu
This is how we are welcomed when we arrive in our villa. Always a different pattern, made with care and devotion. It does feel like a second home. The staff are my friends, not people there to serve us, even though they spoil us rotten.
Kuredu at sunset
We have chosen to start on Kuredu, although this is a matter of what you prefer. Since this was the first island I visited in the Maldives (1999 - now 13 times and counting...) it seems natural to start there. This is such a lovely time of day, just before dinner when the air is silky and warm as the sun is setting over the sandbank.
We were staying in the Sangu area and love to have our dinner on the pool deck, as seen below. Such a beautiful dinner table and a nice bottle of bubbly to go with it give an extra edge to the delicious cuisine and the ambience.
Sangu pool dinner - Sommelier Rohit at our service and the legendary Rahman (Ali) taking care of us as usual since 1999!
Sangu is for guests over 18, O resort for over 12. This is a very clever way of subtly (and invisibly) directing guests with different wishes and expectations so that everyone has an opportunity tomake the most of their stay on Kuredu. Dream team GM Patrick and Resort manager Rainer are maing sure everything runs smoothly and is well kept up. Talk about a challenge! Just feeding around 1500 people daily...... I am in awe. The logistics alone. It is mindblowing. Take a minute to consider the volumes of say... eggs that need to be transported to Kuredu from ...? Exactly. It is not like the have egg farms in Male to sustain 120 resort islands. This is Guineness book of records-level, people!
Super easy transfer from Kuredu to Komandoo - Passing new resort Kudadoo on the way.
Taking the boat to Komandoo is a trip of 25 minutes, usually spotting some dolphins on the way. Soo convenient. I just throw something over my bikini for the trip, no need getting all jigged up.
Beach outside Manta 3 - our home on Komandoo (Sorry, I do not know who the guy in the film is.....)
The beach and lagoon around Komandoo is an endless restful movie playing. I can watch it forever. Being a lover of reading books, I have actually turned to Storytel so I do not miss anything of the stunning natural beauty due to having my nose in a book for hours!! Now I can wathc the baby sharks and enjoy my Austen simultanesously. :-) After our 4th visit we got our own sign on the villa, as you can see in the clip above. With just 55 villas to the resort. Komandoo has a true family feel to it. Adults only, tiny, intimate, stunning. Home.
My guess is that during high season at least half of the guests are repeaters. We have been 5 times (booked our 6th), some have been many more than that. So much fun to see who is around when we arrive.
Going snorkeling on Komandoo - Perfect to get in from the jetty!
Komandoo has a really lovely house reef stretching along both sides of the island. East side has better corals, west side gives you a better chance of seeing rays and turtles. We get in every day. I LOVE jumping in from the jetty! The impossibly clear, turqoise water really calls you!! Photoshop is actually completely outshopped here. NO way any app or computer program can top mother nature here. First time (and the rest) I visited Maldives I felt like someone had washed paradise in a really strong laundry detergent. The colours are so sharp and defined. It's gorgeous.
Crystal clear waters of the Maldives - By Komandoo jetty
By the jetty there are no corals but a great place to get in and tthen swim for a minute or two to get to the reef. I just wanted to show you how unreal the all shades of blue are here. Not to mention the the temperature is 28 degrees celcius.
The staff is really what makes all the difference in the end. When we arrived on Komandoo this February, Vinod an Vipin stood wathcing for us arriving on the jetty. I nearly wept. Them and all these wonderful, wonderful, kind people who work so hard and are so far away from their homes... such kindness and consideration and always in a good mood. They all make you feel at such ease, There is never an akward moment. It is like home. There are too many to mention, really, but it is extra great to see the young women who are working in the hospitality business. Yes Maseeha, i am talking about you!!! :-) (Read more about lovely Maseeha HERE)
Vipin - supernice bartender on Komandoo - at Thundi bar The new Vinod? :-)
Ocean sunset pool villa #242 on Hurawalhi
We had a Valentine's visit to Hurawalhi last February (2017) and adored it. We will be back in 2019 for a longer stay. The villa was AMAZING. Never slept in a more comfy bed in my life. Lars (Petre) has told me why it is so comfortable, it was rather a surprise!!! I will keep the secret.... ;-) I could honestly stay on Hurawalhi for the bed alone, evene though there are lots of other good reasons. The All inclusive plus plan is outstanding, for one thing, the Champagne lounge another. Best spot for sunset in the Maldives, even though I adore the Lighthouse on Baros too! If you stay in an ocean villa, you can easily swim to the reef (called The Wall) for fantastic snorkelling.
Thing about writing this blog is constantly reminding myself of how much I look forward to going again. I am well and truly atoll addicted!