04 Feb Birthday Treat in Maldives
Welcome to Baa Atoll
The Maldives is a collection of atolls in the Indian Ocean. It is known for its clear emerald waters, white sandy beaches, luxurious overwater bungalows, and the Maldivian people’s warmth—a destination of unrivalled elegance and mesmerising underwater marine life. We spent four glorious days in Eydhafushi, an island in the Baa Atoll.
My Birthday Treat
The Maldives will steal your breath away! This incredible place was like a dream come true, from an ocean showcasing a turquoise blue sea with amazing marine life to overwater bungalows on your secluded beach. And then being spoilt with a floating breakfasts, takes luxury to a whole new level.
In previous years only the most elite would have visited the Maldives, but today, we see pictures of this paradise flooding our Instagram feeds daily, with every photo making you wonder – could this place be on earth? And now that we have visited, we can certainly call this place Heaven on Earth!
As it was my birthday in February, my partner dropped hints to have ready a small bag with summer clothes and bathing suits. As you can imagine, this was frustrating for me, not knowing where we were going, but I played along with it, as I knew my partner would not disappoint in his choice of destination! He presented me with a red envelope two days before our intended travel, and was I surprised, was I shocked, oh my god, it was a mixture of both!! Reading the itinerary and airline tickets of the destination, it was undoubtedly the best gift any girl could receive!!
And we had the most fantastic time enjoying the luxury of this beautiful destination, relaxing on a hammock beneath the warm sun with stunning views of the turquoise ocean and taking the opportunity to unwind.
Getting to and around the Maldives
By Air: The main airport, Malé International Airport (MLE), connects the island to all popular South-East Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, India, and China. Additionally, there are direct flights from Dubai and chartered flights from Singapore, China, and Europe.
Seaplane: This is a quick and unforgettable way to get to your resort, providing you with the most breathtaking birds-eye views of the Atolls from above. Most resorts can organise transfers to the resort island jetty, and several flights go from Velana International Airport to the 12 domestic airports.
Boat: The best method to navigate the islands is by speedboats or by the traditional Maldivian boat called a ‘Dhoni‘ It is a cheap and leisurely way to travel for those who want to experience life as a local.
Yacht: A luxury yacht charter is a popular alternative to choosing a resort and arranging separate transportation to the various atolls, dive sites and other attractions across the Maldives. There is the independence to travel throughout the islands at times that suit you and your group, which gives you the freedom of dropping anchor and remaining as long as you want at whichever destination.
Hiking, Biking or by Foot
There is the option of hiking or biking tours on the inhabited islands and through the nature parks. In contrast, the untouched islands leave only the opportunity for exploring on foot, leaving little trace of your presence behind.
Things to do
Despite being an idyllic relaxing island, we thought we might get bored after a few days, but we were wrong!! There were endless activities to keep us busy, from snorkelling, diving, watersports, biking, tennis, movie nights, wine tastings, and sunset dolphin cruises, to spa treatments or massages and, of course, my special romantic birthday dinner on a private island. We had so much fun on the islands that I didn’t even have time to read the book I bought for the trip!!! Here are some photos from our four day escape!
The Maldives is known for its breathtaking sunsets. Its crystal-clear waters, pristine white sand beaches, and stunning sky colours create a magical experience we will never forget.
As we watched the sun begin to dip below the horizon, the sky transformed from shades of blue and white to pink, orange, and purple hues. The clouds take on a golden glow, and the water reflects the colours of the sky, creating a beautiful mirror effect. This beauty of the sunset filled our souls with a sense of peace and tranquillity, and gratefulness to be in the Maldives.
My birthday dinner on the beach in the Maldives was a dream come true. As the sun set over the crystal-clear waters, my partner and I were escorted to our private table on the powdery white sand. The waves lapping against the shore provided a soothing soundtrack to the evening. Our waiter greeted us with a smile and presented us with the menu for the evening. It was a delightful fusion of Maldivian and international cuisine, focusing on fresh seafood and local produce.
As we sipped on refreshing cocktails, we watched the sky turn shades of pink, orange, and purple. It was a truly magical moment, and I felt grateful to be able to share it with someone I loved. The food was exquisite, with each dish expertly prepared. We enjoyed everything from grilled lobster to seared tuna, accompanied by fragrant rice and vibrant salads. As we savoured our dessert, a decadent chocolate birthday cake decorated with tropical flowers, we watched the stars twinkle above us. It was the perfect end to a perfect evening. My birthday dinner on the beach in the Maldives was an experience I would never forget. The stunning natural beauty, delicious food, and romantic atmosphere made it an unforgettable celebration.
Lazing on a Hammock
With no care in the world, we took the time to enjoy the afternoons swaying in a hammock with the warm ocean breeze and the sun shining down. To hear the waves lapping against the shore in the distance, the smells of salt and coconut, the palm trees swaying gently in the breeze, and the soft sand beneath our toes were truly heavenly. It was like floating on a cloud, with no pressure to do anything but enjoy the moment.
Life is all about this: taking time to slow down, recharge, and appreciate the beauty of the world around us.
Around the Island
We decided to explore the island, which only took half an hour to get around. The incredible beauty was breathtaking, from the colourful coral reefs just offshore to the lush tropical foliage that lined the island’s interior. We walked and played in the water and enjoyed lying on the sand. Walking around the island allowed us to connect with the people who call this place home. So humbling.
A Tub with a view
A feeling of paradise, sipping champagne and soaking in a bubbling tub. I was living my dream in an overwater bungalow with a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. I felt utterly relaxed and at peace as I looked at the horizon. At times, I saw the seaplanes land and take off. The sound of the waves gently lapping against the stilts of the bungalow was soothing background music that lulled me into a state of bliss. The tub was the perfect place to soak in the beauty of the Maldives, an experience I would always cherish.
The perfect spot to enjoy cocktails and light bites while admiring the beautiful sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Imagine waking up to a stunning ocean view and being greeted by a floating breakfast. Oh, what a treat! We had seen so many Instagram posts on a floating breakfast that we had to experience it ourselves. It was so special for my birthday. Our butler had arranged for the breakfast to be set up on a floating tray in the infinity pool of our overwater bungalow. Stepping onto the balcony, the stunning turquoise ocean took our breath away. It was so magical, with a colourful and vibrant spread of food, from fresh fruit and pastries to eggs, bacon, and other breakfast favourites.
We sat on the balcony and watched our butler deliver the tray to the water. The gentle sway of the tray in the water created a peaceful and soothing atmosphere, while the sound of the ocean waves lapping against the bungalow was mesmerizing. As we enjoyed the delicious food and sipped on our coffee and fresh juice, we soaked in the beauty of the Maldivian surroundings, feeling the warm, gentle sea breeze.
We felt so grateful for the opportunity to experience such a unique and luxurious activity. The floating breakfast in the Maldives was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that perfectly captured the essence of this idyllic tropical paradise.
Photo Shoot Session
At the Westin Mirandhoo resort staff, there is an opportunity to have professional photo shooting sessions around the island. Being my birthday, this was another treat that I am so grateful to have. I felt like a movie star. The photographer took us on a tour of the resort, showing us all the best spots for photos which were all perfect backdrops for our photos. We highly recommend this to anyone for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Places Of Interest Maldives
Eydhafushi, the capital of the Baa Atoll, is an inhabited island in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives located in the northern part of the Maldives. The island has around 2,500 people and is known for its stunning beaches, its coral reefs, and marine life. The island also has several shops, restaurants, and cafes where you can sample local cuisine and buy souvenirs, and it is well-connected to other parts of the Maldives by boat and seaplane, with regular ferry services to Malé.
Whether you’re interested in exploring the history and culture of the Maldives or simply relaxing on its beautiful beaches and enjoying the stunning marine life, there is something for everyone in this tropical paradise.
Where To Stay
As Marriott members, we stayed at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort: This gorgeous resort in Eydhafushi, Maldives, offers an unrivalled environment beautifully situated on the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll and surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Click here for our hotel review.
I was so spoilt here as it was my birthday, and we relished a floating breakfast in our private pool, lazed on the floating deck, and had a great view of the sunset side of the island. Check our Facebook pictures here.
Relax and re-energise at this affordable luxury accommodation that meets village charm, maintaining a rustic, authentic feel. The hotel is deeply invested in minimising its environmental impact and uses electricity from solar sources.
This 3-star affordable, charming hotel on the island of Gulhi has ten double rooms, 21km from the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Malé. It has a lovely beach and a rich coral reef for diving enthusiasts.
The Maldives is a once-in-a-lifetime dream destination where we found heaven on earth! It offers a sense of escape and tranquillity, with private islands providing a sense of seclusion and privacy. From tranquil islands or thrilling water activities, a trip to the Maldives will leave a lasting memory for years. Enjoy the uniqueness of a luxurious overwater bungalows with a private pool to relax and soak up the stunning views of the turquoise waters. Indulge in a spa treatment or massage at one of the many world-class spas in the Maldives. Enjoy a sunset cruise and a romantic dinner on a private island and enjoy the hospitality and warmth of the Maldivian people, contributing to a welcoming and enjoyable experience.
Or do nothing; this is the perfect place just to be you!
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