Let’s imagine a day in the Maldives. You open your eyes to the sun shining in through the floor-to-ceiling windows of your over-water villa. You look out, and you see the azure waters of the turquoise lagoon. Hop out of bed, and head to your deck, complete with your own private pool.
You look out, and you see the azure waters of the turquoise lagoon.
A knock at the door and your butler has brought breakfast, which is carefully set up on your deck. Your other half arrives back from early morning yoga on the beach, and you both tuck into freshly baked pastries, and the most wonderfully cooked eggs washed down with Colombian coffee.
You aimlessly drift along the technicolour landscape of living coral, seeing fish of so many varieties and colours.
After breakfast, you walk down the jetty that links all the water villas, and hop into the sea for a spot of snorkelling. You aimlessly drift along the technicolour landscape of living coral, seeing fish of so many varieties and colours. A green turtle can be seen, and on the other side of the house-reef is a drop-off into darkness and deeper waters. You swim back to the safety of the coral reef, just in case.
It’s time for a coffee, and you head to the main cafe beside the large pool. A quick paddle before sitting down at a table, sand between your toes. A coffee arrives, but a tempting ice-cream cart also arrives. Why not? You’re on holiday.
An afternoon siesta is required, and you amble back to your deck. Time drifts past, and you remember you have a dive booked later that afternoon.
You head back to your deck for a couple of hours of reading, and at the perfect moment, you take a dip in your private pool. Your other half is more adventurous and descends the steps leading directly into the lagoon.
Lunch. You cycle this time to save time, and head to another restaurant where you have your first chilled glass of white wine, and the most amazing pasta dish. It was almost like you were in Italy.
No day in the Maldives is complete without an afternoon siesta, and you amble back to your deck. Time drifts past, and you remember you have a dive booked later that afternoon. Into the deep blue you go – seeing what amazing marine life the Maldives has to offer. A manta ray glides past you.
A final stop at the bar for a whisky before you trundle back to your villa. Smiling, of course.
After a quick change, you head to the bar for sunset. Cocktails are a must, of course. After one or two, you head for dinner. Barbecued meats are smelling lovely, so you try that, with wines from the New World. Did I mention, they set up a table and chairs on the beach? A final stop at the bar for a whisky before you trundle back to your villa. Smiling, of course.