The Sun blinked through my flight’s window, as I woke up to see a turquoise playground from the top. The atolls looked like green dots in blue canvas. I haven’t experienced such a pristine morning ever in my life, which left me awestruck at the very first glance. My excitement was soaring high as I touched down the “Picture Perfect” destination –Maldives. It was my first ever trip to a beach country and to my delight, I had landed in one of the most gorgeous locations in the world map.
One sunny afternoon, I was reading one of my favorite blogs “Journalist On The Run” by Janet Newenham, where she had penned down her trip to the Maldives and how she enjoyed her “Solomon” (not a Honeymoon). I was completely hooked by the story and wished to visit this dream destination someday. In my wildest dream, I had never imagined that the day will come so soon and I would be flying to this Ocean paradise (that too just one day after my Birthday).
As I pan around, my eyes were treated to the endless water beyond my horizon. While the boat was cruising its way towards the resort from the Male International Airport, it left me numb for a moment to wonder about God’s creation.
Those floating resorts, a few luxury cruises, and speed boats were accompanying me on my journey. The only constant sound, which was ringing in my ears, was the sound of wind. I was spellbound.
Maldives tops the chart when it comes to a beach country. With its turquoise colored water, transparent marine life, vibrant coral reef, the swaying palms, and white beaches, Maldives spoils you with its spectacular beauty.
With the tiniest capital city in the world, Maldives flaunts its serenity, the breathtaking water villas and a great Maldivian hospitality. Maldives is mostly tangled with the tag of the ideal Honeymoon Destination. But in my opinion, this amazing country can’t be put into a specific bracket. From couples, friends to families, Maldives gives you enough reasons to celebrate life in the lap of blue lagoons and white beaches.
I was invited by Club Med to be a part of their Global Media Event in Kani Resort in Maldives. Club Med is the world leader in upscale Premium All-Inclusive Holidays. It includes a premium accommodation with refined comfort, all gourmet meals, all day bar and snacking, a wide selection of sports and leisure, parties and children’s clubs. With around 70 resorts located at the most amazing destinations in the world, Club Med basically has two kinds of resorts – Beach and Ski Resorts.
The First Look
After a 35 minute ride in the speed boat, I finally reached Kani Resort. The moment I stepped out of the boat and stood at the jetty point, I was blown away by the first look of the resort . As I started walking towards the white sand beach (literally white colour) , I found it to be the most picture perfect place I had ever been to. You have to see it to believe it. Even photos don’t justify the beauty of Maldives.
Soon I was greeted by the ever smiling staff of Kani Resort, giving me the little brief about my stay, facilities and activities. I was later escorted to my Beach Villa, which was approximately 500 meters from the reception area. Surrounded by Palm trees and white sands, the beach facing villas are ideal for your vacation. The tranquility, crystal water and the endless pristine paradise adds the much-needed charm to your holiday.
About Kani Resort
After a scrumptious lunch at Velhi Restaurant, I was escorted by a G.O (Gentle Organizer) along with a few media persons from different countries on a property tour.
The Club Med Kani Resort has four categories of Villas in the Island. The best-selling ones are the Water Suits, which are considered the most luxurious ones as it has the most stunning view of the ocean and are equipped with personal services.
Apart from that they have Beach Deluxe Rooms, Beach Club Connecting Rooms, Garden Club Connecting Rooms and Club Rooms.
My favorite part of the water suits is the Manta Ray Lounge. You can spend the day sitting on those orange hanging couches, admiring the turquoise water under the sun.
Manta Ray Lounge
I can spend the entire day sitting here
One of the best hang out places in the resort is the Sunset Beach Bar.
Watching the sun painting the sky with its orange hue, slowly hiding behind those floating waves, when you sit on a couch holding a glass of beer, carelessly handling your hair and your feet is buried half an inch inside the white sands, was undoubtedly one of the cherished moments in the resort.
Kani Resort also has three more restaurants, namely, Kandu, Kaana and Iru Alfresco Bar.
Party Scene at Kani Resort
There is not a single dull moment for their guests at the resort. The G.Os know their job best as how to keep their guests entertained all the time. Apart from offering a good variety of activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, parasailing, submarine & glass boat excursions, water skiing, Fly board, wake boarding, etc, there are a lot of options to keep you busy the whole day. But as the Sun sets on the Indian Ocean, there is not much to do other than partying. And Club Med Kani masters this art of partying.
From regular night parties to Glow parties, you will be entertained to the core at night. The most important part of this nightlife is that the G.Os have their own shows with different themes each day. It was an absolute delight to see how the staff (G.Os) performs so effortlessly to entertain their guests. The G.O show is the must have experience at the resort.
If I talk about the most fun party I had ever attended was the glamorous Beach Party on the last day.
The dress code for the party was Snow White. With the Moon up in the sky, dazzling white set up on the beach and the best food counters, there was everything possible you would have ever imagined.
When suddenly you see the sparkling fireworks in the sky, followed by a brilliant performance by the music band, you can’t stand still in one place. I danced like nobody was watching me. It was so much fun dancing at the beach to some of the finest tunes that I can not recall the time I got back to my room.
What I liked The Most
The Concept of G.O (Gentle Organizer)
Being a Travel Blogger, I get to travel a lot to the most luxurious properties across India and abroad. In every single trip of mine, I find million reasons to appreciate what others do for me. How the staff takes care of your every little need and make your holiday an unforgettable one. But I haven’t heard a concept like G.O (Gentle Organizer). Club Med Kani has this fantastic concept of G.Os, the people with ever smiling faces, who make sure that you are in an absolute comfort zone while vacationing at Kani Resort. They go extra miles if needed to make your holiday a special one. From taking care of your smallest needs, entertaining you through their G.O shows to making you feel special on your birthday or anniversary, G.Os are the soul of this resort.
Happy Children’s Corner
“Happy Children’s Corner” is the newly added facility at the resort, where children from the age of 4-10 are taken care of by the G.Os for the day, while parents can have their private quality time at the beach or they can indulge in the various adventure activities. To make your ideal family holiday experience an exceptional one, G.Os take the responsibility to entertain your kids by keeping them busy with various fun and educational activities like arts & crafts, cooking lessons, fun games, etc. This is an absolutely brilliant concept of offering best family holiday, where both kids and parents can unwind, relax and have great experiences.
Celebrate Happiness with Your Family
Club Med Kani Resort gives you every single reason to rejoice your vacation in this unspoiled island. From the most luxurious suites, world cuisines to various adventure activities for your kids, you will definitely come back with not just a bundle of good memories, but an experience of a lifetime. The best-selling point of this Club Med is that they have an “All Inclusive Package” which is transparent and suits your pocket as well. The all-inclusive package makes your life easier and gives you a great value for money as well.
What you should not miss
Glass Bottom Boat Excursion
I did snorkeling without even diving in the water. Do you buy that? Well, though this sounds impossible, but I enjoyed a submarine ride in Maldives. Being a water phobic, it was simply impossible for me to do scuba diving or snorkeling. I was thrilled on being offered the Glass bottom boat ride, which was equal to a submarine ride in the ocean.
Seeing the coral reef, the exotic flock of fishes, many other colorful species and most importantly spotting a Sea Turtle was the greatest find of my ride. I was shouting with joy when I first spotted the turtle swimming beautifully under water.
Photo Credit : Eric Bar
The moment I saw the depth of the sea, I realized that I was in the middle of the deep-sea and it was one of the scariest seconds. I marveled at the courage the locals have as they simply live in the water. This was undoubtedly one of the most adventurous treasures of my life till date.
If you are in Maldives, one of the must have experiences is the Sunset Cruise. It will leave you speechless with the breathtaking views of sunset, along with a high chance of spotting Dolphins.
Maldives is ranked among the top five places for watching Whales and Dolphins. My excitement was rising high as I was sailing towards the Dolphin spotting point.
I was very curious in the first place. But the moment I saw the first Dolphin actually jumping out of water, just a few meters away, my excitement knew no bounds. Watching Dolphins in such close proximity was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my trip.
My jaw literally dropped when I saw the breathtaking sunset on my way back. With the sky turning blue, the boatmen returning home and seeing the reflection of the Moon in crystal water, was by far the most celebrated moment of my trip. I could not have asked for a better ending to my dream affair with Maldives.
Note : I was invited on a press trip to Club Med Kani Resort in Maldives
For more information , visit www.clubmed.co.in
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