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he destination speaks for itself. The Maldives is a chain of
1190 islands and coral atolls in the middle of the Indian Ocean
due south of India, making it one of the most pristine settings
on earth. The fine white sands, crystal-clear water and palm
trees are straight out of The Blue Lagoon: fish, turtles, colourful coral
and other marine life abound.
The holiday starts before you even arrive at the resort. The island
of Kani is close to Male, where the main airport is located. It is quite
cool to exit the airport, walk 30m to the jetty, jump on board the
Club Med transfer boat and enjoy a 20-minute ride through the
islands before arriving at Kani.
I can say with great certainty that the temperature when you arrive
will be about 28 to 30 degrees. I know this because that is the average
temperature for every month of the year in the Maldives. It rarely drops
below 25 and the hot days are tempered by cooling sea breezes and balmy
evenings – perfect! This is monsoon territory so depending upon the
season, it can rain, but makes little difference to your day.
Guests are welcomed by Gracious Organisers – Club Med ‘ambassadors’
sourced from all over the world – who are lined up at the jetty. It’s goofy but
kind of nice. The GOs are one of the great assets on a Club Med holiday, and
are almost always young and enthusiastic, smart and pleased to be there. The
Maldivians are also friendly and feel very lucky to be working at Club Med,
which is considered a premium job option. It all adds to the atmosphere.
The resort is a mix of traditional wood and thatched roofs and
contemporary resort-style sophistication. Everything is open and relaxed.
There are bars on both sides of the island but my favourite was the beach
bar, ideal for sitting on a deckchair taking in the view, or just lounging
around in the beachside infinity pool.
What makes it even better is that it is all-inclusive; when choosing
a drink at the bar, what to eat from the buffet, whether to have another
afternoon nap or indulge in some water sports, no planning or money
is required. Outside of the myriad added extras, such as a massage,
scuba diving, island tours and scenic flights, everything can be done
on a whim – no effort required.
And there is plenty to do on the island: swimming, snorkelling, sailing,
fishing, windsurfing, diving, yoga and a well-equipped beachside gym,
just to name a few options. There are also numerous scheduled activities
which are good for getting to know other guests but not really my cup of
tea. While it can be difficult to pull yourself away from the island, you
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