My girlfriend Jaycel and I decided to book a flight to the picturesque and eye-drooling beaches of the Maldives to celebrate her birthday. And what better place to spend it than in the middle of the Indian Ocean on the Maldivian atolls! The 4.5-hr flight from Singapore plus the 2-hour ferry ride was well worth the trip when we finally reached the beautiful Dhigu Island. It was paradise beholden.
Right from our arrival, we felt the great hospitality from the staff at the resort. Ms. Beatrice, the operations manager, greeted us at the jetty. On the dock were also their chef and three other staff. We made our way to their spacious main lobby decked with local art; cold orange-lemon drinks and some wet towels were provided to refresh us from the bumpy speed boat ride. Their friendly front desk receptionist assisted us and after we had settled the admin stuff, it was all sun, sand and sea thereafter!
The first thing we checked out was their infinity pool, which was right behind the Aqua Bar. It was a stunning view! From there, all you can see is a horizon of crystal clear water in varying shades of greens and blues â€“ from emerald to turquoise â€“ as it stretches out as far as you can see. We spent a good one hour in the pool before heading out into the beach just in front of it. While basking in the sun, a staff gave each of us a box with a wet towel, an apple, and a bottle of cold water, truly service par excellence.
The beach was equally a beauty on its own. The long stretch of fine white sand interspersed with kiosks, clear knee-deep waters, and colorful sea creatures not too far off the shore â€“ it was just perfect. Because the resort occupies the whole island, one can walk around it and find every spot as idyllic as it can be.
We also went to their Spa which was located at the far end of the island. Ms. Blau who hails from Thailand warmly showed us one of their spa rooms. Their massage bed was one of the most unique we have ever seen. As you lay down on your belly, you can see the sea bottom through the glass floor beneath the massage bed. Very cool! She said if youâ€™re in luck, you can spot some octopus or even stingrays swimming below.
The food and drinks at Anantara were also fantastic. Since it was her birthday, the staff at Aqua Bar gamely obliged to prepare a â€˜birthday cakeâ€™ for my girlfriend. Well, it actually was a delicious dessert called Cherry Jubillee which they topped with a candle. The wine selection, though small, was a sampling of the best from different wineries from other countries. Mohan, the bar manager, also made a few rounds of specially-concocted vodkas. It was superb!
We greatly enjoyed our stay at Anantara Dhigu right from the start until our trip back to Male. Aside from the awesome location, we made a couple of friends who coincidentally were celebrating their birthdays there too! We canâ€™t describe well enough how great our experience was in the Maldives. We hope to be back