Again?! Yes, this summer my family and I went to the Maldives for the second time.
Disclaimer: Airfare is excluded from our expenses due to my mother’s airline staff discount which made this trip affordable for us all.
This year, we stayed at the Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives. Only 20 minutes away by speed boat from the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Male, Maldives.
CX601 departed from Hong Kong at 6pm local time and arrived Male at around 9:30pm local time. Since our flight arrived late at night, just like our last trip, we stayed overnight in the city to of course save money. HM Hotels is where we checked in for the night which was just a 10 minute drive by the hotel’s taxi.
In comparison to the overnight hotel we stayed at two years ago, this one was so much better in terms of the exterior + interior and service. We had connecting rooms which both looked exactly the same. So if ever you visit the Maldives and your flight arrives late at night, check out HM hotels on booking.com!
The next morning, Alpha Maldives (A travel agency who helped us find the best packages for our trip) scheduled us to get on the speed boat to Centara at 12pm. However, unlike last time to Kurumba, we were allowed to get on the 9am speed boat. So my mom wondered why this time we were scheduled on a later time because we wanted to at least make use of our extra time at the resort instead of waste our time at the hotel.
We arrived at the airport at around 11am and our scheduled time for the speed boat to the resort was at 12pm.
So here a little peek at our financial background during our stay at Centara:
- No more than 2 people were allowed in 1 water villa, so we booked 2 water villas next to each other.
- Both rooms were under the All Inclusive package:
- 6 meals per day, including breakfast, mid-morning serving, lunch, afternoon tea, sundowners, dinner
- Credits of USD 40 per person to redeem against a la carte dining (food only)
- Open bar – Available daily from 11.00am to 11.00pm
- With the help of Alpha Maldives, we were able to book each room for around USD525/night.
We were allowed to check-in at 1pm since our rooms were ready. The staff at the reception were very accommodating and so nice. We hopped on a kart and they drove us to our room (which was actually quite far from the beach and restaurants).
After appreciating the interior of our room and the scenery from our villa, we made our way to their Viu Bar to get some drinks and explore the other facilities the resort had to offer.
The open bar was probably the second best thing of this trip HAHA. Although, besides the drinks, the food was pretty good. But honestly, not as good as the food in Kurumba. We had a few complaints about the food here in Centara. There were 4 restaurants on the island, an Italian restaurant, a Thai restaurant, an Arab Restaurant and their buffet area. Out of the four, we didn’t try the Thai restaurant because we thought that where we live there were enough Thai restaurants to know what Pad Thai tasted like. Haha.
When we ate at their Italian restaurant, they didn’t exactly cook their meat up to Gordon Ramsay’s expectations. Their chicken and pork were overcooked, nevertheless I made the meal look good anyway through my lens.
And of course, no tiramisu could ever beat the one we had in Rome at a quaint little restaurant near St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Arab restaurant was probably the best out of all the available restaurants on the island. The vibe of it was very exotic and romantic! The food was actually cooked to perfection and flavors just burst into your mouth once you take a bite out of their meat.
As for their buffet, there was this one day where they had really good food. However, most days there just wasn’t a lot that looked appetizing or didn’t taste too great.
Visiting the Maldives would be incomplete without water sports am I right? We got to go kayaking, snorkelling and my dad, mom and brother tried out the sea bob.
Tip: Don’t go during July, it’s their rainy season and it would be a shame if it rained during your entire stay there. Luckily for us it only rained once, but we still could’ve done a lot in that one day.
Anyway, that’s it for this blog post! Hopefully this came of use to you, if not then I hope you liked the pictures at least. Haha.
Until the next adventure!