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Romantic Dinner in Paradise

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June 2, 2014 / Seafood / By
Anna

Imagine my astonishment when The Tall Guy (TTG) handed me a piece of paper one evening and said, you've got an hour and a half to pack; we're going to the Maldives. This from a man who once gave me a copy of Sharon Osbourne's biography for Christmas, and he had bought it at a reduced price from the remainder section.

I was stupefied. But I was packed in plenty of time. What do you need for a long weekend on a coral atoll, a swim suit and sunscreen. We forgot the sunscreen.

Flying into the airport, I was already able to see the azure colored water. From the baggage carousel to the boat took but a few minutes. Then we were speeding across the sea to our destination.

Having consulted people who had been to the Maldives before, TTG had opted for a resort that was a boat rather than a plane ride away. It turned out to be a great option as we were on the atoll within half an hour, perfect for a short break.

The check in seemed to take a long time, but when we got to the little stand-alone villa we were charmed. All the villas, apart from two, at the Angsana Ihuru Resort front on to the beach. I cannot imagine why anyone would book a villa that did not have a sea frontage even if it was a little cheaper.

The villas are tastefully decorated with sleeping and seating areas as well as a deck, sun loungers and the beach.

We went snorkeling and were fascinated by a giant, colorful starfish that turned out to be the prey snorkelers were after later that afternoon. No, they were not cruel people; this was the crown of thorns starfish that has experienced a population explosion and is munching its way through coral reefs the world over due to global warming.

On a later occasion, having swum out to the spot where the reef meets the deeper water, we met a shark. Just a reef shark you understand, but it was a clear signal to me that it was time to head for the beach, now!

The food at the resort was delicious at all times. However, the meal that stands out was the candle lit dinner on the beach out front of our villa. A pleasant young man came to the villa just before sunset and made his preparations. These included describing deep circles in the sand with his heel; then, when darkness descended, he placed a battery driven t-light in each depression to add romantic lighting to the table area. We had requested the seafood dinner, which was cooked on a BBQ for us by the young chef. The water lapped gently on the shore. We seemed to be in paradise.

There is something paradisiacal about the Maldives; however, I was made fully aware that it is not like that for all. Many of the staff are from the Maldives including the manager of this resort, but they still need to bring in extra workers. A young Chinese woman that I got talking to revealed that she did not like being at the resort. She was homesick and was just waiting for her stint as a waitress in paradise to be over so she could go home to her family. I understand the longing for family, but I could not help but think that she might regret her decision, eventually.

We were lucky enough to have perfect weather, although I did hear that the Maldives have a serious rainy season, and it is possible to spend a week dashing from villa to restaurant area through hammering rain. That would be so disappointing.

I was aware as the boat pulled away from the jetty that I was unlikely to return. It had been an extravagant, once in a life time experience. I just hope the atolls survive the punishment global warming and tourism throw at them.

BTW, TTG has redeemed himself totally.


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Country: Maldives

Province/State: Waavu

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