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30 Aug 2014

It's all over



The holiday is over. It’s now time to do all the holiday washing, stop my skin from peeling and curse the reality of going back to work.

Still, at least I had a great time. I can’t think of any destination I have ever been that had such a total lack of pretension. Relaxation is the priority and as a result everything follows a leisurely pace. 6 nights here was a great tonic.



I stayed at LUX and I would recommend it for the following reasons:

It sits on a large island – there are about 100 tourist atols (islands) in the Maldives and on each sits a hotel. What I have heard is that it can often feel crowded if occupancy is full and paradise just doesn’t look so great when it’s packed with people. LUX is one of the largest atols, has a good choice of restaurants, a ton of activities and as everything is so spread out, it feels quiet and peaceful. For that reason I think it would be a great option for honeymooners.

It’s informal – forget heels and forget formal dress – here you walk barefoot and you don’t dress up for dinner. I really enjoyed this and I have been told that the majority of the islands are the same way.

The rooms are great – we went for a beach villa and it was the perfect choice. Step out onto your terrace and it’s right there – the ocean is your garden. I would recommend the sunrise side of the island if you were choosing between locations – it’s more private and you face a lagoon so there is less wind to deal with than on the sunset side.

There are some negatives that I think are relevant to bring up though.

The cost – my God, this is not cheap. First of all there is the cost of the actual hotel/flights, then add the seaplane ($400 round trip per person from Male airport to the island) and don’t forget your food and drink. LUX like all hotels offers an all inclusive option but $140 per person per day just felt a bit OTT for us. We don’t eat that much (typically having a big breakfast - that was included - and then skipping lunch in favour of a big dinner) and I don’t drink that much. We budgeted about $200 a day between us and that was enough for dinner, drinks, bike hire and coffees.

The lack of culture – you are on an island. There are plenty of watersports and activities to get busy with but culture is not going to feature. All I know about Maldivian society after a week there is that Islam is the predominant religion and fish features heavily on any menu. That’s about it.

Restricted options – because each hotel is on an island there is no “popping” next door to try out a different restaurant or bar. You are stuck with what your hotel offers. I can imagine that anyone staying in one place for longer than a week would soon get very, very bored of the same menus and the same restaurants.

Would I go back? If I craved a complete break with lots of lounging and lots of reading then it would be the perfect choice. This is one place that you can really recharge, although it has to be said that your wallet will be very much depleted by the end of it.

Have you ever been to the Maldives?

29 comments

  1. Sounds like you had a great time. I'd love to get there for a few nights. Simple relaxation does wonders for the body and mind but we don't indulge in it often enough on holidays.

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  2. sounds perfect, at least as a one-off kind of thing. glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. These pictures are lovely Laura. I would love to go to the maldives, but seems very very expensive ha! Glad you had such a great time!

    Rachel xx
    pwndbyrach.blogspot.com

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  4. Great photos, thank you for this. I'm getting married end of September and we'll go to Six Senses Laamu over Christmas. I bit of an expensive period to go but for work reasons, had to be.... Loving your blog after watching you back in the days and quite impressed given you have a full time job to do on the side. Best wishes.

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  5. it was our honeymoon destination but after calculating what would cost us (especially coming from down under) it was too much, i almost had coronary when i saw the qoute from the agent but i will keep in my list in case i win the lotto haha or on our 10 year anniversary?

    you must glowing golden tan right now :) xx

    hopefully the real world is kind to you when you go back to it :)

    xx Sheryl

    www.mschikee.com

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  6. My god it's beautiful. I have never been to the maldives, but I would love to go!

    www.noergaardliving.blogspot.com

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  7. That must have been the perfect holiday! Maldives are on my list to go destinations, hope I'll get there one day :)

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  8. looks beautiful! I bet would cost us a lot more to fly from here but I'd love to see it someday!

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  9. What absolutely beautiful pictures and what a thorough, well balanced review. Thank you. I have never been to the Maldives....I get very antsy on holiday and need to be able to bustle around visiting cultural things when I go!
    I am also just back from a 2 week holiday in Italy (Tuscany and Umbria for a week each) so I get where you are in terms of laundry and back-to-work!!

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  10. Such amazing pictures, hope you had a fab time!!

    Charlotte x
    www.styleaked.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Looks wonderful and so so beautiful! It sounds like a wonderful place to visit, you must be feeling to privileged yet sad to come back to reality!

    xx

    http://lexxiannespoonful.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. It sounds lovely! I might look into going there in the future!

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  13. Seems like you had great holidays! Hope you enjoyed it :)
    xx

    Karo from Stupid Stories

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  14. We are going for the. 5th time next month and we go for pure relaxation and recharge. If you like to keep busy all the time the Maldives is not for u but like me iam lazy so this is perfect! We visit diff resorts each time since there are so many!

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  15. This looks amazing. I have never been to the Maldives but I have always wanted to. Have you ever heard of a company called six senses? I have stayed with them in south east Asia and they have a very luxurious but very laid back atmosphere like this. I would really recommend them. X

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  16. looks wonderful! my vacation is about to end soon too ):

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  17. Ouh... Seems as if you've been in paradise, just as I am right now. Your pictures show this dreamy relaxed vacation feeling so well! Still in love with your posts! :)

    XO Thea / http://maedchenvommeer.blogspot.de

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  18. Never been but it is on our list of places to go. It sounds like heaven!

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  19. This sounds amazing BUT I dont like complete relaxation vacations. I need something to do that is not just a mere activity,I need culture and at the cost that is a lot. 6 days sounds like a ton of time if you factor in the fact that Island life goes by very, very slowly (been to hawaii 2 times)
    Still the review was great, always appreciate honest feedback on hotels Laura !! Thanks!

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  20. Your holiday snaps look amazing! I've been to the Maldives a couple of times & it's pure paradise & the snorkelling is brilliant. I loved the experience of the sea planes too!
    Hugs xoxo
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  21. These photos and the destination look STUNNING! This is on my top 5 places to visit, it may be pricey but looks super worth it xxx

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  23. Oh wow! Looks lovely! Fab! love the blog btw! x

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  25. This is such a useful post as I'm looking into a little joint birthday jaunt with the mister towards the end of the year. Lux looks beautiful. The prices look less beautiful! With it being 5 hours or so from Qatar it would be rude not to go whilst I'm living in this neck of the woods! Lovely photos :)

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