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?