The Maldives is one of my favourite travel destinations. This was my second time that I travelled to the Maldives, the first time was 5 years ago. I visited the Seychelles last year, but my heart could not stop thinking about the Maldives. Nothing could be compared (even not the Seychelles) to this paradise.
DHIGALI RESORT MALDIVES
Dhigali is a rather new hotel from Universal Resorts (opened in June 2017), which is a modern and luxury 5 stars resort. We were overwhelmed by the natural landscape, crystal blue water and also the untouched house reef (which was in swimming distance due to our water villa)
HOW TO GET TO DHIGALI MALDIVES
The resort is located in the northern atolls, 40 mins by seaplane from Male or 70 mins by domestic flight from male to Ifuru/ Dharavandhoo airport, then 45 mins by speedboat. The second option is much cheaper, but slower.
WATER VILLA AT DHIGALI
Accommodation options at the Dhigali include: Beach bungalows or beach pool villa/water, water pool villa, suite villa. We stayed for a total of 10 nights; 8 nights in the Water Villa another 2 nights in the Lagoon villa with pool.
Staying in the water villa is A MUST to get the stunning view including the best snorkelling experience. From the moment we stepped into our villa, we felt with each minute like browsing through the pages of a unreal travel magazine. The villa was so gorgeous, white and modern. We both liked sitting on the terrace, perfect for sunbathing and relaxation. The terrace is also a great spot for fish watching. Through the easy access to the sea, we were snorkelling at least 4-5 times a day.
DINNING AT DHIGALI
The island has 4 restaurants, 2 bars and 1 cafe.
Capers: Main restaurant, offers breakfast and dinner buffet
Battua: Named after Ibn Battuta, one of the greatest travellers of the 14th century, offers dishes from his adventurous journey. Middle East and Asian inspired cuisine
Faru: Available for lunch and dinner, grilled meat and seafood, the view from there is amazing! (better make reservations to get the sea view front table)
Jade: All day dinning restaurant. Offers pastas, pizzas, burgers etc.
Haali: The bar design like a bird nest and tree house style. This was our favourite place for sunsets, because its facing the west side
East: Pool bar next to the beach
Deli Cafe: We went to the Cafe for donuts everyday. Offers quick snacks, coffee, ice-cream, milk shakes etc.
In Room Dining: Private dinner in your villa
- Sunrise/ Sunset yoga
- Jogging tour around the island
- Live Bonduberu (traditional music)
- DJ night
- Romantic movie night
- Water Sports: Windsurfing, kayak, stand up paddle, jet-ski etc
- Unforgettable experience: Dolphin Cruise, Island Culture, Sunset Fishing…and even more to do.
On the last day at Dhigali resort, when my hubby and I wanted to see the last sunset, we saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky instead – a rainbow that was stretched widely over the horizon. The whole life I lived in Hong Kong, I have never ever seen any rainbow before. The rainbow in Maldives was like a magical, inspiring moment and I will never forget it until the last day of my life.
OUR HIGHLIGHTS & TRAVEL TIPS
- The house reef was stunning, we saw more then 50 types of fishes (e.g. sharks, clown fishes, sting rays, trigger fish…).
- A dolphin cruise with a lot of different dolphin types
- Grabbing a cocktail at HAALI bar and watch the sunset, the first row ensures the best view.
- Wifi was good and fast in the room and over the entire island
- You could order food or check your bill via the TV – so modern. Dhigali has their own app. It is extremely useful, because it helps you to find all the info, you could track the buggies or check daily activities.
- Dhigali offers half board, full board or all inclusive/
- Pay a bit more to upgrade to seaplane ( you won’t regard it ).
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