Some weeks ago, we went for an evening walk from Rawche to Manara, quite a long march for us hop on hop off sportslovers… I thought we could easily reach Zaytounay Bay, but no, we were captured by a fashion show at the Pool Bar of Riviera Hotel (here). It was visible to everybody on the promenade, although we had to focus to see the details, like the model’s outfit colors (blue & orange) and whether one model was really carrying a baby on the catwalk (yes she was). We stayed there for half an hour, leaning over the balustrade, watching the show together with a cute lonely cat. Above is a picture from the chic & stylish bar. I didn’t sneak in that day, non, I was there some days ago!
I really need the summer back… Please! What’s life without the sun? Wind, rain, thunderstorms, like we had them this week in Lebanon, no problem, but please not without the sun. Le soleil est indispensable! While dreaming of it, I remembered Lazy B, a beautiful beach resort in Jieh, south of Beirut (here). Not only is it a sun temple of course, it’s also very colorful and the exact right thing to cheer me up at the moment! Thank God it’s Sunday tomorrow, I think I’m gonna spend the day in a colorful place where you can “Sonne tanken”, which means in German to refill your tank with sun… How expressive!
Eden, paradise, heaven… There are so many synonyms for Endless Beauty. Or you can just say: The Maldives! Ouuf ouf, they are soo beautiful that it hurts. The picturesque scene of hundreds of small islands, seen from the sky, is overwhelming! As if God had sprinkled a handful of blue sapphires over the Indian Ocean! We spent four days at the amazing Hilton Iru Fushi Resort & Spa (here) that lies on its own island in the Noonu Atoll, north of the capital Male. We visited the city on our last day before heading to Sri Lanka (post later). I will leave you with these pictures… Please believe me, they are real!
The view from the Hilton lounge where we waited for the seaplane to take us to the hotel, while enjoying breakfast and a massage!
The amazing view from the seaplane. The islands are either hotel islands or inhabited by Maldivians – or virgin!
Once at the hotel, my husband surprised me with this superb water villa!
And this is one of the beach villas… Not bad at aaall!
The brochure, euh, the beach were we spent some hours the next morning..
..before heading to the water sports center. They offer sailing, jet skiing, water skiing…
…and canoeing! Of course I chose the pink one! That was really a fun experience!
One of the beautiful beach restaurants. Since there are only few of them, you should ideally reserve before your trip!
Chasing geckos the next morning, before going to collect shiny white sea shells…
…while my husband was having fun at the diving center (background). There you can take diving lessons or book an excursion, like for turtle discovery or night fishing!
The wonderful Infinite Pool where we spent hours relaxing, eating sushi and chatting with the waiters.
The tennis court where I crushed my husband (yep, in my dreams!) and played with the bar manager. The international and Maldivian staff are all super friendly btw!
Our last sunset dinner at the water villa after some snorkeling…
..and our last morning at the spa… Bye bye Hilton.
The capital Male. It has a special charm and is worth a visit, with this cute Presidential Palace, the museum, the mosque…
…and the superb Banyan trees.
Back to the airport island since it was time to leave for Sri Lanka..
Goodbye Maldives.. See you again inshallah! Ohhh yes, definitely!