Recently, rugby league legend Benji Marshall, and his wife Zoe Marshall (@zoebmarshall) escaped for a romantic getaway in the Maldives. Together, the couple discovered paradise at Club Med Kani and Club Med Finolhu. We asked Zoe some questions about her experience and her best tips for a seamless trip to the Maldives.
Note: All images below are courtesy of Benji and Zoe Marshall, and have been shared with permission.
Why did you choose Club Med Kani and Club Med Finolhu for your holiday?
Benji and I had never been on a Club Med Holiday, let alone to the Maldives, and it has been on my bucket list for years. I had seen friends and even celebrities have the most incredible time and I knew when we found some time off, it was the first place we wanted to go. Kani is all about the Club Med Culture and I wanted to experience that first hand. Finolhu is pure luxury and apart of Club Meds Exclusive range. I wanted to experience the difference between the two.
What are your must-haves when travelling to an island destination like Club Med Kani and Club Med Finolhu?
👙 A Bikini. You can pretty much make do with everything else but you need your Bikini!
📖 I also love a great book…
💑 Oh and my husband... He is a definite "Must have".
What was your typical day in Club Med Kani?
At Kani we woke up early each morning to catch the sunrise in our room- we ordered breakfast at 7:30am in the Villa and had a glorious time eating and watching the sea life pass our Villa. We then went down to the beach for a few hours, swam, read and would only realise it was lunch when our tummys started rumbling. We would feast at lunch and then head back to our room for a little nap before we would get ready for dinner. We would stop for cocktails and canapés at 7pm each night before our dinner booking.
What about Club Med Finolhu Villas?
In Finolhu the days are almost similar. Early start to catch the sunrise, breakfast in the room and then down to the main pool bar/lounge area. We would swim, paddle board in the ocean and read our books, we popped back to the room for lunch and swam in our own private pool overlooking the water for the rest of the afternoon. We did pop out for the most incredible crepes at the main pool at 4pm.
Dinner was in our room so we dined in our bathrobes, sun kissed and blissful.
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After a really hard few months in 2017 we needed this break.. we re-connected, slept a-lot, ate way to much, laughed and played like kids.. this has been a dream.. thank you @clubmed @clubmedfinolhu for making the end of this trip so wonderful... #clubmedinsider #clubmedfinolhu #hashtagblessed @benji6marshall
What was your highlight from the trip?
I would say watching the sunrise every morning over the most exquisite backdrop your eyes have ever seen. It’s almost too much beauty to take in. Whether you are at Kani or Finolhu it's just as mesmerizing.
Your recommendation for a bucket list to tick off in the Maldives?
There is nowhere in the world like Finolhu. Benji and I have stayed at some of the most exquisite places in the world and Finohlu takes the cake.
Which resort would you recommend for a romantic getaway from the stress of city living?
I would say Finolhu as it's pure luxury but Kani meets your needs if you want romance-staying in the over water Villas are a great option to be away from families and partying.
What is your top tip for enjoying a romantic getaway?
Phones off! Be present with your loved one. These trips don’t come around that often. Soak it all in.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Club Med looks after everything. There are no hidden costs so you feel free to indulge on your holiday. Life is expensive so I think it’s nice to feel looked after and that there's no terrifying bill when you check out.