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Luxury Travel in the Maldives by Eryn Krouse

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This article was reposted from Eryn Krouse(@erynkrouse). Read the original story here. Note: All images below are courtesy of Eryn Krouse and her photographer Trent Mitchell, and have been shared with permission.

Luxury Travel in the Maldives

After nine days of all-inclusive gourmet food and drinks, staying in two different overwater villa suites, having a personal boat to go to epic surf, and a whole lot of rest and relaxation, you can bet I got a taste of the good life.

Here is what a luxury surf trip in the Maldives looks like.

After a disorienting period of time where I reached the point where I felt as if I had spent my entire life confined to the cramped insides of an airplane, I finally began to spot the infamous atolls that make up the Maldives out the window. Bright, circular, marble-looking blobs surrounded by rings of different shades of blue that looked more like giant eyeballs than little islands, just floating on the surface of the Earth. I touch down on Malé and hear the pilot say, “Welcome to the Maldives”. Finally, I made it to paradise.

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CLUB MED KANI

So, picture this. You wake up on a king-size canopy bed with the sunrise peeking through white curtains lightly blowing from the sea breeze. You climb out of bed and step out on to the deck to admire the vibrant blue sheen of the water below you. You might even see a school of fish, or an occasional ray or reef shark swim by. The water looks inviting, so you jump in. Taking a few strokes before turning over on to your back to float, you close your eyes and relax. You hear your significant other calling out your name to let you know that room service has arrived, so you swim back to your dock, rinse off in the outdoor shower, and don a robe from the bathroom. A server is carrying two trays of breakfast items, and he asks you, “Where would you like to eat your breakfast today?” to which you respond “On the front deck, please”. You take a seat outside and uncover the lids to reveal plates of fresh croissants, steaming eggs, crisp bacon, maybe even some warm crepes, and it all smells so good that your mouth waters in anticipation as you pour yourself a hot cup of coffee…

It’s 7:30 am and the day has just begun.

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 Every day in the Maldives brought a new adventure. With the sun out, the water would shine as a bright, turquoise blue, and I’d eagerly admire the view as I waxed up my board. I’d walk the path from the overwater villa down to the dock with my surfboard in one hand, and my boyfriend’s hand in the other. Once in the boat, we’d speed away into the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. It was a common sight to see spotted, lone manta rays cruising by, or a pod of jumping dolphins. Every moment was a different adventure out at sea.

Surfing in the Maldives is a magical experience. The water is so clear that you can see fish swimming under you as you ride a wave of almost transparent looking water. It’s pure stoke. For a complete guide on surfing in the Maldives, click here.

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Salty, happy, and surfed out, I take a moment to soak in the sun. It feels so good to lay on the sand, feeling the warm rays on my skin while listening to the soft lapping of the waves onto the coquina shore. I close my eyes in absolute contentment, the kind of content I get only after spending blissful hours in the ocean.  This stretch of beach is quiet. The only visible signs of life are the little sand crabs bustling around, bumping into each other.

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Back at the villa… my body is sore and a bit sunburnt from surfing all morning. I run the water in the tub for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. On the walk back from the beach, I picked plumeria and hibiscus flowers to put in the bath to create a personal spa in the privacy of my villa. To really pamper myself, I open my brand new products from Malie Organics, including a plumeria scented body scrub and body polish moisturizer… the ultimate pampering experience.

CLUB MED FINOLHU

After spending a week at Club Med KaniClub Med Finolhu was just a short boat hop away; a continuation of our experience of luxury travel. Our new overwater villa was equipped with a personal pool, an outdoor shower and spa-inspired bath tub, a butler, and a chauffeur to take us to the various all-inclusive restaurants and amenities located at the resort.

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Tea time at Club Med Finolhu is an event in itself. Originally established in England in the 1800s by aristocratic British society, the concept of afternoon tea is the very embodiment of comforting luxury, every detail from the china to the atmosphere to the finger food, all adding to the overall experience of mid-afternoon pleasantry.

Wrapped up in soft, white robes, my boyfriend and I sat on the couch in the front room; floor-length doors opened up to the outside deck and the expanse of crystal blue ocean, smooth jazz softly playing through the speakers. Tropical rain quietly fell outside as our butler brought in a selection of Ceylon tea, specially packed in nearby Sri Lanka. Names such as Darjeeling Black, English Breakfast and Moroccan Mint labeled the cloth tea bags, all neatly stacked together in a wooden box. I chose English Breakfast, my personal favorite tea, and Michael chose Darjeeling black, carefully stirring in sugar crystals and organic milk until the tea was a rich, chocolate brown liquid. Bringing the cup of tea up to my mouth, a warm sensation runs through my body as the deep aroma slowly creeps up my nose, traceable hints of spices of the orient. The tea serves as a palette cleanser; the perfect balance of sweet and savory to go with the finger sandwiches, cookies, and tropical fruits.

One could argue that tea is just tea, but there is something special when it transforms into a whole experience; the feeling of being in your own world with no land for as far as you can see; just a muted turquoise ocean blending into the soft grey of the rainy sky. It became an emotional experience that transported me into a state of euphoria that comes only when I feel completely free, without a worry in the world.

It’s amazing the power tea can have, isn’t it? (;

A Guide To Surfing In The Maldives By Eryn Krouse

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This article was reposted from Eryn Krouse(@erynkrouse). Read the original story here. Note: All images below are courtesy of Eryn Krouse and her photographer Trent Mitchell, and have been shared with permission.

A Guide To Surfing In The Maldives

Last August, I discovered a surfing paradise in the Indian Ocean, known as the Maldives. I had such an amazing time, that I spent the entire year daydreaming about returning, up until the day I finally found myself back again.  Thanks to Club Med, my boyfriend and I packed our bags in anticipation of scoring epic waves in an epic place…

For those who have never been to the Maldives, it can seem like a fantasy location, somewhere far away on the other side of the world. It’s certainly not an easy journey from Los Angeles; consisting of a 16 hour flight to Dubai, a 7 hour layover, a 4 hour flight to Malé, and then a boat ride to whichever atoll you’re resort is situated in. However, the journey is doable and highly recommended for those seeking the ultimate ocean paradise in an exotic destination.

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Guide to Surfing in the Maldives

The Maldives is a special place. Made up of more than 1000 islands, there are endless surf breaks to score long, perfect, head-high waves to your heart’s desire. On the rare chance that is is too flat to surf, the Maldives is home to incredible marine life, making free diving a favorable alternative.

The archipelago is made up of three main areas: Malé Atolls, Central Atolls, and South Atolls.

Club Med Kaniis located within the Malé Atolls, and there’s a helpful, on-site Excursions team that will take you (and your group) on a chartered motorboat to any surf or dive spot you wish to go to. All you need to do is set up a time and then meet your boat at the dock. Once on board, you can ask your driver to check a few spots before deciding where to surf. Most of the spots located in the Malé Atolls are very close to each other, so hopping from spot to spot is easy. Unfortunately, the Malé Atolls can be quite crowded, especially between May and August. However, with access to a boat and with some patience, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a great surf session.

Surf Spots in the Malé Atolls

Chickens This wave is known to hold swell size from 3ft -10ft+ and provides for a long, left-hand wave with 2 sections where getting barreled is possible on the last section of the wave. When wind conditions line up perfectly with a big swell, this is a stellar wave for experienced surfers. However, the wave breaks near a wall of rocks that can look intimidating. I thought this spot was called Chickens because of a surfer’s reactions to the rocks, but it’s actually due to a nearby poultry farm on the island.

Cokes This is a hollow, right-handed wave recommended for experienced surfers when the swell is on the larger side. It breaks over a shallow reef and is known for its tubular waves. The wave’s name comes from a nearby Coca-Cola factory.

Guru’s This left-hand wave picks up plenty of swell and is a popular spot within locals because it is accessible from the shore. It is an easy ride recommended to all surf levels.

Honky’s This wave is a long, left-hand wave with two sections. If nearby Sultans is crowded, this spot can be a good alternative.

Jailbreaks This right-hand wave is located right across the national jail. It is known for being a fast wave with 3 tube sections.

Lohi’s A consistent left-hand wave with two sections, this is a goofy footer’s paradise. Named after the island resort Lohifushi, it is also considered to be a “private wave”, and those not staying at the resort may be discouraged to surf.

Ninjas A slow right-hander with both an outside and inside break, it is good for beginners and long-boarders. This spot doesn’t hold big swell and becomes too walled off. This spot is accessible from the Club Med Kani resort, though walking through the reef on low tide may cut up your feet. It’s not fun to walk to the spot, but it’s possible to surf it without a boat.

Sultans A quick right-hand wave that works better with bigger swell. It is one of the most consistent waves and there will always be something to surf.

… and after a long day of being out in the ocean, there is no better remedy for that surfed-out feeling than filling up a bath tub with warm water, soaking your tired body, and overlook the fish swimming below. Talk about a surfer’s paradise!

Surf photography by Trent Mitchell 


All You Need To Know About A Holiday To The Maldives

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Crystal clear oceans, beautiful white sand, and seas teeming with marine life…we’re pretty sure the Maldives is high up on everyone’s bucket list, and why wouldn’t it be? Also known as paradise on earth, this small nation of islands is the ultimate escape for those seeking luxury, romance and relaxation.

If you’re planning your dream Maldives getaway, we’ve put together all you need to know for your holiday to paradise.

Best time to go to the Maldives

In terms of weather, the best time to head to the Maldives is the dry season, between December and April, where you’ll enjoy beautiful blue skies and little rain. However, keen divers and surfers should head to the Maldives between May to November.

How to get there

While there are no direct flights available from Australia’s capital cities, the Maldives is quite easy to reach. Expect a travel time of around 14 hours from Sydney, transiting through Singapore to Male; alternatively, take Etihad Airways and transit in Abu Dhabi. Once you reach Male Airport, speedboats await to take you to your final destination.

Visas and Vaccinations

Upon arrival at Male Airport, you’ll be issued a free thirty-day tourist visa. There are no additional required vaccinations to enter the Maldives at this stage.

What to do and see in the Maldives

Play and paddle in paradise

The Maldives is an endless turquoise paradise, where warm waters are brimming with coral and sea life. You can do as much, or as little, as you like…consider it your playground, where you can swim, relax, surf or dive; spending your days by the water.

• The reefs are abundant with sea life, so the adventurous can take a dive trip! The Maldives has some of the best diving spots in the world, and you’ll swim amongst manta rays, as well as explore underwater caverns. • Stand-up paddleboarding is a fun way to stay fit while on holidays, especially when you have beautiful calm oceans. • Explore the coral reefs beneath the tropical lagoons, and snorkel amongst lionfish and baby reef sharks. • Make a lasting impact and give back to this wonderful island nation by helping with coral rebuilding.

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Catch a break with incredible surf breaks

For the surfers out there, the Maldives boasts some of the best reef breaks in the word. Catch the best waves from April through to October, and get in early to avoid drop-ins!

Chickens is considered one of the best waves in the world, especially on big swell days. Intermediate and advanced surfers can expect to ride these spectacular barrels for over 500m. This is certainly one to tick off the bucket list! • Named after the local Coca-Cola factory, Cokes is awesome for good swell and a long ride. • If you’re a beginner, consider riding a wave at You’ll find smaller breaks, perfect for cruising over the turquoise waters.

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Rejuvenate your body and treat your tastebuds

There’s nothing better than to relax and disconnect when you’re on an island and far, far away from the daily grind. Use your trip to the Maldives as a great opportunity to treat your body and soul, and to indulge in fresh food.

• Enjoy a massage on the tranquil beaches, and let the sound of the waves lapping at the ocean lull you into bliss. • Begin your morning with yoga on the beach. You’ll find no better way to kick start your day! • Savour incredible fresh produce – we’re talking about fruit cut from the tree in the morning and served in the afternoon. • Enjoy your seafood caught fresh from the ocean. Sashimi has never tasted better!

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Our best travel tips

• The Maldives is not just for honeymooners! It’s also a great destination for families, considering the private islands, shallow beaches and calm, clear waters.

• For the ultimate romantic escape, couples simply can’t go past the overwater villas at Club Med Kani or the Finolhu Villas. Think privacy, luxury and romance – plus, you’ll have a staircase or ladder that descends straight into the ocean.

• The national currency of the Maldives is the Rufiyaa, however it’s more useful to have US Dollars handy. Many resorts, including Club Med, accept credit cards, which minimises the need to change your money.

• The Maldives is an Islamic nation, and as such visitors aren’t allowed to bring liquor into the country. If you do have liquor with you, often it will be confiscated or held at the airport, so we’d recommend leaving your duty free shopping for when you return to Australia.

Discover Club Med’s Indian Ocean holidays here.

Eryn Krouse's Top Tips For A Holiday In The Maldives

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In August, model and surfing enthusiast Eryn Krouse (@erynkrouse) visited Club Med Kani with Reef Girls. We asked her some questions to get the best tips for a trip in the Maldives. Note: All images below are courtesy of Eryn Krouse and Chris Delorenzo, and have been shared with permission.  

What are your must-haves when travelling to an island destination like Club Med Kani?

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  • 🏄 Surfboard: The Maldives is the prefect surfing holiday destination. There are amazing spots to surf empty waves.
  • 🐠 Snorkel mask and fins: I have never seen a water that clear. The Indian Ocean is the paradise for tropical fishes and giant sting rays.
  • 📷 Gopro and camera: Pictures and videos are the best souvenirs you can bring from the Maldives… It is the only way to remind you that it was not a dream!
  • ☀ Sunscreen: With such tropical temperatures and sunny weather, I make sure to protect my skin.
  • 👙 Swimsuits: Probably the most important part of my outfit at Club Med Kani. I could dive straight from my premium suite to the ocean!
  • 👗 Summer clothe: Reef Girls sandals, a few pairs of shorts, tshirts and tank tops.
  • 📖 A book: I love reading a book in the plane, time goes so fast! So, all the time I saved looking for a flight (it's included with Club Med), I spent it looking for the perfect book.

What was your typical day in Club Med Kani?

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Since I was pretty jetlagged, I'd be up from 3 or 4 am which I didn't mind too much. I'd take a relaxing bath while listening to music and watch the sunrise. I'd usually dive in with my snorkel gear and explore around before showering back in my room and walking over to the breakfast buffet with my photographer, Chris Delorenzo. We would spend some time in the buffet, eating the different cuisines and talked about what we wanted to do that day.

Usually it involved some fun adventure such as going on a seaplane and chartering a boat to go surf or dive somewhere. We spent most of the day roaming the beautiful resort and swimming in the ocean, and would stop our adventuring only to go to the buffets (which we enjoyed immensely).

What were your favourite surf breaks in the Maldives?

Eryn Krouse surfing at Club Med Kani

My favorite surf break was right outside the resort, a right breaking wave called Ninja. I didn't get to surf it as much as I wanted to because it involved a boat to get around the shallow reef, but the two times I did get to surf the spot were amazing. I had the waves to myself for about half an hour before some other surfers would join me in the line-up.

Absolutely nothing can beat surfing in the Maldives.

It's a perfect, glassy wave and the size of the wave was perfect for me... just a little over head high. It was amazing to take off a wave and see all the way to the bottom while surfing because the water was so clear. My homebreak is Malibu, CA which is probably one of the most crowded surf spots in the world, so it was such a treat to have a perfect wave to share with only a handful of friendly surfers. 

What was your highlight from the trip?

Eryn Krouse snorkelling at Club Med Kani

The highlight of my trip was the day we chartered a boat to go explore the various islands outside of Club Med Kani. That day we swam with hundreds of dolphins, and even spotted a lone manta ray majestically floating close to the surface. The best part of this day, however was going to a dive spot right next to a tunafish factory where I swam with a whole school of gigantic sting rays. 

Your recommendation for a bucket list to tick off in the Maldives?

✔️ Stay in an overwater bungalow ✔️ Ride in a seaplane ✔️ Explore the various dive spots and swim with dolphins, manta rays, and stingrays ✔️ Explore a local Maldivian village

See you soon for my next traveling adventure...

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Want to tick off the Maldives from your own bucket list?

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The Maldives: Photo Diary from Eryn Krouse and Chris Delorenzo

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that's the case, we have an incredible, beautiful novel for you! Recently, model Eryn Krouse (@erynkrouseand photographer Chris Delorenzo (@chris_delorenzoventured to Club Med Kani, and shared some incredible snaps of their time in paradise. Dive in below! 💦🐠

Note: All images below are courtesy of Eryn Krouse and Chris Delorenzo, and have been shared with permission.  

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Club Med Kani Image Courtesy @erynkrouse & @chris_delorenzo

Dive into the Indian Ocean by watching this Instagram video from @erynkrouse

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