I don’t even know where to start when it comes to Maldives, but just know this… Maldives has been a dream for us as I am sure it is for many. Because we live in Canada so far away from the beautiful islands, we would always look at beautiful pictures of it on our feeds and wish for a time when we would finally get to go. Somehow the universe listened to us and next thing we knew is that we were planning a trip to Maldives! This really worked out because of the hubby, see we were planning a 1 month long trip to Bali and Thailand and he quickly realized that Maldives is actually very close by and so there was no argument about it, we had to go! (Look into this if you are going to that side of the world already it saves you quite a bit) And what was even better was that we got to stay at one of Maldive’s newest most anticipated resorts- DHIGALI!
From the moment we stepped off our boats and onto the island, we were just bug eyed. The day we landed was actually very rainy but even then we could see turquoise water hugging the leafy island and knew we were going to have the best time. its worth noting that Dhigali is actually one of the largest islands in Maldives and whats lovely is that they have kept over 70% of its natural habitat so they are environment friendly!
Here’s a quick overview of the resort:
My brother actually went to Maldives for his honeymoon and we also have a few friends that have gone and when they came back they raved about the food. So its fair to say that we had extremely high expectations because of this. Honestly though Dhigali far exceeded our expectations, every meal we had there was on point a 10 out of 10…yes i know is that even possible?
There are 4 restaurants on the property as well as a cafe and a bar
- Capers: Breakfast buffets and dinners filled with international cuisines and local delicacies.
- Jade: Best place to grab a quick meal, they offer burgers, pastas and pizzas. The burgers are off the hook!
- Faru: This is where you go to indulge in all things seafood and grilled meats. The views from Faru are especially breathtaking. A must try here is the 5 course meal that Chef Jan Van Voorde offers. Its to die for! Fun fact (He is from Mastser Chef Thailand)
- Battuta: Unique restaurant named after Ibn Battuta; one of the greatest travellers of all times. Through dining here you get to follow in the culinary footsteps of his travel experiences from North Africa, to the Middle East and all the way to Southeast Asia. Perfect for fancy dinners.
- Haali: Our favorite place, not because of the drinks but because of the location. Nestled in a tree house like space this bar offers gorgeous sunsets AND beanbags (yay!)
- Deli: The perfect pit stop for snacking and especially great for those on a not on an all inclusive or full board package. The deli serves quick bites like sandwiches, pastries and ice creams (this reminded me of a Starbucks)
The island is surrounding by crystal clear water and beautiful coral reef. The resort has a very contemporary and ethos design and the feel is very airy and modern. Its actually a perfect blend of simplicity and luxury. On the resort it self there are 3 massive palm shaded infinity pools and a massive spa. The spa is the perfect green retreat tucked away in the middle of the dense forest making it the perfect place for relaxation. There’s also a children’s club, fitness center as well and activity center which offers wide variety of experiences.
At Dhigali there are a wide range of villas and suites set between lush gardens and turquoise sea views. We stayed in Maldives for a total of 4 nights and had the pleasure of staying in 2 villas. The first two nights were spent in the Beachfront pool villa and the last 2 nights we stayed in one of the over water pool villas!
The villa had an open-air bathroom, a lavish rainfall shower that’s open to the skies, and a wide covered veranda with a plunge pool which was perfect for soaking up some sun.
The lagoon villa featured a private infinity pool, huge deck with open bathroom and gorgeous views of the ocean. The pictures don’t do justice here!
Things to know:
- Surprisingly there aren’t many bugs or mosquito on the islands, they do a great job at keeping it this way
- There are a few house black tip reef sharks (don’t worry they are harmless)
- Lots of colourful tropical fishes around the islands, perfect for snorkelling
- Room service available 24/7
- Dhigali offers options for half board, full board or all inclusive available so its really up to you what you prefer
- Although technically Dhigali is a 5 start entry level property it far exceeds it, for example they have a pillow menu you can choose from to fit your comfort and style
- The staff is very friendly and multilingual
- There are buggies that will take you around the island so you dont have to walk (although you can walk across the island in less than 15 minutes)
- Strong wifi all over the resort ( we know how important this is)
- Lots of on sight activities and Excursions available (Jet skiing, Snorkelling, Windsurfing, Deep sea diving, Kayaking, Paddle boarding, Sunset Fishing cruises, dolphin watching)
- Shisha/Hookah coming soon
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