Maldives is perfect for all ages!

Tuesday, 7 April 2009 08:07

By: Mary Gostelow
kiwicollection.com

Sun, sand and sea, a thousand ‘Robinson Crusoe’ islands, massive lagoons, dazzling underwater coral gardens; a perfect natural combination for the ideal tropical holiday destination.

On our last visit, we stayed at Naladhu, in South Male Atoll, a mere 40 minutes' speedboat from Male airport so you arrive, as we did, on the near-midnight flight from Singapore and still get to your bed that night. Naladhu is a pretty thoughtful type of resort - and it is thinking of intelligent guests.

A tall bookcase in beach-set villa 11, for instances, holds binoculars, a copy of Overnight Sensations Asia Pacific, other big hardback glossies on Thai spas, a history of events that stopped our lives (We Interrupt This Broadcast) and, a bit unnervingly, Karen Blumenthal's Six Days in October: the stock market crash of 1929. Paperbacks include a new Small Luxury Hotels of the World directory and distressed novels left by previous guests - all in English, though the leather-bound visitors' book has a lot of happy Russian entries.

The bedside lights that are high enough to read by, a Sony flat screen that miraculously appears, evening time, through the white curtains that entire envelop the bedroom, and when you turn it on, it is straight into good-quality BBC World. How about the big-size L'Occitane toiletries, and plenty of them, and the Bose, the iPod, the Jemma Kidd designer lip balm and so much more?

How about the big Kadeka private wine cooler, its bottle necks bearing labels that show the cost ranges from a Koonunga Hills Chardonnay at $28 to a Billicart Salmon Rosé for $285, or the LavAzza Blue coffee machine - hidden away, no sock-it-to-you here - and the fresh milk, Bacardi Breezers and Starbucks Frappaccino in the minibar? Read more.....

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