Pictures do Maldives no justice. It’s just the kind of place that you never want to leave. Think soft, powdery white sand–sea and sky so blue you can’t tell where one begins and the other ends–accompanied by a warm, salty sea breeze, taking away the burn of the sun. Everyone moves at a leisurely gait there, a welcome relief from the fast-paced rat race we are so used to in Singapore.
During our time in Maldives, we stayed at Club Med Kani, which was just a 20-minute speedboat ride from Male Airport. The five days and four nights we spent there passed way too quickly, with all the activities Club Med Kani offers. That’s one of the things I really love about Club Med, you never run out of things to do. From snorkeling, kayaking, sailing to beach Yoga, and Zumba, we were kept busy enough to fall into a deep sleep in our comfy king-sized bed every night. On top of these activities, the GOs would put on a show for the evening’s entertainment after dinner. Guests are advised to sit back and relax with a drink in hand to enjoy the show.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the food. Besides the variety thanks to the huge buffet spread for every single meal of the day, Maldivians really know how to cook their fish right! Lightly marinated in herbs and oil, there’s no mistaking the freshness with every bite. Literally ‘catch-of-the-day’, out of the sea and into the pan. My favorite fish has to be Sailfish, (the one with the spiked nose in my picture above) because of it’s muscular texture. I could eat fish there all day, every day. There were also yummy snacks and drinks offered at the bars for guests who were feeling peckish in between meals, which we regularly were.
Overall, I’d rate the experience at Club Med Kani 4.5 out of 5 stars. While our room was comfortable and clean, we had expected toothbrushes and toothpaste to be provided, and in the end had to spend USD7 buying one because we didn’t bring our own. Having visited Club Med Bintan a couple years back, we assumed all of these bathroom essentials would be taken care of. Also, WiFi was only provided in common areas; such as the bars, reception and discovery centre. Network coverage was sporadic and inconsistent–sometimes even with a strong signal you would not be able to connect. Guests from the same room also had to share a log-in profile, which was pretty troublesome when more than one person wanted access to the network. By our last evening, our profile was rendered invalid, so I couldn’t post any more pictures… However, these would be my only two grievances. The friendly staff, beautiful scenery, and perfect weather made up for everything else. I highly recommend Club Med Kani to anyone traveling to Maldives and would consider revisiting the resort in the future.
Special thanks to Jake, Fizz, and Lim (Team Singwatersports) for making our stay there so enjoyable. I’m so glad we met you guys, and for the friendships we’ve forged. Let’s keep in touch!
Gavin, thank you so much for being so efficient in getting someone to fix our door handle. I’ve also looked up your designer friend–Rosie Bonnar’s label–Bill+Mar, and am thinking of getting some of her pieces for myself. Thank you for the tip!
Merci beaucoup Micky, for making us countless drinks and the best Happy Holiday mocktail ever!
Martin, I’ll definitely miss your awesome beach Zumba classes! Thanks for helping us keep fit while having fun.
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