Luxurious bungalows, crystal blue waters and pleasant ambiances: what’s not to love?

Precisely my thoughts before embarking on my first visit to the Maldives, and now, as someone who has made the trip many times, I can attest to what the hype was, and is still everything on. Located in the Indian Ocean, this South Asian island country is a dream destination for those looking for a romantic getaway or a relaxing beach holiday, and provided me with the perfect respite I needed – and always at the perfect time – for a bit of R&R.

And great minds think the same. It seems almost every black influencer or celebrity on our social media calendars has been reveling in the magic of the Maldives over the past year – and for good reason. The Maldives, made up of 26 atolls, is a ring-shaped coral reef surrounding a lagoon with more than 1,000 islands. Offering picturesque views of white sand beaches and luminescent sea from every angle, the Maldives looks unique and always breathtaking whether you are on the beach, in your villa or even in the sky. A seaplane adventure is a must when you’re in the Maldives as it’s one of the best ways to take in its stunning beauty.

From the new Ritz-Carlton property in the Fari Islands, the enduring glamor of JOALI, to the classic luxury that is Soneva Fushi, these private island resorts have no shortage of Instagrammable moments, crystal-clear Indian Ocean water, a fine dining and general relaxation – exactly what every black girl deserves.

Here are some tips you need to know when planning your Maldives vacation, because why wait “one day?”

Getting There.

Flying to the Maldives used to be expensive, but not anymore as there are now plenty of flights, both direct and indirect, from international hubs such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Paris, Rome, Bangkok and more . From there, tourists take a speedboat or seaplane to their resort on the island of their choice. Etihad Airways, for example, the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates and one of the most popular choices for traveling to the Maldives, encourages travelers to add a stopover during their visits as an opportunity to offer two-in-one trips. . Those traveling from the US can book a trip to Abu Dhabi International Airport with easy transit to Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain, with fares starting at $597 from New York and Chicago and $697 from Los Angeles. .

Where to stay.

The first thing to know about the Maldives is that most resorts are located on their own private island – in fact, one island, one resort is the typical approach for hotels in the archipelago. This makes exploring multiple resorts a bit daunting, as you’ll need to charter a boat or fly to Male and then arrange a trip to an adjacent atoll.

If you choose to do it, it’s worth it. Standing out from other beach destinations, the archipelago nation has around 100 beach resorts, most of which are located on its own private island, meaning your privacy is guaranteed even at fully occupied resorts. All resorts promise the same wherever you are: stunning landscapes with lush vegetation, pristine beaches and azure lagoons perfect for screensavers.

Some of my recommendations include The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, which features stunning minimalist architecture and welcomes guests into a world of exceptional luxury and memorable experiences. The resort offers 100 luxurious one- to three-bedroom villas, either over crystal clear waters or nestled along pristine beach coves, each offering spacious living areas that blur the line between indoors and outdoors with panoramic sliding doors, a terrace with a private infinity pool and stunning views. As part of the Ritz-Carlton’s legendary and highly personalized service, and inspired by the ancient royal customs of the Maldivian royal courts, each room is assigned a ‘Aris Meeha‘ or island butler to fulfill a guest’s every wish. With seven distinct culinary venues, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands strikes the perfect balance between high-end dining, beachfront luxury and wellness-focused menus.

As the first and only nature immersive wellness retreat in the Maldives, JOALI BEING is located on the secluded natural island of Bodufushi in Raa Atoll. The retreat, an extension of JOALI Maldives on Muravandhoo, offers a range of the best wellness facilities and unique transformative spaces and experiences, including hydrotherapy, movement and sound healings, as well as varied cuisine on measure. Accommodations include 68 exclusive guest villas with swimming pools, consisting of 34 beach villas and 34 water villas.

What to do.

The Maldives is the perfect place to enjoy sun, sand and all kinds of water sports like diving, snorkeling, parasailing and surfing. It is also known as a top tourist destination for the ultimate relaxing vacation – lounging in your posh resort or on one of the beautiful beaches for a laid back, sunny and relaxing trip. The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands offers nine spa treatment rooms, including a spa suite with its own relaxation lounge, lounge and boutique, so if you’re pampering yourself, you can’t go wrong with this. Educational classes and ocean adventures with JOALI BEING’s wellness consultants, marine biologists, nutritionists and herbalists in a collection of world-class transformational spaces, make this an experience like no other.