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HYDERABAD: Lately, everything that Hyderabad’s who’s who has been talking about is happening in the Maldives. The pristine beaches, rich blue waters, fresh seafood, and hospitality are all great awe-inspiring.

With the past two years already being so hard on people, an urgent pause in pandemic discourse and unpredictable lockdowns have caused many to seek a place away from the chaos of Covid. And, they found the Maldives – the island nation where they can get up, breathe deeply, and soak up nature.

The neighboring country, known for its atolls and lagoons, has probably been the hottest vacation spot of late, attracting even paparazzi. From actor Kajal Aggarwal and her husband Gautam Kitchlu who spent their honeymoon here last October, his contemporary Rakul Preet spending time with his family at Anchor Telugu and Bigg Boss season 5 contestant Ravi making memories priceless on the beaches with loved ones, the Maldives seem like the go-to place for our celebrities who want a break from the mundane.

“I had promised my family that as soon as I got out of the Bigg Boss house, I would take them to the Maldives. My daughter loves the greenery and the sea, that’s why we decided to vacation here. It was nice to finally relax, spend time on the beach and eat together. We have fond memories there, ”says Ravi, who can’t seem to recover from the quality of the seafood.“ We love to eat non-vegetarian dishes and are always looking to try different cuisines. The variety of seafood and continental food in the Maldives was incredible, ”he told CE.

City-based architect and interior designer Merlyn Maladicta recently ticked the Maldives off her list of things to do after her third visit. ” It’s heaven on earth. We are so in love with the place that my husband and I ended up flying to the country three times. We were there just two months ago, in October, to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary, ”says Merlyn, then recounting the“ breathtaking ”scenery that begins as soon as you land at the airport.

“As soon as you touch down you see the alluring blue lagoons and islands in the middle of the ocean – this should get you excited for beginners. There is much more to follow. You are met at the airport by your resort representatives and taken either by speedboat or seaplane to your resort. But, you may have to wait longer for a seaplane. There are many island resorts you can choose from, depending on your budget. People usually book their stay at one island resort, ”says Merlyn, who recommends dividing your stay into a beach villa and a water villa in the same resort.

Both are beautiful options and are one of a kind – the Beach Villa is a room located on the beach itself, while the Water Villa is a few feet away in the middle of shallow water. The water villa gives you direct access to the lagoon from your room. Now, isn’t that reason enough to go for a quick swim in the ocean?

Please note: the Maldives are not made for those who want to sightsee and visit historical monuments. It’s a place that just wants you to bask, relax, rejuvenate, and admire nature. Businessman Vineel Vastav, who recently traveled there with his wife, did just that. They spent a week at the Atmosphere Kanifushi complex. “Most places in the Maldives are private islands converted into resorts. For us, it was about discovering the station. I guess that’s why most people go there, ”says Vineel, who works in the real estate industry.

Avinash Singh, another Hyderabadi who fell in love with the island nation, was blown away by the mainland spread. “There was also a variety of breads and cheeses. The food had a Sri Lankan touch, ”he says. The best part, according to him, is that you can reserve an entire island for yourself.

The Maldives are also popular for its adventure sports, and stand-up comedian Utsav Dixit couldn’t miss them: scuba diving, jet skiing and finally the dolphin tour at sunset. The country became popular as a tourist destination during the pandemic, as it was the only vacation destination open to visitors.

According to K Vijay Bhaskar, director of operations for travel site Holidaz.com, the country has turned the pandemic into an opportunity and kept its doors open while the rest of the world sealed its borders. Now, because of the Omicron variant, many European reservations have been canceled. “However, it is open to Indians subject to travel restrictions which include a mandatory negative RT-PCR test report,” he said.

A four night stay starts from Rs 60,000 and goes up to Rs 10 lakh. It depends on the property you choose.

What to do in the Maldives

  • Snorkelling is a must as you get to see the beautiful reefs along the lagoons up close
  • Scuba diving
  • Sunset dolphin watching
  • Water sports n Kayak
  • Catamaran
  • Stingray feeding
  • Peach

Foods to try

  • The Maldives are a seafood lover’s paradise
  • The local dish, Mas Huni, is a must. It is grated smoked tuna with grated coconut and onions, and is served with roast