Thulhagiri Island Resort: Worth the Budget Maldivian Getaway

My site has been inaudible for quite some time. I must admit. lol!
And before I can make this site up-to-date, guess it’s time to start working on every single backlog post I have. Sorry! haha

First on the list is my review on Thulhagiri Resort & Spa in one of the pristine islands of Maldives. I am still receiving queries on where we spent our Maldivian Getaway.
So here’s everything I could say about the resort with a little bit of drama. lol!GOPR0661_1485665188214_high-01-01-01[1]GOPR0798_1485689328074_high-01-01-01-01[1]Most people say that Maldives is a honeymoon destination but it can also be a good vacation place for a group of good friends sharing the same interest on travelling and beaches.20170129_151732-01-01[1]Here’s where we spent our Maldivian Paradise getaway, Thulhagiri Island ResortClick link for booking.FB_IMG_1486229338510-01-01[1]

 The moment we exited the Arrival doors of Male International Airport, I already can see the turquoise blue ocean from a distance. I was giggling non-stop, too excited perhaps. There were many counters of different resorts and as instructed by the resort staff, we have to go straight to counter 15. Voila! Found our resort counter in less than a minute. I guess that explains my excitement. haha! Then it took us another 25-minutes speedboat ride going to the resort from the Airport.GOPR0052_1485584401133_high-01-01-01[1].jpeg Welcome to Thulhagiri Island Resort and Spa. 20170128_102602-01[1]Our welcome drink, Cheers!GOPR1288_1485783286574_high-01-01[1]GOPR1273_1485783286574_high-01-01[1]Everything was worth it! My expectations were met. The reviews I’ve read were glowing, but they didn’t over-promise. It’s everything what we wanted it to be. Everyday, we get ourselves to enjoy the crystal clear waters around the island and there was never a dull moment when there were such abundant sea-life & great coral reef. GOPR0950_1485694765725_high-01-01[1]GOPR6922_(2)-01[1]I love our over-the-water bungalow. GOPR0715_1485665188214_high-01-01-01[1]It was clean, spacious, and has a glass-covered coffee table that you could look through to see the lagoon over which the bungalow rests and be delighted by the tropical fish galore. IMG-20170130-WA0074-01[1]It doesn’t even need a private small pool at the balcony which you often see at some luxury resorts because the lagoon itself is already so beautiful, you can just take your steps down the ladder and swim directly on that crystal clear sea.GOPR0170_1485600509992_high-01[1]GOPR0137_1485600509992_high-01-01[1]DCIM100GOPROGOPR0185.JPGThey do have beach rooms available on the island. But do yourself a favor. Stay a couple of nights in an over-water bungalow. It’s like you’re living atop an aquarium or, perhaps, like you’ve stepped into a postcard. DCIM100GOPROG0090684.JPGDCIM100GOPROGOPR0694.JPGSleeping on the water bungalow and keeping the balcony door open for the sound of the waves and breeze from the sea is definitely the one you wouldn’t want to miss.GOPR0348_1485611449707_high-01-01[1]gopr0381_1485611449707_high-01-01-011.jpegOf-course, they also have infinity pools while you enjoy the view of the bungalows over the brilliant turquoise waters.20170129_165126-01-01[1]DCIM100GOPROGOPR0969.JPGDCIM100GOPROGOPR0995.JPGHere’s the best of all, you could run endlessly or soak up the sun till you get tanned in their huge white shore. When I say huge, I mean it. lol!GOPR0657_1485665188214_high-01-01[1]As you roam around the huge Island, you’ll see lots of little blue/white, yellow&green parrots’ nest on mostly all the trees. Small little bird houses made from coconut husk can be seen all around the perimeter of the island.

The resort offers many activities you can enjoy.GOPR0840_1485694765725_high-01-01[1]GOPR6906-01-01[1] Some of it are, private resort hopping, scuba diving, dolphin watching and a lot more.20170129_155343-01-01_(1)[1]20170129_151442-01-01[1]DCIM100GOPROGOPR0753.JPGWe booked full-board so we had breakfast-lunch-dinner buffet everyday. It has enough selection of food – their grilled fish during dinner buffet was so fresh & delicious. All the staff were helpful too (especially the ones at the restaurant).20170129_194509-01[1]20170129_194451-01[1]20170129_195137-01[1]This I call a perfect paradise holiday. Relaxing at our private balcony overlooking the turquoise blue ocean is indeed a one of a kind experience, swimming at the crystal clear waters while enjoying the sight of the colorful fishes is simply amazing and eating non-stop with everyday’s buffet, oh gosh! Felt I was living in a dream. I couldn’t get enough of it. And I’m reminiscing as if it was only yesterday.



Maldives on the Cheap: Budget Luxury Guide

The Maldives is one of those countries I never imagined I would be able to visit. It was only a dream Paradise Travel Destination of mine for ages. If you asked me 8 years ago if I would like to go to Maldives, I would probably just laugh not because there’s something wrong with the idea of being there, in fact, it’s my dream but because I knew it would never ever going to happen.DCIM100GOPROG0090684.JPGThere are only three things which I know about the Maldives. First, it’s an Archipelagic Nation in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Second, it has lots of Private Luxury Resorts that I could never afford. Third, it’s damn expensive to go and stay there. But I guess, the Universe has a way of surprising me. Before I knew it, I found myself on a wooden platform at the balcony of an over-the-water bungalow while starring at the horizon and enjoying the scenic view of the brilliant turquoise blue ocean. Maldives was no longer a dream for me, but when I was there, It felt like I was living in one.20170130_084059-01-01-01[1]20170130_084055-01-01-01[1]While the Maldives don’t have to break your budget, it’s important to know a few things before you go – or you’ll make some costly mistakes.

How to get to the Maldives:

Malé International Airport (formally known as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport) is the primary gateway to the Maldives. It is connected to a number of airports by several commercial airlines. But if you’re coming from Southeast Asia, you can connect in the following cities through these low-cost carriers:

  • Singapore – SriLankan Airlines, Tiger Airways
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – AirAsia

Beaches are what tourists come to the Maldives for, but you need to ask yourself what type of beach holiday you want to enjoy there. As far as cost is concerned, there are two ways of doing it: Budget and Luxury.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1121.JPGFor a budget holiday, you need to plan ahead. Airfare alone is damn expensive. Either you book way ahead or keep a look out for promo flights if not, then be willing to pay a whooping $800-1000sgd round-trip. Uh oh! But we got ours only at about $400sgd per person two way. I booked 4 months earlier though. That’s the catch! lol And if you are coming from Singapore, I highly recommend Sri Lankan Airlines, aside from it being a flag carrier airline, their service really didn’t disappoint. They serve meals even on a short flight to Malé from Colombo. Just an hour away! You’ll never be hungry. lol! For your accommodation, if you are not willing to spend for a Private Island Resort, stay in one of the hostels, guesthouses or even Airbnb in the main Male Island or some local Islands which can only cost around USD$40-60/per night and just explore the Private Island Resorts through Island hopping which is at USD$50 for a full day excursion.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0454.JPGFor a luxury holiday, of-course, book a Private Island Resort and enjoy their over-the-top pampering. Stay in an over-the-water bungalow and feel like you’ve stepped into an aquarium. Need I say more? Each Private Island Resort has its own Airport service, either a private boat or seaplane transfer.20170129_150235-02-01-01[1]While I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything, I would think twice about going the cheap route if I wanted to be able to drink wine and wear a bikini, which is generally allowed only on the private island resorts. Do take note that the Maldives is a Muslim country and forbids alcohol and pork from entering their country or being consumed on local islands.

3 Things to consider before booking a Private Island Resort:

FB_IMG_1486229338510-01-01[1]In the Maldives, nothing is accessible without taking an additional domestic flight or a ferry to your chosen Island Resort. Hence, booking your preferred resorts ahead of time is a must, not unless, you want to stay in the local island and just sleep at a nearby guesthouse/hotel, and that’s a different story.20170130_173910-01-01-01[1]20170130_173859-01-01-01_(1)[1]1.) Consider the location: If you want to stay in a Private Island Resort, usually you’ll have to pay for Airport transfers, as the local ferries don’t stop at the resort islands. Speedboat transfers are expensive, roughly costs USD$100-300 round-trip but Seaplanes will cost you a bomb at USD$500-700. Take note that the farther the Island is from the Airport, the more expensive it is of-course. But you don’t need to travel too far just to experience your dream paradise getaway at a private island resort in Maldives. 4-stars private resorts offer a reasonable price and are already as good as those extortionate ones. 20170129_194512-01[1].jpeg20170129_194451-01[1].jpeg2.) Consider the meal options. Being in a private island means your only food source is the resort’s restaurants and in-room dining service. Expect them to be overpriced. Rooms may be booked full-board (breakfast, lunch & dinner buffet), half-board (breakfast and dinner buffet) and just bed-and-breakfast. But you can bring chips and other goods especially at-least a few liters of water. Bottled water is very expensive. You surely would not want to keep on buying from the resort’s pricey restaurant. DCIM100GOPROGOPR6933.DCIM100GOPROGOPR6872.DCIM100GOPROGOPR6919.3.) Consider the tour options. Being at an exclusive resort means you can only hire them for your touring needs, and their tour rates are much higher than those in the local islands. DCIM100GOPROGOPR0181.JPGWhen in Maldives, I suggest that you have to experience their signature over-the-water bungalow accommodation. It’s worth the price!DCIM100GOPROGOPR0142.JPGUp Next is my review on Thulhagiri Resort & Spa, A Private Island Resort where we stayed for a couple of days. A great choice of a budget luxury holiday. How much did we spent? Check out if it’s worth the price!


Paradise Getaway, Maldives

I’ve always dreamed to visit Maldives, and each time I picture it mind, it’s always that scene of me sitting at the balcony of an over-water bungalow with the sound of the waves and breeze from the sea, enjoying the view of the brilliant turquoise blue ocean where any time I can just jump off and swim under the crystal clear sea. A Maldivian holiday, that’s how I’ve always imagined it to be.

20170128_093713-01[1]Voila! It’s no longer a dream! Welcome to MALDIVES!

Just a 25 min. speedboat ride from Male’ International Airport lies the so-called “Lovers Paradise”, Thulhagiri Island Resort. A sparkling turquoise blue lagoon surrounds the exotic island of tall shady palms and fine white beach sand, located in the center of North Male’ Atoll. The resort offers a perfect balance of an unspoiled beauty of a tropical island and all the comforts of sophistication. Thulhagiri is indeed typically a Maldivian Island Paradise.FB_IMG_1486229338510-01-01[1]I always do a bunch of online reading before any trip. And for this dreamed Maldives getaway, of-course! I spent many nights finding which resort to stay. All I did was to look for something luxury but still on a budget. You don’t need to break the bank just for that Maldivian Paradise holiday. While the Maldives are known for their luxury resorts and over-the-top pampering, it is still possible to enjoy an affordable trip to paradise.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0058.JPGDCIM100GOPROGOPR0059.JPGIt’s not easy to go through one by one of the many resorts in Maldives, but I guess, it has always been my charm to easily find what I want despite the many choices. Gotcha! Thulhagiri Island Resort, Maldives.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0963.JPG20170129_165126-01-01[1].jpegAin’t this too perfect? A huge area of reallllly fine white beach sand.
Forget about being tanned when you are in this Paradise. DCIM101GOPROGOPR1273.JPGDCIM100GOPROGOPR1213.JPGThulhagiri Island Resort, the kind of luxury on a budget I was looking for. With the best value and the best quality. We got the over-water bungalows. Indeed breathtaking! There was a ladder that descended from our balcony and having that steps to the ocean was truly amazing. Our over-the-water bungalow did not disappoint. It was pleasing, immaculate and spacious with majestic and conventional quality. There was a glass-covered coffee table that you could look through and be delighted by the crystal-blue waters and fish galore. It’s really like you’re living atop an aquarium.20170129_114446-01-01-01-01[1]DCIM100GOPROGOPR0722.JPG

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0694.JPGOoops! Sorry for the messy room! lol

The sound of the waves and breeze from the sea while looking out over the jade-and sapphire-hued ocean on our private deck was my everyday favorite.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0181.JPGIt was indeed what I have imagined.DCIM100GOPROG0010119.JPGWill be having a series of posts from our Maldives Getaway!