Stepping off the plane onto the island that was to be my home for the next few days evoked a mixture of emotions, relief after a long journey to the Maldives and complete awe at the spectacle in front of me. A myriad of every shade of blue imaginable was laid out! Looking at photos of holiday destinations, sunny skies and blue seas make a regular appearance, but let me tell you. The sea really is that colour!
We were lucky enough to stay at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, a stunning property located around a 40 minute sea plane ride from Male. One of the bigger resorts in the Maldives, it offers a fabulous range of gourmet, fun activities for children and most importantly one of the biggest spas in the Maldives.
Our accommodation for our time in the Noonu Atoll was spent in a Deluxe Beach Villa with pool, which offered direct access to the white sandy beaches. The room was spacious and luxurious offering a variety of day beds for snoozing and an outdoor very private bathroom with Jacuzzi. Behind the villa, a private plunge pool was located steps from the patio and a stunning round day bed with curtains for privacy was located on the beach just close enough to the villa for it not to be overlooked.
I would recommend this form of accommodation for families as the direct beach access is perfect for children, whereas the over water villas would be ideal for singles or couples.
The stand out feature for me during our time there was the staff, nothing was too much trouble. The sommelier gave excellent recommendations at the overwater wine cellar and staff whip around the whole island on buggies, ready to take you out to the dive centre, to enjoy a private dinner on the beach or to grab an ice cream from your very own ice cream parlour!
For the active ones, diving is not the only adrenaline kick, windsurfing, kite surfing, fly boarding amongst other activities are on offer if you get bored of relaxing.
A personal highlight was the Thalgo Spa, a serene and calm place of relaxation, I made several visits down the pebbled acupressure path. Offering an incredible selection of treatments featuring luxurious Thalgo products, I would highly recommend popping in to have one of the massages on arrival, it definitely helped kick start my holiday jet lag free!
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi (www.thesunsiyam.com) offers Deluxe Beach Villas with Pool from USD$795/£520 per night.