PARADISE ON EARTH WITH WHITE SAND BEACHES AND INFINITE OCEAN; INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS, MALDIVES
Day 1 – Arrive Singapore
There are direct flights to/from Male, Maldives from the international hubs of Singapore and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Our preferred connection routes from North America are through these two international airports. An itinerary includes two extra days stopover in Singapore to explore its multi-national culture, colonial architecture and culinary traditions. Upon arrival in Singapore, we transfer to the hotel, enjoy relaxing dinner and prepare for tomorrow’s adventures.
Day 2 – Singapore
The multi-national districts, preserved cultures and refined cuisine paint the image of Singapore. The Little India quarter along Serangoon Road presents Indian culture, colonial history and Hindu Temple, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. The Chinatown and the pedestrian mall at Terengganu Street display colorful mix of pastel colored architecture, restaurants, baroque-style shophouses and traditional market stalls. This vibrant district provides plenty of choices to sample Chinese and Singaporean cuisine. The Arab Street presents religious symbols at Sultan Mosque, shophouses displaying colorful fabrics and cafes with traditional Middle Eastern water pipes. An afternoon pause at Singapore’s Orchard Road offers excellent shopping experience with upscale malls, shops and restaurants. Clarke Quay, a historical riverside quay, serves as an entertaining dinner place filled with the converted warehouses, floating pubs, riverside restaurants, cafes and nightclubs.
Day 3 – Arrive Maldives, North Male Atoll, Kuda Huraa Island
There are morning direct flights from Singapore to Male, the capital of Maldives. The representatives from Four Seasons Hotel at Kuda Huraa meet their guests at Male International Airport’s arrival area and proceed to the pier for 25-minute boat transfer to the resort at Kuda Huraa Island. An early afternoon arrival offers sufficient time to explore this small island resort and plan activities. The over the water villas create the feeling of paradise on earth while protected house reef offers a snorkeling activity to observe the vibrant and colorful marine life at Kuda Huraa Island. Overlooking the ocean, we enjoy a relaxing dinner at the restaurant in our resort.
Day 4 – Maldives, North Male Atoll, Kuda Huraa Island
The small Kuda Huraa Island offers sublime white sand beaches, colorful underwater marine life and tropical setting. The morning scuba-diving expedition nearby our resort offers crystal clear waters, sunny and warm temperatures and vibrant marine life. The day quickly passes lounging along the white sand beach, enjoying delicious lunch, swimming, snorkeling, watching the wildlife and appreciating the sun. The island’s natural setting along the reef, provides continuous possibilities to observe amazing underwater creatures: sharks, turtles, manta rays and colorful schools of fish. The night time snorkeling offers another unique experience to observe the marine life in the Maldives.
Day 5 – Maldives, South Ari Atoll, Rangali Island
The morning breakfast at the resort is followed by the boat transfer to Male International Airport Maldivian. Upon arrival, we follow signs for Maldivian Air Taxi location to take a 30-minute scenic flight to Rangali Island. The blue sky and sunshine create the perfect setting to admire aerial island views of Maldives. The scenery of heavenly beaches, turquoise waters and narrow bridge connecting the two-island Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort appears. The representatives at the resort welcome guests with fresh tropical drinks and information about the resort’s scheduled activities. The time passes lounging at the beach and enjoying romantic sunset dinner.
Days 6,7,8 – Maldives, South Ari Atoll, Rangali Island
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort develops weekly activities calendar, including scuba-diving, snorkeling expedition, fishing, yachting and other activities (fee based and free activities). Maldives’ Rangali Island serves as a perfect vacation destination along the white sand beaches and beautiful coral reef within a short swim distance from the beach. The early morning snorkeling expedition starts with a 10 minutes boat ride from the resort and enables observation of the morning underwater activities. Rangali Island offers a paradise setting, romantic escape, underwater natural beauty and exciting adventures.
Day 9 – Maldives, Male Departure
An afternoon Maldivian Air Taxi direct flight to Male provides sufficient time to explore the city of Male. The few hour walking tour organized by Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort, explores centrally located sites, such as Fish Market, Vegetable Market and Jumhooree Maidhaan Park. The discovery of Male’s religious and cultural sites leads to Hukuru Miskiiy (Friday Mosque), Muliaage, residence of President of Maldives; Medhu Ziyaarai, the tomb of scholar who introduced Islam to Maldives, and the National Museum in the Sultan Park. The shopping district of Chandanee Magu displays small boutiques and shops selling Maldivian and imported handcrafts. A short walk leads back to Male International Airport for our departure flight.
Singapore – An island country of Singapore represents a vibrant mix of Chinese, Malaysian, Arab, Indian and western cultures. Singapore consists of 63 islands is separated by Straits of Johor from Malaysia in the north and by Singapore Strait from Indonesian Islands in the south. The Little India serves as Singapore’s Indian community center and displays Singapore’s colonial architecture, Indian Temples and cultural symbols. The Little India’s central location follows Serangoon Road reflecting colorful buildings and temples. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, dedicated to Hindu goddess Kali, is the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore. Singapore’s largest Chinese community resides in Chinatown’s vibrant Terengganu Street that was converted as a pedestrian mall with restaurants, baroque-style shophouses and traditional market stalls. The backdrop of pastel colored shophouses with Italian style verandas create a pleasant atmosphere to sample Chinese and Singaporean cuisine. The Arab Street is known for its shophouses selling colorful fabrics, restaurants and cafes serving the Middle Eastern water pipes, and cultural and religious treasure such as Sultan Mosque. Singapore’s Orchard Road provides the western style setting for a luxurious shopping experience with upscale malls, shops and restaurants. An afternoon tea at Raffles Hotel Singapore offers an appreciation of Singapore’s culture and colonial traditions. The city’s evening energy is best experienced at Clarke Quay, a historical riverside quay used during the colonial times as the trade center through the Singapore River. The historical riverside warehouses and buildings were restored and serve today as the floating pubs, riverside restaurants, cafes and nightclubs.
Maldives, Kuda Huraa Island – The infinite ocean scenery, pristine beaches and vivid coral reefs create special feeling of heaven in Maldives. Maldives, an island country in the middle of Indian Ocean, is comprised of 26 natural atolls created by chain of small islands and isolated reefs. There are over 1,100 small islands enclosed in the atolls offering the most beautiful scenery, crystal clear water, bright white sand, colorful marine life, and amazing sunrises and sunsets. The North Male Atoll is located in the central part of the country and began its touristic development in 1970s. The numerous presence of luxurious resorts developed in North Male Atoll offers a magical vacation escape destination. These individual islands host beautiful resorts that offer a unique balance of luxury, natural beauty and serenity. The luxurious resorts in the middle of the ocean provide secluded beach bungalows, over the water villas, quality snorkeling and scuba-diving services, romantic settings and sophisticated restaurants. Another way to explore the Maldives involves renting a yacht to explore the islands and the abundant marine life. Kuda Huraa Island, situated 25-minutes speed boat drive from Male, hosts Four Seasons Resort offering classic luxury, natural setting, excellent customer service, and abundant water excursions and activities.
Maldives, Rangali Island – The sublime white sand beaches, luxurious water villas, dazzling underwater treasures and natural purity create a blissful escape at Rangali Island. Ari Atoll consists of South Ari Atoll and North Ari Atoll with many beautiful islands and resorts. South Ari Atoll, situated approximately 30 minutes seaplane flight from Male, offers stunning views of the islands, corals and turquoise waters. In South Ari Atoll the RangaliFinolhu and Rangali Islands host Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort delivering luxurious accommodation, high quality cuisine, excellent customer service and stunning scenery. The surrounding natural beauty of coral reefs, vast ocean and turquoise lagoon creates the feeling of tranquility and seclusion. The islands offer days of adventures, such as scuba-diving, snorkeling and wildlife watching. The pure white sand beaches display striking contrast with crystal clear and turquoise waters. The walk along the beach delivers nature’s beauty with colorful fish, lemon sharks and manta rays swimming at the shore, white beach crabs walking on the sand, grey herons sitting on the water villa’s roof tops and the fruit bats flying above the tree tops. This is paradise on earth.
Male – In the North Male Atoll, the capital city of Maldives reflects a vision of colors, culture and tradition. The centrally located cultural and popular sites of Male enable city’s exploration by foot within few hours. Beginning at the pier, the Fish Market displays the daily catch with plentiful fish including impressive yellowfin tuna. Farther along the pathway the Vegetable Market provides tasty presentation of fruits and vegetables grown in Maldives. The walk through Jumhooree Maidhaan park provides pleasant pathway to Hukuru Miskiiy (Friday Mosque), the most important and original mosque used historically by sultans. The next discovery leads to Muliaage that serves as President of Maldives’ current residence. Situated next to Muliaage, Medhu Ziyaarai holds the tomb of scholar who introduced Islam to Maldives. The Palace building has a beautiful architecture with blue and white colors that appear brighter during sunny days. Inside the Sultan Park the visitors can explore the National Museum’s collection. The walk to the small shopping district of Chandanee Magu presents local shops and boutiques selling Maldivian and imported handcrafts and souvenirs.
Sunrise Snorkeling – A natural setting of ocean calm and warm morning breeze complement an underwater wonders of schools of fish, colorful turtles and giant manta rays. The resort schedule includes an early morning sunrise snorkeling within 10 minutes boat ride from our resort. It seems that nobody else desires to wake up for a 6:30AM morning expedition so the trip becomes our own private adventure. The snorkeling gear includes swimming top to adjust to the cooler water temperatures in the morning. At the beginning the water seems cold, yet the first shock of coldness is soon forgotten as we observe the underwater calmness. The marine life begins to wake up, eat breakfast and we feel small bites of plankton confusing us for marine life. We quietly swim while observing the crystal clear underwater world, schools of fish and colorful coral formations. We are rewarded for our patience when we spot a brightly colored turtle swimming towards us and gracefully passing under our view. The smooth glide along the reef produces the scenery of a large morel eel exiting its hiding place in the coral. The final surprise resembles an experience in the science fiction movie when we see the giant manta rays swimming underneath us in a perfect formation. At first, the image resembles a long white robe moving through the ocean, then they gracefully swim closer to the surface creating a surreal experience. The memories of heavenly Maldives will never fade away.
Singaporean Chili Mud Crab – The burst of flavors, colors and chili describes the traditional delicacy of Singaporean Chili Mud Crab. These relatively large and heavy crabs reflect dark green color or bluish green depending on their residence in mangroves or in open waters. The Chili Crab represents a delicious example of traditional Singaporean seafood dishes. The balanced ingredients of chili, tomato paste, garlic and herbs complement the natural flavors and texture of the mud crab. The lively restaurants throughout Singapore offer bountiful culinary variations of the Chili Crab.
Tuna Specialties – The richness of Maldivian cuisine is reflected in its fresh seafood and subtle ingredients. The abundance of fish and specifically tuna makes it a prominent menu item. The Maldivian culinary style reflects the influences of Asian and European cuisines. A simple dish of grilled fresh tuna served with sautéed vegetables represents a menu selection at the local restaurant in Male. The resorts’ culinary inventions indulge the senses with classic fresh tuna sashimi, spicy tuna tartare and lightly seared tuna dishes. The abundance of the freshest tuna make it a perfect meal any time of the day, including breakfast in the sunny Maldives.
Four Seasons Hotel at Kuda Huraa – North Male Atoll presents an image of beautiful and secluded islands, premier snorkeling and scuba diving destinations, and natural landscape of never ending turquoise waters and white sand. The luxurious Four Seasons Hotel is located on a private coral island of Kuda Huraa in the North Male Atoll. It takes just 25-minute speedboat voyage to transfer from Male to the resort. The beach bungalows surrounded by lush vegetation and over the water villas provide a feeling of solitude and tranquility. The wood themed décor, thatched roofs and shimmering ocean waters create relaxing and romantic escape. Along the natural beauty of the Indian Ocean, the resort’s restaurants prepare Maldivian, Asian and European influenced cuisine. The first class service, beautiful private island and superb underworld exploration sites make this resort a wonderful place to discover the magic of Maldives.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island – South Ari Atoll hosts a beautifully appointed Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort. A short 30-minute scenic seaplane flight from Male arrives to this two island resort. The resort is situated on two differently shaped islands: RangaliFinolhu Island and Rangali Island and connected by a wooden bridge. The preferred transportation between two islands involves using traditional dhoni boat. The luxurious resort is also home to the stunning restaurant built underneath the ocean where the guests enjoy a meal while admiring abundant and colorful marine life. The Rangali Island offers the best over the water villas with direct access to snorkeling and swimming. The breakfast is served on both islands, yet Rangali Island’s restaurant offers magical ambiance, stunning scenery, impeccable service and delicious selection of traditional breakfast items as well as grilled fish, fresh sushi and sashimi. The resort serves as top destination for high quality scuba-diving, snorkeling expeditions, watersport activities and preserved coral reef just meters away from the beach. Every day guests may easily explore the colorful corals, fish, sharks, manta rays and brightly colored turtles.