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Flying with Emirates, a unique experience

Flying with Emirates, a unique experience

I flew twice in my life with Emirates Airlines, always in Economy Class, but I must say that the service, entertainment system and meals were first class. It called my attention the great variety of nationalities of the members of the crew, which gives the possibility of talking with them in your own language without needing always to use english language. New Dubai´s airport terminal is very good and you can find there many different services and also the Duty Free is very complete, and, if you need support or guidance, the staff there was very friendly. I strongly reccomend flying with Emirates if you are planning to travel to Maldives.
Value for money

Value for money

We were met at the airport by our travel agent office staff.The boat ride was a quick 15 minutes away. They did not insist that we put on the life jacket but it was placed in front of the boat. On arrival, we were met by a staff who gave us a paper towel and a small glass of welcome drink. It was such a hot day that the glass of drink was really good. We were then given a short briefing on the Resort's Dos and Don'ts. Less than half and hour later, our rooms were ready. We were lead to the room by the same guy who welcomed us at the front desk. Funny thing was, as we were walking to the room and chatting with him, he suddenly said our room was just ahead and told us to proceed on our own!! It was easy to find ( not straight ahead but we had to take a left turn) so no problem. Our deluxe room had the biggest toilet that we have ever seen in a resort!, there was an enclosed area for shower- huge, can easily accommodate 6 people! Next to it was a long bath and next to it is the powder area with the the toilet bowls etc. It has tiles on the wall and floor . Basic but very clean and functional. We had a living area just as we came in. Two armchair and a long chair, the wooden kind. Quite comfortable but the tv is placed in front of the bed so you cannot really see the tv when you are seated at the living area. No partition between the living area and the room. We had two single beds joined together. Huge bed but bed was just average. Sheets were clean. Two huge pillows each and a side desks by the bed too. A wooden cupboard for you to put your stuff, came with some hangers as well. Outside the balcony there are two chairs and a rack for you to dry your wet clothes. It was quite good as the clothes dry fairly quickly in the hot weather. The only complain was when we hang out some clothes to dry,thousands of ants appeared and started crawling on that particular item. Funny thing was the ants only appeared to like that item. After removing that item, the ants disappeared into a hole in the rack!! The island is small enough for you to walk around and explore the place. There were at least two great spots for swimming and snorkeling. The house reef is quite close to shore so great for those not so good swimmers. Since this is June, the water can be rough in the afternoon. Apart from that the weather was great for the days we were in Bandos. There is also a recreation centre in the middle of the island. There is a gym there. It is a fairly well equipped. No problem getting on the equipment of your choice cos it was fairly empty when we were there. There was also a children's club and play area. We had a great deal from our local travel agent for our stay in Bandos. If there are similar deals in future we will most likely come to Bandos again. According to the brochure there are also free classes conducted on certain days of the week by professionals. There is also an excursion room for you to book all the excursions, like dolphin cruise, night fishing etc. the staff there are friendly and was able to assist with our queries.
Sumptuous ! Delicious!

Sumptuous ! Delicious!

We were on half board and we chose to have breakfast and dinner. Both were buffets in the main restaurant. Food was really fresh and tasty. For breakfast, there were cereals, fruits, hot stuff, egg station,, etc and most importantly drinks! Yes, this is the only time when drinks are served with a meal. Even though we were each given a 500ml of mineral water each day, at all times in the resort you have to pay for your drinks, even if it was just plain mineral water. Dinner was sumptuous! We particularly like the pastries..I know some one had reviewed at TA and said that the pastries were nothing to shout about but for the 4 nights that we had our dinner there the pastries were good. The honeycomb cheese cake and banana crumble were really good. We talked to some of the staff and were told that they used quality ingredients for their pastries. One night we had lamb kebabs, this was good depending if you have a just cooked one or one that was overheated too long at the chef station. It went very well with the sauce that they were serving, There were usually at least 3 types of fruits served with dinners. One night we had dragon fruits, the red and white ones,. We also had pink guava, pomegranates and pomelo to name a few.. It is so much better than to see the usual, apples and oranges. Ok, this is a personal choice, some may prefer the usual fruit. Anyway Well done to the kitchen We had a great deal from our local travel agent for our stay in Bandos. If there are similar deals in future we will most likely come to Bandos again.
Saw dolphins but still abit disappointed

Saw dolphins but still abit disappointed

Set off in a big boat with many people. There were three boats that set off together. We met at the Sand Bar at 4.15pm. Some one took attendance to make sure people who had signed up were there. There were many small kids in our group. We boarded a big boat with many people. We sat outside the covered seat. Initially was a bit concern about the young kids. Later the staff gave life jacket to the kids. The boat went very fast and it was enjoyable ride with the wind blowing on our faces. About 20 minutes into the ride , some people started shouting and clapping and we saw dolphins quite far away leaping out from the water. The boat then moved In a slower pace to catch up with the dolphins. We could see the dolphins at some distance. Actually there were quite a lot of them but not many jumped out of the water. I guess we are so used to dolphins shows with dolphins jumping up and down all the time, that seeing so many of them just swimming around was not so exciting. Then the boat crew handed out some nice cooling sparking juice to all of us. Did not expect this so was quite a pleasant surprise. Good trip but could have been more enjoyable if the dolphins were more cooperative.
Good experience for first Club Med stay

Good experience for first Club Med stay

This was our first Club Med stay. We have read about the village concept and the GOs (Gentle organizers) and guest being the GMs (Gentle members )!! It certainly met our expectations of what we know about Club Med. Generally all the GOS were very helpful and friendly. Two GOs joined us for dinner on the first day. Subsequently when we met them throughout our stay, we were greeted like old friends ..that was nice. Our Family Club bungalow was clean but far from the main activities area. A third bed was 'added', a thin mattress over a sofa. Bed was firm and comfy. The sheets were clean but not changed daily. Would have been nice to see the beach from the bed, lying down but view was blocked by vegetation. You could heard the waves though..no complaints. No wifi at all from the room. To get wifi, you need to be in the main reception area. The receptionists were more than willing to give you slips of papers with id and password for you to log into their wifi. The wifi connection is however limited to that area. Please note that even if you have bought a local SIM card from the airport shops, you cannot get any connections in the room. This is not Club Med's issue but do note if you intend to do surfing at the beach. No sure if this is common across all the islands. There is no hair dryer in the room. For long hair guests, a hair dryer would be nice. There is a bottle of shampoo, a bottle of body lotion and a bottle of shampoo. You need to bring your own toothbrush and toothpaste. Towels are provided in the pool area and in the Gymnasium. The Gym faces the beach so instead of the usual TV, you look at the sea. However the equipments are not state of the art! Ate all buffet meals from the main restaurants. Had variety and changes everyday for the main meals. There were some sand flies in the restaurant which was troublesome. Lots of fruits to choose from, which was good. Attended the yoga lesson at the beach, which was cool. Everyone sat on an exercise mat and did the yoga on the beach facing the setting sun..The aqua gym at the pool was a blast too. Sailing with the GO was fun and informative! Excursion..went on the glass bottom boat! Four of us were totally sea sick. Maybe the timing was too early, could have been scheduled later so that our breakfast was digested. Would have been good if we were reminded that for some people it may caused sea sickness. One lady was totally sick less than 5 min into the trip. Great stay. Would recommend to those who just need a break and do nothing except swimming and snorkeling. Note that for the current season,the sea is rough and not advisable to swim if you are not a strong swimmer. You can only kayak in the morning only.
Efficiency Turkish

Efficiency Turkish

At the end of June we return to the Maldives!! I did not expect to be able to go back to that paradise this summer, I had a serious problem in my family, and instead ........ so I started with a visit to the websites of the most famous airlines, and especially those that had flights from Venice. Last year I flew for the first time with Qatar Airways, and especially for the first time with scheduled flights. Before, if we had to make a journey to distant countries, we relied more on charter flights, and then we had to go to the nearest airport (Milan ). But to go to Milan from Venice also involves time and cost of parking and highway, in addition to hours to go in the car, very tiring especially on the way back because we were exhausted.... long story short, we found that it is very convenient a booking scheduled flights from Venice a few miles from home! So I immediately tried to document on prices and any offers of the moment... and the choice fell on Turkish Airlines. I had read good reviews about this airline, and then I said "why not try?" . The price then was quite lower than Qatar and the Emirates Airline, and then I booked... starting June 29th ! It was towards the end of March and I booked the flights for both the outward and the return (of course) and seating for arrival.... but for the return anything! In the site appeared an inscription explaining that I was able to book the seats for the return only from 6th April... ! After April the 6th sometimes I tried to book those seats in the site of the Turkish Airlines, but I did not succeed ever. In mid-May, however, (it was a Saturday night) I have lost patience a little and I wrote an e-mail to the information office of the Turkish Airlines in Venice, wondering to them how to reserve those seats for the return flight, and with the same opportunity I was wondering even though in the airport in Istanbul I would find someone who spoke Italian, to get information on transit in case of difficulty. The next day (a Sunday!) I had the response: I had the seats booked from the assistant of Venice's Turkish airlines (and she wrote to me which numbers) and if I wanted he could grant me assistance free of charge for the transit in the Ataturk Airport. After two e-mail for further information, all written within two days (and thus without long waits for answers), I have also had the free assistance for transit. Good, good, good! That's efficiency! For the moment I can only be happy with my choice of airline, now I look forward to the journey itself, then I will update you on other aspects of the flight!
looking for a doctor

looking for a doctor

The excursion to Guraidhoo did not fit in our plans but unfortunately our baby got sick and we had a bad surprise. The doctor of Rannalhi was not there. We were told at the reception that since at least 8 months he is gone and has not been replaced . In fact, in front of the clinic you will find a nice adv: if you need a doctor : contact the reception in case of need . And in the case of non-urgent needs they will transport you free to Guraidhoo , the closest island on which there is a medical clinic , in case of an emergency or serious cases instead they will establish a speedboat carrying you directly to the Male hospital . our case was not urgent and so we were told to arrive at reception the next morning at 8:30 am to take us to the doctor . In reality, we have been inserted in the excursion to island of fishermen and with other couples of tourists at 9 we left with the dhoni direction Guraidhoo . The sea was flat and it was a pleasant trip with Dhoni about 1 hour . we saw several islands along our journey . Fihalohi ( where we were going next week ) , Biyadhoo and the neighboring island on which there was a resort that was now closed, the Cocoa Island FUn and more' away Olhuveli . Once arrived we found several guides that were waiting for us , one for each room. Our guide spoke Italian and led us straight to the clinic where a friendly nurse checked us in and then the doctor has visited the child. The guide was very friendly, took us to the pharmacy for the ' local purchase of drugs ( manufactured by Glaxo , for 2 drugs cost only a few dollars). then he offered to let us visit the island .. in reality we went through a couple of streets and we were already on the square close to embarkation , where we could rest under the shade of the palm trees waiting for the tourists to visit the island . The guide stubborn made ​​us pass right in front of shops of some of his friends who wanted to propose the purchase of any kind. Unfortunately, we did not want to make any purchase but only to return to the resort. Fortunately, the tour ended shortly after for all of us and taken back to the dhoni 's and at lunchtime we were back in Rannalhi . the island is not small, there are many houses, the chickens roam free in the courtyards , there are hammocks hanging under the palm trees , also do not miss the mosque , the school , the clinic and there is also a mental hospital . Our visit was in the pre-election period and flags were everywhere for the party of deposed president . The inhabitants thought he would be re-elected but it did not happen . the island would be nice if it was a bit' more ' clean. There is trash everywhere . empty cans , bottles, abandoned everywhere. Near the harbour they are building a 3-floors building that will become guest house with diving center, is a gray cube of concrete that clashes with the environment. Too bad because there are tall palm trees around and a beautiful beach near the pier . I hope that with this guest house and then with a greater influx of tourists, residents will find the desire to take better care of their island, which has suffered damage caused by the tsunami and is little frequented by tourists since Rannalhi is no longer run by Ventaglio Tour operator . They have the good fortune to be born in a wonderful place , sorry to see that they neglect in this way. The guide told us that once they used to build the walls of houses with corals ripped from the barrier. Fortunately, this practice is not over widespread and now the barriers are no longer massacred to build houses. This is already a major achievement . Maybe one day even the tourists will stop stepping on the barrier or break off pieces of coral and then leave before they leave home. Once back from the excursion we thought that we would be charged for the trip since we had been stuck in a group excursion. instead they were very nice and did not ask anything for this transport because they could not provide a medical service on the island . I will Talk more about the kindness of the staff of Rannalhi in the next review , but I must say that on this occasion they proved to be very friendly and helpful and they were also interested in following the state of health of the child, we have very much appreciated it.
Cocktail facing a romantic sunset

Cocktail facing a romantic sunset

This is one of the best bar at Kurumba, located in the western corner of the island, just in front of a small island which I think is private; behind this island the sun sets to the delight of those who are enjoying the sunset at the beach, sipping a drink at the beach bar. The beach bar is the typical beach bar, little, white, thatched roof, smiling and friendly barmen are ready to meet the needs of customers. The characteristic pillows placed all around the bars of kurumba and in particular at the beach bar are nice bright colors, orange, green, blue. On these big pillows you can sit as if they were comfortable armchairs. The kids love them but adults do not remain indifferent. At the beach bar you can eat or have a drink, I recommend those ones made with fresh fruit or munch on something, and you can enjoy all these sitting on these comfortable cushions (if you want to try something different from the typical sunbeds) maybe on the seashore waiting for the sun drops below or searching some refreshment under the palms during the hottest part of the day. this bar is located in a good position, it is easily accessible from any part of the island . the paths that cut through the island towards internal sports area and kids club allow you to reach it easily on foot even if you are on the opposite side of the island . To reach it from the beach is a bit ' more' complicated because a part of the island is reserved for villas and then you can not make the whole tour of the island from the sea shore . But the gardens are so beautiful that it will be a pleasure to walk through them in the middle of the island. Next to the beach bar there is a small pier that ends with a small circular clearing , this space is held in the evening romantic candlelight dinners for 2. What could you wish more 'than a romantic dinner by the sea, just you 2 , with your feet in the sand and a sky full of stars ? For me it's beautiful. And I think I am not the only one who thinks so , in fact often on this pier , guests dine during their honey moon and even weddings and renewals of vows are celebrated . we met 2 young married Russians guys who had just celebrated their rite and were taking ritual pictures in front of the beach bar, they were very nice . The barman had brought them flutes for the toast and they have been immortalized (maybe even from some guest) while toasting near the sea . Lovely. I really liked the beach bar also because it is a quiet meeting place . sports center is located in an 'other area of the island and so you are not disturbed by water jet wind surfing and other water activities . Here come the children of Maaya kids club to build their sand castles with the nannies on some days of the week, but they are small groups of children playing with the nannies and do not bother at all. here you will pass if you want to go to soak up the coral gardens that are not far from the bar and you will have it handy as a reference point when you come back. Of course if you need a shower after snorkelling you'll find along the beach and there are also straw umbrellas if the palms are not offering enough shadow for refresh. at low tide the walls appear "beautiful view" on the water and are not no beautiful to see . this island in fact was mainly affected by the proximity to the city' , if there were no walls to contain the waves that are raised by all the boats passing all around, the high waves would enter into the lagoon and it would always be rather agitated. the walls instead allow you to have quiet water in the lagoon, despite the waves that arrive due to the wake of the boats. Unfortunately these walls often remain trapped waste plastic ... the usual problem ... there is always so much , too much plastic that ends up in the sea and that too often becomes food for fish . then at low tide is more easy to see this waste and are never pleasant to see. Sometimes you have to wait even that an ugly big boat transporting container has passed before you can take pictures from this side of the island . However, in my opinion the big black smoke that is coming from the incinerator is the thing I most disliked. sometimes depending on the wind just looks sharp and clearly visible on the horizon and spoils the harmony of the beautiful scenery. when you see this smoke you're sure you'll remember to bring home with you all waste cans that you have, because you can not think to leave them as rubbish before you come home and let them help to increase the unhealthy black cloud .On this point kurumba management rightly insists to make tourists sensitive, because it helps to maintain the environment clean and to reduce the problems of waste disposal. Personally I have really enjoyed their policy, that they attempt to preserve the environment . No coincidence that they are trying to plant new coral to create new life in the lagoon. it is seen that they seek to preserve and care for their environment, and they do well . more the island is beautiful more we want to go back to visit it. And then I cannot forget to mention that the kurumba bar serve delicious ice cream , their coconut sorbet is lovely. I am sure you will appreciate it as soon as you get it at the arrival on the island....
Fishes for your travel kit

Fishes for your travel kit

Like all women I love shopping and anywhere I go around the world I like to go home with a souvenir of the place that I loved, to better remember where I was and the good times spent. The first time you visit a site, you are more tempted to stock up on souvenirs than the subsequent times but I have to say that for us now is ' a must" to go home with a new magnet for our fridge and a new shirt for our boy. also beacuse boys grow up, and every year there is the need of a new one ( maybe we could go year after year to maintain this tradition). The first time I went to the Maldives I brought home tea from Sri Lanka, sarongs, spices and a nice puzzle with fish paintings purchased at the airport waiting for boarding. I must say that already at that time the prices at the airport were not exactly cheap but still more affordable than today. I knew that we were buying the souvenirs that were for the most part of them imported from other countries, but these souvenirs were something of Maldives the same, they rememer me the sea ,the sun, most fascinating Asia. The Sri Lankan tea is delightful for me and I still buy the brand of tea that I tried for the first time in the Maldives. At kurumba island in fact they proposed a Supreme Ceylon tea that is delicious and of which we are in love. Another' tea pleasant enough is hte one we purchased at Palm beach. I think the promotional idea that they had at Palm Beach was very interesting: a couple of afternoons a week during the tea time they proposed tastings of various flavors of tea that they sold in their shop 's tea . I just experienced it at Palm beach, perhaps because run by Italian entrepreneurs, I have to say that I found a good way to get the tea to the guests and allow them to evaluate a possible purchase. On Palm beach island I found also ' a shop where they paint canvas, wood and T-shirts with different designs. The quality was really good and I've bought the the most beautiful T-shirts for the boys among the various trips. The cotton was okay and normal prices. Even postcards and sarongs were average quality that both x and prices. But in my opinion the king of souvenirsis the fridge magnet in the shape of butterfly fish or surgeon. We are collecting them and we like them so much more, perhaps because they remind us the wonderful sea that we love so much . Then if you travel with the kids you can not miss the pencils with the little fish, postcards and t-shirts. In short, we always have some souvenirs to take home. Then I'm a ' passionate about photography and so I purchased the traditional photo albums and photo frames , the first l I brought home back in 2004 ... my notes for a place where I had to go back one day ... And so it happened. And when the I look I seem to have bought it only yesterday but 10 years are passed... The last year I purchased the classic fan that I enjoyed in the hottest days, this year I had forgotten the home but was always windy and I never felt the lack. If you like saffron, do not forget to buy flowers, fragrant and delicious , and once home in your kitchen you will have a touch of the orient to keep you company. Of course you will always find in souvenir shops shells, wood products ( very nice fish and dolphins carved ) painted canvas or printed t shirts, sarongs , beach towels, ashtrays, playing cards and unfortunately a lot of objects that smells+ like plastic Made in china and finished, typical souvenirs of industrial origin, they are cheap but also with a little soul. Obviously I do not like this kind of gadget, I find them cold and impersonal, a little like if I went to the supermarket to buy a gift x someone important ... Maybe the other souvenirs have the same origin, I do not know, but I prefer to think that are produced in other countries closer to the island I am visiting. Oh I forgot the most precious gift, probably because I've never bought ... I mean precious stones and gold jewelery. I bought beautiful necklaces but never in jewelry of the islands. Even here there are products to suit all tastes and for all budgets . I saw the pretty charms with the typical forms of dolphins, whales , turtles next to necklaces and bracelets very elaborate and expensive. Sometimes jewelers also offer special discounts and promo days, I think they do because they do sell very rarely ... It never happened to see these stores crowded . In principle, the shop is always busy if they sell snorkeling gear or cosmetics, maybe they should aim a little more even on electronics, so if one forgets a sd or a charger must not give up their photo (or switch the phone ) . And then it would be nice to have the opportunity to buy phone cards also on the islands, not just at the airport, because if you arrive outside the opening hours of the stores of the airport you can not buy a Maldivian phone card to call home, indispensable if you need to call without spending a heritage. Oh, I almost forgot! During our last trip I received the package Maldives Traveler and so has added a new sarong to my collection and lovely postcards,thank you Maldives Traveller.
A MASSAGE IN PARADISE

A MASSAGE IN PARADISE

Well, after the excitement of our wedding, the build up and explosion of emotions of the best day of our life, a massage in paradise was definitely in order. It was very hard dragging ourselves away from our sunbeds where we were enjoying the stunning sea views with a cold beer at our sides, but it was worth it. The spa is a beautiful and tranquil setting that relaxes you as soon as you enter. The staff were very professional, as were all of the staff on the island, and we were never unsettled from our sleepy state. We both had the 60 minute body massage. It was incredible. I must admit, I fell asleep within minutes, but I have never fallen asleep during a massage before, and have never felt so good afterwards. It really set us up for the rest of our honeymoon. You must stay at this hotel if you are thinking of visiting the Maldives and you must experience the spa.
Indoor spa

Indoor spa

I regret to begin saying that I was disappointed when I discovered that there was more 'Coconut Spa' but in its place there was Chavana. I have no prejudice for Chavana at all but I was enchanted by the coconut spa in palm beach and I was hoping to enjoy the pampering of the same this time too. Of course, even if it was coconut I immediately looked for the spa because a massage by the sea for me is the top , do not you deny my disappointment when I found myself in front of the building of the spa. unfortunately it is indoors , with cabins on 2 floors . The desire to pamper myself I honestly say that was a bit passed because indoors the magic of the sound of the sea disappears and I seem to be in a beauty salon here at home. The girls are very nice, always smiling and always on hand to present their treatments . The impression I got was that the spa was not crowdy at all , perhaps many other tourists have made ​​my own assessment , or the Oriental hosts have preferred the traditional Chinese massage in the shed next to the sports center ... the prices are not particularly interesting and I found standard treatments, nothing special I would be interested in. For me it is wrong not to offer a mini trial treatment as it is done at the Coconut , this would definitely attract more guests to try other treatments. Then probably even the weather did not help ... the weather was beautiful, with a sun so beautiful that maybe noone wanted to shut themselves up in a closet , even if for a massage, it would be really a shame with that sun. The location of the spa is in a beautiful ' corner of ' island , on the seaside, looks good from outside and is in line with the style of the island . I 'm not interested in Chinese traditional treatment and so I can not compare treatments and prices, but the hut was a bit too spartan viewed from outside and therefore unattractive, especially at peak times of the bar with music and noise that will surely take away the serenity and the peace that you go to look for when you go for a massage.
Turkish bridge between Europe and Asia

Turkish bridge between Europe and Asia

Last year after having studied and discarded all the possible combinations of my preferred airlines (Qatar, British, Emirates, Etihad and Oman) I tried to look for other solutions to flight, so I began to study Turkish, prices and reviews. Price is important but I prefer to choose a company that is reliable and comfortable if possible, even if it is a few hours flight, rather than the best price on the market. So the Turkish airlines proposal seemed interesting and flight times were perfect according to our needs. then we decided to book the flights to and from Turin. happy Choosing because this little airport , easy to get, a little crowdy , is absolutely preferable to a Malpensa, with its parking too broad and not really comfortable. I confess I was a little disappointed by the fact that during the act of booking I have not been able to book the seats (Turkish about this has much to learn from large companies). The website said that you can only reserve seats from 100 days of departure, I don't know if when you book within 100 days there is this chance but I have never been able to book them . I tried to return to the reservation , I wrote emails and phoned the Turkish but in the end they told me that I had to call them a day before departure and they would book them. Here in Italy they have always responded in a courteous way both via email and telephone . then I had my check in online for the one way and was ready to go. For the return is totally another story because from Male you cannot do online check in, or at least they did not last year' s and this is unfortunately a limit. In fact, for the return flight there was a big queue at the airport to check in, and among all The flight arrived from Colombo and then it was already plenty of people. Result: many couples or families were divided and scattered in places rather too far on the flight and this is never pleasant. We weke lucky , we were close but the boys that climbed before and after us have not had the same luck . If you then add that at the passport control there was an endless queue and it took us almost an hour to pass the control you can imagine how happy we were when the flight was delaied... it was midnight passed and we started to be all tired . However, the flight arrived on time despite the late start and has flown safely despite the bad weather and we saw a dreamy dawn. I would now like to touch on a couple of comments that relate to the aircraft: first class flight from Turin is a joke... the seats are the same seats of the economy, the difference is only the number of the row, as they are the first 6 rows. Surely they will have some better on-board service but I do not think that justifies the price difference . the seats in economy are fine. the seats are comfortable enough, little legroom. there is no individual screen but it is short trip, so no problem. They bring you the typical sweets that you will see later in Istanbul on sale in all the shops in the duty free and about half of the flight they will be serving a meal. the on-board catering is uncared . we had booked special meals for me and the baby. the hostess bothered and said there were not any. but in the end she found the child meal for my son who ironically was served after the adults. About THE fact that it was child meal I have doubts... it was definitely different from the standard menu but had nothing special belonging to children, maybe the peas in place of cucumbers and a chocolate mousse instead of the salad. There is a magazine for children but hostess do not wear it if you do not explicitly request . After the stop in Istanbul , bright new airport, big, new bathrooms, all of them unclean, after a bizarre check in with the hostess of land that ran between the chairs to tear tickets, we finally boarded the second flight. beautiful plane, quite new, quite comfortable. all seats have the screen (although the return the screen is is always only on the longest fare ) good selection of movies and entertainment programs for both adults and children. unfortunately also on board the bathrooms were unclean and after half flight toilet paper began to finish. again on the catering service we would have to say ... my light meal was made ​​up of fish accompanied by 3 salads of tomato cucumbers and a fruit salad. a little boring. And the breakfast resurfaced again a salad of tomatoes and cucumbers. The child meal was definitely more ' imaginative' : for breakfast meatballs in tomato sauce with beans ... and not even a yogurt .. Fortunately there is always some cookies in your backpack... Basically if I were to fly back with the Turkish certainly would fly with them, we flew well and all of our luggage arrived. They should just check a bit better the measures of hand baggage on board ... that the overhead bins are filled with objects far more' larger size than standard and penalizes other people. Honestly for the first European airline I would have expected a better quality of service on board but I had already read several reviews that brought to light strengths and weaknesses of the company therefore I just verified that it corresponded to what I read.I was surprised about the number of flights starting from here, a real bridge between Asia and Europe.
Coco's notes and cares

Coco's notes and cares

More than a review, I would like to share with you some of the moments and experiences that made my stays on COCO so vivids, memorables.. and differents. Therefore the title: "..notes and cares". For me, luxury is reached when I have exceptional, unforgettable experiences that involves all my senses and feelings! These are created by nature and by human too. - People. This is a very, very important aspect to create the magic on an island. The team (here called 'associates') is great: always present, professional and caring. I also work in the hospitality industrie and much, much appreciate when I see such an attitude. Maybe it is also myself to facilitate sorting out such an aspect but still remains that on Bodu I met some 'special' individuals, all are still in my life, mind and heart: Asadh, a multitalented and highly cultured man, he was (still is for me) one of my best butlers and.. beyond.. I learned so much from him! Sobree, my villa attendand, who supported every single special 'desire' of mine regarding the look of my villa and the details. Sanjay and Wei Jei, who were able to create a personalized, tailor made, experience for a very special friend of mine that I invited to join me on Bodu. Jonaki, the indian lady with a big welcome smile and even a bigger heart for her guests and employees. The sunrise 'task force', who every early morning, started my day with a good wish and a smile! I could list many other names and example, please apologize if I am not doing or this review could get really too looooooong.. I close this first point with a mention for GMs, RMs or OMs: personally, it is a huge added value to a resort when I can establish a direct, concrete, valuable contact with them. I well know this is a quite difficult task to cover with all the guests coming.. but still this stays in my priority for a good management and Coco, in all my visits, expecially the last one, always gave me a reason to be very proud of! - Now let's jump in the pure nature. First over.. then under water. Coco Bodu Hithi is left overwater quite rustical and natural.. It is not 'a garden' with colorful flowers everywhere, it is more a jungle, a maldivian jungle, so as, for me, it has to be! Think over.. If we plant flowers (or whatever not indigenous) to beautify (what we do need to beautify in Maldives, is still a big question to me!), then we must care, we have to invest precious water to maintain.. and water is such a precious resource in this world! A good part of the world is 'starving' therefore! So, forget about the flowers and let you surrender by a kind of castaway experience.. There are some corners on Bodu Hithi (but expecially one, at night) where it feels like in the middle of 'nowhere'! Discover it on the island! I enjoyed this amazing feeling so much! Underwater: one of the most important, discriminating point by choosing a resort, here in Europe, is the 'housereef'. Well, fortunately, I can compare within different resorts in Maldives.. and 'surprise'!! Coco Bodu Hithi offer one of the most amazing experience you can get in Maldives! Resident turtles, coral gardens, a huge submarine extended housereef at the level of the Water Villa Resindences, practically 'untouched'!!! Note: I am only a passionate snorkeler. Bodu Hithi offers a vaste range of opportunities to, very easily, discover the underwater miracle of Maldives: you can do this independently (if skilled) or professionally, passionated assisted by the resident marine biologist: Chiara. Do not miss to meet her on the island or to follow her evening presentations! or even to take part on organised cleaning activities.. if reef, lagune or beach.. it doesn't matter! You will feel much better after and a part of the caring Coco team. - Gastronomy. Every meal I had, was an experience. Whether it was the convivial Air's buffet or the huge 'tower' of grilled seafood at Aqua (where you can have the unique sensation to float over the Indian Ocean, alone with your beloved one in the dark.. in this occasion I cannot avoid to eat primeval with my hands!), or Japanese at Tsuki (well, here, I must 'uplight' that, once, the team also managed a very special request from us and successfully served us (3 pax) nearly 'all' the Tsuki Menu from upstairs to downstairs, on Latitude's terrace, boarding the shimmering infinity pool (what an extraordinary parformance! What a feeling to be unique!), or the Breeze Beach BBQ with additional my feet playing in the sand and, sometimes, in the water like a child, or the overwater walk to reach the "Stars", far out in the silent ocean, by the Escape Residences, the quiet, romantic à la carte location (my suggestion: this experience has absolutely to be started with an aperó time at sunset there to reach perfection). - Coco Spa (recently awarded the Best Luxury Destination Spa in Maldives at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2014). I have a special 'secret playground' corner in this Spa: it is the ocean open view relaxing area! At all day times it is an indipendent Spa's corner for the soul on its own, starting from the sunrise (it is quite facing) till the sunset! Here is the hydrotherapy area and nowhere else the word 'hydro' assumes all the facets you can immagine! The water totally surrounds you and creates the feeling to be a part of this element. It is healing and the real meaning of Spa = salus per aquam, reaches the maximum level! - Sustainability. Did you ever consider to base your choice for a vacation in Maldives also on this aspect? If not, it is time to start! Coco has an environmental policy and objectives. It is not the only resort, but one of them and they are not so numerous! Just trust me.
Let's enjoy!!!

Let's enjoy!!!

The resort is very comfortable and the style was very elegant. The island is wonderful and the water is crystal clear. The Italian Bravo's staff was amazing, very funny, providing all kind of enjoyment during the day, and in general the whole staff of the resort was very king and helpful to any request. The most important thing that characterise this resort is the food...huge buffet whith all kind of food, with fresh fish cooked in many ways. Between the activities provided from the animation staff there were activities of low-impact exercises from the morning on the beach, then during the day they were providing activities like water-gym in the sea or group games on the beach, always the sound of funny music in the background. After dinner the day was ending with the unforgettable cabaret show of the animation staff, that sometimes were involving the children and with the music in the bar area, where people could stay till night. One of the night shows that i saw was the traditional maldivian dance performed by all the maldivian staff people, wearing the tipical maldivians pareo. The last but not least thing to talk about is the beauty centre, a wonderful, relaxing place where professionists provide you wonderful massages any other service of body care, especially for women.
Etihad was so friendly

Etihad was so friendly

I went Maldives by Etihad air line Dec 2013 from Tokyo with my 1 and 3 years old children. It was good fright cause they have fright nanny program. She always care about my daughters and served meal and drink first and they gave them special toy bags. My children were not boring during 11hours fright. And more every Etihad air lines CA are kind and friendly for me. I did many effort to keep my children are nicely so I was very tired . Some CA sometimes encouraged me and they gave me drinks and sweets. I have never met such are friendly CA!! About food. They have 3 choices meal. I love vegetarian meal was best cause I love wines.

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Winner Of National Award for Promoting Maldives Tourism
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