We are just back from a really wonderful break in the Maldives (yes, again! It’s like our second home!) with just Abacus. Some holidays with the kids feel like so much work, but because we only had one boy, it was so much easier. Some people might find it odd to pick only one child to go along on a holiday, but it’s easier on my inlaws who will look after the others (since all 3 with them would be quite a handful at their current ages), and it was a great opportunity for him to have our full attention for a few days. As the middle child I think he’s often neglected in a way, since the eldest is more vocal, and the youngest is more needy (and very sticky).
We stayed in the luxurious Six Senses Laamu, swam, ate, slept, and managed a little family kayaking. We also had an unexpected adventure which made the trip even more interesting. The past times we’ve been to the Maldives we’ve always stayed in a resort accessible by speedboat, and this time we had to take a domestic flight followed by a speedboat. A little complicated and tiring, but still manageable. What we didn’t foresee was that on the return journey, our domestic flight was delayed, and we missed our connecting red eye international flight.
In all honesty, I was quite excited at the last minute change of plans and more than happy to spend another night in the Maldives! Perhaps also because we’ve been there so many times we weren’t even worried – in my mind I was already all ready to check into one of the resorts closer to the Malé airport (there are resorts as close as a 10 minute speedboat ride).
We were put up the airline the Traders Hotel, which is the nicest business hotel in Malé, and the next morning took the opportunity to visit the fish market where we saw a 75kg yellowfin tuna, a first for me since I could never wake early enough for Tsukiji. We also had some time to squeeze in a swim on the rooftop pool before heading to the airport for the afternoon flight, which on hindsight was much easier than the red eye, and we had a fantastic flight back – I think even the crew were blissed out from staying in this paradise!
We had a great time meeting new people, spending some time with a couple that we went with, and focussing all our energy on just one child and not feeling too stretched. And since each day’s agenda was just to chill out, this was one of the most relaxing holidays in recent memory. And yes, we are already dreaming of when we’ll be back.
Read more about our previous Maldivian escapades here.