This was our first time staying in a beach bungalow this trip, having been treated to water villas at the previous 2 hotels and it was a really welcome change. The over water villas are an incredible experience and somewhere I had always dreamed of staying, but being back on the sand was just as amazing and I do love having direct access to the sand for a morning jet-lagged walk whilst everyone is still in bed. If you’re torn between which accommodation to go for I would recommend splitting your trip between both an overwater villa and beach villa. All of the islands in the Maldives have their own personalities. The rooms at Amari are more contemporary to the classic style we had previously experienced at Adaaran, but the atmosphere of the laid back, cool island vibes were still intact. We immediately felt at home.
We arrived to Amari Havodda just in time for sunset. After a quick check in and fresh fruit welcome drinks we were whisked off to our villa, room 209 if you’re interested, where we quickly changed before making our way to Iru sunset bar for sundowners and a spectacular sunset. Bare foot beach walks around the island became our daily ritual as did icy glasses of rosé. We devoured books and borrowed snorkel sets from the dive centre on a mission to spot a turtle, to no avail, but it didn’t stop us trying multiple times a day, the underwater pictures don’t give a fraction of justice to the beauty of the number of beautiful fish and coral we were lucky enough to see.
We had the best meal of our honeymoon at Ember Robatayaki, which serves traditional Japanese-barbecue-style food; we had lobster bisqué and a surf and turf which immediately top trumped some of our most memorable holiday meals. (Yes we’re that couple). But in all honesty even the buffet restaurant was incredible. Abundant with fresh fruit and foods from around the world. I honestly don’t know how they managed to nail every single cuisine with such authenticity.
Needless to say we ended our honeymoon on a high at Amari Havodda. It was a dream island to finish on. After 10 days of barefoot nothing, I’d like to say we were refreshed and ready to go home. Refreshed, we were, but I would have given my right arm to stay an extra week. I know everyone waxes lyrical about the Maldives, but in my opinion there’s good reason. There’s really nowhere else in the world like it.
Thank you to Amari Havodda for the most amazing few days. Our honeymoon was made so special by staying on this island and we can’t wait to visit again in the future. We stayed as guests of Amari Havodda as part of a gifted collaboration.