Laveena had a short break for Holi ( the Indian festival of colour which ushers in springtime). An early morning flight to Colombo, on Sri Lankan Airlines, was followed by a long wait at the Bandaranaike International airport. From Colombo, we boarded a flight to Male, the densely populated capital of the Maldives, a stunningly beautiful island nation in the Indian Ocean. The hour long flight to Male was a pleasant one. Indian citizens receive their entry visas for the Maldives on arrival at immigration. We collected our luggage and were greeted at the airport by a Soneva Jani representative, who first checked us in for our sea plane ride to our resort island and then drove us to the Soneva Jani lounge where we waited for over an hour for our 40 minute long sea plane ride from the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Malé to Soneva Jani.
On a recent visit to Abu Dhabi, a friend from the hospitality industry recommended we try the Four Seasons Hotel. Located on Al Maryah Island, the striking new 34 storey tower, offers guests, views of the Arabian Gulf and of the city skyline and enjoys a unique and stunning location right on the waterfront. A charming 5.4 kilometre long promenade with a host of cafes, a high end shopping mall and the Cleveland Clinic all contribute to making this hotel property a unique and an ideal choice for many travellers seeking the best in luxury.
Laveena and I were once asked by someone who knew our penchant for travel, whether we were Aman Junkies. Since neither of us were familiar with the term, we inquired as to what an Aman Junkie was? We were told that the luxurious Aman had a dedicated fan base, travelers who were loyal to the brand and who were devoted to the treasures offered by this super hospitality group to all who chose to experience the magic of Aman. “In fact, a true Aman junkie is known to plan his vacation according to the 32 resort locations around the world”, we were told. When asked what about the Aman made the experience so different from the other top of the line hotel brands like the Four Seasons, The Oberoi or the Taj, we were told that the Aman promised to help guests ‘lock away cherished memories for life’. This simple response was enough to raise our curiosity and we immediately began scouting around for an Aman property in India given that Laveena had a short weekend break in December.
After a memorable 5 day stay at the Four Seasons Seychelles, Laveena and I routed our return home via the UAE. Air Seychelles has a code share with Etihad Airlines so our entry point was through the capital, Abu Dhabi. A comfortable limousine ride brought us to Dubai in under an hour and we had a warm and welcome check in at the Taj Dubai, fabulously located in a city, we so dearly love.
Burrowed in a tropical hillside on the remote island of Mahe’, is a dream resort. It is a sanctuary with poetic views of one of the finest unspoilt beaches we have ever set eyes on. Welcome to the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, a place where Laveena and I were blissfully castaway during our recent diwali holidays.