Como Maalifushi Friday January 12, 2018 Dhoni Boat

Part of our arranged packaged was a sunset cruise in a Dhoni boat at Como Maalifushi. You have previously seen pictures of the dhoni boat floating calmly in the water at each of our resorts. When we arrived at the resort our itinerary only showed champagne and canapés at sunset on the beach. While Steve was off fishing and before I did my spa treatments I inquired about the discrepancy. I had brought confirmations with me in case there was a problem, and although the current packages from our travel agent as of the first of the year do not include a sunset dhoni cruise we would get one after all. So it was arranged that Friday evening would be the time of our cruise.

We arrived promptly at the beach at six, in order to board the dhoni. The marine biologist showed us to the boat. I was thinking about wearing a dress or long skirt for this festive occasion, but decided on my black Chico’s travelers pants. It was a good choice as we needed to wade to the boat to board it!

So here we are, reclining in our dhoni. Vacation hair at it’s finest!

So long Como Maalifushi! I hope that we return in time for dinner!

Here is our bottle of Tattinger, and the canapés that I had ordered.

Here is our captain, adjusting the sails. Like every sail boat that we have been on we ended up motoring most of the way as we always seem to be becalmed.

More boat rigging.

Bored captain.

Me showing how shallow the boat was. I think it was about six inches deep. I have a wee bit of anxiety and was constantly trying to tell my self, “Stay in the boat, do not jump over the side. This will be over by seven.”

Here you also see my three carat fake diamond ring. When traveling not only do I like to stay at places nicer than my house, I like to wear big diamonds. I got this one at Home Goods/Marshalls.

Now our captain was getting even more bored. I think he was checking the cricket box scores.

The sun was starting to get lower and we started to turn around and head back. Our Tattinger and canapés remained untouched.

“Steve, do you think you should ask the captain if we should open the champagne?” I was nervous about this, as every time we adjusted ourselves on our cushions the boat rocked.

Yes yes. Can’t you dolts tell that I am busy with the boat? This is something that I spoke with management after the cruise. If the marine biologist at the launch had told us to serve ourselves we would have. We were waiting for instructions.

So what was inside the containers? Fried vegetarian spring rolls with Saucy Susan sauce.

Cheese, nuts, fruit and bread. And of course the Tattinger’s.Here is my he man. He is giving me quite the saucy look isn’t he?

Sun going down even more.

Selfie with our captain. I really need to do something about those age spots.

Saucy thoughts over, Steve contemplates all of the beautiful fish that he caught. He is also thinking about the next days fishing.

In case we would have problems this boat would have rescued us.

Safely back to the resort, Steve says lets go to dinner!

Alright, alright. I will pose for another picture.

When we got off the boat, we met a family of Canadians who were inquiring about the dhoni boat ride. They were enjoying their last sunset. They had a long way home tomorrow! They had been at Como Maalifushi for two weeks. Two adults and two teenagers. The daughter looked happy, the son looked like he was eager to get home to his friends. Imagine their bill!

I told them all about it, and then mentioned the couple I saw earlier getting their pictures taken with all sorts of poses. So here I am with my fancy posing of us with a half empty bottle of Tattinger. Steve looks so happy and relaxed.

I had to do one last pose of us kissing. The gentleman taking the picture said “That was more like you kissing him!” He was right! I’m a tad aggressive! I do need to work on the gut sucking in, and proper bottle turn for optimal label placement, though!

The dhoni all ready for the next day’s excursions.

Goodbye last rays of the sun.

The Madi Restaurant all lit up at dinner. It was really romantic.

That night Madi had a special seafood buffet dinner. We ate from the regular menu as we didn’t feel like paying the $65 per person up-charge. I took a picture for you of the seafood, it did look really good!

Last photo of the day was Steve letting one of his fish swim away to be caught another day. That was the beautiful bluefin trevally.

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Como Maalisfushi, Friday January 12, 2018 Linda goes to the Spa

Well you didn’t think that I would just sit under my thatched sala reading and doing blog posts while Steve fished did you? I found out that canopy was not the correct term for that delightful spot on our deck. Those aluminum canopies that you see at soccer games and the beach have really nothing in common with the thatched Salas here at Maalifushi. So from now on, thatched sala it shall be.

I last left you waiting in the spa lobby with my cup of hot sweetened ginger tea. Between my soak in the steam room, sauna and the hot tea, my muscles and pores were ready for action. There was a coupon in the room for a half hour treatment followed by a facial or body scrub. I elected a deep tissue massage followed by a facial. The paper work asked what you wanted out of your facial and I sweetly wrote done, “My husband loves my face as it is, I’m not asking to look any younger!”I was assigned treatment room number one. There are eight treatment rooms available at the Shambhala spa here at Maalifushi.

Here is Chandra, my therapist beckoning me in.

The treatment rooms are incredibly large here. This room could be used for a couples massage. Steve was out fishing, and I couldn’t find anyone suitable to join me, so I was alone with Chandra! I hope you snickered at that comment! Steve knows that I prefer my massages solo, I can’t stand hearing the therapist talk to anyone else in the room.

The treatment began with a foot soak, followed by a scrub. It puts you in the right mind frame from the get go.

The massage room was on the same side of the island as our room. Our views were very similar. You could see the pounding waves as they hit the outer wall of the atoll. Did you know that there are about 60 islands in the Thaa atoll? Now you do.

The music was just right, and the air conditioning was set at a perfect temperature. I enjoyed the massage immensely although at several points my mind would wander to what I might write about in my blog. I had to constantly bring my thoughts back to zen, and what was happening to my body. The deep tissue massage was great, and I enjoyed the facial also. At one point Chandra put a mask on my face and I was going to ask her to take my picture for the blog. I had a moment of sanity and my gooped up face is only in your imagination. Spa treatment over, I returned via buggy to our villa to await Steve, wondering if he would think I looked years younger!

He did not. He was more excited about telling me about all the beautiful fish that he caught. I think that in editing this post he will try to make up for his faux pas and will spend the rest of the day gazing at me adoringly with goo goo eyes as is most proper.

Until later kids!

Como Maalifushi Friday January 12, 2018 Steve fishes and I go to the Spa.

So I last left you with Steve off fishing, and my enjoying life beach side.

Steve caught another beautiful peacock grouper, or perhaps this was the same one, but from a different angle. My what sharp teeth he has!

I had decided that I had enough laying about and was off to explore the gym and spa. Down the garden path I went admiring the landscaped grounds.

I removed my designer Croc sandals and entered Como Shambhala, the spa.

Here we have the reception desk. You could get earphones, and locker keys here.

There was a fresh fruit display, and cold water or piping hot sweetened ginger tea was offered to you. The ginger tea slightly burned my throat, but in a good way. I could feel healthier by the minute!

If you forgot your designer yoga outfit, you could make a purchase in the gift shop at the spa. I had brought enough Lululemon workout gear of my own, so I didn’t buy anything. There were yoga mats provided in your room. Complimentary yoga sessions were held once a day, I didn’t take any classes.

The spa treatment rooms were located in these villas along a small jetty. The first building on your left was the yoga pavilion. Would I try a treatment? You have got to be kidding me, of course I did! How many is the question, and you will have to wait to find out the answer!

This is another view of the spa lobby. You would sit here while you waited to your treatment.

The locker rooms, indoor yoga studio and gym were down this walkway. Their were shallow pools of water interspersed with sculpture. All very soothing.

This is the indoor yoga studio. Several mornings during my stay a number of the female staff were practicing for a dance to be performed on Como Maalifushi’s anniversary. I forgot to mention that there was a performance by several of the male staff our first night. The little kids loved to run up to the dancers, and try to steal the drums that they were performing with.

Let’s now enter the gym shall we? On the right is a sign in table. I think that Steve and I were the only ones to sign in. Steve told me that that stack of gym weights was very expensive. How he knows that type of stuff I don’t know.

There were treadmills, an elliptical and a recumbent bike (Yay!). I rode the bike every day that we were there from Friday on!

This is the view in the other direction. The gym also had a number of weight machines, and balance balls.

More of the gym and the expensive weights. They were in kilos, so I couldn’t use them. Ha Ha!

I tried to use some of the weight machines. I couldn’t figure out how to get on, off, or move the seat positions of the machine in the top middle of the page. I don’t think that anyone else could figure it out either, as it remained in one position our whole stay!

I am done riding the bike, so lets go see the changing rooms. Males to the left and females to the right. What an interesting piece of driftwood on the wall.

The opening to the left leads to the steam room and sauna. There was a soaking jacuzzi in the background. I used it commando, I didn’t read the sign on the wall that said “Please wear a bathing suit!” Uh Oh,

Here are the lockers. I got a different locker every time, and got quite confused remembering which locker was mine. As I fumbled with my key once too often I realized that the keys had numbers on them. My life suddenly got a whole lot easier! Inside the lockers were sandals, towels and a fluffy robe with sash. When Steve went to the spa his robe was too small as he is so powerfully built. They had to get him an extra large from storage!

This is the ladies toilet. There were these hoses in all the bathrooms. I wasn’t sure what they were for. I didn’t ask. Sometimes I really don’t ask questions, hard as that is to believe!

This is the shower. Along with two toilets, there were two showers.

Here we have another view of the jacuzzi. It was kept a little too cool for me. But I do enjoy a waterfall edge!

Part of my thorough investigation led me to try the steam room. Yes, it was quite steamy!

The sauna of course was dry heat, so you could see inside.

Here is the interior of my locker. I sure can fill up a small space with my junk can’t I?

Steam room is ready, so I’ll see you later. Would I see the treatment rooms?

Would this yellow lipped emperor be the last fish that Steve would catch? How many fish would he catch for the trip? Would the guides’s boat have mechanicals? Would I have a massage? Would I meet an interesting couple? Stay tuned kids, it’s only Friday and we’re here until Wednesday!

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Como Maalifushi Friday January 12, 2018

Good Morning from my canopy! What a beautiful spot to have a cup of coffee, but no time for that! We have to go to breakfast as Steve needs to be ready to leave for fishing at 8:30.

One final sunrise picture and I am good to go.

Breakfast was the usual selections of the buffet and the choice of hot food to order from the menu. Everyday there was a rotating special, I could never understand what they were. Here is Steve in his bonefishing outfit, he covers himself head to toe. No face buff at breakfast thought! We don’t want to scare the other guests!

I loved the fruit danish. I would eat one every day. I found the puffy croissants too hard to eat. First world problems.

There was a different cut fruit salad every day also. This was watermelon with dragon fruit. I asked staff what the white fruit was as I thought dragon fruit was only purple with black spots. I was wrong, it comes in white and purple varieties!

I even tried to cool down juice.

This morning I had the omelette with gruyere, onion, mushroom and spinach. I learned that morning to order my bacon extra crispy! This bacon was a little too rare for me!

I wished Steve and Craig good fishing! I wanted to show you Craig’s boat. It was made in the Florida Keys. The boat and trailer was transported in a cargo ship. I’m not sure how long it took to get here, Craig’s boss drove it 110 nautical miles from Male to Maalifushi. It took about five hours. He had to stop for gas once.

Good bye Steve and Craig! I hope you return, as I’m not sure how to bring all the luggage back by myself!

So while Steve was off fishing I decided to explore. I walked along the beach, admiring the dhoni and the speedboat that takes you to the seaplane. I was calling the speedboat a ferry in previous posts, in this case it’s more accurate to call it a speedboat.

There was a hammock for one person to sit on.

This map shows you the Thaa atoll and all the dive sites. The resort is located near spot 1, there is an arrow pointing from the Como Feather on the map. We didn’t go diving, only snorkeling. I am sure if you liked to scuba you would have a great time here. It appears that spot 21 is called Gunnar’s rock. I hope he didn’t hit anything the day he discovered it. Let’s hope that he caught a big fish there!

Continuing to explore I examined the lounge beds by the beach. They were double cushioned with a terry cover that was laundered and replaced each day. They was a teak table to put your book or drink on.

Here is the lounge bed with the back erect so you could read, watch your children on the beach, ogle people in bathing suits behind your polarized lenses, or catch up on your blogging. Guess what I did? A little bit of this, a little bit of that, however as we had no children with us caption two was eliminated. Looks like I was thinking about snorkeling also.

I ended up siting on about three of the lounge beds, trying to stay out of the sun! Staff might have thought that I was Goldilocks!

Over my shoulder you can see the Madi Restaurant, where we had breakfast every day. The pool had a zero entrance in one part of it. The trees were in the middle of the pool. It reminded him of a nasty golf course hole!

While I was blogging, Steve caught this peacock grouper. This was an immature fish . The mature fish have the marking reversed. Pink with blue spots.

I was brought ice water to enjoy. This is the water I was looking for when I was complaining a few posts ago. I knew it was available as I had gotten it on Friday. However on Sunday I couldn’t get any!

While I was sipping my ice water Steve got this long skinny pipe fish. Don’t you wonder how they came up with this creative name? Now you can tell that Steve took this picture. He is not a professional like Craig! Steve gets, shoes, cushions, tackle and no faces in his pictures. Craig gets fish and sometimes the fisherman!

Steve is itching to go to lunch now so I will have to break off posting for a bit. I couldn’t resist showing you this couple, they had a professional photographer posing them. “Cross your feet, look at me, madame should make goo eyes at the man, hold the shell necklace just so!” Talk about exhausting! I’ll just have to explore the spa and gym in my next post!

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Como Maalifushi Thursday Evening January 11, 2018 Cocktail Party and Dinner

After Steve and I showered and changed we headed off to the weekly Cocktail party. We crossed the jetty from the mainland towards sunset, and the interior of the atoll.

This cozy spot was where you lounge about waiting for the ferry to take you to the sea plane on departure day. I think this place manages to stretch out your relaxation as long as possible! Of course, if you wanted to hang out there anyway, you certainly could!

On the way to the party we saw where staff had set up a dinner on the beach for one lucky couple. Although it could have been just for show, so that the cocktail guests would think “hmm, this looks delightful, darling lets arrange this for ourselves”! At $500 per couple, this too could happen!

Steve veered me away from the private dinner so we could join the cocktail party and meet some of the other guests. But first a view of the spread. I did not sample any one them, so I can’t tell you what they were or how they tasted!

Here are more of the canapés waiting to be eaten by the guests.

Besides beer, wine, and soda there was a gin based drink that was available. I was going to go for it, but decided on a coke instead. It was the first soda that I had all vacation.

Here is Steve talking to Gunnar, he was in charge of the 68 foot yacht on property. He was trying to convince Steve to go out deep sea fishing with him one day. Gunnar was scrolling through pictures on his phone to entice Steve. Steve prefers to go fly fishing instead. Maybe later in the trip I’ll show you pictures of the boat from the brochure in our room and give you prices.

The sun was starting to set, this looked like a promising start to our week here at Como Maalifushi. I had my own canopy and plunge pool, Steve caught some fish on his first day out; all we were missing was to meet some interesting people.

There seemed to be a lot more staff to guest interaction that guest guest so we left the party to go to dinner. The staff did a great job of explaining all the different excursions you could go on. These were snorkeling with turtles, rays or whale sharks , private guided snorkeling of the reef, sunset dhoni cruise, and deep sea fishing on the yacht to name a few.

We said goodbye to the private dinner and made our way to Madi, the main restaurant. Would we ever drink from a bottle of Tattinger on the beach?

All meals, except for breakfast start out with a cool towel. I think none at breakfast as it is usually cooler in the morning and most guests haven’t gotten a chance to work up a sweat yet.

No pictures of dinner, the light was really poor. This was dessert. I must have managed to bring one of the candles closer so you could make out the shininess of the chocolate sauce.

Steve insisted I turn the dessert around so you could see the pretty fruit that accompanied the cake. The chocolate sauce doesn’t look as shiny in this picture so I have decided to bore you with two pictures. Now I had a bit of a problem understanding the dessert. It was called six texture chocolate cake. I thought it was going to be a layered cake. Instead it tasted like a flan with chocolate sauce poured on top. Perhaps there were six different types of chocolate used in the creation.

After dinner we were presented with two chocolates and two mint jellies.

We arranged for a buggy back to the villa. I was not one to walk when I could get a ride. As we neared the Japanese Restaurant across form our villa we heard a lot of splashing. The fish gather here to be fed scraps from the restaurant. The beige fish is a nurse shark. The other fish are bluefin trevally.

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Como Maalifushi Wednesday January 10, 2018

I left you yesterday somewhere over the Indian Ocean hading toward the Thaa atoll, where Como Maalifushi is located.

We flew over a resort that was under construction, just before we landed. Here you see all the over water villas along a jetty. It appears that these villas will have plunge pools also! The black areas in the water are coral reefs in shallow water. In the distance you can see the barrier atoll where the deep water crashes into the reef.

It looks like there is construction going on here also. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find out what was being built, or what the new resort was going to be named. Am I expected to know everything?

We finally landed, next to a floating dock. You can tell that this gentleman is not the pilot as he is wearing sandals!

Here is the approaching ferry to take us to Como Maalifushi. Did you think they would leave us bobbing on a float the rest of our lives?

We were greeted at the landing dock by the heads of all the departments. The staff knew the names of all of the arriving guests. I think they had cheat sheets, and each head was assigned a family to greet by name. We were met by Steve’s fishing guide, Craig. We have a good friend who is from South Africa, and his name is Greg. I think that white males from South Africa only have a choice of two names, Craig or Greg. Steve, however thinks Craig really looks like a Trevor, which is really messed up if you ask me! Steve and Craig discussed the upcoming day’s fishing and then we were escorted into our buggy by a driver and driven around the grounds. We finally arrived at our villa. Our first day we had arrived late, and my pictures were a bit dark. The pictures from this post are from the next day.

Como Maalifushi has a choice of beach villas, and over water villas. I believe all of the units have plunge pools. Some of the villas have a little bit larger living room. The two bedroom villas, are basically two villas connected. We didn’t get a chance to look at the beach villas, they are supposed to be more private as they are not attached. Steve and I thought that they might be a little more hot, as they are surrounded by trees and they might not get much of a breeze. I asked a staff member about this and he told me they were quite breezy. I’m not sure if there was a communication error there, as I can’t see how the villas would catch a breeze, nestled in the trees. Let’s go into our villa, shall we? I have skipped over the front door and entryway as I am currently sitting on the beach; not enjoying a mai tai as the pool and towel attendant is elsewhere. I did not take the picture of the front door and for that I profusely apologize. Perhaps later. Anyway, here is the living room. There are two chairs, and a table to drop your stuff off on.There should alway be one designated shit collector area in every house. Unfortunately, like most people we have a tendency to leave stuff on every horizontal surface! Every evening the room attendant would leave on the table a sheet detailing the next days activities. The hanging light over the table was hung at such a hight that every time I got up from sitting there I would hit my head. Swine light fixture! There is a lovely sofa in which I sat for two minutes to try it out. Very comfy. A huge flat screen tv complete with Bose sound system completed the entertainment area.

There was an adapter supplied in case you forgot to buy one at Target before you left home. No usb cords, but I am sure that you could get one if you asked. My key pad seems fully charged now, so I won’t need to borrow a usb cord. It seems that my keypad was not fully charged before we left home , although the literature with the device said that it was shipped fully charged.

Enough about adapters, and key pad you say, show us more of the room!

Here I show you the outside of the credenza. We were supplied with bottled water each day. They were free in the room, if you wanted water at your meals, there was a slight charge. The price for still water was $3 and $5 for sparkling water. A name brand was higher. What’s inside the credenza you ask?

On the right side was a coffee maker, electric kettle and various teas. This coffee maker was so easy, even Steve could use it!

In the middle was the mini bar, supplied with all sorts of expensive goodies. That bottle of Corona looks really good right now, and where is that beach attendant when you want him?

I don’t seem to have a picture of the door on the left, it must have held beverage glasses. We were given a plate of fruit, which rotated daily. I don’t know what the fruits that look like pears are. I’ll have to sample them before we leave. Until now I have only eaten the grapes. Which of course you can tell as there aren’t any grapes in the picture!

Here is another angle of our room, looking toward the sofa and television. It appears that we have a bucket of champagne in melted water. Hmm, the management must have left us some bubbly before we went to bed our first night, and clueless couple that we are,we didn’t notice it! Perhaps we can bring it to dinner and have staff exchange it for a chilled bottle!

It’s a bottle of Tattinger, we don’t want to waste that!

That’s enough for now, I have gone in search of the pool/beach attendant for ice water. Back home, you are likely sipping a hot tea or coffee while I am bedraggled and spritzing.

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Gili Lankanfushi, Wednesday January 10, 2018 Our last day at Gili

Now that it is our last day at Gili, it is time you learn a little history and about the geography of The Maldives. We are located in the Indian Ocean, in the Arabian Sea. The Maldives is located southwest of India and Sri Lanka. There are about 26 double atolls comprised of almost 1200 islands, 200 of the islands have been leased to tourism. The territory is about 115 squares miles, it is the smallest Asian country measured by size and population which is around 400,000. Fisheries and tourism are the main industries.

Male where the Main airport is located is the Capital. It is the lowest country in the world, with the highest natural point being only at about 8 feet above sea level! It is though that the first inhabitants arrived in the 5th century. The Maldives is 100% Muslim. During out stay here at Gili Lankanfushi we could often hear the call to prayer.

On our way to breakfast we saw this ray off of our jetty. We thought he was going to bury himself in the sand. Of course since i was videotaping he divided to just flap. So we left him to his life and went off to breakfast.

I had another shot of the morning starter, a pineapple orange combination. I also tried the healthy green juice drink. I can’t tell you how much stronger, vibrant and alert i am. Ha, Ha, just kidding! I’m the same old Linda.More fruits form the fruit bar. The little white balls were quite interesting. The hairy one was different from the one that looked like fish eyes. They were both very wet, and the hairy one was a little more opaque appearance than the three to the left. It was also larger when removed from the shell All were delicious. There is that beautiful dragon fruit again, on the lower right. It looks like a purple kiwi! There is also a pineapple tart on the upper part of the. picture, but we are just going to ignore that piece of heaven. Too many calories to think about.

Steve was feeling a little sluggish from all our relaxation and insisted that we hit the gym. The view from the exercise bike was delightful, but it was a little too warm for me. I adjusted the air conditioning, but I was still a little too warm for comfort. Plus the bike was not a recumbent one, so I was eager to quit after twenty minutes of cardio. I decided to try the Pilates Reformer that was in the gym. There was an instructional DVD going on, and it was a lot of fun to try to imitate the sleek and limber model. Later that day my groin was killing me, I think I went at it a little too vigorously.

We returned to our villa, finished packing, called our Ms Friday Shazu to pick us up. We got a picture of her with her buggy in front of our villa. You were wondering what our wonderful Shazu looked like, weren’t you?

We had a lovely lunch of Chicken Caesar Salad with another beer, and waited to be picked up to be brought to Male for our afternoon flight to Como Maalifushi.

You might have been wondering about the guest make up at the resort. When we talked to our travel agent I had mentioned that I loved to stay at small resorts, and meet the other guests. He had told me that would be an unlikely occurrence. He was correct. The majority of the guests stay to themselves. You can tell the guests that are Americans as they are always friendly! I did manage to meet a lovely couple from Texas on their honeymoon, and we exchanged Instagram account names. So now I have a new friend to see again! At Gili there were honeymooners, families with toddler children, families with older children and older couples like us. Some of the guests were from England, Germany and also Russia. I chatted up the Russian couple at breakfast. He had been coming to the US for vacation for over 30 years. This was the first year that he couldn’t get a visa. So instead of spending his money in LA and NYC, he was at Gili. I asked him what he thought about Trump. He was hard to understand with his accent. So I am not sure what the average wealthy Russian thinks of him.

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