Friendship Celebration At The Maldive Islands

by Marjan (text) and Anja (photography)

Prince William and Princess Kate have been making royal headline news for recently vacationing at the Maldives Island. All the talk has been about what Kate is wearing and the obvious question: ‘where is George?’

I wanted to share with you more personable (and perhaps relatable) news. Ten years ago when Anja and I met in Los Angeles, it was through a mutual loving friend Jisook. To make a long story short, it was love at first sight! As our personal lives evolved and the three of us were no longer living in Los Angeles, Anja, Jisook, and I promised one another to have a ten year reunion at the Maldives Island.
Plans were set, action taken and two weeks ago, we had the great fortune to keep our promise to one another after ten years. This reunion might not be worthy to make it on the news, but I promise you, the respect, love and friendship Anja, Jisook, and I have for one another, tops the news made by Will and Kate. Without being overly presumptuous, I think we ate more, laughed more, and enjoyed the island more - leaving foot prints on the sand of value and importance only to us, and perhaps those who share our story, lives, and hopefully our savorychicks family - you!

One obvious question is perhaps, ‘how was the food?’ Well, in one word: fantastic! To our great surprise, Veligandu Resort offered us not only noteworthy service, but excellent food. We had available to us a private dinner, served on the beach at sunset in front of calm, crystal blue waters with an array of fish and baby sharks visible to us calmly swimming! Yes, sharks! These were the friendliest sharks as they swam alongside people without concern. It is very hard to describe, but if you can only imagine having an aquarium in front view on top of soft white sand, with the sun setting projected ahead, mild refreshing breeze, and the most beautiful tropical island on earth as background. Heavenly! The senses are already in nirvana, and with our food served, our pleasure escalated to a whole other atmosphere. Excellent quality of steaks, grilled to perfection, vast variety of fresh seafood such as jumbo shrimp and lobster, and complimentary Champagne tops my list as favorites.

We also had available to us a full service buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our first false assumption was the food would be average and we were worried about the menu repeating after a couple of days. To our surprise, for the eight days we were on the island, the menu varied daily! Each day, we could count on a selection of assortments from the fruit and salad bar, breads, fresh grilled fish, desserts and cuisines inspired from America, Mexico, Spain, Italy, France, India, China, Japan and Thailand. Fruits we hadn't eaten so far such as red bananas, redrose apples or banana flowers (in a curry) made it even more exciting. The only difficulty was limiting our trip back to the buffet for a fourth and fifth serving. We were spoiled by the great food, hospitality, and views of the ocean and island.

Anja, Jisook and I are forever grateful for our experience; we cherish in our hearts our fun memories lying on the beach, swimming in warm crystal clear waters, enjoying our spa days, dining on the beach, but most importantly, the friendship and love shared.

So when are you going there?

PS. Want to read more about the Maldive Islands? Click here.

PSS. And for all you Persians out there: Happy New Year! Still looking for a recipe? How about sabzee polo mahee?

From our partner: LO+JUNE

From our partner: LO+JUNE
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