Swimming with the turtles in the Maldives: Amilla Fushi

Swimming with the turtles in the Maldives: Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi is beautifully located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, one of the 26 natural atolls in the Indian Ocean. This has long been on Judith’s list as an ideal venue for their wedding with Simon. And right after their honeymoon. After their Budapest city break, Simon flew back to Jerusalem to prepare for their campaign in the elections, while Judith carried on with her quest for the ideal spot. As she steps onto the terrace and catches the view of her private pool and the infinity of the sea, she can,t deny the uncertainty which arouses in her heart.

She tries to think of the day ahead of her: after a lavish breakfast the event coordinator picks her up to show her the hotel and the event facilities. Judith is speechless as they explore the hotel. The amazing Ocean Reef Houses are built right on the edge of the reef with direct access to the ocean, are also featuring an incredible spacious outdoor terrace and your very own fresh water pool. The contemporary and sleek air-conditioned 250 sqm houses come with a 42 inch flat-screen TV and satellite channels, a separate indoor living room area with sofa and work desk, a MiniBar, in and outdoor showers and a bathroom with bathtub. She can’t imagine anything more beautiful for a honeymoon. But when she thinks of honeymoon suddenly Sam’s face comes to her mind…

“From the Lagoon and Ocean Lagoon Water Villas, you have breathtaking panoramas of the turquoise blue lagoon and the sunset. The modern air-conditioned 200 sqm water villas offer direct access to the ocean and come with your very own and spacious freshwater pool.” – goes on the event coordinator. Judith is immersed in her thoughts. When they met in Budapest, Sam was so happy to her and so disappointed when Simon arrived. And until now she hasn’t realised that she also enjoyed their private time together.

She takes pictures of the intimate 450 sqm beach houses with their private garden and full size swimming pool, outdoor dining area and indoor living room. But she will not post it to Instagram, so that Simon’s political career is protected.

Judith’s favourite is the 12 meter-high one bedroom Wellness Treehouse by Bodyism at Amilla, which combines a secluded spa, fitness and healthy eating experience in the treetops. These Houses also feature their own cantilevered infinity pools looking out over the tree canopy; an indoor living room area; a spacious bathroom and outdoor showers. Awesome!

But as Judith is passionate about nature and Earth, for her the real beauty of being here is that you can actually do something for the environment.

She decides to try Turtle watching. The hotel collaborates with TurtleWatch and the Olive Ridley Project, ongoing open platforms focused on turtle research across the Maldives. “I joined a marine biologist on an exciting adventure to swim with these ancient, fascinating reptiles in their natural environment at a nearby reef.” – she tells Simon on the phone in the evening. – “The adventure started with an in-depth briefing on turtles, a lesson on how to ID the species, and a discussion on the threats they face and how we can help to protect them. it was awesome. it would be so romantic to do this with you.”

“I joined a marine biologist on an exciting adventure to swim with these ancient, fascinating reptiles in their natural environment at a nearby reef.” – she tells Simon on the phone in the evening. – “The adventure started with an in-depth briefing on turtles, a lesson on how to ID the species, and a discussion on the threats they face and how we can help to protect them. it was awesome. it would be so romantic to do this with you.”

“You know that I hate animals.” – Simon’s words cool her down. – “I would never swim with them, forget it. Now I’ve got to go.”

In the unique marine bio program, you can learn about the ocean, pursue an adventure, experience the coral reef and participate in ongoing research to personally make a difference to our fragile environment.

Photos: Amilla Fushi Maldives

Story written by Timea Kadar

 

 

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