Welcome to the Angsana Maldives

A closer look at my recent trip to the Angsana properties in the Maldives!

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ANGSANA RESORTS...

Last week I touched down in London from one of the best holidays of my life, I spent a week in the Maldives at the Angsana resorts with mega babes Sarah and Amy. It was the first ever time that I'd visited the Maldives, it had always been such a bucket-list destination for me and one that I never actually imagined I'd get to see. So, one rainy Monday morning when the email landed in my inbox inviting me on the trip of a lifetime I couldn't believe what I was reading (not even ashamed to admit that I cried - dream. come. true!). I arrived at Heathrow airport to meet with Felict the lovely PR, Sarah and Amy - it was the first time that I'd ever met Amy and Sarah and I can honestly say I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls, we all said how the week just felt much more like a girls holiday and less like work, we genuinely laughed the whole week, we all got on so well and I already miss those girls like crazy! I've been itching to share my pictures and vlog with you all - just casually editing down my 3,000 picture from the trip now (eek!), I'm going to be doing a holiday style diary and also a round up of what we did and my tips on the Maldives if you're thinking of visiting for the next instalment of my #12Countries12Months post. For now, let's take a closer look at the Angsana resorts!...
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WELCOME TO THE ANGSANA IHURU...

The Angsana Ihuru was the first of the Angsana properties that we visited, fresh of the plane we hopped on the speedboat (that will never not feel surreal, getting a speedboat from the airport to the resort!) and within 20 minutes we had arrived at the Angsana Ihuru.

It was love at first site, the turquoise waters, the palm trees against the pure white sand, the flashes of orange throughout the resort - the Angsana signature colour and decor, we were greeted by the friendliest of staff, who whisked our luggage straight off to our rooms and led us to the bar (my kind of service, haha!). We we then brought over homemade coconut ice-cream and warm cookies (just when you thought this place couldn't get any better, right?!), once we'd gone over our itinerary for the next few days we were shown to our rooms for a few hours of down time!

I was taken to my Beach front jet pool villa and genuinely felt close to tears (yes, this was an emotional trip, okay?!), fresh from over 20 hours of travelling the room felt like a giant hug! It was so beautiful, complete with an outdoor shower (my favourite feature), a giant bed, a private jet pool and a view of the ocean that will stay with me for a lifetime. 

I pitched up on my sun lounger in the private garden leading to the sea and decided to take a couple of hours to chill out, I took a dip in the ocean and read my book before showering and getting ready for our first meal at the Angsana Ihuru with the girls!

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During our stay at the Angsana Ihuru we were lucky enough to experience several activites that the hotel offers to any guest staying at the resort, we spent time snorkelling and exploring the coral reef (I cannot wait to share my Go Pro footage with you all!), we had a sunset BBQ beach dinner (where we all felt so romantic we wasn't sure who was going to propose first!), and we also spent a morning explorng Male, the capital of the Maldives. We had the most wonderful three days at the Angsana Ihuru and I one day hope to return to the resort as it was honestly so stunning, the resort had quite an intimate feel with just 45 villas on the island. I would highly, highly recommend the Angsana Ihuru if you're looking for a honeymoon destination or thinking of visiting the Maldives soon!
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Beachfront Villas at Angsana Ihuru start from £439 per night on a bed and breakfast basis. For reservations please call +960 664 3502 or email reservations-ihuru@angsana.com. For further information, visit www.angsana.com.

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WELCOME TO THE BANYAN TREE VABBINFARU...

On the Friday night during our trip we headed to the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru resort for dinner and to take a look around the resort. The Angsana group is the sister resort to the Banyan Tree and was based only a short speed boat ride away from the Angsana Ihuru. 

Me and the girls were lucky enough to experience a guided tour of the island, including viewing their Oceanview pool villa (which was absolutely stunning FYI!), complete with an epic private pool, and the most beautifully decorated villa I've ever laid my eyes on. 

After our tour we headed to the restaurant for a buffet style dinner, a couple of Coronas and a tonne of giggles (we were actually getting some disapproving looks as we kept laughing so much - or maybe we were just being slightly drunk and disorderly, who knows?!). 

From what I saw of the Banyan Tree, I can honestly say it's a stunning resort in beautiful surroundings, I'd love to return one day and hope you do too!

Ocean View Pool Villas at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru start from £692 per night on a bed and breakfast basis. For reservations please call +960 664 3147 or email reservations-maldives@banyantree.com. For further information, visit www.banyantree.com

 

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WELCOME TO THE ANGSANA VELAVARU...

After three days at Angsana Ihuru we headed back to the airport and picked up a 40 minute sea plane to the Angsana Velavaru (I got the chance to fly the sea plane with the pilot and it was one of the best experiences of my life, it was incredible and the views from the front of the plane were amazing -  vlogged it so keep an eye out in Sunday's video!). 

We checked into our deluxe beachfront pool villas, which yes, were as incredible as they sound! We dumped our bags off and headed to Sarah's room for a pool party (AKA blogger photoshoots and plenty of Chris Brown), it was such a fun afternoon!

The Angsana Velavaru was a bigger resort than the Ihuru, with 113 villas and a wealth of activites to cater for the guests. We were lucky enough to experience the sunset cruise, night fishing, jet skiing, snorkelling, a castaway dinner, coral planting, BBQ sunset dinner and the spa during our stay (phew!). 

With so much to do on the island, there really is no chance of being bored, we couldn't believe how much was on offer for the guests to do - there was never a dull moment (not that I'm sure paradise could ever be dull anyway?!). 

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We were welcomed onto the island with fresh sorbets, I went for passionfruit... yum! 

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Beachfront Villas at Angsana Velavaru start from £326 per night on a bed and breakfast basis. In Ocean Sunrise Pool Villas start from £1,103 per night on a bed and breakfast basis. For reservations please call +960 676 0028 or email Velavaru@angsana.com. For further information, visit www.angsana.com.

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During our stay at the Angsana Velavaru we were each offered a 60 minute spa treatment to experience, I opted for the 'Oasis' massage, designed with essential oils to soothe sunburn (I got so badly burnt two days before and this treatment honestly helped so much - I almost forgot about my sunburn once I'd left the spa, I was a new women!). The therapists at the spa are all trained at the Banyan Tree academies in Phuket so are all of an incredibly high and consistent standard. The spa facility was recently awarded as the Best Luxury Beauty Spa in Maldives in the 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards!
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WELCOME TO THE IN-OCEAN VILLAS, ANGSANA VELAVARU...

You know that saying 'save the best for last', well yeah, that! When we checked into the Angsana Velavaru we were offered a guided tour of the InOcean villas and we were all so incredibly excited to see them. We could admire them from afar from the beaches of Velavaru but to see them up close was something else entirely!

We were shown around and we were all rushing about the villas like children at Christmas, gushing about how beautiful the roof terrace/pool/private jetty was, we were then asked if we wanted to stay in the villas on our last night and I can honestly say the sounds that left our mouths didn't sound human. We were all so, stupidly excited to stay in the villas for one night, it genuinely was like a dream come true!

I couldn't wait for a midnight swim in my *private infinity pool (still feels so surreal!), or take a bath in front of the ocean, every detail, every aspect of the villa was just breathtaking and I've never quite seen anything like it.

The villas are super pricey (starting at £1,103 a night for B&B), but I can honestly say that I'd consider it for a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon destination. I'm honestly so thankful that I got to spend one night in somewhere so beautiful as I'm not sure I'll get to see anything quite like it again!

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In Ocean Sunrise Pool Villas start from £1,103 per night on a bed and breakfast basis. For reservations please call +960 676 0028 or email Velavaru@angsana.com. For further information, visit www.angsana.com.

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That fresh Calamari though... *inserts heart in eyes emoji!*

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If you made it to the end of this post, then go you! Sorry it was a tad picture heavy but I honestly couldn't wait to share my snaps of the Angsana resorts with you and I genuinely couldn't whittle the pictures down anymore - every resort was just so beautiful and picture perfect! This Sunday my #12Countries12Months video and blog post for the Maldives will be going live so expect to see yet more images of the Angsana resorts, the post will be packed with outfit shots, where we ate and covering the activities we did (including snorkelling and flying sea planes, eep!) so stay tuned!

Have you ever been to the Maldives? It is a destination that you would consider visiting? It's definitely a once in a lifetime kind of place!

20 Comments

  1. Fei 30th March 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Wow, the Angsana resorts all look amazing and I love that they offer so many different activities too. Will definitely have to keep them in mind for the honeymoon and any future holidays x

    • Hayley 4th April 2016 / 11:13 am

      That’s great news love, I genuinely couldn’t recommend them anymore – they would make the BEST honeymoon resort! x

  2. Sophie 30th March 2016 / 4:11 pm

    SUCH travel envy!! i’m heading to Tahiti and Bora Bora in 4 weeks and can’t wait to see it – I think it will look really simialr to this. Praying for this level of beauty!!! xxx
    http://www.fashionnomads.com

    • Hayley 4th April 2016 / 11:14 am

      Ah that sounds amazing love, have the BEST time and I can’t wait to see your snaps! x

  3. Megan 30th March 2016 / 4:26 pm

    Holy Flip! This looks out of this world incredible and sounds heavenly, such a great write up, well done girlie girl you jammy sod 😉 x

    • Hayley 4th April 2016 / 11:15 am

      Haha thanks lady! It honestly was so, so amazing! <3 xx

  4. Corrie 30th March 2016 / 6:38 pm

    Wow this looks gorgeous Hayley! Your pics are insane! What an amazing experience for you 🙂 definitely going to try and persuade Henry for us to have our honeymoon in the Maldives now!! 🙂

    • Hayley 4th April 2016 / 11:15 am

      Thank you lovely! I couldn’t recommend the destination anymore, it genuinely felt like a dream, it doesn’t look real! x

  5. Heather McKnight 30th March 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Definite travel envy right now. I really should stop reading your blog now, Hayley as I have the urge to just drop everything and just travel now. Help my bank balance. plz. Sounds like you’re having a fantastic time and I’m beyond excited to see your next travel diary!

    Heather, Porcelain Beauty x

    • Hayley 4th April 2016 / 11:16 am

      Haha sorry love! Ah thank you, really enjoying working on more travel content, so glad to hear it’s being well received 🙂 x

    • Hayley 4th April 2016 / 11:16 am

      Thank you! x

    • Hayley 4th April 2016 / 11:17 am

      Thank you lovely, it really was so beautiful! x

  6. Kate-louise 31st March 2016 / 4:37 pm

    JESUS CHRIST!! it looks amazing I need to go.Such a lucky girl to get to see these amazing places,very much deserved though <3 x

    • Hayley 4th April 2016 / 11:18 am

      Thank you so much lovely, your comment means so much! I couldn’t recommend this place anymore! xx

  7. Angharad 2nd April 2016 / 5:45 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous photos, I would love to go there one day! Thank you for sharing. Check out my new blog for my holiday “must haves”! I’d love to know what you think.

    Angharad x

    http://www.welshandwonderful.com

    • Hayley 4th April 2016 / 11:18 am

      Thank you lovely, if you get the chance, 100% do – it’s incredible! Will do love 🙂 x

    • Hayley 4th April 2016 / 11:18 am

      Ah thank you gorge, so glad you’re enjoying them! 🙂 x

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