This Tranquil Maldives Resort Taught Me How To Really Slow Down

I can’t mention the spa without noting my deep-tissue massage, which was nothing short of transformative – with sandalwood oil melting away knots of tension I didn’t realise were there, while listening to the hypnotic sound of the waves.

But for all the luxury and in-the-moment tranquility of these islands, it’s bound to prey on your mind that the Maldives are at the front line of climate change. During my stay, I talked this through with the resort’s marketing director, Pratyush Mohapatra, over iced coffee at Kandima’s lakeside café – as he told me that the islands’ delicate coral reefs are being bleached by higher sea surface temperatures, causing them to lose the algae that give them their vibrant colours. Kandima is making inroads here – protecting the rare mangroves (which in turn reduce soil erosion with their intertwined roots), educating guests and staff on coral reef protection and being mindful of food miles, with its with a farm-to-fork approach.

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Rising sea levels are the longer term challenge, but extreme weather is already a regular occurrence. Yes, it’s worth noting that Maldivian storms are a thing – but somehow they only add to the islands’ charm. Plus, Kandima takes this in its stride; ferrying guests in covered buggies to the sleek glass walled restaurants where you can take in the lightning show with your glass of wine, safe from the gales.

We had far more sunshine than rain, but either way, rain never stole our joy. One night, spent watching the storms with a feast of aged steaks, truffle fries and red wine at resort restaurant ‘Smoked’ was not your standard Maldives sunset and sushi evening – but we both agreed it was our favourite.

This Tranquil Maldives Resort Taught Me How To Really Slow Down

The storm raged all night, putting the next day’s flight to the airport by fragile seaplane in question – but by the next morning’s sunrise, tranquility had been restored, and with a coffee and sandwich parcel we were on our way.

There’s something about letting nature run the show that feels profoundly peaceful. The Maldives taught me that it’s okay to slow down and be in the moment – whether that’s under a stormy sky or radiant sun. And that’s a lesson I’m taking home with me.

Find out more about Kandima Maldives here.


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