I didn’t know the concept of “escape” until I travelled to Maldives, the tropical destination made of over a thousand islands near the Indian Ocean.
Living in Hong Kong where daily lives are filled with noises, stress and skyscrapers, I always wondered what it was like to be in a place where all the above elements turn to the opposite.
Before the moment we landed in Male, the capital of Maldives, passengers on the plane were already peeking outside the window and got overwhelmed by the endless blue-sky-and-white-sand view.
From the “wows” among the passengers, it was as if the view was still a highly retouched photo you saw on the advertisement of some travel agents. But once we stepped out of the plane, everything became so real, or even too surreal to be true. The sky, the sea and sands are all touchable and breathable.
Then it took another 25 minutes of trip through seaplane before we arrived at the smallest airport you could imagine, a 12 sq meter floating dock in the middle of the sea.
The pilots were all wearing flip-flops and helping passengers to load the luggage. Then another boat came to pick us up and head to the final place we booked, the Vilamendhoo Island Resorts.
There’s only one resort per island due to the “one island, one resort” concept, which means you have to either love it or hate it. But it would be too hard for anyone not to fall in love with such a place.
We stayed at a water villa of the resort. The Indian Ocean is just right in front of the eyesight. Time seemed to pass very fast when you just enjoyed looking at the sun rising and falling.
The wide sky on top of your head, the breezy smell of the ocean and the sounds of waves gave me this feeling of intense isolation from the rest of the world and beyond the universe.
It wasn’t long for me to soon realize doing nothing is the best thing to do when you’re in the middle of nothing.
The calmness, tranquility and relaxation on the island were superb and precious, not to mention I had the best moment of my life so far under the beautiful sunset in the Indian Ocean. If you’re looking to be more active than me, don’t worry, this place is known to have the best paddle boards brands for beginner travelers.
This is what I call “escape” now, the experience of going to a place that you don’t need to worry about anything else.
Well, the wi-fi connection is simply too poor for you to worry anything anyways.