Rest & Penultimate Relaxation at Ananatara Dhigu Maldives
PHOTO: Bathroom view from my Ocean Suite at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa (c) Sery Kim
Having flown between 18-20 hours (I am so exhausted I can't even calculate my flying time), I find myself in the rare state of being one of the walking dead. Literally, I have not been able to sleep at all since leaving Washington, D.C. this past Sunday which is odd since I relentlessly traveled in 2015, in-and-out of airports every single week for 52 weeks. An hour here, two hours there, but never a full night's rest here in the Maldives. People always wonder how I am able to do so much work in "so little time." The reality is simply I don't sleep. And not because I haven't the desire. I absolutely adore cuddling into a gorgeous bed, falling deeply into the comforter's and down pillows and letting myself pass out for 8 hours. For some reason, my body is refusing to adjust to this new time zone so I find myself "falling asleep" at 7 am Maldives time which is about the time I fall asleep back home on the East Coast.
PHOTO: Yesterday's storm while arriving at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa (c) Sery Kim
Yet, for the first time ever, last night here on the awe-inspiring Maldivian resort of Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, I found myself confronted with the dual rare feats of having not only slept through the night but waking up to an actual alarm clock rather than housekeeping knocking on my door to clean the room.
PHOTO: The extraordinarily comfortable bed at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa (c) Sery Kim
Not just for this reason is Anantara my favorite resort thus far of all the resorts I have stayed at -- of course Jumeirah is not even a whisker-close second with (still) the best Indian food I have ever had and definitely the best infinity pool I have seen here in the Maldives.
Right now, with the vestiges of clarity I have from sleeping 8 hours, the three reasons why I prefer Anantara to Jumeirah is (1) the bathroom is wholly inside with air condition at Anantara Dhigu whereas at Jumeirah Vittevali the bathroom is outside; (2) the bed is demonstrably more fluffly and comfortable at Anantara; and (3) I have this impeccable ocean villa at Anantara whereas in Jumeirah I had a beach villa.
PHOTO: The Indian Ocean is my backyard here at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa (c) Sery Kim
Truly, these are first world problems when you are comparing two of the greatest resorts in the entire world on a Saturday morning!
Here are some pictures of Anantara Dhigu for you to enjoy while I go through the rest of my thoughts. It's been stormy and rainy most of yesterday -- I literally almost got blown into the Indian Ocean last night on my way to dinner -- but I see the sun valiantly trying to come out today!
My thanks again to the wonderful team at Zapwater Communications and Tourism Maldives for bringing me here to the "sunny side of life" for my XX birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
PHOTO: The vivid vegetation welcoming each ocean villa guest at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa (c) Sery Kim
PHOTO: The bathroom at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa (c) Sery Kim
PHOTO: Human Chess at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa (c) Sery Kim