Arrival in the Maldives...
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OK, arriving in the
Male airport isn't the most interesting place, and I was seriously ticked off when my bottle of gin was confiscated! Because it's a Muslim country, national laws don't allow the import of alcohol, or any pork products, and local laws say no dogs (no idea why...) - other Muslim nations (i.e., UAE -
Anyway, after a brief growl about getting my Bombay Sapphire swiped, we were met by a representative of the hotel, the One&Only Reethi Rah. We were expecting to be transferred by the resort's luxury yacht, but it was out of action so we were to be taken by seaplane! I was so pleased - I'd been to the Maldives with my parents a few years before hand and the transfer was seaplane because it was WAY too far to the other One&Only (Kanahura) to go by boat...it was such a superb experience I'd hoped Mark and I could go to RR this way, but it was going to be SO expensive because we'd basically have had to charter the plane ourselves, so we were pleased we'd not paid to go by air!
You get a completely different sense of the
As we landed with a bit of a bump and took our earplugs out (seaplanes are really noisy!) we could see staff from the hotel waiting on shore for us, with a fleet of golf buggies.