26/06/2022

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VISUAL DIARY OF THE SALTY LUXE MALDIVES RETREATS

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RETREAT #1

The connection on our very first Indulge Maldives x Salty Luxe Maldives retreat was real right from the start.

From the moment of first touching down in paradise, the excitement levels were at an all time high. From flying over the incredible Maldives archipelago, to meeting 14 incredible humans including the gorgeous Sarah (& Chesh!) from Salty Luxe, to calling our bucket list dreamy overwater villas home for the next 2 nights. The guys and girls just seemed to mesh so naturally – it was evident right from

our first moments in paradise, just how epic this trip was going to be!

We literally jumped into life in paradise on our Maldive Salty Luxe Retreats. Playing in our overwater villas, on white sand beaches & indulging in sunset cocktails & coconut welcome drinks with the most magical sunset to kickstart out official welcome to the Indulge Maldives x Salty Luxe Maldives Retreat. The perfect way to get to know our new friends!

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Our retreat time at the resort was incredible to say the least… sunrise Yoga, poolside breakfasts, coral planting, Mexican feasts, sunset margaritas, beachside dinners, luxurious spa treatments, tropical beach hangs, banging sunsets, champagne on departure … none of us wanted to leave! Sigh!

Flying over the isles of Maldives as a retreat group, to the far northern atolls, we arrived in Haa Dhaalu, to an eco hotel, with detached beachfront villas, all made from sustainable wood. Highlights of our Salty Luxe Maldives retreat on this island included learning more about corals from the Marine biologist, snorkelling sessions, cocktail evenings on the bar boat, soaking up the pristine bikini beach, discovering the unique local island & the incredibly personal & insightful Salty Luxe workshop presented by Sarah & Chesh.

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Our time here came to an end & we set off for our second local island on this Maldives group trip, widely regarded as the most beautiful local island in Maldives. The flight alone here was insane; so many atolls and facades of ocean blues. Stepping foot onto this island made up of a gazillion palm tree plantations, it seemed our Maldives retreats group was obsessed with the natural beauty of this island!

We literally dumped our bags & spent the afternoon soaking up all the tropical vibes on offer. At sunset time the Maldivian locals showed us how to weave palm leaves into mats, bracelets & origami style crafts. Early morning we awoke to a voyage to discover whale sharks! Sadly they were playing hide & seek on us, but none the less we had the best day of the retreat! We sailed the unbelievably pristine waters on our traditional ‘Dhoni’ (wooden boat), & sighted turtle after turtle & even a pod of dolphins, before cruising across a bucket list uninhabited island, where we dropped the anchor & launched ourselves into the middle of the ocean! Our third swim stop for the day was snorkelling a remote sandbank island & the corals attached to it. Plunging off the boat, we instantly saw countless baby black tip reef sharks, an octopus & an abundance of colourful fish. In the evening, The Maldivian Whale Shark Research Centre gave our retreat group a personal presentation on the whale sharks in Maldives, their behaviour in the region & the need for better protection.

We woke just after sunrise, to a beautiful floating breakfast prepared for us on the beach infant o the hotel. Think pastries, baked treats, fresh juice & of course, a huge spread of tropical fresh fruit, placed on a palm leaf centre piece…total breakfast goals! After breakfast, the crew frolic around the 3km of beaches before a gorgeous lunch on the beach, where the group dug out & pulled up huge fishing net debris.

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Saying our goodbye to our 14 new friends the next morning was incredibly sad after an epic 9 days together in paradise on the very first of our Salty Luxe Maldives Retreats! On the flip we now have friends to visit all over the world, with new adventures to be shared together.

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But, it didn’t end there…

A second group of 14 epic humans joined Sarah & Chesh for another one of our unique & luxurious Salty Luxe Maldives Retreats. 7 nights at a luxury Maldives five-star resort! This time with a focus on both luxury & conservation! Think whale sharks, planting coral with Marine Biologists, dreamy beachside breakfasts, bucket list floating breakfasts, sunset cocktails & coconuts, extravagant restaurants, morning yoga & sound healing meditation, treasure hunts, sunset dolphin cruises, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, ice cream at your disposal, tropical bicycle rides around the island & overwater villa photoshoots as a part of the one & only Salty Luxe photography & social media workshop. This is going up there in our Maldives retreats to remember!

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RETREAT #2

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A huge thank you to Sarah & Chesh of Salty Luxe for sharing their love, warmth, energy, passion, knowledge, skills & kindness with their community of Salty travellers. We can’t count the number ‘that was the best day of my life’s’ we heard on these very special Maldives retreats. It was our absolute pleasure to  hand curated a unique itinerary for the very first ever Salty Luxe Maldives Retreat! Big thank you also to Rove Byron Bay (Australia) for sponsoring our goodie bags & sending beautiful & sustainable pieces all the way to Maldives for our guests.

If you would like to join us on future Indulge Maldives retreats, or if you wish to do one of our Maldives group trips, we can hand curate a unique one-off island hopping itinerary. Please register your interest below or reach out to us at holidays@indulgemaldives.com 🙂

We would love to have you join us on one of our Maldives retreats here in paradise for the trip of a lifetime!

Kristie x

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