While it is difficult to see traveling as an actual job, there is an aspect to frequent travel which means that at some point you do get the feeling that you’ve kind of seen it all. When you’ve stayed in many of the five star resorts that grace the paradise nation of Maldives, the level of comfort (and perhaps decadence) that they offer does stop surprising you. And yet, Cheval Blanc Randheli, owned by LVMH, surprised me in a big way.
Though it’s been about a decade since I first got shoved into a Twin Otter sea plane at Male airport, I remember the experience vividly. The Maldives are paradise in the way that a cartoon would portray it, it’s scarcely believable the first time. The low flying sea planes offer a great view of the many light blue and green atolls that are dotted all over this particular stretch of the Indian Ocean. It’s really rather magnificent. Fast forward 10 years and two dozen sea plane trips later, you kind of wish like you could skip the cramped, hot and above all very loud part of the journey and just fast forward to the island already. While this kind of teleportation has yet to be invented, unfortunately, the Cheval Blanc resort has tried to make this part of the trip as painless as possible by flying their own branded sea plane with a much more spacious and comfortable layout. Business class, if you will. It makes the whole thing a lot more bearable to the point that you can enjoy just looking out the window again, like that first time.