Escape: A Private Island Awaits
Mumbai, 22nd October, 2012: Tucked away at the heart of the Indian Ocean, Club Med Kani is one of the most beautiful and well maintained islands in the Maldives. Its beaches are warm, inviting and most of all, private. A bevy of activities, plenty of adventure and a healthy dose of local culture add to the charm of the location. And Club Med’s rather niche and unique all-inclusive concept puts this resort a cut above its competition.
It’s that time of year when the city work is a drag and creative energies are running low. But far from this despair, there’s a beach somewhere that’s bathed in dappled sunlight. In this place, the sun kissed sand is lapped by transparent turquoise water, skies are endlessly blue and wine glasses are never empty. And it isn’t that far away, in fact the place in question is just beneath India’s Southern tip; it is Kani Island, in the Maldives.
With nothing but the sound of the waves crashing and the sight of clear water mirroring clear skies, Club Med Kani is a safe haven from the infernal noise and eternal strife of the city. This little island has been converted into a premium private resort by the world renowned French corporation, Club Mediterranee, commonly known as Club Med. This private island is a serene, peaceful place that only encourages happiness; the perfect getaway.
The highlight of this resort is that it’s designed to deliver peace of mind; elements of wellness and care are therefore, a large part of the experience. Club Med offers a wide range of truly world class spa treatments, including Balinese massages, warm stone massages, pure nature facials, reflexology and aromatherapy. These therapies employ the healing power of touch, energy of the earth, the strength of natural enzymes and the body’s innate energy points to release toxins, relieve stress and tension, and restart the body’s energy flow. Intense healing and luxurious rejuvenation are prerequisites to a peaceful gateway.
Club Med resorts are unique in their hospitality policies, too; members of the staff are referred to ‘GOs’, or Gentils Organisateurs, which loosely translates to gracious or nice organizers. They work hard to exceed their guest’s expectations by providing the best care and service possible. This system allows guests to really let their hair down from the moment they arrive at the resort. Families and couples can take the time to renew their relationships in moments as gentle moments as these.
In addition, Club Med Kani is an all-inclusive resort which is specially crafted to take care of its guest’s every need and deliver holidays hassle free. Not just unlimited food and beverages (alcohol included), the all-inclusive tag covers every aspect of vacation interests. This premium service provides for water sports and other activities; leaving guests with no payments to make and thus, completely at ease. Known as a sanctuary for the spirit, this resort is the ideal peaceful getaway.
Unlike most whitewashed, globalized villages of the world, the Maldives is largely isolated and therefore has rather distinct local culture. It is delightful to live at the heart of such vivid culture points and excursions to local islands around Kani are both enlightening and enjoyable. Club Med Kani organizes excursions to untouched Virgin Islands, where the fine sand is white and pure and there’s not a soul around. Guests are invited to experience the Maldivian thrill of night fishing, as the resort can organize a night reef fishing trip that begins at sunset. Catching and cooking your own fish is a rare and highly exclusive adventure. These experiences bring people home to themselves and make them more calm and connected to their true, inner selves.
At an all-inclusive resort like Club Med Kani, the local cuisine is a forte. This titillating concept allows guests to eat and drink as much as they want and whenever they want. This resort has two restaurants and two bars: there’s Vehli, for International cuisine and traditional Asian cuisine buffets; The Kandu, which is a specialty restaurant, the Iru Bar on the Teak terrace that looks view over the bungalows on stilts, beside the swimming pool and Sunset Bar on the edge of the lagoon, near the Kandu restaurant. Spoilt for choice, foodies are in for a gastronomic delight as they sample the local specialties, while retaining the option of eating more familiar food from non-indigenous cuisines too. With top-notch local and international chefs, the resort’s menus are quite thick.
Set in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, this little island resort is buzzing with adventure; there is a host of sport tuitions and activities, on land and underwater, too. The translucent tropical waters lend themselves to scuba diving and snorkeling all through the year. And being one of the world’s richest coral reef areas, even amateur swimmers can enjoy Kani’s underwater beauty with minimum effort. Kani is also a great place for water sports like sailing, surfing, parasailing, kayaking, kite-surfing, water-skiing, and swimming. Line fishing, night fishing and deep sea fishing are also carried out in this private island. Personalized activities like private boat trips, lobster picnics, wave runner outings and visits the Male can also be arranged.
With its wide open spaces and carefully manicured lawns sport enthusiasts can quite literally have a field day with the variety of games here; there’s badminton, basketball, beach soccer, beach volleyball, soccer, volleyball, water polo, bocce ball and table tennis.
While there’s plenty to do in Club Med Kani, it’s the ultimate destination for a lazy, laidback holiday; the kind that refreshes and revives. A few days away from the snares of the city, amidst the wildly mesmerizing charm of a private island set on nature’s loveliest sea sets the spirit free like nothing else can. With nothing but sea and sky around for miles, Club Med Kani is an escapist’s dream.
What to pack:
- Light cotton / linen clothes
- Sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater)
- Comfortable slippers or loafers
- Hats or headgear
Highlights / Things to do:
- Snorkeling / Scuba Diving
- Adventure Sports : Saling, Jet Skiing, Kayaking
- Glass Bottom Boat
- Line fishing, Night Fishing & Deep Sea Fishing
- Scenic Sea plane
- Spa Treatments & Wellness Centers
- Local Excursions : Maldivian village tour and Male city tour, half-day picnic, Excursion to Blue Lagoon
- Sun Set cruise