Over the water “bungalows”

It was this article that piqued my interest to pen today’s post. Yes this link is already some time back and old news. The purpose of the post today is to relate an experience that we learnt about such – over the water “bungalows” or suites.

Some years back, we had journeyed to the Maldives for a 2nd occasion to enjoy the azure blue waters of the atolls. The resort that we booked was in one of the outer atolls, which meant that we had to fly via sea plane for about an hour to get to our destination.

The resort had suites on an atoll island (landed) and over the water with beautiful views of the corals (what’s left after construction anyway). We had opted for the “landed” suites and decided one day to take a boat ride to visit the over water suites (it was separated from the atoll island). When we arrived, we realized that the sun was beating mercilessly on these suites.

Velavaru MapSince there are no trees or natural shade, there was no solace from the drenching sun. It was just past noon when we had gotten over to these overwater suites. You can see from the satellite photo that the over-water suites are nakedly exposed to the elements.

As we walked on the wood floorboards, we could feel the radiated heat coming off them!

Not sure how many can imagine this, but in tropical Singapore it is the same with the asphalt roads and concrete pavements. In the early evening, the heat emantes from the ground. We are sure that folks from temperate regions will experience this in the summer too.

See the contrast?

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That dawned on us why our “landed” atoll island facilities were always full of people! Not that there aren’t similar facilities at the over-water suites. Really nice photos that appears to symbolize luxury travel, there just isn’t any shade…

So how did we enjoy our own journeys to luxurious paradise? Continue reading here.

Before you dash off to book that dream holiday in a suite over water, reconsider!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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