Travel review: Honeymoon in the Maldives is paradise
Rangali is home to the world’s only undersea restaurant, something that has to be experienced to be believed.
With only eight tables inside the restaurant, it is very intimate – although you are joined by a host of sealife, going about their daily business as you tuck into your grub.
A pleasant experience marred only by my thoughtless choice of main course – black cod – which had me instantly feeling guilty as I tried to avoid the gaze of my new slippery friends on the other side of the glass wall.
On both islands, food was fantastic with most cuisines on offer and staff were beyond helpful.
The key to the restaurants was the location. No food could have matched the scenery of some of these eateries – many in the middle of the beach, overlooking the ocean or 50ft out into the ocean on stilts.
Those with the extra cash to spend could arrange for private meals on the beachfront under the stars.
We were surrounded by wildlife on the islands. Fruit bats slept in the trees above our apartment as we sunbathed and guests regularly see all kinds of marine life including giant manta rays, baby sharks, reef sharks and plenty of tropical fish.
We were also lucky enough to spend around half-an-hour following two schools of dolphins in their natural environment as we took a sunset cruise.
According to the hotel staff, dolphins regularly join the boat trips and watching them swim next to the boat, feed and play was magical.