We are posting from the beautiful beach of San Vito Lo Capo today!!
This is the best beach in Sicily and arguably in southern Italy. If you are a beach lover and can’t go to Maldives, this will do for now. For our Maldives paradise adventures see our past posts :))
The sea is clean, clear and gradually getting deeper. Buoyancy is high, the water is very salty. We love it like this!
The sand is very fine and light yellow. To rent a one um fella and two chairs roughly will cost you $12 euros. There are zones on the outskirts that you can just put your own chair and towel – but we recommend renting since they are situated in the best zones of the beach.
Komandoo is located north of Male and takes about 35-40 min by seaplane to get there. It is surrounded by couple other islands, some where locals live.
The resort is operated in partnership by a Swedish and Maldivian firm. It also operates the Kuredu island which is very nearby. The general manager is Patrick who greets everyone at arrival and he is Belgian. We were greeted by songs, cold coconut juice and homemade coconut ice cream. They know how to start your holiday on a positive note.
We found the hospitality and level of service to be much better here than Gangehi. Also the beach front villas are better and cleaner. But we would advise to pick one not facing the local islands, the view is better. Our villa is nearly at the end tip of this 500 meter long island. Also the villas have outdoor bathroom, shower and jet tubs. Rooms are cleaned twice a day, but as a environment conscious island they won’t change sheets everyday unless you leave the cute wooden turtle on the bed. We love that they are eco friendly.
At first we were ambivalent about the half board but we love it now – the food is quality and lot of fresh fruits.
There is a bit of nightlife as well — last night we had a great cover band with a great variety of songs and sang some requests too.
The staff is better trained in hospitality and services in general. There are also women working at this island which we did not see at Gangehi except for the spa and the souvenir shop.
Water is fantastic – private beach with deafening quiet except of the sounds of ocean. The black tip sharks and stingrays go up and down the beach. So exciting to swim next to them and be in their presence. They are harmless and very cute (we think).
While this is the rainy season we have had great weather on both Gangehi and Komandoo. Occasional rains in the evening or overnight have been welcome after the heat of the day.
Ok so you are probably wondering what we wear and what is the attire around here. Before we got here we read many things, some said just beach wear some said long and modest clothes.
We are here now and this is what we have seen in 3 islands so far:
Male: little more conservative since it is the capital city and people live and work there. You can get away with shorts and knee length skirt/ dresses.
Gangehi and Komandoo: let loose and stick with your swimwear, cover ups, and for dinner casual or slightly dressy clothes. We brought long flowing dresses, they are super easy to wear and elevate the style a bit. Other people wore similar things, men stuck to casual but nice shorts and shirts.
Here is a glimpse at our beach ware… can you tell we love mixing, wearing matchy-matchy stuff is not our personal style.
Designers: Ondade Mar, Eberjey, VIX PaulAhermanny, Heidi Klein
Designers: Mikoh, Zinke, Tibi, Tori Praver
Please note – Maldives is not a topless zone. You have to keep your top on, maybe unless you are on a yacht somewhere in the distance.
Today’s swimming companion was a sting ray – seriously we were a bit afraid.
Seaplane ride to Male, before another short flight to Komandoo. There is currently only one seaplane company operating flights – so prices and schedules are unpredictable and not fair. Locals mentioned that two other companies might start operating soon, which should help break the monopoly.
Our barefoot captains! They were fun… made me want to learn how to fly a seaplane.
Can’t wait to arrive at our new island to start exploring. For now we will relax at the Komandoo Private Lounge with our goodie bag.