A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives

I’ve said it many times that the two best or most romantic places for a honeymoon are the Maldives or Bora Bora. The hotels are amazing and the scenery is as good as it gets. I had previously been to the Maldives twice before and both times I stayed at beautiful resorts and had a lovely yet boring time. However, that all changed with my latest trip to the small Muslim nation that is sinking in the Indian Ocean. I spent a week on a mega yacht in the Maldives. Spoiler alert; it didn’t suck!
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, sunset
When my good friend Patrick, who also came to the South Pole with me and who I’ve been friends with for nearly 20 years, came to me about a mega yacht in the Maldives idea; there was no question. The only real issue with the Maldives is how damn long it takes to get there from the US.
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, Emirates, Lee Abbamonte
But if you look around a little and don’t mind spending a little extra money, you can do it in about 18 hours from New York on Emirates via Dubai to Male, the Maldivian capital. You can also fly Qatar via Doha as well for a similar price but there are no directs from the States.
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
From the airport it was a 30-minute speedboat ride to the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Resort; which didn’t suck! We had a group of 17 people coming in from all over the world for the trip so we all arrived in bunches and I used the time to chill at the hotel, have several sunset cocktails, and get some sleep.
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, Four Seasons bed
The following day we boarded the Four Seasons Explorer. This is a 140-foot, 3 floor yacht, that doubles as both a dive and surf boat and sleeps 22 guests comfortably. It also came equipped with a Four Seasons staff of 17 including a full time masseuse who literally just gave massages on the top deck each day to the majority of the boat! Once again, it didn’t suck!
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, Four Seasons Explorer
The boat was pretty sick as you might imagine. The food was fantastic, the staff was amazing, the rooms, beds and showers were great. Basically everything was Four Seasons quality on the Indian Ocean except for the air conditioning going out twice. Regardless, it didn’t suck!
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, sunset, beach
This trip hatched as a surf and dive/snorkeling trip; which to a large extent is exactly what it was. I suck at surfing but gave it a run. The Maldives is known for great surfing and some of my buddies on the boat were outstanding surfers and really crushed it. It was really impressive to watch them or at least watch the photos our professional photographer took of them. Many nights there was a photo show after dinner for everyone to see their photos.
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, sandbar
The mega yacht in the Maldives moved around a lot from place to place based on the surf, the weather and the wind. We went from the northern atolls of the Maldives to southern and everywhere in between. To be honest, I couldn’t even name one island we went on but they were all gorgeous and almost all were uninhabited.
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, Dhigurah
There was one exception called Dhigurah where we went ashore during the day for a few hours. This island is pretty nicely developed by Maldivian standards and happened to be the home island of our boat manager. This was pretty cool because he actually got to visit his father who he hadn’t seen in forever; which was pretty touching albeit awkward to do it in front of us!
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, costume party
This trip was a pure vacation for me; which was really nice for once. It was hanging out with good friends and great people. It was a lot of fun to meet some new people and bond with them immediately. It was a lot of eating and drinking and having fun.
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, costume party, Maldives
It was a 70’s costume party; it was dancing, dinner on the beach, soccer on the beach, and amazing sunsets on amazing islands. It was simply epic. I don’t use that word lightly and I rarely use it at all.
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, Maldives, pyramid
I won’t bore everyone with the luxurious details because make no mistake it was a very high-end, expensive trip but if you have a group of friends who are looking to do something different and opulent, a mega yacht in the Maldives is the way to go.
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, Maldives, water
After we got off the yacht, we still had a full day before the late night flights out of the Maldives. As if my buddy Patrick hadn’t planned enough ridiculous things during the week, he got us a day at the largest overwater villa in the world.
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi was one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen and again, I don’t say that lightly as I’ve stayed at some of the nicest hotels and resorts in the world.
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, Tiger beer
We basically just had a fun day of partying and chilling out at the amazing villa, which is frequented by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Tommy Lee and Jose Mourinho. It was a truly amazing way to end the trip and really made the long flight back to New York easy to swallow.
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, Dubai, Burj Khalifa
I actually broke it up in Dubai with a night at the Fairmont Dubai and a morning atop the world’s tallest building! Then it was Emirates Airlines back to JFK and reality.
A Week on a Mega Yacht in the Maldives, Emirates, bartending
It’s been a month or so now since I was on the mega yacht in the Maldives and there hasn’t been a day that’s gone by that I haven’t dreamed of being back there. Great people and great places make great trips. This one was pretty epic with pretty epic people with whom we’ll all always share a common bond from this trip.

Comments

  1. I’ve never been to the Maldives but after seeing this I don’t think I can ever go because it could never match up to your trip! I love following your travels Lee, thanks for sharing!

    Joey

    • Thanks Joey! Please do go before they sink under water from global warming! My two other trips there were awesome as well, just different! Everyone should stay in overwater bungalows once in their life!

  2. This looks amazing! That is all.

  3. I’ll tell you man, you sure know how to get around. If you ever need an assistant to travel with you, nothing weird, I’m in!

  4. I want to party with you and your friends; my friends suck and are broke!

  5. Lisa Phelps says:

    No words for these photos. I was following you on Snap during this trip and the snaps were incredible too. Life goals!

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