The Maldives, or the Republic of Maldives, are multiple islands spread closely throughout the Indian Ocean. There are 26 atolls, islands composed of coral reefs, that make up this extremely popular vacation destination. The capital of the Republic of Maldives is Malé, and is a terrific area to stay in with many shops, the popular fish market, along with many restaurants and cafes that overlook the sea.
However, with so many hotels to choose from, it can be tough deciding the perfect place for you. With that said, let’s take a look at the Hotel Jen in Malé – the newest hotel to join the Shangri-La Group – whose staff members and management team will make you feel right at home! There are also a multitude of amenities offered that will ensure your stay in the Maldives is one that will never be forgotten.
When you land at Hulhumale Airport, a staff member will be eagerly awaiting your arrival to take you by ferry to the hotel. They will be holding a sign displaying the name of the hotel, so you won’t have a hard time at all identifying them. Additionally, the staff members are all incredibly friendly, always making polite conversation with you, and eagerly answering any questions you may have before arriving. The ride over to the island of Malé is absolutely gorgeous, and once you’ve entered the hotel, you’ll instantly notice the clean, artistic look and ambiance, especially the ceiling, which is a rather hypnotic grey and golden swirl.
Check-in begins at 2pm, though if you’ve arrived fairly early, there is a lovely lounge area off to both sides of the reception desk where you can relax and plan your itinerary. The hotel does offer express check-in, so if you know you’ll be getting there prior to 2pm, just make sure to call in advance to let the staff know. Also, don’t forget to ask about the complimentary guided walking tour of Malé as this is something you definitely do not want to miss out on!
There are numerous rooms for you to choose from: the Deluxe Room, the Deluxe Ocean View Room, the Executive Room, and the Deluxe Suite. The price to stay in paradise is affordable, and starts around 250 USD per night. The rooms are immaculate, and the dark wooden furniture pairs well with the cream colored decor in the room. The floors are tiled, and there is a nice accent carpet neatly placed underneath the bed, making the room feel cozy and warm. If you’re feet get cold, you can always slip them into the pair of slippers that are placed in the closet along with the comfortable bath robe.
The bedding is hypo-allergenic, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin, and is incredibly comfortable ensuring that you are well rested for the day ahead tomorrow! If you plan on sleeping in, or perhaps want to enjoy an afternoon nap, the curtains on the window do a wonderful job of blocking out the sun.
There is a separate seating area where you can look out the window at the beautiful stretch of the ocean down below. You’ll also notice a desk that is perfect for jotting down your travel plans, or attending to any business you may have. The rooms are relatively quiet, and you’ll find it easy to concentrate on your work or project. There is also a Nespresso machine in the room that has already been filled with coffee and water, allowing you to enjoy a morning cappuccino or an after dinner espresso at any time of the day! You can let the hotel staff know if you prefer to add milk to your cup of coffee, and they will bring you a small carton that fits nicely into the mini fridge.
Your room has a private restroom, and the toiletries provided by Hotel Jen are extremely high quality. You receive many necessary items, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, lotions, hand soap, a shower cap, and even a hair-tie to hold your hair back. For those who are sensitive to certain smells, you can rest assured that these shampoos and soaps are not overpowering.
After you have settled in, and perhaps worked up an appetite, you’ll find there are two restaurants to choose from. Azur is located on the roof, and offers incredible views of the surrounding islands. It’s open from 9am until midnight and serves up some delicious Western and Japanese fusion dishes.
I highly recommend that you try the sushi as it’s extremely fresh and full of flavor. The mocktails are amazing, and just perfect for lounging by the open-air, rooftop pool next to the restaurant.
Lime Restaurant is located on the first floor, and is open from 6am until 11pm. Here you will enjoy a delectable breakfast buffet spread that is available for a surcharge of 27 USD per person. You have a variety of options to choose from, such as fresh fruits, pastries, meats and cheese, eggs, cereals, yogurt, coffee, tea, and even coconut water.
If you stop by for lunch or dinner, the Lime Restaurant also features live cooking stations and daily themed buffets like Thai, Chinese, Indian, traditional Maldivian, and International fare. A café is also located next to the reception area, and serves excellent sandwiches and desserts that are easy to pack for take-away, or if you’re just in the mood for a quick bite.
If you prefer to stay at the Hotel Jen to spend some time relaxing, the Aristo Spa is amazing, and offers great massages, ayurvedic treatments, body wraps, facials, aromatherapy, and packages for couples. The massages are wonderful, and will free your muscles from any tension or stress they have been holding on to. The Aristo Spa also offers hair treatments, such as color services, or a simple shampoo and blow dry. Men and women will both love being pampered with a luxurious facial or manicure and pedicure.
During the day, you are surrounded with nearby attractions that feature the Medhu Ziyaaraiy Shrine, the tomb of Abul Barakat Yusuf Al-Barbari, who was a religious scholar from Morocco, and introduced Islam to the Maldives in 1153 AD! There is a beach just 5 to 10 minutes away by foot where you can sit on the warm sand, or cool off with a dip in the crystal clear waters.
Staying at Hotel Jen in Malé is like staying in your own mini-paradise, with outstanding services, and high-quality amenities. This hotel is the perfect place for those traveling with their families or their loved one, as well as business professionals. When you are ready to make your way back home, the Hotel Jen in Malé will be glad to arrange your transport back to the airport.