The Residence Maldives – Resort Review

The Residence Maldives Resort

The Residence Maldives has situated quite a bit away from Male. Board the domestic flight to Kooddoo airport. After a short stop in Kadhdhoo, you only have a short speedboat transfer left. In total it takes approximately 1,5 hours to travel from Male to The Residence Maldives. The ground staff takes good care of you the entire way.

The Resort is on the outer side of the atoll. Which means that you can be in for a bumpy ride if the sea is rough.

Opened in 2012 it is a relatively new property, with all the modern comfort you need in a 5-star resort. The design is bright walls, with dark wooden detail and thatched roof, with a touch of traditional Maldivian touches.

The Island is 1 km long, and with 94 villas it is a midsize resort. There are two jetties with water villas. One in the southern end, another in the northern. Be aware during periods of high winds. The villas that are facing the ocean on the sunset side of the south jetty can be quite affected by the wind. There is also a small selection of beach villas on land if you prefer this.

At the island, the main pool, the public beach, dive center, water sports and arrival jetty is located.

This area is fabulous for a sundown cocktail or hanging out after dinner to relax before turning in.

To get you around the island, The Residence has a set of comfortable bikes for each villa free of charge. Of course, they can drive you around in buggies if you prefer. The Resort offers Spa by Clarins and different food outlets. Amongst these Falhumaa, named after the islands name in Dhivehi Falhumaafushi. “Falhumaa” means secret flower and “fushi” means island.

The Villas

Most of the villas at The Residence Maldives is the water villas located at the two big jetties. Along the coastline towards East is a variety of beach villas. The design of the villas simple, yet elegant and for the water villas, they all have a big terrace suspended over the sea, some with a cozy pool.

We stayed in a Deluxe One Bedroom Water Villa, with a huge living room if you should choose to stay indoor.

Besides the living room and terrace, there is a spacious bathroom with tub, twin vanity, and twin shower. The bedroom has good space for your clothes during the stay.

All villas are built around the same layout and offer a comfortable base. Sliding doors towards the waters gives a sense of light and air.


Restaurants and Bars

The fine dining restaurant is The Falhumaa – located out over the water at the end of a 230-meter long jetty. The concept of the restaurant is related to a local tale about a spice trader who got shipwrecked and ended up alone on this beautiful island. He got the company of a mermaid, who helped him collect fruits and vegetables on the surrounding islands to survive. Practically turned into a love story. Just want every tale needs. Falhumaa has a big focus on spices and how to use them in their dishes. Great food and atmosphere.

The Dining Room beachfront restaurant offers an international variety of buffet and a la carte dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Both indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the lagoon.

Residence Maldives

Take a light and lazy lunch on your terrace with such a perfect view.

The Beach Bar serves wonderful light meals and drinks during all day. Perfect place to watch the sunset and have fun!

Pool and Activities

The Residence have a beautiful pool area along with the beach bar. A perfect place to hang out during the daytime, if you need a break from the beach or your villa.

Close to the public pool is the water sports center, where you can rent the usual stuff for watersports. But also solo water bikes, which we have never seen before. Very cool. The staff at very friendly and happy to help you learn different sports.


The Residence Spa is by Clarins, the first and only one of its kind in Maldives. The Spa has six treatment rooms over the water. Offers an array of many different spa experiences, along with a hairdresser and the outside deck for yoga and meditation.

Insider Info

To get the most beautiful lagoon view from your villa, ask to be designated in villas above number 312 – that will give you a dream of a location.


Summary of The Residence Maldives

The Residence Maldives is for those who wants to travel far down south, close to the equator. Down here the industry in not that developed yet, and you can get more privacy. Nature is very untouched. The vast villas invite to spend time in here. Try the private dinner in the villa, or dine at the beach in the evening – the Seafood Louisiana is something we bet you have never tried before.

Or sail away to the castaway island out in the ocean, such a beautiful experience.

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West Coast Sailing


Another day is done as we inch closer to the end of the charter season. August 2nd will be our last charter before we take a much needed three month break. What will we do?

We’re hauling our boat out of the water for the remainder of Hurricane Season and Betsy, Peter and I will be flying back to the States for the first time in THREE YEARS!

We’ll visit family and friends in California for a few weeks first, then we’ll drive up to Washington to see more family and friends, then we’ll be finishing up our travels in Tampa, FL to see my sister. We’ve been talking about some exciting ideas for what to do with the time between CA and WA but I can’t tell you quite yet. If the timing happens to work out, we could be in store for an absolutely epic adventure 😉

In the meantime, we’re trying to prep our boat and do as much decommissioning now as we can so the actual haul out process goes quickly. We’ve got today off work and one more day off scheduled. Our timing is going to be very tight:

August 2 – Last Charter

August 3 – Take the boat up to Virgin Gorda and stage for hauling

August 4 – Haul the boat at 9:30am

August 5 – Be in St. Thomas by 10:45am, Vet appointment at 11:30, Airport arrival by 2:00, Depart by 5pm

August 6 – Arrive in LAX by 1:00am


We’ll return to our boat in Mid October for some TLC before diving into another busy charter season on Aristocat beginning November 1.

If you’ll be anywhere between San Diego and the greater Seattle Area from August to October… let us know!

Also, we’re looking to buy a truck or SUV in LA or San Diego, most importantly to have transportation to visit everyone, but also to haul a motorcycle trailer up to Washington in September, then sell both the truck and trailer before we fly home. Let us know if you’re selling a comfortable V6 truck or SUV with a tow package in LA or SD!


Flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali

Flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali

Which laws apply for flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali? We love flying our drone all over the world, and here we will let you know what to pay attention to before being airborne. Indonesia has a few major rules you need to know. The fines and punishment for flying a drone illegal are massive –  up to 3 years incarceration and RP 1 billion fines. Therefore – it is quite important to know the law about flying.

In general, you should keep your drone under 150 meters, as The Transport Ministry’s Regulation no. 90 of the year 2015 only applies to flights over 150 meters. If you want to fly higher, you need to ask for a permit at least 14 days before the scheduled flight. You need to obtain a license for each flight you are taking.

Where not to operate a drone in Indonesia and Bali

The zones and airspace where drones cannot be operated are:
  • Prohibited areas over land and waters with permanent restrictions which comprehensive apply to all aircraft.
  • Restricted areas over land and waters with nonpermanent restrictions which can only be used for state aviation and civil aviation.
  • Airport flight operations safety zones, land and waters and the airspace around airports which are used for aircraft operations to ensure aviation safety.
  • Controlled airspace given to aviation traffic service in the form of air traffic control services, flight information services, and alerting services.

Flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali should never be near any airports, as it would be a breach of the regulations. To be safe, stay out of airspace close to any flight paths or airports.

Flying camera drones in Indonesia and Bali

If your drone has a camera (which most have) the following apply:
  • Drones with cameras are prohibit from operating within 500 m from the outer boundary of a prohibited or restricted area.
  • If a drone is used for the purpose of photography, filming or making, the operator should have with them a license from the authorized institution and the local government (governor, regent, mayor or local officials)
  • Every person is prohibited from making commercial use of, duplication, publishing, distributing and communication a photograph of a person done for the purpose of commercial advertising or billboards without the written consent of the individual in the picture or his/hers heirs.
  • Commercial use, duplication, publication, distribution, and communication of a photograph which contains the images of 2 or more persons must have the consent of the individuals in the photo or their heirs.

In other words, as long as you do not publish pictures of people for commercial proposes, it will not be punishable.

Summary of Flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali

To sum it all up, you can be flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali under these circumstances:

Do not fly higher than 150 meters without a permit.

 Do not fly over people, crowds or gatherings.

 Only fly during daylight hours and in good weather.

 Do not fly your drone near airports or in any area, aircraft are operating.

 Make sure not to publish any commercial content without the written consent of the persons in the picture.

Be aware that TravellersPlanet can not be held responsible in any way for the information in this article. Flying a drone in respect of the local laws is your responsibility.

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Mary Christine Pieschel 10/11/1954 ~ 05/25/2012

It’s been four years since the devastating disease of Breast Cancer stole Christine away from us. Not a day goes by that we don’t think of her.

It’s because of her, and in honor of her that Peter and I are on this adventure now while we are still young. Peter’s mother, Christine, would have loved to do what we are doing and she would be so proud of us. We know she is watching over us and she continues to inspire us every day to keep doing what makes us happy.

After hearing countless memories remembered and retold by loved ones, there is no doubt in my mind that Peter gets his adventurous spirit from his mother, Christine, and his father, Pete. They were both taken from this world far too soon yet both live on through their only son as he follows his dreams and his heart. They would both be so very proud.

Life is short, enjoy the time you have to the very fullest and do whatever it is that makes you happy!