Paul Tumpowsky, Skylark's ever-exploring (but always-on-the-job) CEO, recently returned from a stay in the exotic Maldives. This wasn't any old vacation, however—it was Paul's honeymoon with his lovely wife, Desi. Here is his report.
By Paul Tumpowsky
MyBlend by Clarins at Velaa Private Island
I Can't Stop Talking About...
The spa, oh the spa. One of seven My Blend by Clarins spas, you're covered from sauna to snow room, but the massage table is what you want. Thanks to a porthole Velaa has set into the floor beneath the headrest, I could watch turtles swim by as the tension was kneaded from my back.
For years, turtles have come to the island to nest. To ensure that the ritual continues, Velaa started a turtle hatchery and an extensive conservation program. (In fact, the island is actually shaped like a turtle—hence Velaa, which means "turtle" in the local language.)
Velaa's turtle hatchery
Reethi Rah uses all 100 acres of the island. How do you get from the tennis courts to snacking on mezze platters on the other side of the island? The bicycles that are waiting at your villa.
What to Eat:
Reethi Rah has the best food in the Maldives, hands down. Go to Botanica, take a seat underneath the giant Banyan tree and get prepared for the best "farm-to-table" dining possible.