Melinda Bam and Adriaan Bergh are holidaying at Club Med Finolhu Villas in the Maldives. Melinda has often said that the Maldives is her favourite destination – it’s where the pair spent their honeymoon (and where Melinda featured on Tropika Island of Treasure season 8). The Maldives is notorious for being a honeymooners and couples paradise, and for good reason – it’s breathtaking!
Nestled on the private, beautifully preserved island of Gasfinolhu in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Club Med’s ecologically conscious Maldives all-inclusive resort is surrounded by natural splendour at every turn. An interesting thing about the resort they’re staying at is that solar power has been incorporated in the resort – with solar panels designed to fit seamlessly into the resort. Rather than trying to hide the panels, the walkways have been constructed that allow the panels form the roof. Only noticeably visible from the air, when a guest is walking from their private beach to the central area, the panels are barely visible. Producing over 1 megawatt of electricity each day, the resort is fully powered by renewable energy and 100% off the grid. Enough energy is harnessed by the sun so that surplus electricity is stored for use on overcast weather days. Coupled with a desalination plant that produces fresh water, the island is a model to be emulated for eco-resorts.
“I am having the most incredible time at the Maldives with my husband,” Melinda says. “The beaches are always whiter, the ocean is always bluer and the hospitality the country offers will leave a lasting impression.” The star has been enjoying the wide range of activities the Club Med resort has to offer and has been particularly fond of the snorkelling. “It’s magnificent to see a whole other world under water each time,” Melinda says. “I rekindled my childhood sentiment of wanting to be the #DisneyPrincess Ariel so I can swim speak and sing to the fish all day long!” Melinda adds “I can’t express enough gratitude to everyone here at Club Med Finolhu Villas who have gone above and beyond to make our stay special, luxurious and memorable! Club Med is just an unforgettable experience!”