I want to see manta rays

“I want to see manta rays” I told the Major (my travel companion) as I was completing our Personal Preferences Form which were confirmed by our Alchemist a few days later, as part of our pre-arrival experience. On arrival to Velana International Airport, the Major and I were pampered with refreshments in Cheval Blanc’s airport lounge whilst the check-in formalities took place prior to boarding the resort’s private seaplane. A fiery red sunset greeted us as we landed in to Randheli’s six islands, followed by an enthusiastic warm welcome by the management team. We were presented with freshly pressed juices and iced towels, the local music brought tears to my eyes, a reminder of the raw emotions of recent events. The tides dictated the time for our booked excursion which was confirmed for 2.30 the following afternoon.

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