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|Ferry boat to Male|
Spacious, bright, with a symphony of three-tiered pillows and the smoothest fabrics for bed sheets. The walls were either beige or white. The wall leading to the balcony had wall-to-wall beige curtains. Four bas-relief artworks hang just above what should be a dining table; a huge abstract painting of what looked like yellow skies and blue waves was on display just before turning to the main bedroom. There’s a sofa bed facing the LCD cable television; a mini-ref; coffee and tea; an oblong shaped lamp shade; another modern bench covered with satiny red cushions. There’s a digital clock and a telephone beside the bed. Two 5-foot wall mirrors adorn the bedroom and bathroom respectively. In short, this was a step above most hotels in Male.
CONFUSION AND ANXIETY
Upon check in, there was a lot of confusion involving a non-functioning wifi (a requirement when I book a hotel room), some forms that I had to handcarry from my room at the 3rd level and back to the front desk, and a passport that they photocopied earlier but forgot to return (and they weren't even aware that they actually misplaced it - which is a big "mortal sin" among the traveling kind - the staff doesn't seem to realize the serious implications of a missing passport), but I'll get to that separately.
|The deluxe room's living room leads to the main bedroom.|
|From the Somerset, you can walk to the Friday Mosque and other sites.|
|The Presidential Palace looks like a doll house and unlike many sovereign establishments, it isn't manned by a lot of guards.|
|This area in Male has the country's tallest buildings (not a lot actually). From this building is the main square and the Presidential Jetty.|