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Escapade at Coral Blue Resort

A new beginning:
Places for an adventure have become increasingly rare. Sometimes our minds and bodies require that break, that true escape to get away from the urban chaos, secluded enough to promise peace and relaxation.

If you have an image in your mind of deep, emerald waters and waves, a unique tent resort replacing concrete walls, pure breeze, adventurous scuba diving in the water kingdom, leisurely dinghy rides, psychedelic starry nights complemented by no electricity, earth stove cooked food and a complete organic atmosphere to delight all your idle senses, then Coral Blue Resort at the farthest end of St Martin's Island is the answer.

Recreation and relaxation:
So, elevate your spirits and celebrate the breathtaking surroundings of this beautiful establishment. Upon reaching the 10 acres land resort, one would be greeted with the signature menu green coconut water and fresh seasonal fruits.

The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are equally gorgeous whether you order fresh fish deshi style curry, barbequed proteins or colourful vegetables, because they all are either cooked on clay stoves using firewood or deliciously grilled.

Once that happens, all the earthly juice, coal aroma or firewood flavour seeps in to the tender meaty portions ready to melt in your mouth and captivate your taste buds; one serving is certainly not enough.

Then sit, relax and enjoy the dishes in their garden dining experience with the view of nature, the tents in front and the majestic sea on your right. Kudos to the Chief Chef Khalil as the stoves alone could never do the magic.

Once you had the first set of meals, the deep emerald waters and evocative waves will lure you for a dive unforgettable. Unlike other sea beaches in the country, here, you will find clear water, fish playing and corals placed as if a reef lounge has been set for you to bask in the splendid sunlight.

During the night, the whole resort is often illuminated with fire torches and local musicians are asked to play gigs from their hearts on the centre stage. The whole place suddenly springs to a tuneful life and looks like a gleaming entity of peace and passion.

How to reach:
There is now a Saint Martin's Bus Service leaving from Kakrail which will take you straight to Teknaf dock yard, from where the bigger ferries and trawlers leave for the coral island. Take another 30 minutes trawler ride to the resort and before that make sure your route is well organised and booking maintained with the resort's friendly operations manager K M Kabiruzzaman Kakon.

The man behind the shades:
Reazuddin Mosharaf, Managing Director of Windmill Ltd started this resort concern in 2007 to set a unique, tent resort trend in the hospitality sector of the country. The idea became tremendously successful and widely applauded by travel and adventure loving people. The resort now consists of 12 tents that can accommodate two large beds for four individuals in each tent.

The memory remains:
Everyone leaving the resort expresses a sense of peaceful satisfaction. Most of them mellow down and smile more than before. For myself, I was reminiscing about the instance when I was relaxing in the caring lap of a big coral while a smaller coral in the front became my footrest the feeling was such as if I'm the king of a fictional cult of Disney Animation while the whole sea community was busy building the world as a better place.

Contacts: K M Kabiruzzaman Kakon # 01717-000-044.
By Faizul Khan Tanim
Photos resort: Din Muhammad Shibly,
Photos birds: Zamiruddin Faisal
Photo snorkel: Khan Mohd. Eman

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By Sanjana Rahman




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