In Love With The Maldives!

It seems like weeks ago since our fabulous little holiday to the Maldives. It came around soon, and it went too fast. Time flies when you’re having fun!

I could go into great detail about every part of our holiday, and as much as I would like to re-live every detail, I actually think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves! So first things first – the journey…

The Scary But Amazing Seaplane Flight

Ok, I was terrified at first. I don’t like planes. I definitely don’t like seaplanes! Good thing I had a toddler to keep me entertained! It was a 40 minute seaplane flight from the main airport in the capital of Male to our resort. It was an interesting, terrifying, exhilarating experience, but what made it really special was seeing the Maldives from above. Simply beautiful.

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The Beautiful Island

The island of Kanifushi to be precise. A 2 kilometer stretch of paradise with pristine white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters. We stayed last year and loved it so much that we decided to return. We were not disappointed!

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The Hotel

Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives is a relatively new hotel, having opened in late 2013. It is an all-inclusive island, which basically means you can eat and drink anything without worry of the bill adding up at the end (Dubai people – it’s basically a 24/7 brunch – fabulous!) The quality the food and beverages on offer was great for Mummies, Daddies, and toddlers alike. Yes, a slight daytime drinking habit was soon developed by said Mummy and Daddy, but as they say “when in Rome”.

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Champagne for breakfast? That's just how we roll in the Maldives… #HappyHolidays

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The Fun Stuff

My idea of fun was simply to be left alone, in peace, with a good book on the beach. My husband’s idea of fun was to tackle up and go scuba diving (not for me, no way). While Zachy’s idea of fun was to splash around in the pool between ice-cream binge sessions. We all found our happy place at one point or another. The husband even treat me to a 2-hour long spa session (I went to other realms I tell you!)

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Something I Loved  

The week we stayed was the same week that the hotel introduced its “Air” (Artists In Residence) programme – a fantastic initiative to have professional artists on the resort showcasing and selling their work, while hosting two-hour art classes for children and adults. I thought it a wonderful alternative to a store-bought souvenir – just look at what Zachy and I painted together!

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The Baby Essentials

I packed ALL THE CLOTHES for Zachy! I know from experience how fast the kid goes through them. My husband thought I was being crazy, but we only just saw out the week. My husband on the other hand “forgot to pick up a pile of t-shirts” he supposedly left on the sofa, so was the one doing the rationing. Remind me to pack for him next time…

One thing I found absolutely essential was baby wash, baby cream, and nappy cream. Tots get sandy, they get sweaty, then they get sore. My preference has always been for Palmer’s Cocoa Butter – I love the ingredients and the smell of the products – they just remind me of holidays and happy places. They helped keep Zachy’s skin soft and supple after all his water-play in the sea and pool which put a lot of stress on his delicate skin. An added bonus was that he literally smelled good enough to eat all holiday too!!

My other baby essential was a sunhat…not that it was allowed to sit on my son’s head for more than 3 seconds. The thought was there at least…

And Best Of All – My Boys

Nothing – literally, nothing – makes me happier than these two cheeky chaps. It is a holiday that I will hold in my heart forever ❤

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Abbey x

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20 thoughts on “In Love With The Maldives!

  1. Beautiful photos of what looks like a magical holiday, takes me back to my baby moon in the Maldives where the resort we stayed at also has an artist in residence programme, such a lovely idea. the canvas I painted has been on the shelf in Monkey’s room for the last 4 years and I love the memory. Your painting is awesome, well done mummy and Zachy! X

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  2. Absolutely beautiful photographs! We also loved the Maldives when we visited in 2008 on our honeymoon. We stayed on Reethi Beach and flew from Male via seaplane. An experience we will never forget!

    We didn’t scuba but I was brave (I’m not the strongest of swimmers) and did snorkelling, even going on a trip where we saw a turtle and manta rays. Just magical! We then stopped in Dubai for 2 nights on the way home – fantastic but very different experience to the pure white dreamy sands in the Maldives. Enjoy your next adventures x

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    1. Thanks Debs – it really was beautiful! Love Dubai too, but in a very different way. We’re thinking to go a little further out and see the Philippines next year – its meant to be incredible! x

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  3. Love this post Abbey. Such awesome happy family pics too! The Maldives is a truly special place. I lived there for 6 months last year and am heading back in June! Cannot come soon enough!I love writing about it too! Reliving the awesome memories. Haven’t done a sea plane ride though! Will have to put it on the list! Flying over all of those islands though is just spectacular! Nice to connect! x Kristie. http://youtheworldwandering.com

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  4. Wow, this looks absolutely incredible! The sea is just stunning, it looks like the perfect place to relax. I like the sound of ice cream binges too! The only thing I don’t fancy is the sea plane – I’m not a great flier at all, but small planes do freak me out, and a sea plane might be beyond my limit, even to get to paradise!

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  5. Aww you have such a beautiful family and what a lovely trip to Maldives! Seeing all these posts about Maldives makes me wish I can afford to go there!! Someday, someday. It’s definitely in my bucket list!

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  6. Your pics are gorgeous, you all look so happy! It also looks like such an incredible place, very removed from grey Ireland 🙂 The fact that food and drink are included is excellent and I’m really impressed with the idea of the Artists in Residence, what a cool thing to do.

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