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.
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!
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”.
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!)
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!
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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*All images by The Son And The Moon