If you follow my Instagram you’ll all know that Jay and I ventured off into new territories last week for the trip of a lifetime to the beautiful islands of the Maldives. These islands are so unique and is a place I have been dying to visit for such a long time. I feel so blessed to have been able to go on this trip and I hope that you will all be able to experience the beautiful Maldives before they disappear towards the end of this century. If you haven’t already heard the ice caps are melting!
The honeymoon destination of dreams, and the islands that offer white sands and turquoise ocean, is the one that they call the Maldives. The Maldives in the majority of people’s minds is a seasonal, expensive and honeymoon couples only type of experience, and that you can only visit once in a lifetime. And whilst in some respects, this is true, it’s not always the case. Whilst winter is generally the most pricey season, due to the weather being more dependable, the rest of the year still offers incredible weather for the most part and lower prices. These islands cater for children and adults of all ages, therefore not just suited to honeymooners. For anyone who is looking to relax and enjoy free time, you will not find anywhere more idyllic than the Maldives.
The Maldives is a dream destination for obvious reasons of the sun and the sea, but I didn’t anticipate just how surreal it’s beauty would be. While travelling, locations can either be more photogenic than in real life, or impossible to capture. But my first time in the Maldives honestly made me feel like I was walking through the screensaver I’d saved years ago. The whitest sand, bluest seas and amazing coral reefs.
I had the best 8 days in the Maldives. I’m already missing the 30 degree heat and waking up to a sunrise swim in the sea. The Maldives was just as I had imagined – a tropical paradise of pristine beaches where the sand is white and the ocean is a distinct shade of aqua. I stayed at Ellaidhoo by Cinnamon, which was amazing. It’s very modern with gorgeous furniture. The food was excellent and the staff were all lovely.
The journey was just over an 11 hour flight from the UK via Dubai, then a speedboat to the island of Ellaidhoo. I hate long flights but I prepared well and had all my little travel essentials at the ready for the trip. We got a night flight so it was pretty cool as it was basically 11 hours of sleep and plane movies! When we landed the heat hit me as soon as the doors opened like a wave of magic. This was completely refreshing after boarding in the rain and 2 degrees back home. The speedboat ride was about an hour and a half to the Ellaidhoo resort, and this was actually my first time in a speedboat so it was quite exciting! The Maldivian people are very friendly and we received the warmest welcome on the island when we were greeted at the dock by the resort staff with fresh watermelon juice and face cloths to refresh. We also made it in time to see the gorgeous sunset.
After a warm welcome by the team at Ellaidhoo, we were taken to our villa and it was everything I hoped it would be. Inside was a comfortable king sized bed and next door was the outside bathroom with a luxurious shower and dressing area. I would describe the style of interior as contemporary and chic. It’s luxury, but without making you feel like you have to be dressed perfectly the entire time – I certainly wasn’t! I rarely wore makeup and often just shoved my hair up in a bun. We loved our room and absolutely adored the outside shower.
This island has so much to offer and although we did spend a lot of time relaxing on the beach, we managed to really explore this paradise. We went on a beautiful boat ride locally known as a Maldivian Dhoni to spot dolphins and I can’t tell you how magical it was, the highlight of my Maldivian experience and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. We spent most days strolling along the beach and snorkelling in the sea. There is nothing that makes me happier than the perfect beach day. The island was so beautiful it really did take my breath away whenever I stopped and took a second to look around and try and take it all in. It was nice not having to wear makeup everyday and the days felt longer with less to do.
Stepping out of our room every morning was so surreal and made me very happy! I think I’d forgotten where I was overnight and I was so surprised and excited to see the palm trees and sparkling turquoise water surrounding us. I don’t think you’d ever get used to the way the water glows and the beauty of the island. Every morning after breakfast we would race back to our room, get our snorkels on and jump into the sea just metres away from our room! It felt magical to be under the water in the fishes world, just swimming along watching them go about their day.
Everything we experienced on this enchanting island was much more than magical, including the wining and dining options around the island. Two bars and two restaurants were available to us for a magical dining experience. The food was fantastic. I’m a huge curry lover so as you can probably imagine, it was total food heaven for me. At 5.30 every evening we headed over to the main bar for sundown cocktails where we could watch the daily feed of the giant school of jack fish, sting rays and even some herons that came by sharp on time each evening. We never got bored of watching this and it’s one thing I miss the most about the holiday.
Ellaidhoo is such a wonderful place; perfect if you want to relax and just take in the beautiful scenery, but it also had the magic of adventure with all the sea life. The island surpassed every expectation I could ever have. It’s so important to take time out to recharge your batteries and if you can do it somewhere with sand, sea and sun, then that’s even better. Thank you so much to Ellaidhoo for having us! I can truly, honestly say from the bottom of my heart that I have fallen in love with this place and I would so recommend visiting if you ever get the chance. The staff, the food and the atmosphere make for the perfect, ultimate holiday.
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Have you been to the Maldives? What do you think makes it so difference to other holiday destinations?