I often say many of my posts are overdue but this one most certainly is! It’s coming up to our one year anniversary and I realised I never had the chance to blog about our honeymoon.. After the wedding I was lucky enough to be taken to the Maldives for 7 nights and Dubai for 3 nights.
Me and Harry spent a lot of time deliberating as to where we would go for our honeymoon and I decided on the Maldives purely because I didn’t think it was somewhere we would go on any other occasion. Looking for resorts was actually really time consuming and I remember spending weeks on end reading trip advisor reviews. The Maldives is not a cheap honeymoon destination so I wanted to ensure we could find the best resort that was not only reasonably priced but also good value for money. I narrowed my choice down to about 3 resorts and then in the end decided to go with Komandoo Island Resort. The resort had only positive reviews for the past three years with nearly everyone commenting on how amazing the service is. The resort was probably the smallest out of my shortlist but that was something I was looking for – I wanted somewhere where we could relax and not be pestered by loads of others travellers.
Getting to the Maldives for most defiantly more tiring than I thought it would be, considering we live in Leicester we stated with a drive to Heathrow airport. We flew to Dubai with Emirates which was about a 6.5/7 hour flight. As we arrived at the airport quite late it was pretty quite any many of the shops were actually closed, although we were still amazed at how amazing the airport was. We had around a 1.5 hour wait in which time I managed to pick up a pair of Raybans and as they were kids ones they were pretty cheap (can’t complain about having a small face and head now!) From Dubai we flew to Male which was a 4 hour flight. At this point I’ll admit I was feeling pretty tired. Which was’t helped by the fact that Harry managed to sleep through most of those 4 hours. When we finally arrived into Male we had to grab our luggage and head on a shuttle to the other side of the airport where they have the Seaplane transfers. I’ve got to say I was quite nervous about the Seaplane but after having to have a bit more of a wait when we eventually got onto it, it was amazing. I would highlight recommend picking a resort that requires a seaplane transfer – although you will find that the transfer might add around £500 onto the price of your holiday.
The views are amazing, and you really get to see the other resorts too. The journey lasted about 45 minutes but as I was so consumed with staring out the window it didn’t feel that long. The landing did have me a bit worried but in the end it was fine. As soon as we got to the resort all my stresses and tiredness just drifted away. We were greeted with staff playing music for us and escorted to the bar where we were given fresh coconut juice. Just what I needed! It was pretty hot throughout our stay on the resort but to be honest it never felt as hot as it was, most places where I’ve visited it becomes humid and unbearable but it was just right all week.
We had arrived at about lunchtime which gave us just enough time to get changed and grab some food. And let me tell you I would go back any day just to indulge in the all inclusive buffet. Believe me when I say I’ve never had so much amazing food. Obviously as it was all inclusive I felt the compulsive need to eat 3x as much as I needed, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I would seriously recommend going all inclusive as it the most cost effective. We had all food, drinks, snacks and a mini bar in the room included – which was stocked daily. I think out first day was quite chilled out as we were quite tired. We ended up having an early night and not waking up until 2pm the next day! After dashing to dinner we started to explore the resort.
For me the highlights of the trip included having the same waiter for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It made the entire experience so much more personal. And you felt like it was easier to maintain a relationship with the staff. He also knew exactly what we would be drinking and usually knew whereabouts in the restaurant we wanted to sit. Although the buffet restaurant was all inclusive we also tried the A la carte restaurant which was incredible! We also had a meal on the beach, which was amazing despite us both being really scared about the crabs (they’re pretty rapid!) As we stayed in a beach front bungalow you had your own private stretch of beach and as the island is not over populated you never felt like anyone was imposing on your space. In all honestly during the day you almost felt like you had the island to yourself and only really saw everyone when you went to eat. We planned a few day trips to other islands and spent one afternoon having a photoshoot. Most days we decided to take it easy and relax, walking around the island, spending more time than we needed to in the bar and just making the most of the peace and quite. After the stress of the wedding I definitely could not have gone on a action packed holiday so for me it was amazing to just sit by the pool sipping cocktails. Overall – I wish I could have stayed longer. It was an incredible experience.
After our week in the Maldives we made our way over to Dubai. Starting with a another Sea plane trip to Male and then the 4 hour flight to Dubai. I don’t think I realised just how hot it was going to be once we reached Dubai, so that was a bit of a shock once we got out the airport! We had booked a stay at Sofitel The Palm, the hotel is part of a French owned chain and they have luxury hotels across the world. Our transfer was around a 45 minute car journey so it gave us a good chance to get a feel for Dubai. On first impressions it really wasn’t as I expected. Whenever I’ve seen pictures or tv shows about Dubai everything looks amazing, so I was surprised to see so much current building work going on. After quizzing out taxi driver he told us that the country was aiming to build up to 500 more hotels by 2020 for the 2020 Shopping Expo. This is something we didn’t know about but it explained the masses of building work going on. On arrival at the hotel we checked in quite quickly and were taken to our room. The hotel is huge – I can’t even remember how many rooms there were but were in room 2000 something! Our room was at the front of the hotel so we had a view of the sea, it wasn’t brilliant but to be honest we didn’t spend time at the hotel anyway.
We had gone for a half board package which included breakfast every morning and then either a lunch or dinner. As we arrived late afternoon on our first day we decided to head out and explore. The hotel offers a free bus service which goes from Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall, Burj Al Arab and a few other places – I can’t quite remember now. We decided to head to Mall of the Emirates and decided to shop around, I remember spotting a Inglot store and trying to explain my excitement to Harry, who just looked at me as if I was crazy. I can’t remember exactly what I hauled from the mall but I do remember heading into Sephora where I picked up a Chanel lipstick. As you so. Something I realised about the Sephroas in Dubai was that they don’t have all the brands you would see in America/Canada which was a shame. I did however pick up some Sephora Makeup and some other goodies. You’ll probably have to trawl through my instagram to see what I picked up.
We decided to eat a pizza place – I honestly can’t remember the name but its right at the front of the mall as soon as you enter. Food was a little pricier than we expected but still worth it. We headed back to hotel and decided to have an early night, I have to say a combination of traveling and the intense weather in Dubai definitely knocked me out. Over the next few days we explored Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa. If I thought the Mall of the Emirates was huge I was in shock when we reached Dubai Mall. I haven’t been to a mall so big anywhere – I think despite being there all day we probably still missed most of it! We checked out some jewellery shops as diamonds are significantly cheaper and picked up a nose stud and some earrings too. I can’t believe just how many jewellery shops they had, we were spoilt for choice. They have every other store you could possibly imagine. Prices aren’t that much cheaper so we didn’t go crazy but we did do some serious shopping. We had booked tickets for the Burj Khalifa in the evening, and I was glad we waited till 9:30pm as it meant we could see the city at night light with it all being lit up. The views were incredible and It gave me a better impression seeing it all sparkling at night. We had also waited for the fountain show too which was pretty amazing, I’ll have to find the video for it. Overall it was a really good day but seriously tiring.
On our last day I think we chilled out, we took another trip to the Mall of the Emirates and that was about it. I enjoyed my time in Dubai but I was seriously underwhelmed. It’s not what I had expected at all but then I regret not planning our days properly. I would love to return to Dubai at some point but only really for a few nights. It’s not a destination where I think you would need to stay for a week – you really only need a couple of nights to get a feel for it. Maybe in the future I’ll give it another chance but I’m in no rush to return. So that was our honeymoon! Sorry for the essay, I’m wishing my dissertation had been this easy to write!