Our Honeymoon in the Maldives

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Wherever you go on your honeymoon, it will be unforgettable. So we wanted to go somewhere really worth remembering. We spent ten days at the Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa in the Maldives and couldn’t have better memories of the place. The Maldives is well known for its stunning scenery: pale sand, palm trees and sparkly blue sea. It’s the same as that picture that comes into your mind when you think of a paradise island. Being able to wake up and see this every day was enough to make it the perfect holiday right away.

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We were welcomed at Malé Airport by one of the Four Seasons staff and escorted to a motorboat that would take us to the island. Just twenty-five minutes later we had arrived and were soon refreshed by the complimentary fruit platter and iced tea. We had chosen to stay in a Water Bungalow that was specifically designed for watching the sun go down. We would lie and bed and watch the sunset through the windows opposite. Our own private light show!

I would certainly recommend a visit to the Night Spa. It’s open from 10pm to 1am and does what are called “lunar rituals”. It’s all very magical. As we were there at the time of the new moon, (very appropriate for the start of our new life together, must have subconsciously planned it that way) my lunar ritual included a coconut and sand scrub, massage and facial. I think it was meant to promote a feeling of renewal. I definitely felt invigorated afterwards. Also, it gave my husband a chance to watch the football. Even our waterside retreat had internet access and satellite television.

My husband insists I mention the food now, as one of the highlights of the trip. If you’re a fan of seafood like we are, then you’d appreciate dinner at the Kandu Grill. We had the fish every time we went there and it was wonderfully fresh and cooked to perfection. Not everywhere does a good tuna steak, but the chefs here really pulled it off. There was also a good range of sauces to accompany it. You’ll wish you had another stomach to fit it all in, believe me. The first night we went there I couldn’t decide between two of the puddings, so I said ‘Right, we’re coming back tomorrow!’

For a bit of adventure we went on the shark safari. I’m not sure whose idea it was, but it’s not to be missed! A boat took us to the nearby island beside which these reef sharks like to swim. Next, we were getting in the water with our snorkelling gear and swimming among them. We had been snorkelling before, but the only sharks I was familiar with had been behind glass. Although they eat fish, there’s something slightly scary about a shark; so it was thrilling to be there with them. They are beautiful creatures when you watch them move. The marine biologist we were with would later explain more about the species of shark we had seen. It was like hearing about old friends.

Our final special moment came almost at the end of the trip, when we took the opportunity to be ferried off to a deserted island. It wasn’t far by seaplane and it was a great place for a romantic walk. While we explored, Four Seasons staff prepared a barbecue for our meal. We were secluded at Kuda Huraa, but it was nice to have this little extra taste of life away from civilisation. Too soon by far, we were heading home to the UK. I feel really lucky to have started married life by sharing such a wonderful experience. And who knows, perhaps we’ll return for a second honeymoon…

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