One of the many reasons why I love my hunny so much is because we share a lot of similarities—one of my favourites being our love for travel and exploration. During our (almost) 5 years of dating, I’m very lucky to say we’ve have taken quite a few travelling adventures together.
So it’s no wonder when it came time for planning our honeymoon vacation, we were stumped. With a long list of “must-see” places and indecisive minds, we spent a month planning our once in a lifetime trip.
Our honeymoon adventure started off with a 13 hour flight from Canada to Dubai. Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, we spent three wonderful days cursing Dubai’s dreamy world of attractions and unheard of luxuries. I must admit, I was in awe the whole entire time.
We stayed in a beautiful hotel in the Dubai Marina called The Address. This hotel is surrounded by crystal waters that shimmer against all the modern architecture and luxury yachts.
Our view from the balcony. We spent a couple mornings eating breakfast out here.
Since we only had three days to explore, we used Big Bus Tours to discover what this great city had to offer. This hop-on, hop-off bus brought us to all of Dubai’s landmarks letting us choose which tourist attractions we wanted to see. It was definitely a long, very hot day but totally worth it.
A few times, I had to pinch myself to see if I was dreaming. Everything was just out of this world crazy! For instance, take a look at the Burji Khalifa. This is the tallest building in the world. I cannot even tell you how massive this building is in person. It is so spectacular that it looks fake just sitting there in the sky.
And if you love shopping then this is the City for you. This shopper’s paradise is everything you desire and more. We visited a few of these massive shopping malls and not only do you have access to almost every single brand you can think of, these malls also have all the extras like indoor ski hills, Olympic size skating ring, reel cinemas, theme parks, aquamarines, kid and family entertainment centres—and not to mention every type of dinning experience you can imagine.
Couldn’t help myself. I had to check out all the home decor stores. I wanted everything….incredible stuff!
If you like architecture, be prepared to have your socks knocked off. I have never seen so many beautiful contemporary buildings in my life.
and the scenery was just to die for.
The warm hospitality and the rich cultural heritage had me wanting more. Every step that I took, I was impressed. With all the creativity surrounding you, it hard not to get so inspired.
After a full three days of non-stop excitement, it was time to relax. We were headed to our next leg of our trip, the Maldives. Located right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, we couldn’t wait to hit the deep blue seas, turquoise reefs and white sandy beaches.
We took a five hour flight from Dubai to Maldives. At this point, we have gone through 4 time changes since we left Canada. Yup, jet lag was a killer. However, you soon forget all about this the minute you see paradise.
Once we arrived to Maldives, we were taken to a private lounge where we waited to board a small sea plane. It was hot and we were tired but we could hardly contain our excitement.
We were in the seaplane for about 20 minutes. The views were just out of this world. Did you know Maldives consist of 1,190 islands and only 200 of them are inhabited?
This is the Capital City, Male.
We finally reached Veligandu Island Resort & Spa. I found this little gem on TripAdvisor’s Winners Award list (great place to research your hotels!)
Upon arrival to the hotel, we were welcomed with chilled floral-scented towels, tropical drinks and not to mention, a nice little note to the newly Mr. & Mrs! We stayed in a romantic villa over looking the water.
For the next 10 days, our routine was pretty simple. We go for delicious breakfast in the morning (I can’t even begin to tell you how tasty the food was!), we claimed a little spot by the beach or pool, we swam, we did activities, we ate more and we sipped on lots of tropical drinks.
By the afternoon, we headed back to our water villa. We put on a little music, we jump off our private deck into the crystal clear water and then we watched the sunset all before we headed off for our nightly activities. Lazy was the name of the game here!
Nightfall on the island was truly beautiful. Each villa lit up the water perfectly. You could see tons of wildlife swimming around. The pathways were lit up just enough to see where you were walking.
I will admit on our first night, we were petrified to walk through the island to get to the restaurant. We held on to each other tightly as we walked through the chattering trees and minimal lighting. Unfamiliar with our surroundings, we were just waiting for something to pop out and scare us. We soon realized after that first day that there were no bugs, no animals or really anything to be afraid of.
One of my highlights about this trip was a sunset cruise that we did. We were lucky enough to see dolphins in their natural habitat. Travelling in a large pods together, these social creatures swam right along side the boat and even did a few flips out of the water for us.
The hubby and I ended up having the most amazing, romantic and relaxing trip ever (much needed after all the excitement of our wedding last August) and although we spent countless hours traveling from one end to the other, all I can say is it was worth every single minute!
Don’t forget to check out my video recap of our honeymoon at the top of this post.
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