After a few days in Madrid (and a quick stopover for a few hours back at home in London), we finally headed out to the Maldives!

I can’t even pretend! I’d been looking forward to this trip for quite a while so I was justifiably excited when it finally arrived.

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A few movies, a snooze and a ‘couple’ of wines later we landed in the Maldive’s Male Airport – greeted by the heat, humidity and some much needed sunshine.

Within a few minutes of getting past the requisite immigrations and custom checks, we were whisked off to the private lounge of the resort we would be staying in – The Dusit Thani Maldives, while arrangements were made for our seaplane transfers.

Oddly enough, I didn’t feel hungry when we arrived by but surrounded by the pastries and drinks, I pretty much stuffed my mouth full with everything I could find!

Before long, we were picked up by our seaplane captain and headed out to our much-anticipated new home in the Maldives.

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The seaplane takes about 25 minutes to get to the resort and is an amazing way to see the Maldives and get a true sense of why this island country is pretty special!

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We kept playing guessing games to try to figure out which island would be ours and before long, it became obvious as we swooped in on The Dusit Thani.
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The very first thing I noticed was just how clear and amazing the water looked. I’ve been around quite a bit but honestly, I’ve never seen anywhere quite like this!

The Dusit Thani is located in the BAA Atoll and is the Maldives’ first ever UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve (an atoll is a ring-shaped collection of these coral islands) which meant the snorkelling promised to preeeeetty good!

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We were greeted by cool towels, a delicious drink and promptly introduced to our butler.

I kid you not, it took a couple of minutes for this to sink in properly. It was only as we were being whisked off in a buggy to our place that it finally dawned on me! We had a BUTLER! Our butler was there to pay attention to everything you needed 24/7 – we’re talking sorting our spa treatments, dinner reservations, tennis sessions, snorkelling, cocktails… anything!

The popular idea of what a butler is these days stems from the UK (thanks to shows like Downton Abbey 🙂 ) and despite staying in a fair few fancy places in the UK (and coming from the UK), I’d still never experienced what it was like to have a butler.

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My fascination with having a dedicated butler was soon replaced with my amazement at how beautiful the island is!
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Fancy a little gander at the digs? Well, let me take you on a little tour!

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If you’re really nice, you’ll arrive to delicious exotic fruits, chocolates and champagne! (J.K. *in Oprah voice* You’re ALL getting treats!!!)

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I’m a huge fan of a welcome like this! 🙂

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I’m a sucker for a huge bathroom! 🙂

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The ocean villas have their own pool along with THAT amazing view!

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They’re also perfect for going snorkelling right from your villa!

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It’s so very easy to fall in love with this place straight away and to feel right at home! I just love it when the hype of a place lives up the reality. The Dusit Thani definitely lives up to my Maldivian hype. 🙂

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I’m pretty sure we can all see the flaw in Lloyd’s plan above! (I’m at least pool ready!)

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Eventually, we decided to get changed and head out in search of the famous infinity pool (it’s the biggest one in the Maldives) and some well earned cocktails! (Oh and food, mustn’t forget food!)

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Everyone on the island gets a bicycle (you can walk if you want) but I’m not patient – I wanted those cocktails esta pronto!

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Thankfully, everything’s pretty close and so you’re never too far from a bar or a restaurant (there are 6 of them on the island).

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We meandered our way through the island, discovering it’s secret relaxing spot, beaches and best snorkelling points.

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Eventually deciding to pitch our tents by the pool where we would be guaranteed of as much of pretty much any drink as we wanted.

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The time on the island is one hour behind the mainland and so when someone here tells you they’re on island time in the Maldives, this is both literally and figuratively true!

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Eventually, we made our way over to the sun loungers (a whole 10 metres away) to watch that famous sunset…

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…armed with my umpteenth cocktail!

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Not bad for a first day in the Maldives now is it? 😉



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wow wow and more wow, starting with the butler, how posh is that?? I wish! Than the beauty of the island and those amazing blueish green colours. That’s paradise! I wish I could teleport right now

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It really was an unforgettable place! A true slice of paradise in the Indian Ocean. So glad you like it as much as we do! 🙂

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I have honestly never been more jealous of anything in my life, EVER! Totally amazing. What an amazing place. I can read your blog and dream.

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It was amazing Deb – it’s such a fantastic island. We loved every second. We just want to head straight back with all the rain in London. Haha! So glad you like it as much as we do! xx

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Totally amazing!! Love it 🙂

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Thanks Angie xx

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Just discovered your blog via BlogLovin’ and I’m so glad I did, what an eye-candy post!!! The place looks absolutely gorgeous! Swooning over that crystal clear wate!! And the hotel premises and service looks so impressive. Have a wonderful time and soak all the sun for us all 🙂 xoxo, nano

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Ah! Thank you so much! So glad you do – our blog means the world to us and it’s lovely that you discovered our post. We had such an amazing time on the island – everything was out of this world amazing!

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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looks like a beautiful place to stay! and your very own butler!?! so luxurious =o)

loved all the photos, especially of the room and private pool

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I know right!?! We couldn’t quite believe it when we found out we had a butler! Who has a butler in today’s age. Haha!

The island is so beautiful – we loved every second.

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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WOW, that is absolutely gorgeous! I just booked my first trip to the Maldives, but I’m not leaving until November! I’ll have to live vicariously through you in the meantime, this looks amazing! 🙂 Excited for the seaplane transfer now 🙂

— LisaLDN.com

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Ahhhhh! I bet you’re so excited! In fact, we’re excited for you! WOW! Honestly, you’ll love every second. It really is like nowhere else in the world.

Can’t wait to see all your pics!!! Remember… if you need us to pop along to, we will! Haha! 🙂

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Haha, no problem! 🙂

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OMG this looks like utter paradise! Cant wait for more posts!
Luxe lifestyle & travel blogger: Shentalks.com

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Thanks so much Shen – the island was amazing. It honestly felt like another world. So glad you like it too.

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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This looks like legit paradise. So jealous! Gorgeous snaps as always 🙂

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Awwwww, thanks so much Rachel – so glad you like them 🙂

It’s such a wonderful island, you’re right… a legit paradise!

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW! I am in love! I swear I say this about all the places you two go but this looks incredible! So beautiful! And what a fantastic hotel too. Maldives, you are now FIRMLY on my travel list!

P.s. Yaya I’m loving the look of your umpteenth cocktail, what was it? Cocktails are the best <3 I'm a massive Pina Colada girl! 🙂

Gemma x
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So glad you like it too Gemma – it really was a little treasure!

Now, with regards to cocktails – I fear my head was a little ‘fuzzy’ at this point so I don’t remember the name. I do however recall how delicious it was! Haha!

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Amazing photos & I loved both of the posts about the Maldives. I’m dying to go…so jealous!! I loved the photo of you guys in the pool…the black and white silhouette one!!

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Ah! Thanks so much Emma. It honestly was such a special place to visit. We loved every second!

So glad you like the photo too – from the front it didn’t look so classy with all the eye squinting into the sun – we looked like a hot mess. Haha! 🙂

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Magtic Trip !!!

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The Dusit Thani was magical! We loved every second Alfredo. So glad you think so too! 🙂

Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

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This place just might replace the resort on Bora Bora that’s been my dream destination.

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oh wow! Dusit Thani in the Maldives was honestly magical – such a wonderful place and one we’ll never forget. We’d love Bora Bora too! I think we might have the same dream destination list! Haha! 🙂

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A year later and your photos are AMAZING!!!! How long were you in the Maldives? After seeing these photos we are going, honeymoon or not!!!

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Ahhh, thanks so much! The Maldives is incredible isn’t it! You’re going to love it… take us back with you! 🤣

Lloyd & Yaya 😊

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