Hello my dear readers! Hope you are having a wonderful day. Now (ages later) I wanted to share a few photos from our vacation in the Maldives, if you would like to see...
We were lucky enough to stay at the amazing Alila Hadahaa, a newly opened stunning resort located in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll in the south. The Maldives is a long narrow country that make up an island nation of 26 natural atolls.
UPDATE: under new ownership of Hyatt. Now Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.
Alila Hadahaa is a special place, surrounded by sea and sky with beautiful architecture (SCDA architects). All the details had me going wild. From the oversized outdoor sofas to the shampoo bottles. Everything perfect. Our beach villa had a little outdoor private plunge pool in the front and an outdoor shower and bathtub in the back! I love showering outdoors. It makes me feel free somehow and doing so in a place this beautiful had me pinching myself.
One afternoon we redesigned the villa together, dreaming up a villa that would be perfect for us to live in with a small family... (no no... not expecting). We pretended that we moved from our everyday lives to a more relaxed beach lifestyle. So tempting.
We spent hours upon hours in the turquoise water, floating around and exploring the reefs daily. We also went diving amongst the most abundant marine life and unspoiled coral reefs. Sharing the water with a few Manta Rays, lots of turtles, a few sharks and a school of 3000 Barracudas! I think Barracudas are kind of scary. Have you seen their teeth? I have to admit that they spooked me. I swam a little faster and grabbed ahold of Jespers hand squeezing it tight...
In the evenings we were bedazzled by the night sky with breathtaking sunsets and stars that shine bright. Located very close to the equator we were able to view bright constellations from both hemispheres. We would lay down on the beach and try to find the Big and Little Dipper, the Great Bear and Orion. We were mesmerized by the sky every evening.
Alila Hadahaa is the first (and currently only) Green Globe certified resort in the Maldives. The resort is fully sustainable and great care has been taken in the construction to preserve the natural vegetation. The resort takes every step possible to minimise it's environmental footprint. An example of this is that Hadahaa saves from disposing of more than 100,000 plastic water bottles a year by filtering and purifying it's own water. Both still and sparking delicious water is offered in reusable stylish water bottles.
The vacation was a dream come true! Now, sitting in Stockholm, Sweden where white snow covers the ground I dream of the Maldives. In need of escaping the cold, I try to feel the sun kiss my skin and the sand between my toes. I try to hear the waves crash against the beach, inhale the smell of the salt sea water and feel the breeze in my hair. Shhhh.... do not disturb. My mind has taken me back to Hadahaa. xx - Joanna
Again I would like to thank all my amazing guests. Alexandra of Make, Do & Send, Jamie of From Me to You, Ange of Lushlee. Petra of Designfragment, Chelsea of Frolic, Deb of Busy Being Fabulous, Leigh of Create, Lana of lanalou style, Jess of The Wife of an Artist, Ellie of Mint, Lexi of Love.Obsess.Inspire and last but not lease SeeSaw. Thank you so much girls! Do check them out!
update: under new ownership of Hyatt. Now Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.
UPDATE: I forgot to mention yesterday that the Maldives is one of the 28 official finalist in the New 7 Wonders. If you have a minute do head over and cast your votes. Some amazing places (that I long to visit) are on the list of finalists. One of my votes has gone to the Maldives an other Iguazu Falls (I was there back in 2001 with 2 of my girlfriends and was blown away). Click here for the latest ranking.