It seems so long ago now (!), but only a month ago I was flying back from one of the most beautiful places in the world, Atmosphere Kanifushi in the Maldives, and I’ve been day-dreaming about it ever since!
After such a busy and amazing year, me, Alex, Amelie and Minnie took time out over Christmas for some much needed sunshine before heading back in time for Father Christmas to arrive.
The holiday was a time for many firsts… The first time the girls had been on long a haul flight (much better than I’d thought it would be!), the first time the girls had ever been on a sea plane (what an experience!), the first time we’d been sunset fishing and the first time as a family we’d been on a private trip to watch wild dolphins swimming in the most incredible surroundings. We felt so lucky to be able to experience so many lovely things.
As some of you may know, I’m not the biggest fan of flying so when we discovered that we’d have to hop on a tiny sea plane (with only 10 seats) to take us to our beautiful island, I was slightly (okay, very!) nervous. But it turns out that it was one of the most brilliant experiences flying over the bright blue sea to the golden island we were going to call home for the next few days. The girls became completely and utterly mesmerised by the view. It looked like paradise.
It’s hard to switch off, even when you’re on holiday, but Alex and I made the conscious decision to look at our phones and to check our emails as little as possible whilst we were there which meant that we were took in every view, memory and fun moment with the girls without being distracted – pure bliss! I couldn’t help taking so many pictures – the resort was stunning so I’m sorry to all of my lovely Instagram, Twitter and Facebook followers for the constant stream of holiday pics but it was idyllic! Everywhere we looked there was another breathtaking view I wanted to bottle up and keep forever.
We stayed in a beautiful villa with a 360-degree view. It was an unbelievably special place and I feel so lucky to have been able to go there. We spent our days paddling in the pools, playing in the sea, sunbathing and a having cheeky cocktail or two over dinner ;) as well eating the most delicious fresh food from a number of the resorts restaurants.
It was recommended to us to go fishing at sunset with the girls - sitting on a little wooden fishing boat as the sun went down; the water was so still and the sky was full of colour; a view which will stick in my mind forever and an experience we’ll never forget.
The girls loved being out on the boat so much that as a final treat, on the last night we decided to take them out to watch the dolphins – another experience that will be hard to top. Watching the girls' faces light up as the dolphins came to see us was very special.
We didn’t want to leave .. but it was important that we were home in time for Father Christmas' big night of the year! ;)
What a perfect end to a crazily busy, but fun year and now I’m refreshed, relaxed and ready to go.
In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of Atmosphere Kanifushi in the Maldives… until next time… I hope!