An Island Palace, Maldives

Yesterday’s blog post ended rather abruptly, didn’t it?

Well… that’s because we moved.

We were torn out of our glorious water bungalow and upgraded to a bit of a palace!

Just check out the entrance hall:

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And *one* of the bedrooms!

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And its private stretch of beach!

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With crystal clear shallows for hippo style wallowing.

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Completely overwhelmed by our new surrounds, and very happy, we made ourselves at home.

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Black bikini

Underwater camera UK/US

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We ate our weight in free ice-cream from the little cabana hidden in a particularly jungley corner.

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^ Woops, please excuse the waterdrop!

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Before swimming home to bathe and slather ourselves in a bucket of aftersun.

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As they like to say in East London, we ‘ad a bit of a bubble baaaf!

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Mum scrubbed up nicely in her “Black Mary” dress.

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And we set off towards the dock for an adventure.

Waiting in the golden afternoon light, we found our ship.

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Stepped aboard and pushed off into the blue.

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We took up our very comfortable posts.

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And settled in to enjoy the view.

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Little White Dress (UK/US)

Little White Espadrilles (also obsessed with every variation of these!)

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Frosty glasses of champagne emerged from below deck.

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And we toasted the setting sun!

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We watched as the light danced across the water, purple clouds rolled away and the sun slowly dipped into the ocean.

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Once the last inch had disappeared below the horizon, our ship turned and set sail for home.

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Two very happy, rather merry sailors stepped onto the star-studded jetty and waved farewell to their captain.

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The usually peaceful island was filled with the sound of drums, singing and laughter.

We followed it…

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…and emerged into a cocktail party!

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We kicked off our shoes and danced to everything the band had to offer.

The sea lapped gently under the deck as we twirled and shimmied. The stars and moon came to life.

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Laughing so much we had to hold on to each other, we wiggled our feet in the glittering pool and counted each and every one of our lucky stars.

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  • Lying in bed ill reading this post and oh WOW it looks like perfection! I’m so in love with the Maje dress and that bubble bath looks like perfection!

    The Lifestyle Diaries

  • haha giant beanbags on deck is such a good idea- this trip does look totally and utterly magical! I have to say I used to think the Maldives would be really dull with nothing to do, but my view has definitely changed!


  • Jeannie C

    Paradise doesn’t cut it, this is Elysium

  • Oh wow that looks absolutely incredible! <3


  • Ahh this looks like heaven on earth Rosie! Hope you are having an amazing time.

    Gillian from Glam Up Everyday x

  • Keva

    This look so beyond amazing! Keva xx

  • Rosie this is so dreamlike I’m literally wishing on every one of my lucky stars that Ben takes me (hoping my tweet convinced him!) The boat ride looks beautiful and I hope you frame that picture of your mum and give it to your dad as it’s beautiful! You look as though you’ve stepped right out of the pages of a magazine twirling in that dress. Too beautiful.

    Also that bath! *insert heart eye emoji*

    Katie <3

  • Wow! That room upgrade is something else. What a gorgeous sun downer too – your Mum looks stunning in the close up. Fab bubble bath shots too. You have such a fabulous joie de vivre!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Looks like you had an amazing holiday with your mum! The Maldives looks so peaceful and relaxing!

  • This looks amazing! Has made me desperate to visit the Maldives! Beautiful photographs!

  • I’m currently laid up in bed all sickly, but this is transporting me somewhere else entirely – thanks for brightening my day! We’re about to book our holiday (shortlist is finally down to the Maldives or Mauritius!!) and this is making me hanker for it. P.s. your mum’s a stunner! x

  • This is the most amazing post and the most amazing location. The pictures, the food, everything looks incredible. I really want to go here and explore. Enjoy 🙂
    Kirsty x

  • The slow pace

    I’m drinking my coffee in this gloomy office and I just can’t stop dreaming about winning the lottery for obvious reasons…

  • Emma and Emily

    That bed and bath look SO dreamy. You are such a lucky girl to be able to go on all of these adventures Rose! So happy you take us along with you 🙂

    Emily x

  • What bubbles were used for that bubble bath? Looks so relaxing! Also love the white dress 🙂

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • This is my idea of paradise. Katie x

  • Wow this looks incredible, it is definitely on my list of places to visit. Love your bond with you mum, love being close to my mum too.



  • Again, WOW. What a true palace for relaxation, you and your mum both look gorgeous in your outfits and the boat trip looks wonderful – take me to the Maldives!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty –

  • I love this post – looks like an insanely magical place! I love the close up of your mum, how beautiful is she! x

  • mariel

    what a lovely holiday and you and your mum both look amazing and such breath taking views <3

  • Literally looks like heaven – i’d like to be on those big bean bags right now please!
    so dreamy!

    mollie x

  • Ally

    This right here is my idea of paradise! I am beyond happy for you, it looks like you had an amazing trip and your photography is absolutely gorgeous:)x

  • Your photos are getting more incredible as the days go on! What a gorgeous holiday!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Le Monde de Cami

    Paradise!! Nice shots 🙂 xx

  • Good lord your mother is gorgeous! Love these photos, so many cute ones, especially the legs in the bath haha!

  • This looks just so beautiful, I can’t handle it. Pure paradise.

  • That sunset is so beyond gorgeous! Can you take me on your next tropical trip? Pretty please! <3

    Michaela x

  • Wow! Rosie, those pictures of the sunset are unreal!

  • What a dream vacation! You’re one amazing girl to share this with your mum (we know where you get your stunning good looks from!) can’t wait to see the rest of your trip!


  • Omg your bubble bath is glorious! And I want one of those massive pillows in my dorm room. Having a view to go with that would be nice, but I guess Netflix will have to do 🙂 Obsessed with your dress, but it’s already sold out, darn! Probably a good thing for my wallet.. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Incredible adventures as always Rose! You’re mother is so beautiful.

    Georgina – smashbox giveaway!

  • I love your pictures and I wish I could be there!

    – Hazel

  • Sally May

    Gorgeous location and your mum is such a beauty. Lucky you as you’ll age well too ha ha. x

  • Tanya

    Breathtaking photos! Wow, just wow. x

  • Your mum is so classy, I really love her dress! What a wonderful pair and beautiful pictures!


    Céline from Larry & Co.

  • Love your white dress! I’m super jealous of your time in the Maldives and it looks like you and your mom had the most amazing time out on that boat watching the sunset x

  • Kate

    If you are ever looking for some one to come along and take pictures for you on these trips, consider me signed up! Your adventures look so fabulous! How do you decide where to travel to?


  • Are you kidding me? Starlight on the docks and in the water?! How did you and your mom ever manage to return home? I’m dazzled just looking at your pictures! I love your adventure posts, especially when they’re with your adorable mother. By the way, a boat ride with bean bags and bubbly is now on my bucket list. 🙂 #lifegoals

  • Sponge

    Looks like heaven! X

  • Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. Seriously, what camera do you use??

    Also, not a huge fan of espadrilles but those look cute and dainty paired with the white dress.


    coffeeslag: festival style

  • This places looks like heaven on earth!!!

    Leonie ♥ IkonikBeauty

  • Oh my goodness! This places looks heavenly!

  • Oh the colors, the water, the sunshine. It looks like literally the best mother-daughter vacation imaginable xx

  • That is one stunning sunset! I can’t think of a better way to watch the sun go down than lounging on beanbags on a ship with your best friend!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • This is so, so beautiful! Looks like one of the most perfect trips! Your mum looks beautiful in the close up picture! Great pics Rosie! x


    What a wonderful time! You two are lucky gals!

  • This looks amazing!! I especially love those shoes. x Kate

  • Your mother is so beautiful!! That picture of her is stunning. She should model!!
    You look gorgeous too Rosie! What a beautiful place. Totally bookmarking this one. Thanks Rosie!

  • Ena Shestic

    yours photos are breathtaking! you have an amazing life!

  • Karen F

    Your making some wonderful memories with your Mom. Beautiful pictures!

  • you lucky human being! btw were your photos taken by your mom? they’re so amazing <3

  • Misha Lobo

    Rosie opening up this glorious post warmed me up just a tad on a blustery Toronto day. In fact I’m pretending the rain beating against the window, is really just warm waves lapping the shore… can dream right 😉

  • Sabrina

    Rose your pictures always come out so lovely! (Especially the one of your mum!) How do you take such nice portraits? Any camera settings in particular?

  • Such a beautiful place to go on holiday! 🙂

  • always wanted to go there. looks beautiful and relaxing!

    Nosebag NI | Food & Lifestyle –

  • That is such a stunning place! I hope you had a wonderful time with your mum. The photos are gorgeous! With love,

  • Jennifer Hellums

    My jaw dropped at this post! So beautiful!

  • Livia S.

    Amazing blogposts about the Maldives, it looks just like heaven! So many creative pictures!! Really inspirational!

  • This looks like the most amazing trip. I am still gawking at all your photos, I would love to visit!


    Dear Rosie, please tell us more about your hair treatment! 🙂 Do you like it? Is it lasting? 🙂
    I love love love your dress and your nail colour!

  • You’re killing me with all of these incredible photos! Looks like you and your mom had an amazing trip and made great memories. 🙂

  • Beautiful. Unbelievably jealous right now

  • shelby

    Looks like so much fun!

  • Ali Jane

    Wow, it just keeps getting better and better! I love all the photos, especially your underwater ones. I think I may just have to invest in an underwater camera 🙂 great post, as always x | http://www.apocketfulofsunshineblog.con

  • Your mom is beautiful and this trip looks like amazing, I love the photos you got on the boat and that white dress is a must-have!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Kendyl Vega

    Your photos are so amazing! I’m obsessed! Beautiful.

  • Sophie

    My god Rose you are living the dream.

    Sophie xx

  • Omg these posts are ridiculous. I’ve never been so jealous of somewhere ever. Or so jealous of someone’s photography! That room upgrade is incredible x

    Liv |

  • Lorraine

    The portrait of your mom is absolutely stunning! Amazing model, amazing photographer =)
    Also, lots of jealousy coming from me in this very stressful time spent in the uni library!

  • Julia

    This trip is so perfect that it doesn’t even seem real. Yay to treat yourselves girls! Having a trip like this is seriously one of my biggest dreams. Just a place to kick back, relax, and forget the world for a bit. So glad that you two are enjoying it 🙂

  • Maldives truly looks beautiful! Someone I knew visited Maldives a few months ago and they absolutely loved it! This is definitely gonna be on ‘Must Travel’ list! Great post 🙂

    – Harshitha 🙂

    A Whimsical Madness

  • Rūta

    OMG! That last photo is perfect! Honestly, this looks like the most incredible vacation ever!

  • Emma Reilly

    I just cannot get over the beauty of this place! I wouldn’t ever want to leave! That sunset is just wow!

    Emma xx

  • Rosie, your mother is stunning! Cheers to moms! Love all the pictures.

  • Kari Guastella

    Your mom is so stunning!

  • This literally looks like a dream! I would love to visit one day!!

    Charlie x

  • Alice’s Antics

    You’re both unbelievably gorgeous! I’m so in love with that dress and heartbroken it’s been discontinued! x

  • Sms Shockley

    Just gorgeous! Your mom is stunning also! Thank you for sharing Rosie! Your posts are always wonderful!

  • Queenie Lee

    This looks so dreamy! Stunning photos as always! xx

  • Emma F

    You and your mum look absolutely stunning!

  • Local_Drifter

    looks amazing

  • Kim Magee

    Your mum is a knockout!