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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