Arriving at Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

After what felt like a lifetime of travelling, we finally landed in The Maldives.

The doors opened and *whap* we were hit by the incredible heat. Hot, damp heat that clings to your skin and sinks down into your lungs. Quite the contrast to the freezing London we’d left behind!

We wound our way through customs, baggage claim, found the grinning man holding a sign with our names across it, and made our way outside.

We took in our first view of palm trees as we were shepherded onto a speedboat and handed a frosty coconut water.

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The bags were loaded on, the captain whipped the boat around and we sped off into the blue.

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We revelled in the breeze, stretching our hands out to catch the salty spray.

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Island after island past us by, but eventually we slowed and chugged towards our very own patch of sand and jungle; Huvafen Fushi.

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What seemed to be the entire staff were out on the jetty waving and welcoming us home.

Cold, jasmine scented towels were pressed into our sticky hands, and quickly replaced with lemongrass iced tea.

We left the jetty in a golf cart and made our way to the room.

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Rattling along the wooden promenade, I don’t think either of us could possibly have been more excited!

Clutching each other’s arms and hissing “look, look!” as we went.

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The “rooms” are positively palatial!

A sitting room with a glass bottom

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leads into the bedroom

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through a wardrobe area and into the spectacular bathroom.

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In the centre you’ll find the deck, your own pool and steps into the Indian Ocean.

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After a dip and a lounge, we headed off to explore more of the island.

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My dress // Bag // Shoes

Mum’s dress

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We found a shady spot under some palms for lunch, with just the right amount of breeze.

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There are five restaurants on the tiny island.

Fogliani’s specialises in pizzas.

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Which we enjoyed watching the chef make, but went for lighter options.

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Green melon gazpacho.

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Tuna tartar with feta and watermelon.

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And a whole reef fish.

We ate, chatted, decompressed and generally eased into our new home.

Later we walked and watched as a tropical storm rolled in across the horizon.

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We swam as the warm rain came down.

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We melted feeling the raindrops patter against our skin and lay with mouths open to catch them on our tongues.

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As the sun set, the rays came in to send it off with us.

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Palm leaf swimmer // Blue striped dress

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We fed them sashimi and stroked their silky smooth wings.

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They really raysed my expectations for future holidays! Life’s all downhill from heron out!

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We saw off the last of the sun with a bottle of bubbles.

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Toasted to our eternal friendship and promised to go on many more adventures together.

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When we got hungry, we padded bare-foot over to SALT for supper.

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Letting the newly illuminated pathway guide us there.


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We took up seats on the terrace and slurped on tropical cocktails as we watched sharks circle below.

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I felt just like a Bond villain and thoroughly wished I had Custard to sit on my knee and hatch evil plans with!

But made do with a gargantuan pile of seafood instead.

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Don’t worry, we shared.

I’m not that shellfish!

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  • My gosh this looks like actual heaven- I can’t believe you can feed the Rays like that- that’s so cool! Are rays the really poisonous ones though or is that just something that looks really similar?

    I can tell you now, sitting here from my london desk on a drizzely Thursday, this post has me dreaming of summer!


  • That looks simply stunning. I can’t decide whether the Maldives would be too quiet for me, but the nature and views look incredible xx

  • What a glorious start to your holiday! How fun to go with your mum too. You both look ultra glam! xxx

  • Lisa Kristin

    I can’t even believe I’m seeing these photos on your blog and not in some sort of advertisement! If you and your mum weren’t in these, I’d think they were out of a catalogue. Unbelievably beautiful – I can’t wait to see more!

    Lisa x

  • Off to Mauritius next week, I think I need the Palm swimsuit in my life.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Oh my gosh! I don’t even have words for that place! ‘Paradise’ isn’t quite enough to describe how this island looks! Crazy!! 🙂

  • Your water bungalow looks fab. I’ve been to the Maldives a couple of times & these photos really bring it all back. It really is paradise. It’s so lovely that you & your Mum get to spend this quality time together.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Cam Behan

    oh wow this looks amazing!!! so jealous!!!

  • Just incredible!

    P.s. you really MUST bring out a book! Your story telling is brilliant x

  • Wow what an amazing trip! This looks similiar to the Four Seasons in Bora Bora!

  • Dickiegirl

    Gorgeous post

  • This resort is gorgeous! I stayed at the One & Only Reethi Rah and it was beautiful. I definitely want to go back soon! My favourite part was being on the boat to the island. It felt like I was actually nearly there! xx

  • Crazy beautiful.
    Mother and daughter adventures are the best.
    Can’t wait to see what else you got up too!

  • Wow. I am so excited to read all of the next posts about this place. It looks absolutely incredible. I have loved everything about this post, it’s so lovely. That view! And the water is so clear. Can’t wait to read about the rest of your trip.
    Kirsty x

  • Rosie, why did you come home?! This place looks like heaven, absolute heaven. I would love to pop over now and just melt into some relaxation and clear ocean waves – oh you tease with this photos!

    Lauren x

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  • Oh my god that looks so incredible! Reminds me somewhat of my time in Bali….


  • oh my god rosie this looks heavenly!! I’ve never seen somewhere like it!!

    Michaela X

  • This post is ridiculous. In the very best way. Gosh The Maladives are so high on my bucket list! especially since spring weather has been holding off here!! Can’t wait to see more of this journey Rosie 🙂 <3

  • Kirsten

    I love your travel blogs!! The last 3 or so “big” holidays have been the stuff dreams are made of- thanks for sharing 🙂 x

  • Lucy Birchall

    Wow! The Maldives has always struck me as the sort of place that seems just too good and unbelievable to be real. It looks like total paradise, I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the posts.

    She’s So Lucy

  • I love petting sting rays, they really are so smooth. There’s an aquarium not far from where I live that has an open habitat that allows you to stroke their backs as they swim by. I feel more relaxed just looking at this place. It looks divine!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • It’s so lovely to see the relationship you have with your Mum and how proud you both are of one another. I wish I could treat my Mum to a holiday, god knows she deserves it. One day I’ll make it happen.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your adventures soon!

  • Sounds like an amazing trip. Definitely one of my dreams to visit here, looks like heaven!

  • This look wonderful! I am planning a trip to the Maldives later this year. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Katie x

  • The Maldives are one of my dream destinations and this makes me absolutely sure I have to go there as soon as I can rack up enough cash to afford a stay just like that!

    Danika Maia

  • Keva

    This just looks unbelievable!!! Keva xx

  • Ally

    These photos are breath taking so i can’t imagine how amazing it was to be there in person!! I hope oy had a lovely trip i am beyond jealous right now:) This is the holiday of my dreams:)x

  • this is heartbreakingly beautiful and making it painfully clear i need a vacation!!!!


  • Emma Reilly

    Wow this place looks amazing! I can only dream of going somewhere like that. Your photos are just incredible!!!

    Emma xx

  • Surleen Singh Dhamoon

    Stunning! I want to go so bad. xoxo

  • Surleen Singh Dhamoon

    which resort is this??

  • Tal

    This place looks like paradise- I need to go here!

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  • Alice

    This has got to be a joke, it looks flipping unbelievable!! By far one of the most spectacular places you’ve shared with us!! I mean a Sting Ray petting zoo is the best!

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  • London Mum

    Looks absolutely glorious! X

  • Amber Rhodes

    Awesome that you could feed the rays! Nice to spend time with your mum!

  • NoraLamoudiSutcliffe

    Amazing! Makes me want to go back to the Maldives asap!

  • How fabulous! I’ve never seen sting rays that big in the Maldives before, only ever tiny ones!

    If you go again, I recommend Thudufushi island as well, I’ve been to Huvafen Fushi and it is lovely, Thudufushi is very similar style but a little smaller 🙂

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  • I’ve been so excited to see your first Maldives post!! It looks beyond incredible xx

  • Wow! I hope that some day in my lifetime I would be able to afford to visit somewhere so beautiful. You’ve taken some fabulous pictures! 🙂 xx

  • Looks amazing!

  • Wow such a stunning place 🙂

  • What a fantastic thing to be able to share with your Mother. I hope one day I can do the same with my mom and then my daughter.

  • Ryann Hackett

    What a lovely write up. We spent our honeymoon at Hufaven Fushi 2 years ago this weekend – thanks for bringing me back. Made my day.

  • What an amazing holiday! This place is stunning. Can’t wait to see more!

  • So pretty!! Sounds like an incredible trip… wish I could go on holidays right now.

    xx Cheyenne

  • It looks like paradise!

  • klpark

    My DREAM vacation! Looks heavenly. Hoping this will happen one day. Maybe honeymoon?? 🙂

  • Remind me why I’m stuck in cold and dreary London and not hopping on a plane to the Maldives again!?

  • mariel

    these photos have just totally made me so wanderlust and want to just jet off to the Maldives immediately..absolutely stunning and perfect <3

  • This is the most incredible place I’ve ever seen. Glad you had an amazing time, I’ll be checking in as soon as I win the lottery!

  • Bridgett

    I’m not pooling around when I say I shore love reading about your adventures. I manta mention I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now and I reef-y love it! Seriously though this looks amazing!

  • The slow pace

    Your mum looks stunning in that balck dress! The island looks pretty good too 😉

  • Cynthia

    You have the most beautiful relationship with you mom! So sweet! And she’s possibly the most gorgeous mom I’ve ever seen!

    All the best!

  • Heavenly, how sweet at those Rays, had no idea you could feed them! Your Mum is gorgeous too, lush post x

  • I love it when you travel! Reading your blogs is such a wonderful way to feel like I’m getting away too!

    ~ Shannon

  • Ugh, this is the ultimate dream. Isn’t it the best getting to treat your mom? I swear, 90% of the reason I work so hard towards success is so I get to spoil my mama rotten!!

  • Kate

    This brings back some wonderful memories – I spent my honeymoon on Medhufushi island and think the Maldives are pretty much perfect! Beautiful photos Rosie and I hope you and your Mum have the best holiday. x
    Kate Louise Blogs

  • This post it’s dreamy! Love it… Great place and beautiful photos!

  • Looks like you’ve gone to the most beautiful place on earth – so heavenly! You and your mother look so gorgeous as usual – so timeless!

  • Kate

    That just looks simply amazing and truly unreal, wow! What a trip! Was this your first time there? Can’t wait to see more pictures!


  • This looks and sounds like the most incredible day, those rays are amazing!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Eight Hours

    This has actually made me slightly emotional. You’re very lucky to have such a great relationship with your mum.

  • wow… hope you made lots of memories with your mum 🙂 but those rays… wow they’re so huge!! 😐

  • OMG, this is heaven on earth!!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Mahshid مهشید

  • Julia

    This is probably my definition of paradise. You are so lucky to have been on this trip, and I hope that you are having the time of your life with your mum 🙂 This trip has 100% gone on my bucket list for the future, and I hope it isn’t too long until I actually get to go 😀

  • It just looks totally stunning, I genuinely wouldnt be able to leave!

    Mel x

  • This looks utterly unreal Rosie! What an amazing opportunity for you and your Mom!

  • Emily Kalbun

    HOLY COW! That is just pure heaven. This place is officially on my bucket list :D. Hope you enjoy your vacation.

  • I was hoping to see pics of sharks! 😀

    • George

      There’s a picture of sharks in the sea. It goes with the caption of sharks.

  • You’re so lucky to be able to share such a wonderful place with your mom!

  • Emma and Emily

    My jaw actually dropped for this entire post. I cannot believe there is somewhere as heavenly as this on the planet!

    Emily x

  • Penelope R.

    What an experience! And even better that you got to share it with your mom!! SO lucky you two. Enjoy the rest of your trip!


  • This is too perfect. Maldives will always be on the top of my bucket list, i can’t wait to get myself there one day.
    Love your stories, Rosie! So well documented and described 🙂

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

  • Queenie Lee

    Looks absolutely incredible! xx

  • andrealeighj

    How perfect is this!? I think i know where i want my honeymoon to be!

  • I love love love all of your pictures- they make it feel like we were there with you!!!
    xo, Ingrid