Up With The Sun, Maldives

When you’re on Huvafen Fushi, you run on Huvafen Fushi time.

It runs an hour ahead of local time, so that you can get more done in a day.

This means that when you get up for breakfast, you get up in time to watch the sunrise.

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Which is enough to make you dance the whole way there!

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 White cotton dress // Beaded handbag

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There’s just no beating breakfast with a view.

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The rest of the day was spent cooling off between the shade and the shallows.

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Seersucker bikini

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Donut float US // UK

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My favourite lady wearing Heidi Klein and floaty wrap. Similar hat.

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We spent the afternoon splashing about, playing with toys from the Watersports hut.

Having tired of kayaking, Mum sat on the beach with a chilled coconut and left me to paddle about.

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All time favourite swimmer from Blue Life.

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I even gave the suddenly-uber-fashionable “Paddleboard Yoga” thing a go…

…but it didn’t end quite as glamourously as I’d hoped!

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It’s not quite as easy as Instagram might make you believe!

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With mum creased with laughter, tears of glee running into her coconut, I gave up and resigned myself to shark watching.

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Before heading off to the horizon.

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There’s a path from one end of the island to the other.

It runs as though a child has run his finger through the sand and cleared the way.

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You walk under a curving canopy of palm leaves, all coming together like the roof of a church, with shafts of light glittering through.

Lizards scuttle to and fro as they see you coming along.

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We took up our table at lunch and were joined by an eager local.

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In the stifling heat of the day Mum had a light broth.

While I went for a stonking great curry.

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One of the best I’ve ever had, as it happens!

But it did take a few cooling dips before I could finish the last of it.

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We had a slow lunch, interrupted mainly by our giggling and taking it in turns to cool off.

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And we took “pudding” back to our room.

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I have to admit, life’s pretty tough at Huvafen Fushi… but I think I could get used to it!

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  • Gosh Rosie, I can’t sleep, and was browsing through pinterest when I stumbled upon a picture from this new post and now I definitely can’t sleep anymore! Its too gorgeous, its too dreamy and its getting me too excited about traveling again! You both look amazing

    • Rosie

      Midnight Pinning is the best Yara! But not ideal for those of us who suffer from acute wanderlust! 😉 xx

  • Looks lovely! That curry looks delicious!

    • Rosie

      It was so good Bianca, I think I’m having withdrawal symptoms! xx

  • Rebecca

    I think I could get used to that too!

    • Rosie

      Let’s all move in!

  • “It runs as though a child has run his finger through the sand and cleared the way.” I think this is my favorite description ever. I read that and then saw the picture and its so true! It looks exactly like that! Lovely post as always Rosie!


    • Rosie

      Thanks Anna! xx

  • Jeannie C

    The true definition of paradise


    • Rosie

      Agreed! x

  • Looks absolutely incredible! I’m living on resort time myself in Krabi, Thailand at the moment but wow your pictures make me crave the Maldives! <3



    • Rosie

      Oh wow, lucky you Kate! I hope you’re taking lots of pics xx

      • Haha bien sûr! <3



  • Haha, it seems like a tough life indeed!

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  • Ali Jane

    Wow – I can’t believe how crystal clear the water is there. It looks amazing! I think the Maldives might just have to be my next holiday. I’m loving your posts! x | http://www.apocketfulofsunshineblog.com

    • Rosie

      It certainly deserves a spot on your hit list Ali! x

  • So incredibly jealous of that view. It is gorgeous!

    • Rosie

      I miss it like crazy!

  • This entire trip seems mind blowing oh my gosh I am so jealous! It’s all so beautiful and it’s making me so excited for summer.. plus the fact that you and your Mom went together is adorable! Looks like you two had the best time 🙂

    • Rosie

      We really did. Mums make the best travel companions! xx

  • Haha I’m with you with the whole paddle boarding thing- slightly tricker than you would think =p although I don’t know how you can be quite so calm about shark watching while being in the sea, even if they are harmless….


    • Rosie

      I’ve always had a shark phobia and the idea of them under me used to FREAK me out! But actually I found these ones exciting and rather beautiful.
      You can keep cage diving, but I’ll snorkel with these babies any day! xx

      • I guess it is more reassuring when the people who work there arnt concerned by them either… I don’t know. I guess I’m just very conscious of the fact that a shark can move a lot faster than I can in water so if it fancied a nibble, there wouldn’t be much I could do!


  • There is something so magical about having the time to just watch the sea and the sunrise! Love the blue cosie.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

    • Rosie

      I really do think it might be my greatest pleasure.
      It holds so much more than sunsets, because you have the excitement of what the day may bring.
      Although sunsets are pretty great too…
      I guess we’re just old fashioned sun worshipers, Fi! xx

  • Dreamland! You have such a beautiful body…
    Nice post.
    Kisses <3

    • Rosie

      Gosh, thanks N! xx

  • Those pictures are so good I feel like I’m almost there. I love kayaking on holiday but have never tried yoga on a paddleboard haha!!

    • Rosie

      I can’t say I recommend it Laura! 😉 xx

  • Stunning photos!

    xx Cheyenne

  • ninegrandstudent

    That looks like such a gorgeous place – your photos make me want to go travelling! Wish I had the money… x

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    • Rosie

      Uni wont last forever, I remember pining to go on adventures but spent most of the summer terms swimming in rivers a few miles out of town. Little Custard had a love hate relationship with the water. He’d jump in and immediately regret it, spending the rest of the day glaring at us as he dried out in the long grass!
      You’ll take your own trips one day. xx

  • Gosh you are killing me with these posts Rosie!! I need to book a beach vacation asap!!!! Im in dire need of some sun and salt water!!
    xo Andrea

    • Rosie

      England was pretty dreamy yesterday! I burnt my nose and cheeks in the sun! x

  • Eight Hours

    Looks like absolute heaven. You lucky thing.
    It’s torrential rain in Melbourne. I could not be more jealous


    • Rosie

      Oh no! I’m coming to Aus soon… hope it cheers up a bit!

  • The crystal clear water, possibly my favourite sight. I can not wait to go there. Katie x


  • Helena

    What a perfect way to start off my morning by seeing these beautiful photos! Pinned almost all of them as I just couldn’t resist. They’re all so dreamy and amazing, and has made me want to visit Maldives so bad! You and your mum both look stunning. Hope you’re doing really well and that you have a wonderful week! Lots of love <3


    • Rosie

      Pinterest addiction is a real thing! I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s got it bad, H! xx

  • Looks gorgeous and you look lovely! 🙂


    • Rosie

      Thanks E! x

  • Wow! You sold me! This is definitely where my honeymoon will be! Did you stay in an over the water bungalow?! Great pics, your mom is beautiful! Thanks for sharing these with us ☺️


    • Rosie

      Yep! There are two posts before this if you fancy a room tour xx

  • That bird looks like it has a little mouth and beard – brilliant shot! Well if I could live all my days like this, I’d be pretty gosh darn happy – now to go soak in the sunshine…

    Lauren x

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  • Stunning pics!!!!

    <3 <3 Mahshid مهشید


  • Getting used to the views, the weather, drinks, blue skies? Are you nuts? No way! Why? Because thanks to the English blue skies, I got some tan yesterday! Yay! The Maldives? So yesterday! (Yeah, ok, put me on the plane to the Maldives- I can go anytime!)


    • Rosie

      Me too J! England was glorious! xx

  • Sooooo in love with your swimsuit! Your Mum looks gorgeous too! You going for the curry made me chuckle as I would have done too! I neeeed to go back to the Maldives after seeing your photos Rosie!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

    • Rosie

      Always up for a curry Adele! xx

  • The slow pace

    I’m still wearing turtlenecks and rain boots. I definitely want to move to a warmer place by the sea. So that I can have breakfast with a view and wear white fluflly dresses. Sigh!
    I think this is my favorite destination featured in your blog so far!

    • Rosie

      You’d soon miss the seasons and the turtlenecks, E! xx

  • Beautiful! Your mom is so cute, it looks like you had a wonderful mother-daughter escape. Meanwhile, I told my mother to pick any city in Europe for a getaway, and what did she pick? Paris, Rome, Barcelona…? No, she picked Frankfurt, Germany. Sigh. Happy to trade mums! 😛

    michelle marie

    • Rosie

      Ooo I’ve actually never been to Germany, so am a little jealous!
      At least you’re guaranteed good food! xx

  • This is heavenly and I should not be reading it on the my first day back form my holiday…I want to be in the sun again!
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

    • Rosie

      Sorry A! xx

  • This just looks like absolute PERFECTION…. paradise! Totally want that navy swimming cossie too!


    • Rosie

      Navy + White = Unbeatable combo!

  • Emma Reilly

    I could get used to that too, wow! What a beautiful island. It really is like something from a dream!

    Emma xx


  • Looks heavenly Rosie. You should check out my paddle board company (www.anchorshapespaddleboards.com) where we even have a leopard print SUP. Rosie Eyre xx

  • Leanne

    waah these pictures make me so jealous! it looks absolutely beautiful and i adore the blue swimsuit x


  • This whole post is just so dreamy, from the swimsuits to the beach! It all looks so perfect. What an amazing trip!

  • Jessica

    This just looks like heaven – I keep showing my fiancé so he will take me (the honeymoon is a surprise!)
    You and your mamma are looking bronzed and beautiful!
    Jess x

  • I’ve been wanderlusting like crazy looking at these photos, the Maldives looks insanely beautiful!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Tal

    That dragon fruit looks lovely!

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  • OMG it looks absolutely stunning out there! Very jealous!

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  • Love the way you tell stories – feels as though you’re there with you… (Yano if the grey clouds of England i can see out of my window weren’t ruining my imagination!)

  • Your Blue Life bathing suit is adorable!! I’ve never tried paddle yoga but I love to paddle board when I’m at home!


  • This is legit one of my favorite posts. So pretty and I love all the items you linked but MOST OF ALL, I love that blue swimsuit you’re wearing on the paddle board! I clicked on the link and it doesn’t seem to have it listed at ASOS. Does this mean it’s sold out? If it is, oh no, but it still looks gorgeous on you!!


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  • Looks like a fantastic trip!! You must have had a lot of fun 🙂 Loving that bag with your white dress by the way.

    x Sarah

  • mariel

    ahhh paradise, it just sounds so amazing! <3


  • Paddle boarding looks like a lot of fun, especially in the Maldives! 🙂


  • Kate

    This looks like such an amazing vacation! So lucky you and your mum got to spend the time together!


  • Kandi Pack

    Thank you so much for the vicarious vacation! What amazing shots, I can almost feel the sand beneath my feet. Enjoy!

  • Beth Spooner

    Oh my gosh it all looks so amazing! I am so incredibly jealous, Rosie

    Beth http://www.bdazzles.blogspot.co.uk

  • Emma and Emily

    I love these pictures so much! You’ve made me want to book a sunny summer holiday so badly. I’d love a little time off to relax!

    Emily x

  • Ahhh so wish I was there right now! Stunning pictures 🙂

  • Beautiful, as always! I haven’t tried curry yet, as I’m nervous! Any good curry recs in London?

    learninglondon.weebly.com (American expat adventures in London!)

  • This looks incredible! So jealous! I’m hoping that this is what my honeymoon will be like…

    Charlie x


  • Oh wow what a beautiful place. I’m so jealous that you got to eat your breakfast with that as a view!

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

  • Charlotte Elizabeth

    These photos are beautiful as ever! I’d do anything to be on that white sandy beach right now…


  • What a life! Have pinned your paddleboarding pics and saved em to my vision board screensaver as I am planning on becoming an instructor so I can spend the winters teaching it somewhere hot! 😀

  • WOW. The colour of the ocean is so unbelievably clear! Love the paddleboard shots, looks like you had a blast on it 🙂

  • Vicki

    That looks like pure bliss! I think we could all get used to this! 😀

    Xo Vicki

  • Julia

    This is stunning!! So envious and inspired of your time there. Literally sounds like a dream vacation, and one that I hope to be able to take myself some day 🙂


  • Ruby

    I love paddle boarding! Looks so much easier than it is haha! http://www.westfourteen.wordpress.com

  • Emily Kalbun

    I would love to go to maldives… Is your hotel very expensive? I have a family of four and love your hotel but I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg.

  • Chrissabella

    Looks like you had the best of times and this curry looks divine!


  • Absolutely stunning photos, this trips looks amazing!

  • Rūta

    Seriously, I just need a vacation now!!!

  • hahahhahahahha found the picture that showed how the paddle board yoga incident ended hilarious!! What a stunning place though 🙂

  • Queenie Lee
  • I’ve just booked tickets to the Maldives 😀 It looks amazing 🙂