Jungle Pools & Sea Planes, Maldives

We spent our last morning on Reethi Rah soaking up the sunshine.

We had breakfast in our water hut, feet dangling over the ocean as we sipped our tea, munched through the banquet of food and slowly brought ourselves to life.

We sunscreened up and lounged in hammocks with our books.

Well, I read a little of mine before being pulled back to Monument Valley! (Download it immediately, you’ll become as obsessed as I am.)

Dipping in and out of the sea, to cool off now and then.

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The water villas are wonderfully private, so you can pretty much swim about and sunbathe in the buff if you like.

But if you fancy the cooling oasis that a swimming pool offers, you have to make your way back into the jungle.

Which is no great hardship, when the jungle looks like this:

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^ Uber chic crocodiles they’ve got at One & Only! Ammiright?!

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We jumped between the cooling shade of the jungle pool, to the sunbather’s paradise of the cliff top one.

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Striped bikini // Straw boater

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Mum can never resist pointing a camera in my direction.

My “thinking” face is generally a furious one. “I’m not cross, I’m just thinking!” is something I’ve proclaimed since childhood. And infact, mum took an almost identical snap to this next one when I was about 3.

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Thankfully I’m old enough to turn the camera her way, now!

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Sadly for me, she never looks anything but the picture of serenity and elegance.

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So I took a leaf out of her book and just stretched out in the sunshine instead.

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We made friends with a number of other guests.

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But always got the feeling they were sort of eyeing us up, judging some how.

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And the fruit bats were just party animals who just slept all day!

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I’m in the process of testing out cameras, as I’ve fallen out of love with my Sony.

We gave the Olympus PEN a go, with a portrait lens.

The results were pretty spectacularly different to what we’ve become used to with the Sony!

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So much more detail, you can pretty much see every freckle.

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But on the downside, you have to be a good few metres away to get the shot.

So the hunt for a replacement continues.

After a lazy morning we packed our trunks and set off again.

Ready for our first jaunt on a sea plane!

See? Plane.

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Striped tunic dress // Lace espadrilles // Straw hat

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We climbed into the tiny cabin, took our seats, feeling like two sprats jumping into a frying pan.

It was unimaginably hot in that little tin can!

But the view made up for it…

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We flew past sandbars, sunken islands, resorts and tiny puddles of sand with nothing but lonely palm trees waving in the wind.

And then we saw it, our first glimpse of our new home!

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^ That’s our hut there! Just in from the big one on the right, front row.

Casa MaryRose!

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We splashed down into the turquoise water and glided towards the jetty.


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Mimosa shirt // White shorts // Similar hat 


We’d arrived at LUX.

We checked in with the cheeriest man I’ve ever met, and were taken to our new home.

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Having had a bit of a snoop around and a swim, we wandered back to the shore to explore.

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It didn’t take long to get into the swing of things!

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White cover up // Sandals // Sunnies

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We rustled up a nice cold drink, plonked ourselves on two sun beds under a palm tree, wiggled our toes into the sand and sighed with complete and utter joy.

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