Previewing Our Honeymoon in Arabian and Maldives Paradise

25 Sep

It’s been a month since my last post and a LOT has happened. Like, I’m finally a Mrs. and we just got home yesterday from a super amazing honeymoon. I went to bed around 9:30 last night and made it to 5 AM today. Let me tell you, it was quite a shock to wake up without the sound of waves crashing, missing my in-room Nespresso machine and the amazing ocean-side breakfast service.  But alas, one must return to reality I suppose.

As for the wedding, I don’t have the professional photos yet but I can assure you the day was absolutely gorgeous if I may say so myself. The weather was perfect. The food was amazing – from the oyster bar featuring local goods to the barbecue dinner and assorted mini pies and cupcakes for dessert. Guests had a blast. We executed our first dance like pros and had an amazing time together. I’ll post more on the details once I have photos to share.

Our honeymoon was planned by Lynn at Bella Vacations and we seriously could not have dreamed of a better trip to Dubai and the Maldives. The experiences were out of this world and the food was top notch at every turn. Each property was also prepared with special “Honeymoon” treats – hard to decide which had the better chocolates, towel swans and other touches.  What do you think?

Congratulations chocolate cake at Bab al Shams resort

Bab al Shams Desert Resort brought a delicious chocolate mousse and also had stuffed dates to enjoy in our Arabian paradise.

Honeymoon chocolate strawberries and wedding card at the Atlantis Palm Island Dubai.

Atlantis Palm Island Dubai fooled us with those chocolate covered “strawberries” – they were chocolate filled! Also, check out the wedding card…which isn’t us by the way.

Swans made of towels at the Atlantis Palm Island resort.

The Atlantis also gave us our first towel swans. I loved the room decor on the property – instant beach chic!

Even Nobu Atlantis got in on the honeymoon dessert action – in addition to the other two desserts and box of petit fours not pictured here.

Nobu restaurant's cheesecake with honeymoon congratulations.

Nobu’s famous cheesecake. This was definitely the tastiest honeymoon cake.

I know I asked which is best as a question, but let’s be honest. How can you beat this luxurious bubble bath – with orchids – and bubbly at Reethi Rah?

Bubble bath with orchid petals and champagne at Reethi Rah resort.

Big thank you to our wonderful travel agent Lynn for this amazing treat!

Or maybe this amazing orchid, heart, swan number…

Swans made of towels, hearts and orchids in our Maldives room

A gal could get used to this.

I am a convert for One & Only resorts. The Reethi Rah Maldives resort is to die for. Reethi Rah translates to “Beautiful Life” in Maldivian and they could not have picked a better name for their island. The resort is the island, by the way. Nothing else and all of it. Pretty amazing.

This is what a front entry way should be:

Reethi Rah Villa with personal bikes and beach side terrace.

Straight through to the paradise out back.

And back yard:

Private beach view with hammock and chaise loungers.

The perfect back yard for morning espresso and knitting.

So with this honeymoon appetizer, I need to start my day and remember how to dress in non-beachwear clothing, put on real shoes, drive to work – and most difficult – actually work. I hope I remember all those passwords…

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