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Our Itinerary for Dubai and The Maldives

It’s nearly here! In just under two weeks Mr S and I will be heading of to Dubai and the Maldives! I know images of the Maldives are a bit over-saturated on the Instagram but it’s been a long time dream of mine to stay in an over water villa with the warm turquoise lagoon lapping at the stilts. From all the pictures I’ve seen of The Maldives, the atolls or coral reefs, look about as close to paradise as I can imagine.

On the opposite end of the spectrum to the calming relaxation and natural beauty of The Maldives, we’ll be stopping over in Dubai either side of our trip. I don’t want to give too much away but I just want to drop a few hints of the kind of things we’ll be getting up to on this adventure.

Dubai Part 1

For our first leg in Dubai we’ll be arriving around midnight and heading straight to our hotel on Jumeirah Beach. With only one full day, we’ll be keeping it fairly simply and I’ve booked one of Dubai’s legendary brunches and maybe we’ll do some more shopping for The Maldives.

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The Maldives Hotel 1 

After a four hour flight from Dubai we’ll be jumping straight on to a speed boat to our first Maldives Hotel!
I want to keep the hotel a surprise but the eagle eyed may recognise the property from the photos. Our first hotel has that barefoot Robinson Crusoe vibe that I loved so much at Mnemba Island, with rustic over water villas made of all natural material. 
With the relaxed feeling here, we’re looking forward to enjoying cocktails with our feet in the sand, beach front dinners, sunset cruises and even our own private cinema in the jungle!

The Maldives Hotel 2

After three days of barefoot luxury we’ll be heading back to Malé airport to catch a seaplane to our next hotel. 45 minutes from the airport, the location of this hotel is super private and exclusive.

Our second hotel has a totally different style to the the first with a more elegant feel to it. We’ve booked a sunset water villa so we’ll be able to sip champagne in the evening with a perfect view of the sun dipping below the ocean.

Regular readers will know how much Mr S loves the ocean, so he’ll be taking some time to do some diving and explore the coral reefs, while I check out the spa. The hotel is home to several restaurants rated some of the best in the Maldives so I’m excited to be sampling plenty of tasty food. 

Dubai Take 2!

After blissing out in the Maldives, it’s time to head back to Dubai for a stay in the Dubai International Financial District and a visit to Dubai Mall! One thing that’s on the top of my Dubai bucket list is going for drinks at the Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world. 
We then have a little more beach time and will spend our final night at a hotel back on Jumeirah Beach with great access to some of Dubai hottest dining destinations. As our time in Dubai is fairly short I won’t fit in a desert safari but we’re looking forward to partying at the beach club and eating some fine food!
So that’s the plan and the count down is well and truly on!

Have you been to Dubai or The Maldives? Do you have any tips for me? 

Photos provided by the hotels unless otherwise stated

  • It sounds incredible! I’ve never been to either place but my parents have been to Dubai a couple of times I think and really enjoyed it x


  • Eeek, what an utter bliss ahead of you! I’m pretty sure Maldives is one of those places where you don’t need any filters so you’ll truly fond yourself in a paradise. Will be vicariously traveling through your IG stories, photos and posts! xx

    • I know!! The sea is just blue enough already!! Be prepared for Maldives spam!

  • Gary J Berry

    I can’t wait for this and to se your photos!!!! Hope you like Dubai as much as I do, I know you’ll love the Maldives either way! You’ll get to eat the best tuna you will ever eat in your life!

    • Super excited to take all those photos. Felt very inspired by all of yours.

  • Can’t wait to read what you get up to as I’ve never been to either country. Have an amazing time

  • I can not, can not wait to see your adventures!

  • Living the dream Angie! So excited for you, can’t wait for you to report back and to see the photos! If you need any Dubai help, my other half has been over ten times so just let me know 🙂

    • Thanks so much Reena! Looking forward to our lunch when I’m back.

  • Cherie Rose Martin

    Have a blast!!

  • You will have a fabulous time! I’m so gutted we will literally miss each other in The Maldives as it would have been so fun to hang out!

  • This sounds like a heavenly trip Angie! I can’t wait to hear all about Dubai as I’m hoping to go later this year. And maybe you tempt me into the Maldives too 😉

  • Ohh it sounds amazing! Both destinations I really want to visit – looking forward to your posts!

  • This looks amazing! Can’t wait for these pictures (although I’ll be highly envious!) x

  • I love the ethereal experience offered by Qbara in Dubai ! xx

  • The Maldives is at the very top of my travel bucket list. You two are going to have such an amazing time by the sounds of things! x

  • you’re going to have a great trip as usually:)

  • O my goodness I’m so jealous. I visited both these destinations last year but neither trip was long enough! Have an amazing time – can’t wait to see more pics.

  • Such an amazing itinerary!! I have been to both of those hotels in Dubai and you won’t be disappointed 🙂 Have a great trip!

  • Gaaah excited for Maldivian jealousy and to hear what you think of Dubai! Love AP xo

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Binny Shah-Patel

    EEEEEEKKKKK can’t wait to follow your Maldives adventure!!!

  • Mehreen A

    Ahhh its so close now! Cant wait to see all your lovely pics, and hope you have the best time xxx

  • I’ve never been to either places, but you’re literally making me wanderlust right now! I can’t wait for your Maldives posts!

    grace ♡ http://www.gracee.co

  • Dubai is great fun, especially the brunches! We went to the Madinat and that brunch and the hotel is all I talk about still.

    Victoria x


  • Heheh I feel so sneaky knowing where you’re staying! Cannot wait for all the Insta-induced wanderlust! XO

  • I look forward to reading all about the Maldives as I plan to go there in the next year 😀

    Tamsyn Elizabeth
    Peaches and Bear

  • Miu

    Angie, I don’t know how exactly you do it, but you make me so excited for your trip as if it was my own 😀 I’m wishing you a great time and am looking forward to your blogposts, of course 🙂

  • Franziska Mueller

    Enjoy your stay at Huvafen Fushi, it is like paradise. Do not bother to bring along footwear because it is barefoot island, too (at least when we were there about 10 years ago)!

    • Ahh, I’m actually not going to Huvafen Fushi this time. Though I know I don’t need shoes here either!

  • Your trip sounds amazing! The maldives has been on my wishlist for so long so I’m so excited to see your trip there! We’re off to Dubai in October and I can’t wait! Have the best time!
    xo April | April Everyday

  • Wowza – can’t wait to follow along on this one – what a great itinerary!