Last week we spent some quality family time together away from Doha by taking advantage of the local Islam holiday, Eid. Nick had 3 days off of work connected to the weekend. We planned this vacation mostly to celebrate our 10 year anniversary.
One of the most treasured blessings of being an expat is "location, location, location". Considering we aren't close to home our options for travel are more unique. I couldn't be more thankful for the abundant blessings I've been given over the last 10 years with Nick and I can't think of a better place to celebrate.
The Maldives...absolute paradise!
The Maldives are located in the Indian Ocean between India and Africa. Its an island nation made up of over 1,000 tiny islands (actually the tops of a vast underwater mountain range). The islands are actually called Atolls, which is a geographical word for an island of coral which encircles a lagoon.
There are no words or pictures that can accurately describe the beauty, tranquility, or fun we had last week. I must say that at least 50% of the experience goes to our resort and the service. I've never experienced anything like it. The island is about 5 acres. The staff seemed to know all the personal details necessary and were so readily available. I wouldn't risk going anywhere else...Anantara was incredible! I highly recommend it. It was absolute paradise with kids but would also be a dream honeymoon. So without further adieu...here are a too many photos.
View of one of the island/resorts from the plane
Leaving the airport by boat...headed to Anantara
Arriving at the resort...there was a drum player and ice cold towels when we stepped off the boat
Welcome Jetty Pic
Our home away from home
Outdoor bathroom, complete with and outdoor shower (and a regular shower)
View from our patio
On our way to dinner
Whatever you want!
Sugar Bowl getting strong and smiling at daddy
View of the beach down from our bungaloo
(Spa in the background over the water)
Seriously! A coconut washed up on shore.
Ordered lunch on the beach and they delivered the food along with a complete dining set!
The Kids Club...which the boys LOVED!
Maybe just b/c it was a "club"
Feeding the fish and SHARKS!
Harmless reef sharks
Nick wanted to find out how harmless!
Crazies before dinner.
Didn't get a decent picture of all 3.
Look-a-likes at dinner.
Amazing Thai restaurant
After dinner we walked down the beach to our little villa and found this...
Not a cheesy music show but a campfire with just a guy an his guitar, singing favorites for hanging out on the beach. We put our kids to bed, grabbed the baby monitor and walked outside to enjoy. Wish I could have bottled up the moment.
Georgia ready for a ride in the stroller to breakfast.
Off to the beach and pool
Some scenery pics....
Daddy and Georgie!
Brooks in the pool, loving every second!
Before heading to dinner
This sweet chinese lady wanted to record the sounds of the Bees playing on the beach. Her husband was holding the video camera.
Mama and Georgia
one of too many pictures that need to be edited b/c of poor photography
More pool time
Hanging with Mr. Jerry
Our dear friends the Jackson's happen to pick the same resort we did. It was nice to see a familiar face, enjoy adult conversation and have some surrogate grandparents.
Dunking Georgia in the sand wash bucket
Nick enjoying some quiet time
One of the boys' many friends they collected
Hangin with Brooksie
This picture so accurately describes the feeling of the Maldives
Georgia modeling her kini
eatin' some sand
livin' it up in our robes
Of course Barrett's smiling!
Mrs. Dede and Mr. Jerry
Notice, no shoes. The entire island was all sand. This restaurant was actually upstairs above the water but they were still shoeless and not considered white trash :)
Dancing with Daddy...Barrett's not a fan.
After breakfast on what we thought was our last day. Turns out we had one more. Not sure how we missed that major detail but it was like finding a $100 in your pocket.
She'll take it in a towel or a miracle blanket, just give her the swaddle!
Brooks and I swam to the hammock
Brooks and the crab were scared silly when they found each other.
Best sunset of the trip!
Last morning at breakfast with a light, quick rain
Boys went to the kids club but Barrett didn't want to leave.
He stayed to make a mask.
One last throw show...
Buzz and Barrett all pooped out and ready to head home.
Waiting for our transport boat
Looking back through the window at the incredible staff waiving good bye. The literally waived til we were out of sight!
Sad faces before departure!
We'll never forget it and always be thankful for God's blessing of a great vacation at one of his beauties!