a girls trip to the Maldives
in the Maldives
Hello you lovely lot. I hope you’re having a great week this far. Today I am so excited to share with you what I got up to in the Maldives. It was a press trip with OZEN by Atmosphere Maadhoo and Mulberry to celebrate the launch of their new sunglasses launch, and so everything was so kindly covered for us. Honestly, I know how lucky I am and experiences like this are so amazing, and are ones that I’ll never forget.
I shot everything on film and I absolutely love how it all came out. I use Fujicolour C200 and an Olympus Muji 2 to shoot on.
On the trip was myself, Lizzy, Danielle Peazer, Julia Lubin and our lovely PR hostess Jo who was just wonderful. The five of us really clicked and we had such a laugh, and we were all as low maintenance as each other so it was such a good match.
OZEN is like nowhere else I’ve ever been. It’s luxury at it’s best. It’s set on a beautiful island surrounded by the most amazing sea life; baby sharks, dolphins, tropical fish and some coral that is still stunning. The property itself boasts a few different accommodation options. We stayed in the water villas. So we were pitched up on the ocean, with ladders into the sea, a terrace for sunbathing, a hammock and our own private pool.
There are 6 dining options at OZEN, one of which is an underwater experience, so you don’t get stuck for options, and there’s a gin bar too.
One of the most amazing things is the water sports and activities on offer. You name it, you can do it. Snorkelling and PADI diving included. There’s also an ocean facing gym, options for classes and a beautiful spa too.
We caught a 45 minute private boat to OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo. We arrived (in jumpers and leggings from the plane journey…) to no less than 34 degree heat and, I kid you not, a standing welcome party of approximately 30 people throwing rose petals over us as we walked off the boat and down to the welcome drinks on the beach. I’ll be forever devastated that this doesn’t happen upon my arrival everywhere from now on.
Next we were shown to our private water villas, by our private butler (!) complete with sea access and our very own pools. As you can imagine, my jaw was on the floor at this point. A quick change into more weather appropriate clothes, and we headed to have some lunch at The Palms which is the main restaurant on the resort that boasts so many cuisines, a fresh cooking station, incredible choices in fruit and salad, and well, everything you could fancy. From here we headed into the villas to sunbathe, swim and relax post flight.
A little later on we went on a cycling tour of the resort to get better acquainted with our new surroundings. Let me tell you, biking in 34 degrees ain’t no easy task! It’s so great to have the bikes whenever you want them too, you can get everywhere so quickly! Between the bikes and the buggies to pick you up, we were sorted.
Our evening plan consisted of trying to fight the 5 hour time difference! We met with Giri who is the general manager at OZEN, for some incredible cocktails before heading to Peking for dinner. We shared lots of dim sum and tried so many different things which was amazing.
I think we were all flat out by 10pm.
I woke up so refreshed and to the sound of the ocean crashing against my villa, so gorgeous. We were up and out for a boat trip to a local island and snorkelling on the way back. Now, those of you that read about my recent snorkelling escapades in Mauritius will know that I scared myself out of trying it again. When we arrived to the snorkelling point, the water was crystal clear, and so calm so I did it- and it was the most amazing experience and my favourite snorkelling trip ever. Visibility was incredible, the coral was amazing and the wildlife we saw was just brilliant. It was so tranquil and we stayed out for about an hour!
Once we got back it was time for lunch at M6M which is the underwater restaurant. Its seafood and it was so lovely! We took our time on the 5 course tasting menu then had some time to shoot some content as the sun set.
We all met for drinks at the main pool area which overlooks the beach and dinner was a gala evening at The Palms, we all had to wear sarongs that were left in our rooms for us! There was a grill on the beach so I had the most amazing food. And plenty of gin!
I woke up poorly on day 3, not because of the gin, just because sometimes my tummy doesn’t travel very well! read into that what you will… so I made it out to sunrise yoga at 7am on top of a boat in the middle of the ocean and then I stayed in bed all day and tried to rest. Typical! in paradise and I got struck down.
I felt a little brighter in the evening and was determined not to miss the sunset dolphin cruise that had been organised for us. Thank goodness I went. It was one of the most amazing, magical experiences of my life. The sunset, and the dolphins. The water is so clear and we could see so many! They swam alongside and in front of our boat, jumping and flipping and I just couldn’t believe how beautiful they were.
Dinner was a private beach BBQ just for us in a secluded part of the resort on the beach. I’ve never seen so much food. It was absolutely beautiful- it was literally like a proposal was about to take place. Sadly, it didn’t though.
First on my agenda on day 4 was a trip to the spa for a detox massage. The spa is such a gorgeous space, set over the water so as you lay face down you can see into the ocean through the floor. The therapist was incredible and listened to exactly what I needed. They offer so many different treatments too, I’m just sad I didn’t book more!
I spent the day relaxing, taking photos and swimming as I still wasn’t feeling 100%. I went for a walk along the beach and just tried to take it easy until I felt better.
In the afternoon we had a cocktail masterclass which was lots of fun. I watched the girls make theirs as alcohol wasn't a good idea for me and my dehydration! This led us into dinner at IndoCeylon which is traditional South Asian cuisines from Sri Lanka, the Maldives and India. The menu here was amazing, the flavours and dishes were beautiful. I was a big fan of the naan breads!
I was fast asleep for around 10.30pm and absolutely not looking forward to heading home the next day.
This trip was honestly one of the most special I have ever been on. I haven’t ever experienced beauty like it, or luxury like it. Although this trip was complimentary for me, I would wholeheartedly recommend it and book it again myself for a trip with James going forward- in fact, James is ready for us to book it now for next year!
You can shop what I wore below:
John Lewis & Partners cream linen shirt - size up 2 sizes for oversized fit
H&M Studio wrap sandals - sold out but similar
John Lewis & Partners white crinkle shirt - size up 2 sizes for oversized fit
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have enjoyed looking through what we got up to. xx