With the wild logistics of planning three wedding ceremonies in three countries, designing three wedding dresses, and coordinating a wedding trip to North India with our friends… taking a honeymoon didn’t quite seem like the top priority! But my husband insisted we take the time to be alone together in between lots of whirlwind travel, and I was so glad he did. We ended up fitting in a honeymoon between our India and Dubai celebrations, stopping in the gorgeous Maldives.
After a wonderful but hectic time with lots of family and friends in India, we were so thrilled to have this serene week alone together to completely relax and take in everything that had just happened.
Our flight took us from South India through Colombo, Sri Lanka and onto Male, the capital of the Maldives, and then by tiny seaplane to our resort. When we arrived it was pouring rain, which didn’t necessarily forebode well for our tropical getaway, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, creating the perfect gusty windsurfing conditions for my husband the next morning. The rest of the time we had beautiful weather, and spent time being lounge lizards reading by the pool, having massages in stilt villas overlooking tiny crab colonies, and bicycling under arches of tropical trees to the beach.
We also took a short scuba course and — despite my mild panic at learning to breathe underwater— we got to meet the most beautiful iridescent fish, swimming past in sequined flashes of silver, emerald, and citrine. Back on land, over candlelit dinners of fresh seafood on the shore, we read through the hundreds of haikus our wedding guests wrote for us on little cards at the Washington wedding, laughing at old jokes and sweet words from our friends.
Suffice it to say, the whole trip was pretty much divine. To be in this heavenly place, watching the lapis waters lap at the sand, canopied by sunwashed skies fringed by palm trees, with my happy husband at my side … it was a separate and total bliss.