This was my first proper taste of island life and it was amazing. The flight from Sri Lanka to the Maldives is only one hour and a half, so as we were making the long 16 hour journey from London to Sri Lanka it seemed ridiculous to miss out on this opportunity, so we added three nights on to the end of our trip to just relax completely before heading back to reality.
We chose Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli based on a recommendation, it was a brand new resort and having done a lot of research into resorts in the Maldives before hand, this was definitely on the more affordable end, whilst still remaining luxurious.
We had hoped that maybe we would be getting a sea plane to the resort, but Oblu was close enough to Male to be reached by speed boat, although we hadn’t anticipated arriving in the night time and it turns out speed boat rides in the open ocean in the evening in choppy conditions isn’t that fun. It was the longer 50 minutes of my life… so if you can, definitely do the transfer in day light.
We stayed in the Lagoon Villa at Oblu. I believe the inside of the villas are pretty much identical to that of the beach villas, with bathrooms set outside, which is definitely one of the best features, I loved getting to watch the sky change colour at dusk whilst having a shower or getting ready for the evening and hearing the ocean.
So the big difference is that they are set half on land and half on sea, so we had the steps down into the lagoon, and our own plunge pool, which was a lovely touch, especially as the lagoon was actually quite choppy so we were advised not to swim in it (the most disappointing part of room), so the infinity pool really did feel like you were in the ocean.
On the opposite side of the island to where our villa was, there was an amazing secluded spot with just a Maldivian swing, so you could just sit (or lay) and watch the waves break over the island. I saved my new colourful bikini for the Maldives as where else is better to experiment with tropical swimwear than here!! I love the off shoulder detail and the tie feature on the bottoms, it has a real hippie vibe to it… I just needed the tan to go with it!
The island also served as the best place to dress up for the evening time, so I had saved my most floaty pretty outfits just for here, although it was so relaxed anything goes, there was no particular dress code and even the restaurant was on sand so shoes are not required for the Maldives, which is great if like me you always end up packing too many shoes and nearly exceeding your baggage allowance!
The first night I wore this gorgeous two piece from Majorelle. I had seen this look on Instagram and just knew it would be the perfect outfit for this trip so I had to purchase it. It was a hit, I got so many compliments from the staff on the island and my bf also said it was his new favourite, I think it is one of mine too. I have an upcoming trip to spain soon and I can seeing me wearing it again to embrace my inner flamenco dancer (insert the red dancing dress emoji)!
For our last night on Oblu I wanted to wear something ethereal and this white silk embroidered dress was exactly that. I did not want to take this off. Zimmermann create the most beautiful pieces, I have been a massive fan for ages, but they are definitely at the higher end price wise, so this was a bit of a splurge, but it was completely worth it. I think it is a really classic feminine dress that I can re-wear time and time again. You can dress it down with a pair of elegant sandals or if you wanted to dress it up it looks beautiful with a pair of ankle strap heels. The dress itself is so gorgeous that loads of accessories are not necessary, so I just paired it with a simple necklace from Missoma and these really sweet horn earrings from Etsy.
I am almost positive I will be heading back to the Maldives another time in the future… it really is paradise!