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Honeymoon in the Maldives

6. Februar 2019

ENG: Where should I even start? Our honeymoon in the Maldives was just dreamy, and I felt so comfortable and relayed, which was definitely also because of the sensational service at the St. Regis. I would like to use this post to give you some information and impressions of the unforgettable trip.

After we got married in Mallorca in July 2018 we decided to spend the great summer in Germany, and go on our honeymoon early on in the new year. At first the plan was to fly to Bora Bora or the Seychelles in January, since we wanted to spend our honeymoon in a far away, exotic place. When researching these places though, we found to that they aren’t the ideal places to go to during January and February, so we quickly decided to fly to the Maldives where Tobi asked me to marry him in a very emotional proposal two years ago. For our idea of the perfect honeymoon it was definitely the right decision, not only because of the meaning of it, but also because of the beauty of this place and the incredible service.

Overall we stayed at the St. Regis Resort for 9 days, which had caught our eyes because of all the positive reviews. There are more than 200 hotels and a number of luxury resorts in the Maldives, so deciding only based on photos is impossible. The St. Regis came up again and again when searching for keywords such as ‘privacy’ and ‘honeymoon’, which were also factors that helped us decide.  It was by far the best decision we could have made. We were taken to a small, private lounge by the St. Regis as soon as we arrived in Male, to take a waterplan directly to the resort. Just the flight was breathtaking, the baby blue water, the white beaches, and how generously the beach and water villas were spread helped us forget the stress of the journey immediately. Every guest has a personal butler for the entire stay, there are snorkeling and diving opportunities every day, and the culinary variety in the five different restaurants has someone for everyone’s taste, too. My personal highlight was the wide terrace of our overwater villa, which wasn’t only spacious, but also offered the promised privacy. A small pool, private sunbeds and our own access to the beach – there was nothing more to ask for. We snorkeled almost every day and even met a turtle once, who swam its circles around us very relaxed. The two-hour dolphin tour was another great and emotional experience, especially since the postcard panoramic view is just everywhere on and around the Maldives, too. We are so thankful for our honeymoon; the St. Regis and the Maldives will always have a special meaning for us.

With all the euphoria though, I do have two mention two small negative points, too: I think it’s a shame that the drinking water in the villas is exclusively being served in plastic bottles, which is regulated differently in other resorts on the Maldives. We also found out that building the resort has harmed a coral reef: After it was being built a so-called coral bleaching happened, which made the reef loose all its color diversity. This doesn’t necessarily have a negative impact on the life of the reef, but the untouched, idyllic underwater world is just not there in its original form anymore.

In the following I have put together some photos that we took during our time there. Even during the stay we got so many kind messages from you guys, so now I hope you have fun looking through all of our impressions. :-)      


DE: Wo soll ich bloß anfangen? Unsere Flitterwochen auf den Malediven waren einfach nur traumhaft, ich habe mich unheimlich wohl und entspannt gefühlt, was vor allem an dem sensationellen Service im St. Regis lag. Gerne würde ich diesen Beitrag dafür nutzen, um euch ein paar Infos und Eindrücke von dieser unvergesslichen Reise zu geben.

Nachdem wir im Juli 2018 auf Mallorca geheiratet haben, entschieden wir uns aufgrund des fantastischen Sommers in Deutschland erst zum Jahreswechsel in die Flitterwochen zu starten. Zunächst war der Plan im Januar nach Bora Bora oder auf die Seychellen zu fliegen, da wir die Flitterwochen gerne an einem weit entfernten und exotischen Ort verbringen wollten. Bei unserer Internetrecherche sind wir jedoch schnell auf die Info gestoßen, dass die Monate Januar und Februar nicht unbedingt die ideale Reisezeit für diese Ziele darstellen. Daraufhin entschieden wir uns kurzerhand auf die Malediven zu fliegen, wo mir Tobi schon vor zwei Jahren einen sehr emotionalen Antrag gemacht hat. Für unsere Vorstellung von Flitterwochen war es definitiv die richtige Entscheidung, nicht nur aufgrund der besonderen Bedeutung, sondern auch im Hinblick auf die traumhafte Kulisse und den unglaublich zuvorkommenden Service.

Wir sind insgesamt 9 Tage im St. Regis Resort geblieben, das uns vorab vor allem aufgrund der positiven Bewertungen aufgefallen ist. Auf den Malediven gibt es mehr als 200 Hotels und eine Vielzahl an Luxusresorts, sich nur an den Bildergalerien zu orientieren, würde die Entscheidung unmöglich machen. Das St. Regis wurde uns immer wieder unter den Stichworten ‚Privatsphäre’ und ‚Flitterwochen’ vorgeschlagen, auch deshalb haben wir uns letztlich für dieses Resort entschieden. Es war mit etwas Abstand die beste Entscheidung, die wir treffen konnten.
Schon bei der Ankunft auf Male wurden wir direkt in eine kleine, private Lounge vom St. Regis gebracht, um von hier mit einem Wasserflugzeug direkt zum Resort zu gelangen. Schon der Anflug ist atemberaubend, das himmelblaue Wasser, der weiße Sandstrand und die großzügige Anordnung der Strand- und Überwasservillen lassen die Reisestrapazen auf Anhieb verschwinden. Jeder Gast erhält für den Zeitraum des Aufenthalts einen persönlichen Butler, es gibt täglich Schnorchel- und Tauchangebote, auch kulinarisch ist aufgrund fünf unterschiedlicher Restaurants für jeden Geschmack etwas dabei. Mein persönliches Highlight war die großzügige Terrasse unserer Überwasservilla, die nicht nur großzügig angelegt ist, sondern auch die versprochene Privatsphäre garantiert. Ein kleiner Pool, private Sonnenliegen und der eigene Zugang zum Meer lassen keine Wünsche übrig. Wir sind beinahe täglich schnorcheln gegangen und dabei sogar einmal einer Schildkröte begegnet, die entspannt ihre Kreise gezogen hat.  Auch die zweistündige Delphintour ist ein tolles und emotionales Erlebnis, zumal das Postkartenpanorama der Malediven einfach immer allgegenwärtig ist. Wir sind für die Flitterwochen jedenfalls sehr dankbar, das St. Regis und die Malediven werden immer eine ganz besondere Bedeutung für uns haben.

Bei aller Euphorie muss ich jedoch noch zwei negative Punkte anmerken: ich finde es sehr schade, dass das Trinkwasser in den Villen ausschließlich in Plastikflaschen angeboten wird, dies ist in einigen Resorts auf den Malediven anders geregelt. Zudem haben wir erfahren, dass durch den Bau der Anlage das Korallenriff einige Schäden davongetragen hat: Durch die Errichtung des Resorts ist eine so genannte Korallenbleiche eingetreten, wodurch das Korallenriff seine Farbenvielfalt verloren hat. Dies hat keinen unmittelbaren Einfluss auf den Bestand der Korallen, allerdings ist die unberührte, idyllische Unterwasserwelt hier nicht mehr vorhanden.        

Im Folgenden habe ich ein paar Bilder zusammengestellt, die wir vor Ort fotografiert haben. Schon während des Aufenthalts habe ich sehr liebevolle Nachrichten von euch erhalten und wünsche euch beim Stöbern viel Spaß. :-)

Aylin ♥


 


Travel

Park Hyatt | The Maldives at it’s best

14. Juli 2017

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ENG: Almost several months ago, we were allowed to stay a few days on the Maldives, where my boyfriend and me celebrated our engagement. Today I would like to introduce a small hotel post with a corresponding video from this time because this resort is the true paradise.

When you are looking for a luxury resort between the more than 1,000 islands of the Maldives, then you have to visit the Park Hyatt resort on the small island Hadahaa at the Gaafu Alif atoll. The island is just 55 kilometers away from the equator and a true piece of jewelry, the Park Hyatt has 50 villas with a maximum of privacy and a luxury ambience. There are 36 villas with an own entrance to the beach as well as 14 overwater villas with an amazing view on the ocean and a phenomenal sunset. All of them offer the amenities for an incredible stay, especially the open air showers are kind of a real SPA indulgence.
The special feature of the resort is its jungle character being likewise the center and starting point of the Park Hyatt conception. The palms form the inner circle, whereas the beach villas characterize the outer area. Even the service and hospitality are remarkable, due to the small size of the island there results a very pleasant and almost familiar flair. To be honest the island’s activities are limited, it is much more about the experiences on and underwater and of course we had to get an own idea of it: During the guided house reef tour we could spot a swarm of small sharks, the whole underwater world of the Park Hyatt is breathtaking and very impressive. In addition to that we got a very pleasant massage in the beautiful SPA area being divided into several small sections and an own pool for the perfect recreation and relaxation in paradise. Even with regard to dishes and drinks, the hotel leaves nothing to be desired, not only the breakfast and à la carte restaurant open the heart to intense emotions but also the regular BBQ evenings at the beach with regional and international specialities guarantee unforgettable and fantastic moments.
We were allowed to stay four nights on the island and we had really a great time. In the following you can find some pictures as well as a short video for getting a better impression of our great time at the Park Hyatt.

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Lifestyle

feel good | Elasten

25. Mai 2017

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ENG: „Beauty to drink“, with this slogan ELASTEN is promoting the own collagen drinking ampoules. Even several months ago, I got the request to test this miracle weapon and of course I did not hesitate one second to confirm for getting an own idea, if the regular intake of the drinking ampoules would lead to a tighter skin.
As pre information it should be mentioned, that human bodies are loosing their physical efficiency slowly but regularly from 25 years on. For sure there are differences from human to human concerning the aging process, even though I am 27 and I would not like to make me older, than my true age, I am recognizing more and more small laugh lines, dry skin areas as well as my frown line being more visible by now, appears to be very comfortable on my skin. The request had the perfect timing, so since already four months I am drinking every morning a small ampoule and I can definitely confirm, that my complexion is much better, than in the past. What is so special about ELASTEN?
The drinking ampoules consist of a combination of specific collagen peptides, the acerol fruit extract, vitamins and zink. Collagen itself gives the skin more structure and stability, vitamin C in turn contributes to the normal collagen formation in the deeper skin layer. Biotin and zinc preserve the healthy skin appearance. Thus the collagen peptides in ELASTEN support an attractive and younger outward appearance of the skin, what I can definitely confirm with a clear conscience. A few weeks ago, a reader asked me via Instagram-Direct, that my skin would seem to be well-proportioned and healthier, even if I had not referred to ELASTEN. Collagen is part in many cremes and masks but the liquid variation in terms of the drinking ampoules, being available in common pharmacies, is absolutely recommendable.

Enjoy your public holidays!

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Amari Havodda Maldives | Travel

19. April 2017

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ENG: How can I start, when I am so stunned from a resort and the stay like this time. For some time I have not published a detailed travel post but in this case it is more than indicated to report from our experiences at the Amari Havodda on the Maldives.
Certainly there were and there are lots of reports dealing with the fascination and beauty of the Maldives, for me there remains one thing in special memory: the exceeding hospitality and the unique service. Each day from anew we were greeted with such a big warmth and therefore we felt incredibly comfortable the whole time. Within my „weekly focus“ I already introduced some local conditions: we were allowed to sleep in an overwater villa with own terrace and direct entrance to the ocean as well as with an open air bathroom. In addition to that the Amari shelters a majority of beach villas, all of them offer a high protection of privacy and the perfect position between the palms, beach and ocean. Furthermore the resort offers a big infinity pool, a charming and stylish bar close to the pool, a spacious restaurant with specialties from all over the world, a beneficial SPA area as well as a modern water sports center with diving and snorkeling equipment. One of our highlights was definitely the BBQ at the beach in an awesome atmosphere, that is hosted several times per week in the evening, in addition to that we got a great and individual massage, always according to one’s needs and it is absolutely recommendable.
It was our first time on the Maldives and we knew all the impressive pictures and views from diverse destinations but there are always certain details, that characterize the particular resort. In the course of interesting talks we learnt a lot about the conception of the Amari, only opened in the beginning of 2016. The whole facility is aligned to the nature of the Maldives: the multifaceted underwater world and the breathtaking starry sky at night. From each seating on the island it is proposed to grant a view to the sky in order to admire the freedom and width of the stars. The villas are generously arranged and located in a manner, that only a „jump“ is necessary to get in the ocean and fascinating underwater world. With regard to diving and snorkeling it is all about being one part of this fascination, so why a further underwater restaurant, that is actually more typical for the city character of Dubai or?!
For us the first stay at the Amari Havodda is an impressive and one-time experience, not least because of my boyfriend’s marriage proposal at this dreamful scenery, even the staff gave me a self-picked bouquet of flowers for our engagement. Make your own mind and dip into the dream of Paradise on Earth! Continue Reading…

Lifestyle

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10. April 2017

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ENG: Welcome back Germany! After a long journey we are finally back in Hamburg and start the Easter week with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. We spent the second part of our beautiful Maldives holiday in the awesome Park Hyatt, an oasis of calm and relaxation. Even in this resort we enjoyed every day to the fullest and could also see some smaller sharks at our guided house reef tour. On Instagram I have already published some pictures from this time, within a short time even here on the blog there will follow more detailed reports from our experiences and adventures.

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To Do: Next week we will head to Los Angeles for staying at the west coast of the United States for the first time. Together with friends we will be there for three weeks, even if we will also travel to Dallas for a couple of days in order to attend the RewardStyle conference, where blogger and influencer from all over the world get together for talking about trends and themes within the digital industry. Until it is ready I have to deal with several administrative things and preparations for the time in LA, in addition to that there are some exciting projects this weeks, among other things a TV production in Munich and I am already looking forward to being part of it. As you know it from previous events, I will take you with me via my different Social Media channels.

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New In: Edited was once again my preferred online shop last week because I could not resist to order a black and striped one shoulder top. In addition to that I ordered a nice blouse, a white colored jeans as well as a striped playsuit there. At Asos in turn I have found new pieces in terms of a lovely white colored bathing suite and a plaid dress as well.

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Maldives | Summer Look with Miu Miu Slides

7. April 2017

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ENG: A small sign of life from the paradise! Yes, we are still on the Maldives and enjoy the last hours to the fullest before we are going to fly back to Germany at the weekend. Today I would like to introduce a summer look, that I wore a few days ago and there is one thing especially mentionable: I deliberately chose to wear the dress from Edited the wrong way round. Actually the buttons are located on the reverse side of the dress but I felt more comfortable with it in this variation, so I decided spontaneously to turn the dress‘ function. As suited foot wear at these hot temperatures, I selected the MIU MIU slipper being stylish and convenient likewise, at the moment I even think about a second pair of it in black.  In fairness you do not need to wear shoes on the Maldives but you know me and my preference for any kind of shoes in general. By the way I do not wear make up since our arrival and I just love this new freedom, in this sense I send you a lot of sunshine for the upcoming weekend!

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3. April 2017

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ENG: Best wishes from the Maldives, the paradise on earth! I have no words to express, how incredibly beautiful and idyllic this place is. The ocean is crystal clear, the beaches are snow-white, palms are lush green and fishes are inconceivable colorful. As you recognize, I am very euphoric and this is based on the fact, that I can now and officially call myself „fiancée“. Yes, after our almost nine-year-old relationship I have got a marriage proposal at a dreamful sunset on our private terrace and of course I am so happy at the moment. The exhausting arrival with more than 18 hours was absolutely worth it, we really enjoy every second and will record the variety on impressions for you during the next days.
Currently we are staying at the amazing Amari Havodda being located 400 kilometers south of the capital Malé and thus it is almost on the same level like the equator. The humidity is high in fact but the scenery in terms of the sun, seawater and the absolute silence is just phenomenal and for me the dream on paradise on earth come true. Our retreat consists of an overwater villa with an own access to the ocean as well as an open air bathroom, most of the time we are snorkeling and could already spot some dolphins and baby sharks, unfortunately turtles were not part of our underwater activities so far.
Rarely I have recommended something with so much own enthusiasm like this place and you can be sure, that I will share further impressions during the next days with you.

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To Do: So, what can I say?! We are enjoying our time here to the full and we will further create appealing content, even a short mood video is planned but concerning the result I would like give no guarantees. ;-) On the top of the to do list is definitely the viewing of turtles, cross your fingers, that we will be successful. On Tuesday we will head to the Park Hyatt and of course we are already looking forward to it.

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New In: For the holiday I have got these statement slipper from Givenchy. In addition to that I have ordered an amazing dress and blouse as one shoulder products but I have not received them before the official departure. From Net-A-Porter I have surprisingly received the red colored Dolce & Gabbana bag as a gift and I am now more than happy to call it my own. :-)
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