Honeymoon, Maldives, Uncategorized, Wedding HONEYMOON IN THE MALDIVES – getting there… 23 August 2009

We arrived in the Maldives late in the evening, and stayed over in the hotel on Male island, right next to the airport. It was just an overnight stay, since the next morning we would catch a domestic flight over and actually start our honeymoon 🙂 At US$290, the airport hotel is the most expensive hotel I’ve ever stayed in when you compare against the quality. It’s basically a 3-star motel – so barren except for a bed and a desk, and an old-looking bathroom. Totally bland, but it served its purpose since we’d only be there for about 8 hours.

Fortunately, they had a lovely restaurant upstairs that served a great buffet breakfast, so managed to fill ourselves up in anticipation of the day ahead. The chef whipped up a delicious omelette with “the works” and a crispy waffle with chocolate sauce. We were well sated 🙂


Breakfast at the airport hotel

Pretty view, but totally pales in comparison to what we would see later that day

Mmm…. breakfast..

Breakfast dessert 😛

After breakfast, we went down to reception to check out.. and a guy wearing a white linen shirt and cream linen pants came up to me (whilst I was waiting for Chris to check out) and said “Mrs Burgess?” A bit startled, I replied “…..yes?” and he introduced himself as from Shangri-La, and would look after us until we got to the resort. And so he took our bags and popped us into a waiting van, and 2 mins later we were back at Male’s airport. There, he arranged for our check-in and our luggage, and brought us to Movenpick cafe to wait – where anything we ordered would be with “compliments of Shangri-La” How lovely!!! And so, we proceeded to tuck into LOTS of ice cream 😛 You know what’s so delightful about this? Back when Chris proposed on Hamilton Island last year, we had free Movenpick ice cream the whole time we were there.. so this was a wonderful co-incidence 🙂

A little over an hour later, the guy came back to escort us right onto the plane. We were seats 1A and 1B – right down the front 🙂 I was surprised to notice we were the last few on the plane, as we boarded at 10:30AM and the flight was scheduled also for 10:30AM. Turns out they seated everyone else on the plane, then just before they take off, they come and escort us on board – so we don’t have to fuss around with boarding and finding our seats like everyone else. It’s a small thing, but really made us feel so well taken care of and an awesome way to kick off the honeymoon 🙂


Movenpick ice cream and desserts… with compliments from Shangri-La

Oh nom nom nom!
(pic taken with my BlackBerry)

The last to board the plane 😛

Up, up and awaaaaaay!!!

1.5 hours later, we see the beautiful islands
(or ‘atolls’, as they’re called by the Maldivians)

And so, our honeymoon REALLY begins 🙂

We arrived on the island of Gan 1.5 hours later, and were whisked off by speed boat to the Shangri-La resort, an 8 minute ride away. It was 8 looooong minutes though, because nothing can describe how excited we were to finally see the Shangri-La and where we would be lounging around honeymoon-ing for the next 8 days….


All lush greenery on the island of Gan

Short 3 min coach ride to the jetty

Our smiling hostess Sunny awaits at the speedboat

Picture perfect waters

8 mins by speedboat to the Shangri-La resort!



As it is, we were already so impressed with the beautiful pristine waters around us, and the gorgeous views… but it was nothing compared to the Shangri-La resort and our water villa….

62 Comments

  • thefragrantelf posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:03 am

    So exciting! Can’t wait to see the rest of the Honeymoon!

    Mrs Burgess….whoa! It would be strange at first to hear like that!

    Buffet breakfast = always good!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:07 am

      I knooow, I still don’t respond to that name, it’s so weird to me! 😛

      Reply
  • babyflite posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:12 am

    You know which photo Merrill is just waiting to see… 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:25 am

      Heh heh heh….

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:39 am

    wow the waters!!

    cant wait to see the rest of your entries! =)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:26 am

      THe waters were so ridiculously turquoise.. ahhh!!

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on August 23, 2009 at 1:29 pm

        quick, more more!!

        Reply
  • missustay posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:40 am

    wow, that IS outstanding service by shang!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

      They were totally divine.. their service the whole time we were there just astounded us!

      Reply
  • sintart posted on August 23, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Congrats! Loving the speedboat, can’t wait to see the hotel & wedding day one 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:34 am

      THe speedboat and all the water activities were sooooo fun, will post it all soon! 🙂

      Reply
  • kare2711 posted on August 23, 2009 at 9:28 am

    You look great in that dress!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:41 am

      Thanks!! Tis just a $20 dress but makes a great comfy dress in summer 🙂

      Reply
  • madmoneymonkey posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Ooh, can’t wait to read the rest!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:04 am

      We took like 500 pics… eeeeeek! I will take forever to blog it all 😛

      Reply
  • jzlyn posted on August 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Can’t wait to see more. Now I am wondering if we have picked the wrong Honeymoon location 🙁

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

      NO don’t say that!!! Every honeymoon spot is perfect as long as you’re with the one you love 🙂

      Plus, yours will be soo exotic and fun. And think of the food.. mmmm…

      Reply
  • moxielass posted on August 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    woah, what a nice start to a honeymoon!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

      they were ultra nice to look after us so well, loved the pampering!

      Reply
  • liverella posted on August 23, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    That red maxi dress looked fantabulous on you!!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:09 am

      Thankkkkks!! I have it in green too cos it was sooo cheap and so cute 😛

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:03 am

    So exciting! Can’t wait to see the rest of the Honeymoon!

    Mrs Burgess….whoa! It would be strange at first to hear like that!

    Buffet breakfast = always good!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:07 am

      I knooow, I still don’t respond to that name, it’s so weird to me! 😛

      Reply
  • babyflite posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:12 am

    You know which photo Merrill is just waiting to see… 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:25 am

      Heh heh heh….

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on August 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Missed your entries. It must be weird to be addressed Mrs. Burgess when you’ve been Miss Chua for years!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:09 am

      VERY weird.. i was called that through our honeymoon and always got a fright, like, “oh crap! is Chris’ mum here too?!??!” rofl

      Reply
  • princesszhing posted on August 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    ooo sweets! i love your dress! and movenpick icecream is wonderful! 🙂 im so jealous! maldives looks beautiful!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:10 am

      their ice cream is one of my faves hehe. I love love love maple walnut….. oooooh lala…..

      Reply
      • princesszhing posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:50 am

        did you know movenpick has restaurants in switzerland? i must admit their icecream curry (as mains) is less enticing than their crazy desserts!

        Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:39 am

    wow the waters!!

    cant wait to see the rest of your entries! =)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:26 am

      THe waters were so ridiculously turquoise.. ahhh!!

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on August 23, 2009 at 1:29 pm

        quick, more more!!

        Reply
  • missustay posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:40 am

    wow, that IS outstanding service by shang!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

      They were totally divine.. their service the whole time we were there just astounded us!

      Reply
  • sintart posted on August 23, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Congrats! Loving the speedboat, can’t wait to see the hotel & wedding day one 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:34 am

      THe speedboat and all the water activities were sooooo fun, will post it all soon! 🙂

      Reply
  • kare2711 posted on August 23, 2009 at 9:28 am

    You look great in that dress!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:41 am

      Thanks!! Tis just a $20 dress but makes a great comfy dress in summer 🙂

      Reply
  • madmoneymonkey posted on August 23, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Ooh, can’t wait to read the rest!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:04 am

      We took like 500 pics… eeeeeek! I will take forever to blog it all 😛

      Reply
  • jzlyn posted on August 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Can’t wait to see more. Now I am wondering if we have picked the wrong Honeymoon location 🙁

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

      NO don’t say that!!! Every honeymoon spot is perfect as long as you’re with the one you love 🙂

      Plus, yours will be soo exotic and fun. And think of the food.. mmmm…

      Reply
  • moxielass posted on August 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    woah, what a nice start to a honeymoon!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

      they were ultra nice to look after us so well, loved the pampering!

      Reply
  • liverella posted on August 23, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    That red maxi dress looked fantabulous on you!!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:09 am

      Thankkkkks!! I have it in green too cos it was sooo cheap and so cute 😛

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on August 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Missed your entries. It must be weird to be addressed Mrs. Burgess when you’ve been Miss Chua for years!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:09 am

      VERY weird.. i was called that through our honeymoon and always got a fright, like, “oh crap! is Chris’ mum here too?!??!” rofl

      Reply
  • princesszhing posted on August 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    ooo sweets! i love your dress! and movenpick icecream is wonderful! 🙂 im so jealous! maldives looks beautiful!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:10 am

      their ice cream is one of my faves hehe. I love love love maple walnut….. oooooh lala…..

      Reply
      • princesszhing posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:50 am

        did you know movenpick has restaurants in switzerland? i must admit their icecream curry (as mains) is less enticing than their crazy desserts!

        Reply
  • sh4r0n posted on August 24, 2009 at 12:54 am

    keep talking 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:10 am

      haha i have a buttload of pics to get through..

      Reply
  • plwh888 posted on August 24, 2009 at 6:58 am

    I cant wait for the next installment, photos of Shang !!! Is that a CHI spa too ?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:10 am

      I am annoyed I’m back, I wanted to stay there forever 😉

      Yes we went to CHI spa, in a private spa villa overlooking the ocean! I nearly died of happiness 😛

      Reply
  • sh4r0n posted on August 24, 2009 at 12:54 am

    keep talking 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:10 am

      haha i have a buttload of pics to get through..

      Reply
  • plwh888 posted on August 24, 2009 at 6:58 am

    I cant wait for the next installment, photos of Shang !!! Is that a CHI spa too ?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:10 am

      I am annoyed I’m back, I wanted to stay there forever 😉

      Yes we went to CHI spa, in a private spa villa overlooking the ocean! I nearly died of happiness 😛

      Reply
  • hotpinkmanolo posted on August 25, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Your honeymoon looks like it was amazing!

    Reply
  • hotpinkmanolo posted on August 25, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Your honeymoon looks like it was amazing!

    Reply
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