The long asked question of engaged parents all over the world is “should we take our little one on honeymoon?” Now, I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer – everyone is different – but from the word go Seb and I were pretty firmly agreed that Saskia would be staying behind. I don’t think our reasons are important, maybe one day I’ll write a blog post about why but for now let’s just leave it at that. So that was pretty much all I knew about our honeymoon as we set off for Gatwick on a rainy, Tuesday afternoon.
I was fairly convinced we were going to Dubai – Seb had dropped a hint about not being able to drink outside the hotel so when we walked into the queue for Emirates I thought I’d guessed right. If any of you watched my Instagram live you’ll have seen how confused I was when Seb told me we were going to Dubai and THEN told me we weren’t. So confused!
He should have told me then and there that we were going to Mauritius but in an attempt to keep it a secret for as long as possible, I found out from the less than enthusiastic check in girl.
Nevertheless, off we went on our merry way to sunnier weather and a child free week. I don’t know what I was expecting but I was not expecting Mauritius to be as beautiful as it is. We arrived as the sun was setting and Seb had to put up with an hour of me exclaiming how beautiful everything was. That was definitely my favourite thing about the honeymoon – what an absolutely bloody beautiful place it was!
Now come and re-live some of the best days of my life with me ♡
Our first evening was pretty uneventful. We got a bit dolled up for dinner, went exploring in the pitch black & got lost then headed straight to bed to finally get some sleep in our gorgeous room!
We woke up to beautiful weather and an even more beautiful hotel. We missed breakfast (of course) but soon found our way onto the beach for a spot of sunbathing. Although we were told that the hotel is always full, the beach was always so calm and uncrowded. Such a pleasant change from having to get up at 6 to put your towel on a sun-lounger!
My highlight of the day was when I roped Seb into getting a couples massage and that included unlimited use of a sauna and body temperature pool. What a way to unwind after a long plane journey. Bliss!
We dressed up for dinner and watched the sun go down with a piña colada or two.
The next day we had a slow start (let’s just say all mornings were a slow start!) and then at around midday we headed on a little boat across the sea for an authentic Mauritian bbq. I was too busy eating to take any photos of the food but I have lots of photos from our exploration of the private islands. The sea is so shallow around them you can walk between them!
Seb having a little nap on one of the private massage beds.
They eat a lot of fish in Mauritius and although neither Seb or I are seafood people, even we agreed that it was delicious!
It was the only day that rained (despite it being forecast for every day we were away!) but it didn’t put a damper on how much fun we were having! I mean, what does rain matter when you have unlimited blue cocktails? Cheers!
Day three was probably the only day we didn’t have anything to “do” so we explored the hotel a little, took some photos (obvs), had some authentic Mauritian street food for lunch (which I forgot to take a photo of because I was too hungry… classic me, I’m such a bad blogger!) & then had an afternoon nap.. I don’t think my life has ever been so chilled!
The hotel offered loads of free water activities so on our fourth day we thought we’d take a glass bottomed boat out to see the reef! It was pretty impressive but nothing compared to the boat we took to go snorkelling. I could have lived on that boat!
The shittest photo ever but that’s actually the reef. There were these cute little stripy fish everywhere and a couple of bigger ones (mini sharks as I kept calling them for banter – I got bored after about 10 minutes because I have the attention span of a goldfish.)
My favourite place – the jetty! The views were so so beautiful!Monday was the day I fell out a hammock trying to pose for a photo (oops!) & the day of our honeymoon dinner – something we’d been looking forwards to for the whole week. A semi-private dinner for two right on the beach.
I must say, when we got there it definitely reminded us a bit of Love Island but the food was delicious and I’m glad that I chose to couple up with Sebastian 😉
The day we went snorkelling. When we signed up for it, I was pretty excited (& also thought it was scuba “you like scuba?”) but as the departure came closer I was soooo scared. I’d never swam in the sea before and I get pretty claustrophobic. I was fairly adamant I wasn’t actually going to do it.. but I did! I really gave it a go and it was pretty amazing to literally be swimming with fishes! Some of them were super pretty as well. Just don’t expect me to do it again, ok?
Our final day. I spent all day thinking about Saskia – I missed her so much! We’d had such a lovely time but I was definitely ready to see my baby! It’s always annoying when you have a late flight because you have to be out your room so no midday nap.. even so, it was nice to spend our last proper day as Anna and Seb and take in the scenery one last time before we went back to the reality of Mummy and Daddy (a title I was happy to reclaim!)
The flight on the way home felt like the longest journey ever but the memories of our honeymoon will keep us going and keep our love fresh for a long time to come.
Love, Mrs Gladwish xox