I took this photo in April 2013 when I was the closest to paradise that I have ever been.
It was taken in The Maldives. I’m not going to say precisely where, as this is my personal little piece of heaven on earth. A place where I was ecstatically happy to be cast adrift in the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean.
I am lucky enough to live on the Island of Jersey, in the Channel Islands where we also have fantastic beaches, as well as miles of undulating cliff paths. Some might think it’s curious that my ultimate holiday destination would be an even smaller island.
I have had four exceptional holidays in The Maldives, that seemed to flash by in a microsecond, and I would hate to think I could never visit again. It is the ultimate destination when it comes to getting away from it all.
It is a place where time almost stands still, and the colours are stunning. A shimmering vista of blues.
Whisked away by seaplane or motorboat from Male Airport to your chosen destination. As soon as you arrive its time to kick off your shoes and feel the soft white sand between your toes.
You wake up every morning to the gentle whooshing sound of the sea underneath your water bungalow, before dropping off your deck into the clear, turquoise water. Flipping onto your back and staring up into the bluest of blue skies. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Swimming with manta rays, the gentlest of giants, and dolphins, snorkelling with shoals of spectacularly coloured fish and feeling the warmth of the Indian Ocean against your skin. A truly spectacular part of the world to kick back and relax.
I took many photographs of this wonderful holiday to remind me of The Maldives and its stunning beauty. So if I feel down, I look at them, and for a few minutes and am transported back to the precious days I spent in my perfect paradise.