Real Honeymoon: Paris & The Maldives

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of multi-moons (i.e. combining two or more honeymoon destinations in one awesome trip), so it’s no surprise that I’m very excited about Cari and Chris’ honeymoon in Paris and the Maldives. Read all about their incredible honeymoon below:

When and where did you honeymoon?

Paris, France & the Maldives. Our wedding was on December 7, 2013 so we left for our honeymoon on December 9th and returned on the 22nd.

paris honeymoon

Chris and Cari in Paris

How long was your trip?

It was 13 days: 4 days in Paris, 7 days in Maldives, 2 days of travel.

Maldives 2     Eiffel Tower day

How did you decide on your honeymoon destinations? 

Maldives: Chris and I lived in Malaysia and always wanted to go to the Maldives while we lived on that side of the world. We never made it there before we moved back to the States, so it stayed on our travel bucket list. We have traveled a lot separately and together, and wanted to go somewhere new to both of us and unique. Also, it is far away and a place we wouldn’t be likely to travel to at a later date.

maldives honeymoon

Paris: Chris travelled to Paris when we first started dating, and we traded emails throughout his trip where he shared how wonderful of a place it was. We got to know each other better throughout these emails and it was always a fond memory in our relationship. When he returned he brought me a souvenir Eiffel Tower and promised to be bring me back there someday. There was even a time during our wedding planning that we talked about getting married in Paris.

Paris love lock bridge

For the honeymoon, our initial plan was to go to Maldives, but when we realized the routes to Maldives required a layover in Paris, we seized the opportunity to have a two continent honeymoon. It was a wonderful way to visit two places that we had always wanted to go together. And it was fun to be in a cold city first and then end in a tropical place!

The best part about our honeymoon was… 

Paris: Finally exploring and experiencing the City of Love together.

Maldives: Relaxing on our private beautiful beach and doing absolutely nothing!

Paris 4     Maldives - private beach

If I knew then what I know now, I’d change…

Spend the extra money and upgrade for first class tickets!

Maldives - sea plane airport

How much planning did you do in advance?

Not that much! We had our flights and hotels booked, and that was about it. We had some ideas of things we wanted to do in Paris, but really we blew in the wind and let our concierge help recommend some amazing restaurants in Paris. We ended up eating at Julia Child’s favorite restaurant in Paris, Chez Georges and Le Grand Colbert from the movie Something’s Gotta Give. They were both wonderful and very Parisian!

Paris 5

What was your biggest honeymoon splurge?

Both hotels were our splurge! In Paris we had a suite at Hotel Castille which was a boutique hotel next to Coco Chanel’s original Atelier. Great location and beautiful hotel!

In Maldives we stayed at the 5-star Angsana Velavaru Resort and Spa. It was the most relaxing and beautiful vacation we have ever been on! We had a private butler, private pool, and private beach! We could not have asked for more wonderful hotels.

Maldives sunrise

Where do you want to go on your next big trip?

Next, we want to see the blue seas and white buildings of Greece!

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