In my opinion, there’s no honeymoon destination that can top the Maldives. Nestled in the Indian Ocean, this stunning archipelago has everything you could possibly need for a romantic holiday – seclusion, luxury, picture-perfect scenery and activities ranging from the fast-paced and thrilling to the laidback and relaxing.
If you still need convincing, read my guide to what makes the Maldives the ultimate honeymoon destination.
If there’s one thing that really stands out about the Maldives in terms of its honeymoon credentials (aside from the fact that it offers incredible weather and paradise-like scenery, that is), it’s the seclusion you can enjoy. After all, I think it’s fair to say that most couples crave privacy on their honeymoon – and by staying in the Maldives you can feel like you and your partner are the only two people in the world.
I can say that with such confidence because there’s a strict rule of just one resort per island – something that’s enshrined in Maldivian law, in fact – which means your little slice of paradise never feels overcrowded. Plus, a lot of the hotels here (which I’ll talk more about in a moment) go out of their way to offer as much privacy as possible.
Another Maldivian characteristic that lends the country so well to honeymoons is the fact that the hotels are overwhelmingly high-end and luxurious. For example, the bulk of resorts come equipped with their own lavish spa. This means that a holiday here almost automatically means ultimate luxury.
Within this luxury category there’s still plenty of scope to find somewhere that suits your particular interests. There’s a wealth of amazing resorts to choose from, many of which are so exciting (offering things like scuba diving, indulgent spas, island hopping and such) that I could easily rabbit on about them for hours – but I’ll spare you that! Instead, I’ll take a quick look at just one, which I think is absolutely ideal for honeymoons.
Medhufushi on the Meemu Atoll is an idyllic island getaway. Equipped with an over-water spa, abundant water sports facilities and over-water bar, this establishment offers that little something extra for couples in the form of ultra-private accommodation. Its honeymoon water villas are actually separated from the rest of the resort and only accessible by boat – could there be any setting more perfect than that?
The final Maldivian charm I’m going to look at is the activities on offer. Now, I know that there are plenty of destinations that provide a decent variety of things to do – what makes the Maldives stand out is just how remarkable and memorable these are. And, of course, remarkable and memorable activities are exactly the kind of thing that your honeymoon should be filled with.
Scuba diving is one example. Every resort offers this, and with visibility up to 50 m this really is one of the best places in the world to dive – go to Fish Head to experience local diving at its best.
Another is night fishing. Head out at sunset with local fishermen, who will teach you the basics and help you catch your dinner. Then, sail away to an uninhabited island to cook and eat your catch as part of a delicious barbecue. Not only is the meal amazing, but sitting under the stars on a deserted island is an utterly incredible experience like no other – you’ll never forget it.
Other things to indulge in include romantic candlelit dinners under the stars, island hopping and being pampered in one of the destination’s world-class spas.
Kristy Moore is a travel writer working from various locations around the world; this article was written on behalf of Hayes and Jarvis.