Nothing says romance quite like the sparkling lagoons, iced-white shores and overwater villas you'll find at a Maldives honeymoon.
There are not many other places on Earth that embody paradise quite like the Maldives. The Maldives has it all – crisp white sand beaches, deserted islands, private pool villas and beach villas and some of the best snorkelling and diving sites in the world.
Newlyweds still riding that post-wedding high flock to this region of unrivalled barefoot luxury, where high-end, five-star luxury resorts (many located on their own private island) promise varying levels of bliss. Whether you and your new spouse are seeking seclusion in your own private overwater bungalow, are an adventurous duo keen to try thrilling watersports, or would prefer to indulge with all-inclusive food and drinks, there’s a glamorous tropical Maldives resort for your dream honeymoon. Read on to discover our ultimate Maldives honeymoon guide.
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Private Island Villas: Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa
Escape the rest of the world and embrace sweet seclusion at Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, located on the shores of Dhonakulhi Island. This private island Maldives honeymoon resort has collected a number of awards and accolades, including being named Best Luxury Hideaway Resort in the Maldives at the 2021 Luxury Lifestyle Awards.
One of the top drawcards of this retreat is the absolute privacy you’ll experience during a stay. Whether you opt for a Sunset Beach Villa with its own private beach, or a Deluxe Water Villa perched over the lagoon with its own private infinity pool and Indian Ocean views, each villa is designed to cocoon its guests in luxurious seclusion.
If you’re able to tear yourself away from the heavenly confines of your villa, you’ll be enthralled with the local hospitality at the resort’s four restaurants and bars. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas, grilled meat and seafood at Meeru Bar & Grill; dine under the stars on the open-air deck at Matheefaru; try Thai, Japanese and Indian flavours at Samsara Asian Fusion; or take in ocean views while enjoying relaxed international dining at Sunset Pool Café.
Two beautiful infinity pools beckon, while the sparkling lagoon is never more than a few steps away. Explore the colourful underwater world that awaits with scuba diving, snorkelling and a myriad of excursions, from dolphin spotting to swimming with turtles and semi-submarine adventures. For a drop of decadence, the Hideaway Spa has highly skilled therapists who will pamper you with Ayurvedic treatments using Natura Bissé products.
Newlyweds with children can still enjoy some quality time together while the little ones are entertained at the onsite kids’ club. With luxury and beauty in unlimited amounts, the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is undoubtedly a memorable way to kick off those many years of wedded bliss.
Redefining All-Inclusive Luxury: Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort
One word can be used to sum up this Maldives resort – breathtaking. Located on the secluded Maamutaa Island, the Pullman Maldives All-Inclusive Resort is surrounded by lush forest and boasts its own natural lake, as well as the soft, white sands and crystal-clear Indian Ocean views typical of the Maldives. The hero of the resort is the spectacular Aqua Villa, which features underwater bedrooms with glass walls. Imagine waking up each morning to the soft glow of the sun filtering through the ocean, shining a spotlight on colourful coral and gliding fish.
There isn’t a feature at this resort that doesn’t scream romance and luxury. Each villa – whether on the beach, over the water or resting under the surface – is opulently appointed with tropical touches that evoke an island paradise vibe. With poolside cocktails, beachfront dining, day cruises and divine spa treatments, you’ll leave your Maldives honeymoon feeling relaxed and renewed. For the adventurous couple, activities like water and beach sports, island hopping, snorkelling, tennis, golf and gym activities will keep you both entertained.
Adventures Galore: Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Nestled on the sea life-rich Huvahendhoo Island, the Lily Beach Resort & Spa is bound to delight. This five-star, award-winning haven has received a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best award for 2022 and this all-inclusive resort certainly lives up to the accolade. The beachside and overwater bungalows are sublime, with panoramic views, open-plan layouts, private decks, open-air showers and pools or jacuzzis (depending on your room choice) that will fulfil your honeymoon dreams.
The surrounding sea is well-known for its abundance of life-filled coral reefs. Visibility is excellent, so be sure to bring a waterproof camera for some snorkelling snapshots. If snorkelling’s not your thing, the Deluxe Water Villas feature a glass floor, so you can observe marine life while staying nice and dry. When you’re not admiring local ocean life, you and your new spouse can enjoy gourmet meals and cocktails from the seven restaurants and bars, or pamper yourselves with a couples’ treatment at the acclaimed Tamara Spa. You can also choose from a large range of activities, such as diving and water sports, beach games, yoga, fishing and more. At the end of the day, relax together in your open-air bathtub while gazing at the stars.
Adults-Only Indulgence: Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort
The enchanting Kooddoo Island is home to the Mercure Maldives All-Inclusive resort. This adults-only oasis is a perfect setting for honeymoon happiness, just a one-hour flight from Male International Airport. Be surrounded by nothing by blue water and unspoiled natural beauty, and abundant wildlife, with nothing to interrupt the romantic atmosphere.
Honeymoon bliss is found in a private beach dinner, plus two onsite restaurants where culinary masters serve up unique, Maldivian-inspired meals. At the Pool Bar, order two mango palomas and soak up some sunshine. For an indulgent couples’ spa treatment, spend a day at Suvadiva Spa.
You can also take part in the many aquatic activities available, such as dolphin cruises, snorkelling (including night tours), scuba diving, jet-skiing, beach games and other water sports. Let your wedding stress drift away as you relax on your deck at sunset, admiring boundless ocean views on your magical honeymoon in the Maldives.
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