Many people dream of going to the Maldives for a honeymoon, and due to its exclusivity and seclusion, it has emerged as one of the top vacation destinations in the world. Due to its beautiful scenery, clear waters and romantic resorts, it has also become one of the most sought-after destinations for honeymoons.
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Planning a honeymoon trip to the Maldives can be overwhelming, and if you are not aware of the things you can do, as well as your accommodation options, you may not be able to enjoy this wonderful paradise fully. A trip to the Maldives need not be limited to lounging on the sand or staying in your water villa, this gem of a country has a lot of activities to offer to make your honeymoon trip an unforgettable one.
When to go to the Maldives
December to April is best if you are looking for fairer weather during your trip (note that weather patterns in the Maldives are quite erratic, and there may still be errant rains during this time).
May to November may give you more monsoon rains, but it also means that accommodations and activities are priced significantly lower.
What to do
MARINE TREASURES. Colorful corals and beautiful fishes are common finds under Maldivian seas. The rich and diverse marine life makes the Maldives a world-class diving destination, and high underwater visibility means that you and your partner will surely appreciate the view beneath the surface. You may choose to explore the multiple dive sites through a live-aboard boat for about $300 a day per person including nitrox or book a diving excursion from your resort.
If diving is not your cup of tea, you’re in luck. Some resorts, such as Ellaidhoo, have splendid house reefs where you can snorkel and interact with colorful schools of fish. You can also go on a submarine tour, and go 40 meters below sea level without getting wet!
FUN SURF. Maldivian swells are less challenging but are still fun for most surfers.
If you and your partner are looking for more overwater adventure, you’d be glad to know that the Maldives is also a great destination for surfing. From March until October, you’ll find some great swells, with the largest waves coming from July to August. Live-aboard yachts, like the Gurahali, can take you to the best surfing spots in the country.
5-STAR TREATMENT. Various spa treatments are available in most resorts’ facilities.
Maldivian island resorts are mostly 4 or 5-star accommodations, and this means that their facilities are top-notch. Check if your resort has an in-house spa, and take advantage of being pampered luxuriously while enjoying the beautiful view. Rates vary from one resort to another, but the general rule is, spa services tend to be more expensive in 5-star accommodations.
See Maldives from above
A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. See the Maldives from a seaplane and be even more amazed! Seaplanes can be rented for an unforgettable excursion or quick atoll transfers, and some resorts such as Anantara in Kihavah can even arrange the trips for you. If you prefer to make your own arrangement, you can do so by booking online; prices range from $250-$450, depending on the distance.[/caption]
Go island hopping
THOUSAND-ISLAND PARADISE. The Maldives has over 1,100 beautiful coral islands to explore.
There are different ways to see the beautiful islands in the Maldives, but for a more memorable experience, hop on a dhoni to explore the smaller islands and discover the local Maldivian culture. Many resorts, like Kuredu, offer their own island hopping packages and you can choose between half-day or whole-day tours, or excursions with snorkeling.
Romantic evening at the glowing beach
AFTER SUNSET ROMANCE. The Maldives is still beautiful even after the sun goes down.
Head over to Vaadhoo Island and witness a phenomenon that rivals the ones you see in sci-fi movies: a beach that glows in the dark. This occurrence is due to ostracod crustaceans emitting bluish light, which looks absolutely stunning, especially during an evening walk with your loved one.
Where to stay
Located in Makunufushi, this resort ranks high among the best accommodations for a honeymoon due to its exclusivity. There are only 36 rooms in this resort, and 33 of them are huge overwater villas. The resort also has a house reef, a restaurant, and spa facilities, and online prices range from $900 – $1100 a night.
For a more modest option without sacrificing luxury and exclusivity, Mirihi Island Resort in South Ari Atoll may be best for you. With 30 overwater villas to choose from (price starts at $770) and numerous amenities such as in-house restaurants, bars, and sports facilities, this resort is a 4-star accommodation that gives you good value for your money.
With 76 suites (64 of which are water villas), Veligandu Resort in the North Ari Atoll may not be as exclusive as the first two, but it is a 4-star accommodation that’s more budget-friendly. Rates start at around $600 for water villas with Jacuzzi
and full board buffet meals. This resort also offers different land and water activities for its guests.
This upscale resort is found in Huvahendhoo Island in Alifu Dhaalu Atoll. With spacious rooms, all-inclusive packages and great staff, this resort has received rave reviews from its repeat customers. All-inclusive rates start at $650, but they offer special online deals for honeymooners.
Maldive honeymoon planning tips
Look for online specials. Maldives accommodations are on the pricey side, and it’s always best to look around online for the best rates and inclusions. Some resorts will have all-inclusive options, which is very convenient, and booking at least 60 days in advance or mentioning that you’re in a honeymoon will more likely give you additional price discounts and/or special gifts from the resorts.
Check the weather. The weather in the Maldives can be unpredictable, and it can sometimes rain even during the dry season. This doesn’t mean that it’ll be less beautiful, though. Just make sure that you check the forecast the day before your flight so you can make the necessary preparations.
Check ferry schedules. When going island hopping and traveling using local ferries, make sure to be aware of the timetables. You wouldn’t want to be stuck on another island, or risk paying higher prices for domestic flights if you miss your boat.
Check the location of your villa. In most cases, there’s only one resort per island, but this does not mean that your secluded paradise will stay that way all the time. If privacy is a top priority for you, opt for one that’s located in a secluded or protected area to make sure that you won’t have other tourists roaming around your villa’s vicinity.
Be aware of the Maldivian taboos. The Maldives is strictly a Muslim country, so when exploring the locally-inhabited islands, make sure that you are not wearing bikinis or revealing clothing. Possession and consumption of alcoholic drinks are also prohibited. These rules don’t apply when you’re in your island resort, though.
Check your bill midway through your stay. You don’t want any surprise charges ruining your honeymoon when you check out, do you? Some resorts may charge extra for activities that are outside your vacation package.