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October 2017

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This Hotel in the Maldives Will Give You an ‘Instagram Butler’ to Help You Take the Ultimate Vacation Photo

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If you didn’t Instagram your vacation, did it really happen?

Although we’d like to tell you it’s best to simply put down your mobile device while relaxing on vacation, we know the likelihood of you actually taking that advice is slim to none (especially when you consider #vacation has more than 67 million mentions), so instead, we’ll advise you to up your ‘gram game instead by visiting one resort in the Maldives that offers up its very own Instagram butler.

 

According to the Independent, the five-star Conrad Hilton Resort on the island of Rangali now provides all of its guests with access to its Insta-butlers, who are social media savvy members of its staff that will show guests exactly where the best spots on the islands are to snap an incredible and envy-inducing picture for social media.

Furthermore, as the Independent noted, the staff will even take visitors on “Instagram Trails,” excursions packed with places to snap images, including the island’s different atolls and top restaurants.

And the entire experience isn’t about someone simply taking a photo for the guest, but rather a larger opportunity for guests to actually learn how to take both better photos and engage on social media.

 

As The Telegraph noted, the butler will teach guests all about the “golden hour” for taking photos, which is the time just before sunrise and just after sunset, along with different poses that work well on social media.

 

While certainly innovative, The Telegraph notes that the Hilton resort is by no means alone in its niche butler program. Dukes London offers its own “beditation butler” to help guests on their meditative journeys, while London’s Rubens at the Palace Hotel offers up a Pet Concierge.

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Wedding

This Island Paradise Will Make You Want to Cancel Your Wedding and Elope

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*Disclaimer: If your nonrefundable wedding deposits have been paid, you may not want to read what follows. And certainly do not look at the photographs.

Picture the most breathtaking beach you’ve ever stepped foot on. And the brightest turquoise water you’ve swum in. Now imagine an impossibly idyllic private island that somehow tops everything you thought paradise was. That exclusive destination is the One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives. Reethi Rahmeans “beautiful island” in the local language of Dhivehi and it more than lives up to its name. It is also one of the most stunning places in the world to exchange the words “I do” with your partner.

Even the most seasoned island-hoppers can’t help but be blown away by the natural beauty of this island, which is one of the largest in the North Malé Atoll but claims the most privacy and land for its 122 villas. There are 12 beaches, stretching almost four miles, where everything feels supercharged—the palm trees shine kelly green, the sand glitters a delicate eggshell white, and the crystalline water changes from a surreal aquamarine to deeper teal to electric cerulean to eye-popping cyan depending on the sky and the depth of the sea. No matter what, when you’re submerged, it has the clarity of a flawless, colorless diamond.

Every second on the island seduces, starting with the newly refurbished accommodations. Unlike others that are built in rows, these overwater villas each face different directions for ultimate privacy (some with their own overwater pools and jacuzzis), and the beach villas are set back from the water’s edge, making a vast stretch of sand yours alone. Honeymooners—or elopers-turned-honeymooners, in this case—are celebrated with custom pillowcases and kaftans embroidered with their initials.

The ceremony itself is tailored to exactly your vision (just make sure you make it official—read: legal—at home first). Do you wish to exchange vows on your own private beach? From the pinnacle of the Love Bridge as the sun sets in a blaze of coral glory behind you? Under the thatched-roof wedding pavilion adorned with fresh orchids? Or maybe even on the resort’s private sandbank out in the middle of the sparkling Indian Ocean? (Side note: Reethi Rah is also an epic place to propose, which one future groom did by taking over the Lawn Club, where the staff had erected a maze ending at a dinner table; another popped the question on the ever-changing sandbank.)

Other can’t-misses while in heaven: Sunset cocktails atop a chiffon-draped daybed at the lantern-lit Middle Eastern restaurant Fanditha; and a candlelit dinner at the new organic Botanica eatery, inside the orchid house, where flowers surround the tables and perfume the air. Explore the Technicolor world under the surface, snorkeling alongside sea turtles, manta rays, or even (vegetarian) sharks. And prep for your big day—and fight jet lag—with a visit to the couples’ spa suite, or book a meditation session in the zen overwater pavilion to get in the zone.

Ride your twin white beach cruisers around the island, exploring hidden-away beaches and lazing by the dramatic infinity-edge pools. Or have your love paddle you out to one of the floating wooden docks, where a pair of chaise loungers await for totally secluded sunbathing. You can even go fishing—with line, per tradition—and the chef will cook your catch for dinner. The villas’ sunken bathtubs are made for two, as are the daybeds on your private beach, perfect for gazing up at the shooting stars each night.

It’s a long trip from America, but the Maldives couldn’t be more worth your time. Instead of spending thousands on a venue or flowers, put the funds into business-class seats on Emirates (the airline routes through Dubai, the easiest stopover), which will make the flight feel like a pre-honeymoon. From boarding to arrival, it’s like being in a tiny luxury hotel. And prime seats mean that when making the approach you’ll have an aerial view of the nation’s hundreds of islands, lagoons, and reefs so gorgeous it will make your heart race. The yacht that transports you the 45 minutes from the airport in Malé to Reethi Rah is, of course, plush, too.

Some Maldives visitors like to island-hop, making the most of their long-haul travel time. The Maldives is a country rumored to be underwater in half a century or so (its highest point is two meters), making it a bucket-list entry for many, but that doesn’t mean new construction of resorts has slowed. The Maldives has experienced a recent boom in openings, including the new futuristic-looking St. Regis Vommuli Resort, where a beach, overwater suite terrace and Whale Bar overwater deck (best at sunset) are options for intimate wedding venues. The most unique of their offerings: An underwater wedding photo shoot, which captures the happy couple diving into the ocean.

At Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, in the remote Baa Atoll (a seaplane ride from Malé and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve), a ceremony can take place in a floating wedding pavilion where you’ll walk over water down the glass-bottomed aisle. True water babies can celebrate afterward with a Mid-Ocean Dinner, on a floating table in the lagoon, or with a Night Spa Om Supti ritual, which is performed between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. exclusively for a couple in a private jungle clearing with an outdoor bath and swinging bed.

Milaidhoo, a new island resort in the same Baa Atoll, does starlit wedding ceremonies on their beach, making the Milky Way witness to their vows, as you stand hand-in-hand among candles in the white sand. Not only that, but with one package on offer they will name a star after elopers or honeymooners—you choose the star and which constellation it’s in, and get a certificate with the coordinates. If you want to really go native, elope to the adults-only Baros Maldives, where vow ceremony packages include such indigenous traditions as a sarong for the bride, memorial palm-tree planting, and traditional Maldivian Boduberu procession.

Now, back to canceling that caterer.

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10 Reasons Why a Honeymoon in Maldives is Sexier Than Any Other Place by TravelTriangle

On the Dhoni

Maldives beaches, most of them untouched by human feet are a getaway unlike any beach destination. Imagine laying on the soft white sands with your partner, taking a dip in the azure colored waters while completely alone on an entire island. The intimate setting that the country provides to couples makes a Maldives honeymoon different from any other.

Without the hustle-bustle of distracting tourists, here you can truly enjoy not just the flawless beauty of nature but also each other’s undisturbed company especially on a romantic honeymoon. There are quite a few things to do in Maldives; whether it is an exciting water-sport or a couple’s massage at an exotic spa. Have a look and see if you are tempted to indulge.

1. Watch the alluring sea-life together

There could be nothing more delightful than to stare at the beautiful coral or a giant whale shark with your partner. Maldives, with an abundance of beautiful coral reefs and rich marine life, is one of the few places in the world where you can snorkel alongside a whale sharks and manta rays. If you plan to experience the under-water life, this is the best place to do it.


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2. Spend each day at a different island

 

Go nomadic on your holiday in the Maldives and wake up at a different island each morning with your love. The country has 1,192 coral islands, some of them famous for their deep sea fish, while others for bright coral reefs and colorful reef fish. Go island hopping from one resort to another and see everything that the country has to offer.

3. Visit the glowing beach

 

Stand on the glowing beach of the Vaadhoo Island, hand in hand with your lover for an experience of a lifetime. The famous beach lights up at night because of rare glowing tidesthat rinse the shore at night.

4. Cruise through the country

 

 

Instead of staying in a resort, experience the live-aboard cruises with your partner. The ships take you to remote inhabited islands and deserted beaches, for an intimate holiday surrounded by the island’s unmatched beauty.

Suggested Read: 10 Best Resorts in Maldives For Honeymoon

 

Planning your honeymoon in Maldives but confused about what to do? These Maldives honeymoon stories help you find your best honeymoon trip ever!

Real honeymooners. Real stays. Real opinions to help you make the right choice.

 

5. Explore Malé

 

Spend a day in Malé, the capital of Maldives, and do some touristy sight seeing. Some of the interesting places to see in the city are Maldives National Museum, Maldives Grand Friday Mosque, Maldives Fish Market, and The Esjehi Art Gallery.

6. Take a Dhoni

 

Take a ride on dhoni, a coconut palm timber cruise boat, for a relaxed day’s excursion. Swim and snorkel during the morning, enjoy fresh seafood barbecue and do some bird watching for chilled day with your better half.

7. Bond at a couple’s spa

 

Sure you can visit a spa anywhere but in Maldives you can get almost any treatment in the world and that too at the height of its luxury. A day at the spa here with your partner is sure to turn into an unforgettable experience for the both of you. Be sure to also enjoy the traditional healing methods, that have been passed on for generations by the hakeembe (healing experts).

Suggested Read: 10 Romantic Things To Do In Maldives On Your Dream Honeymoon

8. Barbecue your catch

If you are feeling a bit too relaxed then experience the satisfaction of catching and cooking your own fish by going for a night reef fishing trip. Catch a fish followed by a barbecue for a romantic and unusual star-lit dinner.

 

9. Watch the islands from the sky

Get enchanted by the islands in a De Havilland Twin Otter seaplane. Ideal for sightseeing, a trip in these will present you with a panoramic view of shallow lagoons, fishing villages, schools of dolphins, manta and sting rays in the crystal clear waters.

10. Underwater Romance

 

Enjoy a spectacular dinner at the Ithaa underwater aquarium restaurant. If you are feeling a bit more romantic, than spend a night here staring into the aquamarine waters next to your lover followed by a champagne breakfast in the morning.

The islands have many high-end luxurious resorts which provide every possible amenity you could think of, especially on a romantic vacation. Take a look at some of the top Maldives resorts to pick out one for your holiday.

Suggested Read: Indulgent & Reinvigorating: 11 Spellbinding Water Villas in Maldives For A Calming Vacation

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

 

Famous for Jiva Grande Spa absolute luxury is the key word in this resort. The spa is inspired by Indian royalty-style pampering and spotlights Indian herbs and essential oils.

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

 

This resort provides some of the best surfing spots in the Maldives. With an in-house surfing school and complimentary wake-boarding, windsurfing, sailing, & water-skiing, this one is for the thrill-seekers.

Mirihi Island Resort

 

This is perfect for those looking for a romantic getaway on a modest budget. Enjoy the Adam & Eve treatment followed by champagne on your private balcony in addition to diving and snorkeling for an amazing beginning to your honeymoon.

Anantara Kihavah Villas

 

Each villa here comes with a personal host so you don’t have to stray too far for anything. Be sure to swim in the magnificent infinity pool, the longest in the Maldives, and dine at Sea, the underwater restaurant, and wine cellar.

Cocoa Island Resort

 

The water villas here are designed to resemble Maldivian fishing boats and provide excellent service including spa, diving & snorkeling at the house reef, and a great restaurant. Very much a romantic resort, this one is definitely for couples looking for some us time.

Best time to Visit
The best time to visit Maldives is anytime between November and April. If you are really into deep sea diving then visit the islands during April for clear waters. Avoid a trip from August to October when the islands are affected by tropical cyclones.

On the spot Visa
If you are planning a last minute honeymoon, there couldn’t be a better place to go. With no prior visa required to enter the country, just book the flight and you are good to go.

Holiday for the indulgent traveler
Maldives is a destination for those into an indulgent style of holidaying and if you are looking to be pampered there is no better place to spend with your better half. The high end holiday packages for the Maldives start from $500 per day and go higher depending on the kind of experience you are looking for.

The honeymoon is a holiday to pamper your partner with extravagance, for a time that she would never forget. So if you want to spend a few days in heaven with the love of your life, just the sound of the waves and her laughter filling up your days, Maldives is the destination you should be looking at. Go through these frequently asked queries so you can plan better!

Which is the best island to stay in Maldives for honeymoon?

Biyadhoo Island, Male Island, and Fihalhohi Island are among the top islands for honeymoon in Maldives for staying and enjoying various activities.

Male is the capital of Republic of Maldives, and has great connectivity. There also are many sights to see here, such as the Grand Friday Mosque, and Sultan Mosque. Biyadhoo is prettified with stunning coastline, and a rich vegetation. Fihalhohi has those beautiful underwater bungalows that Maldives is known for.

What can be the cost of planning a Maldives honeymoon from India?

For someone planning a honeymoon in Maldives from India for 5 days and 4 nights, the average cost can differ from hotel to hotel. If you opt for a three star property, expect Maldives tour package to cost around INR 35,000- 40,000 per person on twin sharing basis. If you stay in a four star or five star property, the cost of tour package can be around INR 55,000- 75,000 per person on twin sharing basis.

This cost covers meals, transfers, sightseeing, and activities. Flight charges are paid additionally.

Can you suggest some tips for honeymoon in Maldives

Here are some tips for a lovely honeymoon in Maldives:

  • Carry plenty of sunscreen
  • Invest in a waterproof camera as you’ll be indulged in quite many water activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving
  • Don’t carry alcohol along with you, since there’s a ban imposed on the same by the government
  • Carry sarong, scarves as Maldives is a Muslim country, and you’d want to cover your head and legs before entering religious shrines

Further Read: Mauritius vs Maldives : Which One to Pick For Your Holiday?

 

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