Maldives honeymoon resorts – in pictures
White sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoons and dazzling astronomical displays: it’s not difficult to see why the seductive islands of the Maldives are a popular honeymoon destination for newlyweds.
After the emotional rollercoaster involved in planning a wedding, the sunny Maldives is a peaceful getaway for couples to unwind and enjoy time away from London life in the idyllic and peaceful waters of the Indian Ocean.
Looking for the low-down on where to stay? We’ve rounded up six of the most luxurious resorts to make any honeymoon unforgettable.
Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi
Butlers bringing you brunch while you paddle, private sands and an underwater spa experience: boutique hotels don’t come much more blissful than Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi. Honeymooners can book a large and luxurious deluxe beach bungalow which opens out onto white sands and beach views, or get away from it all in the lagoon-like infinity edge pool which bleeds into the watery horizon of the Indian Ocean. Push the boat out – literally, and add a private charter to your booking – a 680-foot motor cruiser with an onboard wine cellar.
Conrad Maldives Rangali
Couples will be whisked away by seaplane to this paradise island resort, where you can enjoy unique experiences such as swimming with whale sharks, before soaking up the sun, cocktail in hand, and falling back onto fluffy white pillows in a romantic wooden villa. Setting it apart from its competitors, this idyllic escape has an unusual setting for wining and dining – the world’s first and only all-glass undersea restaurant. Ithaa sits five metres below the sea’s surface, offering 180-degree panoramic views of the vibrant coral gardens and natural wildlife surrounding it.
Sitting on the southern rim of the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll and just 30km north of the Equator, Ayada is big enough for adventurous couples to get lost on, perfect for walking, cycling and exploring the stunning natural beauty of the Maldives. Middle Eastern inspired villas provide a cosy and quiet retreat for a romantic getaway, while there’s plenty of places for active couples to unwind – from turkish baths to beach-side beds.
Six Senses Laamu
The only resort in the Laamu Atoll, this secluded nirvana will bring you to a place where dolphins swim. The resort is a combination of on-land and over-water villas constructed of sustainable materials, leading to the palm-filed shore. Even the fussiest of eaters will feel at home here – there are several restaurants to choose from, where Laamu’s chefs from East and West prepare delicious dishes from produce grown in the island’s organic gardens.
Naladhu is a tropical island resort sharing a clear lagoon with its sister resorts Dhigu and Veli. Maldivian for “beautiful island,” Naladhu offers swaying palms and endless turquoise waters. The resort is notoriously difficult to visit, as there are only 20 expansive villas and houses – so make sure to book well in advance. Each cosy bolthole has a magnificent private pool fronting the azure Indian Ocean and a romantic elegance that will set the mood for newlyweds.
Maalifushi by Como
Maalifushi by COMO is the first luxury resort in the Maldives that opened in the picturesque sands of the Thaa Atoll in the archipelago’s southwest. Luxury comes on tap, with a COMO Shambhala spa, world-class yoga facilities and exceptional cuisine along with the Maldives’ vibrant marine life (whale shark sightings are common). With 33 overwater villas and garden suites, this is the ultimate paradise retreat for signing-off from the city and unwinding in natural paradise.