The Maldives are regularly touted as the world’s top destination for honeymooners, and as Emma Krieger discovers, the pearls of the Indian Ocean, as they’re popularly known, indeed live up to the hype.
Situated to the South West of Sri Lanka, the Maldives are made up of a double chain of 26 atolls, or an impressive 1,192 islands, which form a geographically striking – and from a seaplane, a visually stunning – archipelago.
With its cobalt blue waters, fresh lagoons, sandy white beaches and clichéd swaying palm trees, the Maldives is an idyllic tropical haven for honeymooners, and one of the few places around the world where you can enjoy complete and utter privacy.
Arriving in the Maldivian capital of Malé the salt air and startling bright sunshine help to shake away the jetlag cobwebs; the airport transfer to Gasfinolhu Island via speedboat also does the trick.
I am making my way to the luxurious Finolhu Villas, a Club Med outpost which opened to guests in early 2015 in a deliberate move by the 65-year-old French resort chain to branch out into more high-end accommodation options.
Coming into the island’s dock several of Finolhu Villas’ staff are waiting to greet me with watermelon mocktails and ice water. I get my bearings for a moment before hopping aboard a golf buggy headed towards my Sunrise Villa.