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


*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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Nothing says I love you more than a dream wedding in the Maldives.

See, feel and taste the wedding spell that Lily Beach casts upon lovers: the glittering Indian Ocean reflecting in your eyes, Equatorial sunrays caressing your skin, and oodles of sweet and salty kisses… It all adds up to a one-of-a-kind celebration of your love for one another.

The Maldives is the most wished-for romantic destination in the world and saying your vows and tying the knot at Lily Beach is bound to captivate your hearts. The stunning scenery is an epitome of the beauty that endows this planet and a truly enticing place to begin your life together as Mrs. & Mr.

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Maldives Tops Favourite List for Chinese Tourists

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Maldives has topped a list of 20 island destinations most favoured by Chinese tourists, who have been the world’s No 1 cross-border visitors for the past three years, spending billions of dollars on outbound tours.

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The announcement was made at the 2015 International Islands Tourism Conference in east China’s Zhejiang Province.

Taiwan, Bali, and Thailand’s Phuket Island have also been favoured by Chinese tourists in the list, which was created after a poll by the conference’s organisation committee and after evaluation by an expert panel.

The poll began in June, drawing more than three million responses for more than 70 destinations. The poll was conducted via the committee’s website, and some other portals and microblog services.


Chinese islands filled five spots on the list, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

China has been the world’s No 1 source of cross-border tourists since 2012, according to the World Tourism Organisation. In 2013, the organization said, Chinese outbound travelers spent a total of USD 129 billion.


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China’s outbound tourists made nearly 24 million trips to islands in 2014, and the number is likely to exceed 30 million this year.

China’s outbound tourism has grown dramatically in recent months despite its economy economy contacted sharply. The World Bank recently revised its projections for China’s economic growth from 7.1 per cent to 6.9 per cent.

The conference, which was held in Zhujiajian Island of Zhoushan City, was organized by China’s National Tourism Administration and the provincial government of Zhejiang province.

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A Paradise island for divers in the Maldives, with a magnificient lagoon.

In the heart of Lush nature inhabited by multi-coloured birds, the rooms offer tailor-made services for demanding Robinson Crusoes.

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Did you just get married? How about visiting Maldives, spend your honeymoon


Did you just get married? How about visiting Maldives, spend your honeymoon at a hotel or resort in Maldives and while enjoying your honeymoon have your wedding photos taken by a professional photographer for a fraction of what you spend in your country? This package is designed for those who love outdoor wedding photography, tropical destinations such as beautiful beaches, sun, sea, boats and unique cultural locations.


Maldives Wedding Photography Package Includes the Following

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Professional Freelance Photgraphy, Asad’s Photgraphy has been a well known name in Maldives and has travelled to more then 300 islands in Maldives with Romantic honeymoon and wedding couplpes visiting Maldives.

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After being awarded the Indian Ocean Leading All-Inclusive Resort at Maldives Travel Awards 2013, LUX* Maldives has scored again with yet another valuable award, recognizing the significant efforts of the past year by gaining the title of Leading Family Award at the 2014 Maldives Travel Awards.

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This title rewards the ongoing innovation, high standards of guest service, understanding of family needs, unique concepts and the true belief in LUX* Resorts & Hotels motto of ‘helping people celebrate life’.

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One of the reasons to go LUX* Maldives is showcased by PLAY, the resort’s spacious and well equipped kids club for children below the age of 12 providing a daily program of fun activities including treasure hunts, yoga, pizza mak-ing and cake decorating. Teens enjoy a sophisticated program called STUDIO 17 including team sports, teen only excursions, guitar lessons and can even learn how to be a DJ for their own party. The 5 star PADI dive centre and well equipped water sports centre warmly welcomes families of all age groups providing a wide range of experiences in, on and under the water! At LUX* Maldives kids are sure to never be bored and with 7 restaurants, everyone is sure to find something they like.

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After winning against some of the long established beach resorts of the Maldives, LUX* Maldives General Manager Shaun Dunhofen said “We are immensely proud to receive this wonderful award in this year’s Maldives Travel Awards. The Maldives has become a very popular destination for family holidays and our large beach front, wide selection of resort facilities and experiences, coupled with passionate team members, ensures our guests enjoy the best beach holiday possible”.


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As the Festive Season draws closer, LUX* Maldives is looking forward to celebrating this special time with its guests. The island experiences will showcase treasure hunts, beach games, interactive pop-up dining in true LUX* Style. The arrival of Santa is always highly anticipated, arriving last year by FLYBOARD, it’s an exciting time for the young-er LUX* guests. The New Year’s Eve party will bring about lavish fairytale decorations, live cooking stations and pop-up bars with many more surprises to welcome the New Year. LUX* Maldives presents a constant variety of activities that never fail to delight – both above and below the waterline!

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Ways to Choose the Best Wedding Florist

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A wedding will never be complete without flowers. Flowers have this innate beauty that can add a unique touch to any occasion, and wedding is just one event where colorful flowers are a big must. This is the reason why choosing the right and perfect wedding florist is one of the biggest responsibilities of couples since flowers and flower arrangement can make a big difference in the event’s overall appearance.

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There are several ways to choose the best wedding florist from the best flower shop in Pasadena TX, as well as different essential factors that have to be considered. Of course, the number one of these is none other than the price. Before you decide on your budget, it will be best if you look for several florists and ask for their price quotes before settling for a decision on which one is the most affordable.

After having quotes from different florists, you will then find it easier to decide on the budget that you can spend for your wedding flowers and what kind of flowers are the perfect options for your big day. The next consideration then will be the style and color of the decoration. As far as the ways to choose the best wedding florist is concerned, the color plays a crucial factor for this is going to have an impact on the overall appearance and look not only of the venue but also the bridal dress. Flower decorations must also be suitable in terms of the size of the bouquets for everything to look measurable and balanced.

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However, there are many instances when couples tend to focus only on the color and kinds of wedding flowers and they tend to forget about the wedding florist completely. You should know that florists are more important than the flowers alone because hiring the best wedding florist means that you can have a professional eye who will suggest the perfect options depending on your style and budget. These are the people who will manage the decoration, starting from the bridal bouquet up to the dinner table.

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At the top of the list of ways to choose the best wedding florist is to look into their previous records. You can also ask for recommendations from your friends and family. Finding the best flower provider will not only make your event more beautiful but at the same time, this will help you save money and time. Remember, the best flowers come from the best florists so be wise in making your decision.


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Special Conditions
Due to the design and the general layout of our Water Bungalow, Water Villa, Water Suite and Ocean Villa children below the age of 12 cannot be accommodated in these room types. Children above the age of 12 are allowed when staying with a parent (maximum of 2 pax per room including child).

Please contact the resort for further information.

For non-US hotels, rates confirmed in USD may be converted to local currency by the hotel at your time of stay, based on the exchange rate used by the hotel and are subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Credit card charges are subject to additional currency conversions by banks or credit card companies, which are not within the hotel’s control and may impact the amount charged to your credit card. Please contact the hotel if you have any questions.

The resort is just a short 20 – 25 minutes speed boat ride away from Male’ Airport.

Please contact the resort at for transportation arrangements or fill in your details here.

Transportation is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
The cost for the combined roundtrip transfer service from/to MLE International Airport is 136 USD per person.
Please note that all speedboat transfers are subject to weather conditions and may not be able to operate in extreme weather.
Advance notice for changes is required at (960) 665 0225 x4.
Beginning November 1, 2015, a new Green Tax of 6 USD per day per person will go into effect. This will be in addition to the 10% Service Charge and the 12% Goods and Services Tax.

There will be a compulsory New Year’s Eve dinner supplement for all guests staying over or arriving on December 31, 2015. The rate is 308 USD per adult and 154 USD per child ages 2 to 11. This will be automatically added to the room bill. Please contact the resort for further information.

Hotel Policies
Check in: 2:00 PM Check out: 12:00 PM
Alcoholic beverage service is restricted to those 18 years or older (with valid photo identification). Alcohol must be consumed within the resort area.

The following items are prohibited in the Maldives and will be retained at customs upon arrival: religious materials offensive to Islam, idols for worship, pornographic materials, narcotics and psychotropic substances, arms, alcohol and spirits, pork and its byproducts, dogs, and dangerous animals.

Babysitting service is available upon request with a minimum of 24 hours advance notice. Fees apply.

The resort does not offer check cashing services.

Requests for connecting rooms cannot be guaranteed at the time of booking due to limited inventory.

All major credit cards are accepted except Diners Club.

Due to Maldives’ tropical climate and resort location, smart or casual wear is acceptable throughout the resort. However, footwear is requested to be worn in all restaurants. In addition:

Swim suits must be covered in all restaurants
Wet towels or clothing are not permitted in any restaurants
Early departures will be treated as cancellations and will result in a 100% cancellation fee for all remaining accommodation dates.

Early check-in between 8am and 2pm will be subject to room availability at the time of arrival and cannot be guaranteed. In case of early arrival before 8am, an additional night must be pre-booked to secure room availability.

Rollaway beds are permitted in the Island and Beachfront Cottages only. A maximum of one rollaway bed is allowed per cottage. Fees apply.

Children who are 11 or younger sleep for free in the existing bedding of a room shared with a paying adult. Rollaways, child rollaways and cribs may incur extra charges.

All the accommodation including the Beachfront Deluxe, Water Bungalow, Water Villa and Ocean Villa can accommodate a maximum of 2 persons. No extra bed can be added in the room due to space constraints.

For families with children, the suitable choices of accommodations are the Island Cottage or the Beachfront Cottage. We allow a maximum of two adults and two children per room. Only one extra bed can be placed in these cottages.

Pets are not allowed

The resort accepts cash payments in U.S. dollars and euros only. Additionally, foreign currency exchange is available at the resort for major international currencies. Due to rules established by Maldivian banks, the resort is not able to accept USD notes from the 1990s or any note that is damaged (e.g., torn, dirty, pen marks). The resort does not accept traveler’s checks.

The resort will arrange combined speedboat transfers to and from Male International Airport. Guest will be charged a transportation fee of 110 USD per person. The fee is subject to a 10% Servcie Charge and a 12% GST Tax. International Flight details are required to arrange transfers.

Kindly note that cooking in guest accommodations is strictly prohibited for health and safety reasons. Resort management reserves the right to apply a fine.

Please note that smoking is not permitted indoors in any of the accommodations. Smoking is permitted on the outdoor terraces or balconies of the villas. Smoking is also permitted in designated public areas within the resort.

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