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Countless speckles of land make up the Maldives—lagoons with extensive reefs, a booming seafood scene, and numerous resorts featuring iconic huts built over the water, define this paradise. If there were a textbook example of the perfect island getaway, it would be the Maldives. Thanks to downright jaw-dropping beauty, it’s an iconic place for a romantic oasis after saying “I do”—the hardest part about the experience is picking from one of these spectacular havens.
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One of the world’s best hotels with overwater bungalows, Ayada goes the extra mile to make your getaway special. Each private hut is well appointed, with wood accents and a small pool just for the two of you, along with a glass floor window for gazing at the vibrant fish below. Be sure to enjoy the sommelier guided Wine Bar at sunset—even seasoned enthusiasts can learn something new. Homemade pastries (try the chocolate croissant) and native buffets featuring flavorful curry and warm naan are some of the highlight flavors at Ayada Maldives. Traditional Maldivian celebrations are an enriching way to spend part of a night.
Consuming an entire private island, COMO is still small and intimate, although over the top, in a good way, with its dreamy location. Simplistic wooden structures hover over some of the best snorkeling and diving waters in the world. Surrounded by lush foliage, the spa is equipped with couples massage areas and an indoor hydrotherapy pool with views. At least one of your nights should be topped off with a relaxing sunset cruise, where you’ll also get a chance to see dolphins. Paddleboarding over the reef or dropping in for yoga are top daytime activities. Overall, the service is amazing, making it a carefree, easy place to honeymoon.
Naladhu means “beautiful island” in the Maldive’s native language, and it’s yet another private paradise that doesn’t disappoint. Enjoy a flower petal accented bath, in a tub that backs right up to a private pool via a see-through glass panel—it feels that you’re soaking in the pool and ocean at the same time. Only a few well-thought-out houses are available to meet your every wish and hope for the perfect first vacation as a married couple. The food is awesome according to guests, and the spectacular breakfast on the beach is a must. Breakfast can be enjoyed at any time of the day though, in your villa. Adjusted to your taste, chefs are ready to please the pallet.
Marry on a private tiki hut floating solo in the ocean, then jump straight into your honeymoon. On Emboodhu Finolhu Island, Taj Exotica sets within one of the largest lagoons in the world, making this seemingly small slice of paradise one of the most gorgeous, adventurous escapes in the Indian Ocean. The on-site restaurant has an open center revealing teal waters below, serves upscale seafood, while there are plenty of other dining selections including a bakery with some of the softest, mouth-watering focaccia bread and cheesecakes.
A diversity of activities make Kuramathi Island Resort quite alluring—there’s even an eco-center with a resident marine biologist. Multiple, distinct restaurants including Island barbecue, Japanese and Thai deliciousness, along with various bars establish the food scene. Guided snorkeling and diving experiences are optimal for deeply exploring the waters, and a sunset cruise rounds it all out. Honeymooners also get special treats such as champagne!
Managing to seem calm and peaceful even at full capacity, Adaaran Club Rannalhi has a perfect balance of excitement and relaxation. Scuba dive, kayak, paddleboard, or just lounge in your bungalow and stare at the sea life through the glass window on the floor. The dining scene consists of succulent seafood and Maldivian flavors, and the most vibrant and entertaining waiter at the cocktail bar is ready to be sure you not only get a great drink but have a great time while you drink it.
Imagine lounging in a plush bed, with the open ocean whipping warm breezes into your cabana— the open design of each solo structure at Anantara Veli Maldives Resort offers wide opening doors to take advantage of the flawless weather. Flavorful, locally inspired cuisine can be delivered right to your room and is always beautifully presented. While the breakfast buffet is largely western-influenced, there are plenty of Asian twists, and a hefty selection to start off the day. Hammocks can be found throughout the grounds, so it’s easy to find one to lounge in, as well as a service button to call for cocktails or other needs.
**Closed for renovation, re-opening in December 2022