We both had the most amazing time from start to finish. I don’t think I’d appreciated quite how tiny the islands were going to be but it was so nice to be completely isolated and we are glad we went during the quieter season as it felt like we had the place to our selves.

We are so glad we picked the Maldives for our honeymoon – an amazing place, the people are wonderful and the sea is breath taking – I did my Padi out there on impulse having never tried anything like it before and will never forget the experience of diving with sharks, turtles and 1000s of tropical fish. A really gorgeous location and a stunning view as you fly in over the atolls.

The hotels both upgraded us to the next level of room which was fantastic and we were made to feel so welcome. The first island (Cocoa Island) was perfect to do first because it was much more sedate and quieter, so a great way to unwind from all the highs of the wedding day. It was just like a picture postcard of paradise and the staff on the island really made us feel special. They all knew the guests names and the whole experience was unforgettable. They would give you fresh towels and water on the beach and every need was catered for. We were asked to fill our a guest survey and we couldn’t find anything to say other than it was all perfect and there was nothing we hadn’t enjoyed. The manager sent us a nice email on our return too.

Baros was a nice change after a week of doing very little but relaxing, and we had lots of activities planned there which made the week go very quickly. There was a lot more choice for food as there are 3 restaurants and more bars. We had been so spoilt at Cocoa I think we have judged Baros from a position of very un-realistic expectations, we still had a wonderful time, but Cocoa has completely stolen our hearts as the most amazing place we’ve ever been.

The honeymoon gift list was a great idea and we were lucky to have a lot of guests who bought us experiences and meal contributions during our trip. I’d certainly recommend it to anyone. Thanks for all your help and advice with our plans – it was perfect!

Our recommendations would be take factor 30 sun tan lotion (we are both fairly olive skinned and would never normally go above factor 15 but we burned on the first day in minutes!) and pack light as you don’t need that many smart clothes because its all so laid back.

We’ll definitely come back to you when we plan another big holiday.

Tom and Stella

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