Luxury Maldives Honeymoons 2023/2024
This small island nation is simply idyllic - our experts will tailor-make your perfect luxury Maldives honeymoon. A string of more than a thousand islands all but skim the Indian Ocean’s surface: tiny dots of paradise, blessed with snow-white sand and encircled by turquoise lagoons. Just 200 of the islands are inhabited, the rest veer between total wildernesses and stunning one-resort hideaways. Super-romantic, many book a luxury Maldives honeymoon for total R&R, a place that is all about escapism. They're islands on which to slow down, relax and spend quality time with their new husband or wife, as well as offering plenty of things to do together.
Maldives honeymoon highlights
With cashmere-soft sands, cerulean lagoons and tropical views which look like they've been lifted straight off a postcard, the landscapes in whatever Maldivian island you're honeymooning in really do the talking. Enjoying this paradise is simple. However, we have a couple of Maldives honeymoon tips under our sleeve to help you love it even more. For more of an in-depth guide, take a look at our Maldives Travel Advice page.
- Don't pack a lot of shoes (or any at all)! Most resorts in the Maldives actively encourage a 'no shoes, no news' policy on their islands. Of course, you can pack shoes if you wish, but once you step off your seaplane or speedboat transfer, you won't be needing them. Embrace the toes-in-the-sand start to your married life together!
- The traditional British summer wedding season is the low season in the Maldives (peak seasons is October-April), but that doesn't mean you have to wait months before you can escape to paradise. We highly recommend considering the months of May and September, two shoulder months which bridge the gap between the high and low seasons. You may get the odd drop of liquid sunshine, otherwise the weather is beautiful. Plus, the honeymoon rates are incredibly affordable!
- Choose either a half board or all-inclusive meal plan. An all-inclusive option takes away the stress and worry of an ever-growing food and bar bill, while going half board (breakfast and dinner) is a great alternative if you don't think you will consume a lot of alcohol!
Why limit yourself to only one dreamy island in the Maldives? Every resort here is different and a Maldives twin-centre honeymoon is a great way to experience two different drops of paradise in one trip. Some resorts are situated in the same atoll and can easily be twinned, so there's no chance of any awkward travelling. If you still want a Maldives multi-centre honeymoon but fancy pairing it with an altogether different travel experience in another country, then the likes of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Oman and Dubai are each only a simple hop away.
Hovering over a crystal-clear lagoon and with the chance to watch mesmerising marine life from your outside decking or the glass floor in inside, overwater villas are the ultimate in honeymoon accommodation. The Maldives is one of the best places for a honeymoon in an overwater bungalow, with many of the resorts having their own deluxe take hovering over picture-perfect waters. Some have private infinity pools, others have romantic sunbeds and nearly all have direct access to the lagoons, so you can spend the afternoon snorkelling together.
Even though the Maldives is know for being a place where tropical relaxation is king, there's plenty of things to do as well. With each resort island either having its own spectacular house reef or within a short speedboat ride of an incredible marine experience, snorkelling and diving should be on your list of things to do, even if it's just once. However, it's your honeymoon and the Maldives doesn't leave you shortchanged in creating romantic moments, either. As you'd expect across these tranquil islands, every resort boasts its own serene spa, each one offering a range of treatments to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. A sunset cruise is another special experience for couples but if you really want to pull out all the stops, some resorts have their own private deserted island that you and your loved one can escape to for the day.
If there's one thing for certain in the Maldives, you won't have hungry tummies! The range of food options in the Maldives are abundant, but resorts typically have a selection of restaurants for you to choose from, each one inspired by a different theme, whether it's Indian, international, barbecue or Caribbean food. Naturally, being an island nation, the Maldives is most famous for its fish, which have likely been caught just metres from your room or table! Honeymooners can add a splash of romance to their food, with a number of unique dining experiences. How about a sandbank picnic, where it's just you, your loved one, a strip of sand and a sumptuous spread of food? Or, you can have a private dinner on any number of island locations, whether it's a candlelit meal on the beach or shrouded in palms. Bon appétit!
Our top honeymoon resorts in the Maldives
Baros' tiny size and exotic aura means it's hard to believe it's only a 25-minute speedboat ride from Malé. The whiter-than-white sand and kaleidoscopic colours of its house reef belie the simple journey it takes to reach this idyll – you'll really feel like you're in the middle of nowhere here. Wherever you stay – whether you're peeking out of the jungle on the shore or hanging over the gin-clear water – you'll be guaranteed a high level of privacy. Despite its diminutive size, three high-class restaurants and two bars ensure plenty of culinary choice during your stay, while a huge selection of private dining experiences, whether it's a meal on a remote piano deck or a slender sandbank, means you could have a different dinner every evening of your stay.
Six Senses Laamu
Found in one of the Maldives' remotest atolls, Six Senses Laamu is still a couple of logistical connections away once you reach Malé but then again, the best places are tricky to reach, right? The crystal-clear waters and palm-studded beaches are paradise personified and Laamu's sustainable philosophy means they are committed to protect these postcard-perfect views. Constructed from local materials, each one of the 97 villas (either over the azure lagoon or on the beach) has been built to blend in seamlessly with the island's natural wonders, while an organic on-island garden supplies plenty of fresh produce to its restaurants. This feel-good factor is matched with plenty of memorable moments, whether that's either spotting constellations on a stargazing experience or the first lick of an ice-cream (there are over 40 flavours to choose from!) from the island parlour.
If you're seeking exotic tranquillity, COMO Maalifushi has it in abundance. The combination of lush jungle core, cream-coloured beach and a vibrant coral reef makes you instantly feels as if you're like Tom Hanks starring in your own version of Cast Away – just without the epic beard. There's every style of room imaginable at Maalifushi, from quaint rooms tucked within emerald gardens to grandiose beach villas and eye-popping overwater bungalows, while fresh local food is a common theme across all of its restaurants. Don't leave without visiting the resort's spa, whose treatment rooms are stupendously set overwater with a comprehensive menu of treatments.
Just a half-hour hop from Malé, Milaidhoo is less about the glitz and the glamour and more about the beautiful, barefoot basics. That means the focus is totally on the impossibly blue waters and cashmere-soft sands speckled with swaying palms, while its location in the UNESCO-protected Baa Atoll means the manta rays of Hanifaru Bay are close by. The spacious villas, set either on the beach and overwater, offer a super-comfortable space to relax in your own infinity pool, huge sundeck or daybed, with the soothing blues and turquoise inside a reflecting of the Maldives' marine heritage. It's the dining options that are really out of this world at Milaidhoo – eating here is far from your typical meal out. Signature restaurant Ba'theli is laid out across three traditional dhonis (fishing boats), The Shoreline Grill serves up mouth-watering seafood next to the beach and Ocean is a tropical breakfast overlooking the glittering Indian Ocean. For couples wanting a romantic escape, a desert sandbank provides the ultimate opportunity for a secluded picnic or snooze under the stars.
Comprising five islands, you might think Soneva Jani is (for the Maldives) a huge, sprawling resort. But with less than 30 rooms, intimacy is in abundance at this magical resort. Privacy can be found on its beaches, lagoons, separate islands and its legendary spa, while the water suites and villas are far enough apart that you'll only have big blue skies and crystalline waters for company. Most also come with slides that whizz you straight into the gin-clear lagoon beneath. You certainly won't be bored here, either, with everything from an overwater silent cinema to an outdoor observatory and a plethora of world-class dive sites. The Gathering is Soneva Jani's dining hub, a three-storey structure home to live cooking stations, a pizza oven and a more intimate chef-curated meal experience. With so much to do and incredible exotic views to match, Soneva Jani is the perfect place to be stranded.
Maldives honeymoon FAQ
The direct flight time from London to Malé in the Maldives is 10 and a half hours.
Absolutely. Your resort will be on its own island, so there will be no-one else around aside from other guests, whose safety is paramount to hotel staff. This obviously guarantees a wonderful sense of privacy but also means that a honeymoon in the Maldives will be very safe.
There's so many to choose from! With its idyllic beaches, gin-clear waters and picture-perfect islands, we're sure you'd fall in love with any of the resorts we feature. However, we have a few features we adore. COMO Maalifushi is a dose of island luxury, Six Senses Laamu offers remote escapism, Anantara Kihavah Villas has mind-blowing overwater bungalows and the friendly staff at Baros Maldives are rightly proud of their parcel of paradise. These are just a few and there's many more island resorts worthy of being honeymoon hideaways.
All of the resort islands in the Maldives offer unadulterated tropical seclusion, so you can't really go wrong! Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, so is the most remote, but if you're after unbelievable snorkelling and diving, then there's plenty of resorts in the Baa Atoll, like Milaidhoo and The Nautilus.
British passport holders need a visa to visit the Maldives and this is issued free of charge upon arrival. You also need six months validity on your passport from your departure date.
A honeymoon in the Maldives can start from as low as around £1,600 per person for seven nights. However, the price can rise quickly, depending on your choice of resort, board basis and the type of accommodation. It goes without saying that overwater bungalows will also bump up the price.
The currency is the Maldivian rufiyaa, although US dollars and credit cards are widely accepted.
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