“I don’t want to be tied with someone. I want to be set free with someone…” This is an ideology fast setting in among couples all over the world. Most of them have bucket list of places they need to travel alone or with their beloved. One such have-to-go place is Maldives, a place where God has secured the best of everything. Famous for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs, Maldives has become very popular among the couples and is considered as one of the dream honeymoon destinations. This exquisite island sets your spirit free and gives you the amazing combination to enjoy nature as well as to spend the most romantic moments of your life.
Maldives is one of the most stunning nation surrounded by Indian Ocean. It is a tropical nation and comprises of 26 ring-shaped atolls made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. The small picturesque islands with dense tropical vegetation including shrubs, flowering plants and tall coconut palms and surrounded by dazzlingly white beaches, sparkling lagoons exhibiting all shades of blue and green has acclaimed Maldives to be “The Paradise on Earth”.
Being a tropical island, Maldives gives visitors a lot of option for water activities. Water sports such as diving, fishing, wakeboarding and windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving are the facilities which can be availed at most resorts. Morning fishing in Maldives is one of the most commonly experienced modes of sport. When the first rays of the tropical sunrise touch the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean, the local Dhoni vessels set sail with fishing enthusiasts on board. Tourists enjoy the astounding marine vistas as they set off in the early hours of the morning. The Maldivian waters teem with fish and visitors can hope to catch unique specimens like barracuda, wahoo, rainbow fish, sailfish, swordfish, marlin and yellow fin tuna. The Bluetribe Moofushi diving centre is a famous one offering the best experience in terms of water sports activities, such as windsurfing, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, riding on catamarans/pedal boats, and many more activities. Moofushi is also known for the excursions where you can spot whale sharks, manta rays and a lot of fish from the shore.
When in Maldives, you should definitely opt for a one-day island tour to Fua Mulaku, Kudahuvadhoo, Mirihi Islands or Alimatha Island. Apart from soaking in the sapphire waters or sunbathing in the crystalline sands, you will find exotic tropical fruits and vegetables in the trips. You will come across unbelievably beautiful coral reefs of vivid colours found nowhere else. One such place is Banana Reef, which is the most sought out diving site in the Maldives. It is called Banana Reef because it has the shape of a banana that extends 300 meters from north to south. The major feature of the reef is its marine life, where you can find Napoleon Wrasse, Moray Eels and the rare Bannerfish. Manta Point is a diving area for the adventurous couples where you can enjoy seeing large numbers of manta rays being fed and cleaned by wrasses. You can swim with them and feed them plankton.
For the philosophical tourists, the Hukuru Miskiiy, also known as the Old Friday Mosque is a place to admire. It is the oldest mosque that can be found on the island. The interior of the mosque is superb, and its coral stone walls with carvings of different kinds of patterns and Arabic scripts is truly remarkable. It also houses tombs that have been erected for the memory of sultans, heroes and nobles. The calm and quiet place would be great for people to discover the Islamic culture the Maldivians follow. For the history admirers, the National Museum of Maldives gives a lot to explore. The building houses a lot of different kinds of historical artefacts that reflect the history of the country. The original museum was the old 3-story museum that is the only remaining part of the Maldivian Royal Palace. Another famous tourist attraction is the Male Fish Market where you can find almost any kind of fish. The market is very vibrant and colourful and is a great place to watch the life of Maldivian people up-close.
Maldivian nightlife tends to be on the calm side. Most of the resorts organise musical nights within the premises, near the ocean. It is an unforgettable experience listening to heavenly music and dancing away with your beloved beneath the stars, soaking in the beauty of ocean. Still, if you want to party the hard way, you can visit the chic Fifteen Below at W Retreat and Spa, the unique underwater Subsix nightclub at Per Aquum Niyama Resort or the Reethi Beach Resort, which enjoys a reputation of a socialites’ magnet.
What good is a honeymoon without sharing tasty meals with your partner. Explore the Maldivian cuisine including skipjack tuna, little tunney, yellowfin tuna, frigate tuna, bigeye scad, wahoo and mahi-mahi. Coconuts are a major part of many dishes in Maldives and can be served in grated form, as milk or as coconut oil which is used to deep fry foods. Visitors should also make sure to eat in the cafes, known locally as hotau.
Honeymoon is the most special time of our life, and we definitely want to make each moment memorable. So while planning a honeymoon getaway, booking the appropriate hotel/resort is the most important task. Maldives provides plenty of beautiful resorts to choose from. These high-end resorts are dedicated for those couples who do not mind going slightly over-budget and choose to indulge only in the best.
Palm Beach Resort & Spa is located in Lhaviyani Atoll, in the island of Madhiriguraidhoo reachable in 40-minute from Male International Airport via seaplane transfer. Surrounded by a 4 kilometres sandy beach, this resort brags of a pool bar, beach bar, coffee shop and a romantic, candle light dinner themed restaurants giving the guests no reason to step out of the resort. It has luxurious villas, suites with by the ocean with either sunset or sunrise view choice.
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi offers a holiday experience filled with sun and sea on Maldives’s Lhohifushi Island. The main attraction of this resort is the Water bungalows that allow unregulated access to the ocean waters and private sun decks. Wake up to the splashing of the morning tides and fall asleep listening to the gentle murmur of the waves all around you. Welcome to the contemporary tropical stay. Adaaran is about 19 kilometres from Male International Airport. From there, it is 30 minutes by speedboat to the island.
Anantara Dhigu offers stylish beachfront and over-water villas in the South Male Atoll where the beach goes around the entire island. Choose to stay in an over water pool villa, sunrise villa or a sunset villa. Savour your taste buds in the Maldivian, Thai and Japanese cuisine served in the finest restaurants here. Do not miss out on the Fresh seafood dishes served at Fuddan Fusion Grill. Anantara Dhigu is a 35-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport.
Baros Maldives Resort is a one-minute walk from the beach. Apart from the stunning villa to stay in, the guests are provided with unique destination dining options. Dine in style at the ‘Sandbank” surrounded by the turquoise water or enjoy a breakfast on the “Wooden Piano Deck” amidst the ocean. You could also sail away with your beloved on “Nooma” a traditional wooden sailing Dhoni to enjoy cocktails and dinner while watching the sunset. Baros Maldives is a 25-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport.
Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is another luxurious resort in Vadoo, which is famous for its bio-luminescent beaches. The glowing water in the dark is no less than a fairy-tale. This resort has villas enclosed in the Indian Ocean. Apart from the marvellous diving, snorkelling, spa and dining experiences, this resort provides the “Renewal of Vows”. Indulge in the best marriage ceremony exquisitely designed for you followed by a dreamy night with your partner and wake to champagne and lobsters. Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is 8 kilometres from Male International Airport, which is about 15 minutes by speedboat.
Anantara Veli Maldives Resort is a paradise enveloped in soft white sands and turquoise waters. Here, time is a luxury which is well spent in leisure and tranquillity. It houses only water bungalows leaving you with no other option than to spend each moment living in the ocean. Some amazing services provided by this resort are a memorable night at the movies where there are private cinema screenings amidst the coconut palms, and comfortable beanbags to sink into while keeping the sand between your toes, or taking a yoga class in the pavilion overlooking the Indian Ocean, guaranteed to uplift and inspire you and last. But the most romantic experience with your partner would be when you step into an aromatic floral bath filled with blends of lavender, lime and rosewood and enjoy the toast of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, decadent chocolate dipped fruits with gold leaves. Located within the South Male Atoll, Anantara Veli Maldives is a 35-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport.
Maldives is one place which guarantees an experience of a life time for honeymooners. The romantic ambience just sets you in the mood and you cannot help but be awestruck with all the beauty around. For people who are in search of a peaceful place where natural reserves are carefully preserved, staying options are advanced yet exotic, where people are welcomed with open hearts and their happiness and safety is never compromised, then Maldives is the place to be. As a quote says, “Sky above your head, sand beneath your feet… life is good.” You are bound to create the best memories of your life on this dream journey in Maldives.
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