As soon as you step off the plane in the Maldives, you know you're in paradise. A scattering of 1,190 islands of the whitest sand and almost-surreal crystal-clear blue sea, you'll be hard-pushed to find anywhere quite as tranquil and beautiful as this Indian Ocean favourite. A mob of colourful corals and exotic fish sit right on your doorstep (or even closer if you're staying in an overwater villa).
The emphasis is on romance and the five-star resorts out-do each other to make your Maldives honeymoon as memorable as possible. If luxury and glamour top your wish list, the Maldives is bliss.
Where to Go in the Maldives
Each resort in the Maldives is on its own private island (just 200 of them are big enough to be inhabitable). Most of your time will inevitably be spent relaxing in your resort, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend some time on the mainland or hopping between different reefs.
If you’re looking to do Maldives on a tighter budget, Malé and the Ari atolls have lots of smaller guesthouses. Hotel-hopping is also a fun thing to do here. If you'd love to try an overwater villa but can't afford two weeks, go to one for a few nights before jumping on a boat to a different hotel. You'll get to explore lots of different reefs too.
When to Go to the Maldives
This is paradise - of course it's hot and sunny all-year round! The temperature stays pretty constant around 30 degrees, but the best weather is between November and April when the wild and aquatic life will also be flourishing. Always remember that each archipelago is its own microclimate so you can get good and bad days whatever time of year you go.
What to See in the Maldives
Quite simply, the view. The beaches are unrivalled, and the horizon a magical blend of more shades of blue than a Dulux paint chart.
Diving and snorkelling are among some of the best in the world due to the clear waters. You’ll find lots of marine specialists attached to hotels who are happy to talk you through the conservation efforts and the aquatic highlights of the area. Head out deeper from your hotel and you’ll find manta rays, turtles, whale sharks - and even hammerheads out at Rasdhoo Madivaru.
Where to Stay in the Maldives
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
With a coralarium featuring an underwater art gallery and ‘coral boulevard’, it’ll be hard to pull yourself away from the sea – but we assure you the stunning overwater villas at the Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi, where you can watch the sunset from your private pool, are worth it.
This Maldivian-owned resort has a strong ethos of sustainability and was the first eco-dive centre in the Maldives. With one of the best house reefs on all the islands, Baros Maldives is a divine spot for both scuba-diving enthusiasts, casual snorkellers and those who just want to dip their toes.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
Nothing is too much at this luxury resort, where guests are looked after by their personal ‘Mr. Fridays’ who can even organize you a romantic night under the stars. Relax in the overwater spa or explore the local cuisine at Gili Lankanfushi's beach restaurant which transforms into a buzzing street food-style market at night.
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Banyan Tree know romance, whether that’s dinner for two on your own private island, a couple's massage right on the shores of the beach or a champagne sunset cruise. A true lovers' paradise.
Everything is taken care of in Constance Moofushi’s all-inclusive package, ideal for honeymooners. The spirit here is barefoot luxury: feast on fresh seafood and the finest wines; relax in you villa, sitting above turquoise water and white sands; and linger over a drink in their lively bars.
How to Get to the Maldives
Direct flights between London and Malé take 10-11 hours. The only UK airline to offer direct flights is British Airways from London Gatwick. Plenty of Asian and Middle Eastern airlines fly there with a stopover - it can be a great way to make a twin-centre honeymoon!
Make sure your vaccines are up-to-date: a yellow fever vaccine certificate is required.