Why does everyone honeymoon in the Maldives?
So you’re planning your honeymoon and if you’re looking to go somewhere exotic, it’s likely you’ve considered the Maldives. You’re not the only one, with about a million visitors per year – and a huge proportion of those being newlyweds – the Maldives is post nuptial gold.
You may be tempted to write it off, you may have even thought “but everyone honeymoons in the Maldives”, because yes, you’re not entirely original in picking this lush destination for your break. But believe us (and we’re armed with some first-hand knowledge), there is definitely a reason everyone honeymoons in the Maldives. Here’s why…
It actually looks like it is in the guidebooks
We’ve all been on one of those holidays that disappoints the moment you step off the plane. Maybe the brochures made the water look a little too blue, the sand a little whiter, and the hotspots not so crowded, but that’s one thing about the Maldives – it really does look as good as the photos in the guidebooks. The seas are that blue, the sands are that pale, you really can go snorkelling outside your bedroom door and the resorts really are that luxurious. It’s a total desert island tropical cliche, which is exactly what you want, surely?
It’s so not stressful
So we appreciate that being a 12-hour flight away, the Maldives might not be the easiest, most stress-free place to get to. But just watch all that tension melt away as soon as your toes touch the sand. Think private honeymoon huts hanging over the water, luxurious resorts boasting their own secluded coves and all the horizontal soaking-up-the-sunshine time you can dream of. Some resorts even offer a post-flight jet-lag relieving massage… blissful.
NB If your budget won’t quite stretch to upgrading your seats on the flight, and you don’t manage to snag a “we’re on our honeymoon” freebie, treat yourself to some extra legroom, it makes all the difference and all things relative, it doesn’t cost much more than the standard ticket.
Under the sea
I have been snorkelling along the Ras Mohammed reef in Egypt, and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced. In the Maldives, you can jump into the water from your own private jetty, or you even can find a room with a glass-bottomed floor so you can watch the waterworld without getting wet. It’s one of the few places in the world where you will spot manta rays and whale sharks, so you can expect once in a lifetime sights here.
A foodie haven
A destination this esteemed isn’t going to be without some stellar food to match. You can expect a fusion of Sri Lankan, Indian, Arabic and oriental cuisine, packing plenty of flavour and using fresh ingredients, particularly locally caught seafood and coconuts. Here you can eat in an underwater restaurant, you can dine at the hands of Michelin starred chefs and you can even find more familiar cuisines such as Italian and American if you so wish.
You can live your best life
I am well aware that you might want to spend your honeymoon indulging, and the Maldives certainly has plenty of options to do just that. Or you can get to grips with the whole wellness, at peace, healthy, happy and stress-free life. Think yoga at sunset, coconut water on tap (or via a straw at least), herbal tea, fresh fish, water sports, sunrise hikes… it’s everything you could want to give you a total mind and body refresh.
It can be just you
I view my honeymoon a little like Valentine’s Day – I don’t really want to try and create special moments with my beau surrounded by a hundred people all doing exactly the same. Being so popular, you might think the Maldives will be canoodling couples central, but it doesn’t have to be. There are so many varied islands and resorts that you really can tailor your stay so it’s secluded. Resorts such as the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will spoil you with private gardens and long stretches of sand where – even during high season – you might not see another soul. While the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort boasts rooms with their own private swimming pools.
Many of the resorts are so used to honeymooners, they provide discrete service and they make you feel like royalty, whether it’s with little touches such as flowers and chocolates, or special moments such as private dinners on the beach… complete with your very own butler, of course.
Still think the Maldives is just the obvious choice for an uneventful honeymoon? Let us know if you’ve been, if you plan on going, or what you think in the comments box below.