Location: The Maldives is a South Asian tropical nation located in the Indian Ocean.
About: Known for its outstanding beauty of white sands, shimmering blue lagoons, secluded island resorts and privacy, the Maldives is made up of a network of 1,190 low-lying coral islands scattered across the equator.
Best time to visit: Easily accessible by air from the UK, the Maldives make an ideal destination wedding or honeymoon spot with best visiting times between November and April (dry season).
Lying south-southwest of India, the Maldives are truly a newlywed paradise. With tourism being the nation’s largest economic industry, visitors are opened not only with open arms but are blanketed in pure luxury. In fact, a tourist resort in the Maldives has no local people or homes but is completely populated by tourists and workers. This is because each resort consists of a hotel on its own island. With beaches encircling the island, each island has its own house reef, perfect for scuba divers, snorkelers and swimmers. The diving is indeed world renowned, with the crystal blue waters offering a kaleidoscope of sea life including over 2,000 species of fish.
For the less adventurous, or those looking for a way to unwind after a day out in the sun, most Maldives resorts have luxurious spas with massage, aromatherapy and nail bar services, as well as yoga lessons.
Most tourists will land in the capital of the Maldives, Male. From here you are transferred to your hotel by either seaplane or boat, the two most common and widely used modes of transportation for island hopping. There are frequent direct flights from most international destinations including Dubai, India and Sri Lanka.
Check out some of our top accommodation spots in the Maldives…
Ozen by Atmosphere - The first ‘luxury all inclusive’ in the Maldives, Ozen covers all dining, beverages (including champagnes and wines), accommodation and non-motorised water sports. Only 35 minutes from Male by speedboat, The Ozen provides guests with the option of over-water ‘Wind’ villas or beach-front ‘Earth’ villas.
Finolhu - Set along a nearly 2km long sandbank, Finolhi is located in the Baa Atoll, one of many atolls in the Maldives. Known for its chic beach club atmosphere with retro entertainment, music and food, Finolhu accommodates honeymooners looking for a very laid back, beachy and romantic setting. Their wedding packages range in price and have optional add-ons to cater to your desires.
Gili Lankanfushi - Made for romance, the Gili Lankanfushi is the only resort that has an over-water pavilion chapel. They also have champagne sunset dhoni cruises and cater private dinner on One Palm Island under the stars. With overwater residences that come with their own personal butler to tend on your every need, and access via your own private motorboat, it goes without saying that the Gili is pure indulgence.
Mirihi Island - With its combination of modern and traditional elements, Mirihi Island is a bare-foot luxurious boutique hotel. Known for its romantic atmosphere, the small paradise island has a ‘beach cinema under the stars’ experience every Friday night, with bean bags, nibbles and drinks where couples can curl up together under the Milky Way with their toes in the sand.
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa - You’ll feel like you’re the only couple in the world, with Hadadaa being kilometres away from the nearest island. Unique experiences like night-time snorkelling, starlit cruises, fishing adventures and traditional Maldivian cooking classes will make your honeymoon stay at Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa unforgettable.
Plan Your Wedding
Here are some locations and vendors we love in the Maldives that will help make your dream day come to life.
Javvu Spa – With then serene and private treatment pods, Javvu Spa, located at Amilla Fushi Maldives Spa Resort, is a great place to unwind on your honeymoon. Massages and facials, body treatments and a fresh shave and cut for your man, are just a few of their services. If you’re getting prepared for your big day, we recommend heading to Javvu’s nail bar and hair salon.
The Seven Agency –With an individual approach to wedding planning, you can rest easy knowing your wedding will be as unique as you and your partner. The Seven Agency have tons of wedding and honeymoon packages to suit your budget.
Brothers Catering – Choose from wedding, kids and refreshment menus with Brothers. We love that they accommodate different service styles including set-up and go, buffet, or plated and seated.
Sea Underwater Restaurant – Located in Anantara Kihavah Villas, this underwater wine cellar and restaurant will make for an unforgettable reception venue or a must-see and must-eat spot during your stay on Kihava.
Maldives Destination Wedding Florist – With delivery to more than 1,000 Islands of the Maldives, Florist creates custom bouquets and arrangements from their studio in Sosun Magu, Male.
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