Honeymooners and couples looking for romance have long heard the call of the Maldives, a beautiful tropical island nation in the Indian Ocean southwest of Sri Lanka. Why? Because it has all the luxury a loved-up pair could dream of, from lavish resorts to empty stretches of white-sand beach, tropical blue waters and an unmatchable sunny disposition.
The Maldives is an idyllic honeymoon-haven of sun-drenched islands – a whopping 1,190 islands in total, although only 200 are inhabited. The islands of The Maldives are so incredibly beautiful that you'll immediately get the feeling you've stumbled upon secluded paradise.
Enjoy a romantic getaway to The Maldives
Celebrities have sung the praises of The Maldives – Fergie (of The Black Eyed Peas) announced that she 'finally knew what the word paradise means,' after she and her husband spent their honeymoon there. Wills and Kate even chose The Maldives as one of their romantic getaways, staying at one of the incredible luxury resorts which have helped The Maldives secure a top place as one of the world's ultimate romantic getaways.
What makes the Maldives even more special than a lot of other island destinations and in particular a romantic couples' holiday paradise? Besides the incredible natural scenery, both above and below the water, there is a huge array of luxurious overwater villas and five-star resorts that put guests right amongst these stunning surrounds. There are even resorts that cater for couples only! While you will feel as though you are one of the lucky few who get to experience such seductive and remote luxury, the resorts are easily accessed (no stress for you on your Maldives romantic holiday!) and arrange transfers from the main island of Male – the closer islands are usually reached by launch, the outer islands may require a seaplane service.
If it is absolute high-end luxury you are looking for, The Maldives will not disappoint. From overwater bungalows to residences built in the middle of the lagoon, or villas hidden amongst the foliage, just metres back from your own private stretch of beach, there is a great range of idyllic escapes available to couples on honeymoon or enjoying a special holiday together. Robinson Crusoe never had it so good! Private and romantic, if your budget stretches, do stretch to some of The Maldives higher-end luxury accommodation options if possible, you won't regret it and the resort's style, location and service could very well be the difference between an amazing holiday and the most incredible holiday you've ever taken. Out of the inhabited islands, 105 are designated resort areas, so you have an amazing variety of gorgeous resorts to choose from, and no doubt will find something to suit your tastes and budget if you can't justify going over the top and booking one of the very top-end luxury resorts there.
Imagine yourself and your loved one strolling down the above-sea boardwalk to your luxury Maldives bungalow that comes complete with a sunbathing deck, or even its own plunge pool (some even come with butler service!). While away the days as you both sink into each other and the beautiful views of the ocean that seem to go forever – not to mention the beach and island vistas all around you.
Why you'll love a Maldivian holiday or honeymoon
While The Maldives is remote, that doesn't mean there isn't gourmet food for you and your loved one to enjoy during your stay. Savour a meal and a velvety drop of wine at your resort's restaurant with a view, or indulge in a candlelit beachside dinner. There is even an underwater restaurant at Conrad Hilton where guests get to enjoy contemporary European cuisine 5 metres below sea level! Many resorts are able to arrange romantic dinners on the beach or offshore sand banks. Some even offer sailing trips where you can be dropped off at a sandbank in the middle of the ocean and treated to a sensational gourmet dinner for just the two of you. Très romantic!
Feel like getting out and about? Plunge into the warm crystalline waters that The Maldives are so famous for and swim and snorkel while discovering an abundance of colourful fish darting below the surface - or head even further into the depths with a diving expedition! The Maldives is one of the world's top diving destinations and perfect for the many couples who share a passion of diving holidays. The bright marine creatures and coral landscapes are sure to leave a lasting impression. Don't forget to make the most of the tranquil waters around you by embarking upon a romantic sunset boat trip, allowing you and your partner to take in the breathtaking colours of paradise's sky.
Couples will also love the spa experiences the Maldives offers, with some of the world's best resort spas found here. Home to some of the most luxurious spas in the world, honeymooners in particular will love the indulgent, romantic spa options available to them in The Maldives – think outdoor treatments in the forest or on the beach with an ocean outlook, or even on a private island easily accessed from the resort. Benefit from the traditional healing methods of the Maldivian people and enjoy the rejuvenating effects of coconut oil in massages and body treatments.
If you are eager to get a taste of local culture on your Maldivian honeymoon or romantic getaway, you can head to a village. You'll fall in love with the sleepy island way of life. Join in on a game of cards with the locals or take in the action at a busy fishing port.
When you're ready to get back to nature you can complete an excursion to a deserted island where you will have endless stretches of sand to yourselves, a perfect way to while away an afternoon on your couples' retreat.
Go on, take your honeymoon or romantic getaway in the Maldives for an experience to remember.