If you’re looking for the ultimate romantic getaway, the Maldives is the perfect honeymoon destination. With its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and luxurious accommodations, it’s no wonder why it’s a top choice for couples. Our guide has everything you need to know to plan your dream Maldives honeymoon. Get ready to fall in love all over again in this tropical paradise.
Couples who are circumnavigating the globe in search of the perfect swathe of sand for their honeymoon or romantic holiday have the Maldives on their mind. The fact that many people couldn’t readily place this enchanting archipelago on a map only a decade ago seems only to enhance its allure (it’s just south of India by the way).
Instagram feeds promise a far-flung paradise of tiny white-sand islands braceleted by colourful coral reefs and anchored in the kind of water which defies superlatives – no photoshop required.
The reality is pinch-yourself pretty, and with only 200 of the 1000 islands inhabited there’s always a pristine empty beach just waiting for two beach towels and a bottle of Champagne. It’s no wonder that this tropical island paradise is a top destination for couples seeking a truly luxurious honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Best Time to Visit The Maldives:
While the rainy season in the Maldives is from May to September, there are still plenty of reasons to visit during this time. Not only are prices lower due to it being the low season, but visitors can also witness unique experiences such as spotting manta rays in Hanifaru Bay and enjoying successful fishing trips. The temperature remains consistent throughout the year, ranging from 25 to 30 degrees Celcius, so there really isn’t a bad time to visit the Maldives.
Unique & Romantic Dining in The Maldives:
Dining is a highlight too; local specialities feature spectacular super-fresh seafood and delicious tropical fruits with the exotic influences of nearby Sri Lanka, India and Africa making their mark on menus which also boast classics from around the world.
Some of the most spectacular restaurants in The Maldives include:
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant (Conrad Maldives)
Located at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant offers a unique dining experience below sea level. This exquisite venue specializes in contemporary European cuisine, featuring dishes such as malossol imperial caviar and yellowtail kingfish with saffron champagne risotto. While indulging in a luxurious six-course dinner, guests can watch reef sharks and manta rays swim by without the need for snorkeling gear. For those on a budget, the restaurant also offers mid-morning cocktails and four-course lunches as a more affordable option.
Reethi Restaurant, located in One & Only resort, offers a dining experience like no other. With breathtaking views of the ocean and an open-concept kitchen, guests can watch as their meals are prepared behind floor-to-ceiling glass screens. During the day, Reethi is breezy and bright, serving breakfast dishes on the spectacular over-water veranda. At night, it transforms into a dramatic food theatre, with the floor arranged into three distinct dining experiences: Earth, for fine French and vibrant Asian-inspired cuisine, and Fire Grill, invoking all the natural flavours from the land, farm, and sea in a charcoal oven. The menu is a fusion of Asia-Pacific and Mediterranean flavours, with themed nights showcasing the most popular dishes. On Mondays, the restaurant transforms into an Italian paradise, serving fine charcuterie, homemade pasta, gnocchi, risotto, and grilled treats. Throughout the week, guests can enjoy à la carte breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while wine enthusiasts can browse the walk-in wine room to choose their favourite bottle.
The Subsix Underwater Restaurant is a unique dining experience that doubles as the island’s first underwater nightclub. The restaurant’s decor, from the sea anemone chairs to the shell-shaped bar, is inspired by the ocean and its inhabitants. Coral-like chandeliers and blue lighting add to the mermaid theme, making guests feel like they are part of the undersea life. To reach the restaurant, visitors must take a speedboat and descend a dramatic three-tier staircase illuminated by Italian abstract chandeliers. Once there, guests can enjoy champagne breakfasts, subaquatic lunches, gourmet dinners, and adults-only glow parties. The restaurant’s location, 20 feet under the Indian Ocean, adds to its exclusivity and thrill factor.
What to Do in the Maldives
Don’t expect to spend all your time lolling about the sunset bar either. In a place that boasts more sea than land, it’s almost mandatory to make like a local and get wet! In the balmy Indian Ocean waters, high underwater visibility almost year-round and the stunning spectacle of over 3000 coral reefs have made the Maldives a diving and snorkelling favourite. And you won’t be alone; the region boasts over a thousand species of fish and underwater creatures to keep you company as you slide through the silky waters. Everything from tiny plant cells to starfish, giant clams, tropical fish, turtles and manta rays jostle for attention in a marine hub that will have you grabbing your partner in astonishment at every turn.
And if you want to follow in the footsteps of Tony Hinde, affectionately known as ‘the father of surfing in the Maldives’, the main surf season runs from May to October. Look for names like Pasta Point and the Honkeys (long lefts), Sultans (a right with barrels) and Chickens (a reef off an uninhabited island in the North Male Atoll).
With a plethora of resorts to choose from, you can indulge in luxurious spa treatments and take daily excursions to explore the stunning islands. Whether you want to relax on the beach or embark on an adventure, the Maldives has something for every honeymooner.T he Maldives really is made for two, so whether you spend your days supine in the sunshine on a deserted beach, snorkelling hand-in-hand in an underwater fishtank, or drinking in the views from your overwater bungalow terrace, you’ll both feel like you’ve discovered paradise.
Fact File – Truly, Madly, Maldives
Get out on the water. Play celebrities on a glamorous sunset boat cruise where the Champagne flows freely and the dophins seem to frolic for your amusement alone; or visit one of the local fishing villages and while away an afternoon on a wooden swing in the shade while the locals gather at the holhuashi; a traditional thatched roof communal gazebo. Or why not trial every watersport on offer; think kayaking, surfing, snorkelling, diving and parasailing; there’s something for every skill level.
Leave without experiencing the Maldives from the air. Only a seaplane flight can really showcase the unique beauty of the individual isles, and while most visitors give the capital of Malé a miss (as the airport is located on a nearby island, Hulhumale) it’s an unexpected treat from the air; a floating pencil box jam-packed with brightly coloured buildings.Ask your resort in advance to organise a trip for two.
COUPLES WILL LOVE:
The splendid isolation, first-class appointments and sublime natural beauty of this paradise-found escape. It really is unique! Additionally, the Maldives is known for its lush natural surroundings and wildlife, and many of the properties are eco-friendly with a focus on preserving the environment. So if you’re looking for a romantic and sustainable getaway, the Maldives is the perfect choice for your honeymoon.
To plan your own romantic island getaway to the Maldives, see our accommodation guide.