Where To Stay In The Maldives
Hurawalhi Island Resort
While there are millions of words to describe Hurawalhi, the resort says it best — Hurawalhi Island Resort is much like your relationship: it is a perfect match of serenity and excitement, comfort and adventure.
Hurawalhi is an adults-only resort that is located on an eponymously-named private island and specializes in lavish comfort, mesmerizing views, and unbelievable amenities.
Guests who want to appreciate the idyllic landscapes of the Maldives can opt to go on a snorkeling or scuba diving tour with an in-house instructor, or let their wanderlust guide the way on a luxury sailing trip across the Lhaviyani Atoll.
Be prepared to be wowed by the property’s 5.8 Restaurant, which is located 5.8 meters below the ocean and is a must-have dining experience in the Maldives. Your senses will be spellbound as hundreds of sea creatures swim ‘above’ your table while you dine on some of the finest gastronomical delights.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
Set on a private island and coyly hidden behind a grove of palm trees, the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa is the epitome of a romantic retreat.
Couples can choose from a selection of bright and spacious bungalows, including the Beach Pavilion, a Sunrise or Sunset Water Villa, or a Beach Bungalow. For something a little extra, the Four Seasons also has five specialty suites: a 2- or 3-bedroom Sunset Water Suite, a 2- or 3-bedroom Sunrise Suite, or the Royal Beach Villa.
Bask in post-wedding bliss with the Four Seasons’ exclusive packages, which feature a bottle of champagne upon arrival, a dreamy candlelit dinner, and euphoric treatments at the resort’s spa — which, by the way, is set on its own private island.
Couples will have no problem when it comes to choosing activities, as the resort is big on fun. Learn more about the local wildlife with an expert at the Marine Discovery Center, swim under the stars at the Serenity Pool, or go on an incredible dolphin cruise.
Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
The Maldives is synonymous with overwater bungalows and world-class service, but Kudadoo takes it one step further. The resort is focused on holistic wellness and sustainability, and it shows: it’s the only fully solar-powered island in the Maldives and has some of the most innovative spa treatments in the entire country!
In fact, Kudadoo features blissful treatments from around the world, such as the detoxifying Himalayan salt room (Lonu Cave), a Hara bodywork treatment from Japan, and a ‘sound shower’ that uses Tibetan singing bowls. Planning a wedding is hard work, so why not let that stress melt away on your honeymoon?
That’s not all: Kudadoo continues its indulgent atmosphere with a cheese & wine cellar, where couples can create the perfect pairing from more than 30 varieties of cheese and 150+ premium wines.
Six Senses Laamu
Set on a coral atoll in a remote part of the Maldives, Six Senses Laamu is a scenic island hideaway that makes for the perfect backdrop to any honeymoon.
Six Senses Laamu expertly combines both on-land and overwater villas crafted from local materials and inspired by the Maldivian culture. Couples are sure to love the Sunset Laamu Water Villa with Pool, which is situated towards the end of the jetty and offers a stunning panoramic view of the sunset.
Guests at the Six Senses Laamu will be spoiled for choice, as the resort has more than 27 activities and experiences to pick from. Couples who are into nature will love the turtle hatchings (from May to August), Maldivian fishing trips, and guided snorkels, while those seeking a relaxing vacation can take advantage of the resort’s Cinema Under the Stars or sunset dolphin cruise.
The Soneva Jani is known as one of the most unique resorts in the Maldives — and maybe even the world! In fact, you may have already seen photos of the resort on social media, with its Instagram-worthy overwater cinema, gigantic overwater villas with a built-in slide, and the one-of-a-kind ice cream room (aptly named So Cold).
The Soneva Jani is spread across two jetties (whimsically named Chapter One and Chapter Two) and features 51 overwater villas with a private pool, retractable roofs, and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.
One stellar feature of the resort is its access to the five pristine islands nearby, which are blanketed with lush jungles, pristine beaches, and an intricate maze sheared out of local shrubs (perfect for those morning meditation walks!).
The combination of sustainability and glamor makes the Soneva Jani a world-class resort in the Maldives, while the unique amenities are sure to make for a memorable honeymoon.
Things to do in the Maldives
Visit a Local Island or Two
While the Maldives may have more than a thousand islands within its borders, only 200 islands are actually inhabited — and make for a fantastic day trip or overnight stay!
Maafushi is a popular choice among travelers, as it’s only 45 minutes from the capital and was the birthplace of local tourism in the Maldives. There are dozens of guesthouses, local cafes, and a private beach for visitors.
Rasdhoo is perfect for honeymooning couples who are adventurous, as the island is a premier spot for diving and romantic sandbank excursions.
Lastly, Maalhos is the ultimate getaway for couples: the island is home to only 500 locals yet offers snorkeling, fishing, and even a yoga retreat among the white sandy beach and swaying palm trees. Due to its remoteness, Maalhos is perfect for couples who prefer privacy and seclusion.
Go Scuba Diving
If you’ve dreamed of going under the sea and swimming among hundreds of marine creatures, then you’re in luck: the Maldives are one of the best scuba diving destinations on the planet!
There are dozens of dive centers around the country, including certified in-house guides at many resorts and villas.
Typical sights include sea turtles, stingrays, whale sharks, and schools of fish, but there’s one superstar that really shines: the coral reefs! The Maldives has around 2,500 coral reefs surrounding its islands (one of the largest in the world!), and, thanks to recent efforts in conservation, these colorful ecosystems are making a big comeback.
Who said only scuba divers could have all the fun underwater? In the Maldives, life under the sea has a whole new meaning!
After a long flight, be prepared to be pampered at Huvafen Fushi, which is the first (and only!) underwater spa in the world. As you settle into your couples massage, the panoramic windows soothe the senses, while lulling sounds of the waves are sure to ease you into utter relaxation.
A few atolls north, Conrad Maldives is making waves for its innovative new offer: the Muraka, a luxury two-level residence that’s submerged below sea level. The jaw-dropping residence boasts an underwater bedroom with a 180-degree dome and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Last but not least, Conrad is also home to the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, which, as the name states, is a restaurant completely underwater! Foodies will have the experience of a lifetime as they dine 16 feet below the surface, surrounded by coral ‘gardens’ and a menu that’s as unique as this restaurant.
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