The divine Maldives is the perfect paradise for your honeymoon. These luxury hotels are geared towards couples, newlyweds, and honeymooners who are seduced by candles, rose petals, romantic bed decorations, snorkeling, diving, Michelin-starred restaurants, star-filled skies, and stunning overwater villas.
The Maldives nation in the Indian Ocean comprises 26 ring-shaped atolls with more than 1,000 stunning coral islands. Known for its powder-fine sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, and amazing reefs with warm waters, its resorts offer unrivaled luxury, whether you are on a honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary, or want a couples escape.
Everyone should visit the Maldives at least once in their lives. Their isolated nature separates you from the rest of the world and clears your mind. Feel the hot white sand slip between your toes and float your way to happiness in an azure blue sea. It seems like a dream, and yet it is real. Just go! I guarantee you will fall in love with these heavenly islands.
There’s little reason to wonder why the Maldives is one of the most popular destinations for honeymooners and couples. Your only problem, then is knowing which of the top Maldives luxury resorts to pick. Read on for our 10 best romantic honeymoon resorts in the Maldives.
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1. Soneva Fushi Resort, Maldives
Soneva Fushi Resort, is also located in the stunning Baa Atoll island archipelago, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. 61 Eco-chic villas are hidden among dense tropical foliage and are the stuff of romantic Robinson Crusoe fantasies. In fact, many are built to resemble tree houses. All open to their own private stretch of sugar-white sands, and most boast their own private seawater swimming pools. Service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers who know what you want before you do!
Soneva Fushi is the sister resort to the ultra-luxury Soneva Jani, and we have compared Soneva Fushi vs. Soneva Jani in detail. Doneva Fushi is located in the Baa Atoll, Kunfunadhoo Island is one of the Maldives’ largest islands. The resort can be reached by a scenic 30-minute seaplane flight direct from Malé International Airport or a 12-minute speedboat ride for guests scheduled on domestic flights at the nearby Dharavandhoo Airport. Soneva Fushi has a private airport lounge exclusively for guests.
Activities include a Six Senses spa, a private beach with watersports facilities, bikes to borrow, an observatory, open-air cinema, a floodlit tennis court, badminton, snooker table, group yoga, and tai chi classes, jogging trail, board games, ice-cream parlor, library, a stash of CDs and DVDs, free Wi-Fi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, preloaded iPod and dock, binoculars, air-conditioning, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities. The resort can also organize scuba diving, motorized watersports, and local boat trips. Soneva Fushi has nine restaurants, but honeymooners should have a romantic supper on Soneva Fushi’s private sandbank in the middle of the ocean.
If powder-white sands, crystal clear waters, and understated luxury are what you are looking for, the original desert island honeymoon hideaway of Soneva Fushi will make your dreams come true.
2. Soneva Jani
Soneva Jani is located on the island of Medhufaru in the northern Atoll of Noonu, 40-minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport and 1 hour by speedboat from Soneva Fushi. Soneva Jani is an ultra-romantic resort that features 24 overwater villas and 1 island villa.
Inspired by a word that means ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani encompasses a collection of Water Villas, and Island Sanctuaries set within a lagoon of crystal clear waters, fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed in lush tropical greenery.
The resort offers barefoot luxury with 4 kilometers of unspoiled beach but with a modern eco-tourism angle; so, for example, the silent cinema allows you to listen to the movie on Bluetooth earphones so as not to disturb the local wildlife. There are 24 spacious over-water villas, each with its own private pool; some villas even feature a huge water slide into the Indian Ocean! There’s also a private island villa for an extra-exclusive stay, just perfect for honeymooners. The bedrooms have retractable roofs made from sustainable materials so that you can sleep under the stars in perfect comfort.
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3. Four Seasons Resorts Maldives
Four Seasons has the most comprehensive resort experiences in the Maldives with two distinctive Resorts, an exclusive-use private island, and a luxury live-aboard catamaran offering leisurely cruising between our resorts so you can discover more of the Maldives. All offer the ultimate in Four Seasons service and a completely romantic and unique Four Seasons honeymoon.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is a 30-minute seaplane transfer from the main airport and offers a natural 44-acre wilderness in the secluded Baa Atoll. Snorkel with turtles, dolphins, and lemon sharks in the two-kilometer lagoon. Immerse in the healing heart of the Spa and Ayurvedic Retreat, complemented by ayurvedic options in all four restaurants. Join pioneering marine research projects or hideaway in beach villas, or choose to stay over the water or hidden down dense jungle paths.
They say: “Imagine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters punctuated with pops of green jungle stretching out as far as you can see – and that’s just the beginning. On Landaa Giraavaru, you can dive deep into the Indian Ocean to visit manta rays in their natural habitat, reset body and mind at our island Spa & Ayurvedic Retreat, lead your taste buds on an international journey from Morocco to Italy and back again, sip sundowners at our floating Seabar to the mingling sounds of ambient music and the rustling waves, or relax in your villa and do absolutely nothing at all.”
Kuda Huraa Resort is a colorful garden ‘village’ bathed by crystal waters just 25 minutes from the airport by speedboat. Engage in exhilarating activities from surfing to shark safaris, dolphin-watching to diving. Retreat to beach accommodations surrounded by tropical blooms or water bungalows with mesmerizing ocean views.
They say: Gently rising from a sheet of turquoise, at Kuda Huraa, it’s hard to tell where the ocean ends and the sky begins. As captivating beneath the waves as above them, we embrace our stunning surroundings to bring you closer to the sea and its secrets.
Four Seasons Private Island Maldives At Voavah is your third honeymoon option in the Maldives from this exclusive hotel brand. It offers the exclusive-use paradise hideaway of Four Seasons, Private Island Maldives At Voavah is rented out as entirely yours. Yes, you get your own island with this option. There are seven bedrooms, so that you could try one for each night of your honeymoon! Plus, you have your own dive school, a Beach House, and a private spa.
Located in Baa Atoll, the Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the fun here revolves around your impressive marine neighbors; dive with whale sharks, snorkel with manta rays, swim with neighborhood turtles, and fish for your dinner. You can also visit local islands and cruise into breathtaking Baa Atoll sunsets on your 62 foot (18.9 meters) private yacht. You can honeymoon here, or you can bring 21 of your closest friends and family with you, so not the most traditional honeymoon, but could work well if you’re in a sociable mood post-wedding!
4. Gili Lankanfushi
Whether you’re after a relaxing family break or a romantic getaway for two, the white sands, palm trees, and endless sparkling ocean should hit the spot, and while there are dozens of luxury resorts to choose from, picking Gili Lankanfushi should be a fairly safe bet. Awarded the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award of Best Hotel in the World for 2015, this stunning island resort is just a short boat ride from Male Airport. It boasts everything you could ever wish for on a paradise holiday, including picture-perfect beaches, fabulous accommodation, amazing restaurants, a spa, and activities to suit every taste.
With its philosophy of “no news, no shoes”, it’s clear that Gili Lankanfushi prides itself on being a place where you can leave all day to daycares behind and relax in total comfort for the duration of your stay. Your personal butler (or “Mr. Friday”) will be there to help you make the most of every minute of your holiday, including organizing excursions or activities or even babysitting if you fancy a night off from the kids. With a strong environmental commitment, the place is kept spotlessly clean, while the buildings’ natural wood finishes complement the backdrop of sand and sea to perfection.
Choose from luxurious water villas, spacious residences with their own mini wine cellars, or impressive complexes that can house all the family or even have their own private gym. All villas have king-size beds (or sometimes two single beds), semi-open-air private bathrooms with separate glass-walled shower area, and satellite TV, DVD, Hi-Fi, and free Wi-Fi. Water villas enjoy their own overwater sundecks with sun loungers as well as a large open-air living and dining area with daybeds and a rooftop terrace with a daybed and dining area. Larger residences include air-conditioned living rooms, private overwater hammocks, a private couple’s spa including a sauna and steam room, and even a private cinema. All villas are guaranteed spectacular sea views, impeccable service from both housekeeping and your personal Mr. Friday, and luxurious finishes throughout. Villa Tips – Take a look at the island map to pick your ideal location. Jetty 3 is generally considered one of the most peaceful areas, though the whole island is quiet and boasts the best sunset views. Jetty 1 is a great choice if you like the idea of snorkeling right by your villa.
There’s a lot of choice at Gili Lankanfushi, not to mention some truly exceptional culinary experiences when it comes to dining. Every meal here is something special, from the vast and varied breakfast buffet to the sustainably sourced and traditionally fished seafood. Dine on the beach surrounded by lanterns or in the garden where much of the produce is grown, with the fragrance of herbs all around you. Japanese restaurant By The Sea is an amazing private dining experience where you can sample a tasting menu accompanied by world-class sake. Or, for something totally unexpected, try the underground wine cellar for a memorable and atmospheric wine and cheese or wine and chocolate tasting.
The stunning pool with its luxurious loungers almost melts into the ocean, and it’s there that you’ll find a lot of the best activities to partake in at this resort. With the clear waters and abundance of coral, colorful fish, little sharks, and rays, even just wading in the shallows is an adventure. For those who want to explore the sea life further, snorkeling and diving are very popular. There are multilingual PADI-certified instructors to guide you, no matter what your level of ability. You can also enjoy windsurfing or boat trips to view dolphins in their natural habitat, or, if you prefer to stay on dry land, try a yoga class or treatment at the Meera Spa. From massages and facials to saunas and steam rooms, there’s a pamper session to suit everyone.
5. St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is one of the few resorts in the Maldives which is perfect for your Honeymoon and where you can earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy loyalty points. Being the ultimate luxury and romantic retreat, this honeymoon hotel does not come cheap! Even on points, this category 8 property will cost you, on average, 80,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night and, in peak season, 100,000 points per night.
This iconic St Regis is just a 40-minute seaplane ride southwest of Malé airport, located on a private atoll spanning more than 20 acres, surrounded by unspoiled beaches and a secluded lagoon with sparkling turquoise waters.
The resort features 33 on-land and 44 over-water villas, all romantic, intimate, and inspired by the island’s natural materials and color palette. The overwater villas have been made in the shape of manta rays and have a large private outdoor terrace with a plunge pool daybed, sun loungers, and overwater hammocks, all sitting above their private lagoon. An Iridium Spa and outdoor infinity pool promise nonpareil relaxation. Their signature service, the butlers, can arrange a large variety of water sports and excursions at their diving center. Exquisite culinary fare also awaits at six restaurants and bars.
Combining contemporary design and local craftsmanship with a profound appreciation for the ecological environment, there is no other honeymoon destination quite like this exquisite beach resort on Vommuli Island.
6. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Situated on an island that looks almost perfectly round from above, the Park Hyatt Maldives is a barefoot luxury resort located at the heart of one of the largest and deepest natural atolls in the world. It is also a great place to earn and redeem World Of Hyatt loyalty points. It costs 30,000 World Of Hyatt loyalty points per night, but we think this is a great deal when you consider the level of luxury you are getting in this resort.
This private and secluded island resort is utterly romantic and perfect for a honeymoon experience. Hadahaa is untouched and authentic, and its unique location, away from the teeming atolls of the north, blesses its guests with a pure Maldivian experience. The careful and seamless integration of environment, culture, and modern design provides the perfect place to rest, relax, and recharge.
Featuring a total of 50 land and water villas, the minimalist-style villas are designed with the utmost comfort in mind. Whether nestled within the island’s tropical foliage or elevated above the water, guests are only steps away from the cool ocean waters and idyllic beach. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa now offers luxurious villa options, with the introduction of the Deluxe Park Pool Villas and 2-Bedroom Park Pool Villas. Both include a 55 sqm pool and an outdoor bale, and the refreshed Park Sunset Ocean Pool Villas, perfect for intimate evenings.
Guests are spoiled for choice at the all-day venue, The Dining Room, where long, luxurious breakfasts, healthy lunches, and hearty dinners are served in a light and airy atmosphere. Romantic beachside eatery The Island Grill opens in the evening for candlelit, barefoot dinners and offers international and regionally-inspired dishes in a breathtakingly beautiful yet casual setting. In addition to modern and innovative à la carte dishes, the culinary team prepares sumptuous themed evening buffets throughout the week, ranging from international flavors to traditional Maldivian cuisine, enriching the private island experience. Meanwhile, the contemporary poolside bar and the unique Dhoni are great places to sit back, unwind, and enjoy a refreshing drink.
A range of aqua-centric activities allows guests to make the most of the natural surroundings. The experienced team at Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa’s 5-star PADI Dive and Activity Centre, Blue Journeys, can create tailored experiences to suit any swimming ability. The resort is home to the healthiest house reef in the Maldives and is a pure paradise for snorkeling and diving, with seemingly limitless varieties of marine life and exquisite coral formations. Local island visits, dolphin spotting, sunset cruises, and the one-of-a-kind Cross the Equator trip make for everlasting memories.
The Vidhun Spa, inspired by the Maldives’ traditions and native remedies, offers individual and couples treatments and features five private villas, an 80-foot tranquillity pool, and Jacuzzi. Guests can experience the power and history of Maldivian holistic wellness with the healing techniques of Dhivehibey, the islands’ indigenous curative heritage. To ensure that good health truly shines both inside and out, private or shared yoga sessions with the resort instructor complete the spa’s wellness techniques.
7. One&Only Reethi Rah
This achingly chic, ultra-luxurious 6-star resort is favored by royals and A-list Hollywood celebrities for their Honeymoons, so it must be romantic enough for yours! One&Only Reethi Rah resort is spectacularly designed in an octopus shape with an extraordinary 6 km of coastline. It’s located on one of the larger islands in North Male Atoll. as a result, villas are wonderfully spacious, and all guests can enjoy beautiful ocean views and access to endless white sand coves and turquoise bays. This romantic resort is a convenient 35km from the airport at Male’. A 45-minute luxury launch ride directly to and from the terminal allows guests to stay as late as possible on the island before leaving for their flight.
The 128 villas are some of the largest resort villas globally, with a minimum area of 135m2, high airy ceilings, and generous exterior space, ranging from private verandas and stretches of beach to private swimming pools with large decks. All villas feature air-conditioning, wide-screen plasma TVs, DVD players, surround sound systems, fully stocked beverage cabinets, sunbeds, safes, double bathrooms, and dressing areas, large soaking tubs with oversize bathroom areas. Extensive in-villa dining is available. The keynote for dining at One&Only is island chic. Whether eating in casual wear beside the beach or more formally in the main restaurant, guests enjoy a level of service that is unsurpassed in tropical island resorts. Food is innovative and of the finest ingredients, prepared in an inspiring variety of ways, and staff are always receptive to the personal requirements of each and every guest.
The six restaurants offer exquisite culinary adventures with exotic flavors and unique experiences. Reethi Restaurant is the elegant and spacious main dining room, serving a fusion of Far Eastern, Mediterranean, and international cuisine with a spectacular wine cellar. Tapasake serves tapas-style Japanese cuisine and sushi in an over-water setting. Fanditha is an exotic restaurant and bar serving Middle Eastern cuisine in a chic beach setting, with live DJ entertainment and full moon parties. Rah Bar offers a vast selection of cocktails and regular live entertainment. 24-hour in-villa dining.
Set apart from the rest of the resort, the spa is set within tranquil gardens and manicured lawns. With well-being in mind, skilled ESPA therapists offer holistic treatments, including Thai Massage and European Aromatherapy. The emphasis throughout is on the Ayurvedic methods of the Indian subcontinent. One&Only offers a host of activities on and offshore, including tennis, beach football and volleyball, table tennis, and indoor games. Guests can choose from numerous excursions: deep-sea fishing, sunset dhoni fishing, deluxe desert island picnics, and sandbank experiences. Live music is an integral part of the evening’s entertainment.
I guess the biggest and best selling point of this luxury resort, beyond its convenience to get to, is the crucial fact that if you are a honeymooning rockstar, all villas have direct access to the lagoon and an unprecedented degree of privacy, so you will never be spotted. Even if you are not a rockstar, all honeymoon couples seek privacy for this important, romantic holiday, so if this is your dealbreaker, you know which Maldives resort will suit you best.
8. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
If your hotel loyalty lies with the Hilton Honours scheme, look no further for your ultimate honeymoon Maldives resort than the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, ideal for earning and redeeming Hilton Honours.
This tropical resort is ideal for a couple and is spread over two islands connected by a bridge. Located on Rangali Island, you are just a 30-minute seaplane ride from the Maldives’ bustling airport, Male.
Enjoy long stretches of empty sandy beaches and, large coral reefs full of glittering fish, sleek villas with cutesy thatched roofs. Expect the best facilities, a gym, two spas, tennis courts, and a dive center that loans guests free snorkeling gear. For couples and honeymooners, the Conrad offers ‘The Sandbar Picnic’, a day trip on a yacht where you are left on a deserted island to enjoy a romantic meal on the beach.
You find the beach villas on the main island, which feature private courtyards, whirlpool tubs, and sunken baths. Water villas are the best choice for honeymooners as they are more private and are set on stilts, with romantic candles in the bathrooms and steps leading straight into the warm ocean.
The resort has 12 restaurants and bars, including the Ithaa Undersea restaurant, where you eat underwater, watching the fish. The best food can be found at Ufaa, where award-winning Chinese chef Jereme Leung offers high-end Chinese food on the sand.
9. Milaidhoo Island Maldives
Milaidhoo is a luxury resort in Baa Atoll, 30 minutes sea-plane transfer from Male in the Maldives. The island itself is tiny, fringed by a white sandy beach, and with the house reef accessible from your villa. Nestled within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives, you’ll find 30 over-water villas and 20 additional villas among the tropical greenery along the beach. Each villa comes complete with a private freshwater swimming pool and your own personal concierge.
Milaidhoo is an ultra 5-Star resort but is relaxed rather than stuffy. It is the perfect place for honeymooners or a special getaway – note that no young children are allowed on the island, so it might not be the best resort for a family holiday.
Consisting of only 50 villas, the entry-level accommodation consists of 29 spacious over-water pool villas, offering 245 square meters of relaxing space. Each private pool is 42 sq.m. and offers a breathtaking view of the ocean. The 18 beach pool villas are even more commodious, but for those requiring ultimate luxury, there are three residences: two on the beach, the other over-water. All rooms have all the niceties you would expect from a luxury resort – premium coffee machine, discreetly hidden television, walk-in wardrobe, rain shower, bath with a view, and Aqua di Parma toiletries.
From Ocean restaurant to the Shoreline Grill with its live cooking stations to Ba’theli fine dining venue, the range of food on offer is superb. It includes all the authentic local flavors as well as regional and international cuisine. For the one-off memorable night out, though, you can dine alone on a sand bank, serviced by staff who whisk you there in a powerboat. That is, as long as the tide is low. At high tide, your private island is submerged! That’s one way to guarantee exclusivity.
Idyllic beaches, world-famous diving and snorkeling, fishing trips, and cultural excursions are just some of the memory-making activities Milaidhoo will offer. This is a place to take it easy and take a dip with your dolphin, whale shark, and manta ray neighbors within this protected marine area. Pack your bags, paradise has been found.
10. Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives
Cheval Blanc Randheli’s signature Art de Recevoir welcomes guests with a certain elegance. A seaplane with designer interiors carries you to this paradise north of Malé, where 46 villas take palm-roofed cabana living to a new level.
The ultraluxe Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy resort calls the Noonu Atoll its home, which includes a handful of unspoiled green islands (some of them man-made) protected from the ocean by a large coral reef. Villas face the horizon for the utmost privacy; admire the views by your infinity pool while your butler sees to your every wish and an Alchemist customizes experiences for your stay. Guerlain-designed treatments are found on the Cheval Blanc Spa island, while fine dining at Le 1947 rivals international gastronomic restaurants. Cheval Blanc Randheli was visited by the royals, Kate and William, during their Maldivian getaway a few years ago. For the most romantic stay, the Owner’s Villa is an ultra-exclusive retreat.
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