Ultimate Maldives Honeymoon Guide

The best paradise beach honeymoon destination. We've got everything you need to know in our Ultimate Maldives Honeymoon Guide!
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The quintessential paradise and one of our hall of fame honeymoon destinations, the Maldives, is one of the most beautiful, romantic and luxurious places in the world – to be honest, we’re obsessed! Crystal clear waters of a warm lagoon gently lapping against the powdery white sand. All your honeymoon dreams realized. 

If you’re planning a honeymoon in the Maldives, you might be wondering, how do you get there? When is the best time to go to the Maldives? How do you get around? What are the best honeymoon hotels in the Maldives? What can you do in the Maldives? Should we go all inclusive in the Maldives? Let us help you plan the perfect trip to one of the best honeymoon destinations with our Ultimate Maldives Honeymoon Guide!

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Good to know

Time Zone: GMT +5

Language: Dhivehi

Capital: Malé

Population: 550,000

Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa MVR

A few phrases in Dhivehi:

Hi: Assalaamu alaikum

Please: Adhes kohfa

Thank you: Shukuriyaa

Goodbye: Dhanee

Visa Required: Most nationalities do not need to obtain a visa prior to arrival for the Maldives. You may need 6 months of validity on your passport and proof that you are leaving the country. iVisa.com can help if you need a visa.

Health: The Maldives is a malaria-free country, but some vaccinations are recommended. We encourage you to visit the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date travel vaccination recommendations. Speak to a Tropical Medicine Specialist before you travel.

About

Where the Arabian Sea meets the northwest Indian Ocean, southwest of India and Sri Lanka, the Maldives is a breathtaking island nation made up of 26 atolls (groups of tiny coral islands). Spread over 90,000 square feet, it’s flat, sitting below sea level with no mountains or rivers. 

Tourism only began in 1972 when Kurumba Island opened. Each resort sits on its own island (the concept is one island: one resort). 90% of couples will fly into the tiny capital Malé’s and head straight to their resort.

Outside of the 150+ luxury resorts; the Maldives is a conservative Islamic country. For example, alcohol sales are banned in public spaces. If you are visiting the capital or local islands, it’s worth keeping in mind that customs may be different to those at home. Throughout the centuries, Tamil peoples from India and Sri Lanka, along with traders from Arabia and Asia, settled in these paradise islands. Only around 20% of the islands are inhabited. Approximately 40% of the population live in Malé.

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When to go

The Maldives is a tropical destination. As such, it doesn’t have four seasons or experience winter. Instead, it experiences monsoon or simply put, ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ seasons. Temperatures vary between  25 °C / 75 °F to 35 °C / 85 °F. The best time to visit the Maldives for a honeymoon is from December to March. This is the time of year with the least rainfall.

The rainy season, from May to October, sees many days of sunshine but you might experience some showers and maybe even some overcast/thundery days. May, September & October experience the most rainfall. However, prices drop and room rates can be half the price of high season. You’ll find offers with free room and meal plan upgrades at this time of year. The Maldives rarely experience extreme weather events because of the barrier reef protection, but tropical storms can occur. With the climate catastrophe, weather patterns are unpredictable. You can find out more about the climate at the Maldives Meteorological Service website.

How to get there

You can fly to Velana International Airport at the capital Malé (Airport code: MLE) via the Middle East, including the UAE‘s Dubai (code: DXB with Emirates & Fly Dubai – 4 hours) and Abu Dhabi (code AUH with Etihad & Wizz Air – 4 hours), Turkey’s Istanbul (code: IST with Turkish Airlines – 8 hours) and Qatar’s Doha (code DOH with Qatar Airways – 5 hours).

You can also fly from London (code: LHR with British Airways – 10 hours) and from Paris (code: CDG with Air France – 10 hours) There are flights from Bangkok in Thailand (code: BKK with Bangkok Airways – 4 hours), Singapore (code: SIN with Singapore Airlines – 4 hours) and from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia code: KUL with Air Asia – 4.5 hours). There are also flights from multiple Indian cities, including Mumbai (BOM), Delhi (DEL) & Bangalore (BRL) (under 4 hours) and Colombo (CMB) in Sri Lanka (1.5 hours) .

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Arriving in the Maldives

As most visitors stay on a private island resort, you won’t need car hire or public transport to get around. When you book your Maldives honeymoon resort, your travel agent or resort will arrange your transfers. On arrival at Malé, the resorts will have a desk and/or representative to meet you. They will escort you to your speedboat or seaplane transfer waiting area/lounge. For some of the more remote atolls, you can also take a domestic flight and you will then take a speedboat to your resort.

Depending on the location of your resort, they may offer you a choice between a speedboat and seaplane or domestic flight/speedboat and seaplane. The seaplane is always the more expensive option. Landing on the lagoon at your resort is a unique and fun way to arrive at your hotel, so if it’s available (and affordable), we highly recommend it! Speedboats take 15-60 minutes and seaplanes are usually around the same.

Seaplanes also have a limit on luggage, so check this with your resort. It may be less than your international flight baggage allowance. Most resorts don’t operate their own seaplanes. There is usually no timetable, so there can be a wait as seaplanes fly back and forth.  Seaplanes only travel during daylight hours. It’s best to arrive in the Maldives by 3 pm. If you arrive after 3-4 pm and your resort is a seaplane transfer, you will need to stay at the airport hotel. Some resorts near the capital will have speedboat transfers that operate at night (although these are weather dependent).

Hulhule Airport Hotel is on the same island as the airport, approx a 10-minute walk away. It’s not the most exciting place in the world, but there is a bar, a restaurant, spa and pool. There are also some lovely resorts very close to the airport like Bandos, Oblu Select Lobigili and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. These take around 15 minutes to reach by speedboat.

Tip: Ask your travel agent or resort to arrange CIP VIP service. You won’t have to queue for immigration or luggage on arrival at Velana International Airport. Instead, you are whisked away to the dedicated VIP lounge while everything is taken care of.

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Choosing a Maldives honeymoon resort 

There are over 150 resorts & counting in the Maldives. We know how overwhelming it can be to decide which resort is best. We think picking a resort should be one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning a trip to the Maldives. There are so many magical islands to choose from.

Assuming you don’t have unlimited finances, your budget will be a big factor in breaking down the different options available to you. Resorts range from affordable 3-star to wow 4-star to hyper-luxury 5-star-plus. Some of the best hotels in the world are in the Maldives. Whatever resort you choose, expect to go barefoot for most of the week on the most beautiful beaches with spacious villas and excellent service. Many resorts include personal butler/concierge service, for example.

Here are some things to think about when choosing your Maldives honeymoon resort:

Adults only

The Maldives have become a more popular family destination in recent years (we’ve got our favourite familymoon destinations here). Most resorts welcome families. If one of your requirements is an adult-only resort, this will limit your choice. We recommend keeping an open mind when searching for your dream Maldives honeymoon resort. Even resorts that welcome families will usually have some areas set aside for adults only. For example, adults-only pools, bars and restaurants. Some resorts like Sun Siyam Olhuveli and Oblu Select Sangeli even have whole islands set aside for adults only! (We’ve included some adults-only resorts later in this blog).

Villa types

Are water villas worth it? What’s the difference between a water villa and a beach villa? More than any honeymoon destination in the world, the room/villa type you choose in the Maldives is important (as you spend time around your villa).

The picture-postcard villa-on-stilts is commonly known as an overwater bungalow, overwater villa, water villa, lagoon villa or ocean villa. Set over the lagoon or ocean with steps down to the water. What every Maldivian honeymoon dream is made of – just like you see on insta or in a travel brochure! All resorts will also have beautiful beach villas. Dazzling white powdery sand and the azure lagoon stretching out in front of you. A private infinity pool or jacuzzi with a view of a perfect sunset will add another level of magic. Beach villas have their pros too. You don’t have the walk, bike or buggy ride to the island like you might with a water villa.

Some resorts will also have two-storey blocks of rooms like elsewhere in the world. For your honeymoon, accept nothing less than a villa for privacy and romance and a true Maldives experience. Some resorts have villa options set within the lush gardens amongst the palm trees are also a pleasant option for those on a tighter budget. The Maldives is generally a quiet place to be, so the main thing to look for is an element of privacy. If you’re finding your budget stretched, consider booking some nights in a garden or beach villa before moving to a water villa. Saving the best for last while also saving some money for other honeymoon treats!

Food and drink in the Maldives

As a remote island nation, the Maldives have to import most food and drink. This makes it an expensive destination to dine. You can’t bring alcohol into the country. This is strict, so no buying duty-free wine or spirits for your room on the way to the Maldives! One big question is whether to book an all-inclusive honeymoon package.

While some resorts are all-inclusive as standard, others offer a variety of packages from bed & breakfast, half board (B&D*) to full board (B,L& D*). Drinks are not included in these packages. Ultra-luxury resorts in the Maldives tend not to be all-inclusive.

*B = Breakfast L= Lunch D = Dinner

Maldives’ all-inclusive packages vary from resort to resort. This can make it confusing. Particularly compared to those in Mexico, for example, where it’s unlimited a la carte restaurants and all top-shelf alcohol. In the Maldives, some resorts may only have a buffet restaurant included in their all-inclusive package. While others may include a couple of speciality restaurants or have an optional supplement which allows you to upgrade to ‘dine around’ in multiple restaurants. Even if you’re on a tighter budget, you’ll find the theme changes in the buffet each night in some resorts so you won’t be bored. If you are foodies, we’d recommend a resort with more than one restaurant included. Most all-inclusive honeymoon packages will have some activities included too. It’s nice to not worry about a hefty bill at the end of your stay! To avoid disappointment, check with your resort if it’s best to book restaurants prior to arrival.

If you decide on a resort or honeymoon package that is not all-inclusive, you will just pay your bill at the end of your stay. Buffet breakfasts are large and varied. In fact, you may end up skipping lunch or having something small. On average, for dinner expect to pay between US$20-40+ for a starter, US$40-80+ for a main course and up to US$20+ for dessert. Speciality dining, including floating breakfasts and romantic sand back dinners, are not also extra. Cocktails start at around US$15, a beer around US$10 and house wine US$10 per glass (prices will be a little lower in 3-star and 4-star resorts).

The food in the Maldives is excellent, with a mixture of Maldivian and international cuisines available. Maldivian food is very similar to South Indian and Sri Lankan cooking. As a fishing nation, the seafood on offer is the best you’ll eat anywhere in the world. You’ll find an array of your favourite international cuisines in many resorts too. Italian, Japanese, Peruvian – you name it.

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Things to do in the Maldives

What is there to do in the Maldives? Is the Maldives boring? One of the biggest misconceptions about the Maldives is that you’ll be short of things to do. We promise you won’t! While activities available will vary from resort to resort and you can have tiny exclusive resorts that welcome as little as 20 guests, you also have big resorts with 400+ rooms with plenty of activities. At a minimum, you will have snorkelling and diving opportunities, non-motorised sports such as kayaking and paddle boarding, boat excursions, including romantic sunset cruises and incredible rejuvenating spas with the best treatments you’ll ever experience. Whether it’s a cinema on the beach, full all-sports pitches or bubble dome glamping tents, you’ll find unique and fun things to do.

What to pack

When the stunning resort, Soneva Fushi, opened in 1995, they started the ‘no news, no shoes’ concept. In the spirit of this, leave the heels at home. You’ll barely have anywhere to wear them! The islands are all sand. Instead, pack plenty of sundresses, shorts, flip flops/thongs, sandals, sunglasses, swimwear, reef-friendly sunscreen, insect repellent, mosquito bite pen, rash guard, aqua / reef shoes and waterproof phone case.

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Maldives FAQs

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How long do we need in the Maldives?

Most couples go to the Maldives for 7 nights and tag on somewhere else – see below. Although if time and budget allow, there is no reason you can’t go for 8, 9, 10, 14 or 21 nights! Some couples will go for less than this, but as the Maldives is so remote and often it’s considered a once in a lifetime trip (hopefully it won’t be though!). We recommend making the most of your journey with a minimum of a week in paradise. If you travel during the rainy season and you have some consecutive days of rain or cloud, the longer you stay, the more likely the sun is going to come back out.

How much does a Maldives honeymoon cost?

Depending on where you are in the world and the time of year, you can fly to the Maldives for as little as US$1200 per person from the USA. From Europe, Great Britain and Australia start from approximately €800/£700/AU$1000 per person. You may choose to fly business class, which can be 3-4 times the cost of an economy ticket. If a business class or first-class ticket is out of your budget, consider upgrading one way so you can arrive in style, rested and refreshed. Peak times like Christmas / New Year and Easter will be more.

As we mentioned above, resort prices vary and what’s included varies. The US$ dollar is legal tender in the Maldives, and the tourist industry uses the US$ as its base currency. This means that if you’re outside the USA, you may need to be mindful of exchange rate changes (see using a travel agent below).

For 4-star resorts with basic all-inclusive and an overwater villa, you’ll pay from around $6000 per couple per week during the dry season (not including flights & transfers). A five-star all inclusive would be around US$8000-15000 per couple for all-inclusive and an overwater villa. For an ultra-luxury resort – expect to pay US$15000-30000+ per couple for bed & breakfast in an overwater villa. Don’t forget you could split the stay in a cheaper accommodation type like a beach villa and book an overwater villa for a few nights at the end. Another thing to consider is going with the best villa and honeymoon package in a four-star rather than the entry-level room in a five star or vice-versa, depending on what’s important to you both!

Speedboat transfers range from $150-400 per person return. However, for a seaplane, they will range from US$500 to US$1000 per person return, depending on the resort.

Prices are a guide only. Flight cost estimates are from major city airports. Prices are valid at the time of writing this guide. However, due to market volatility and change in exchange rates, they may be inaccurate at the time of reading. Please go to Google Flights and Booking.com for cost estimates for your dates.

Should we use a travel agent?

A good travel agent who books the Maldives regularly will usually have a direct relationship with resorts in the country. This means they may have preferential rates, so it’s definitely worth checking things with a travel agent. In Europe, you have a high level of consumer protection (in the UK under ATOL and in the EU under the EU package travel directive). If anything goes wrong you’ve got someone to call.

As we mentioned, outside of the USA, booking with a travel agent will protect your rate if there are currency fluctuations. If you book with a travel agent, you can often pay a small deposit to secure your honeymoon booking, including flights, and you can pay in instalments, easing the initial outlay costs of your honeymoon.

If you choose to book a D-I-Y Maldives honeymoon package, we’d recommend choosing a flexible rate with free cancellation. Additionally, if you use a booking platform like Booking.com, they don’t always include transfers, so you may need to add these on with the resort. When you’re booking flights, if you can’t fly directly, give yourself enough time to connect. We’d recommend at least a 3-hour layover and as we mentioned, arrive by 3 pm to ensure no issues with your transfer to your resort. Don’t forget to have travel insurance in place before booking!

Is the Maldives safe for LGBTQ+ couples?

The traditional Islamic law code of sharia forms the Maldives’ basic code of law, which forbids homosexuality with harsh penalties. However, the luxury resorts are privately owned and operated and strict customs and laws are not imposed on the resorts.

Many same-sex couples still travel there. Knowing these circumstances, it is for each couple to decide if the Maldives is the right honeymoon destination. If you are an LGBTQ+ couple who are considering exploring a Maldives honeymoon, we would recommend considering LGBTQ+-friendly hotel groups like W Maldives or The Standard. Or, if you find a resort you love, send them a message and ask about their LGBTQ+ policies. You’ll most likely find that they can’t wait to welcome you!

Can we go island hopping in the Maldives?

99.9% of couples will stay in one of the many private island resorts for their Maldives honeymoon. For years, this was the only option. However, after decades of private island tourism, in 2009 the Maldivian government allowed guesthouses to open on islands inhabited by Maldivian people. We love Keyodhoo Island’s White Maakanaa Lodge. Additionally, some resorts offer excursions to islands to visit with locals and learn about their way of life. Again, remember that the Maldives is a conservative country. When choosing a more local experience, whether it’s an excursion from your luxury resort or a local guesthouse stay, we recommend respecting the local customs. Modest dressing is expected and alcohol is not available.

While you could, in theory, choose two resorts and split your time, this is unusual. If you want to stay at more than one resort, choosing two that are close to each other and just a speedboat ride away is best. Otherwise, you have to go back to Malé and transfers can add an unnecessary expense.

G Adventures has a unique traditional Dhoni adventure tour that visits uninhabited islands that we love for more intrepid couples. ScubaSpa also has incredible itineraries with a scuba diving and spa focus. Stay on one of their cool yachts for an island hopping cruise around the Maldives!

Should we bring cash / Should we tip?

You don’t need to bring lots of cash to the Maldives and you can obtain local currency at the airport. If you do bring cash, US$ dollars in small bills is best. You usually settle your bill by card at the end of your stay, so you don’t need to carry cash around the resort. A service charge of approx 10% is added to anything not already included (plus a tax of 12.5%). Tipping is not compulsory or expected, but it is appreciated. If you’d like to tip, cash handed to resort employees at the end of your stay in an envelope is best. 

Where to tag on

With its endless coastline, delicious food, incredible wildlife (leopard, elephants & whales) and tea plantations, Sri Lanka is the most popular add-on to a trip to the Maldives. In fact, Maldives & Sri Lanka is a quintessential adventure, culture and beach honeymoon. With multiple daily direct flights from Colombo, it’s one of the easiest honeymoon combinations.

How about fascinating India? The Golden Triangle and laid-back Kerala are just two of the areas you can visit in this electrifying country.

As many flights to the Maldives originate in the Middle East, Dubai & Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Istanbul in Turkey are very popular stops. Any of these are ideal for a city and beach honeymoon combination. You could also stop in Doha in Qatar.

The land of smiles, Thailand is just one of the many countries of South East Asia that can be combined with the Maldives for an ultimate Asia adventure. Check out our Ultimate Thailand Honeymoon Guide here. As we mentioned above, you can fly directly to the Maldives from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore which means you can combine the Maldives with most Southeast Asia countries as long as you don’t mind a connecting flight or city stop in one of these hubs. Think Bali and Maldives or Vietnam and Maldives – two dream honeymoon combinations.

There are no direct flights from the major African cities to the Maldives so if you want to combine with Tanzania, Kenya or South Africa, for example, then you will have to transit through the Middle East which is do-able but will add on a bigger flight cost than any of the destinations mentioned above.

Thinking about other Indian Ocean destinations? We’ve got the lowdown on the differences between Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius here. Plus, we’ve got the Ultimate Seychelles Honeymoon Guide and the Ultimate Mauritius Honeymoon Guide if you want to dive deeper into these beautiful destinations!

The best honeymoon resorts in the Maldives

Whether you are on a tighter budget or the sky is the limit, whether you want lots of activities, adults only or unique itineraries, let’s inspire you with the best honeymoon resorts in the Maldives

Listed in no particular order with handy links to Booking.com so you can check prices.

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The best ultra-luxury Maldives resorts

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Huvafen Fushi

Best of the best. Sophisticated adults-only haven with underwater spa and delicious dining.

Arrive by: Speedboat
Stay: Lagoon Bungalow with Pool.

Soneva Jani

Don’t make us pick a favourite…famous for villa water slides. Check out Soneva Fushi too.

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: 1 bedroom Water Retreat with Slide.

The Nautilus

Tiny Bohemian private island hideaway – we’re in love

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Ocean House with Private Pool

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

The classic lux Maldives Resort with famed undersea restaurant

Arrive: by Seaplane
Stay: Sunset Water Villa with Pool

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Futuristic luxury paradise retreat. We love the overwater villas

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Overwater Villa with Pool

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Faris Island

Extraordinary 3-island paradise with unique villas

Arrive by: Speedboat or Seaplane
Stay: Lagoon Pool Villa

One&Only Reethi Rah

Chic & glamorous from one of the most luxurious hotel groups – a classic

Arrive by: Seaplane or Luxury Yacht
Stay: Grand Water Villa with Pool

Ozen Reserve Bolifushi

Elegant and alluring resort with indulgent all-inclusive

Arrive by: Luxury catamaran
Stay: Ocean Pool Suite with Slide

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

Eco-lux with ”everything under the moon” included. Yes, everything!

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay:One Bedroom Residence

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Stunning resort with unforgettable villas 

Arrive by: Yacht
Stay: Grand Overwater Villa with Pool

Six Senses Laamu

Heavenly sustainable star from our favourite hotel group – book the cinema under the stars

Arrive by: Local flight + speedboat
Stay: Laamu Water Villa with Pool

Joali Maldives

Unique unparalleled luxury with an emphasis on art and wellness. Two islands – Joali Being is adults only.

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Sunset Luxury Water Villa with Pool

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

Modern sanctuary – one of our new favourites

Arrive by: Speedboat
Stay: One Bedroom Sunset Water Pool Villa 

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort

Tiny, remote, elegant, perfect – a Maldivian dream from Raffles

Arrive by: Local flight + speedboat
Stay: Sunset Water Villa with Pool

Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

One of the most beautiful island resorts in the Maldives – Four Seasons excellence

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Sunset Water Villa with Pool

The best luxury Maldives resorts

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LUX* South Ari Atoll

Lux by name, Lux by nature. We’re obsessed with this extremely instagrammable resort

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Romantic Pool Water Villa

Kuramathi Maldives

One of the most popular Maldives resorts for honeymoons. Book the select all-inclusive

Arrive by: Seaplane or Seaplane
Stay: Thundi Water Villa

Vary by Atmosphere

Stunning setting with an innovative all-inclusive concept – check their sister hotel Atmosphere Kanifushi too

Arrive by: Speedboat
Stay: Water Villa with Pool

Kandohlu

Intimate exclusive getaway for those who want to get away from the crowds

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Ocean Pool Villa

Kandima Maldives

Playful and fun resort with everything from pool parties to art initiatives

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Sunset Aqua Pool Suite

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

Classic adults-only from one of our favourite five-star hotel groups

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Deluxe Over Water Pool Villa

The Standard Maldives

Laid-back & stylish- everything you’d expect from the coolest hotel group

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Lagoon Overwater Pool Villa

Komandoo Island Resort & Spa

Tiny adults-only island with some of the best underwater life

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Ocean Jacuzzi Water Villa

Como Maalifushi

Calming luxury paradise island. The only resort in a remote atoll.

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Water Villa

Niyama Private Islands Resort

Insanely beautiful twin island resort with some of the most wow villas in the Maldives

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Deluxe Water Pool Villa

Amilla Maldives Resort

Jam-packed resort with plenty of romance, one of our favourites

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Treetop Pool Villa or Reef Water Pool Villa

W Maldives

Fun, heavenly heart-shaped island where every room can see the sea

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Fabulous Overwater One Bedroom Villa Ocean View Private Pool

Oblu Select Sangeli

Delightful, modern, all-inclusive paradise with an adults-only island

Arrive by: Speedboat
Stay: Honeymoon Select Ocean Villa

Emerald Faarufushi Resort 

Back to nature with this new five-star all-inclusive, sister resort of the highly rated Emerald Maldives 

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Superior Water Villa with Pool

Heritance Aarah

Luxurious five-star all-inclusive with lots of watersports

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Ocean Suite

Ayada Maldives

Luxury escape in a remote atoll. You might even spot dolphins. 

Arrive by: Local flight + Speedboat
Stay: Sunset Ocean Suite

Finolhu

Bright, fun, luxurious resort on the sandbank of 2kms of perfect beach 

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Ocean Pool Villa

Constance Halaveli

Authentic Maldivian-style luxury hideaway. Check out their all-inclusive sister resort, Constance Moofushi

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Ocean Water Villa

The best affordable Maldives resorts

€/$/£

Sun Siyam Olhuveli 4*

One of the best affordable resorts in the Maldives with an adults-only island.

Arrive by: Speedboat
Stay: Grand Water Villa with Pool

Meeru Island 4*

Classic Maldives resort on a beautiful island with plenty of activities

Arrive by: Speedboat
Stay: Water Villa with Jacuzzi

Cocoon Maldives 4*

The first affordable design hotel in the Maldives

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Lagoon Suite Pool

Summer Island Maldives 3*+

Maldivian-owned laid-back barefoot haven 

Arrive by: Speedboat or Seaplane
Stay: Water Villa

Furaveri Maldives 4*

Natural island with many Maldives highlights

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Sunset Ocean Pool Villa 

Centara Ras Fushi 4*

Beautiful adults only island close to the airport

Arrive by: speedboat
Stay: Premium Deluxe Sunset Overwater Villa

Nova Maldives Resort 4*

New bright and laid-back insta-worthy resort with a great house reef.

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Water Villa with Private Pool

Kuredu Island Resort 4*

One of the biggest Maldives resorts – perfect if you want lots of activities

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Sangu Water Villa

Reethi Beach 3*+

Established laid-back eco-friendly resort

Arrive by: Seaplane
Stay: Water Villa

Cinnamon Dhonveli 3*+

A popular resort with surfing and watersports

Arrive by: Speedboat
Stay: Overwater Suite

The best Maldives resorts for activities

Siyam World | Kuredu Island Resort & Spa | Kuramathi Maldives | Hard Rock Hotel Maldives | Kandima Maldives | Amilla Maldives Resort | Kudadoo Maldives Private Island | Soneva Jani

The best sustainable resorts in the Maldives

Reethi Beach Resort | Kuramathi Maldives | LUX* South Ari Atoll | Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas | Six Senses Laamu | Baros Maldives | Gili Lankanfushi | Joali Maldives | One&Only Reethi Rah | Patina Maldives | Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Girravaru | Soneva Jani

The best diving resorts in the Maldives

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa | Oblu Nature Helengeli | Komandoo Island Resort & Spa | Baros Maldives | W Maldives | Constance Moofushi | Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru | Angsana Ighuru | Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas | Gili Lankanfushi | Six Senses Laamu | Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa | Soneva Fushi

All Maldives resorts will offer snorkelling and diving. Look out for resorts with a house reef to snorkel right off shore. For more about the different atolls and what divers can expect – check out this handy guide by Padi.com.

The best Maldives resorts for dining choices

Kuramathi Maldives | Varu by Atmosphere | Siyam World | Sun Siyam Iru Fushi| Ayada Maldives | Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives | Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi | Anantara Veli Maldives Resort | Conrad Maldives Rangali Island | Soneva Jani | Soneva Fushi

The best adults only Maldives resorts

Centara Ras Sushi Resort & Spa | Oblu Select Lobigili | Kagi Maldives Spa Island | Hurawalhi Island Resort | Komandoo Island Resort & SpaAnantara Veli Maldives Resort | Huvafen Fushi

The best unique things to do in the Maldives

Water slide villa at Soneva Jani Star gazing at Anantara KihavahBubble tent glamping at Amilla Maldives | Horse riding at Siyam World | Ice skating at OZEN Reserve Bolifushi

The best resorts for a speedboat transfer

Huvafen Fushi  | Varu by Atmosphere | Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru | Velassaru Maldives | Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa | Baros Maldives | Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island | Patina Maldives, Fari Islands | Gili Lankanfushi | Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi | One&Only Reethi Rah | The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands | Como Cocoa Island | Oblu Select Sangeli | Centara Ras Fushi | Saii Lagoon | Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

Despite our love for arriving by seaplane, there are reasons a speedboat transfer may be preferable. Speedboat transfers are cheaper. One of you may have a fear of flying. Or maybe you’ve travelled halfway across the world and don’t want to add another flight leg. Speedboat transfers are fun too.

We would love to hear from you in the comments if you are planning a Maldives honeymoon! Let us know if this guide was useful or if we left out any essential information or you need to know more!

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