Imagine waking up in a canopy bed. You climb out and patter across the smooth floors to pull back the curtains, revealing brilliant cerulean water. The sun kisses the shore as it climbs above the palms. Water softly laps against the stilts that suspend your room above the ocean. You’re in paradise on earth. You’re in the Maldives
Beautiful on its own, the magic and allure of each atoll amplifies romance when shared with your partner. There are so many incredible tropical places to honeymoon — but for us, the Maldives are an absolute must-see.
Best Time to Visit the Maldives
The best time to travel to the Maldives is between December and March. During those months, the tropical climate is comfortably warm and hovers at a consistent 84 to 87 degrees. December through March are the driest months, with little to no humidity, making this peak season at all resorts.
If you don’t mind risking the storms, the off-season is generally less expensive. August is a good middle ground, when the weather is warm and prices are lower.
Bonus tip: we have a partner that allows you to pay over time. You can enjoy absolute luxury, without adding undue burden to your finances
Best Activities in the Maldives
Like any tropical destination, the best excursions and activities capitalize on the beautiful, warm waters that surround the atolls. If you want to stay above the surface, you can charter a private yacht, go on a dolphin cruise, or give parasailing a try. Divers and snorkelers will thoroughly enjoy the coral reefs and kaleidoscope of marine life.
There are golf courses aplenty (hello, beautiful view and island breezes), plus adventure-based activities like night snorkeling and shark diving. And of course, you can’t skip the spas. Massages are divine anywhere in the world, but you just can’t beat a deep tissue massage with an ocean view.
Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa
Sitting atop Fasmendoo Island on the Raa Atoll, the all-inclusive Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa marries contemporary style with natural warmth inspired by the environment. Bamboo, stone, and Langhi Langhi leaves perfectly balance the high ceilings and soft, white lights hung around the property. Each villa feels intimate and inviting, with a spacious bathtub big enough to accommodate two and an “under the stars” private outdoor shower.
Built in traditional Balinese style, the on-site Emerald Spa spans across 10 private air-conditioned bungalows and offers western, Balinese, and Thai treatments. And if that’s not enough to convince you to book a facial or massage, you can also enjoy a thoroughly relaxing soak in a Turkish bath. Though you’ll be tucked away in an unspoiled paradise, you can enjoy cuisine from around the world at the Emerald Maldives’ restaurants, with types of food including:
- Latin American
Other activities available for the adventurous include:
But if you’d rather recline beneath the sun and listen to the water below your villa, we don’t blame you one bit.
What we love: Of the two available tennis courts, one can be converted into a soccer field. We love the ingenuity of options, and athletes will be glad to get in a game.
The first boutique design hotel in the Maldives, Cocoon Maldives blends the best of Italian design with the unparalleled natural beauty of the island. A scenic 30-minute flight from Malé, Cocoon Maldives welcomes you to the stunning blue waters of the Lhaviyani Atoll. Each villa is an invitation into a sublime existence.
Floating beds, rustic wildwood tables, and al-fresco showers transport you to an intimate oasis to share with your paramour. Several restaurants and bars await you, with rotating cuisines to suit any culinary preference. Unwind and restore mind, body, and spirit at the Cube Spa, or indulge your wanderlust with any of the following:
- Dolphin cruise
- Reef snorkeling
- Nighttime fishing excursion
Photo Credit: Cocoon Maldives
What we love: The daily live music is the perfect opportunity to take your love by the hand and dance beneath the stars. There’s nothing more romantic than gently swaying to the music against the soft embrace of your partner.
With more than 40 years of experience as the backdrop for romantic memories, Crown and Champa’s collection of resorts in the Maldives offer something for everyone. Options range from affordable (yet still utterly gorgeous) villas to luxury stays worthy of a red carpet. Several are family friendly — so if you wish to travel to an adult-only resort, we recommend the Komandoo Island Resort & Spa.
With several of the best resorts in the Maldives for honeymoons spread across the atolls, there is something to suit your every whim. Get in a round of golf, break a sweat with beach volleyball, or enjoy a private movie night on the white sands of your own slice of paradise. It wouldn’t be a Maldives experience without several ocean excursions, including:
- Diving with sharks
- Exploring the reefs at night
- Watching the sunset on a luxury yacht cruise
Photo Credit: Crown and Champa
What we love: Most resorts offer a variety of underwater experiences, but Crown and Champa lets you explore a shipwreck. That is the ultimate playground for honeymooners looking for a little adventure.
COMO Maalifushi is the first and only resort to open on the unspoiled Thaa Atoll. Tucked into the archipelago’s southern reaches, COMO Maalifushi is perfectly situated for world-class diving. Designed with the island in mind, Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi thoughtfully blended cultural authenticity and a respect for nature with earthy, open spaces that invite beauty in.
Floor to ceiling windows, high-rafted ceilings, and soft teak floors feel organically in tune with the lush environment. Exceptional food, an extensive array of water sports, soul-restoring yoga, and a world-class spa are yours to enjoy the moment your feet touch the sand. COMO Maalifushi prides itself on exacting, passionate service. Everything about the COMO Maalifushi is done with the utmost consideration for Maldivian culture and your experience.
Photo Credit: Como Maalifushi
What we love: We’ve all heard of snorkeling — but the UV night snorkeling offered at COMO Maalifushi is out of this world. Using special torches and lenses for your mask, you’ll discover the fluorescent pink, green, yellow, and purple that some corals and reef animals emit at night
One of the largest and most expansive five-star Maldivian resorts, the Amilla redefines luxury. Untouched jungle sits atop the horizon, with soft, white sand and crystalline water as your playground. Sustainability is at the core of the Amilla’s ethos. A deep respect for the fragile beauty of our ecosystem informs the design, dining, and experiences offered for the ultimate Maldives honeymoon resort.
Explore the underwater wonderland of Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, an area renowned for mantas, whale sharks and remarkable biodiversity. The chefs at Amilla use organic produce grown on-site and offer specialized menus for guests, including:
The Amilla lives at the intersection of holistic wellness and world-class luxury. If you pride yourself on daily Pilates classes and planet-conscious living, the Amilla was made for you.
Photo Credit: Amilla Maldives
What we love: Sleep beneath the stars with a glamping experience at a private beachside location. Listen to the lapping of the waves and daydream about forever with the love of your life by your side
Amaya Kuda Rah
The Amaya Kuda Rah on South Ari Atoll is encapsulated by lush greenery and jewel-tone water. A true paradise, lovers can select from the 51 villas with plunge pools, jacuzzis, beachfront vistas or over-water abodes. Pamper yourself with a soothing couples massage, or enjoy one of the resort's many activities:
- Island hopping
- Dolphin watching
- Snorkeling with turtles
- A sunset cruise
- Nearly anything else your wanderlust inspires
When the sun begins to fade beneath the shore, cozy up with your love for a private movie experience under the stars.
Photo Credit: Amaya Kuda Rah
What we love: You and your beloved can take private cooking class with the chefs of the Amaya. Combine flavors and spices of Maldivian culture to prepare a three-course meal that the two of you can share in an intimate setting.
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo
Perched along the southern tip of the Maldives archipelago, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is a rare haven. Recognized as one of the best new hotels in the Indian Ocean, the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo delivers a harmonious balance with nature that is uniquely theirs. Couples can relax, reconnect, and realign after the excitement of the wedding and grow closer together beneath the endless swath of blue sky
Take up residence in a beach or over-water villa and enjoy every ounce of beauty the island has to offer. Dining is available all day — nosh at the causal, waterfront bar or enjoy the lounge experience of the fine dining restaurants.
To honor the local culture, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo features a barbecue restaurant that brings the ancient art of cooking over flame to the pure white sands of the island
What we love: Couples can embark on a Maldivian wellness journey with private, one-to-one yoga sessions, healthy meals tailored to your needs, and a daily massage of your preference.
Once you step off the jetty onto the largest natural sandbank in Lhaviyani Atoll, you’ll be swept away by the rich marine life and cultural authenticity of Fushifaru Maldives. A blowing of the conch shell and traditional drumming welcome you as you enter the resort, marking the first of a collection of indigenous Maldivian experiences available at Fushifaru Maldives.
A total of 44 beach villas and 19 water villas exude a sense of warmth that invites you to curl up and watch the sunset. Surrounded by three locally renowned dive spots, divers and snorkelers can enjoy vibrant marine life and untouched reefs. Nestled in the jungle near the shore, the Heylhi Spa offers an extensive menu of holistic therapies and relaxing treatments.
Enjoy a yoga class, swim in the cerulean water, or wander the untouched beauty of the island.
What we love: In a masterclass of hospitality and luxury experience, the Fushifaru Maldives pair guests with a personal Resident Host
LUX* Maldives South Ari Atoll
Just 20 minutes from the Male International Airport sits the South Ari Atoll, one of the largest islands in the Maldives. Cradled in the soft waters of a lagoon, the LUX* resort lives up to its name — it is the pinnacle of unparalleled luxury. Stay in water villas, beach villas, or a villa with a pool (the Temptation Pool Water Villa is especially decadent).
The LUX* features several dining options, from casual cafes to epicurean delights. Reef snorkeling, kayaking, and pedal boats are a few of the complimentary perks at your disposal. Indulge in a spa day (or week!) for the ultimate restorative experience.
What we love: Upon arriving, you can take a complimentary Body Balance Analysis to learn more about your physiology. LUX+ health experts then use that data to recommend fitness regimens and spa treatments that your body will love.
Start Planning Your Maldives Honeymoon
We hope you and your partner get to continue the celebration with an extraordinary honeymoon experience. Your honeymoon represents a moment suspended in time. It’s for you and your love alone, without the stress of wedding planning, and before you return to your busy lives. A Maldivian honeymoon is exquisite, exotic, and meant to be relished. Savor every freckle, every breeze, every glossy reflection of the sun as it sinks beneath the horizon to reveal a star-dotted sky.
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