There’s something about a thatched-roof villa suspended over turquoise water that portrays the perfect honeymoon picture. Maybe it’s the allure of tropical weather, pristine white sandy beaches or knowing that you’re going to be treated to one of the most luxurious and romantic holiday experiences of your life. If this sounds like your style of honeymoon, then there’s no better place than the Maldives to find your piece of post-wedding bliss.
Take a seat at the One&Only Reethi Rah Beach Club
Located southwest of Sri Lanka, on the equator, the Maldives is made up of 1,192 coral islands and around 100 resorts, so finding accommodation that’s perfect for you shouldn’t be a problem. Here at The Knot HQ we take our research of honeymoon locations very seriously, so we headed to the One&Only Reethi Rah (meaning ‘the beautiful island’), one of the luxe resorts in the Maldives to see if all those Instagram pictures live up to their #paradise reputation.
Jump in! The water is a delightful 28 degrees, and these small clusters of four water villas at One&Only Reethi Rah ensure you’re only steps away from your own ocean oasis.
The Maldives and its surrounding turquoise waters are known for world class scuba diving, snorkelling with an incredible abundance of sea life and resorts featuring ultra private villas tucked away on their own stretch of beach, or hovering directly above an aqua lagoon.
Relax on the deck of your own over-water villa at the One&Only Reethi Rah
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
Language: Dhivehi is the national language, but English is widely spoken, especially by staff at the resorts and spas.
Flight time: Approximately 15 hours from Sydney and 12 hours from Perth. Singapore Airlines operate 13 flight per week connecting onwards from Singapore to Male (Ibrahim Nasir airport).
Getting around: Taxi, boat (see if you can spend some time on a traditional sailing boat called a Dhoni) and plane.
When To Go: Maldives at its best
Best weather: It’s sunny, warm and humid year round. The dry season is from December to April, with April often the hottest and December the coolest. Monsoon season is from May to September.
Best prices: High season is dry season from November through to April, so look for deals between May and October.
The view from your bed in a beach villa at the One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives
What To Do:
Nothing! Or maybe everything, it’s completely up to you. The Maldives are perfect for seclusion, couple spas, scuba, snorkelling or just relaxing on your own private deck. You can choose to take a lazy swim in the ocean surrounded by colourful coral and fish, or really take advantage of all the resort activities like personal yoga classes, art lessons, rock climbing, croquet, tennis and of course a stack of water sports. Our pick? A Turtle Adventure that has you swimming with these gentle, ancient reptiles in their natural habitat.
Hang with whales and dolphins: Clear waters and an abundance of sea life make the Maldives an amazing place to see whales and dolphins in their natural environment. There are more than 20 different species in the area, from the Blue Whale to the acrobatic Spinner Dolphin. Safari boats take guests into the open waters to spot species not often seen outside the Maldives, like the Dwarf Sperm Whale, Melon Headed Whale and Tropical Bottlenose Whale. Beautiful black and white Orcas have also been known to make an appearance.
Beach bliss, the over-water yoga room and infinity pool at the One&Only Reethi Rah
Where to stay:
This is the place to splash out and head to one of the award-winning luxe resorts that make the Maldives a dream holiday destination. We adore the One&Only Reethi Rah for its 12 beautiful beaches, exceptional cuisine and warm, welcoming staff. With a full time concierge allocated to each guest, your honeymoon is guaranteed to be everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Which is probably one of the reasons it’s also a favourite with celebrities, so don’t be surprised if you spot Gordon Ramsay at brunch, or Victoria and David Beckham enjoying the sunshine with their kids.
If you’re staying a night in the capital, Male, try the Traders Hotel (it’s part of the Shangri-La group) that’s a quick five-minute speed boat ride from the airport.
You’ll find a comprehensive accommodation list at VisitMaldives.com.
So tell us Knotties, would you like to honeymoon in the Maldives?
by Juliette Winter + The Knot