There are only so many places everyone can agree are perfect and iconic. Widely thought to be the planet's premier honeymoon hot spot, the Maldives is home to elegant resorts embodying the barefoot lifestyle. A cluster of over a thousand coral atolls, the island nation lies near the equator south of India and stretches throughout 500 miles of the Indian Ocean. The archipelago is home to some of the world's most breathtaking beaches, crystal clear lagoons, and unrivaled luxury resorts that take up their private islands. Hundreds of resorts call the Maldives home, so how do you know which hotel would be ideal for your first trip as a married couple? I am here to help. I am revealing fairytale honeymoon resorts in the Maldives.
***These resorts are five stars, but there are different levels, so I will divide them into three categories to find something that fits your budget.***
Luxury Property ($400-1000 per night)
Premium Luxury ($1000-2000 per night)
Ultra Luxe ($2000+ per night)
Breeze into an outstanding island paradise at Lily Beach – a top-rated resort pledging unrivaled all-inclusive indulgence. At this dreamy oasis, expect free-flow premium wines & champagne and spectacular gourmet dining. It's one of the top all-inclusive resorts in the Maldives.
Conrad is an exotic garden full of possibilities. Does it get more over the top than undersea residence? Book the Murka if you want to sleep with the fishes (not in the Godfather way; sleep with marine life swimming around you). The other 150 villas and suites are surreal, with private sun terraces, plunge pools, and stairs leading straight into the Indian Ocean.
Jessie's Hotel Tip: Don't forget to pack your scuba gear because the Conrad lies in the South Ari Atoll, which is home to more than 40 prime diving sites overflowing with whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and sandbars of brightly colored marine life.
Hurawalhi is an intrinsically chic island resort encircled by a beautiful lagoon, an outstanding house reef, and long stretches of white sandy beach. Perfect for newlyweds, it is quite the hot spot for celebrity marriage proposals. This unique adults-only five-star resort nestles amongst the spectacular coral reefs and offers an incredible undersea restaurant, a world-class spa and wellbeing facilities, and unparalleled diving.
Cheval Blanc welcomes couples with a unique sense of authentic warmth. A private seaplane brings you to this utopia north of Male, where 46 villas take palm-roofed overwater living to a new level. Villas front the horizon for ultimate privacy; marvel at the views by your infinity pool while your butler satisfies your every wish, and an Alchemist customizes your stay. For a supreme interlude, withdraw to the Cheval Blanc Randheli private island.
Jessie's Hotel Tip: Customized adventures are crafted by your villa Alchemist, from simple barbecues on private sandbanks to island drop-offs from a luxury yacht for a sunny seaside treasure hunt. Every dream becomes a reality at Cheval Blanc.
Kandolhu guarantees an unforgettable honeymoon. The resort brims with romance and is home to a fantastic house reef. Couples will love this cozy island. Kandolhu features 30 villas that flawlessly combine natural Maldivian elements with modern architecture and creature comforts. A major draw is the perfect white sandy beaches surrounding the island.
From the instant, the staff welcomes you on the powder-white shores of the adults-only Anantara Veli, an outstanding getaway unfolds. Discover healing at the spa with Ayurvedic therapies tailored to your needs. You will savor fresh fare at seven waterfront eateries. If you can pull yourself away, Anantara offers unforgettable excursions and endless opportunities for romance.
Lying on a private island, Gili Lankanfush is an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties winding across the water out to immense villas. This luxury resort is merely a 20-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport. Your idyllic secret hideaway is one of 45 ample, rustic overwater villas, sustainably, exquisitely developed, and prepared from natural wood and glass. The serene resort feels like home, where lasting memories form.
Jessie's Hotel Tip: Ideal for newlyweds, the seven Crusoe Residences supply the ultimate privacy and understated luxury because they are only accessible by private boat. Your downstairs bathtub is actually in the ocean!
It took a lot of work to narrow down this list. One thing that the Maldives possess in droves is stunning, romantic honeymoon resorts. This article is part one of at least two (maybe three). These are fairytale honeymoon resorts in the Maldives. Do you have a favorite?