Wondering whether you should head off to the Maldives for your honeymoon? Well, that’s
easy — Yes!
After all, it always lands on the list of the top romantic getaways published by various
publications and travel web and blog sites. U.S. News, for instance, has ranked this country as
seventh in their latest list of the best honeymoon destinations in the world.
With several beautiful beaches, islands and other landmarks, plus a variety of world-class hotels
in the Maldives, there’s no question that it’s a much-loved honeymoon destination choice for
couples looking for the ultimate romantic retreat.
Selecting Your Hotel
The first step to enjoying your honeymoon in the Maldives is to choose the perfect hotel. You
can pick the best hotel for your first romantic getaway with your better half by following these
Consider your budget
Your budget for your honeymoon will be a huge factor in your choice of hotel and the
various activities you will engage in here with your loved one. This allocation will help
you narrow down your choices in terms of:
- Hotel tier
The Maldives is home to different tiers or classifications of hotels. If
money is no object and it’s your first time to spend a holiday in this country with
your spouse, then go ahead and splurge on a five-star hotel or resort.
○ The island or islands you will stay at — Hotel and resort rates differ by the
island as well. Ulkuhas, for example, have hotels and guest houses that are more
expensive. Maafushi, Gulhi and Dhiffushi, on the other hand, are known for their
lower cost of living and more affordable accommodations.
- Your room or accommodation
Typical choices here include beach bungalows,
beach villas or water villas. The Maldives is known for its gorgeous water villas.
While they are considerably more expensive than hotel rooms and beach
bungalows and villas, they do offer a luxurious living experience during your stay.
Determine what’s included in the daily rate
Before booking your accommodation at one of the hotels or resorts in Maldives, ask for
a quotation and find out which services or amenities are included in your chosen hotel
accommodation so you can plan how to fully enjoy your stay.
Examples of typical inclusions are complimentary breakfast or dinner, welcome drinks,
and free use of the hotel or resort’s Wi-Fi, pool and gym. If you would like to make use
of other amenities or request additional services, you can inform the establishment so
that arrangements can be made and your quotation can be updated.
Explore island transfer options
All flights to the Maldives land at the Male International Airport (MLE). To get to your
hotel or resort, you have to board a seaplane, speedboat or ferry. If you will be staying
at one of the private Maldives resort islands, your only option would be to a book a
speedboat or flight with your hotel. The hotel or resort will book your airport transfer
on your behalf if you ask them to do so.
Select activities to try
Snorkeling, scuba diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, and catamaran sailing are some of the
fun and exciting activities you can enjoy in the Maldives with your loved one. Find out if
you can try these activities at your preferred hotel or if they can arrange them.
Aside from these activities, consult hotel personnel regarding other things you can do
with your partner. They may offer couples massage or arrange a romantic candlelit
dinner for you and your loved one to enjoy in celebration of your honeymoon.
Booking Tips to Maximize Your Stay in the Maldives
The steps you take in booking your hotel in the Maldives can help you get more from your
honeymoon here. Here are some booking tips that will help you enjoy your romantic getaway
and hotel stay:
- Book directly with the hotel
Communicating with hotel staff or reservation agents personally by email or phone call
comes with some nice benefits. For one, you may be offered discounts and freebies
such as a free room upgrade, a free dinner or the like – things that may not be available
when you book through third-party sites. These little perks can add extra enjoyment to your time at the hotel.
- Extend your stay
Certain hotels in the Maldives allow early check-ins and late check-outs. If you are
interested, you can ask if your chosen hotel offers this and if they do, take advantage of
this perk so you and your loved one can enjoy your romantic getaway longer. Both of
you will also have more time to explore and use the hotel’s facilities and services.
- Inquire about special touches
Even if you and your spouse are in already in the Maldives, your honeymoon can always
get better. Your hotel may provide some special touches to make your stay even more
memorable, such as an extra blanket to help you enjoy a more relaxing night’s sleep, or
scented candles that can enhance the luxurious atmosphere of your hotel suite or villa.
If you haven’t been to the Maldives before, spending quality time here with your spouse is an
amazing, memorable way to explore everything this country offers. It is also the perfect way to
begin your exciting new life together as a married couple.
Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has
more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international
markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and
revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development
strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”