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Romantic Escape: Honeymoon in the Maldives

Live — even just for a moment — in a screensaver when you honeymoon in the Maldives.

By: Abbie Kozolchyk

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  • Welcome to Paradise

    Welcome to Paradise

    If you fly into this far-flung archipelago during daylight hours — and for the love of gorgeousness, please do — you’ll experience your first only-in-the-Maldives moment before you even land: Despite having spent the last, oh, 24ish hours in transit, you’re not going to want to descend.

    These 1,192 Arabian Sea islets are so amazing from above — abstract paisleys, polka dots and punctuation marks made (you’d swear) from lapis, turquoise and ivory — you’ll want to keep on flight-seeing straight through your honeymoon. But friends, just wait ‘til you touch down…

    Photo courtesy of VisitMaldives.com

  • Get Swept Away

    Get Swept Away

    Since this is a nation composed of islands, many of the hotels are set on their own spits of sand. One such hideaway is the Jumeirah Vittaveli, located a quick 20-minute boat ride from the main island Malé and the international airport. In addition to sunning, swimming and snorkeling the activities menu includes fishing excursions, kite surfing, water skiing and wake boarding. 

    Photo courtesy of Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

  • Get Swept Away

    Get Swept Away

    A collection of just 89 posh and breezy villas, the hotel offers the best of the Maldives from unspoiled, glittering sands to an overwater fitness center with enormous windows. Meals are enjoyed in four scenic restaurants or in the privacy of your thatched-roof villa (room rates start at $892 a night; jumeirah.com).

    Photo courtesy of Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

  • Stay Classy

    Stay Classy

    Given that these islands are some of the most romantic on the planet — seriously, there’s almost no place you can go in the entire country without feeling like the best kind of castaways — deluxe honeymoon digs are the norm. But even by those standards, the newer Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, set on two tiny isles, is hard to beat. Choose between overwater ("Ocean Revives") or beachfront ("Beach Revives") villas and you’ll enjoy private water access, a personal pool, butler service, indoor/outdoor showers and living spaces that give way to the most spectacular natural views imaginable.

    Equally breathtaking is the overwater Talise spa. Here, massage tables are positioned over a glass floor, making it difficult to close your eyes as a huge moray eel, a baby shark and a family of Technicolor parrot fish swim beneath you (room rates start at $1,000 a night; jumeirah.com).

    Photo courtesy of Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

  • Be Village People

    Be Village People

    Whether it’s a little island off the one where you’re staying — or a local version of a suburb of the capital city of Malé — a Maldivian fishing village should be on your must-see list. On your leisurely stroll through the area, you’ll likely find sand- or dirt paths lined with palms, tropical fruit trees and a rainbow of little stores, schools, mosques and houses.

    Photo courtesy of Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

  • Be Village People

    Be Village People

    When you reach the shore (it’s never more than a couple of minutes away in the Maldives), scan the water for dhonis — old-school sailboats with curvaceous prows so pretty in profile, #anotherdhoni may be one of the most frequently used hashtags of your honeymoon.

    Photo courtesy of Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

  • Dip In

    Dip In

    Those lagoons that look so amazing? Imagine not only how they feel (in a word: bathwater), but what’s inside them (pretty much every tropical fish ever). It’s because Asia’s smallest country (both population- and land-wise), is enveloped with more than 35,000 square miles of nutrient-rich sea.

    Photo courtesy of VisitMaldives.com

  • Dip In

    Dip In

    The result is epic marine life to the tune of 250 coral species and more than one thousand kinds of swimmers — with such aquatic A-listers as manta rays, whale sharks, green turtles, anemone fish (a.k.a. Nemos), spinner dolphins and giant, crazy-looking Maori wrasse (vibrantly brilliant fish).

    Photo courtesy of VisitMaldives.com

  • Dip In

    Dip In

    And while dive and snorkel boats, not surprisingly, abound, the truth is, the average house reef — AKA the ecosystem you’d be swimming in if you stumbled a step too far out of bed — is so aquarium-like, you may not even feel the need for a field trip.

    Photo courtesy of VisitMaldives.com

  • Spice it Up

    Spice it Up

    Borrowing from neighboring India and Sri Lanka, the Maldivian national menu is packed with curries, fish and coconut, and all kinds of combos imaginable. A favorite dish is dhon riha, a coconut-rich tuna curry spiked with hot peppers and served with addictive, chapati-like roshi bread. Of course, trying a traditional grilled preparation of mixed seafood, including lobster, sea crab, tiger prawns, yellow fin tuna, reef fish and ocean scallops is a must-savor. 

    Many resorts also offer Western-leaning menus that are just as delectable: think unbeatable selections of French cheeses and fresh-from-Italy olives.

    Photo Credit: Sakis Papadopoulos

Romantic Escape: Honeymoon in the Maldives

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