As one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations, this Indian Ocean escape has a resort to suit everyone’s notion of romance. Amelia Hungerford discovers 11 of the best, from one of the first to the newcomers reinventing island living.
Classic with a twist
Think of a Maldivian island resort, and chances are you’re imagining the palm-fringed beaches and overwater bungalows of Baros Maldives. It was just the third resort to open in the sundrenched nation, all the way back in 1973, and it has been enchanting starryeyed honeymooners and romanceseekers ever since. Personalised service with warm island hospitality has cemented its reputation, while the fact that no children under eight are allowed is a guarantee for couples’ serenity. Explore a world of private dining options, from the grand pianoshaped deck isolated in the middle of the sea to the deck of your water villa.
With 122 villas (starting at 135 square metres) and seven restaurants and bars, uber-luxe One&Only Reethi Rah is big enough to give you options and small enough to ensure impeccable service. Ruminate on the beauty of the Maldives from the breezy comfort of your thatched-roof villa, either resting along the beach or raised above the ocean. The Grand Sunset Residence comes with a private road for blissful seclusion, two golf carts and a pristine stretch of beach that is all yours.
Choice is also the raison d’être for The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi with 14 decadent dining venues to experience, including adults-only relaxation at Reflections, French fare beside the water at Flavours, and homemade ice-cream at La Cremeria. Indulge in a sunset dhoni cruise followed by a private beach barbecue for two, and settle into an Infinity Pool Villa with a glass-panel floor or spread out in the overwater Aqua Retreat with Jacuzzi and butler service.
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