Is it the pristine beauty, the absolute seclusion, or the luxury the Maldives offers that puts it right up there on the list of best honeymoon destinations in the world? Or is it the fact that your dining options include not just near, but over, under and above water restaurants as well?
Read on to find out what are the many reasons to choose the Maldives as your honeymoon destination.
1. Visa on arrival for Indians
Start your honeymoon off without the hassle of visas – Maldives offers Indian passport holders the convenient visa-on-arrival facility, which essentially means you are spared the formalities for a pre-arrival visa. All you need is a passport with a 6-month validity and you can enjoy hospitality in Maldives for a maximum of 30 days.
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2. Beach paradise
You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to where to spend your honeymoon in Maldives – choose from various beaches on an island or even whole islands, given that the country is made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. Think lagoons in various shades of blue, pretty coral islands, reefs, natural beauty accentuated by gorgeous sunsets views, and a multi coloured underwater world that you can literally step into, leaving the rest of the world behind.
3. Dramatic accommodation options
Not sea view rooms or ocean view villas, we are talking over water bungalows here. Accommodation options in the Maldives usually oscillate between expensive and luxurious, but they are worth every rupee that you will spend on them. Besides, it’s your honeymoon. Consider staying in over water bungalows – with a glass floor for the best underwater views; or hang in a hammock right outside your room, only above the ocean. Of course, there is the regular grounded accommodation as well.
4. Fun sightseeing and fancy dining
Entertainment and dining – a huge part of your honeymoon – has been well taken care of here. Spend days sightseeing and dining in unique ways. You can explore the many islands that make up Maldives by cruise boat, or even by air. Turn your exploratory cruise into a romantic affair by dining on board. Or step underwater for the meal of a lifetime at an underwater aquarium restaurant! Not one for extreme locations? Get your hotel to set up a candle lit table by the beach – nothing as classically romantic as the two of you sharing a meal surrounded by crashing waves and the setting sun.
5. Massage your days away
Flying over islands, stepping into the sea, cruising around the country, and spending days swinging on a hammock too hectic for you? Let the Maldives spoil you some more – lose the stress with relaxing massages at luxurious spas. Most establishments offer a whole menu of spa treatments that you may choose from – try a different one every day. A honeymoon trip deserves a couples spa, sign up for one with a view!
Handy travel tips for honeymooners in Maldives: • Dress right Wear the clothes of your choice, read bikinis and shorts, in your resort and on your resort island, but it is advisable to cover up when stepping out to visit local islands and even during your trip to Male. • Stay connected In case you feel the need to stay connected with the rest of the world on your honeymoon, the top cell phone provider in Maldives is Dhiraagu. Their convenient ‘tourist packages’ give you a choice of the amount of data and the period of time you will be needing it for. Though there is free Wi-Fi at all resorts in the country, it is always a good idea to pick up a SIM card loaded with data in one of the most dispersed countries in the world. • How long? Considering the number of islands the country is made up of, a long-ish trip is advisable. Besides a honeymoon trip should be a minimum of 7 to 10 nights, given that travel exhaustion will take up the first couple of days. • Alcohol Though Maldives is a strict Muslim country, alcohol is permitted on resort islands. Carrying your own or from duty free will be counter-productive, because it will get confiscated as you enter the country at the airport. The good news is that most resorts have packages designed to include all-you-can-drink offers. • Be considerate Friday is the Muslim holy day, so expect schedules to be slightly altered to suit locals. Fridays will also be, should you visit during the month of Ramadan, dramatically different – in terms of meal times especially. Dates for Ramadan vary every year, and though resort islands are mostly insulated, but local sightseeing, meals, and travel will have to be according to locals.
How to reach Maldives Male International Airport, also known as Velana International Airport, connects Maldives to all major countries, including India. It is located on Hulhulé island in the North Male Atoll, one of the closest islands to the capital Male. All flights to the Maldives land here and you have to board a seaplane, speedboat or ferry to your resort.