This is the Maldives, "the last paradise," a land of breathtaking sunsets, emerald lagoons, and some of the most romantic and luxurious accommodations anywhere in the world. With a tourism industry geared specifically toward honeymoons and passionate getaways, this tiny nation is considered by many to be the world's foremost destination for newlyweds!
A Paradise Unto Itself
Every island of the Maldives is unique, with its own collection of gorgeous beaches, grottos, and coral reefs. On over a hundred of these low-lying tracts of land, an opulent hotel is the only major structure, complete with elegant villas, thatched bungalows, bars, and gourmet restaurants, most of which you can find both on the beaches and perched over the shining water on stilts. Imagine having a private island cater to your every whim as you take your first steps together into married life, lying for days on the bone-white beaches, sipping daiquiris, and swimming amongst the kaleidoscopic coral of your island's "house reef".
Each island is surrounded by its own atoll and reef structure; no two are alike, and every one is absolutely stunning in its varieties of tropical fish and coral, perfect for scuba diving or snorkeling! Additionally, these reefs serve as breakwaters around the land, creating enormous natural swimming pools along the curling coasts. After a sunset that defies description, you'll see the stars as you've never seen them before, secluded in the darkness of your own particular island paradise.
For those who are also looking to spice up their honeymoon with a bit of sport and adventure, the Maldives has numerous exciting opportunities. As with many island nations, water sports are extremely popular, with chances for wind surfing, water skiing, parasailing, and game fishing readily available. The prospect of seeing dolphins on an inter-island cruise is also a distinct possibility.
In addition, island hopping is a popular pastime. Each is an exploration unto itself, and many are home to local craftspeople and artisans. Mat weaving is particularly popular, and the island of Gadhdhoo, in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, is renowned for their beautiful handmade rugs. Lacquerwork is also a prized artform - you'll be sure to find gorgeous wooden pots, boxes, and vases adorned with abstract red, black, and yellow patterns on Thulaadhoo, in Baa Atoll. Take a dhoni ride on one of the island's traditional boats to get there, which the locals steer with their legs alone!
Once You're There
Visitors are issued thirty-day visas upon arrival in Male', the nation's capital city and home to the country's only international airport. Once you're on the ground, you'll be quickly ferried to the island of your choice, most likely by the hotel of your choice. With its renowned hospitality and incredibly opportunities for relaxation and romance, the Maldives is certainly one of the world's choice spots for honeymooners.