Honeymoon Maldives diving holidays are some of our favourites. Tim Simond, author of Dive in Style, shares his tips for the best honeymoon Maldives diving holidays. I cannot think of another destination that is so entwined with honeymoon. The Maldives just seems to be at the top of everyone's hit list and it seems getting married is the best excuse to visit. Let's face it, there is something amazing about these islands which I first visited in 1979 (showing my age!) when there were just a couple of 'resorts', but the pull was the same: the endless deserted palm-fringed white sand islets straight out of a dream and clear, multi-hued waters teaming with life. Even back then, it was simply the most romantic honeymoon diving destination you could hope for. In fact, while less unspoiled today, it is arguably more romantic with all the luxury resorts on offer. Add in world-class diving and snorkelling and you see why I am a fan of honeymoon Maldives diving. OK, so we know it is romantic beyond belief, privacy abounds, the potential for spoiling only limited by your cheque book, but which resorts would be top of my list when it comes to honeymoon Maldives diving…
It's an old favourite, but it is so for a good reason. Soneva Fushi really was the trailblazer here and it has continued to evolve. Sunrise breakfast on the staggering sandbank, open air movies at Cinema Paradiso with your favourite ice cream (any flavour you can dream up will be made for you during your stay), gazing back in time at the unpolluted night skies at The Observatory, dinner on the beach or up in the trees, the famed pillow menu, and all done in luxurious Robinson Crusoe, toes in the sand, style. Add in a world-class dive team and it gets even better.
At the other end of the spectrum in terms of style, Huvafen Fushi is also a winner. Here we are talking overwater villas with electric blinds, in room Bose cinemas with massive Plasma TV's, a fibre optic starlit swimming pool (sounds tacky but is not) where you can dine, just the two of you, feet in the water. Add in the underwater spa, the inevitable sandbank dinner and what more do you need me to say? Oh yes, the diving and snorkelling are great too.
Four Seasons Extravaganza
Feeling a bit more adventurous, then how about the perfect combo, splitting your time between land and sea? Four Seasons was another early entrant to these islands but their latest offering at Landau Giraavaru in the middle of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve is, in my opinion, their best. Private beach picnics on deserted islands, sandbank dinner for two, but perhaps their piece de resistance for that romantic setting is to sail to this tiny deck, mid ocean, with a table just for you. The diving? Hanifaru Bay with its endless mantas and Bathalaa island with its teaming reefs are a good start. Combine Landaa Giraavaru with a trip onboard the Four Seasons Explorer for the best way to see the islands. This super deluxe Catamaran, complete with traditional unbearably comfortable Four Seasons beds, is the perfect foil to a resort. The diving is amazing as you have more latitude but you lack for nothing. On board massages, typical Four Seasons food and service and you can choose from 3, 4 or 7 day routes.
Another one of my all-time favourites, if only for a short stay as part of a two island honeymoon would have to be Gili Lankanfushi (formerly Soneva Gili). The prime reason for staying here is that the resort has some of the best, most original and private overwater rooms in the Maldives. Add to this the fact that it is a mere speedboat ride from the airport and it clear why this is the perfect beginning or end to a honeymoon Maldives diving trip. Really feeling like that once in a life time marooned at sea, just the two of you feeling? Then how about a room you can only access by your own private boat, cast adrift in the middle of this turquoise sea. Unbeatable.
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