The Maldives are located southwest of Sri Lanka, on the equator. There are 1,190 coral islands, forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls, 202 islands are inhabited, 100 are exclusive luxury island resorts. Many of these islands offer a serene paradise, making it a perfect destination for a honeymoon.
This part of the world is simply paradise. The Maldives is a desert-island dream where tiny islands are scattered like jewels across the ocean, each surrounded by a turquoise lagoon and diamond white sands. The perfect honeymoon and diving location, youâ€™ll find resorts that exude romance and have a choice of luxurious villas, from retreats with a private stretch of beach to over-water hideaways with their own private infinity pool.
Turquoise lagoons, white sandy beaches and over-water villas are dotted throughout the dreamlike honeymoon destination, known as the Maldives. Island resorts offer honeymooners total relaxation and privacy. The Maldives is one of the most romantic locations in the world.
Choose an over-water villa, Beach villa or romantic honeymoon suite â€¦ the choice really is yours.
Unrivaled luxury, stunning white-sand beaches and an amazing underwater world make the Maldives an obvious choice for a true holiday of a lifetime.
The Maldives is home to perhaps the best beaches in the world; theyâ€™re on almost every one of the countryâ€™s nearly 1200 islands and are so consistently perfect that itâ€™s hard not to become blasÃ© about them. Youâ€™ll find consistently whiter-than-white powder sand and luminous cyan-blue water like this almost nowhere else on earth. This fact alone is enough to bring over a million people a year to this tiny, remote and otherwise little-known Indian Ocean paradise.
Every resort in the Maldives is its own private island, and with over 100 to choose from the only problem is selecting where you want to stay. At the top end, the worldâ€™s most exclusive hotel brands compete with each other to attain ever-greater heights of luxury, from personal butlers and private lap pools to in-room massages and pillow menus. Itâ€™s not surprising that honeymooners and those seeking a glamorous tropical getaway have long had the country at the top of their wish lists. But thereâ€™s choice beyond the five- and six-star resorts. Other islands cater for families, for divers, for those on a budget, and anyone wanting a tranquil back-to-nature experience.
Exciting news for independent travelers is you no longer have to stay in resorts and remain separate from the local population, something that has kept backpackers away for decades. Intrepid individuals can now make their own itineraries and travel from island to island by public ferry, staying among the devout but friendly local population. With a fast-growing number of privately run guesthouses on inhabited islands, the Maldives and its people are now more accessible than ever.
With some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world, the clear waters of the Maldives are a magnet for anyone with an interest in marine life. The richness and variety is astonishing; dazzling coral walls, magnificent caves and schools of brightly colored tropical fish await you when you get down to the reef. In deeper waters lurk manta rays, turtles, sharks and even the worldâ€™s largest fish, the whale shark.