10 Honeymoon-Worthy Resorts in the Maldives

Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi

Featuring clusters of swaying palms ringed with white sand and surrounded by ultra-photogenic aquamarine lagoons, this sun-splashed string of tropical islands in the Indian Ocean is one of the world’s most romantic destinations. From castaway-chic to ultra luxe, you’ll find everything from overwater villas with private plunge pools to five-star dining with wine lists any French restaurant would envy. Whether for a honeymoon, babymoon or any other amorous escapade, here are 10 romance-inducing resorts to visit in The Maldives.—Leslie Patrick

Petrina Tinslay

Six Senses Laamu

Located five degrees north of the equator and surrounded by impossibly blue water, Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the remote southern Laamu Atoll. The epitome of getting away from it all, the sustainably built resort offers countless hideaways for secluded walks and stolen moments, plus hip hangouts like a living room sunken into the beachfront infinity pool. Hold hands while watching a flick at the open-air, on-beach movie theater. Try offerings like aerial yoga and Ayurvedic aromatherapy.

Insider Tip: Surfers will like that Yin Yang, The Maldives’ most famous surf spot, is right offshore.

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Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Hadahaa is one of the largest and deepest natural atolls in the world, making the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa the perfect choice for couples that love watersports of any kind. In fact, the resort offers a PADI 5 star dive center, snorkeling, and a nearby private island that’s entirely dedicated to water activities taking place in a five-kilometer lagoon. Dry off before embarking on a dolphin spotting expedition, a traditional Maldivian fishing trip, or a boat ride across the equator.

Insider Tip: Renew your vows in a traditional island blessing ceremony, complete with a champagne breakfast delivered to your villa.

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Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives

Although it’s reached by a 30-minute flight, followed by a 20-minute speedboat ride, we think you’ll find the travel time well worth it. Opening in December 2016 with 274 studios and villas, at 3 kilometers long Kandima Maldives is one of the country’s larger resort islands, and will also offer The Maldives’ largest swimming pool. In addition to the quintessential stretches of white sand beach, a limitless supply of activities is on hand including zumba, a diving school, art classes, and a marine biology center. Finish another sun soaked day watching the sunset with a sunset cocktail at one of the resort’s 10 restaurants and bars.

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Anatara Kihava Maldives

Anatara Kihava Maldives

Within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the secluded Baa Atoll, the polished Anantara Kihava Maldives Villas features one of the longest pools in the Maldives, and is known for its eco friendly practices. Spend a day diving or snorkeling amidst the colorful coral reefs, then participate in the Holistic Approach to Reef Protection (HARP) Program by adopting your very own patch of coral. Not a fan of getting wet? Instead, book a table at Sea, one of the world’s only underwater restaurants that feels as though you’ve stepped into a posh aquarium.

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Cocoon Maldives

Cocoon Maldives

The casual, design-focused Cocoon Maldives in the Lhaviyani Atoll plans to offer more live entertainment than any other resort in The Maldives. From local bands to karaoke to a heart-pumping disco, get your groove on after watching the sunset from the overwater deck at one of the two bars. This particular part of the ocean is also well known for spotting sea turtles—don’t forget to pack your Go Pro.

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Andaaran Prestige Vadoo

Andaaran Prestige Vadoo

The sound of singing and drums greets guests at Andaaran Prestige Vadoo as they step off the speedboat from the international airport before being immediately whisked into another world. The overwater bungalows are complete with outdoor hot tubs and plunge pools, plus glass panels in the bathroom floors. Choose between swimming in a free-form beachfront pool, wandering through the Maldives’ only English garden, or popping into the Thai-style spa.

Insider Tip: A six-course candlelight dinner can be served in the lagoon on a floating pontoon.

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Baros Maldives

It’s no illusion that time slows down after setting foot on the sugary sands of Baros Maldives. Wander barefoot to one of 74 luxe overwater and beach villas, all with outdoor showers, private access to the lagoon, and some with private plunge pools. Dreamy days are filled with snorkeling, spa treatments, Maldivian cooking demonstrations, or nothing at all, relaxing on a beach sunlounger as staff delivers cold towels and fruit between naps.

Insider Tip: Don’t forget to book a private gourmet breakfast served on a dhoni—a traditional wooden Maldivian boat, or have a sunset dinner served on your very own sandbank.

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Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi

Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi

Meaning “Dream Island” in the local language, you’ll definitely feel like you’re dreaming when colorful fish flit past as you’re being massaged in the world’s first underwater couples spa treatment rooms with views of the surrounding coral reefs. If that wasn’t cool enough, the spa at Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi also offers the only hyaluronic oxygen treatments in the Maldives, plus a unique saltwater flotation pool harnessing the healing properties of the surrounding Indian Ocean.

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Jumeirah Dhevanafushi

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi

Spread over two pristine islands, boutique luxury Jumeirah Dhevanafushi has 37 sleek beach or overwater villas, all with private pools. Splash around in the outdoor tub or shower, then have lunch delivered by your private butler. You may never want to leave the decadent surroundings of your villa, but temptations abound including three sophisticated restaurants, plus a fitness center and a holistic spa, both suspended over sparkling turquoise waters.

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AaaVeee

AaaVeee

Accessible by seaplane and set amidst lush island greenery, AaaVeee Nature’s Paradise has a castaway vibe and an utterly Instagrammable beach. While away the days basking on the overwater sundecks while the smiley staff delivers ice-cold libations. Have a quick swing in the overwater hammock before ducking into the rustic-chic spa for a coconut body scrub, then freshen up before sunset—the spectacular beach barbecue featuring seafood freshly caught from the surrounding lagoon is not to be missed.

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