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Dreaming of paradise? We’ve found it, and it’s not all sugar white sands and bright turquoise waters that sparkle in the sunlight. There’s so much to see and do in the Maldives beyond the postcard-perfect image, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t arrived sooner. Check out our Maldives travel guide if you want to get the best out of this breathtakingly beautiful destination.
BY Kayleigh Causton
Luxtripper Travel Editor

Experience the best of the Maldives with our luxury travel guide!

The Maldives is Paradise

Like jewels scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is made up of 1,190 tiny, pristine coral islands that make up 26 atolls; each blessed with diamond white sands, crystal clear turquoise lagoons and sapphire ocean waters in the distance. 

Before we delve into the best things to do in the Maldives, it’s impossible not to acknowledge the beauty of this undeniably romantic destination. With a choice of secluded beachfront hideaways and iconic overwater villas to choose from, it’s easy to understand why the Maldives is renowned for being one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. If you’re hoping to plan the perfect Maldives honeymoon, you won’t be disappointed.

Overwater Villa or Beachfront Bungalow?

It can be tricky trying to decide what type of accommodation is best when visiting the Maldives, both options look absolutely incredible, right? We recommend getting the best of both experiences with a split stay, that way you won't miss out on each of the aspects that make them special!

It's easy to understand why the overwater villas are so iconic; stay in one of these luxurious and beautifully designed villas and you'll love walking down your verandah's steps straight into the crystal clear lagoon, and waking up to endless panoramic views of the bright turquoise waters.


The main benefit of the beach hideaway is romantic seclusion. Imagine waking up to perfect views of the ocean and walking past your private plunge pool to your own personal spot on the beachfront; it's exclusivity and luxury at it's finest. Pair this with a stay in an overwater villa and you really will experience the perfect Maldives honeymoon.

Incredible Dining

The Maldives is easily home to some of the finest restaurants and the best all-inclusive dining experiences in the world. When you opt for an all-inclusive holiday in the Maldives you can expect a fantastic choice of diverse fine dining venues to choose from that all serve sensational dishes. 

If you're looking to plan a truly unique and romantic experience, why not surprise your partner with an evening dinner under the stars with your own personal chef? Or perhaps visit an awe-inspiring underwater restaurant that'll give you incredible views of the marine life to enjoy while you dine?

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

When you think of the Maldives, you think of the bright turquoise waters, right? At the top of our list for the best things to do in the Maldives is snorkelling. Step down the ladder of your overwater villa into the beautiful lagoon and you’ll discover schools of colourful marine fishes swimming by, a couple of sea turtles and maybe even a reef shark!

Another great experience to be had in the Maldives is scuba diving. Venture beyond the lagoon into the deep hued ocean waters and you’ll discover an underwater wonderland full of kaleidoscopic coral beds, eagle rays, caverns and in some areas; whale sharks!

Spa and Wellness

As soon as you arrive, you can feel your shoulders relaxing and the tension you was holding onto begin to disappear; the Maldives is undeniably one of the most peaceful and relaxing destinations in the world. 

Your visit here would be incomplete without indulging in a nourishing body treatment, a blissful massage or a revitalising facial; many of the spa's use locally sourced and chemical-free ingredients as well to further enhance the healing experience. Many of the resorts also offer tranquil yoga sessions and other wellness-inspired journeys for those looking for an experience that helps both the body and the mind.

Tours and Island Hopping

What could be more romantic than a tour by boat that’ll take you beyond your little island into the vast sapphire ocean waters? You could embark on a sunset cruise with Champagne and canapés on a hand carved wooden Dhoni, take to the ocean waters in a yacht for an afternoon of island hopping to tiny islets, or even a tour that’ll provide you with front row seats to an incredible dolphin spotting safari or whale watching adventure.

Although many of the Maldives’s islets are occupied with luxurious private island resorts, there’s also a vibrant and thriving culture awaiting on ‘home islands’ such as Thulhaadhoo. If you’re looking a day trip that’ll introduce you to the rich and warm population who call paradise they’re home, it’s definitely worth considering an island hopping tour of the Maldives.

Romantic Experiences

There’s not shortage of romance along these blissful atolls, and if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience on your Maldives honeymoon with the one you love then you’re in luck!

What could be more romantic than a gourmet private dinner for two along the edge of the sandy beachfront? You can choose a secluded spot at sunset with your own personal chef grilling mouth-watering seafood whenever you say, or a luxury picnic all set up and waiting for you on a private white-sand islet in the heart of the ocean. Another great experience we love is the chance to watch your favourite movie under the stars at a pop-up Cinema on the Beach!

Our Top 3 Maldives Resorts

LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas

This all-inclusive escape is unlike any other; expect absolutely incredible service throughout the entirety of your stay. We love their swinging cocoon chairs and the whale watching experience they offer!

The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi

Arrive at this gorgeous resort and you’ll instantly feel soothed and relaxed by the tropical-island inspired architecture of this nourishing and luxurious escape. We love the freestanding soaking tubs, that overlook the endless turquoise lagoon in their beautiful overwater villas. 

Sun Siyam Vilu Reef 

This beautiful resort is modern, vibrant and a great all-rounder, perfect for couples, honeymooners and families alike. A highlight for us are the overwater hammocks in the Aqua Villas!

Good To Know

What is the best time of year to go to The Maldives?

The Maldives experience beautiful hot weather all year round thanks to it's location near the equator. With this tropical location comes the chance of rain at any point throughout the year, with a higher chance from May to October, however this is likely to clear up very quickly and be replaced by the sun in no time. Rain or shine, the Maldives is always a hot and beautiful place to visit.

How long does it take to get to The Maldives from the UK?

Overall the flight time takes roughly 10 hours and 30 minutes, but we recommend twinning the Maldives with a trip to Sri Lanka; as it’s just a 1 hour flight away and Sri Lanka’s authentic culture and stunning UNESCO sites perfectly compliment the Maldives’s experience. 

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