The Maldives are a series of islands in the Indian Ocean with an abundance of gorgeous, sun-drenched beaches and epic views that make it the perfect destination for a honeymoon.
If you’ve ever seen those gorgeous overwater bungalows that span out across the open water, with thatched roofs, outdoor showers, and stairs that take you directly into the water, that’s exactly what you have to look forward to in the Maldives.
You will definitely be living a tropical fantasy at these epic honeymoon resorts in the Maldives. Many of them have private pools, butler service, even glass floors so you can see through to the tropical fish below.
We have curated this list of 9 of the best resorts in the Maldives for your honeymoon. Each one will give you stunning views, incredibly luxury, and the perfect romantic getaway.
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Gorgeous Honeymoon Resorts in the Maldives
Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
This adult only resort will give you that romantic privacy you crave on your honeymoon. It will feel like you’re the only ones there, especially in one of the ocean-facing villas with direct access to the lagoon.
With 67 villas, this is one of the smaller resorts, but that equals greater privacy. It’s also one of the few adults-only resorts in the Maldives, so you can expect quiet serenity. With a selection of over water, ocean pool and beach pool villas, you are spoilt for choice.
The Anantara Veli has ocean-facing pavilions that are all their accommodations can be transformed into a wellness retreat with a soothing ambience of sound and aroma and a mindfulness kit for ultimate relaxation.
If you choose to leave the villa – and you certainly don’t have to with the included room service – you have a selection of restaurants serving a plethora of different cultural foods such as Thai and Japanese. It’s on an all-inclusive basis, with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and premium drinks included.
For an extra special evening you can follow the lanterns to a romantic table set for two. There you can dine under the moon with sparkling wine and the rhythmic sounds of waves.
Given the title ‘Most Romantic Resort in the World’ for eight consecutive years by the prestigious World Travel Awards, this resort is designed for honeymooners.
Tucked away in a beautiful jungle, the Baros Maldives has private and luxurious villas and a plethora of memorable romantic and intimate experiences, like intimate dinners, private luxury cruises, and indulgent couples spa treatments.
You’re going to want to splurge for the water pool villa. It’s a tropical overwater haven, with a plunge pool, sun-soaked veranda with a daybed and lounge chairs, plus a stairway that descends into the crystal-clear waters below. There is 24-hour butler to provide for your every need.
Why not relax at their famous Serenity Spa which provides not only the typical spa treatments but also meditation and yoga to relax your mind as well as your body.
For the ultimate dining experience, the Piano Deck is a wooden deck which sits on the lagoon providing an unforgettable evening of gourmet food and a tranquil sunset.
Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa
This all-inclusive sanctuary gives you the perfect honeymoon experience. The Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa prides itself on their environmental ethos.
The resort is energy efficient and focuses on environment preservation so you can feel good knowing that you are doing your part if you choose this destination.
There are 120 villas – 60 on the island and 60 on the sea – with a contemporary-style tropical architecture and interior design, using bamboo, natural stones and Langhi Langhi leaves so they blend seamlessly with the island environment. For that added romantic touch, they have walk-in and outdoor “under the stars” showers and a spacious bath tub for two.
The resort also has a choice of 6 different restaurants and cafes.
Their honeymoon special offer also includes a bottle of champagne on arrival, complimentary 60 minute massage, and a romantic beach dinner to make your holiday as special as your big day. You’ll feel pampered with a non-intrusive service style.
Hurawalhi Island Resort
Set on an enchanting private island in the pristine Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, Hurawalhi Island Resort is an adults-only, 90-villa resort that every newlywed dreams of for their honeymoon.
Here’s the cherry on the cake: Hurawalhi Island Resort is home to the famous 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, the world’s largest all glass undersea restaurant. Aptly named for being 5.8 meters below water, you can get a fine-dining experience like no other. This is an experience to remember with a multi-course tasting menu and a very exclusive view.
The romantic ocean villas, some with private pools, have outdoor baths, lounge chairs, a catamaran net on the deck, and direct access to the lagoon. They are elegantly furnished with an awe-inspiring background and utmost privacy.
If you’re looking for activities, you can go scuba diving in the lagoons surrounded by sea life and coral, play some tennis, grab a stand up paddle board, go snorkeling, or have a couples massage.
LUX South Ari Atoll
On your honeymoon you want the most romantic experience and LUX South Ari Atoll is just that. It was purpose-built for romance.
Their Romantic and Temptation over-water villas are designed for romance, with private infinity pools, sun deck, a hanging bird’s nest swing, and your personal set of steps into the lagoon.
During your stay, you can have floating breakfasts in your swimming pool, take a midnight dip in the sea right from you villa, or have a romantic dinner on a sandbank. There’s even a projector in your room so you can have a movie night in bed.
The LUX Presidential villa is even more plush, with complete privacy located at the tip of the jetty, see-through glass floors, floor-to-ceiling glass panes, and a butler.
You won’t get bored at this resort, with a large range of activities from yoga to jet skiing and stand up paddle boarding. With their in house photographer you can capture your whole day to reminisce over during future anniversaries.
Included in their honeymoon package are romantic bed decorations, a celebration cake, couples massages, and a photoshoot.
After all that you can even go for a private dining experience with a personalized menu. The choices are endless.
Six Senses Laamu
This 97-villa resort provides guests with a personal GEM (Guest Experience Maker) so that you can have the best stress-free vacation with everything taken care of for you.
The ocean water villas – some with pools – have direct access to the sea, where you can swim and snorkel, or plunge into your personal pool. There are loungers on the deck or sit around the outside deck’s glass-bottom table. They also have a unique glass overwater bathtub with a view of the ocean, plus an outdoor rain shower.
Go on a snorkeling tour of a coral reef to see one of the 5 shipwrecks in the area, have a picnic on a deserted island, do some stargazing, taking a cooking class, or have a lobster bbq on the beach. These are just a few of the many activities available.
If you go with the ‘Honeymoon Bliss’ offer, you’ll also get breakfast and dinner for two, a 60-minute couples massage, a departure gift and lots more. They also give you personalized bicycles so you can explore the island in style.
The Six Senses Laamu also focuses heavily on sustainability and marine conservation. They have a new state-of-the-art Marine Education Center where you can learn about the local sea life.
Soneva Fushi resort is located on the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is one of the largest islands in the Maldives.
While Soneva Fushi provides 64 luxury villas, the most impressive type they offer is the water villas, with unique features like a retractable roof over the master bed so you can look at the stars, and a glass floor so you can see the ocean life below your feet. Arguably the best feature about the villa is your own slide right into the Indian Ocean.
You can have a romantic night with a personal outdoor cinema screening of your favorite movie, or have a once in a lifetime lesson on glass blowing. The experiences at this resort are truly memorable. Where else can you go ziplining into “Flying Sauces” for a tree top dining experience? After dinner, you can pop into the chocolate or ice cream parlor for a quick sugar pick up.
If you want a more traditional experience they have a variety of restaurants serving the likes of Japanese, Australian, and Maldivian cuisine.
One of the selling points for this resort is that it’s just a 45-minute speed boat ride from the airport, with no need for a costly seaplane ride, so you can get right into your honeymoon.
This resort has sleek contemporary villas with everything you’ll need for relaxation and romance. In the Grand Water Villa (some with pools), you have a beautiful sea view, privacy from your deck with an oversized daybed, dining area, sun loungers, and steps straight down to the lagoon.
The experiences at this resort include 2 spa complexes for a variety of massages, therapies and hydrotherapies to give you the most relaxed vacation of your life, watching the mantas feed in the evenings from the resort jetty, and visiting the hidden shipwreck in nearby Vaavu Atoll.
They are known as one of the best water-sport centers in the Maldives so you can enjoy canoeing, snorkeling, kitesurfing, parasailing, windsurfing, and boat excursions.
Boasting creative menus for all taste buds, you can go to one of the 12 bars and restaurants on the island, or you can have a private dinner for 2 under the stars… Tough choice.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Located in Huvahendhoo Island, Lily Beach Resort & Spa is an all inclusive paradise on a private beach. It’s just a 25-minute seaplane ride from Malé.
This serene resort offers beach villas and overwater bungalows so you can get the perfect accommodation for your needs, each a 5-star amenities, a private deck, and jacuzzi plunge pool. The Deluxe Water Villas have a partial glass floor to enhance the experience.
They have a variety of international restaurants to choose from including Asian, Indian, Teppanyaki, plus a pool bar and main restaurant, and romantic moonlight dining.
For those with an adventurous side, the resort offers diving, paddle boarding, windsurfing, and excursions to nearby coral reefs for snorkeling, and to private sandbanks for picnics.
They have a honeymoon package you can select that will add extra romance to your stay, with flowers, special turndown service, a bottle of bubbly, and a candlelit dinner.
Maldives Travel Tips
- First of all, the Maldives are typically hot year round. So be sure to pack sunscreen and light clothes. Since you will be in the ocean a lot, we also recommend aqua shoes, a waterproof camera, a sunhat, sunglasses, and at least a couple of swimming suits you can rotate between.
- Travel around the Maldives is a bit different to other destinations. You have to travel via boat or seaplane. This will add an extra cost to your trip, so be aware. It can cost anywhere from $150 to $400 per person for the seaplane ride, and the boat ride is considerably cheaper.
- November to April are the months to be visiting since they are out of the rainy season. However we personally recommend going from June to October. Not only will travel and accommodation be cheaper since they are out of peak season but bioluminescent plankton travel to the surface of the ocean giving it an ethereal glow you can’t see anywhere else.
- If you are planning on visiting the capital Malé or any of the local villages outside of your private resort, remember the Maldives are Muslim islands. Try to be respectful and take something to cover your shoulders when exploring.
- As the Maldives are a Muslim country, any alcohol you buy in the duty free will be confiscated upon arrival. So if you are planning on buying some, do so on your way back home.
The Maldivian villas come in a range of prices so whatever your budget is you are able to get the honeymoon of your dreams.
No matter which resort you choose, you can be sure to make treasured memories for your first retreat as a married couple.
The romantic Maldives are not only a good bucket list destination, but also the ideal place to celebrate your love.
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Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited over 75 countries. Her work has been published in numerous guidebooks, websites, and magazines.