Maldives, Ultimate Honeymoon
To many travelers, the Maldives have long been synonymous with paradise. Whether you’re a honeymooner, scuba diver, or sun-seeking beach lover, Maldives will always be a welcoming place for anyone who visits its beautiful, warm turquoise waters and lush tropical islands. With its picture-perfect scenery, it’s no wonder that this tiny Indian Ocean archipelago has stood out as the ultimate in luxury holiday destinations.
The Maldives, sitting in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is a nation of more than 1,200 coral islands, usually grouped into “atolls”. There are 26 natural atolls in Maldives, most of them uninhabited, with the biggest concentration of resorts on Malé (Kaafu) Atoll, and a few other on Vaavu, Baa and Lhaviyani. Alifu (Ari) Atoll has been declared the new Tourism Zone of the Maldives, and the area has undergone recent construction to upgrade and build new resorts for the nation’s thriving tourism industry.
Only about 200 of these islands are populated, with the majority of the Maldivian population living in Male, the Maldivian capital. A few trendsetting restaurants and transit hotels can be found here, but there is no alcohol and little to appeal to the masses of hedonists arriving every week.
Instead, travelers head straight for exclusive island resorts located on islands all over the country, where various luxuries and amenities compete for attention with a brilliant transparent underwater world. Maldives holidays are quiet and private, with long lazy days filled by lounging in the sun, swimming, sunset drinks and the gentle rhythms of the waves merging with the tunes of local music. The Maldives deserve the attention of anyone looking for a uniquely indulgent break, with breathtaking scenery and sheer luxury that stays with you long after your holiday has ended.
Fun in the Sea
With access to the sea readily available, it’s not hard to guess that most of the activities here involve the water. You can swim for recreation, play water polo, and go surfing. Every single resort in the Maldives is equipped with a sports centre that provides a wide range of water sports activities. During the southwest monsoon season between June to September, the islands of the Maldives experience massive swells, making it a mecca for surf-enthusiasts from all over the world. The more popular breaks are located in the North and South Malé Atoll, with some other lesser-known breaks accessible through specialized surf cruises offered by cruise operators all over the country.
Thanks to a warm climate, the waters of the Maldives ensure crystal clear visibility that allow you to see fish passing by as far as fifty meters away. Maldives is also home to a series of ancient coral reefs of incredible natural beauty, which are home to over a thousand species of fish and other underwater creatures. In the Maldives you have the opportunity to see all kinds of marine life, from tiny shrimps and crabs to schools of glittering fishes, magnificent mantas and sharks.
Furthermore, you do not have to be a professional diver to enjoy scuba diving in Maldives. Resorts and safari boats provide basic to advanced training to allow even the most reluctant diver to enjoy the beauty of Maldivian underwater life. If you are not comfortable going into the water, you can try the Whale Submarine, a popular excursion which allows visitors to view underwater life on a reef from inside the submarine.
Sights to See
While Maldives is famed for its beach, sun and surf, there are also various historical monuments and exceptional cultural relics worth checking out. The Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), located in the capital of Maldives, is the oldest mosque in the country, dating back to 1656. The exterior of the property does not look very attractive, but the interior is superb and famed for its elaborate woodcarvings.
The small National Museum, a three-storey building in one corner of the Sultan’s Park, is also worth a visit. This is the only remaining part of the original sultan’s palace, and it hosts a large collection of historical artifacts depicting the history and rich cultural heritage of the country.
Honeymoon and Romance
The Maldives is the perfect setting for an intimate, secluded, private and most importantly, beautiful honeymoon or romantic interlude. The Maldives have plenty of options for newlyweds to choose from, whether it’s a luxury resort island or a private water bungalow. One common thread, however, will be the seclusion and privacy that you will experience in your celebration of love.
Dine under the stars with the sand beneath your toes and the rhythms of the sea in the backdrop. Head to a nearby-uninhabited island and enjoy it all by yourselves for the whole day. Laze around in your private villa as you enjoy a spa treatment right inside the room. The amazingly romantic and beautiful atmosphere will leave you yearning for more.
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