The Maldives resembles a cluster of glittering diamonds studding a turquoise blanket of ocean. This is fitting as it is one of the top choices for destination weddings. In Maldives, romance is always in the air. Take a stroll along the beach at sunset to witness a mesmerising sky lighting up in fiery shades and follow it up with candlelit dinner on the beach under the stars. If you fancy an indulgence, book a luxury cruise and enjoy some top notch food and drink along with entertainment and a complete array of modern amenities laid on. If a rejuvenating massage is your idea of holiday pampering, visit the in house spa at PER AQUUM Niyama Maldives.

Symbolic marriages are also a popular tradition in the Maldives. A symbolic wedding simply allows a couple the opportunity to acknowledge their commitment to each other and does not impose any legal constraints. Married couples may choose to renew marriage vows, while unmarried couples may use this special ritual to make a promise or declare their love for each other.

The Maldives provides the ideal setting for a symbolic wedding; pristine sandy beaches with the Indian Ocean stretching beyond. Most resorts are prepared to create beautifully adorned wedding pavilions finished with traditional local touches. Services are carried out by a minister who is an ‘Island Chief’; a traditional Maldivian wedding would be officiated by an Island Chief. The service can be as low key or as flamboyant as you wish. Celebration cakes, culinary creations that maybe local, international or both, champagnes and cocktails can be rolled out for your magical day. The couple will be presented with a symbolic wedding certificate and ceremonies must be conducted following regulations laid out by the Ministry of Tourism.

Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world.