Maldives

For the ultimate honeymoon destination, couples will be hard-pressed to find a finer destination than the Maldives and here are some compelling reasons why!

Good morning from your favourite honeymoon island destination in the middle of Indian ocean,
Good morning from your favourite honeymoon island destination in the middle of Indian ocean, | Image by Ibrahim Asad’s PHotograp via flickr

Private Island Getaways

Amongst the unique allures here is the chance to stay at a resort on its own private island that offers sublime seclusion and serenity. Such properties feature beach villas, though newlyweds should look to alternatively try an overwater villa for a unique and intimate experience. Ideal options include OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi which as one of the best Maldives all-inclusive resorts also offers a package with dining delights, unlimited drinks, selected non-motorised water sports and more.

Romantic Dining

Staying at an island resort means that couples can look forward to plenty of opportunities for romantic meals together with dinners on the beach under star-studded skies being a popular choice. Of course, certain properties take dining for couples literally to new depths in a good way; this can be experienced at some resorts that feature an underwater restaurant where you can dine amidst views of coral and marine life!

Spa Healing

After all the rushing about for the wedding, the honeymoon is the perfect period for couples to just take time off to relax and feel rejuvenated which also sets the mood for romance! Resort spas in Maldives offer the ideal setting with treatment rooms for couples so you and your partner can embark on a wellness journey together. Amongst the highlights would be signature local healing rituals such as a Maldivian sand bundle massage and a coconut shell massage.

Enchanting Cruises

One of the best things to do on a Maldives honeymoon is to set off on romantic cruises. The most popular option would be a sunset cruise on a traditional boat called a dhoni, providing the perfect vantage point to witness the sun dipping below the horizon, painting the sky in mesmerising hues. For something different, stay at a resort that also offers a private full moon cruise where you can take in a magical sight at night amidst the serenades of the sea.

Maldives

When it comes to a country that exudes romance and offers the perfect setting for a destination wedding, you can hardly find a better choice than the Maldives and here’s more that couples should know.

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Beach_Weddings | Image by CrownTours Maldives via flickr

The Legalities

You may be surprised to know that while in the Maldives, destination weddings are very popular, those featuring two foreign nationals are not legally binding. However, don’t let that stop you from planning a wedding or renewal of vows ceremony here! Many couples tend to have a legally-binding wedding or register the marriage in their home country and have an enchanting and symbolic ceremony in this tropical paradise.

Resorts & Locations

For such a ceremony, the ideal choice would be an island resort with options like OBLU SELECT Lobigili being even more suitable since it’s exclusively for adults only adding to the privacy. The great thing is, such properties provide a choice of location for your special day; a secluded beach that’s been decorated and set amidst infinite ocean views is a perennial favourite, though some resorts even give couples a chance to renew their vows on a heart-shaped sandbank for two!

Types of Ceremonies

Those planning to tie the knot can look to have a conventional Western-style ceremony where the bride and groom wear typical wedding attire that makes for mesmerising pictures as well. That said, some resorts will offer the choice to incorporate more traditional local aspects for a truly distinctive Maldives wedding. It can include a “Bodu Beru” drum procession, Maldivian attire, a wedding officiant or dedicated ceremony master and delectable local snacks.

Special Additions

Resorts here will make your destination wedding even more unforgettable with certain inclusions on, during and after your special day. These can include transporting the couple to the ceremony location in a decorated buggy, a three-tier wedding cake-cutting ceremony, a curated wedding gift hamper, a bottle of champagne and a four-course, candlelit beach dinner. You could also stay at a luxurious beach or overwater villa with a private pool and sunset views for a magical honeymoon too!

Did your S.O. just get down on one knee and pop the question? It’s time to find the big white dress and prepare your bouquet throwing skills! But first- pick a location in Dubai! Luckily, being the awesome Emirate that it is, you have plenty of places to choose from!

Garden

Allan Ajifo, Destination wedding, CC BY 2.0

Garden weddings held at any luxury hotel in Dubai look quite similar to having your wedding at the Garden of Eden, especially at the beautifully groomed garden at Desert Palm PER AQUUM.

Beach

Allan Ajifo, Beach wedding, CC BY 2.0

Beach weddings are gaining popularity across the world, as mesmerizing blue ocean waters and golden beaches make add the perfect amount of colour to your wedding photographs!

Indoors

Addington Palace, Dinner in the great hall at Addington Palace, CC BY-SA 3.0

Having an indoor wedding means that you get to control temperatures and avoid any weather situations like sandstorms or rain! You can even decorate the hall in any way and with anything that you want!

Other venues

Other Wedding Venues
Other Wedding Venues via Pixabay

Dubai is massively beautiful and has a number of venues that will be ideal for your wedding – choose from having it against the backdrop of the Arabian Desert or on a yacht as you cruise along the shimmering waters of the Persian Gulf.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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