South-southwest of India, in the heart of the Indian Ocean, you’ll find the Maldives, an archipelago of over one thousand coral islands. With 200 inhabited islands and more than 80 of those boasting luxury resorts, the Maldives is one of the most popular luxury romantic destinations for couples. Make an iconic overwater bungalow your home for the duration of your stay, and enjoy some of the best scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming and five-star relaxation you’re likely to find anywhere in the world.
Here are five romantic accommodation options in the Maldives.
Conrad Maldives, on Rangali Island, is the epitome of barefoot luxury in The Maldives, with staff perfecting the notion of providing the perfectly planned romantic getaway. Joined by bridges, the resort is comprised of a water villa, a beach villa and an award winning destination spa. At Conrad Maldives expect flawless personalised service, perfect privacy and exquisite cuisine in the many restaurants, including the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the first of its kind in the world, located 16 feet below sea level.
Baros Island, on the North Male Atoll, is one of The Maldives most elegant luxury resorts. Baros staff provides incomparable service, specialising in treating you and then leaving you alone to enjoy the intimacy of your room and its spectacular vista. Get a glimpse of the beauty below the water on an Eco Dive or snorkelling expedition, or simply relax, languish all day and then dine over the water. Leave your inner sanctum only to indulge in a drink at Sails before sampling exquisite cuisine away from your suite, in The Lighthouse Restaurant, the Cayenne Grill, or Lime Restaurant.
The Maldives’ incredible Cocoa Island by COMO is a luxurious choice for couples that seek peace of mind, body and spirit. With the Shambhala Spa at its heart, Cocoa Island is all about tranquility. Treatments include Ayurvedic therapy, massage, and a full menu of facials and body treatments. Take a yoga class, spend quality time together in the stunning surrounds and set some new habits to help your relationship continue to thrive at home.
Dhoni Island, located on the North Ari Atoll of The Maldives, caters for couples with a little imagination, offering privacy and fantasy; you can choose your own adventure on Dhoni Island. Stay on board one of 5 traditional Maldivian vessels – “dhonis” – or in one of 6 island lodges and have the use of a dhoni and its attentive crew as well. With no menus or set meal times, Master Chef Shah, will design meals to your specifications.
At Mirihi in The Maldives you can have your luxury with simple elegance. One of the best small resorts in the country, Mirihi is a classic Maldives option; overwater bungalows with traditional thatched roofs, soft sand floors and an overwater 16-seat restaurant, offering degustation menus with well-matched wines. Mirihi is a tranquil, peaceful piece of Maldives paradise for romantic couples.
Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.