Back from a whirlwind visit to the Maldives - and I'm wondering whether there's anywhere more beautiful on the planet. If anyone asked me to recommend a number one honeymoon destination, then this would be it. British Airways have just started flying direct from Gatwick to Male three times a week, which is great news for honeymooners. No tricksy transfer flights, just fly and flop.
I stayed at two of the most luxurious resorts in the archipelago - Soneva Fushi and Soneva Gili (www.sixsenses.com) - and will be giving you the full lowdown in our next fantastic Honeymoon Guide. If you can't wait that long, here's a taster of these resorts.
Soneva Fushi - Castaway Chic
Stepping onto this island is like arriving at a Robinson Crusoe style hideaway with all the creature comforts of a five star resort. Set in lush surroundings, the resort motto is 'no shoes, no news' so its barefoot luxury at its best. I stayed in one of the 65 rustic villas with my own stretch of beach and private pool and thanks to the clever design of the resort, I felt I was the only person on the island. Except of course for my personal 'Man Friday' butler. The resort arranged a boat trip to an offshore sandbank for a candlelit champagne reception (not exactly romantic with a party of 30, but I could see how it would make me melt if I was a honeymooner) and there was an unforgettable evening at the outdoor Paradiso cinema where we watched a classic film under the stars, cocktail in one hand and popcorn in the other. Bliss.
Soneva Gili - Water Edge Luxury
If you've always dreamed of honeymooning in an over-water villa, then Soneva Gili, the sister resort to Soneva Fushi, is the place for you. I woke up to fish swimming by the window and despite the busy schedule, found time to snorkel in my private water garden. Of the 45 villas, there are eight that stand alone in the ocean and can only be reached by boat or kayak. Now that's what you call complete privacy! On the main island there's a new Japanese fusion restaurant (advance bookings recommended) where you can enjoy the daily catch of fish and I was given a tour of the herb and vegetable garden. The idea is that you pick your own salad leaves, which the chef then prepares as part of a delicious meal. If you're a hardcore scuba diver, then there's a PADI certified dive centre, and if you prefer to stay on rather than under the water, the dolphin cruises are a must.
These resorts are all about laid-back luxury. They are tranquil, private and unbelievably beautiful. The only difficulty is choosing between the two, and if you find that impossible, my advice would be to split your honeymoon time and spent a week at each!