It really is that beautiful
I can vouch, the brochures don't lie. As soon as you arrive at your resort it'll be easy to see why the Maldives is one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations. The ocean is such a bright blue it's almost blinding, the sandy beaches are practically deserted, the accommodations are luxurious and the snorkelling is amongst some of the best in the world.
In addition to the natural beauty of the Maldives, the resorts are equally stunning. Every resort in the region has its very own island (some even span across a few), so your stay is guaranteed to be tranquil and most importantly, private. Many of the resorts even build their accommodation with privacy in mind, so it’s an ideal option for a honeymoon.
It’s hot and sunny all year round
Not matter what time of year you go on your Maldives honeymoon, there will always be sun for you to soak up. With temperatures averaging 25 to 30°C year round, the two seasons in the Maldives revolve around its rainfall; the wet and the dry season.
December to April is the region’s peak season with warm days and less rain. With ideal conditions, this is also the most expensive time to go, so if you are on a budget you may want to visit between April and November. September and October are the wettest months in the Maldives, but this is also when it’s the best time to spot whale sharks.
You can fly direct from the UK
British Airways operates direct flights from London to Malé - the capital of the Maldives - from November to March. All up the flight takes 10 hours and 15 minutes. If you book your flight in the summer months or with another airline, it will include a stopover.
You’ll need a seaplane or speed boat transfer
Malé is very much an industrial town and there’s not much to do there, so once you’ve landed you’ll need to board a seaplane or speed boat transfer to your resort. The location of your resort will usually determine what type of transfer you take - some seaplane trips can take a couple of hours if your resort is located far away from Malé. Either way, it’s a beautiful way to arrive at your resort.
Resorts make up their own time zone
The Maldives experiences 12 hours of daylight year round, so many of the resorts alter their local time in order for guests to enjoy more daylight in the evening. How far ahead the clocks are will vary from island to island, so keep this in mind when pre-booking activities.
It is possible to get a great deal
Resorts in the Maldives can be amongst the most expensive in the world (think £2,000 a night) but, if you do your research, there are resorts that can help you achieve your dream honeymoon on a budget (like a more achievable £120 a night). For ideas, check out our guide to Maldives honeymoons that won’t break the bank. Other cash-saving tips include booking your honeymoon in the wet season (May to October), being flexible with your dates and looking out for last minute deals.
You’ll need to budget for food while you're there
Unless you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, keep in mind when you’re budgeting for your honeymoon that you will need to pay for food. As all resorts are on private islands, nipping out for a cheap takeaway isn’t an option here. Instead you’ll be limited to the in-resort restaurants. And while the dining is often 5-stars, be prepared for it to come with a hefty price tag. Very little produce actually comes from the Maldives so most ingredients have to be flown in, hence the £20 you’ll pay for a burger.
Make the most of it
While you may just dream of swimming, eating, sleeping and not much else on your Maldives honeymoon, as a once-in-a-lifetime trip it’s important to make the most of your visit. Resorts will offer a range of activities and experiences, from private dinners on the beach to dolphin cruises at sunset, so during your honeymoon we recommend picking a few to make your honeymoon truly memorable.