Thursday 14 July 2016

3 of the Best Luxury Resorts in the Maldives

Earlier this year I got engaged and we are busy planning the wedding. Well actually my better half is doing much of the planning and one of my jobs is organizing the honeymoon. It was such as fun task that I decided to blog about it.

Firstly I had to decide on the destination. A friend who works for a company offering Maldives honeymoon packages told me that the Maldives was the best seller. They also sell packages to other top honeymoon destinations like the Seychelles and the Far East, but Mike told me that the Maldives was the top dog. I enjoyed browsing the different countries and ended up agreeing that the Maldives would be the best place to go for a romantic break.

At the moment I am still in the deciding process. I have nailed it down to 3 resorts in the Maldives. These are all 5 star and very luxurious- we are going to splash the cash this time. The resorts each have their own merits- namely awesome villas and amazing beaches, with turquoise clear water.

Below I will list the 3 resorts and add some photos (taken off the Only Exclusive Travel website). If you have any preferences or recommendations; please leave a comment below to help me decide. I still have a month or so before we will be booking. They are in no particular order:

1. Soneva Fushi
This is a very well rounded island in terms of facilities, amenities and the paradise island factor. They have gone for a natural vibe with traditional architecture which has a lot of individuality and character. Some of the villas look quite large so I wonder whether this one is better for families and groups?
Soneva Fushi - a picture of paradise

2. Jumeirah Vittaveli 
Check out the photo below, which is what made me almost fall in love at first sight with Jumeirah Vittaveli. Who could resist the villas on stilts over the water? You are guaranteed privacy at this resort and I would expect the water ripples to reflect off the ceiling- this is one of those little things I love about accommodation near water. 

I was leaning towards one of the water villas with a sunset view- should be magical. But the Ocean Suite Villas are the ones in the photo and I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I didn't try one of those. The company does bespoke packages so I am sure they will be able to give use a few days in one and a few days in the other. The villas on stilts are only accessible by speedboat, so I think 3-4 nights will be enough. Then we can stay on the island to make more use of the facilities like the spa and beach.

Jumeirah Vittaveli with their romantic floating villas

 3. Amilla Fushi
This resort struck a cord with me because of the minimalist design. I have been getting into Feng Shui and minimalism in my work life e.g. less clutter. Therefore the photos of the well appointed, modern villas were very attractive to me.

At Amilla Fushi you can choose a villa with it's own infinity pool (see photo below). I adore infinity pools, especially if it was just outside our room and private. I just seem attracted to all the other photos too- as a Brit I like the way Fish and Chips is advertised at such an opulent resort. The ground seems to be sand in most places, which is great as it looks very white. Plus the way the sunbeds are spaced out and everything else makes me think that this would make a very comfortable place to stay as a couple, without feeling isolated.

Amilla Fushi villa with infinity pool

Which one would you choose? Have you been to another luxury resort in the Maldives for a honeymoon or romantic break?