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Romantic Escapes: The Best Maldives Resorts For Couples Holidays + Honeymoons

Sunny tropical islands with palm trees, white sands and blue lagoons are the epitome of romance, which is why the Maldives is the perfect honeymoon destination. From scuba diving to deep-sea fishing, there are adventures aplenty if you want them, but if you'd rather laze the day cuddling with your own true love, well that's okay too.

Practically every resort in the Maldives has the potential to be a romantic getaway. In some resorts, though, the villas are crowded closer together than they are in others, which makes the population density is higher. You may not be able to find the seclusion you crave at these resorts. At other resorts, the service may be lacking. The staff may not be quite as adept at spa treatments for two or preparing a candlelit dinner on the beach under a full moon.

Anantara Veli

Anantara Veli features a four-night honeymoon package at 25 percent off the price of a regular stay.

Accommodations are in one of Anantara Veli's super luxurious Over Water Bungalows with a king size bed and a very private sun terrace. The honeymoon package includes complimentary champagne and chocolate when the happy couple first arrives, as well as breakfast every day in bed, ten percent off all spa treatments and a Dining By Design meal served in the romantic island locale of your and your partner's choice.

Even if you don't opt for the honeymoon package, Anantara Veli is a romantic place, particularly if you and your significant other both love the water. The resort boasts a first class diving center. You can also participate in water sports like kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing in the shimmering blue waters of the resort's lagoon. Anantara Veli does not have a house reef, but dive center staff members lead regular expeditions to nearby diving spots every day. The speedboat ride there and back gives you half an hour longer to hold your true love's hand

Soneva Gili

Soneva Gili offers a residence for lovers so private that it is guaranteed to make them feel as though they are the only two people on earth. These 1,400 square foot villas are on stilts, 1600 feet out on the Indian Ocean. You have to use a boat to get to them from shore. There are several extra bedrooms too, in case you want to take your new in-laws along on the honeymoon. (That's a joke, of course.)

The villa comes with its own deepwater coral pool right next to the living room, accessible by means of a water slide on the top sun deck. You don't even have to come to shore to enjoy meals, although the dining and wines at the resort's restaurants are first rate. The staff will be happy to set up a romantic candlelit dinner for two right in your suite. Spa staff is also happy to come to you with a full menu of spa beauty and health treatments including an aphrodisiac couples massage.

Soneva Gili also offers honeymoon packages that include two nights stay in a water villa and a number of customized spa options. Rates depend upon the season when you are booking your honeymoon.

Mirihi

Mirihi is a tiny island with only 6 land villas and 30 over water bungalows in all, which makes it a perfect spot for lovers seeking seclusion. If you let the staff know beforehand that you are honeymooning, you will be greeted upon arrival with a basket of fresh fruit, wine and chocolate as a wedding gift.

Mirihi is a particularly good honeymoon destination for newlyweds who like to snorkel together since the house reef, easily accessible from every villa on the island, is first rate and attracts sharks, turtles and even baby mantas as well as shimmering schools of fish. The resort also features a PADI dive center for sweethearts who want to take their mutual love of diving to the next level, and learn to scuba dive together.

Mirihi is also moderately priced, which makes it a particularly good option for a couple just starting out. The name "Mirihi" derives from the small yellow flowers that grow everywhere on the island.

Cocoa Island

Cocoa Island is another relatively small Maldives resort. All the resort's villas are built over the water, leaving its white sand beaches in a pristine state. You can snorkel in the waters around your villa, or laze the mornings away on the deck, watching the changing colors of the lagoon.

Cocoa Island is one of the more laid back resorts in the Maldives. If you're looking for a place to show off your new trousseau, Cocoa Island is not it. But if you are looking for a place to become intimately acquainted with your new spouse -- or reacquainted with a spouse that the years have trained you to take entirely too much for granted -- you couldn't ask for a better getaway.

Cocoa Island honeymoon packages are not available through the resort, but are available through outside travel consultants.

Nika

Every villa in the Nika resort has its own private beach. What kinds of things can newlyweds do on their own private beach? Use your imagination.

Nika offers a level of privacy as well as luxury that makes it a standout among the Maldives' many resorts. The resort is owned by an Italian hotelier whose love of bright colors and gardening is evident everywhere on the island. The gardens are ablaze with color from the archways overgrown with scarlet and purple bougainvillea to flame trees abloom with bright red flowers. The shrubbery grows right up to each front door so the bungalow is completely hidden from sight.

At midnight each night every light on the island is snuffed for a few minutes. It's just you, your own true love and a sky filled with endless galaxies of stars. Of course, what you and your loved one do on a tropical beach at night when there are no lights aound is completely up to you.

Komandoo

Komandoo is the closest thing in the Maldives to an adult-only resort. Some of the literature describes it as an adult-only resort, but strictly speaking this is not the case. Komandoo does not take guests who are under 12 years of age. Of course, that does leave all the awkward teenagers, but presumably they will keep themselves busy canoeing, windsurfing and learning how to scuba at the 5-star PADI dive center.

The Jacuzzi water villas on stilts over the lagoon's crystalline waters are probably the resort's most romantic accommodations. Staff will bring you fruit and chocolates every day when they clean your room. Komandoo's cuisine is a particular standout, and of course you can enjoy it with a catered candlelit dinner for two anywhere on the island. Komandoo will also provide honeymooners and couples celebrating anniversaries with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit basket.

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