Sandy white shores and crystal clear waters surrounding secluded atolls… these elements paint the picture-perfect Maldives honeymoon. Home to some of the best beaches in the world, it’s easy to see why the Maldives is a popular romantic getaway, but apart from its beautiful setting and amazing overwater villas, there’s so much more to enjoy. Here are our favourite cool activities in the Maldives.

Watching a movie… Maldives style

Bring back the feeling of cinema date nights and getting to know each other, but make it more luxe. In the Maldives, you don’t just go to the cinema… you get a sea-nema experience. Ha! Lay back, relax, feel the ocean breeze on your skin as you munch away on popcorn (or your chosen tropical treats). We especially love the amazing setup at The Nautilus.

CInema night setup at The Nautilus
Casablanca on a beach hideaway? Yes, please! (Photo from Anantara Kihava Maldives Villas)
Romantic cinema vibe at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
Garden-style outdoor cinema at Patina Maldives

Dining With a Twist

Tuck in at Huvafen Fushi Maldives

Luxury hotels especially in the Maldives have the freshest seafood and tropical fruits. But the wonder doesn’t stop there. The dining experiences are set in such unique spots that it won’t only be a feast for your palate but for your eyes too! From a floating breakfast in your overwater villa pool to a romantic torch-lit dinner on the shore (or in the middle of the ocean!), there’s a dreamy setup waiting for you. Snack on fruits and cheeses picnic style or hop on a boat and be greeted by dolphins as you enjoy your meal. For a truly surreal experience, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and Anantara Kihava Maldives Villas have underwater restaurants!

Anantara Kihava Maldives Villas’ underwater restaurant
Sandbar dining at Anantara Dhigu Maldives
Anantara Dhigu Maldives’ middle of the ocean dining spot
Charcuterie on the beach at The Nautilus
Dolphin sighting at Huvafen Fushi Maldives
The underwater restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Exploring!

Your Maldives honeymoon presents you with the perfect opportunities to make new memories, and what better way to do this than explore the beauty of the islands? Some of the best beaches in the world are here and with these come the most amazing reefs and a bounty of marine biodiversity. Whether you choose to snorkel or SCUBA dive, the Maldivian seas’ will spoil you with amazing encounters. Gentle whale sharks and manta rays are known to frequent the atolls, and the plethora of colourful reef fish makes the Maldives a marine wonderland.

Reefs teeming with life! (Photo courtesy of Anantara Kihava Maldives Villas)
Meeting a manta at Anantara Kihava Maldives Villas
Close encounter with a whale shark at Lux South Ari Atoll

Biking around the island and to your overwater villa is another must-try!

Biking around Patina Maldives
Biking amidst the trees at Gili Lankanfushi

We recommend kayaking or jet-skiing to discover nearby sandbars that you can have all to yourself, or going for a romantic cruise aboard a doni, or the traditional Maldivian sailboats. Sunset cruises are particularly delightful when the winds get cooler and sky shifts from fiery oranges to mesmerizing purples.

Sunset sailing on a doni (Photo courtesy of Gili Lankanfushi)
Kayaking and discovering a little sandbar near The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands
Jetskiing at The Nautilus
Don’t forget to take lots of pictures! (Couple snorkeling at Coco Bodu Hithi)

Stargazing

Speaking of the sky, the Maldives is one of the best places in the world to go stargazing. Away from the lights of Male—its capital, clear skies overhead twinkle with a thousand stars. Gili Lankanfushi has the Sleep Under the Stars experience where you can cosy up on a rooftop bed. For a full-blown dark sky experience though, Anantara Kihava Maldives Villas’ Sky Bar sets you up with their Sky Guru for an in-depth session where you’ll get to know more about the beautiful night sky. This romantic experience will definitely make your Maldives honeymoon one for the books.

Sleeping Under the Stars Experience at Gili Lankanfushi
With the Sky Guru at Anantara Kihava Maldives Villas
The observatory at Anantara Kihava Maldives Villas

Getting a massage—not just any massage…

Watsu hydrotherapy at FLOW, Patina Maldives

You can get a massage anywhere in the world, but trust us when we say that a massage in the Maldives hits different. Huvafen Fushi Maldives has an underwater spa with a 2-hour rejuvenating “Underwater Rendezvous.” This top-to-toe treatment takes place in a futuristic underwater space where on-site therapists relieve tension and set you up for a wonderful night’s sleep. We also love the deep relaxation care of Watsu hydrotherapy at FLOW, Patina Maldives!

Huvafen Fushi Maldives’ underwater spa
Hot stone massage at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Couple’s massage at Patina Maldives

These activities make the Maldives even more magical and we can’t wait for you to experience it! For our full collection of luxury retreats, click here. Looking for more amazing honeymoon destinations? Click here.

Image credit: Gili Lankanfushi

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Powered by copious amounts of caffeine, Tracy is a cat lady who loves island hopping in Asia. A writer by profession and an interior designer at heart, she loves synergistic aesthetics that breathe life and character into spaces. She finds inspiration from the grand and the mundane, and dreams of living by the beach.