It’s a long way to go to the Maldives, a distant travel destination full of sapphire seas and perfect paradise islands (nearly 2,000 of them, many with resorts of their own). This world of yachts, seaplanes, unimaginable luxury, overwater bungalows (some with slides that take you straight into the ocean from your deck), great diving and snorkeling, private island resorts, and twinkling stars brighter than you have anywhere else in the world seen embodies exactly what you have in mind for your honeymoon. Exotic and quixotic – that’s what you’re looking for. You want to go to a place so amazing that you can’t even conjure it up in your head. The Maldives embody this realm of the unimaginable.
Whether you travel now or later, you can make this trip around the world to the Maldives seem like a shorter excursion when you break up your trip with a luxurious stay in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Both Emirates and Etihad Airways (among other airlines) offer outstanding and easy-to-book overnight packages in the region, so you can explore the vastness of these remote landscapes, sand dunes and camel paradises, glorious urbanity and world-class culture. Swish pampering and stunning hotels. Let the One & Only hotel group pamper you in one of two unforgettable hotels. Both the One & Only Royal Mirage and One & Only The Palm in Dubai offer two-day “Stopover in Style” packages that immerse guests in the local culture, from cuisine to wellness to adventurous excursions. One & Only Royal Mirage is set in 65 acres of gardens lined with a private beach. It offers a variety of options, from nine restaurants to the huge Health & Beauty Institute. It offers excursions such as a sand dune safari with falconry. Arrive by boat at One & Only The Palm on an island enclave. With an Aladdin fairy tale atmosphere, it offers extravagant tranquility, including three restaurants, a Guerlain Spa, a beach, and pools. Curl up in a waterfront cabana and end the day with a hot air balloon ride across the desert.
Then it’s off to the Maldives. Honeymoon Part Two. The Maldives is already far away, remote, and an easy place for social distancing (as most resorts occupy individual islands and make the landscape spacious and with privacy in mind). You currently feel safer than most places in the world. Hey, it’s even further away than Dubai. Take the intimacy you’re looking for to the next level at swanky Baros Maldives, a long-loved resort just a 30-minute boat ride from the airport. As a member of Small Luxury Hotels, this adult-only hideaway, the dream of a would-be castaway, enchants with glamorous offers – such as thatched roof suites spanning the gin-clear water on poles and a piano bar on a platform surrounded by the sea swims. Although three excellent restaurants await you, you will likely prefer room service and sexy picnics on sandbanks – organized by your own personal guide. See the Maldives’ famous dhoni boats on a sunset cruise, sail away to look for dolphins, rays and turtles, learn to scuba dive (they have a PADI center) or just wander the island and pick Hibiscus flowers to make wreaths for your hair. Do you want an incentive to feel good? (And we don’t want to stretch out in the sun with your lover.) Baros is celebrating the environment with a notable coral regeneration program and sustainable efforts – like non-biodegradable products. They were among the first to be certified as an “eco-diving center” on the island. This chain was a leader in reef protection and sustainability education.