It’s probably not the hardest decision anyone has ever made, given the diving amongst the coral reefs, sailing past dolphins or swimming in the Indian Ocean. The fact that nothing less than a luxurious hotel exists at a honeymoon destination in the Maldives may also have something to do with its popularity, although in all honesty we were sold at the white sand beaches.
The Maldives has garnered a reputation not only for its natural beauty, but for its unparalleled luxury as well. It is the destination of the very much in love, for those seeking a moment in paradise. However, its manmade excellence really must not overshadow what it has to offer culturally and environmentally, because beyond the five and even six star resorts there are islands for families, for divers and for those seeking peace and quiet surrounded by wildlife.
Dubbed Asia’s sunken garden for its miraculous offerings below the water, the Maldives has perhaps the best beaches in the world, on almost every one of the country’s nearly 1200 islands with consistently whiter-than-white powder sand and luminous cyan-blue water .
The area’s marine life really is outstanding. There are dazzling corals, caves and brightly coloured tropical fish and in the deeper waters lurk manta rays, turtles, sharks and even the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. Joyfully, the water is also so warm that you don’t even need a wetsuit to explore!
Onto the accommodation however, it’s best to let Lily Beach Resort and Spa do the talking. Made up of a series of luxury villas, guests have their own private pools, terraces overhanging the sea, hot tubs, decks and lots of space to recline in, which is pretty much the entire point of the holiday.
Activities are all of the leisurely variety – you can relax, or you can relax. Those are essentially the options. The spa is an invitation to have your massages with a sea breeze wafting through the room and a glass floor with a view into the ocean wildlife below. Alternatively, play tennis, swim in the sea or the pools, or head out on a sunset cruise to get a different view of the islands from the water.
Food invites inspiration from across the globe with dishes from India and the Orient, as well as offering different vibes from beach glam fun with cocktails to romantic sophistication over fine dining experiences.
In essence, this is the ultimate private island experience, where natural beauty has not yet been surpasses by manmade additions, but merely enhance the experience for all to enjoy.
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