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Memorable Moments in the Maldives: A List of the Archipelago’s Best Resorts

Think about toasting to that milestone with a backdrop of white-sand beaches, swaying palms, azure waters and endless infinity pools – here are the best places in the Maldives to do exactly that:

Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives

Best for a dreamy engagement to remember

An engagement is one of the most memorable life experiences that should be truly cherished, and the team at Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives do everything in their power to ensure that this occasion is as special as it possibly can be. By personalizing the engagement experience according to the couple’s very own love story, the pair can rest assured that this will be a moment to remember for a lifetime to come. Whether you’ve got your eyes set on a picture-perfect beach setup framed by the cerulean seas or prefer a private in-villa event, there’s no limit on where and how to pop the question here.

With its paradisaical setting, romance can be felt throughout the resort, from the airy villas with private pools to exhilarating water activities, gold-tinged sunsets, destination dining and a trip aboard the island’s very own luxury yacht.

Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives offers a Beach Side Affair package that is perfect for those who want to commemorate their love with magical nuptials. The package includes a hosted wedding ceremony, a dedicated wedding coordinator and Master of Ceremony, welcome drinks for the couple, a wedding cake and marriage certificate, as well as a romantic turn-down service and floral bath along with an in-villa breakfast the next day. The cost of this package starts at GBP571 per person based on two people sharing.

General rates at Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives start from GBP408 in an Overwater Pool Villa. To book or for more information, email Resort.Kuredhivaru.Reservations@movenpick.com or call+960 656 3000.

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort

Best for a romantic anniversary

Taking time to celebrate your love as a couple is essential, and anniversaries are the perfect occasion to do this. If you’re looking to spread your anniversary over a few days, then Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort is the idyllic destination to do so. By transporting couples away from the daily hustle and stresses, they can take the time to really relax and focus on each other and their beautiful relationship in complete privacy. The resort’s butlers, catering to your every whim, make enjoying these shared moments of bliss particularly effortless.

The luxury five-star resort has an array of unique experiences specially designed to heighten the senses, ensuring that your anniversary will be etched in your memory forever. These include floating breakfasts served in your villa pool, a romantic candle-lit wine tasting held in the resort’s cellar, island hopping Robinson Crusoe-style, swimming with tiger sharks, snorkelling with myriad marine life and a sunset cruise on the resort’s yacht. For a truly indulgent trip, make sure to book a couple’s treatment at the resort’s spa.

The hotel offers a special Romance Package, which starts at GBP980 for two guests and includes breakfast and dinner, one daily sundowner cocktail per person at Long Bar, one floating Breakfast, one romantic private Dinner in-villa and one 90-minute Raffles Signature Massage per person. Visit the hotel’s website for more information and to book.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

Best for a debut family vacation with the young ones

Many consider the Maldives as a honeymoon destination for couples only, but at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, this isn’t the case. Designed to be an adventure-filled escape for travellers of all ages, this sumptuous island resort is perfect for the whole family, especially those travelling with additions. To ensure that the little one(s) remember this holiday for a long time to come, the resort has thought through every minute detail, focusing on ensuring convenience and relaxation for the family.

With copious amounts of space, the villas – which boast separate living areas – create the best environment for kids and adults alike. When the young ones aren’t enjoying time in the villa pool or taking a nap on the comfy beds, they can revel in the various activities offered at the resort, such as art and cooking classes or various water-based adventures. Adults can also find some time to rest and relax thanks to the resort’s babysitting services and kids’ club, which is suitable from infancy to age 12 and over. And where better to reach that state of zen than at the spa, which offers an extensive menu of wellness treatments?

Set on its own private island, the setting itself is a tonic to soothe parents’ weary souls; walk barefoot with toes in the soft sand, read a book on the private beach or take a dip in one of the Maldives’ largest lagoons. The resort’s onsite dining offerings also present the ideal setting to bond over gourmet creations as a family. With a variety of options to suit even the fussiest kids’ palates, parents will be able to sit back and savour on repeat.

The resort’s recently launched “More Escapes” package presents families with an exciting four-night escape where resetting, reconnecting, and rejuvenating are the focus. It includes a 20% discount on bespoke wellness programmes created by the Willow Stream Spa, plus a daily buffet breakfast and dinner and two return seaplane transfers from Velana International Airport. Rates start from GBP4,081 a night (including the tax and service charge, but excluding Green Tax). Visit Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi’s website for more information or to book.

Pullman Maldives Maamutaa

Best for a fun-filled reunion with friends

If you and your friends have been itching to take that bucket-list buddy vacay, then there is no better place than Pullman Maldives Maamutaa. An all-inclusive resort, this Maldivian beauty handles all the stressful bits so you and your friends can focus on rekindling those relationships with quality time and fun adventures.

A paradise-imbued playground, Pullman Maldives Maamutaa offers a selection of ‘retreats’ designed to suit any kind of reunion, whether it’s a wellbeing odyssey or an adrenaline-fuelled getaway. Regardless of which package you opt for, each has the pillars of rest, relaxation and reconnection at its core.

The generosity of its all-inclusive packages has made the resort a true drawcard for those looking for the most bang for their buck – and this can be especially welcome for group trips, allowing friends to make the most of the exclusive benefits together. Some of the inclusions guests can look forward to are beachside boot-camp workouts, daily yoga sessions, discussions with a marine biologist and guided snorkelling — so there’s definitely no getting bored here. As the sun sets, take a moment to toast to your loved ones and then spend the night laughing and catching up as the stars twinkle above your villa. The resort also hosts a variety of themed evening events, so expect lots of good times.

Rates at Pullman Maldives Maamutaa start from GBP710 per villa per night, including taxes, for two adults on an ultra-all-inclusive basis (excluding transfers). Visit the resort’s website for more information and to book.

Mercure Maldives Kooddoo

Best for a big birthday blowout

As an adults-only venue, the Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort offers a one-of-a-kind boutique experience for those looking to celebrate their birthday in style. Enveloped by pristine nature, from lush foliage to crystal-clear lagoons, it’s a destination made for marking memorable milestones.

With a dedicated team onsite, arranging any kind of festivity during your stay will be an absolute breeze. From private pool parties with a DJ to exclusive cinema evenings on the beach, gourmet cooking classes, volleyball games, karaoke competitions, PADI diving excursions, snorkelling adventures and dolphin cruises, there’s any activity for every reveller.

Rates at Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort start from GBP449 per villa per night, including taxes, for two adults on an all-inclusive basis (excluding transfers). Visit the hotel’s website for more information.

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