The stunning island nation of the Maldives is the pinnacle of romantic escapism, with sumptuous dinners on your private beach bar, wedding or vow renewal ceremonies overlooking tropical sunsets, unique underwater dining, and lavish overwater homes with star-topped plunge pools. These Maldivian resorts are the ideal backdrops for your love story to unfold, whether you’re jetting over for an erotic rendezvous, commemorating a honeymoon or a milestone anniversary, or getting away from it all as a pair.
1. Coco Bodu Hithi Resort
It’s difficult to believe that Bodu Hithi Island in the North Malé Atoll is only 40 minutes away from the capital Malé and the country’s international airport from the tranquility of your own private, sweet sandbank surrounded by gently lapping turquoise ocean. The Coco Bodu Hithi Resort provides castaway-style getaways where couples can seize their little islands—minus the lost-at-sea aspect. A gourmet candle-lit supper accompanied exclusively by the sound of the sea and the twinkling of stars can be arranged between dips in the cerulean water, as can a picnic breakfast or lunch between dips in the cerulean water.
2. Milaidhoo Island
Milaidhoo Island is one of the country’s smallest resorts, yet the boutique facility carries a powerful romantic punch. To begin, the island’s minimum age limit is nine years old, so you won’t have to worry about a wailing baby disrupting your romantic getaway. The overwater spa’s quiet treatment suites, though, may be the island’s romantic highlight. The environment motif continues in exquisite spa treatments integrating local botanicals and natural ingredients, with side-by-side massage tables overlooking the waves of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
3. Anantara Kihavah
While resort marriages in the Maldives aren’t legally binding, couples can commemorate their commitment symbolically in the typical Maldivian style. Anantara Kihavah’s wedding and vow renewal rituals are as individual as the pair.
Traditional drummers and a magical background of powder-white sand and azure ocean are included in the beach offerings. Alternatively, you can tie the knot on a luxurious private yacht as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. Weddings can be held in the glass-walled underwater restaurant with passing parrotfish and reef sharks as witnesses for nature lovers. The resort provides a dive wedding package for the highly daring, where the bride and groom can say “I Do” while immersed in a calm lagoon.
The yacht package includes your wedding night spent aboard the gently rocking vessel, bridal hair and makeup, a wedding photoshoot, and a newlywed champagne breakfast.
4. You and Me by Cocoon
While most Maldivian resorts welcome children, You and Me by Cocoon is an adults-only retreat, making it one of the country’s most romantic getaways. This rustic private island resort promises romance with two-person bathtubs, couples photoshoots, a Veuve Cliquot champagne bar, and infinity pools on the decks of hidden overwater villas in abundance. A proposal at the underwater restaurant H20, replete with divers carrying “Will You Marry Me?” signs beneath the glass alongside your table, may be one of the most romantic attractions.
5. Hurawalhi Island Resort
The Maldives’ most unusual romantic encounter may be dining under the water. Hurawalhi Island Resort is home to the world’s largest underwater restaurant, the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, an all-glass edifice that sits 5.8 meters (about 19 feet) below the water. Modern dishes like truffle mushroom chicken risotto and grilled wagyu tenderloin are served beside breathtaking surroundings (plus a separate vegan menu for lunch and evening). You can find yourself competing for your partner’s attention with species like reef sharks, octopi, and moray eels.