The Island Paradise
The Maldives are already the classic honeymoon destination, the place everyone dreams of when they’re drowning in “wedmin.” But add to the mix this gorgeous new hotel, and you might start wondering how to do your honeymoon twice without having to get divorced first. Only opened in December last year, it’s set to take indulgence and luxury to the next level, offering guests a curated and gourmet experience from start to finish. With elegantly simple rooms built on stilts above the azure seas, villas boast private infinity pools and steps leading straight into the ocean, so you and your newly minted spouse can feel like the last two people on earth—albeit with access to luxurious spas, underwater restaurants, cocktail bars, tennis courts and a range of water sports.
Why it’s perfect:
Solitude—everything at the Hurawalhi can be done for just two. Arrange dinner on the beach, with only the light of the candles and the gentle lap of the waves keeping you company. The wonderfully attentive staff will bring you each course and top up your glasses, but other than that you’ll be utterly alone with your beloved. Or head to the Champagne Pavilion, an area just above the sea designed especially for couples to sip on cocktails, share a few canapes and plan the future. The twosome activities don’t end there— you can learn to water-ski together, play tennis or take boat excursions to far-flung islands, packing a picnic just for two. The spa is perhaps the most romantic of all the destinations: With vast treatment rooms overlooking the spectacular scenery, they offer couples’ treatments including rose petal and rose oil baths, and joint massages to take away the aches of all that wedding night dancing.
another world From left: The Hurawalhi boasts the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant; a champagne breakfast can be arranged at your villa