Honeymoon Inspiration: The Maldives

Destination Bride and holiday expert Jemma is writing a series of posts to inspire your ultimate honeymoon destination, she starts today with The Maldives.

Honeymoon Inspiration

The Maldives

When it comes to choosing the perfect honeymoon, there are usually a few factors that determine the destination.  However when speaking to clients one of the most important things is that it has to be special and memorable, somewhere they have never been to or somewhere they are unlikely to return.  Nothing quite says “Special Occasion” like The Maldives.  So here I will give an overview of this incredible destination and some highlights of these amazing the islands.

The Maldives is a group of 1192 islands situated in the Indian Ocean, over 100 of these islands are home to resorts ranging from simple and rustic establishments to super luxury resorts.

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My view from a seaplane

Best time to go

The best time to visit is during the dry season (Dec – March) however the temperatures consistently remain around 30 degrees, my own experience of visiting in September was good with only one incident of rain lasting just a few hours.  Also going out of the dry season a lots of hotels offer free nights, complimentary upgrades and lower rates.

How to get there

British Airways offers a direct service from Gatwick three times a week, during the winter season.  The rest of the year a whole host of other airlines fly to Male the capital via other destinations.  This makes The Maldives a perfect twin centre destination.

Here are some popular combinations

  • Dubai + The Maldives
  • Abu Dhabi + The Maldives
  • Singapore +The Maldives
  • Sri Lanka +The Maldives
  • Oman + The Maldives

This then gives couples the perfect combination of a different culture and an amazing beach destination.

The Islands

The resorts of The Maldives vary drastically in size, some islands like Maafushivaru take just a few minutes to walk around.  Whilst the island of Kuramathi is much greater in size and has golf buggies to shuttle guests around the wide range of facilities.

Sunset on Maafushivaru

Sunset on Maafushivaru

Infinity pool at Velassaru

Infinity pool at Velassaru

The Rooms

Along with a range of resorts to choose from there is also a wide range of room types that you can choose.  For many the ultimate luxury is spending their honeymoon in a Water Villa which is unique to only a few places in the world.

However if these are over your budget there are lots of amazing Garden & Beach villas to choose from.

Cost

Even though there is an island for every budget The Maldives can still work out quite expensive for some honeymoon couples, some islands do offer All Inclusive, and this can make budgeting much easier knowing everything is paid for in advance.  Also with the option of having a multi centre holiday some couples choose to visit for just a few nights so they still get to experience it without blowing the budget completely.

Jemma will be back on the blog soon with some more fabulous destination inspiration!

Honeymoon Inspiration from The Destination Bride

Earlier this year we introduced Destination Bride Jemma. Jemma loves to travel and working for Kuoni she really is an expert on all things destination. Her beautiful wedding in Italy proves that! Jemma is here today to offer some valuable advice on planning your honeymoon. 

Jemma on her wedding day in Sorrento. Image by Maria Farrelly Photgraphy

Jemma on her wedding day in Sorrento. Image by Maria Farrelly Photography

Honeymoon Inspiration

Planning a honeymoon can be just as important as planning a wedding, traditionally it was a couple’s first holiday together, today there are so many different styles of honeymoon and a whole host of places you can visit.

Traditional Honeymoon

This would be a typical beach break flying just after the wedding; some couples are looking for time to relax and quality time together giving them time to reflect recent events.  Typical elements couples are looking for are, luxury, white sand beaches, spa treatments and an exotic destination.

Places that would offer this experience would be The Maldives, Caribbean Islands, Mauritius and The South Pacific.

The Maldives

Maxi Moon

Some couples take the opportunity of a honeymoon and take an extended trip somewhere; this is usually somewhere completely different to where they have been before and somewhere to really have an adventure

Examples of this would be Driving Route 66, Travelling Australia/New Zealand, walking Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail. Image Source

The Inca Trail. Image Source

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Mini Moon

This is sometimes an option for a couple who are only able to take a short amount of time off, due to financial or work commitments.  This is also an option for people who are having another belated honeymoon.  There are lots of wonderful places that you can visit in a short time.  I chose the beautiful city of Monte Carlo, other examples are The Italian Lakes, Paris, Venice, Rome, Morocco, New York the list goes on…

Me in Monte Carlo

Me in Monte Carlo

Monaco

Monaco

FamilyMoon

With lots of couples choosing to have a family before they get married, taking children on a honeymoon is becoming more and more popular.  It’s an opportunity to take a luxury holiday but spend quality time as a family.  Lots of 5 star resorts offer children’s activities whilst Mum & Dad can have some time by themselves.

Which ever option you decide to go for, a honeymoon will be special regardless of budget or destination.  Here are my top tips to consider when booking a honeymoon

1 – Be realistic, as much as travelling first class to the other end of the world sounds amazing, try and set a budget there is nothing worse than setting yourself a large financial commitment when you are in the middle of planning a wedding. Lots of people now have belated honeymoons giving themselves more time to save.

2 – Be mindful of the weather, if you are having a summer wedding and want a honeymoon straight after, lots of places around the world have a rainy season.  Be prepared to be flexible on your destination or even postponing the trip if you want the best weather.

3 – Choose itinerary that encompasses all your interests and passions, and at a pace that suits you.  There is no point in choosing a New York City break if you want something quiet and relaxing, there is a destination for everyone and every interest.

We’d love to know where you are going on honeymoon! Leave a comment in the box below and let us know where you have planned. Also if you have any questions about honeymoons then Jemma is the perfect person to ask…

Introducing: Jemma, The Destination Bride

We have a lovely treat for you all today. We have a new member of the team joining us. The Destination Bride! Yes, Jemma loves to travel, in fact, its part her job. She loves it so much she even got married abroad…and we’re featuring her wedding tomorrow! So without further a do, let me hand you over to the lovely Lady herself…

Hi there Cwtchers, my name is Jemma and I am a Destination Bride, I recently got married in Italy and I’m obsessed with all things Travel.

Sorrento_Italy_wedding474Sorrento_Italy_wedding579Sorrento_Italy_wedding322Wedding images by Maria Farrelly Photography

 Originally from West Wales, I live in Cardiff with my now husband and our 9 year old daughter Grace.  After graduating with a degree in Travel & Tourism I have been in the Travel industry for almost 12 years now.  I currently work as a Personal Travel Expert for Kuoni in John Lewis Cardiff and have the awesome job of helping plan people’s travel adventures.

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 I have been very fortunate to travel to some amazing places and when I am not selling travel I am teaching it to degree students, so you can pretty much say travel is my life!

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 I truly believe that the more you travel the more you want to see.  My “Bucket List” keeps on growing and if I’m not on a plane I’m planning my next adventure.

When we decided to get married, it was inevitable that it was going to be abroad.  So in June 2013 along with 40 of our closest friends and family, we said I do in the beautiful town of Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast.

Many people asked me why fly to another country when you can do it at home and my answer was “Why not?”.

Me in the Maldives

 For me the reasons behind a destination wedding were; Firstly, we are not very traditional and already had a house and a daughter and we wanted a very relaxed wedding that represented us as a couple. Secondly I HAD to have the weather.  I love the sun and wanted to guarantee having the sun shining on my big day. Finally I just wanted to be different, I have helped so many couples with planning a dream wedding abroad that I wanted something completely different from anything else I’ve ever been to.

My love of travel didn’t just apply to my wedding, I also had my hen in LA & Las Vegas, a Mini moon in Monte Carlo and my (Family) Honeymoon in Australia and I’m currently planning somewhere for my 1st year anniversary,

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So hopefully I will be able to give you some inspiration whether it’s somewhere to get engaged, an unusual honeymoon or a really cool hen doo!

 Love Jemma xxx