Travel review: Honeymoon in the Maldives is paradise
The accommodation in the Maldives has to be what makes this holiday so special – so luxurious that you barely want to leave your apartment. Most resorts have two similar types of accommodation, with varying levels of specification.
Beach villas, as the name suggests, are on the beachfront or surrounded by sand.
Our beach villa came with a small garden, beachfront access plus a small cabana perfect for taking a break from the midday sun or sitting out at night with a glass of wine.
Best of all was the outdoor bathroom, which takes some getting used to but, with guaranteed privacy within the walls of the apartment, quite liberating.
The apartment also had its own plunge pool, sunbeds and second double bed, in case you fancied sleeping under the stars.
The second villa we stayed in was an ocean villa.
This was real paradise stuff – a thatched villa perched on stilts in the middle of the crystal-clear waters with glass panels in the floor to observe the marine life, a sundeck and steps down to the sea.
We stayed first at The Beach House hotel, which has just been rebranded as part of the Waldorf Astoria group.
Already super luxurious and elegant, the resort has been upgraded with minor changes to bring it in line with other hotels in the exclusive range.
The second resort was The Beach House’s sister hotel Conrad Rangali, a much bigger island with more activities, bars and restaurants stretched across two islands connected by a large bridge.
Even the transport demands you relax into the Maldivian way of life. Whether it be the barefoot pilots flying the seaplane transfers or flagging down a passing golf buggy to take you back to your apartment after a hard day’s sunbathing.