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Cheval Blanc Randheli was designed by Jean-Michel Gathy. He didn’t just elevate luxury hotel design in the Maldives, he did so worldwide.
There’s no shortage of luxury hotels in the Maldives, but this one is hard to beat. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed here in 2014 so it has the royal seal of approval. The minimalist luxury design is impeccable. All villas come with a private butler. They’ll send a private plane to jet you to Noonu Atoll. And of course, you can stay in one the Maldives’ famous overwater bungalows – a true bucket-list experience.
Our second luxury resort of choice is OZEN by Atmosphere. This resort found fame as the first to offer underwater dining in the Maldives. OZEN stretches over two islands connected by a bridge. As you cross the bridge you’ll sting rays and baby sharks swimming past. Opt for a WIND Villa if you’d like the overwater bungalow experience. The EARTH Villa is best if you’d prefer to be on dry land.
OZEN has a wonderful infinity pool. Head to ELENA spa for some high-class treatments. The dining options are seriously good. M62 is the underwater restaurant the hit the headlines when it opened.
The Maldives is very much a romance and relaxation destination. If you want a party, then we’d suggest Mykonos or Ibiza as the best places to go. Nonetheless, some luxury resorts in the Maldives do have DJs and late-night dance floors – you’ve just got to know where to look.
The Standard is a really special spot if you’re a party-lover – it boasts an overwater dance floor and the bathrooms have disco balls. It has a more youthful vibe than some of the other Maldivian resorts, but don’t let that put you off – it’s still very much a luxury property.
OBLU Select at Sangeli is a great choice for all-inclusive stays. It’s the only premium all-inclusive resort in Malé Atoll, and has an outer and an inner lagoon, as well as a house reef.
OBLU Select’s overwater villas are very chic. You’ll wake up with the crystal waters of the lagoon right beneath you. The Serenity Plan gives you breakfast, lunch and a buffet dinner, as one as one a la carte meal in the fabulous restaurant. Soft drinks and most alcohol is also included, along with a boat excursion and your speedboat transfers to and from the airport.
LUX South Ari Atoll is a charming luxury hotel. Here, you’ll find thatched roof beach bungalows and overwater villas that are perched in a prime spot over the lagoon. Overwater villas come with staircases leading directly to the Indian Ocean.
This resort is amazing for diving – you’ll find extraordinary marine life here. There’s also an open-air cinema, two stunning pools and a long stretch of white sand beach. LUX South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas has proved to be very popular with Out Of Office travellers for honeymoons, simply because it’s so stunning.
All hotels in the Out Of Office Maldives Collection are luxurious. This one is no exception, but it’s a little less pricey. The villas at Reethi Faru are all made with natural materials, making it an eco-friendly paradise that’s ideal for those who like a more rustic feel to their accommodation.
Located on Raa Atoll, it’s one of the newer Maldivian resorts. There are five restaurants and a long stretch of white sand beach, ideal for romantic strolls. There are some excellent all-inclusive packages for you to take advantage of here. It is also especially welcoming to LGBT couples, with a gay manager at the helm.
The Out Of Office Island Hopping Collection gives you the opportunity to visit two islands during your time in the Maldives, so you can sample more of its magical delights.
It’s becoming more popular to spend time in both a beach villa and an overwater villa for some variation, and our collection has perfectly chosen resorts that pair well together, giving you a great all-round experience of the Maldives.
We also arramge your speedboat or seaplane travel in the Maldives between each property.
When you arrive in the Maldives you’ll land in Malé, the capital city. Although Malé might be the capital, it isn’t really the place to be. You’ll be transferred directly from the airport to your luxury resort. Getting a seaplane in the Maldives is more than just a transfer. You’ll be flying over the atolls and clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean – it’s a short journey, but certainly an unforgettable one.
The ride can be a little noisy, but it’s all part of the experience, and is sure to get you in the right mood to begin your vacation in the Maldives.
The Maldives might not spring to mind when you’re planning your gay honeymoon. Gay couples are certainly welcome in the Maldives though. In fact, it’s one of our most popular honeymoon destinations. The Maldives is all about luxury and it’s impossibly romantic. Unwinding in a world-class Maldivian resort is a great way to begin your life as a married couple.
There’s a disparity between the reality of the Maldives and the country’s Islamic law. Although being gay is technically illegal, the many resorts of the Maldives are essentially private fiefdoms. The rules do not apply to the tourist resorts: after all, tourism is the key sector of the Maldivian economy. Alcohol is also technically illegal in the Maldives but it flows freely at the resorts.
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