As the premier romantic destination for honeymooners and couples, Valentine’s Day is a particularly attractive time to visit the Maldives.
In anticipation of the month of love, Condé Nast Traveller picked its top 12 resorts for spending 14 February in the Maldives.
Here’s a selection of what some top resorts offered to lure couples with candlelit dinners, sunset cruises and seclusion in private villas.
“JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa invites guests to celebrate memorable moments with their His & Her package and indulge in a luxurious setting overlooking the mesmerising turquoise waters with a romantic private beach dinner, a signature couple spa treatment, and a Valentine’s corner with special treats for your special one.”
“Champagne cocktails await couples at Sea Grill restaurant, where tables for two on the terrace offer ocean views by candlelight. The ‘Love Inspired’ menu is a five-course gastronomic adventure accompanied by a bottle of wine or rosé Champagne. In a cabana on the sand, ladies receive roses and gentlemen get cigars as the exclusive ‘Rediscover Love’ beach barbecue dinner gets underway. With limited spaces, this exclusive private dining experience includes a bottle of wine or Champagne, romantic turndown service and in-room breakfast the following day.
“And for a truly unforgettable Valentine’s Day, ‘Sandbank Romance’ whisks couples to a pristine sand bar in the Indian Ocean, where a delectable dinner of perfectly grilled lobster is served with premium wine or Champagne. Guests receive roses, cigars, special turndown gifts and enjoy a Champagne floating breakfast in their luxurious room the following morning. For couples looking to unwind together, Devarana Spa offers a shared experience designed to cultivate renewed unity. ‘Couple’s Connect’ includes a 60-minute side-by-side massage, followed by an express facial for her and a foot reflexology treatment for him. As a symbol of love and connection, a friendship bracelet makes a special memento for each participant to cherish.”
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
“Hop aboard a luxury yacht and set sail on a private sunset dolphin cruise, with canapes and a selection of fine wines, before stopping off on a private island for a candle-lit dinner for two. The epitome of luxury and exclusivity, the Private Island Dinner consists of a five-course tasting menu which includes Iranian Black Pearl Caviaì’, freshly caught Maldivian lobster and a selection of fine wines.
“Located in the northernmost point of the island, guests are invited to stay at the Madi Point this Valentine’s Day. Set against a starry Maldivian sky, the Madi Point is draped in fairy lights and make the perfect island hideaway for a truly intimate escape. Guests will be greeted with a traditional Boduberu and bouquet of roses, before indulging in a mouth-watering five-course tasting menu, accompanied with an array of beverages to sip and savour.
“Deep in the heart of the island’s interior jungle, delight in a romantic dinner and movie night under the stars, in the luxury of the resort’s Private Tented Jungle Villas. Surrounded by fragrant flora and dressed in safari-inspired interiors, dine on a lavish five-course tasting menu, with a selection of Champagne, fine wines, and spirits to choose from.
For a truly relaxing experience, indulge in a tailored spa package for two. The award-winning Willow Stream Spa offers 120-minute rejuvenating treatments, created especially for Valentine’s Day. Choose from three spa packages: Secret Water Island Valentines, A Valentines Dream, or Be My Valentine (designed exclusively for couples).”
“Start the day with a romantic floating breakfast delivered to your villa pool where you can indulge in and enjoy sweet and savoury treats made by chefs. Romantic dinners are a Valentine’s staple and this year guests can enjoy expertly prepared offerings. The talented culinary team has created a delicious three-course dinner menu designed to inspire romance, where you can dine on the sandy beach of the island lit with romantic lanterns and listening to live entertainment.
“Love can be expressed in a multitude of ways. Right in time for the holiday of love, our team at Glow Bar has carefully crafted two cocktails for the perfect romantic evening.
“Luxuriate in bliss with a loved one at Talise Spa this Valentine’s Day. The 90-minute Island of Romance treatment features a 30 minutes aroma bath ritual followed by a skilful massage, leaving guests feeling relaxed and refreshed, with skin renewed and soft to the touch.”
“W Maldives invites guests to indulge in a luxurious dreamy escape for two in tropical paradise, with exceptional romantic dinners and pampering massages overlooking the idyllic ocean in overwater treatment rooms at the AWAY® Spa.For stays through the month of February, IT’S A DATE! At W Maldives featuring a curated package inclusive of a 60 min massage for two at AWAY® Spa, a three-course private dinner for two at Coral Terrace, one romantic bubble bath set up and a bottle of Champagne or non-alcoholic sparkling juice. Additionally they’ve lined-up a series of culinary happenings with four ways to dine this Valentine including – Dine Around the Island, offering 5-courses each at a different venue at the resort; XOXO, a private dinner at the beach or the coral terrace; Cruisin’ In Love, an extravagant escapade aboard the ESCAPE yacht or Castaway Valentine Bliss, an ultimate luxury indulgence with a combination of romance and relaxation at Gaathafushi private island.”
SHERATON MALDIVES FULL MOON RESORT & SPA
“Featuring seven restaurants and bars, two freshwater pools, Shine Spa located on a private island for maximum indulgence, a tennis court, a 24-hour gym and ample of on-island activities, the resort is the picturesque destination for honeymooners, or those looking at a getaway to rekindle their romance. As part of the Cruise & Dine package, accommodation in a premium water bungalow or water villa awaits guests, along with an extravagant 5-course dinner at a designated dining venue paired with a selection of premium wines that accompany each course and shared and scheduled round trip transfers for two by speedboat.”
WESTIN MALDIVES MIRIANDHOO RESORT
“Celebrating love not just in February but right through till July, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort invites guests for A Romantic Escape with an in-villa floating breakfast to start the day followed by a rejuvenating spa treatment for two, to a romantic five-course dinner based on stimulating fresh ingredients – the perfect celebration of love awaits at this unique destination. The curated package includes The Art of Love experience by Heavenly Spa consisting of a 60-minute massage, a 30-minute facial and a 30-minute Heavenly Bath with sparkling wine. It also includes a one-time destination dining experience for two or a five-course menu paired with wine if you’re at the resort on February 14, 2022 and last but not least, an inspiring sunset yoga session or breathing workshop with their wellness guru will ensure a total reconnection with your loved one and yourself.”