I’ve always wanted to honeymoon in the Maldives. But last year, I decided to go there with friends instead — and I’m really glad I did.
From the minute I stepped off the direct flight, it was non-stop bliss. To get to the resort, I recommend you skip the domestic flight and speedboat option (it costs US$400 one-way, 50 minutes) and take the seaplane. It costs more (US$590, round trip) but offers 15 minutes’ worth of fantastic views, including various resorts dotting the shimmering azure and turquoise ocean!
My other tip: Stay at the Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili. Located on a teardrop-shaped private island within the Raa Atoll region, it’s made Conde Nast Traveller Middle East’s Hot List 2015 of Best New Hotels in the World.
On arrival, I was wowed by my gorgeous Ocean Villa, my home for the next four days. I felt the stress leaving my body as it readied itself for four days of fantabulousness.
Your to-do list should include discovering the region’s treasures and paintings by locals at the museum and art gallery; and getting way too many massages at the lemongrass-scented Loama Spa.
Explore the nearby city, Maakurathu Island, to savour authentic Maldivian fare — it’s very similar to Indian cuisine, so expect lots of spices and curries. Also go dolphin-watching on a traditional Maldivian dhoni boat or snorkel at Goimaru, a gorgeous private island nearby.
Back in Singapore, I miss being surrounded by unspoilt beauty, and enjoying some of the best sleep I’ve ever had. My first trip to the Maldives will definitely not be my last.