For any of our brides and grooms-to-be looking to plan the ultimate Maldives honeymoon Our Deputy Editor, Becci Clubb takes the trip of a lifetime to the paradise island of Amari Havodda Maldives to experience the most idyllic island resort in total seclusion!
The Maldives is a slice of paradise, a million miles away from the bustle of everyday life. The calm turquoise waters and bright white sands offer ultimate relaxation in the sun, so it’s little wonder that it’s such a sought after honeymoon destination.
Part of the Amari group with hotels in Thailand, Bangladesh and Qatar, Amari Havodda Maldives is set on one of 1,192 islands that make up the Maldives. Located in the Southern Gaafu Dhallu atoll, the resort resides proudly on the most untouched archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The island is only 0.8km long, so you can take a romantic stroll around the island in about 30 minutes. The resort’s facilities and rooms are spread across the whole island, giving you exclusive use of the beaches, pool and restaurants during your stay.
Travel in style on a speedboat while you edge ever closer to the beautiful private island of Amari Havodda Maldives and you will feel like a celebrity. As the island comes into view, snatch a glimpse of the resort and flawless beaches – which are just breath-taking. The amazing accommodation includes overwater villas that are just as sublime as they look in the photos, standing in the shallow turquoise water. Friendly and attentive staff await you on the jetty, and for the rest of your stay you will be treated like a VIP – no request is too much and every member of staff will ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.
Whichever accommodation you choose, you will be cocooned in luxury. The resort has 140 rooms in total with 27 beach villas, 21 sunset beach villas, 12 beach villas with either a garden or beachside private pool and 60 overwater villas. Each one is beautifully decorated with a contemporary feel and views of the borderless blue horizon. Several overwater villas even have their own private plunge pool to dip into after basking on the sundeck or in your own overwater hammock. As you relax, the occasional splash of waves will remind you that you are surrounded by the warm, calm ocean – step straight from your villa into the water for a quick swim before returning to your oversized day bed to laze the day away in total comfort. The beach villas are equally stunning with direct access from the private terrace to the sandy beach and unbeatable sea-front views.
The delicious food at Amari Havodda will certainly see you putting on a few pounds.
A buffet style breakfast in the Amaya food gallery, complete with fruit, cereals, pancakes, French toast, waffles, pastries, breads, continental, Asian-inspired and full English breakfast options, will get your day off to a great start. The buffet lunch and dinner has a tempting choice, ranging from noodles and rice dishes to curries, pastas or freshly prepared salads. At both lunch and dinner you can indulge in an array of decadent desserts and the Asian market-style restaurant also has live cooking stations that are in use for every meal. Those preferring a romantic night in can opt for an intimate feast from an a-la-carte in-room dining service. For all-out luxury, enjoy a five-course meal on the beach beneath the stars, or for something truly unique, the in-pool dining experience is unmissable. Delight in the likes of fresh tuna, lobster, ‘surf and turf’ and many other exquisite dishes and desserts.
Amari Havodda Maldives offers personalised dining experiences through their ‘Destination Dining’ programme, so whether it’s a four-course candlelit dinner in your private villa, a signature massage treatment at Breeze Spa followed by a four- course set menu on the deck, or an exclusive private beach BBQ at the tip of the island, unforgettable experiences await you. For the luxury ‘Destination Dining’ simply contact the resort team a minimum of 24 hours in advance to book your experience.
If you enjoy Japanese cuisine, Ember restaurant is the place for you. Order from an a-la-carte menu and watch the ‘ reside cooking’, a Japanese culinary tradition. The difficulty is deciding what to order with choices including sushi, reef sh ceviche, grilled prawns in teriyaki sauce or Waggu beef. The resort also has Thari Bar, Iru Bar and Pizza Kaage, all offering refreshing drinks and light snacks. One thing is for sure, wherever you choose to eat at Amari Havodda the food is deliciously fresh and exquisitely cooked.
Although the island is small there are a huge variety of activities to try out – if you can tear yourself away from your cushioned sun lounger. Snorkel or scuba dive in the crystal clear waters and you will find a world rich in marine life where brightly coloured fish swim around the pretty coral reef and Eagle rays glide across the sandy seabed. You might even be lucky enough to glimpse a turtle or two! If swimming isn’t for you but you would love to see the breath-taking underwater garden that surrounds the island, you can take out a glass bottom kayak. Built for two, you and your new husband or wife can enjoy the seabed from the comfort of your kayak. If you’re after something really adventurous there are many other water sports to sample, including paddle boarding, windsurfing, jet-skiing, waterskiing and fun tube rides. All of the equipment you need can be hired from the water sports and dive centre, where you can also book all of your excursions. A romantic trip on a sunset cruise to watch the sun sink behind the island is not to be missed while you’re at Amari Havodda.
Take a day out from the beach and visit Breeze Spa, where you can indulge in relaxing treatments like a Signature Mood Massage, a soothing body wrap or a facial. Enjoy a pre-treatment energising shot while you have a personal consultation to determine which treatment is best for you and your needs. The tranquil Breeze spa is designed so that the lighting, temperature and scents can be tailored to suit each guest’s preferences. Newlyweds can enjoy a treatment together in one of the double treatment rooms and soak in the Jacuzzi as part of the spa session. Whether you spend your days at the water sports centre, chilling by the pool, relaxing on your private terrace or being pampered in the spa, you will leave Amari Havodda Maldives in a dreamy honeymoon daze.
Amari Havodda Maldives
Amari Havodda Maldives is offering a Duo Villa Experience Package from USD 554 per night (approximately £380). The price is for a minimum four-night stay with accommodation in a Beach Villa and the last two nights of your stay in an Overwater Villa featuring direct ocean access, an outdoor terrace with sun lounger and a king bed. For more information visit: amari.com/ havodda-maldives/hotelpackage/ duo-villa-experience- package_657.aspx
Qatar Airways flies from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh to Male via their state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport with fares from £788 return. For further information and to book visit qatarairways.com or call 0330 024 0125.
The island is accessed via a 55-minute xed-wing plane from Male International Airport to Kaadedhdhoo Domestic airport, followed by a 15-minute speedboat transfer.