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Dive In – The Maldives

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What better way to brighten up a dreary Autumn day than to dream of your perfect honeymoon. Over the coming months we are going to be bringing you guides to some of the most perfect honeymoons in association with Mr & Mrs Smith to make choosing that ultimate destination that little bit easier.

Mr & Mrs Smith have compiled the Wanderlist to bring you everything you need to know about some of the top destinations. The first in the series is ‘Dive in’ showcasing stunning locations either on or in the water. Not only will we be sharing the most spectacular hotels but also those all important nuggets of information such as what to do when you are there and, just as importantly, what to pack!

Where better to start than the ultimate honeymooners paradise of The Maldives. With 26 eye-bogglingly beautiful atolls it really is paradise. The world’s lowest-lying country is arguably also the most beautiful – if kaleidoscopic coral, ivory sand and aquamarine skies and seas are your thing. I can happily say they are mine. Yep, no doubt about it I’d be hopping on a plane tomorrow if I could.

We all know that The Maldives are blessed with some of the most picturesque white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters but we want to share with you a few things that you might not have considered. It’s not all about lazing by the blue water’s edge. Instead one of the best things about the Maldives is actually being in the water itself. If your other half needs convincing about a couple of weeks of lying on the beach then I’m pretty sure these may help convince him.

The Top 5

  • Toast the sunset on a dhoni cruise
  • Go on a guided whale-shark safari
  • Swim with mantas at Unesco-protected Hanifaru Huraa
  • Surf world-famous Honky’s Break
  • Be awed by the views from a seaplane tour
  • Where to stay

    Rent a boat and hop from one silk-sand island to the next. Drop anchor (and your shoes) for Soneva Fushi’s eco villas, then continue south for One and Only Reethi Rah’s sun spa, Baros’ beachside fine dining, Cocoa Island’s warm-water diving and Maalifushi by Como’s marble tubs for two. Finish at Six Senses Laamu, where you can watch movies in the jungle.
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    Soneva Fushi

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    One and Only Reethi Rah

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    Maalifushi by Como

    Pearl-like paradise
    Don’t miss Tai’s sushi and sashimi



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    Cocoa Island by Como

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    Six Senses Laamu

    Cinematic tropical playground
    Don’t miss the ice-cream rooms

    Something to write home about

    Get an eyeful of the technicolour sea life off the talc-soft shores of Kunfunadhoo island. Soneva Fushi’s resident marine biologist escorts guests on snorkelling trips and night swims, in search of parrotfish and bioluminescent plankton.

    When to go

    You’re better off deliberating what swimwear to bring – there’s no bad time to visit the Maldives. Even in the monsoon season (mid May–November), you’d be unlucky to get more than a few days’ rain on the trot.

    What To Pack

    Swimwear is a must for lounging by the pool or on those endless beaches. I adore this Seafolly Goddess halter neck and Hipster bikini. A little pricey but the name says it all. Add in a cute playsuit for a daytime cover up that also works for dinner with a pair of heels.
    For evening you can’t go wrong with a simple black maxi dress from ASOS which you can accessorise in different ways. Go for a Multi Layered Necklace from and a bit of a leather fringed bag from Marks and Spencer to jazz it up for a romantic dinner for two.

    Beauty Looks

    This look is all about relaxed and effortless beauty. Think sun kissed skin and beachy waves. For a look that you can take from the beach to sunset drinks just add a dash of colour on your nails and lips and you are ready to go.

    During the day I love the Posie Tint from Benefit as you can use on your cheeks and lips for a hint of colour that will last through the heat. Then for evening add a slick of Chanel Badine for a perfect pink, suits anyone, hue.

    For your hair pack some Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray to get a beautiful sexy textured finish.

    Has anyone stayed in the Maldives? Any top tips of things to see or do?

    You can find more inspiration in our Mr & Mrs Smith Honeymoon pages


    Author: Lottie Manns
    Cake baker (and cake eater!) extraordinaire. Drawn to all things girly and glittery.

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