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Sandbanks in the ocean, shades of blue, warm sand beneath your feet… For beach lovers everywhere, the Maldives is a dream destination. This beautiful country, comprising 1,200 islands, is hands down the most breathtaking and simply spectacular spot to start your new lives together. So many couples plan their honeymoon to the Maldives…so why not start a little earlier and plan a Maldives elopement?
Eloping in the Maldives is all about the resort. With more than 100 resorts throughout the Maldives, it can be difficult to pick an amazing place to stay. When you’re planning your Maldives elopement, keep in mind that you will likely stay in the resort island the entire stay. Venturing beyond the island will depend on the resort location and what’s around the resort. For many guests, external trips will include snorkeling trips, dive trips, or boat trips.
That’s why the resort is so important – because you will spend most of your time in this resort.
So how do you plan a Maldives elopement? Well, some Maldives resorts will include their own wedding packages, which can save you money. You want an all-inclusive wedding package to avoid any extra fees, though you will likely want to bring along your own Maldives elopement photographer (me!) to get THE perfect photos.
Before booking anything, make sure to speak with each resort and see if they can accommodate your wishes! Each resort has their own rules, and you want to make sure you can elope the way you envisioned it.
Whether you want a traditional Maldivian wedding or a destination elopement with hues of blue as your backdrop, there’s something for you at Anantara Veli Maldives. This resort offers a wedding package that includes honeymoon benefits for you both as well!
This resort, one of the larger resorts in the Maldives, has more than 110 villas for guests. The hotel has beach villas, overwater villas, and other sick accommodations for your wedding and honeymoon!
In addition, your stay gets you access to everything at their sister resort, Veli, as well. Another big benefit? The hotel is only 30 minutes by speedboat from the main island.
Dreaming of the most luxurious Maldivian wedding? There are few resorts as beautiful as the Conrad Maldives resort on Rangali Island. The Conrad Maldives wedding package includes a wedding planner, ceremony set-up, florals, hair stylist, a spa treatment, and more. The best part is that you can spend your honeymoon at the resort, soaking in those gorgeous views.
The Conrad Maldives resort is also home to The Muraka, the world’s first underwater hotel residence. With glass-bottomed spa rooms and an undersea restaurant, you can really have an unforgettable adventure in paradise. The hotel is home to 12 different restaurants, which makes for a truly unique experience. The luxury beach and overwater villas at Conrad are nicely spaced out for privacy…and that water? Too gorgeous to believe!
This resort, located in South Male atoll, is easy to reach and romantic all at the same time, the perfect place to start the rest of your lives together. The wedding package at Jumeirah Vittaveli is upon request, but the hotel does have an unbelievable underwater wedding pavilion for guests looking for that spectacular ceremony. The package includes romantic baths and dinners for just you two.
Jumeirah Vittaveli is the perfect place to honeymoon, too. Their villas are completely over-the-top luxurious, complete with huge pools and waterslides for guests. You won’t ever experience anything like this again!
Have you dreamed about biking to your overwater villa on a little pathway above crystal clear waters? You’re going to want to check out COMO Maalifushi. This resort is the first and only resort to open on the unspoilt Thaa Atoll, in the archipelago’s southern reaches known for their outstanding diving and surf breaks.
The COMO Maalifushi Resort in the Maldives offers wedding packages as well if you want to plan a Maldives elopement on the sand. The wedding package includes a private dinner, sunset cruise, cake, ceremony decorations, seaplane transfer and so much more.
This resort really does have so many different options for guests with 65 different types of suites, villas, beach houses, overwater villas and full-on residences.
Kuda Haraa’s Maldivian village charm is the perfect place to say your vows! The luxurious Four Seasons offers a number of different locations from your wedding, from the pristine white sand beaches to the clear waters of the lagoon. The hotel offers wedding packages with a private dinner, spa treatments, and more. Plus, you can spend the rest of your stay celebrating your love on a secluded honeymoon!
One of the big benefits of the Four Seasons? The Four Seasons is located on South Male atoll, an easy-to-access part of the Maldives. The Four Seasons has a number of amazing accommodations right on the water with private pools and sunset views. To die for!
What’s not to love about this small island and their amazing overwater bungalows? If you’re looking for a smaller island, this might be the place for you. The Park Hyatt hotel only has 50 villas across the property. The overwater villas are spaced out, unlike many other resorts, so you will have your privacy. It’s also a great choice if you have points with Hyatt that you need to spend!
The Park Hyatt offers a number of different venue options throughout the island. The package includes flowers, decor, cake and pampering services. However, the photographer will only work with you for one hour (which isn’t enough!), so I’d recommend bringing Jayne along.
What you do on your elopement day in the Maldives will likely depend on the resort you plan to stay at. Unlike other island nations, getting around between islands in the Maldives can be difficult and expensive. In fact, you will likely face a pricey bill for the private plane to your resort’s private island.
But that being said, there are still so many wonderful ways to soak up your elopement day in the Maldives. Here are some of my favorite ideas:
The best time to visit the Maldives is, hands down, between December and April. During this time, you can expect dry and sunny days with plenty of blue skies!
If you do plan to visit during other months, be warned that the Maldives’ rainy season runs from May to December. During this time, you may encounter thunderstorms and rough weather. The weather will likely impact your flight, too.
To fly into the Maldives, most U.S. travelers will need to travel through Europe, Asia or the Middle East before taking a direct flight to Malé, the capital of the Maldives. Plan to fly into Velana International Airport.
If you plan to stay on a private island, you will likely need to take another flight, organized through your resort. These private planes can cost a lot, but in almost every case, they’re the only way to get to your hotel. When booking your hotel, make sure to ask about the transfer water plane to your hotel.
As a foreigner, you cannot get legally married in the Maldives. However, you can still have a symbolic ceremony with everything you might expect from a wedding – except the certificate of marriage. For this reason, I’d recommend handling the legal paperwork at home before or after the ceremony. This is much easier than getting legally married in a foreign country, too!
Never visited the Maldives before? The Republic of Maldives is a beautiful elopement destination, and that’s why it is so important to know a little about the country before visiting.
For couples looking for that exclusive beach elopement, the turquoise water as their backdrop…is there any better place to elope? A Maldives elopement promises to be romantic, relaxing, and intimate.
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