The moment the word 'Honeymoon' is pronounced, promise of romance and love sounds in the air, images of sand, sea and sun conjures imagination and the mind only thinks of indulgence and solitude. No other journey for a married couple holds similar significance throughout their relationship, as this pristine vacation.
While the traditional vows still endure, the ways to celebrate the pledged union have changed right along with the travel industry. Modern generation honeymooners are looking for value, adventure, variety and aim for a getaway that's exotic and fun filled.
While some couples still choose a getaway close to home, conserving both time and money, others see honeymoon as a chance for an "once-in-a-lifetime" trip to an overseas nest. For these newly-weds, it's the time for a fantasy journey to destinations which promise of love and romance. While locations such as such as Tahiti, Mauritius and Caribbean zoom are all time favorites, it's Maldives that seems to be leading the race now. Being closer home, it's extremely popular with newly-wed Indians as it has been with celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
Lying just southwest of Sri Lanka, Maldives comprises a series of ancient coral reefs that surfaced around the sides of prehistoric volcanoes. Those immense structures have since sunk into the ocean, leaving behind coral islands of incredible natural splendors, now themselves being colonized by travelers seeking rampant pampering and romance.
For the numerically minded, the archipelago boasts of 1,190 low-lying islands scattered across the equator, in groups of 26 naturally occurring atolls, which are ring-shaped coral reef enclosing a lagoon, a geographical feature supposedly unique to Maldives. Total area controlled by the nation is around 90000 square km, but most of it is under water. A population of 340000 inhabits 200 islands out of which 100 more has been developed into luxury resorts for travelers seeking their own hideaway, veiled from all the hectic hustle and bustle of city life.
Enchanting sunsets, sumptuous cuisine, fine wines, walks on the beach, private sandbank dining, are only a few of the many features that have made the paradise-like nest the most perfect honeymoon and escape destination in the world. This was proven when Maldives won the 2010 World Travel Award for Best Honeymoon Destination.
Almost all of the resorts generously cater to honeymooners, however Taj Exotica, Anantara, Angsana, Four Seasons, Banyan Tree, One & Only Reethi Rah are just few to name from the long list that are favourite among couples who seek elegant but discreet services shortly after their lavish wedding.
The nation's first private luxury hideout, Kurumba Maldives, is trendy with Indians. During the wedding season in India, this breathtaking tropical island is crowded with desi brides and grooms. Dotted with coconut trees this haven provides them with a picture perfect setting alongside unparalleled choice of dining experiences which includes a well decorated Indian restaurant called Kurumba Mahal, range of recreational activities, and entertainment while maintaining idyllic refuges and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the mood and ambiance, perfect for honeymooners.
Maldives is famous for its rare underwater beauty, with some of the regions best dive sites near Kurumba. So an adventurous couple can go snorkeling and scuba diving to catch up on the incredible underwater scenery. Some just swim in the pool or relax at the poolside with a cocktail after a leisurely game of tennis. Others go for a rejuvenating spa treatment. Many simply keep staring at the blue water of the ocean from the balcony of their villa. Kurumba staffs are renowned for their warmth and heartfelt hospitality. They make everyone feel relaxed and open in their presence.
The nation's international airport is located in Hulhule Island from where you reach the resorts, not by motor vehicles, but by luxury speed boats or sea planes if the resort island is nestled a fair distance away. Big advantage of Kurumba is that its close to the airport, only a 10 minute boat ride away, though many travelers instead of rushing straight to the resort stay a night or two at Male the nation's capital. The best place to stay in Male is the centrally located Traders Hotel, where a rejuvenating spa treatment gets rid of the jet lag. In addition there are quite a few attractive sites to visit, the Grand Friday Mosque and the National Museum topping the list.
Getting There - Air India operates direct flights from Bangalore and Thiruvanathapuram to Male, otherwise there are plenty of airline options to fly via Colombo from major Indian cities.
Accommodation - Kurumba honeymoon package includes speed boat airport transfer, daily buffet breakfast, welcoming bottle of wine, one candlelight dinner, one champagne breakfast and a sunset cocktail session. For stay at Male, as stated Traders Hotel is the best option
Best Time to visit - The weather is perfect throughout the year with daily temperature averaging 30 degree Celsius.