6. Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Vabbinfaru Island
This 48-villa resort in the North Malé Atoll is tiny but perfectly formed, with a green interior and a ring of white and healthy coral reef. There’s a marine biology lab that guests are invited to get involved with, from taking part in reef and species monitoring to coral regeneration and green turtle conservation. Beachfront pool villas have walkways leading to private pavilions, a choice spot for sundowners or dining à deux. Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is one of the best resorts in Maldives for honeymoon. Seven nights’ b & b from £4,375.
7. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Landaa Giraavaru Island
The more remote of the Four Seasons’ two Maldives properties lies in the Baa Atoll and has 102 thatched sunrise or sunset beach and water villas edging the large lagoon. Known for its fantastic service, treats here include castaway picnics on deserted islands, tantric massages for two to awaken “kundalini energy” and dining on a private platform in the middle of a lagoon.
There’s also the chance to visit virgin dive sites and uninhabited islands aboard luxury liveaboard The Four Seasons Explorer, a sleek three-deck catamaran. This resorts is one of the top 10 best resorts in Maldives for honeymoon. Seven nights’ b & b from £6,530.
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8. Cocoa Island by COMO, Cocoa Island
One of the smallest, most stylish resorts in the Indian Ocean has just 33 thatched villas inspired by dhonis with large, secluded decks for lounging on or slipping into the lagoon. Holistic, Asian-inspired treatments are offered in the COMO Shambhala Retreat, which has an open-air yoga pavilion and four treatments rooms, including one for couples.
There’s a main restaurant, Ufaa, but guests tend to hide away in their villa or opt for private dining on the beach. Cocoa Island is one of the best places to stay in Maldives on honeymoon. Seven nights’ b & b from £2,675.
9. NIYAMA, a Per Aquum Resort, Dhaalu Atoll
Nightlife? In the Maldives? OK, it’s not Ibiza, but sleek NIYAMA has a little more going on past 9pm than some resorts. There’s Fahrenheit bar (all sleek, white couches and low-slung tables for two on an ocean-view terrace); Dune, a thatched-roof beach bar serving cocktails; and Subsix, the world’s first underwater club, where you can dance to DJs and occasional live music while rays and parrotfish glide by.
In addition there’s sand-floor Tribal restaurant, with fire pit, jungle canopy and barbecue, plus fine-dining restaurant Edge, accessed by boat. Oh, and the LIME spa operates at night too. Well worth staying up for. Seven nights’ b & b from £3,130.
10. Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives, Kanifushi Island
A luxe new resort with 150 sunset-view, contemporary villas made from local materials spread along a two-kilometre stretch of sand, but what sets it apart is the fabulous Platinum Plus package, a great option if you don’t want any hidden costs (it’s not unknown to pay £10 for a glass of Coca-Cola in the Maldives).
Meals, drinks, minibar restocked twice a day, unlimited snorkelling excursions and 20 per cent off two dives are all included. Seven nights’ all-inclusive from £3,359. Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives is one of the best resorts in Maldives for honeymoon.