3 of the best hotels in the Maldives for non-honeymooners

Amari Havodda Maldives Beach

Idyllic beaches, reclusive sea-top huts, endless views… It is easy to see why the beautiful islands of the Maldives have been pegged as the perfect honeymoon destination for so long. A tropical paradise of hundreds of islands, with usually just one hotel per island, sit, quietly hovering over 26 coral atolls (ring-shaped coral reefs) in the warm Indian Ocean. Sounds heavenly. 

The islands obviously do provide the ideal hideaway for newlyweds – especially those who are flagging from their wedding escapades, and are happy to be spending time away from worrying about seating plans or from anyone asking them whether life ‘feels different‘ now they are married… But, there is so much more to these islands than simply being an ideal place for rest relaxation. It shouldn’t be discounted by those looking for something a little, more, and here’s why…

1 – Amari Havodda Maldives: The one for families looking for diving adventures and adults seeking superior spa treatments

Private Island, Amari Havodda Maldives

12 pool, 48 beach, 58 overwater, and 2 over pool villas

Amari Havodda Maldives Overwater Pool Villa Terrace 3

Private infinity pool? Check…

I’m a big fan of the modern Asian brand of Amari hotels, where high levels of customer service and attention to small detail come as standard. The Amari Havodda is the brand’s first Maldivian property, which opened in January 2016. The same brand of outstanding Thai hospitality that is offered by the bucketload, is promised also at this new island retreat. The signature Amari Breeze Spa is present and correct, and has a treatment menu you could easily spend a week working your way through.

Don’t miss my reviews of several Thai Amari hotels, including: Amari Phuket, Amari Vogue Krabi, Amari Hua Hin, Amari Watergate Bangkok and Amari Residences Bangkok

The Maldives have become synonymous with those picture-perfect over-sea beach hut type villas, and the Amari Haddova is no different, with 58 of the Instagram-worthy gems available. You can choose a ‘duo’ package, and experience two different types of accommodation during your stay. The resort has been built while preserving the natural reef in the waters around it, and guests can take a guided snorkel or dive trip through the coral zones.

Amari properties excel in offering families an integrated package. At Amari Havodda, there is a children’s play pool area, and the onsite Dive Centre loves working with children to get them under the sea and scuba savvy.

Amari Havodda Maldives Beach Pool Villa exterior

What a view to wake up to!

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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, outdoor terrace with sun lounger and a king bed. For more information visit the Amari website.

2 – PER AQUUM Niyama Maldives: The one for adventurous foodies and trendsetters


A trip to PER AQUUM Niyama Maldives, A Minor Hotel property which is spread out over two isles, will almost certainly leave you with stars in your eyes. Not only are you allocated your own butler to go with your slick accommodation, but previous guests have included lots of A-list celebs (kept hush-hush by the hotel)… Which gives you a little insight into the class of hotel we are talking, here. Apart from the luxury accommodation and high levels of customer service, there is also a list of inspiring activities that make this place stand out among the crowd.

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Destination dining: Niyama will set you up with dinner on deserted sandbanks 

Why spoil a tropical view? It’s definitely also worth checking out PER AQUMM Huvafen Fushi, another hotel in the Maldives’ Minor Group – since they like to build downwards, so, it has a world-first underwater spa and underground wine cave and music lounge/club (launched by Tinie Tempah and Mr Hudson).

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One of the stand out features has to be Niyama‘s dining options, with treehouse restaurant Nest, (pictured above) offering tables six metres high in the treetops, underwater restaurant Subsix, (pictured below), serves lunches, weekly parties and wine tasting and is located six metres below the sea  all providing unique dining experiences. Niyama‘s fantastic kids club is above ground, but the kids are also often sent down here for exciting underwater adventures, when food isn’t being served. How brilliant would this place be for imaginative play?

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Eat underwater! 

The onsite LIME spa is superb, and will be even better soon with the famed Margaret Dabbs pedicures planned to arrive in spa imminently. From nighttime snorkel trips and sunset dolphin cruises, to kids’ zumba classes, coral adoption and lessons from a marine biologist – this sounds like the place to make lasting, and unique, luxurious holiday memories.

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Visit PER AQUUM Niyama Maldives website to see the latest packages. For bookings made on peraquum.com, you can enjoy a rejuvenating 60-minute massage for two during your stay. Valid for new bookings for stays between now and 14 December 2016. 

3 – Mirihi Island Resort: The one for tailored trips and swimming with whale sharks


Swimming with a whale shark – the largest fish in the world

Mirihi is considered as being one of the smallest islands in the Maldives, with a limited number of Mirihi Island Resort villas and measuring up at just 350 metres long. Sounds perfect: less neighbours to worry about snorkelling into… And, what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in personality.


Freshly renovated and reopened with 37 villa rooms in December 2014, Mirihi Island Resort has over 40 dive sites – so, not so small, beneath the water, least. Cookery, moonlit cruises, and yoga classes are just the beginning of what’s on offer, here. Tailored classes and days out are the island’s specialty.

Beach Cinema

Outdoor cinemas will never be the same again, after this experience at Mirihi Island

Swimming with manta rays is on offer at various times of the year, as well as swimming with whale sharks – pictured above. Surely an experience of a lifetime? Guests are taken for a day’s sailing on a 55-ft yacht in search of the creatures and can jump in to snorkel alongside them when sighted.

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Whale Shark safaris at Mirihi Island prices start from £94 including lunch and soft drinks based on ten guests sharing the excursion. Prices per person are subject to 10% service charge and 12% GST.

Nightly rates start from £452 per villa per night, on a B&B basis, based on two people sharing. Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 12% GST. For more information or to make a reservation visit www.mirihi.com.


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