Everyone talks about the stress of planning a wedding, but few mention how overwhelming it can be to plan a honeymoon. There are so many expectations around it being the perfect getaway, the trip of a lifetime. As a bit of a control freak, travel agents were never really an option. I always have known that I wanted to go to the Maldives, and my fiancé Kriston was perfectly aligned.
First, I started by researching the area (you can read my tips here). We both looked into top resorts and ended up deciding to go with two places under the Constance Hotel group — Moofushi and Halaveli. It took some time, but we made our final decision based on a few factors:
1. Fantastic hotel materials
I wanted to go beyond TripAdvisor and see what each resort had to offer based on their website and promotional guides. Constance recently released a free and beautiful e-book with wedding and honeymoon stories from real couples, which stood out from other content that I came across. I definitely encourage others planning honeymoons to check it out.
2. Two is better than one
A real struggle with the Maldives is that the resort that you pick dictates your vacation, as each one is on its own island. Constance’s resorts Moofushi and Halaveli are both top rated properties and offer easy speed boat access between them both, which takes about 30 minutes. So, instead of booking through different hotel groups, we were able to work with one hotel rep to maximize our experience. Moofushi is more of the relaxed resort experience, while Halaveli is five-star luxury.
3. All inclusive option
Not many Maldives resorts offer all inclusive options included in the base price, but Moofushi does — which I’m excited to try. Other resorts offer added on meal plans (like Halaveli), but the liberty of eating and drinking anything my heart desires for half of the honeymoon makes me happy enough.
We are super excited for this trip, and can’t wait to experience everything. Maybe we’ll even be featured in the next e-book!