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Resort Openings in Maldives 2024: New and Exciting Places to Explore 

Travellers looking to explore new Maldives resorts in 2024 have a limited number of options this year. Although the Maldives is continuously presenting travellers with new luxury resorts filled with new concepts, this year, there’s only a handful. Even with the small number of new openings, the new resorts bring something truly exceptional to the table. As Maldives has become a hotspot for tourists, these new locations bring the authentic Maldives experience of white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, lush greenery and more!

Soneva Secret – Addition of a New Resort by Soneva

The well-known Soneva brand added yet another beautiful destination to the Maldives with the grand opening of Soneva Secret. This new luxury cast-away experience can be explored in the beautiful Haa Dhaalu Atoll, marking the third resort opening for the Soneva brand in the Maldives. Prior to Soneva’s secret, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani also became quite popular among travellers. With this, Soneva Resorts became the true epitome of luxury travel in the Maldives.

Opening in 2024, Soneva Secret offers a personalised luxury getaway experience. Offering 14 villas in 06 categories, Soneva Secret brings the first floating villa to the Maldives. Accessible only by boat, this unique villa can be moved to any location preferred by the guests. In addition to this unique villa, guests can also explore the Overwater Hideaway Villa, Beach Hideaway, Crusoe Villa, and Two-Bedroom Beach Reserve, as well as the Two-Bedroom Crusoe Reserve.

Travellers can now explore Soneva Secret either by speed boat transfer from the airport or by domestic flight as well.

OZEN Privé Athiri Gili by Atmosphere Core

Another well-known brand, Atmosphere Core is also set to open three new resorts in 2024. OZEN MANSION KOLKATA opening in Q1 2024 in India, OZEN PRIVÉ ATHIRI GILI set for Q4 2024 in the Maldives and OZEN SECLUDED TANGALLE in Sri Lanka. Although only one of the locations is set to open in the Maldives, guests can explore any Atmosphere Core properties for a joyful stay.

OZEN PRIVÉ ATHIRI GILI is set to be located in South Male’ Atoll, bringing a sustainable stay for travellers visiting the Maldives. Located close to the airport, travellers can explore 38 different pool villas at OZEN PRIVÉ ATHIRI GILI. Additionally, the resort is also set to feature some amazing dining outlets with multi-cultural dining experiences as well. With this opening, travellers can explore three different properties under THE OZEN COLLECTION. This includes OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI, and OZEN PRIVÉ ATHIRI GILI.

Grand Opening of SO/ Maldives

In 2021 Accor group announced the exciting plans to develop a third property in the beautiful CROSSROADS Maldives. Just a little over two years after the announcement, SO/ Maldives marked its grand opening, bringing travellers an avant-garde travel experience.

SO/ Maldives features 80 spectacular luxury villas, which includes beach front as well as over-water options. Each of the villas at SO/ Maldives has the beautiful view of the azure blue oceans of the Maldives and designer interiors. Located just 16-minutes away from the airport, this resort connecs travellers to a wealth of world-class attractions and facilities. In addition to SO/ Maldives, guests can explore two other resorts at CROSSROADS Maldives. This includes the amazing Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and SAii Lagoon Maldives. With this, SO/ Maldives will join Accor’s collection of five resorts in the Maldives. This include the midscale Mercure brand, premium Pullman and Mövenpick brands, and the luxury Raffles and Fairmont brands.

Some Additional New Resort Openings to Explore!

Although 2024 did not bring a lot of options for new resorts, there were quite a few resort opening to explore in 2023. As these resorts are still quite new, if you’re looking for a new experience, you may just find it here.

  • Jawakara Islands Maldives: This amazing new resort offers two resorts in one island. Mabin, the larger of Jawakara’s two islands, offers spacious beach villas and private palm suites. This family-friendly destination is perfect for travelers of all ages. Guests can also explore Dheru, a family-friendly paradise with 88 villas, including beachfront, poolside, and two-bedroom options. Experience pure magic.
  • Ifuru Island Maldives: This resort brough the first sky diving experience to the Maldives. Travellers at Ifuru Island Maldives can discover the magic of Raa Atoll with a thrill. In addition to 147 sunset beach villa suites, the resort also offers four bars and six exquisite dining establishments.
  • Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives: This exclusive 5-star resort ensures tranquility and comfort, all in a chic beach environment. The resort offers 100 villas. Travellers can explore the 63 Beach Villas, 30 Water Villas and 7 Beach Suites with plunge pools.
  • Joy Island: This brand new resort is by the well-known Cocoon Collection. Joy island offers travellers 151 rooms, 60 rooms located overwater, and 91 rooms on the beach surrounded by beautiful tropical vegetation. Additionally, travellers can also explore three restaurants and 1 bar at the island.
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Honeymoon Planning: The Ultimate Maldives Itinerary

Are you trying to plan a romantic honeymoon getaway to The Maldives?

Embark on the honeymoon of your dreams with the ultimate Maldives itinerary. From luxurious overwater villas to private island experiences, the Maldives offers everything you need for a romantic and unforgettable getaway. This comprehensive guide will help you plan your perfect honeymoon, ensuring every moment is filled with love, adventure, and relaxation in one of the most beautiful destinations on earth.

Why Choose Maldives as a Honeymoon Destination?

Maldives is renowned as a prime travel destination for its unparalleled natural beauty and luxurious resorts. This tropical paradise attracts honeymooners from all over the world who are in search of pristine white-sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and extraordinary underwater experiences. Maldives has always been particularly popular among those seeking romance, luxury, and tranquillity.

Choosing the right flight route to the Maldives is crucial for ensuring a pleasant travel experience. Given the remote location of this island nation, most travellers will need to take connecting flights from major cities.

Best Time to Visit the Maldives

The best time to visit the Maldives is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. This period offers the most favourable weather conditions, with plenty of sunshine and minimal rainfall. However, the peak season can also mean higher prices and more tourists.

Travelling during the off-season, from May to October, has its own advantages. You can benefit from lower prices and fewer crowds, although you may encounter occasional rain showers. Regardless of when you visit, the Maldives promises a romantic and unforgettable experience.

Choosing the Perfect Resort

Selecting the right resort is key to creating an unforgettable Maldives honeymoon itinerary. Here are some top considerations:

  • Budget: Determine how much you’re willing to spend and look for resorts within that range.
  • Amenities: Look for resorts offering honeymoon packages, spa services, and romantic dining options.
  • Accommodations: Overwater villas and private beach villas are popular choices for honeymooners due to their privacy and stunning views.

Day-by-Day Itinerary Suggestions

Trip Day 1: Arrival and Relaxation

  • Arrive in Malé and transfer to your resort.
  • Enjoy a welcome drink and unwind in your luxurious accommodation.
  • Relax with a sunset dinner on the beach.

Day 2: Explore the Resort and Indulge in Spa Treatments

  • Discover the resort’s facilities and activities.
  • Schedule a couples’ massage or spa day.
  • Romantic dinner under the stars.

Trip Day 3: Water Activities and Adventure

  • Snorkelling or scuba diving excursions to explore coral reefs.
  • Try water sports like kayaking or paddleboarding.
  • Sunset cruise with dolphin watching.

Day 4: Private Island Picnic and Cultural Experience

  • Arrange a private island picnic.
  • Visit a local Maldivian village to experience the culture.
  • Evening beach BBQ.

Trip Day 5: Relaxation and Leisure

  • Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your villa.
  • Spend the day at the resort’s pool or private beach.
  • Stargazing night with telescope setup.

Day 6: Excursions and Dining Experiences

  • Take a day trip to nearby islands.
  • Explore the underwater world with a guided tour.
  • Fine dining experience at an underwater restaurant.
  • Getting some honeymoon photos taken with the resort Photographer.

Trip Day 7: Departure

  • Enjoy a final morning at the resort.
  • Enjoy one last breakfast before checking out of your villa.
  • Transfer back to Malé for your departure flight.

Tips for a Memorable Honeymoon

Packing Essentials

  • Pack light, breathable clothing, swimwear, and sun protection.
  • Bring waterproof cameras and travel insurance.

Health and Safety

  • Ensure you have travel insurance and check for necessary vaccinations.
  • Stay hydrated and practice sun safety.

Maximizing the Experience

  • Book excursions and dining experiences in advance.
  • Personalize the trip with special requests like flower arrangements or private dinners.

A Maldives honeymoon promises romance, adventure, and luxury. By carefully planning your itinerary and choosing the right resort, you can ensure that your honeymoon is a memorable and magical experience. Start planning early, customize your activities, and get ready to enjoy the ultimate romantic getaway. Share your experiences and tips with other couples to help them plan their dream honeymoon.

By following this guide and incorporating the mentioned tips, your Maldives honeymoon will be an unforgettable journey of love and relaxation.

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