From romantic sunset Dhoni cruises to traditional coconut palm planting ceremony, immerse in the vibrant culture of Maldives to mark the most special occasion of your life. Do it the way you want. Hundreds of couples choose the wedding ceremony package which is offered by a number of resorts on the tropical island. After all, who would want to miss out on the powder white beaches, crystalline waters and the beautifully romantic setting that Maldives offer! Just perfect to exchange or renew your vows.
So, here's a list of the 10 best resorts (in no particular order) to celebrate that holy bond of love, and make this important day of your life perfect and memorable:
1. Kuredu Island Resort and SpaRatings: 4.8/5
Turquoise waters, white powder sand, and unlimited natural beauty are all what you expect from a wedding in Maldives- Kuredu offers all of this and provides the perfect backdrop to tie the knot with your partner. Not just that, they have carefully crafted romance packages so that you can have the best possible experience. The ground package includes the ceremony, wedding decoration of the room, Maldivian ceremonial setup, your wedding coordinator and live Maldivian drum beats by Local Boduberu drummers. You are free to add an enhancement like a wedding cake, Champagne, romantic candlelight/Veli dinner, bridal hair and make-up, and wedding photography. Couples also receive an engraved wooden wedding plaque and a Kuredu Wedding certificate as mementoes.
For the ceremony, you can choose from the three options provided by the resort. First, ceremony on the beach - on the white powder sand with the view of the endless ocean; second, a ceremony on the luxury sailing yacht with the backdrop of the setting sun; and third, ceremony on dream island - a sandbank near Kuredu which provides a private, romantic setting for the ceremony.
Approximate Cost: Beach ceremony - MVR 13, 550; Dream Island ceremony - MVR 25, 440; Luxury sailing yacht ceremony - MVR 38, 960 per couple.
Location: Kuredu is situated in Lhaviyani Atoll. The distance from Male International Airport to the resort is 152 km, which is 40 minutes by seaplane.
2. Meeru Island Resort and SpaRatings: 4.7/5
The venue - Asian Wok Restaurant beach area is decorated beautifully, locals from neighbouring islands dressed in traditional Maldivian clothes constitute the ceremony group, who escort the couple to the venue and sing songs to the mesmerising beat of the Bodu Beru drums. Wedding photography, champagne toast, wedding cake, bridal manicure, and pedicure are some options that can be added to your package.
Approximate Cost: MVR 8,000 per couple.
Location: The resort is 36 km away from the Velana International Airport. The 55 minutes speedboat transfer from the airport to resort is scenic.
3. Baros MaldivesRatings: 4.9/5
You can choose from the three wedding venues - a private sandbank, beach or the lighthouse. The Sandbank package includes all the things mentioned above, while the beach/lighthouse package offers only one Champagne (during ceremony or wedding night), and does not include the massage and the breakfast.
Approximate Cost: Sandbank package: MVR 38,500; Island package (Beach/Lighthouse): MVR 25, 420.
Location: Baros Maldives is 15.5 km and just a 25 minutes speedboat journey away from the Male International Airport.
4. Mirihi Island Resort
Approximate Cost: Mirihi Thundi wedding package: MVR 25,400 for guests on bed and breakfast and MVR 24,500 for guests on half board/full board; Magooma Wedding Package (Excursions included (Sunset Cruise, Spa 1x Couple Massage, Champagne Breakfast in the room): MVR 40,800 for guests on bed and breakfast and MVR 39,900 for guests on half board/full board.
Location: Located in the South Ari Atoll, the resort is 104 km and a 51 minutes seaplane journey away from the Male International Airport.
5. Reethi Beach ResortRatings: 5/5
Approximate Cost: MVR 23,115 per couple.
Location: Reethi Beach Resort is situated in the Baa Atoll, 125 km away from Male International Airport. (20 minutes ATR aircraft + 15 minutes speedboat).
6. The Sun Siyam Iru FushiRatings: 4.7/5
Approximate Cost: Wedding packages start at MVR 13,000.
Location: The resort is located in the Noonu Atoll, 170 kilometres north of the main island of Malé and a 45 minutes long seaplane journey away.
7. Komandoo Island Resort and SpaRatings: 4.7/5
Komandoo is one of the top-rated romantic resorts of Maldives, and its captivating beauty provides an ideal backdrop for exchanging vows with the love of your life. The wedding planners at Komandoo have carefully crafted the wedding package that offers Maldivian ceremonial set up on the beach, hair styling and make-up of the lady, Gentle Bodberu drummers' beats, two-tiered wedding cake, a romantic candlelight dinner on the beach, romantic villa turndown, a 75 minutes couple massage at Duniye Spa, wedding certificate and a personalised wooden wedding plaque to remind you of the most special day of your life. A wedding in Maldives at Komandoo is a heavenly affair.
Approximate Cost: MVR 13,500 per couple.
Location: The resort is located in the Lhaviyani Atoll, which is 145 km away from Male International Airport.
8. LUX* South Ari Atoll ResortRatings: 4.4/5
Their Renewal of Vows package includes all the requirements of a memorable ceremony, like a tropical set up on the beach, flower bouquet and buttonholes, traditional Bodu Beru live performance, a symbolic Wedding Certificate, sparkling wine with wedding cake, traditional palm tree planting celebration, and In-villa Maldivian flowers and romantic bed decoration. Apart from all these inclusions, a romantic sunset cruise on a Dhoni, exclusive dinner and a 30 minutes long Balinese massage are included in the Island Dream wedding package.
Approximate Cost: The Renewal of Vows Package costs MVR 19,700, while the Island Dream Wedding Package costs MVR 50,800 per couple.
Location: Lux* South Ari Atoll is located in Dhidhoofinolhu. It is 104 km and a 50 minutes seaplane journey away from the Male International Airport.
9. Lily Beach ResortRatings: 4.8/5
Their two most popular packages are Essential Memories, which is simple yet romantic and offers fresh floral décor, buggy transport to the venue, traditional Maldivian dancers and drummers, canapés and cake, all captured by a professional photographer. The other one is the Everlasting Memories, which includes everything that the Essential Memories package offers along with a spa massage, mind-stirring sunset cruise, wedding dinner, breakfast and a private picnic on Sun Lily. You can even come up with your own wishlist and get the packages tailored according to your wishes.
Approximate Cost: Essential Memories package: MVR 14,630; Everlasting Memories package: MVR 26,100.
Location: Lily Beach Resort is located in Huvahendhoo, South Ari Atoll and it is 87 km and a 25 minutes seaplane ride away from Male International Airport.
10. One & Only Reethi RahRatings: 4.7/5
Approximate Cost: The Legendary Sunset package: MVR 1,04,170; Exchange of Vows package: MVR 54,200.
Location: One & Only Reethi Rah is located in the North Mahe Atoll, 35.4 km away from. The speedboat takes 45 minutes to reach Reethi Rah from Male International Airport.
Maldives is the perfect paradise to celebrate the bond of love that you share with your partner. You will most probably be asked to send your marriage certificate before booking a wedding package, and do not forget to carry it with you, just in case. And, once you are done with your wedding, you can have the perfect honeymoon in Maldives. Do we call this hitting two birds with one stone? Most definitely!
Powder white sand, endless blue ocean, lovely palm trees - Maldives provide just the right ingredients for a perfect ceremony that will stay close to your heart for the rest of your life. Hurry up, for the most magical moments await you. Wish you a lifetime of happiness!