Maldives Summer Story: Anniversary That Felt More Like A Honeymoon

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People wonder what it’ll feel like to be on their dream vacation. When I first landed at Maldives, excited as I was, I had not expected to be so overwhelmed with joy. I was ecstatic! The beauty of my surroundings took me by surprise and for a moment, I wondered if it was all a dream.

Me? In the beautiful tropics? Was it for real? But soon, it sank in – I had finally arrived. And if my initial delight was anything to go by, the vacation was surely going to be unforgettable. And it surely, one hundred percent, was…

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The wooden pantone that takes you to the water bungalows and beach villas

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Entryway that leads to the Reception

See what our vacation in the surreal tropical island – Maldives – looks like.

Olhuveli Beach Resort And Spa: Overall View

There was no way we were going to stay in any place other than the signature overwater villa at Olhuveli Beach Resort. We had seen the magical photos of overwater villas, with azure water and dreamy charm, splashed all over the social sites. And to be honest – they’re as gorgeous as they look online.

On our arrival, we were greeted at the reception where we were immediately handed over the keys to our magical accommodation.

A wooden Pantone took us to the entrance of our overwater villa.

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The overwater bungalows at Olhuveli

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Just didn’t get bored clicking thousands of pictures over this particular pantone

In the inside, a spacious bedroom with walk-in closet, flat-screen television, a bathroom with an oversized bathtub, follow on – all complemented with striking views over the Indian Ocean. You can shower to the tunes of little lapping waves, merrily kissing the slits of the villa. The little haven for a couple was incredibly private and featured a back staircase that took us to the back deck into the Indian Ocean. So from ordering delectable cuisines and mouthwatering cocktails in the villas to snorkeling solely on our discretion, we did it all!

The little haven for a couple was incredibly private and featured a back staircase that took us to the back deck into the Indian Ocean. So from ordering delectable cuisines and mouthwatering cocktails in the villas to snorkeling solely on our discretion, we did it all!

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Sun loungers on the wooden deck of our overwater villa

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Most of the time I use to sit here and stare at the underwater life

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Our overwater villa

And above everything – it is the world that is completely your own! You won’t bump into a lot of people. **Privacy Assured**

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The swing point

Day and night we indulged in the Maldivian sunshine and delighted in the live aquarium right in front of our eyes.

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All day through night – I just couldn’t get my eyes off the mesmeric sky

Dining

On the beachfront, by the poolside, over the ocean or in the privacy of your villa – you can satiate your appetite for amazing dining experiences in the tropical island. There are numerous choices of gastronomic experiences assured that have been designed keeping in mind the vacationers on the island.

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Oh! the view and the breakfast!

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The Lagoon Restaurant

There were different, unique settings where we had food during our stay. The restaurants at Olhuveli included Sunset Restaurant, Lagoon Restaurant, The Four Spices, and The Plankton Grill. What makes dining more enjoyable is the caress of gentle breezes as well as comforting vistas across the Indian Ocean.

The Sunset Restaurant

The Sunset Restaurant

What made our time at Olhuveli Beach Resort And Spa more special?

  • Acknowledging the fact that we were at the resort for my birthday celebration and our first anniversary, the hotel staff made it a point to provide us with the best holiday experience ever. We had made arrangements for 2nights beach villa and 2nights water villa accommodation, but on our arrival, we were upgraded to a 4nights overwater villa option. Yay! 😀 (Perhaps, asking the staff for availability never hurts especially if it could save you hundred thousand dollars)
  • For my birthday, special bed decorations with a cake in the center and a champagne bottle were provided, which we thoroughly enjoyed! Imagine, you are in a dreamy location and every stranger (who no more was a stranger) wished me on my day!
    The Birthday Cake

    The Birthday Cake

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    Birthday surprise

  • On our anniversary, we were informed about a special dinner being held especially for us in the resort’s private cabana at the Plankton Grill Restaurant! Ah! If that was not enough, a guitarist even played for us, and I swear my happiness knew no bounds. This was perhaps the best a resort could have done and Olhuveli passed with flying colors.

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    A special, private dinner hosted for us.

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    Sweet gestures

  • The staff was quite interactive and they used to make us feel at peace. Since their restaurants were usually stashed with non-veg items, they took efforts to prepare vegetable curries and Indian food, all through the day, just for us! This gesture really made this resort a bit closer to my heart.

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    The friendly staff

  • I got to witness a real beach wedding for the first and the experience was ethereal.
  • My most favorite part of the entire resort was the infinity pool just near the Plankton Grill where we used to dip day and night overlooking the tropical oceans. *Sheer Bliss*
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    Sunset at the Infinity Pool

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    Again the Infinity Pool

  • Was it a divine force wishing our trip to be special or something else – I don’t know – but it rained just one day (and I truly wanted that to happen). I wanted to see how the sky looked like on a cloudy or rainy day! And what – wish granted. :D. Other four days were just normal.
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    The day it turned cloudy and rainy

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    Follow me and we’ll stay here FOREVER

Some Things to do in Maldives:

  • If you are planning a vacation for a week or more, it is best to be well-prepared for the same. For honeymooners, the island is a delight but it can get boring after a certain point of time for them to remain in the same place and stay into the water all time. I remember my friend telling me about her honeymoon experience in Maldives and how she didn’t enjoy it much as she had to stay in the same place for so long. Well, That is the reason why I always tell my friends asking for suggestions for planning a honeymoon in Maldives to be sure if they want to gawk into the amazing views for a long time and enjoy the striking waters.
  • Maldives is not a ‘Vegas’ or ‘Bali’, where you could expect too much of entertainment. It is a quiet island where you should sit and enjoy being cut away from the rest of the world in your own sweet corner. And trust me, you are not going to get the same environment anywhere else in the world. To top it, Maldives is a paradise for water babies – they can snorkel, scuba dive, swim, and enjoy really long time in pristine, emerald green waters, day and night.
  • It’ll be good if honeymooners carry a lot of romantic movies, DVDs, and books to read along with them. There’s nothing better than sitting in your private corner and reading a nice novel.
  • Shopping is only possible if there is a shopping center built in your personal resort – if not – you’ll have to take a boat to go to the Male City, which is not going to be cost-effective at all.
  • Daily cruises operate from Maldives resorts (again this is subjected to each resort) for dolphin shows or visit a nearby island. Again, it is ideal to take an all-inclusive holiday package in Maldives, which includes such activities, else the price is going to go further high.

Things to Know (Be Prepared):

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Don’t forget your sunnies and sunscreen

  • You come prepared to shell out a lot of dollars when living in luxurious resorts. These are crazy expensive. A night in one of the gorgeous overwater bungalows would cost over $400. So for the budget travelers to Maldives, it is best to consider a homestay in one of the islands or look for a cheaper hotel.
  • Bring your snorkeling gear as the ocean waits for you and so does its underwater marine life.
  • A round trip speedboat transfer per person would be around $170 for Olhuveli; could be more for resorts that are far from the airport. Avoid seaplanes if you are on a budget trip to Maldives.
  • The real budget killer happens to be alcohol as you cannot import any into the country. And buying it from the resorts is going to cost you a bomb! Imagine a pint of beer is available for $8. Whoosh!
  • If you haven’t taken an all-inclusive holiday, then you’ll have to pay additional 10% service charge and 8 % Goods and Services Tax. Thankfully, we had booked a full-board package to Maldives, which included all taxes.

When is the best time to plan a trip to Maldives?

In my opinion, low season is the ideal time to go to. December through April remains the high season in Maldives, and this is when most tourists prefer visiting the country. But if you want to fetch a good deal, low season wouldn’t be a bad deal either. Just stay safe and plan for a trip between April – May. I’ve heard islands remain extremely quiet during August and September.

During the high season, the prices of island rooms increase drastically.

Boiling it all down, I’ve tried to put together a detailed post on traveling to the Maldives! If there’s something you’d like to add or think I missed out, do let me know and I’ll try to help! You can also check our Maldives video to see the highlights of our trip:

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If you have decided to visit Maldives, then it is important that you read our Guide On Things To Know Before You Plan To Go To Maldives (Opens in new window) 🙂

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  • Reply Sussie Gomez June 30, 2016 at 3:53 pm

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  • Reply Joe November 2, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Wow, looks absolutely idyllic. Have heard nothing but great things about the Maldives! How cool it must have been to have everyone wishing you a happy birthday, and they really knew how to pull out all the stops for you! Sounds like it was a great choice for an anniversary celebration 🙂

    • Reply admin December 17, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Yes Joe, we couldn’t have dreamed of any other place but Maldives to celebrate both the special occasions. Had the best time. 🙂

  • Reply Sanne - Spend Life Traveling November 2, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    I used to live in The Maldives and was fortunate enough to visit many of the beautiful resorts. It’s a truly unique experience and I still miss the amazing water villas, the crystal clear water and incredible scuba diving so much! 🙁

    • Reply admin December 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

      WOW, Living in the paradise, must have been awesome fun! I wish I could stay there for at least a month and explore more amazing properties. 🙂

  • Reply Christine K November 3, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Such a beautiful place and perfect for a honeymoon, birthday or other special occasions. Not sure I will ever make it there as the cost does not seem justified but my friends have visited and raved about it. Nice post.

    • Reply admin December 17, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Absolutely. Yes, its a bit pricey but totally worth the hype. Had the most awesome time there. 🙂

  • Reply Marlene Marques November 6, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    How crazy is this place?! It looks like you had the PERFECT birthday ! So good the hotel prepared all those surprises for you. Really made the experience even more unforgettable. It sure makes worth the visit.

    • Reply admin November 7, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Yes Marlene, I had the most perfect birthday and first anniversary here. They made us feel so special!

  • Reply Kassie November 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I’m absolutely dying to to go the Maldives! I’ve seen so many beautiful pictures of it lately! I really want to spend some time at a beautiful resort like this and then spend a few days on one of the local islands! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

    • Reply admin December 17, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Thanks Kassie, Maldives is truly a vacationer’s delight. There’s no place as beautiful as the Maldives. 😉

  • Reply Liana November 10, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Congrats on your first anniversary and your birthday! That’s such a good choice regarding the destination you pick. I’ve seen so many photos and articles about the Maldives, but yours is really good and depicts exactly what I was expecting regarding the Maldives! As for the hotel, it sounds just amazing! Thanks for all the tips! x

    • Reply admin December 17, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Thanks Liana, yes we wanted our anniversary to be a special one, and indeed it was. I would recommend Olhuveli Resort to all with closed eyes – it’s awesome! 🙂

  • Reply Amy January 8, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I think staying in an over water bungalow in the Maldives is (or should be) at the top of most traveler’s lists! I am so envious of this adventure! Would love to spend an anniversary here for sure, it’s got to be one of the most special places on earth.

    • Reply admin January 11, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Absolutely Amy, we are so happy to have made this decision as we are definitely going to cherish it for a lifetime. 🙂

  • Reply Alissa January 13, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Happy anniversary and birthday! This looks like an amazing trip and it’s so beautiful!

  • Reply Ance Antovska January 14, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Such a beautiful place and perfect for honeymoon, Happy anniversary and birthday!

  • Reply Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel January 16, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Wow – you guys really got the VIP treatment! The hotel seems wonderful and I love that they went above and beyond to make your anniversary a special one.

  • Reply Nic - See Nic Wander January 16, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Wow this place looks so peaceful! I bet it would be so nice to read a book and relax by the sea 🙂 Great post and pictures!

  • Reply Meghan January 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    The Maldives sound like such a great place to visit and the resort looked awesome! I like how you included the explanation of the island compared to others – definitely seems like a great couples trip!

  • Reply Christine January 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Such an incredible getaway and they sure treated you special. It also looks like a place where you could totally relax and just absorb your surroundings. Loved the photos and description of the destination.

  • Reply Scott BALAAM January 16, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Wow – this looks amazing. I have wanted to visit the Maldives for years. The huts look incredible and at $400 they are expensive but look special. I like the idea of getting the speedboat transfer – that would be fantastic!

  • Reply blair villanueva January 17, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Love is truly in the air in this story and I like it a lot! You guys give so much life to Maldives, and now am also dreaming to have a vacation there. Cheers!

  • Reply Hang Around The World January 17, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    We have been to the Maldives when we were too young in fact we don’t remember lots of things. This is a place you have to visit during summer season and we’d like to experience scuba diving, even if we haven’t done it before 🙂

  • Reply Sandy N Vyjay January 19, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Maldives is one of my favourite destination.The Beach Resort looks perfect for holiday. Palm trees and deep blue water is so fascinating.
    Looks like you had a great time there. Beautiful pictures!

  • Reply Joanna January 19, 2017 at 11:01 am

    The Maldives look so dreamy! I always thought of them to be the perfect honeymoon destination, but it seems that anniversaries are a great reason to go there as well. The water bungalow is amazing, I can see that you get your own privacy even if they are so close to each other. Unfortunately the Maldives are way out of mu budget for now.

  • Reply lex January 19, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    truly an amazing place to be, the maldives has got alot of great sites to visit and spend some quality time in, hopefully someday i get the chance to go experience it myself.

  • Reply Ree love30 January 20, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I think if you’re going to the maldives you just have to stay in an overwater bungalow! It’s just rude not to!! This looks like absolute paradise. So many of my friends have been but I haven’t! Very jealous. When I make my millions, I’m off! ree love30

  • Reply Carola January 20, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Oh wow, the Maldives. I love it. It’s such a wonderful destination. It truly looks like a dream vacation. Cake and champagne on your birthday, they definitely did a great job making it a very special day. The anniversary just looks awesome as well. Love it that you’re sharing some tips as well. Looks like there’s so much you can do at the maldives!

  • Reply Agnes January 21, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Maldives are my dream destination. Looks like your holiday was just perfect. And congrats to you two for your anniversary. I think you have chosen the best possible place to celebrate it. The beer cost was a shocker, though. I expected that it can be expensive there but not that much!

  • Reply Anita January 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

    It sounds like excellent honeymoon place. It’s nice touch about your birthday bed decoration and cake. Thank you for detailed information.

  • Reply Sarah Inkson @daydreams of summertime January 22, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I have bee wanting to go to the Maldives for the longest time, it just looks so stunning. It sounds like you guys had an awesome time. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply david January 25, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Wow! such an inclusive inviting stay – they really made the effort to not only enjoy visually but completely.

  • Reply Raghav - TickerEatsTheWorld April 19, 2017 at 5:09 am

    I’m just waiting for my kids to get a little older before I make the most of Maldives. Thanks for all the tips and it’s wonderful that you were able to really make the most of what is clearly a romantic destination. Great photos as always.

  • Reply Carmen Baguio May 4, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    What a gorgeous location! I love quiet places and would have no problem sitting in a lounger and reading a book all day long!

  • Reply Arnav Mathur May 7, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Maldives are truly a paradise. Have experienced it and now all I can think of is going back. Don’t forget to check out the Maldives post on my blog.

  • Reply Mayuri Patel October 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    this looks so beautiful, love your floral dress much
    I am visiting it soon and your post is helpful in planning maldives trip

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