When we hear the phrase “honeymoon” we immediately imagine paradise islands with coconut trees, white sand and an endless breathtaking blue ocean. All these attributes are on Maldives. Maldives – the most beautiful place in the world, paradise on the Earth, everyone wants to visit Maldives at least once. The only one question is the price, because it is one of the most expensive resorts in the World, in fact, the most expensive after the Seychelles and Bora Bora. Is it possible to find on Maldives budget option that will cost less than USD 4.000 for a two-week vacation?! Until recently, the answer was negative, but after 2010 you can visit this paradise, order to hold a wedding ceremony and honeymoon in the most beautiful part of the world. We will show you how.
The fact is that almost all Maldivian hotels are in private ownership by foreigners, there are no local population on island-resort except of tourist and their staff. There are few islands among Maldivian islands with local population, let’s speak about one of them. Maafushi island is one of the most interesting from the tourist point of view. Despite the fact that half of the island is occupied by a local prison, another part is the entire paradise for tourists.
Thanks to a law that allows local tourism, local islands began to develop. Local people started to build guesthouses and hotels near their houses; considerable number of cafes and restaurants with reasonable prices appeared on the island.
The average daily price for accommodation in a guest house on Maafushi island is USD 45, while the price of a day on the island-resort starts from USD 250 to 2500 or even more.
On the island you can order wedding ceremony, which includes: bridal bouquet, wedding arch, cake and the actual wedding ceremony itself. The total price will be about USD 200. It all depends on size of your wallet and imagination. Please, keep in mind that your wedding will take place in the most beautiful and breathtaking part of the Earth.
Furthermore, tourists vacationing on local islands can compare that there is no dereference in nature between the local islands and islands-resorts. You will get the same view for USD 10.000 per day and USD 45 the difference is in service and accommodation style. The tourist, however, can visit islands- resorts. The daily trip which includes a rest day on the island-resort, and dinner is USD 250 per person and depends on the concrete resort.
Tourists of Maafushi island are offered the same entertainment on the Maldives: diving, walk with dolphins, swimming with turtles, snorkeling and fishing.
So, now Maldives are available to everybody and your dream can easily come true.
Where to stay
One of our top picks in Maafushi. Situated along the coastline of Maafushi, Arena Beach Hotel features modern and tranquil accommodation with free Wi-Fi access in the entire property including rooms. Guests can enjoy water sports activities such as diving, snorkeling and windsurfing.
Elegantly furnished, air-conditioned rooms come with a personal safe, electric kettle, a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV with cable/satellite channels. Offering bathtub or shower facility, private bathrooms also include a hairdryer and free toiletries like a dental kit.
At Arena Beach Hotel, guests may relax at the common hot tub or sun lounges located at the rooftop. The friendly 24-hour front desk staff can assist with ticketing services, luggage storage and tour arrangements. Free parking is also available on site.
Situated right on the sandy beach, the in-house restaurant serves delectable local and Western cuisine, accompanied with views of the blue lagoon.