How to find the perfect Maldives honeymoon or family holiday for you

From honeymoon idyll to family heaven: How to find the perfect Maldives holiday for you

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Sparkling turquoise waters, dazzling white beaches, stunning coral reefs and elegant overwater villas; it can only be the Maldives.

This breathtaking archipelago of sandbanks, lagoons and viridescent palm groves freckles the Indian Ocean like a thousand idyllic oases. 

From adrenaline-fuelled watersports to snorkelling with sea turtles, secluded beach bars to elegant overwater spas, it’s a dream destination, and your experience begins with choosing the right resort.

Heaven: Sparkling turquoise waters, dazzling white beaches – it can only be the Maldives

Owned by local visionary Ahmed Siyam Mohammed, Sun Siyam has a collection of exclusive retreats sprinkled across their own islands, each offering a unique sanctuary in the heart of this tropical paradise and all in touch with the local community.

The Sun Siyam story began with the unveiling of Sun Siyam Vilu Reef in 1998, an idyllic island hideaway with romance at heart. Vilu Reef still employs many of the original team members, who welcome their loyal guests as they return year after year.

In 2002, Sun Siyam Olhuveli followed, and in 2008 it was joined by the activity-packed Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, both retreats with family fun and adventure at the centre of everything they do. The sunkissed island resort Sun Siyam Iru Veli was added to the Maldives collection in 2018 and its dreamy accommodation and idyllic vistas have been attracting honeymooners and romantic couples ever since. The newest addition to the stylish selection is Siyam World, an island escape with a whole host of exciting activities suitable for families, couples and friends alike.

These sunkissed sanctuaries are all excellent candidates for your Maldives trip, whether you’re looking for adventure, romance or simple relaxation.

A romantic retreat

The flagship property of the Sun Siyam collection, Vilu Reef can be discovered within its own shimmering lagoon in South Nilandhe Atoll, a popular location for scuba diving.

This boutique hideaway is an excellent option for couples of all ages and honeymooners; the stunning backdrop of white shores, azure skies and verdant palms, along with the five-star service, guarantee the perfect atmosphere for romance. It’s no wonder 70 per cent of their guests are returning visitors.

Maldivian perfection: Guests come back year after year to Vilu Reef, and it’s not hard to see why

Vilu Reef’s gorgeous collection of thatched beach and overwater villas feature impressive vistas and indulgent outdoor spaces hosting private Jacuzzis, plunge pools or crystalline infinity pools. The guaranteed intimacy and romance provided by these elegant villas have tempted many guests back year after year, although the magnificent views may have helped too.

During the day, head over to the courts to stay active with a game of tennis or badminton, or connect mind, body and spirit with a private yoga class. For those seeking more of an adrenaline rush, Vilu Reef’s dive centre allows you to explore the fantastic house reef, underwater caves and shipwrecks just offshore. For a more leisurely day, explore the lagoon by canoe in the morning before a relaxing afternoon on the double massage beds in the spa.

You can even head over to neighbouring Iru Veli for a day trip, or those looking for complete privacy can book a castaway experience and enjoy an a la carte picnic and a chilled bottle of wine on a desert island away from civilisation.

The Positive Energy Pool at Vilu Reef is a beautiful spot to while away a sunny afternoon

In the evenings, you’ll enjoy a wide range of cuisines, including the option of a fine dining experience on the beach followed by a movie under the stars or a wine tasting experience guided by the resident sommelier in the wine cellar.

This resort exudes romance, so if a dream holiday with your partner is what you are looking for, Vilu Reef could be your dream destination.

A family adventure

A sprawling 52 acres of paradise awaits you at Iru Fushi, a heaven on earth located on the Noonu Atoll. It’s home to 14 bars and restaurants, including a sophisticated champagne lounge, as well as an award-winning spa and a dive centre where you can try a diving masterclass or practise other water sports. It’s the perfect sanctuary for the whole family.

Sun Siyam’s Iru Fushi is a paradise on earth, with 52 acres in which to relax in

There’s something for everyone, with adults-only and family-friendly pools, in addition to craft classes where you can transform loose palm leaves, driftwood and beautiful shells into unique creations.

Children will love snorkelling with the local marine life on Nemo’s reef and heading out on exciting island adventures in the safe hands of the Koama Kidz club. The whole family will enjoy looking down into the dazzling waters from their paddleboard, trying their hand at windsurfing, and racing across the surf on jet skis.

While the kids club keeps the children occupied, mum and dad can relax at the award-winning The Spa by Thalgo France, which offers a wellness programme and 20 relaxing treatment rooms.

Romantic spot for dinner: Iru Fushi is home to 14 bars and restaurants

For a truly special occasion or an exceptional escape, try the castaway experience and find your own slice of paradise far from the world. Enjoy an a la carte picnic and a chilled bottle of wine on the soft white sands, and spend a day in the company of the one you love most.

As a final gift to families, Iru Fushi welcomes under 15s to sleep in the same room as their parents and eat for free on the same meal plan. For a Maldivian resort the whole family will love, the laidback luxury of Iru Fushi is an excellent choice.

A holiday everyone will remember for ever: Deluxe Family Beach Villa sleeps up to five people

Find your perfect Maldives holiday

With cerulean skies and cobalt waters, gleaming white sandbanks and verdant vegetation, the Maldives is the perfect backdrop for your next holiday in the sun.

Choosing the ideal resort is the first step of planning your dream getaway, and with the variety available with Sun Siyam Resorts, whether you’re looking for romance, relaxation, or adrenaline-fuelled adventure, you can be confident that your perfect sanctuary is waiting for you.

Book directly with Sun Siyam Resorts (sunsiyam.com) to unlock exclusive offers. Southall Travel (southalltravel.co.uk, 0800 408 8046) offers holidays to all five Sun Siyam Resorts. For Vilu Reef, all-inclusive prices start from £1,999pp based on two people sharing a Beach Villa with departure in May’22 including flights and transfers. For Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, all-inclusive prices start from £3,769pp based on two adults and two children (under 15 years) sharing a Deluxe Beach Villa with departure in Oct 2022, including flights and transfers.

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