"Next" Honeymoon Destinations for 2012: Maldives

Posted by Adam Warner

Through the end of the year, Traveler's Joy will reveal its "Next" honeymoon destinations for 2012, a number of up-and-coming travel spots that should be on your radar for an upcoming honeymoon trip. These unique spots offer a core of key elements crucial for any once-in-a-lifetime trip: new experiences, relaxation, and romance. Check back often this month to see which destinations make the list.


Whether you're watersports enthusiasts or just searching for a unique tropical island experience, look toward the Maldives for a most memorable honeymoon getaway.

Located about 500 miles from Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is made up of 26 atolls and more than 1,200 coral islands, many of which feature their own self-contained luxury resorts. Also home to crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches, tranquil lagoons, world-class diving and snorkeling, plus hundreds of deserted islands to explore as if your own, the options are practically endless for an unforgettable journey.

Despite its remote Indian Ocean location, newlyweds can still expect five-star accommodations, exceptional restaurants, and outstanding spas -- including several underwater facilities that will remain etched in your mind forever.

At the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, you'll dine 16 feet below sea level inside the world's first all-glass undersea restaurant. Or enjoy a rejuvenating treatment at Lime Spa inside Huvafen Fushi Resort, a spectacular underwater spa that will have you up close to tropical fish and colorful coral.

With some of the clearest water on the planet, the Maldives boasts tremendous diving, surfing, sailing, and snorkeling opportunities. Book an excursion through Tropicsurf, where surfers of all levels can ride the waves and experience the area's amazing surf breaks. Thanks to year-round warm ocean waters and high visibility throughout the year, the snorkeling and diving is one of a kind. Consider taking a traditional seven-day Maldives Dhoni Cruise. In addition to numerous snorkeling and diving experiences, you'll explore tiny fishing villages, enjoy local food, and get to visit isolated beaches and remote islands.

Stay at Kandooma on South Male Atoll, one of the country's top properties for its value. After touching down in the capital city of Male, you'll be transported via speedboat and escorted to your private villa. The property -- situated close to many popular dive and surfing spots -- also features overwater villas complete with indoor/outdoor showers, private sundeck, and contemporary design.