Maldives is synonymous with honeymoons, and who can blame newlyweds for being enchanted by the magic of the Indian Ocean island steeped in romance and dazzling turquoise waters?
The Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi (Secret Water Island) encompasses everything that makes Maldives charming — powdery white sand beaches kissed by year-round sunshine, bursts of vibrant green jungles and a shoreline that melts into the horizon in gradients of blue, leaving you unsure of where the skies start and the sea ends. Much like its name this luxury haven is a well-kept secret and a popular sanctuary for honeymooners, situated on the Maldivian archipelago’s most exclusive atoll — the Shaviyani Atoll that’s also home to Maldives’ largest lagoon and is the perfect marriage of nature and creature comforts.
For those looking to escape into a bubble of their own, the resort’s 120 luxury villas offer the options of water villas; cocooned by the gentle waves of the Indian Ocean, they are a world of their own with oversized copper bathtubs, indoor plunge pools, relaxation decks and rustic boho-chic interiors thanks to stylish wooden and rattan furniture that lend your quarters a castaway vibe. The beach villas and safari-style tented jungle villas offer similar mod cons, albeit with the option of outdoor showers and views of the mangroves and Maldivian wilderness and private cinema screenings and barbeque bonfires.
The sheer romance of it all will set your heart racing but for an adrenalin rush the resort offers diving trips, and snorkelling around the resort’s pristine 9-kilometre long coral reef. There’s plenty to do in and around the resort to bond with your better half and test unchartered waters – the hotel will organise catamaran sailing, sea kayaking, yachting tours and dolphin cruises as well as cultural visits to nearby Maldivian communities. You can also soak up some art and culture without leaving the resort — the Sirru Fen Fushi is home to Maldives’ first submerged sculpture gallery by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor.
You can also seek rest and relaxation at the resort’s Willow Stream Spa — the facials, body massages and scrubs designed around the elements of earth, air, fire and water rejuvenate and relax. Or take a dip in the 200-metre long swimming pool that bisects the island, connecting the spa to Onu Onu, the beachfront bar.
And what’s island life without great food made of freshly caught bounty from the sea?
Pamper yourself with white-linen service in your villas as chefs barbecue your meals, or reserve a table at one of the resort’s four on-site restaurants — Onu Onu, the all-bamboo poolside bar crafted by Balinese artists, is great for quick eats by the lagoon; Azure serves gourmet seafood; Kata, with its waterfront setting, excels in pan-Asian cuisine and delicious sea views and a rooftop lounge.
For an authentic Maldivian dining experience there’s Raha Market, the all-day restaurant where you can tuck into Maldivian tuna curry – a staple – and steamed rice. The tastes of island life will linger long after the trip is over, much like the memories you’ll create during your stay at the Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi.
HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A GETAWAY TO MALDIVES
Fairmont Ajman, in partnership with Emirates Holidays, is offering a chance to win a romantic holiday to the Maldives. The grand prize includes a three-night stay in a Beach Sunrise Villa at Fairmont Maldives, inclusive of daily breakfast at Raha Market for two people plus a pair of return air tickets (economy) from Dubai to Male.
The prize is valid for six months starting from November 12, 2018. A prior reservation is required and subject to availability and black-out dates, including Eid Al Fitr, Eid Al Adha, Christmas, New Year and all public holidays.
The prize is not transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for cash in part or full and is valid for single usage only.
If you purchase/pay a deposit for a wedding package at Fairmont Ajman by Saturday, November 10, you increase your chances of winning by 20-fold in the raffle draw.
The winner of the Win A Honeymoon to Maldives will be announced on November 12.