Whether it’s time to pop the question, celebrate a big birthday or simply declare unconditional love to that someone special, make 2013 the year to remember and do it in style. Revel in romance and whisk the other half off with Sun Hotels & Resorts to the Maldives where even the coolest of characters will be swept up in all things hearts and love.
For an unforgettable proposal, Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort is the ultimate romantic destination. Sprawled across the entire expanse of Meedhuffushi Island in the South Nilandhe Atoll, this luxury four-star resort is the perfect backdrop for getting down on one knee. What’s more, the attentive staff at Vilu Reef are connoisseurs at adding personal touches to help create an everlasting memory. Let the resort organise a jet-ski experience followed by dinner on a secluded beach and ask for her hand as the sun sets over the lagoon, or take a sunset dolphin cruise and enjoy these fascinating creatures play in the Indian Ocean before proposing in front of the glowing horizon.
Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort is another romantic island retreat, with stunning beaches and abundant sandbanks, its own house reef and the new Sand Horizon destination dining experience. With seats dug into the sand for a magical dinner on the beach and ambient candles and lanterns surrounding the table, it’s guaranteed to be a memorable proposal under the Maldivian moonlit sky.
Or for the more extravagant, Olhuveli can organise for a loved one to be whisked off on a 30 minute speedboat, taking in breathtaking scenery before arriving on the sandy shores in style, just in time to be wined and dined at an intimate beach set up. Alternatively, take to the skies in the comfort of a private seaplane and tour the island from above before landing to ask the all-important question looking out to sea.
For those seeking a holiday-of-a-lifetime to celebrate a milestone birthday, there are plenty of romantic options that will make the day special. Wine lovers will enjoy being treated to an exceptional meal at Olhuveli’s Four Spices restaurant. Perfect for big occasions, this over-water pavilion offers a Wine Pairing menu with five-courses, each one complemented by an expertly chosen wine to maximise flavour and get the taste buds tingling.
Finally, old romantics looking for the ultimate way to say those three special words will be spoilt for the choice by the resorts’ indulgent spa and pampering experiences. Both destinations boast tranquil Sun Spas which offer carefully designed treatments to make guests feel special and cared for. With a range of packages including ‘Chocolate Delight’ for couples or a nourishing aromatherapy massage for her, there are endless ways to make them feel loved. Prices for couples’ treatments start from US$270, while massages start from US$60.
- Travelbag offers seven nights at Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort from just £999 per person and Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort from £1,059 per person. Book by 20 February for selected departures in June, the price includes return flights from London with Etihad, accommodation on a half-board basis, transfers, taxes and surcharges.