Maldives & the Gulf

Jane Anderson, Honeymoon expert Jane's verdict
Like all the best couples, some destinations compliment one another, often due to their contrasts. The Middle East and the Maldives is the perfect match for a two-centre honeymoon, especially now that flight connections are so slick. Soak up the Arabic culture of Oman or the emerging bling of Abu Dhabi, before heading to a private island in the Maldives for the ultimate beach chill out.

Recommended tour operator: Barefoot Traveller

Barefoot Traveller says

With the Middle East carriers flying from many of the UK’s regional airports, a two-centre honeymoon combining the Arabian Gulf with more traditional long-haul beach destinations has never been easier and more affordable.

  • Fly from your local airport
  • Luxury resorts
  • Two-centre itineraries

One of the most popular combinations is to enjoy a few days or more in one of the United Arab Emirates or Oman followed by a week of unadulterated rest and relaxation in the Maldives. It not only breaks the journey but also means two completely different experiences on one unforgettable honeymoon.

It’s up to you whether you simply laze on the beach or enjoy some of the fabulous snorkelling or scuba diving. Outstanding service from the friendly staff, a choice of restaurants and fabulous accommodation are all a given.

On our Maldives and Abu Dhabi honeymoon, you fly directly to the Maldives for a week in the four star-all-inclusive Cinnamon Dhonveli. Your accommodation here is in a beach bungalow, steps from the water. Relax in the spa, enjoy the water sports and take your pick from the five restaurants. The staff can even arrange a private dinner on board a traditional dhoni boat.

We’ll fly you to Abu Dhabi en route home for three nights at the glamorous Le Meridien Abu Dhabi. From the attractions of Yas Island to the shopping malls and beaches, Abu Dhabi is a stunning place to visit and this beachfront hotel is one of our favourites.

On this unique Sri Lanka, Maldives and Dubai three-centre honeymoon, you will enjoy four nights in fascinating Sri Lanka with a private guide so you can explore the country’s rich cultural heritage. Then it’s a hop over to the Maldives for five nights of desert island bliss before a final two nights in Dubai.

Alternatively, check out this option to combine the Maldives with India as well as Dubai.

Our team can tailor-make the exact honeymoon to suit your tastes and budget.

Find out more about our two-centre honeymoons and the latest special offers.

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