Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright have kicked off married life in style at the luxury paradise island resort of Maafushivaru in the Maldives, which comes with breathtaking vistas, a dazzling turquoise lagoon and two pristine sandy beaches.
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Reached by an unforgettable 25-minute seaplane transfer south-west from Male, the capital of the Maldives, Maafushivaru Maldives epitomises "all that one dreams of when thinking of the Maldives", the resort's website boasts, with its small island charm, lush tropical vegetation surrounded by white beaches and a pristine house reef that affords an enchanting snorkelling experience the Maldives is so famous for.
The newlyweds have been staying in one of the traditional water villas, which sit on stilts over the lagoon and have floor-to-ceiling windows and direct access to the water.
The resort boasts its own desert island, Lonubo, in the same lagoon, providing a truly secluded and picturesque retreat. Mark and Michelle may well choose to indulge in the absolute privacy and seclusion on offer on the tiny Robinson Crusoe-type islet, with a fairytale private dinner for two and overnight stay in the beach villa.
Back at the resort, the sand-floored Water Bar and its infinity pool offer panoramic views, taking in the jetty to the stilted water villas and the infinitely azure Indian Ocean – making for the perfect chill-out with a cocktail. Fine Japanese cuisine is also on the menu at the intimate overwater sushi and teppanyaki restaurant, 135° East, while the rotationally themed buffet restaurant serves exquisite dishes on a terrace overlooking the lagoon.
Naturally, Mr and Mrs Wright will have plenty of opportunity to spot a shark or two, manta ray and whale shark along with the vibrant coral gardens and the abundant schools of marine life and even dolphins in the surrounding temperate water.
Kuoni offers 7 nights on full board basis at the 4.5-star Maafushivaru, Maldives in a water villa, including flights with Turkish Airlines from Gatwick and group transfers in resort. Prices for October 2015 are from £2,444 per person, based on two sharing. kuoni.co.uk