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The Maldives is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world making it a honeymooners’ paradise.

With approximately 1,200 small coral islands, the uniqueness of this country means travel arrangements differ a little compared to larger land mass countries, so following a recent visit, our friends over at Brisbane City Celebrants have given us their top 10 tips for honeymooning in the Maldives.

  • Pack a UK power plug adapter or 2 if you both want to charge your mobiles at the same time.
  • Being a Muslim Country, you are not permitted to bring duty free alcohol into the country, however alcoholic beverages are readily available to purchase at most resorts.
  • At the time of publishing there is no arrival or departure tax payable at the Maldives, and if travelling from Australia your visa simply gets stamped with a tourist visa on arrival.
  • To reach most islands in the Maldives, you will be transported by seaplane (which btw is amazing!), this usually arranged by your resort. Seaplanes have a strict luggage weight limit of 20kg for checked luggage and 5kg for hand luggage, so you need to travel light, or pay excess baggage charges.
  • Seaplane transfers only operate during the day time, although some resorts offer speed boat transfers during the evening/ night. With this in mind it is worth choosing a flight that arrives in the morning/early afternoon so you can transfer to your resort by seaplane and enjoy the amazing scenery.
  • Typically, all pathways around islands are made of sand and wooden walkways to over water villas. Heeled shoes are not well suited to either, so there really is no need to pack heels.
    Overwater villas typically offer ‘direct sea access’ which is a ladder attached to your deck, leading in to the sea.
  • The depth of the sea from your villa can vary greatly from resort to resort and also depending how far down the wooden walkway your villa is. One resort we stayed at we were located over 1km out to sea. The pristine clear water can be deceivingly deep and can experience strong currents so make your own safety assessment.
  • We recommend leaving the pool inflatables at home – many resorts ban these (along with drones which tend to be banned for fellow guests privacy purposes). Not only do pool inflatables take up valuable weight in your luggage, but they can easily drift over the top of the pool and be washed out to sea, the plastic is extremely hazardous for local sea life, including turtles who we were told can mistake them for jellyfish and consume the plastic which can be fatal for them.
  • Interestingly plastic drinking straws are banned on most islands for the same reason. If you would like to do your little bit to protect turtles and other sea life, avoid leaving plastic bottles or waste items in outdoor areas of your villa where they can easily be blown out to sea, or you could be a real superstar and collect pieces of plastic that you find washed up to sea to be properly disposed of.
  • Resorts charge in $US and charges are quoted exclusive of taxes. All services incur 10% service charge and 12% T-GST (Tourism Goods and Service Tax). The 10% service charge is applied to the total value and 12% T-GST applied to the total value + service charge.An environmental ‘Green’ tax of US$6 per person per night is applied to all stays in accommodation registered as a hotel, resort or liveaboard. This is paid directly to your resort and is not subject to T-GST/GST.
  • Time Zones – We arrived Male was GMT +5 hours, we then transferred via 40-minute seaplane to our first resort which was GMT +6 hours, we then transferred to our second resort via 40-minute speed boat transfer to find we were GMT +7 hours. So, a small distance can result in a different time zone which is worth being aware of.

We hope you feel a little more equipped for your Maldives honeymoon, it truly is such a beautiful country. Happy Honeymooning!

Images: Brisbane City Celebrants. Resorts pictured: Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru and Finolhu

Ms Zigzag says: If two people deserve a relaxing holiday like this, it is definitely the lovely Cara and Jamie of Brisbane City Celebrants! Thanks for the hot tips! 

About Brisbane City Celebrants: Brisbane’s most highly recommended Marriage Celebrant duo specialising in modern, simple, meaningful, sweet, happy weddings. With a choice of an experienced and passionate female or male celebrant, our couples describe us as warm, friendly and calming. You can find Brisbane City Celebrants on the Polka Dot Bride directory here.

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NYC in the springtime offers so many opportunities to explore the city. The weather is warmer, New Yorkers have come out of their winter hibernation, and outdoor activities are in full force. Below are two date ideas to take full advantage of the new season. This covers art and culture on the Upper East Side as well as a more casual (read: boozy) day in Brooklyn. Enjoy!

Upper East Side Museum Hopping

Have a wonderful day museum hopping on the Upper East Side. There is no shortage of culture and quintessential charm. Start the day with a typical New York Bagel and iced coffee and head on over to the Frick Collection. It is a stunning mansion-turned-art museum and is the home of many traditional paintings with appearances by a number of famous artists like Monet and Renoir. They also host a free concert series in their beautiful garden courtyard. It is a small oasis in the big city.

After visiting the Frick, take a stroll on over to J.G. Melons, a New York institution known for their delicious burgers (with other options for the vegetarians!).

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After lunch, head on over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met). The Met is one of the world’s most famous art museums with world-class collections sure to please both ancient or contemporary art fans alike (along with everyone in between). Visitors can take a trip through time, while admiring the stunning architecture that comes along with it.

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After walking around, treat yourselves to a well-deserved cocktail at the rooftop bar. It boasts stunning views of the city (especially at sunset). Cheers!

Exploring Williamsburg: Boozy Edition

If you are visiting New York, make sure to take a day to explore Williamsburg. Just a short subway or ferry ride away!

Start your day at Sunday in Brooklyn, a cozy, casual, well-designed restaurant that makes you feel like a local. There is something that is sure to please all taste buds: cold-pressed juices, light breakfast options, sandwiches and larger plates. We would recommend giving the breakfast sandwich and pancakes a try!

After brunch, make your way to Bedford Ave. to explore the different vintage clothing and gift shops. This is a wonderful place to find unique pieces that you won’t find elsewhere.

A short 5 minute walk from Bedford is the New York Distilling Company. They offer complimentary tours on the weekend at 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm. Be sure to arrive early or stay for a drink after your tour. The Shanty is an incredible bar with wonderful cocktails and live music. It is hidden gem where you are often able to find a seat, talk to the bartenders and tour guides to get the real inside scoop on the history of the place!

For those who prefer beer, the Brooklyn Brewery is a short walk away. They have been in the neighborhood since 1988 and are a huge part of the Williamsburg art, music and general community. They also have complimentary tours, live music and overall house a great local atmosphere.

If you still have it in you, we would recommend that you end the day at Westlight at the top of the William Vale hotel overlooking the city at sunset. They serve wonderful cocktails and bites and the views are unrivaled.

Ms Zigzag says: My heart breaks a little bit when reading about some of these great date ideas for NYC! I have just moved home from there and I will certainly miss not being able to experience all of Hana’s suggestions above. 

About Hana Benkirane: Hello! My name is Hana. I’m a citizen of the world, holder of three passports and a modern nomad. I have moved to a different country every three years of my life and was bitten by the travel bug at a very early age.

We asked Caitlyn Elliott from Studio C Bridal to tell us all about her favourite place, which is Lake Crackenback Resort and just so happens to be the place where she got married too!


My favourite place is Lake Crackenback Resort. My husband and I got married there, and have had a few holidays there since! It’s relaxing, rejuvenating, and a foodie delight. More importantly, at the right time of year, the snowfields of Perisher and Thredbo are literally on your doorstep!

The accommodation is beautiful, from private studio/ one bedroom chalets, to full sized family homes, or apartments to share with friends. It’s a long drive from Sydney or Melbourne, or a medium drive from Canberra, so, it’s far enough removed that not everyone knows about it!!


No regrets for planning a destination wedding there, I’d do it again in a heartbeat!!

Ms Zigzag says: What a stunning location for a wedding or a city escape. Caitlyn has offered to share the names of all of her suppliers, so if any of our engaged couples reading this are planning a Lake Crackenback wedding, do reach out to Caitlyn.

About Studio C Bridal: Caitlyn created Studio C Bridal with a passion to create beautiful, original, one off pieces. Custom designing and making wedding dresses is the main aim, although alterations can be made to an existing dress if you have already found The One. Bridal gowns and accessories are all made to order, creating a unique look from exquisite fabrics. Consultations are by appointment only. All work is completed in house from the finest fabrics sourced locally and globally.
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