I am planning our honeymoon for November 2008. I have five weeks off and plan on travelling around Australia for 4 weeks (on a budget) and then stopping off for a week of luxury on the way back to the UK. Our first choice for the week of luxury is the Maldives as it ticks the boxes of beaches, reef, over water villas and romantic honeymoon destination plus it is somewhere I have always wanted to visit. Now I have looked into it further it has been suggested that it is not a good choice - simply because there are no direct flights from Australia to Maldives. If for example I fly with Singapore Airlines it would be Australia - Singapore - Maldives - Singapore - London and if with Emirates it would be same only through Dubai. I am estimating that flights from Singapore/Dubai to Maldives will be just over 4 hours.
Has anyone done anything similar? Are there any ways around this? Would you recommend or not recommend? I know the travel advisors have suggested other destinations such as Fiji but it does not have the same appeal as Maldives for some reason!! Any other suggestions or advice welcome!! Thanks!!