I have been reading through but its a bit overwhelming for a first timer, so any guidance is greatly appreciated.
Getting married May 31 in Thailand and popping over to Maldives for 5 days / 4 nights. Flights arrive and take off around noon, so the overnight in Male isn't required.
Nightly budget is roughly $800-$1000/night but can be stretched if its worth it. That would likely mean little more cutting into activities. We want a water villa, preferably with a private plunge pool attached.
We really like W hotels and have stayed at many of them around the world. They really fit with our type of personality, but they want $1500/night for the water villas and that might be too much of a stretch. Is there anything that has a similar type of vibe?
How efficient is the hotel transfer process (speed boat or sea plane)? Due to this being a short trip, I'd prefer not to spend all day transiting, which is making me lean towards something closer to Male. Should I be concerned about this?
Types of Activities that we really want:
Excellent snorkelling from the beach
Decent diving sites nearby (I plan to dive, but she's not sure...what!?! how can you go and not dive. I think she wants a spa day instead, so a nice spa is important as well). BTW, how much is a typical 2 tank dive?
Other water sports such as kayaking, wind surfing (would need a lesson if available), paddle boarding, etc.
A decent choice of 2-3 restaurants
We're social people, so something with a decent bar/lounge area would be good. We don't need a dance club.
Preferably a child free resort, or at least not a place full of families.
Based on some that I've been looking at, Taj Exotica fits with the above, but wonder if there's something else that I'm overlooking.