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These childhood sweethearts first met when they were in school. Vibhanshu had transferred to Vidhi’s school in Grade 11 and they soon became best friends. Over time, they fell in love. “We could not imagine being away from each other once school ended and realised we would end up together,” Vidhi recounts, adding, “There was really no official proposal and we sustained a long-distance relationship for a number of years as we were pursuing our different degrees.”

She went on to do her graduation and post-graduation from Lucknow, while Vibhanshu first went to the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition in Meerut. He joined the Oberoi Group in New Delhi before flying off to Switzerland to pursue an MBA. They got married on October 22, 2015 in Lucknow.

They chose Maldives as their honeymoon destination because both love beaches and being close to water. They also considered Bali in Indonesia for their week-long honeymoon but ruled it out as they felt the island had become very busy and commercial, and they wanted a more quiet experience. Here, Vidhi shares their wonderful honeymoon memories.

Honeymoon Highlights
We stayed at the Biyadhoo Island Resort in Maldives. One has to take a 35-minute speedboat ride from the airport in South Male Atoll to reach it. It is a very secluded island resort with a very raw and rustic vibe. This resort is built inside a jungle in such a unique way that it does not mar the serenity and natural beauty of the surroundings.

I really enjoyed the meals we had here – especially the fruit counters which served up the freshest picks every day. The resort served three meals a day in the dining hall, and the buffet spreads had everything from Japanese fare to Sri Lankan dishes. We were thoroughly spoilt when it came to food, especially the unlimited and outstanding desserts.

Most Romantic Moment
Our most romantic moment took place on a boat around dusk as were returning to shore after a dolphin-spotting session. The blue of the skies was lit up with streaks of orange and yellow of the setting sun. The crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean also reflected this amazing kaleidoscope of colours. Vibhanshu and I sat in awed silence, admiring the stunning view.

Advice to couples
Maldives is great for snorkeling and other water sports. Another ‘must-do’ experience we strongly recommend is the Sunset Dolphin Cruise.

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