The Maldives really is paradise on earth. Let us give you some top tips for your visit…
The Maldives is made up of 1200 islands in the Indian Ocean, only 200 of which are inhabited by local Maldivian people, 100 developed as tourist resorts and the remainder are uninhabited. The crystal clear waters and pearly white beaches have been attracting honeymooners for years, and wherever you go really does feel like an exclusive private island.
Each island can only be reached by boat transfer after reaching the capital of Male. We recommend taking any sea sickness tablets on the plane before you head off to your boat. The waters can get rough, and although the boat trip may only be twenty minutes, the last welcome you want to the island is a queasy stomach!
We definitely recommend staying in an all-inclusive resort if you can, as extra taxes get added on top of all food and drink. It has to be shipped to all the islands from the capital Male once they receive it from abroad, so costs start to add up. There are a number of all-inclusive hotels you can stay in, including the rather glorious LUX* South Ari Atoll, complete with overwater bungalows so you can watch the fish, rays (and occasional baby shark) from the comfort of your own ‘home’. Shower under an open roof and watch the wildlife swoop above your head against the dusky sunset.
Diving or snorkelling is an absolute must when visiting the Maldives. Some hotels are surrounded by deep lagoons whilst others benefit from close-by reefs, but grab your goggles and head out into that ocean to see what you can find. Alternatively, hire a boat and head further out for a diving experience to remember.
Most people visit the Maldives purely to escape from their everyday lives, relax on the beaches and enjoy the peace and quiet.
So go on, switch off your phone and book a holiday in the Maldives.