Indian Ocean

Maldives

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The Maldives consist of more than a thousand islands, each surrounded by a lagoon and coral reef. Back in the 1970s, the term ‘Robinson Crusoe Tourism’ was coined here. Since then tourism has largely taken over from fishing (by dhoni boat) as the main source of income for Maldivians, but that takes nothing away from the setting.

These islands are the stuff of dreams; visitors kick off their shoes the moment they arrive, then sit back to take stock of their surroundings – the shimmering lagoons, the flawless beaches, the peace, the pampering and the last word in luxury amenities. Picking your resort is also a matter of picking an island – most are idyllic ‘private island resorts’ protected by a ring of coral reefs and just a short boat ride from some of the best dive

Places To Visit

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The capital Malé is a pleasant city of mosques and markets and narrow winding streets. It is the only place of any significant size in the Maldives; even then, it’s only small by city standards. Most visitors head straight out to the more remote islands and atolls.

The many islands of the Maldives stretch out in a neat line to form an exclamation mark in the Indian Ocean, with resorts scattered right across the archipelago. Choosing where to go is largely a matter of choosing your resort. Some of the best of them include Dhoni Mighili, set in the Ari Atoll, with just six bungalows, each partnered by a 65ft dhoni (a hand-crafted Maldivian sailing boat); or Kanuhura, where all villas come with personal butlers and private verandahs extending onto the sand; or Soneva Fushi, the ultimate in rustic-chic on a private 100-acre islet; or Reethi Rah, an octopus-shaped resort which sits on its own island in the North Male’ Atoll, with 6km of dazzling white-sand beaches, lagoons and turquoise bays.

A Maldivian holiday is all about sun, sea, watersports, and deep relaxation. Each of the resorts and its corresponding island lagoon caters exactly for these things. Private rustic-style villas are generally placed discreetly on a secluded piece of beach, or on decking above the crystal waters of a lagoon. Wherever you stay, the activities on offer take full advantage of the idyllic setting: desert-island picnics, sunset dhoni fishing, diving, dolphin watching, or traditional bodu beru drumming down on the beach… You get the picture.

Local Weather & Useful Info

Weather

Capital
Malé

Currency
Rufiyaa

Languages
Divehi (official)

Best combined with
NA

Flying Time
12 hrs

Fly To
Malé

Time Zone
GMT+5

Travel Details
Visas issued on arrival

Health Risks
Malaria (very rare), hepatitis, typhoid

Hotels

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Lhaviyani Atoll
One and Only Kanuhura

North Male Atoll
Banyan Tree Maldives

North Male Atoll
Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa

Ari Atoll
W Retreat and Spa