Think of desert-island, bare-foot luxury and you’ll think of the Maldives. The mould was truly broken for these coral islands floating in the incredible blue water of the Indian Ocean. Just over a thousand tiny islands form a chain of 26 atolls; ring-shaped coral reefs encircling a lagoon.
The islands are the lowest-lying country in the world, with an average elevation of only 1.5 metres; you’ll truly feel like you’ve been marooned in paradise! The country’s trademark accommodation is wooden villas on stilts above the clearest of waters you’re ever likely to see, giving you unobstructed views of the ocean ad infinitum. You’re never more than a few footsteps away from dipping your toes in the dazzlingly white sands or cooling off in the brilliant blue waters.
It’s no mystery why this is such a hot-spot for honeymooners and those in search of the ultimate romantic getaway. If you’re looking for utmost seclusion to spend time with your nearest and dearest, you’ll find it here on one of the Maldives’ deserted beaches.
The Maldives is the ultimate destination to indulge in some serious rest and relaxation; when the weather is this good and the vistas so stunning, you’ll feel like you’re holidaying on another planet to the one you left behind. Lying on one of the pristine beaches which banks gently into sandy-bottomed waters under the shade of a palm tree is what a holiday in the Maldives is all about.
The cyan waters make the Maldives one of the world’s premium dive spots. Whether scuba diving or snorkelling, you’ll have no problem seeing some of the thousands of species of tropical fish or the exquisite coral reefs beneath the waves.
If you want to get your pulse pumping a little faster, the Maldives offers up a plethora of watersports; hardly surprising for a country with more water than land. As well as being a surfing mecca, most resorts have a watersports centre where you can indulge in anything from kayaking to waterskiing, jet-skiing to windsurfing.If you want to keep your feet dry, you can charter a yacht or catamaran to spend the day on the ocean.
Take a day-trip to one of the other islands. Hop aboard a speed boat and travel to one of the islands that the locals call home for a truly Maldivian experience. Breathe in the traditional island custom and pick up some locally-made handcrafts.
The all-inclusive hotels will dish up a selection of exquisite meals, with cuisine from all over the world.
Traditional Maldivian meals are fresh and full of the bounty of the sea, fish. Fishing is one of the islands’ main trades and you’ll find fish grilled to perfection on the BBQ.