99% of the Maldives – a
nation of over 1,000 islands and sandbanks - is water. Water such as dreams are
made of. Every shade of blue you could imagine, and then some, is distilled in
the crystal Indian Ocean lagoons that lap these
romantic coral islands. If you’re Maldives-bound and watersports are your
‘thing’ then be prepared to go to Heaven.
Oh, and there’s another ‘unique selling point’
we should mention. Escapism here is just a matter of stepping out on to your
beach terrace or overwater sundeck.
Most Maldives hotels stand on once
uninhabited islands, each with just one resort. Comfort-loving Crusoes will
revel in the Maldives mood of barefoot
sophistication. The only crowds here are the shoals of exotic fish – over 700
species – that flourish in the warm tropical seas. Come on in, the water’s
lovely . . .
There are no jungles to explore or mountains to
climb in the Maldives. Make for the sea. Polish
your watersports skills to perfection – or acquire some new ones. We challenge
you to find a more perfect setting. You’ll expend most of your energy on the
resort’s main raison d’etre – those fabulous watersports.
Nightlife & Party with
Making a case for coming to the
Maldives for their nightlife
would be like recommending New
York for its tranquillity. Some hotels do offer dancing
and island-style entertainment – but otherwise you may have to make do with
dining under the stars and moonlight cruises . . .
Gourmet Cuisine & Dining Out
The leading resorts set high culinary standards
and tend to serve a range of international, Oriental, Middle Eastern and Indian
dishes, with fish a major feature. Maldivian fare is spicy but milder than the
food found in some neighbouring countries.
World's Best Scuba Dive
A luxury holiday in the Maldives offer both experienced and
novice divers superb underwater conditions for drift diving, wreck diving, night
diving and more. 70 species of coral attract a rich marine life, with large
pelagics mixing easily with a rainbow array of tropical fish. Most dive sites
are in the shallower reefs. Many inter-island channels also offer excellent
Family luxury holiday to The Maldives
Some resorts do not accept young children
during peak season (late-December – April), but otherwise it would be hard to
imagine a more child-friendly setting than the safe Maldives beaches – though don’t
expect highly organised children’s activities.
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Luxury Holidays in the Maldives will
disappoint culture-vultures and heritage buffs. Only in the capital, Malé, is
there evidence of the hand of history and footprint of time! ‘Action’? Well, there are no nightclubs
or discos - except perhaps at some resorts. There ARE watersports, sunsets and
stars. That’s the Maldives for you . . When it comes to
description, it's hard to resist traditional lyrical metaphors about
green-and-gold jewels scattered over velvet seas of sapphire blue. That's
exactly how this spectacular cluster of coral atolls appears when first seen
from the air and yes, the sea really is that translucent blue seen in the
photos. Comfort-loving Crusoes will
revel in the Maldives mood of barefoot
sophistication, welcome to the bluest natural aquarium imaginable. Little wonder
then that a luxury holiday in the Maldives is truly most people's
vision of paradise!
WHAT TO SEE DURING YOUR LUXURY HOLIDAY TO THE
All visitors to the Maldives pass through the little
capital Malé en route to or from their island resort. Should you want to renew
acquaintance with ‘civilisation’ during your stay there are excursions to Malé
from most nearby resorts (in the North or South Malé atolls, for example). Not a
lot happens in this clean and tidy little city with its maze of small streets -
aside from its 70,000 inhabitants going about their everyday lives. Explore the
shops of the busy main Majeedhee
Magu Street and in the local market. Wander around
the colonial-style National
Museum in the pleasant Sultan Park and admire the imposing white Islamic
Centre and 17th century Friday Mosque which dominates the skyline.
WHAT TO DO DURING YOUR LUXURY HOLIDAY TO THE
Many resorts provide sailing, windsurfing,
waterskiing and reef sightseeing trips by glass-bottomed boat but above all the
Maldives are prized as one of the
world's best diving and snorkelling destinations, thanks to their outstanding
and easy-to-access underwater life. Every major resort can offer a professional
dive school (with courses for both beginners and experienced divers with daily
boat trips to sites around the islands throughout the year. Night dives and
special dives for experienced divers are also a feature.
Water makes up over 99% of the Maldives' total area - so it’s no
surprise that these islands boast some of the world's best fishing grounds. Some
resorts offer fishing trips on modern speedboats equipped for big-game fishing.
Fishing trips can often end with a barbecue at which the day's catch is cooked
and eaten! Night fishing is also popular. Harpoon guns are prohibited.
Many resorts arrange visits to fishing villages
on neighbouring islands – and to uninhabited islands, with a beach barbecue the
day’s highlight. Moonlight island excursions are another magical Maldives
A number of resorts make it easy for you to
view the magic of the Maldives in the most amazing way of
all - on a seaplane or helicopter photo flight. When it comes to description,
it’s hard to resist traditional lyrical metaphors about green-and-gold jewels
scattered over velvet seas of sapphire blue. That’s exactly how this spectacular
cluster of coral atolls appears when first seen from the air and yes, the sea
really is that translucent blue seen in the photos.
You’ll probably see dolphins on almost any boat
journey here. Special dolphin and whale-watching excursions are popular, with
spinner dolphins the most numerous and acrobatic and blue whales and other whale
species regular visitors.
You’ll need to take a day-tip to Malé if your
holiday feels incomplete without a little retail therapy. The main street
presents a variety of shops offering both local goods and keenly-priced imported
items. Try the market and the Singapore Bazaar for local produce and
revellers be warned. Nightlife at the resorts is pretty low-key - although most
do have informal discos around the bar, sometimes featuring live bands. Beach
parties and barbecues are popular and many resorts also have regular cultural
shows. On some islands there are a few restaurants in addition to those run by
the resorts - but the only bars are those at the resorts. Even in Malé (where no
alcohol is available) ‘nightlife’ is confined to teahouses and a few
Maldivian festivals often invoke a real sense
of family, with everyone sharing in the preparation of food, decorations and
entertainment. Most celebrations include folk dances, traditional songs and pop
music. Many public holidays in the Maldives are governed by the phases
of the moon.
The day of Hajj, Bodu Eid, and the three days
that follow are national holidays and the Maldives’ longest annual public
holiday. Families enjoy special meals and festivities are the order of the day,
with sports, music and dance, varying in scale and style from island to island.
There are parades in the streets of Malé and on
other islands on the 1st of Rabee-ul Awwal, the third month in the Islamic
calendar, when the Maldives' National Day commemorates
Muhammed Thakurufaanu's 1573 victory over the occupying Portuguese.
July 26 marks Republic Day, the biggest
national event in the Maldives. Republic Square in Malé
hosts the official celebrations with lively parades and traditional
The three-day festival of Kuda Eid (Eid
ul-Fitr) marks the end of Ramadan. It begins with the sighting of the new moon,
announced by cannon in Malé, followed by prayers and feasting. By noon each
house has prepared a feast to mark the day and neighbours and even total
strangers are invited to join in the festivities. Traditional, sporting
activities and other community celebrations take place later in the
Republic Day on November 11 is celebrated
throughout the Maldives, with marching bands and
Fishermen's Day is celebrated on December 10 to
emphasise the importance of fishing to the Maldivian economy and the livelihood
of Maldivians. Savour skipjack tuna, frigate mackerel and other local fish on
what promises to be a delicious occasion.