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 water-sports 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 over-water 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.
Events in the Maldives
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.
Republic Day on November 11 is celebrated throughout the Maldives, with marching bands and children’s parades,
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.
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 dances.
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 day.
Supreme private luxury, One&Only Reethi Rah is one of the world’s most fashionable beach resorts. The moment you arrive in Malé – you will be met and a luxury launch transfer over the ocean to the resort where you know you can relax in the hands of experts. Surrounded by the bluest Indian Ocean lagoon with a coastline edged by 12 white-sand beaches in turquoise coves and bays, this stunning exclusive resort in the North Malé Atoll offers an unrivalled level of style, choice and personalised service. Here you will find the ultimate in privileged escapism with all villas offering direct access to the lagoon!
Nestled on its own secluded island in the Maldives’ North Ari atoll lies Constance Halaveli, with powder white beaches and turquoise seas teeming with colourful sea life. Peace and relaxation are guaranteed. How you choose to unwind is up to you. Lie back and relax on your own private sun terrace, dip in your own plunge pool, or take time to nurture your body and soul with a treatment specially tailored for you at the Spa de Constance.
Jumeirah Vittaveli opened in December 2011 and revels in glamour and style offering an indulgent retreat with informal elegance through its selection of villas and suites. It takes 20 minutes by boat from the international airport at Male to get to the stunning destination which is a family favourite for restful holidays or exciting adventures, blessed all year round with a tropical climates and temperatures hitting 30 Celsius.
This intimate Banyan Tree resort located in the North Malé Atoll, just 25 minutes from Malé by speedboat, offers guests a sense of romance and tranquillity. With elegant and intimate accommodation in thatched villas, excellent dining choices ranging from eclectic Maldivian and international cuisine in the restaurant to candlelit dinners on a private sandbank, and superb snorkelling and diving, Banyan Tree is truly an island escape.
A sprawling archipelago of almost 1,200 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean provides the backdrop for LUX* Maldives. Just 25 minutes from Mal by seaplane, with the entire island of Dhidhoofinolhu in South Ari Atoll to itself, LUX* Maldives offers an authentic sense of unspoiled island living.
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