Romantic, thrilling and spiritual in equal measure, the Maldives has it all.
Meaning ‘garland of islands’ in Dhivehi, the local language, the Maldives is aptly named. Officially named the Republic of Maldives, this small country in South Asia is comprised of 1190 low-lying coral islands spread across a chain of 26 stunning atolls. Around 80 islands contain tourist resorts. In many cases completely private, housing only a single exclusive hotel, each isle harbours its own unique charm and ambience. Ideal for single or multi-centre stays, there's something to suit any taste, whether it's romantic honeymoon destinations, restful retreats, exciting family-friendly paradises, glamorous luxury holidays or a combination of all the above.
Located in the Indian Ocean, some 600 miles southwest of Sri Lanka and India, this is the smallest Asian country by land and population. It's easy to see why this is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. The vast majority of its islands are uninhabited, making it beyond perfect for those in search of escape, discovery and adventure.
Maldivian culture is a unique and vibrant melting pot due to contact with a diverse range of other societies. Proximity to south India and Sri Lanka have exerted the most effect, but Malaysian, Arabic, Persian, Indonesian and African influences can also be found in the area's rich cuisine and religious, musical and artistic customs. A deeply soothing and spiritual area, pervasive Buddhist rituals, ancient Ayurvedic healing therapies and yoga traditions from the mainland make the Maldives an incredible, holistic place, perfect to retreat from the world.
99% of the Maldives is ocean, making it heavenly for water sports enthusiasts and lovers of exciting outings or romantic excursions. Jump between islands on a traditional dhoni sailing boat, sip Champagne on a luxury sunset cruise or set out on a deep sea fishing trip. An unspoiled paradise, extensive protection and rehabilitation programmes means the Maldives is a haven for flora and fauna. Blessed with warm and gentle waters boasting colourful coral gardens, rich and rare marine life and fantastic visibility, this is one of the world’s top diving destinations. Many resorts boast private house reefs, bringing the wildlife enviably close.
Approx. 10 hrs 20 mins
Best Time To Go
November to April