Like a precious necklace draped across the aqua waters of its gigantic lagoon, the Maldives offers more than a thousand reasons to visit.
One of the most unique island destinations in the world, the Maldives defies comparison in the luxury stakes. All the major hospitality brands are represented here and island resorts are scattered like loose gemstones across a distance of 90,000km2 to the south-west of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.
Who should visit?
Popular with scuba divers, surfers and especially honeymooners, this idyllic paradise is made up of 1190 tiny islands and sits upon a tranquil lagoon with year-round tropical weather. The crystal-clear turquoise water is its main feature and many of the activities are focused either on or under the ocean’s surface. However, if watersports are not your thing, each resort has luxury facilities to keep you active and relaxed.
Where to stay
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is one of the closest resorts to the capital Male, and is just a short 15-minute boat ride from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. To the far south is the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, another glistening jewel that can be reached via a commercial domestic flight connecting with a 45-minute luxury yacht ride.
One of Maldives’ newest island resorts is Furaveri Island Resort & Spa in the exotic Raa Atoll, 151 kilometres north of the capital. The best way to arrive at Furaveri is by sea plane, making for a convenient and time-saving alternative to the domestic flight and boat transfer, which also gives you a stunning bird’s-eye view of this amazing island seascape.
How much do you need to spend?
The Maldives is a paradise for travellers, particularly popular for couples on their honeymoon, or wanting to experience a romantic escape. You can choose to spend more money and enjoy an over water bungalow and all-inclusive package, or you can scale it back. Doing a quick search will allow you to determine how much you need to spend to enjoy the level of luxury and service you’re after.
There are also obscure accommodation options available in the Maldives, such as sleeping in bubble tents on the beach!
Given, you probably wouldn’t want to do this for a week straight, but even Jesinta Campbell has given it a go… and isn’t it just dreamy?
Each resort offers over-water bungalow or villa accommodation as well as land options. The privilege of the over-water option is being able to view sea turtles and other marine life from the luxury of your infinity-edge swimming pool or daybed. Island living is quite magical because you’re so close to the powdery white sand and water.