Escape to these Indian Ocean gems and prepare to be dazzled by flawless white powdery beaches enveloped by shimmering turquoise waters, vivid coral reefs and some of the most incredible underwater life on our planet. It's the ultimate beach escape.
The 1,200 islands of the Maldives are spread out over 26 coral atolls and every resort has its own private island with one for every occasion and budget be it romantic barefoot luxury, tiny hideaways, adult-only havens or larger all inclusive resorts with abundant facilities for all ages to enjoy. The scenic splendour isn't blotted by high rise hotels as accommodation is usually in low rise buildings, rustic garden or beachfront bungalows and overwater villas.
If you're not lazing on the sands chances are you'll be taking a dip in the warm, clear waters or perhaps trying your hand at watersports, such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. You'll find dive centres at most resorts for those wishing to explore the renowned underwater coral gardens that are home to turtles, manta rays, sharks and brightly coloured fish of all shapes and sizes. If diving's not for you, choose a resort with a house reef accessible from the beach and within a few steps off the shore you can view the wonders of the deep with just a snorkel and mask.
Many islands offer cruises to uninhabited islands for a true Robinson Crusoe experience; fishing trips in search of the catch of the day or sunset cruises around uninhabited islands which is a blissful way to end the day. Excursions are also available from many of the speedboat accessible resorts to the tiny capital, Male, where there's shopping opportunities as well as the chance to see real life away from the tourist islands.
Over the years the Maldives has become synonymous with peace and serenity that comes from being far away from urban life. Spas are a natural extension of that tranquility, ensuring an even deeper sense of utter relaxation and as each of our featured resorts has its own spa why not indulge and treat yourself to some pampering or rejuvenation.
Whilst most resorts have bars, some live music and a few larger ones even have small nightclubs, the Maldives is not a destination for party animals. For many, evenings in the Maldives offer the chance to sit back enjoy tropical themed drinks and mouthwatering cuisine in simply stunning surroundings. Look out for our all inclusive hotels, which provide an opportunity to do as much or as little as you like and are perfect if you like to plan your holiday budget.
- Idyllic palm-fringed beaches
- Incredible underwater world
- Unparalleled natural beauty
- Award-winning spas
- Combine perfectly with Sri Lanka and or Dubai
- Superb diving and snorkelling
- Array of resorts to suit all
- Amazing honeymoon destination
- All inclusive options