The only guide to The Maldives you’ll ever need…

The Maldives – an exquisite blend of nature, luxury, tranquility and relaxation.

The Maldives is perhaps the only destination on this planet that can truly call itself a tropical paradise. Close to 2,000 islands make up the Republic of Maldives and as one of the most sparsely populated countries in Asia, it is the ultimate in peaceful, long-haul luxury.

Whether you are looking for the blend of modern culture found in the island capital of Male or the unrivalled natural beauty of the less developed islands – The Maldives is the only choice for a true avant-garde experience.

It is so easy to lose yourself in The Maldives making it the perfect getaway, the ultimate honeymoon or the destination to rekindle that flame with your loved one. Crisp, sandy beaches are interrupted only by the warm azure Indian Ocean that laps the shores and the luxury villas that blend into the natural, relaxing surroundings.

Many of the individual islands are no more than 1.5 m above sea level meaning you are never far from the abundance of breathtaking coral reefs and turquoise oceans.

Where are The Maldives?

As you can see from the map below, The Maldives is a collection of islands in the Indian Ocean just south of Sri Lanka.

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How much does it cost?

Prices for holidays range from £1500pp for a 7 night break right the way through to £15k+ per person if you are looking for something ultra high-end.

Once you get to The Maldives, if you are staying in a resort then you are likely to need US Dollars (or your credit card) rather than the local currency as many are required by law to charge in USD. If you are staying on one of the many superb island resorts then there won’t be many opportunities to spend cash as the shop is likely only to offer the essentials such as sun cream and snorkeling gear for example. However if you want to eat and drink well whilst in The Maldives it is recommended that you bring at least £1000 spending money to cover the cost of the resort bar and restaurant as well as giving tips to the locals that staff the villas.

What is there to do?

Male, the island capital of The Maldives, is a thriving modern city with plenty to do and see.

If you fancy some sight-seeing then the Presidential Palace and the Hukuru Miskiiy are well worth a visit.

There are plenty of places to eat on the island but pick carefully if you are looking to sample the delights of the local cuisine as some of the restaurateurs seem to think tourists are looking for food from home. The Royal Garden Cafe and The Seahouse are both establishments which come with our recommendation.

Male is a bustling city so remember to keep your wits about you as many local Maldivians live in poverty so touts selling souvenirs and coral are a problem in the city and you can end up in trouble with the authorities if you make a purchase.

If you are looking for something that’s a little more relaxing then escape to one of the numerous the Southern Atolls (the southern islands that make up the Maldives). Many of these are divine and a real way to get away from the stresses and strains of modern life.

  • Explore the island on foot
  • Hire a boat to explore the surroundings for yourself
  • Diving
  • Deep sea fishing expeditions
  • Snorkeling
  • Jet skiing
  • Pampering and spa facilities

Many of the islands have been transformed into micro resorts catering to every whim and offering the ultimate in luxury holidays. Unrivalled views, quiet beaches, attentive staff and some more energetic activities if you feel up to it.

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Things to remember

The Maldives is a primarily Muslim country so be sure to show respect for the local cultures and religion – for ladies, this includes avoiding wearing anything too revealing in the capital of Male. There’s no need to be overly concerned, provided you avoid the inside of any mosque (unless you are a Muslim), as nearly all of the islands are very tourist friendly because the Maldivian economy relies largely on tourists so the locals accept this as a way of life but there are certain ‘acts’ that the police in many areas won’t tolerate.

It is also important that you don’t purchase coral whilst you are out there, they might seem like the perfect souvenir but customs at this end and in the UK will frown upon this illegal exportation and may fine you.

Who holidays here?

The fact that The Maldives is a modern day haven for tranquility, relaxation and pampering hasn’t gone un-noticed by many A-list celebrities. George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Jay-Z, Penelope Cruz and Naomi Campbell are all regular visitors to The Maldives. If it has the stamp of approval from stars like these then you know it isn’t just hype!

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Book your Maldives holiday now so that you can start looking forward to it