The Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, around 600 miles from the coast of India. If you’re imagining perfect white beaches and warm blue waters, then you’re spot-on: the Maldives really is paradise found!
Add in gently swaying palm trees, and you have the perfect setting for a tropical beach honeymoon or just the ultimate place to relax and unwind with that special someone. The beauty of the Maldives as a holiday destination is that you can do as much or as little as you like. Either way, you’ll have a superb holiday!
When it comes to wellness, the Maldives scores extremely highly. Choose your barefoot luxury resort and indulge in rejuvenating spa therapies or work on your tan. The seafood is divine, and naturally, it’s as fresh as can be.
Strolling hand-in-hand along the beach or sipping on a cocktail are the perfect ways to end the day – the Maldives are renowned for their vivid ocean sunsets and if you listen carefully you can hear the hiss as the sun dips below into the water. Okay, that’s not strictly true, but it’s easy to believe when you’re somewhere as heavenly as this.
If you’re feeling the need to be a little more active, the Maldives offers all manner of water sports. The reef diving is world-class, with crystal-clear water ensuring superb viewing of brightly colored fish and other creatures. Some resorts even offer mini-submarines as a novel form of underwater transport.
If you prefer to stay on the surface, you’ll find that the Maldives has some renowned surfing spots including the extremely consistent Yin Yang break. Yacht cruises are a wonderful way to tour the islands, and often involve sightings of playful dolphins.
As with every destination we recommend, it’s ultimately the people that make the Maldives so irresistible. Maldivian culture is vibrant and colorful, and a tour of the capital city will likely take in markets, music, and dance. It’s a great way to get in tune with the island rhythms.
Gateway city: Male
Best time to travel: Year-round
Highlights: Male, Ari Atoll, Ihuru, Kulhudhuffushi, Hithadhoo