When it comes to secluded island oases, the Maldives has more than embraced its reputation as the Promised Land of luxury holidays. With a motto of “The sunny side of life” and more than 90 resort islands, your options for hotels in the Maldives are truly endless.
If you’re going to holiday on a 750-km-long atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean, you better believe you’ll be doing plenty of water activities. Your accommodation in the Maldives will probably provide plenty of aquatic fun, like jet skiing or stand-up paddleboarding. If you’d rather glide along the water effortlessly, renting a catamaran or sailboat is sure to blow you away. Fishing trips here are also no joke, though you may catch a lot of tuna. If you’d rather make friends with the fishies than fry them, the Maldives offers great snorkelling and scuba diving on its famed coral reefs.
Prefer to stay dry on terra firma? There’s certainly nothing wrong with spending your days soaking up vitamin C with a drink in your hand. Plus, accommodation on Male Atoll provides plenty of fun for landlubbers. The Friday Mosque is the oldest in the country, and while it may show its age, look a little deeper and you’ll find intricate carvings and woodwork dating from the 13th century. For a shiny new take on mosques, check out the nearby Islamic Centre, whose golden dome is visible from the harbour.
Flights to the Maldives will land at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) on Hulhule Island, across from the capital island of Male. If that’s your destination, just ferry your way over from the passenger boat terminal right outside the airport, or upgrade to a speedboat rental if you’re feeling adventurous. Male is just under 6 square km and most of the popular attractions are concentrated on the north shore, so you can easily get around on foot once you’re there. If you’re headed beyond the capital, you may just need to look for your travel rep; Maldives hotels will frequently arrange sea planes for arriving guests, and if you’re not so lucky, you can easily do it yourself (arrange a plane—not fly one!).
The Maldives is the definition of tropical: Average high temps vary just two degrees, between 30 and 32! January through April are the driest and most popular for snowbirds looking to get away from chilly winters, which means prices skyrocket. The long off-season, from May to December, tends to see more rain, but storms usually aren’t prolonged. You’ll find cheaper deals on Maldives accommodation and holidays galore, from Huravee Day in July to Victory Day in November. Plus, the snorkelling and scuba diving are better—the sea life vacates the reefs during the high season, possibly taking a holiday of their own.
In centuries past, the friendly people of the Maldives welcomed lost seafarers, but these days, travellers know exactly where they’re going. Book one of Wotif’s Maldives holidays and get started charting your own course.