The Maldives is the rising star of the holiday scene, with more and more travellers experiencing the crystalline waters, unrivalled local hospitality and sublime tranquillity for themselves.
There are so many reasons to make The Maldives your next tropical getaway. Here are just 8 of our favourites.
1) Clear Blue Waters
The Maldives is one of the most stunning island destinations on Earth and it’s no wonder with the exquisite blue spectacle off its shores. The unique geography of its 1,190 islands means that most are barely submerged below sea level and protected by an outer reef, allowing for perfect swimming conditions in crystal clear water, ripe for snorkelling adventures and sunset dips.
2) Overwater Villas
Given the gorgeous marine locale, it’s no surprise that almost all resort accommodation is situated over water with a huge array of villas to choose from. There’s nothing like stepping off your deck into the ocean for a morning snorkel with only the fish and coral to keep you company. Don’t be surprised to see sharks and rays swimming right off your doorstep too… and don’t worry, they’re completely harmless!
3) Diving and Snorkelling
It’s all in the name really. The Maldives is home to some of the best diving in the world with thriving coral ecosystems at arm’s length of most resorts within the archipelago. Besides the incredible array of tropical fish, there’s the chance for a close encounter with Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Black-tip Reef Sharks and Eagle Rays. If you don’t have your diving license, the snorkelling is equally as exciting with options for swimmers of all experience levels.
4) Maldivian Hospitality
The Maldivian’s pride themselves on the beauty of their country and they will welcome you to its shores with open arms. Tourism is the largest industry in the Maldives, so service is first-class with many of the staff living in communities at the same resort for many years. They will make you feel that it’s your home as much as theirs, so take the time to get to know your hosts for a unique perspective into the local customs and culture.
5) Island delights
You’re not likely to stumble across a Maldivian restaurant in your home town, so make the most of this delicious and little-known cuisine. South Indian and Sri Lankan influence is clear in the wide variety of Maldivian curries to try, with tuna and coconut being the stars of almost every dish. Try Garudiya, a clear tuna broth eaten daily by the locals or a fresh coconut salad as a lovely side to a barbequed Maldivian lobster.
6) No shoes, no news
Relaxation is the name of the game so it’s encouraged to kick off your heels and loafers and leave them at your villa door for the duration of your trip. Some resorts including Trip Advisor’s number one hotel globally for 2015, Gili Lankanfushi, actually enforce a ‘no shoes, no news’ policy to ensure you
unwind during your stay.
7) Perfect pampering
If wriggling your toes into the sand during dinner isn’t enough to shake off the stress, the Maldives is home to some fantastic spas and pamper treatments. Many of the higher end resorts such as Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, even offer over-water spa options where you can watch the coral and fish swim lazily by as your therapist works the tension away.
8) Sunsets to die for
With clear unobstructed views of the horizon on offer, sunsets and sunrises here are some of the best found anywhere in the world. Deep red and orange hues will paint the horizon each evening as you sip away on your cocktail - the waves gently lapping at your feet. Bliss!
By Mark Roppolo