One of our absolute dream destinations, the Maldives are an exotic and beautiful collection of islands located right in the Indian Ocean. Over one thousand islands make up the nation, creating isolated and private destinations for travellers. This is the place to go to get away from it all and splurge in a luxurious resort. Virgin Holidays often carries excellent deals and offers for a trip to this exotic spot, so hopefully one day soon we will be writing our own stories about our trip to the Maldives. For now, we’re listing the top five reasons why you need to start planning your own trip there.
Each of the many islands that make up the Maldives is located in the heart of the Indian Ocean and offers some remarkable views. Beautiful peaks on the interior of the islands and stunning sandy shorelines lined with palm trees are just a few of the scenic memories you can make in the Maldives. Most travellers claim that the best views occur right as the sun sets each night over the ocean, ideally while you have a cold drink in your hand.
While there are a few budget accommodation options in the Maldives, most of the resorts are incredibly upscale and luxurious. Large suites, exclusive guest patios and modern amenities can be found in most of the resorts and hotels in the Maldives. Expect to find fitness facilities, spas and onsite dining in every resort in the country.
Guests in the Maldives have three options for dining. They can enjoy upscale international fare in the resorts, affordable local meals in the rural areas or dining in the cities of Male and Addu. Most visitors stick to the delicious food served in the resorts, but the dining in Male is much more affordable and can be a great way to try local favourites like riha curry and spicy fish cakes called kulhi borkibaa.
One of the most popular pastimes in the Maldives is scuba diving. The sheer number of atolls makes it ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving among the coral and the native marine life. Compared to other exotic destinations, scuba diving in the Maldives is incredibly safe as well. Surfing is another great activity to enjoy while on holiday, and group or private classes are available through most of the resorts. You might also be interested in kayaking, canoeing or even rock climbing.
Although almost every visitor who arrives in the Maldives will pass through the airport in the capital city of Male, most of the resorts and accommodations are located on nearby islands. Since there are well over 1,000 islands that make up the country, resorts are often located on private islands accessible only to guests and staff. If you are concerned about safety for your children or you just want to have an intimate and romantic holiday, the Maldives is ideal.