- A guide to planning the perfect Maldives trip
There is no question that the Maldives is the best destination in the world for a beach holiday. While Sri Lanka is up there too, with its diverse golden coastline providing endless opportunities for relaxation, water-sports and whale watching, there is something about the pristine white sand, turquoise ocean and utter idyllic isolation in the Maldives that captures the hearts of beach lovers everywhere and sets it apart as an unbeatable beach destination.
The Maldives is comprised of nearly 1,200 tiny islands grouped into 26 atolls, and with a significant proportion of these islands dedicated solely to tourism. Male, the capital, acts as a base for all arrivals into the country, and from there travellers can choose to either take a speedboat ride to a nearby island or fly by seaplane to more remote and secluded spots. There are a variety of different accommodation choices, from family-friendly resorts offering all-inclusive packages and endless activities to intimate boutique properties providing privacy, luxury and a romantic atmosphere.
Why visit the Maldives?
Endless pristine beaches
Extraordinary Marine Life
Whether you are travelling solo, as a couple or with your family, the Maldives is a phenomenal holiday destination, either at the end of a Sri Lanka itinerary or as a stand-alone trip. Families are often attracted to the ease of an airport speedboat transfer and therefore tend to favour the resorts closer to Male, but even these feel gloriously remote. The best family-friendly resorts in the Maldives offer flexible dining packages, separate swimming pools for kids and a range of exhilarating water-sports to keep them entertained, including jet-skiing, surfing and snorkelling.
Taking a seaplane transfer to one of the more far-flung islands is the preferred choice of most couples, particularly honeymooners or those celebrating a special anniversary. At these properties, travellers can enjoy a true ‘desert island’ experience, surrounded by nothing but azure ocean with the sun blazing overhead. Accommodation is more private, too, from secluded beach rooms to luxurious water villas raised above the crystal-clear water. Sunsets in these locations are particularly glorious, and there are rich coral reefs where snorkelling and scuba diving are highly rewarding. Many properties also offer sensational destination dining options, for magical moments.
Get in touch with us to discover the best places to stay in the Maldives, from family-friendly resorts to luxurious properties offering an unforgettable romantic experience. We will also advise you on how best to add the Maldives to a Sri Lanka itinerary, including the nitty gritty logistics.