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  • There are destination weddings, and then there are beach weddings in the Maldives!

    Whenever someone talks about having a destination wedding, the idea of a beach wedding in the Maldives sits at the top spot. We all know why is that. Owing to sugary san beach surrounded by tall, green palm trees, fresh orchids, and the gorgeous background of the dazzling Indian Ocean, the island nation is counted among the most idyllic destinations in the world. Along with natural beauty and easy accessibility, there are various other factors as well that make the Maldives the perfect place for your D-Day. There is a great possibility that organising your big day here can be a lot simpler and smoother than planning it back in your home country. 

    If you are also drawn towards the idea of tying the knot in this tropical paradise, then this blog presents everything that you need to know for planning the best day of your life.

    Your personal wedding planner

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    If you are getting married at a Maldivian resort, then you will get your own personal wedding planner, unlike having a wedding back home. He/she will help you in planning everything including invitation cards, flowers, photographer, food, decoration, etc. If you choose to get married grand style, then you may have your own team of experts to assist you and turn your dream into reality. The best resorts in the Maldives have a team of professional wedding planners who are highly experienced in putting together dreamy destination weddings. With them, you don’t have to worry at all. You can contact them via email, phone call, message, or Skype call, to discuss your vision for your beach wedding. The cherry on the cake, discussions with these planners are included in the cost of your Maldives beach wedding package.

    Legalities of Maldives wedding

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    You may get shocked to know that a wedding in the Maldives is not legally binding for non-residents. As a result, many couples either get married in the home country prior to their wedding in the Maldives (which they treat as a ceremonial wedding), or they do it the other way around by first having the celebration in the Maldives and then get legally married back in their home country. Both these options are equally good and you can select any one as per your preference. It is also the perfect excuse to celebrate your big day twice! You don’t need any kind of legal documentation to have a blessing ceremony in the Maldives.

    Wedding locations in the Maldives

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    Being an amazingly stunning destination, the Maldives has a number of locations where you can get married. But the number one spot to tie the knot is on the beach. The wedding planners of the resort can set up a lovely gazebo covered with fresh flowers and palm leaves. For having a beach wedding in the Maldives, you should take into consideration the time of the year that you select for your ceremony.

    High and low are the two seasons in the Maldives. Rainfall is more common during the low season. Thus, go for the high season if you want a sunny beach wedding on the island. Before booking anything, have a look at the Maldives weather guide to know the details about average monthly temperatures, rainfall, and sunshine. You should also decide about the time of the day you want to get married. The sunrays are strong during midday and it may not be comfortable for guests to sit outside because of the extreme heat. If you choose to get married just before the sunset, the weather is pleasant at that time and also you get the incredible peachy sky as a backdrop.

    Monthly weather guide of the Maldives

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    The Maldives is known for a tropical and pleasant climate throughout the year. However, it has two main seasons- high season (from December to March) and low season (from April to November).

    Expect a lot of sunshine during the high season, which is also known as the dry season. You should book your beach wedding in February if you want to enjoy the maximum hours of sunshine. Be ready to pay much higher rates for your wedding package in case you choose to go to the Maldives in the high season.

    Expect rain showers, sometimes on a daily basis, during the low season in the Maldives. However, these are not heavy and often stop quickly. You can save a huge amount of money if you choose to have your beach wedding in the low season. Sometimes, you can save up to as much as 50 per cent! Isn’t that great?

    Check out the details of monthly weather, monthly temperatures, and average hours of rainfall and sunshine before fixing your wedding day in the Maldives. By doing this, you will be able to save yourself from a lot of hassle. 

    Wedding ceremony options in the Maldives 

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    You can be as creative or as traditional as you want when it comes to the actual wedding ceremony in the Maldives. If you pick the traditional style wedding, then have someone to bless both of you and go through the vows as you would back in your home country. On the contrary, since you are in the Maldives, you can also choose to incorporate the Maldivian culture in your wedding celebration. Traditional weddings on the island are highly vibrant. The major highlight is a large procession of locals playing drums called bodu beru. Dressed in traditional Maldivian clothing, these drummers play the drums as the couple walks down the aisle. So if you are willing to bring in some Maldivian culture to your big day, then this would be a memorable addition to your ceremony as it would add a lovely atmosphere. There are many resorts here that offer beach wedding packages that include bodu beru drums.

    How to reach the Maldives?

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    Getting to the Maldives is easy as well as affordable. You need to fly to the main international airport that is located on the island of Hulhule. There are many flights that offer direct flights to this airport. You can also choose to have a stopover on your way back for your honeymoon. Dubai, for instance, is a popular destination on the way home. Thus, you can choose to break the monotony of your beachy honeymoon by giving yourself a city break.

    You need to either get a speedboat or a seaplane to reach your resort once you arrive at the international airport of the Maldives. All you need to do is provide your flight details to your resort’s concierge. He will plan and organise everything for you. You should be aware that sometimes, the cost of a seaplane journey can be the same as an international flight. Make sure that your guests know about this well in advance. You can also choose to hire private seaplane flights if you have a huge group of guests traveling to the Maldives to be at your wedding ceremony. These flights will be just for your group. Seaplane flights operate during daylight hours only. So if someone arrives after dark, then he/she will have to stay for a night on the main island. They can get a seaplane flight in the morning. 

    How much does a beach wedding in the Maldives cost?

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    The average cost of getting married in the US is as much as $33,000! You can expect to pay double that price if you get married in Manhattan. The Maldives is not known as a low-cost destination but you will be able to avail great value wedding packages. Beach wedding packages in the Maldives start from nearly $500 and can run up to thousands of dollars.

    The biggest benefit of having your wedding ceremony in the Maldives is that you are already at a great honeymoon destination. Therefore, you don’t have to pay extra money for flights to get to another destination. A wedding and honeymoon combo in the Maldives is quite an affordable affair, to be honest. The resorts here offer wedding packages that often include everything that is needed, such as flowers, photographer, makeup professional, food, drinks, music, and a lot more. If you want, then you can also add a few optional extras for your wedding like romantic beach candlelight dinner, couple massages, canapés, sunset cruises, drummers, etc. 

    Best Maldives Beach Wedding Packages

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    Wedding packages at the Conrad Maldives- If you want a grand scale, luxurious wedding and are willing to spend more, then you should consider the wedding package on off at the Conrad Maldives. Located on Rangali Island, this picture-perfect five-star resort is famous for having the best marine life in the Maldives. The offered wedding packages include everything that is required for a dreamlike and magical ceremony with a tropical twist. You will get incredible decorations, a flower arch or gazebo, bouquet, groom corsage, photographer, music, couple spa treatment, welcome drinks, hairstylist, and makeup artist for two.

    Here, you can choose to have your wedding at an extremely romantic beach setting or under the water in the world’s only undersea chapel. Positioned five meters underwater, you can say ‘I do’ amidst sharks, turtles and a whole array of tropical fish. Thus, it is different from other wedding venues for sure! The Conrad Maldives offers different wedding packages that include access to an on-site wedding coordinator as well.

    Wedding Packages at One and Only Reethi Rah- It is popular as a celeb-hotspot and is the best place to host your wedding ceremony if you prefer ultra-glam yet chic island vibes along with the best services on the island. 

    One and Only Reethi Rah describes its weddings as, “Grand yet intimate. Lavish yet understated. From beachside soirees to moonlit celebrations, celebrations of dazzling perfection.”

    The ‘Legendary Sunset Package’ offered by One and Only Reethi Rah includes access to a dedicated celebration specialist. They are responsible for arranging a lovely ceremony decorated with fresh orchids. The package is inclusive of a bridal bouquet, a flower buttonhole for the groom, a floral head facepiece, floral confetti, a wedding cake, and a newlywed golf buggy complete with flower decorations. A candlelit dinner in the main Reethi Restaurant is the highlight of its package. Personalised wedding stationery including menus and name places can also be created by them. They also make arrangements for bodu bera drummers and dancers, videographer and photographer. 

    A beach wedding in the Maldives may actually be more affordable than what you have imagined. You will find planning a Maldives wedding to be very smooth when a professional wedding planner is there with you for your assistance. Stop wasting your time looking for the perfect venue for a destination wedding. The stress is over! Look no further than the Maldives. This paradise is the best for your beach wedding. The island nation has emerged as one of the hottest spots in the world. It is growing at a rapid rate with a number of lavish resorts and restaurants. There is a lot to explore in this part of the Indian Ocean. 

    You can have everything you need for your Maldivian beach wedding. The views are amazing here! The food and services are amazing at all resorts here. The wedding planners are highly professional here and they are capable of customising everything as per your wish and budget. Every couple dreams of getting married with a mesmerising ocean backdrop. Owing to the natural beauty of its pristine beaches, the Maldives is a great choice among sweethearts. This kind of destination wedding will be an unforgettable experience for your guests as well who have come across from different parts of the world to be present on your big day. 

    Are you ready to celebrate the most beautiful day of your life in the grandest manner? If yes, then a beach wedding in the Maldives is the best way to do so. Such a ceremony will be a lifetime of magic for everyone! 

  • “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world.” 

    This quote by Freya Stark has been the source of deep motivation for many, especially those who are willing to travel on their own. 

    When we talk about the Maldives, the honeymooners’ paradise, a solo trip doesn’t come to anyone’s mind. Not even experienced solo travellers think about exploring the island nation on their own. But just picturise this once: You walking on white, silky sand near the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by swaying palm trees, and witnessing the most gorgeous sunset ever! Isn’t it alluring? And why do you need someone else to experience all this splendor of the Maldives? You can go there on your own and appreciate the oozing natural beauty alone. For the perfect ‘me time’, the Maldives is a great place to unwind, far from the hustle-bustle of your daily life. Most of the people view it as a honeymoon destination but is so much more beyond that. Go there and find out yourself!

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    A perfect remedy for your soul

    You may be a solo traveller by choice. We all need some alone time wherein we can be in just our company. And if you are not giving yourself enough time, then planning a solo trip to the Maldives is everything that you need. In this lovely paradise, you can talk with strangers, make new friends, learn about Maldivian culture, relish authentic seafood, try your hands on various exciting water sports, get a relaxing massage session, and a lot more beyond your expectations. Be sure of experiencing some of the best days of your life when you are holidaying there. 

    There are over 1000 low-lying coral islands gathered into 26 atolls in the Maldives. These comprise local as well as resort islands. Almost 99 per cent of Maldives is water. If you want to see an unexplored island having lovely sights, then you can do so, and that too on your own!

    The Maldives gives a free tourist visa on arrival for 30 days. You can visit there in the low season (from April to October) if you want to avoid the excessive costs. It is one of the safest countries for solo travellers. You can easily commute via public ferries. Their timings are available online. To reach your resort, you can easily book a speedboat or a seaplane transfer directly. You can explore the local islands on foot or by renting a bike. Trying the Maldivian cuisine on local islands is a must if you are a foodie (or otherwise). If you love seafood, then the place is a paradise for you. However, there are so many options available for vegetarians and vegans as well.

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    You can indulge in a lot of fun activities in the Maldives. It is the hub of water adventure activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, sea walking, kayaking, and a lot more. The country is home to coral reefs, sea turtles, manta rays and fishes. One can also choose to go for surfing, sandbank tours, island hopping, boat parties, dolphin watching, etc. And if you just want to relax, then its stunning beaches are perfect for you.

    Almost everyone dreams of visiting the Maldives. It’s on their travel bucket list. But going there on a solo trip is an adventure of a lifetime that not many pursue. You may get overwhelmed while researching about the places to visit and things to do. That’s absolutely fine. The Maldives has gained huge popularity for being a luxurious honeymoon destination but solo travellers can also go there on a budget. However, don’t consider it as a backpacking budget destination. It will always hold a very special place in your heart owing to its breathtaking corals, azure waters, and lush greenery. You can explore its local islands like Hulhumale & Mafushi. You can also visit the incredible resort islands.

    You will stumble upon unexplored natural views leaving you spellbound while you travel to the local islands. You may meet other solo travellers belonging to different nationalities with whom you share having similar vibes for this amazing place. 

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    If you want to feel the lavishness that the Maldives offer to its visitors, then you can visit the resort islands for a day trip. You can also choose to stay at a budget accommodation available on some resort islands. You will have a lot to explore there including the splendid views of the overwater villas, mouth-watering food, enthralling activities like cooking classes, spa sessions, fish feeding, musical nights, and a lot more. 

    When in the Maldives, don’t miss having a glimpse of its rich marine life at any cost. Snorkeling and scuba diving are awesome experiences and these can be the highlights of your vacation as well. Just dive into the crystal clear waters and swim with manta rays, vibrant coral reefs, colorful fishes, sea turtles, etc. You are sure to fall in love with the underwater world when in the Maldives! 

    Top 10 things to do in the Maldives

    • Scuba diving at Maaya Thila
    • Enjoy a sunset cruise
    • Go for an island hopping tour
    • Visit the glowing beach on Vaadhoo Island
    • Surfing
    • Indulge in a spa treatment
    • Stay at an overwater bungalow
    • Take a stroll at Hulhumale Beach
    • Explore Male, the capital island
    • Take a helicopter tour

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    Top 15 places to visit in the Maldives

    • Male Island
    • Kanuhura Island
    • COMO Cocoa Island
    • Halaveli Island
    • Emboodhu Finolhu Island
    • Dhigu Island
    • Baros Island
    • Whale Submarine
    • Seagull Cafe, Male
    • Artificial Beach 
    • Tsunami Monument
    • Majidhee Magu
    • Mirihi Island 
    • Huvahendhoo Island
    • Rangali Island

    The land of islands is among the loveliest places to see in the world. If you want to experience tranquility and solace at their best, then start planning your solo trip to the Maldives today. Go and witness its unrivaled luxurious aura!

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  • The Maldives is well-known for its tropical vibes and offers a vast array of water-based activities for more adrenaline fix. Make memories that you can cherish lifelong with romantic dinners on the beach, private barbecues in the villa, and romantic escapades to a deserted island during your stay. Set out on excursions to other islands, explore the season catamaran, canoes or stand-up paddleboards. Enjoy beach parties, windsurfing, scuba diving, jet-skiing, snorkelling and scuba diving.

    You can be a part of many water sports, ranging from scuba diving, snorkelling, kneeboarding, wakeboarding and the likes. Many of the larger Maldives resorts have their own water-sports centre, which comes fully equipped with a vast range of equipment that you can hire for an under or over-water adventure. If you're thinking of booking an all-inclusive Maldives resort, many of these activities are often included in the package price. The Maldives is an excellent destination for tourists to indulge in water sports of their choice. Given below is a list of them in the Maldives that you must try-

    Banana Boating

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    In this ride, a banana-shaped boat at high speed takes the visitors to various places and is an enjoyable activity with your family and your loved ones to make memories. Banana boats are tied to a speed boat for acceleration, and the tube is attached to a boat for avoiding sudden splashes. The banana ride is best for the non-swimmers and is among the Maldives' most popular water sports activities. Before boarding the banana ride, tourists are given a proper brief to ensure safety and comfort.

    Best time: April - October

    Swimming proficiency: Not Needed

    Average cost: $60 – $90 per person

    Duration: 20-25 minutes

    Catamaran sailing 

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    Tourists are taken on sailboats that offer luxury, complete privacy and a spectacular panorama of the island nation. Carefully designed to exceed the expectations of folks passionate about the sea, catamaran sailing represents the pinnacle of design and incorporates the latest in industry technologies. Create timeless memories as you experience a spectacular destination in a catamaran with remarkable spaces and excellent comfort levels.

    Best time: November - April

    Swimming proficiency: Not Needed

    Average cost: $60 – $90 per person

    Duration: Sixty Minutes

    Fishing 

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    Game Fishing is a form of recreational activity for leisure and adventure purposes. The anglers love the sport for the sheer thrill it offers, which involves catch and release to build awareness of these species. Game Fishing in the Maldives also provides a learning opportunity. The activity is an adventurous and competitive sport involving various skills and learning about multiple species and the importance of their conversation. Fishing in the Maldives can be relaxing and rewarding. Often tourists are allowed to keep the fish they catch.

    Best time: November - March

    Swimming proficiency: Not Needed

    Average cost: $80 – $100 per person

    Duration: One hour

    Flyboarding

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    Flyboarding is an extreme sport that enables the participant to shoot up into the air and zoom over the waves. The board is connected via a jetski to the fly board strapped to the user's feet. The power is controlled by a certified instructor on the accompanying jet ski. You can go up to 50 feet in the air or dive beneath the surface. It is quite simple to learn how to use it. If properly trained, most people pick up how to operate one in 5 minutes or less. In less than half an hour, 

    Best time: April- October

    Location: Lhaviyani Atoll, Maafushi Island

    Swimming proficiency: Not Needed

    Average cost: USD 150 per person

    Duration: 30-minute for a starter lesson

    Fun tube

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    Tube riding can be an excellent choice for a not too demanding yet adrenaline-filled fun sea experience for you. The sport makes for great memories for holiday experiences. It does not require significant skills or strenuous efforts to ride by a speedy watercraft as an inflatable vessel.

    Best time: April to October

    Swimming proficiency: Not Needed

    Average cost: USD 70 per person

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Kayaking 

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    It is often received very well by travellers worldwide and is one of the most popular adventure sports in the Maldives. Kayaks came into existence thousands of years ago by the Inuit, who used animal skin and driftwood for its construction at the time. Paddle a Kayak and sail through the azure waters, ideal for travellers who come for group vacations with family and friends. If you love the experience of traditional boat riding, you must opt for Kayaking. If you are at a resort, a kayak is issued free of charge. Using a kayak to move across the azure waters on a double-bladed paddle can accommodate five people in a Kayak. A close encounter with the oceanic waves while sailing through the sea can add-on to spice up your relationship with your partner in a unique style.

    Best time: April - October

    Location: Renting facilities available on most beaches in the Maldives

    Swimming proficiency: Preferred

    Average cost: $10 – $50 per person

    Surfing 

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    A surfing escapade is what makes every beach holiday worthwhile; surf points are long and hollow in the Maldives. Tourists take in the waves by storm as they soak in Maldives' glory when they try stand-up paddling and then take up surfing. Having decent fitness levels will also ensure you have more time in the water, so prior training is advised to the enthusiasts. Bring your gear if possible, as most of the time, you will be surfing waves in the range of 2-4 feet.

    Best time: April to October

    Swimming proficiency: Required

    Average cost: USD 130 per person

    Duration: Two hours

    Wakeboarding 

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    Ride the wakeboard behind with music to add to your memorable experience in the Maldives, whizzing through the tranquil and turquoise lagoons. Bump into the waves of the warm water, and feel the adrenaline rush as you learn and master various tricks. Tourists can try wakeboarding as long as they have a good sense of the centre of gravity for maintaining balance on their boards. 

    Best time: April to October

    Location: Malé, Hulumalé and Ari Atoll

    Swimming proficiency: Required

    Average cost: $ 70 per person

    Duration: 30 minutes- 60 minutes

    Kneeboarding

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    Perfect for visitors taking up sports that are easy to learn, kneeboarding is a sport where you kneel onboard over the ocean. You are also closer to the water than compared to other activities, reducing the impact surrounding a fall. Kandima and Six Senses Laamu are some of the resorts that offer this activity to their clients.

    Best time: March to October

    Location: Malé, Hulumalé and Kaafu Atoll

    Average cost: $40 per person

    Duration: 10 minutes -30 minutes 

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    Unique to the Maldives, these underwater scooters allow tourists to explore the deep ocean in a motorized scooter's comfort. This scooter has a bubble that helps tourists keep their heads dry underwater. These are created to provide the scuba diving experience without the rigours required in a diving experience. A rider can experience exciting underwater vistas travelling at minimum speeds.

    Best time: December to March

    Location: Maafushi Island, Malé, Hulumalé and Baa Atoll

    Swimming proficiency: Not Needed

    Average cost: $180 per person

    Duration: One hour

    Discover the colourful marine life, Kick-off your shoes and get closer to nature. Get ready to be pleasantly surprised and be part of some of the most thrilling adventures of your lifetime. If this is your first time holiday in the Maldives, head over to the water sports arena and not be afraid to get splashed.

  • Imagine waking up to a wonderland of white-sand beaches, the sound of the waves drumming against the infinity pool, turquoise lagoons and breathtaking reefs. From the moment you step onto this island playground, welcoming infinite days amplified by the only music curator in the Maldives, innovative cocktails, playful guestrooms and delicious cuisines create a cutting-edge lifestyle experience.

    The Maldives is famous for its stunning beaches, friendly people, relaxing spas and delicious cuisines worldwide. If you want to enjoy the vibrant nightlife this island has to offer, here is a list of our top picks while you are in the Maldives-

    Moodhu Bar & Restaurant

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    Moodhu Bar & Restaurant in the Maldives is all about enjoying your favourite drink in the bar against the waves' sound. The bar is situated on top of the ocean with stunning views to offer. Dining has never been exciting because you are not just feasting on the food, but the ambience is very comforting. This place also welcomes you at any time of the day, so it is entirely your choice when you want to immerse yourself in this experience.

    Subsix

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    If you plan to visit the Maldives for your next trip, make sure you include visiting Subsix as a part of your itinerary. It is the ultimate partying underwater experience in the Maldives.Tourists can see each Subsix via a speedboat and descend a dramatic three-tier staircase, where they can delve into subaquatic lunches, Champagne breakfasts, gourmet dinners and glow parties illuminating the night alongside the theatre of the reef. 

    15 Below

    15 Below is a restaurant under the ground where visitors can plan to spend their night in a nightclub located 15 feet under the Beach. This place's main highlights are the drinks they serve, their music, and the themes that this Restaurant is decorated with. An alcove with a wine display is near the entry, and beds are placed in niches along the far wall. 

    Karaoke Room – Aaaveee

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    In the Maldivian language, the word "aaveee" means revival and is often used to reflect a concept revived in the modern-day. If you appreciate good music and would love to spend your night singing with your partner or friends, try out the Karaoke Room in Aaaveee Nature's Paradise Resort. The place sports a unique look and is laid out with handmade chairs, and looks like a traditional Maldivian house. The Karaoke Room becomes live with guests as the sun sets, who keep the night going in the island nation. Featuring minimalistic designs, incorporating the concept of harmonizing the real Maldivian Nature with all the necessary amenities. 

    Jungle Cinema – Gili Lankanfushi

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    The jungle cinema is an open theatre allowing you to lie down sitting under a blanket of shining stars and a gorgeous sky in a cosy environment with your partner and watch a flick of your choice. Guests can watch any experience of their choosing under the stars at Gili Lankanfushi's "jungle" cinema in the sand. For a little more privacy, cinema can be taken to the overwater bungalows for a private viewing as well. There are comfortable recliner chairs and a dining table in the company of the titillating jungle. 

    Night Fishing – Bandos Beach

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    Made available to all guests staying in Bandos Maldives, this activity will let you experience Maldivian traditions at their best. The Excursion team of Bandos Maldives provides a memorable fishing experience when you enjoy the sunset while fishing the local way. Depending on the number of edible catches, enjoy a barbeque dinner for you at the Restaurant for a heavenly tasting.

    Crab Racing – Babuna bar in Kuredu

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    Crab racing is an everyday entertainment activity at many Maldives Island Resorts. The staff collects tiny hermit crabs, and the visitors are asked to take a pick. Place your bet on the crab you think will be the fastest, and they're off to the race. No crabs are harmed in this activity and are taken under a wholly safe and protected environment.

    Star Gazing – Maldives

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    Discover the secrets of a night sky in the Maldives, perhaps on a breathtaking private island where the resorts invite you to a once in a lifetime journey and the forces of nature dazzle the imagination. Immersed in Time and Wonder, stargaze through the most powerful telescopes of the world with your loved ones. Learn about the constellation and galaxies with the extraordinary experiences that enlighten a couple's romance and family adventure. Spot the rings of Saturn or the counter-rotating belts of Jupiter with your curious children.

    Bar And Pub Hopping

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    Bar and Pubs constitute the heart and soul of a popular holiday destination. With a place as throbbing as the Maldives, bar coordinates the whole idea becomes as essential as other attractions. If you can not settle the enjoyment of a night with just one place, Bar and pub hopping is something you should do to experience the Maldives' best nightlife. Sway to the beats of retro and latest music churned out by the DJs and enjoyed traditional Maldivian dances. Choose from multiple vodkas and other drinks, glow in the dark cocktails, and grab a seat in the comfortable sofas. Rejoice every moment of your stay in the Maldives, spend some moments gazing at stars as you lie down on the soft sand bed. Do not forget to check these places out before you set foot on the archipelago.

    • Club Med Kani
    • W Retreat
    • Huvafen Fushi
    • Moodhu Bar & Restaurant
    • Babuna Bar
    • Paradise Island Resort

    Glow in the Dark Beach

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    Glowing Beach is situated at the Vaadhoo Island, also known as the Mudhdhoo Island in Raa Atoll. The natural phenomenon occurs due to millions of phytoplanktons emitting a bright, vibrant blue light in the water, which creates this effect. The Beach is the ideal place to spend time with your loved ones after sundown in the Maldives. The best time to pay a visit to this Beach is between June and October, a perfect condition for the planktons to thrive and glow brightly. 

    It is now time to start deciding which of these places you want to visit and enjoy the Maldives nightlife.

  • The islands on the Indian Ocean, Seychelles and the Maldives have all the makings of a classic tropical island vacation, but each offers surprisingly diverse experiences to its visitors. One of the most daunting questions we are asked is, Maldives vs Seychelles, which is better? When the question clearly needs to be, which one will suit me better! If you compare the two islands, the Maldivian vacation will cost you less than a holiday in Seychelles.

    Here are a few more questions that should arise in your mind. Where can you find the best beaches? Where should you dive? What if you are not a water person? Which one will deliver the most value for time and money? Fret not. Behold our handy guide to planning your next island vacation in the Indian Ocean.

    VISA AND OTHER BORING REQUIREMENTS... 

    The Maldives grants a tourist visa for all nationalities upon arrival, and Seychelles gives a visitor's permit. So none of the islands requires a prior visa. However, you must meet the basic entry requirements to get clearance upon arrival - A valid passport, booking confirmation of stay and onward travel, and adequate money to cover all expenses for the entire trip duration.

    THE ISLANDS LOOK BEST IN...

    Maldives: A tropical country located across the equator, Maldives sees an average temperature of 30-degree Celsius. While the weather is mostly sunny and humid throughout the year, one can expect tropical rain showers from May to October. The best time to visit the country is between November and April. December-March is the peak season, and May-November is a relatively lean season. Christmas-New Year is the busiest and most expensive period of the peak season.

    Seychelles: The weather in Seychelles is usually warm and beach-perfect year-round. However, the best time to visit the country is from April to May and October to November. May-August is the peak season, December-April is the hottest, and January-March is the wettest period and naturally the off-season. The short tropical downpours are then followed by sunshine.

    FIND YOUR WAY...

    Maldives: Malé International Airport (MLE) is the main airport, connecting the Maldives to all major countries in South-East Asia, including India, China and Sri Lanka. Despite its geographic isolation, the Maldives is easily accessible by air from anywhere in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Hence, it is served by all major airlines in the region and several charter flights from Europe Scandinavian countries. Best rates for this route are possible when you book 6-7 months before your travel dates. The Maldives is a five-hour journey from India, forty-five minutes from Colombo, three hours from Dubai, four hours from Singapore and nine to eleven hours from London.

    Seychelles: Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) in Victoria is the main airport, connecting the country to all major countries in South-East Asia, including India, China and Sri Lanka. Best rates for this route are usually available when you book 6-7 months before your travel dates. There are frequent transportation modes available from Seychelles to Bali, Auckland, Kuala Lumpur and Vietnam. The journey takes nearly four and a half hours from India, Colombo, and Dubai and ten hours from London.

    GREAT EXPECTATIONS...

    Maldives: Following a 'one island, one resort' approach, the Maldives bears a promise of exclusivity. The charm of Maldives is in its islands, its resorts, each displaying a unique character and a taste for luxury. Serving over-the-top luxury on a platter, the Maldivian experience entails a private beach, infinity pool, dive centre, house reef, indulgent spas, gourmet cuisine, and exceptional overwater villas. Floating breakfasts, over-water hammocks, overnight stay in private islands, excursions on liveaboards, and dining on the meals prepared by Michelin star chefs, think of an experience, and there will be a resort offering just that.

    Seychelles: Home to rare ecological marvels such as giant Aldabra tortoises, coral reefs, and natural reserves, live out your adventuresome tropical island fantasy at Seychelles. Visit the renowned Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Praslin, which harbours black parrot, the rare national bird and the primitive Coco De Mer Palm, which bears the world's largest and heaviest seed. Hike to the humble abode of giant Aldabra tortoises and indulge in another immersive ecological experience. Ideal for the active traveller that loves exploring on vacation, Seychelles is a perfect mix of bustling towns and large islands, coupled with a slice of tropical paradise.

    YOU COULD BE THERE AND DO THAT...

    Maldives: Carnival of tropical fishes and hawksbill turtles have been recorded as living around the islands. All resorts have their diving school, and most have access to the house reefs. Go snorkelling in the lagoon, watch an open-air cinema on the beach, or try stand-up paddleboarding at sunrise, or ride those mighty waves. Or you could simply loll about, sipping Pina Coladas or receiving the Maldivian signature massages. Swim with whale sharks in the south and feed hammerhead sharks at Hammerhead Point in the north. No matter how you go about the day, settle in for one of the most transcendently beautiful Maldivian sunsets. 

    Do you fancy an island to yourself? This is for you.

    Seychelles: Haven for sailing, parasailing, fishing, snorkelling and diving with dive sites varying from 8-30 metres, Seychelles is an adventure hub for travellers. For a riveting experience, why don't you go on a spice trail across the 'Vanilla Islands', a nature reserve, botanical garden and a heritage museum? You can also cycle around La Digue island or hop on quaint hooded oxcarts adorned with coconut leaves and flowers. At the 200-year-old rum distillery Takamaka Bay, watch how sugarcane transforms into rum and learn how tea is made at Seychelles Tea Factory. Dance the Sega and traditional dances like Mutzya or Moutia, or hike across the myriad reserves. Do you fancy an immersive vacation? This is for you.

    IF YOU WANT TO TRY LOCAL CUISINE...

    Maldives: The cuisine that the Maldives offers derives familiarity from East Asia, East Africa and Arabia. Several dishes imbibe the flavour of the rich spices of India and Sri Lanka. Smoked fish, spicy soup, chicken and vegetable curries with local flavour are delectable. For breakfast, locals swear by 'Mashuni' prepared by mixing coconut, onions and chilli with freshly caught tuna.

    Seychelles: The cuisine that Seychelles offers derives familiarity from French, African, Indian and Chinese flavours. Locals swear by chicken curry, dhal (lentils), seafood and curries with rice. Fish is a staple to the cuisine. It is steamed, grilled, baked, salted, smoked or wrapped in banana leaves.

    MONEY MATTERS...

    1 Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR) is about 4.61 INR, and one Seychellois Rupee (SCR) equals 5.23 INR.

    GOOD TO KNOW...

    Maldives: Maldives is an Islamic country, and public display of affection is frowned upon in the local islands. Beach exposure and nudity are strictly prohibited, and you can wear bikinis on the resort island but not on the local islands.

    Seychelles: When in Seychelles, remember to not click pictures of strangers without their consent as it is deemed an invasion of privacy and has repercussions. Nude bathing is forbidden in the country.

    The competition between the two destinations is not really fair, so we hope the comparison helped you better understand your preferences. While the visa requirements, weather and tropical vibes remain the same for both of these island nations, the primary difference lies in how much you want to explore.

    As they say, Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Give it some time, some research, and sure you will find precisely what you were looking for. If you choose the Maldives, reach out and let us plan your dream island getaway.

  • The Maldives present the ultimate tropical paradise getaway for travellers, scuba divers and celebrities and are widely considered the planet's most exclusive holiday destination. The Maldives collect more than a thousand tiny coral atolls, located on the equator towards India's south and stretching across 800 km (500 mi) of the Indian Ocean on a north-south axis. 

    The Maldives has been an epitome of wellness programs and exotic spa treatments. In 2017, it was unanimously voted as the best spa destination of the Indian Ocean at the prestigious World Spa Awards. As tourism is an integral contributor to their economy, the Maldivians leave no stone unturned in gifting their guests a memorable and tranquil vacation. Over the years, spas in the Maldives have become an irrevocable fixture in all upscale resorts. The resorts offer exclusive spa packages aimed at individuals and curated for couples. From blissful settings to spa professionals, each intricate detail is meticulously looked after in the Maldives.

    Here are some of the best venues in the island nation for you to have an immersive experience- 

    Sun Siyam Iru Fushi- The Spa by Thalgo

    The pebbled paths in the hotel's outdoor gardens make way to the legendary Spa. The place consists of 20 different treatment rooms that offer everything from hydrotherapy pools with steam rooms to saunas and is located on a private 52-acre island at Noonu Atoll. Resort's practitioners specialize in traditional massage and world-renowned wellness practices with an Ayurvedic doctor's help to help guests create personalized treatments.

    Naladhu Private Island, South Malé Atoll

    Naladhu Private Island provides a unique experience at the Ocean Retreat Spa's rejuvenating oasis with private saunas, swimming pools and tropical rain showers. Spa experiences encompass the island's essence, boasting an exclusive and luxurious journey with carefully seasoned aroma oils and a signature sequence of Eastern and Western techniques. Natural ingredients and exotic oils fill the senses while the body heals. A perfect addition to your getaway, the lull of rolling waves soothes the mind and restores energy flow. A range of signature treatments promotes a youthful, radiant glow. A personalized approach focuses on your physical and emotional wellbeing to re-open the body's natural energy flow.

    Lime Spa at the Huvafen Fushi Resort

    Step below the surface to a secret underwater world at the world's first underwater Spa, Only at Huvafen Fushi. Soak in the panoramic reef views and soothing design when you gaze through the glass floors drifting into a state of serenity. A refuge for body and soul, embark on a path towards balance with Indian Hatha Yoga. Awaken to a healing world where the soulful treatments range from healthy detox techniques to nourishing skin-glow therapies. With health and sensuality at the foundation of each treatment, treat yourself to indulgent beauty routines.

    One&Only Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll 

    The luxurious One&Only Spa features relaxation pavilions and private treatment villas where ancient therapies are blended with modern techniques to provide a soothing restorative oasis. Surrounded by coconut groves and lush tropical gardens, the resort offers a comprehensive range of body rituals, therapies, massages in a tranquil setting. Designed to rebalance the body, the therapists use authentic and indigenous methods. All-natural products are used intensively, and the treatment can be as relaxing or as refreshing as you desire.

    Dusit Thani Maldives - Devarana Spa

    Devarana Spa includes six treatment pods on high platforms amidst lush vegetation and is located among the tall palms in a densely vegetated island corner. People can experience therapies with a strong emphasis on traditional Thai healing methods, a tribute to Southeast Asia's resorts' heritage. Thai herbs are used in massages to relax the muscles. This process involves two hours of Harmony of Tad Si and restores balance in four body elements (earth, water, wind and fire).

    Meera Spa at Gili Lankanfushi 

    Present on a private island in the North Malé Atoll, the treatment rooms are built over water. The spa specialists at the Meera Spa offer visitors sound therapies utilizing Tibetan bowls to facial treatments of organic herbs and earth clays. Meera Spa sits in a secluded bay sprawled across languid waters and is a sanctuary of scented bliss. Lose yourself in timeless heaven by embracing the beauty of Gili Lankanfushi. Discover holistic treats for the soul, and be on your way to a revitalizing road to recovery of inner peace and balance.

    Tamara Spa by Mandara- Lily Beach Resort Huvahendhoo

    The body and soul stand on a path of absolute bliss when a gentle sea breeze blows through the bright rooms at the Mandara Spa. The peaceful atmosphere is filled with an attractive flavour of exotic scents, and Glass floors provide the gateway to the fascinating underwater world of the Indian Ocean. With a selected spa portfolio using popular and high-quality Elemis products, this clean and modern Spa has various healing and wellness treatments that flow from various Asian rituals. 

    Jiva Grande Spa at the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

    Travellers can retreat to overwater spa pavilions, complete with a private sundeck and relaxation area at the Jiva Grande Spa at the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa. The serene atmosphere makes it the perfect ground for spiritual growth. Sink into a deep state of relaxation, and rinse away your stresses as you drift off into pure bliss. Set on one of the Maldives' largest lagoons, the Spa utilizes authentic Ayurveda therapies used by India's ancient royalty, including soothing mud bath treatments and an on-site Ayurvedic physician.

    Anantara Veli Maldives Resort - Anantara Spa

    Perched over the lagoon on Dhigufinolhu, indigenously inspired luxury over-water treatments await your body and soul. The spa menu features advanced skin care therapies, all while you relax and take in your perfect island holiday. Using a combination of massage techniques, the pressure to specific points and areas helps increase energy levels and circulation. Embark on a multi-day programme of health and wellbeing with resident gurus on your journey of renewal—targeted treatments for weight loss, blood pressure and migraines are tailored to your needs.

    LUX* South Ari Atoll

    A stay at Lux is all about indulgence with a range of pampering spa treatments, massages, yoga, meditation and facials. The resort's exclusive LUX* Me Spa overlooks the water with spectacular views and offers a holistic and integrated approach to relaxation and tranquillity. Enjoy signature Balinese massages, yoga and meditation sessions, pampering facial and body treatments with a world-class body or facial range. Indulge in an authentic Chinese Medicine Treatment, and feel the effect of the highest quality organic essential oils, which balances the nervous system and restores total calm. Stay fit with a personal trainer who will personally create a tailored fitness program just for you. Fill your soul with positive energy when you experience meditation and yoga on the premises. 

    The luxury spa is a new format for luxury spa resorts in the Maldives with various amenities and exclusive services. When creating these paradises on the island, nature itself became the source of inspiration in the Indian Ocean. Spas are offering new ways to reinvigorate your body and alleviate the stress of your daily life, each scattered all over the archipelago. So, head to this island-nation and let spas in the Maldives win you over and turn you into a lover of relaxation.

  • Imagine the perfect setting to some of the best luxury resorts in the world, seemingly afloat on the turquoise ocean with white sand and tropical palms. Picture those islets strung like pearl necklaces onto dreamy atolls, making the Maldives a dreamy location with its private islands that are too good to be true. These hotels in the Maldives are worth travelling to for affluent tourists. From the most sustainable back-to-nature style bedrooms with the best access to the bountiful reefs in the country to swanky overwater villas, they have it all.

    If your idea of a perfect resort in the Maldives involves unostentatious luxury, impeccable service and excellent design, then look no further. If your best possible time off involves utmost exclusivity and authentic experiences— we have explored the 26 atolls of the Maldives so you can get it the right first time. From a sprawling luxury playground to a venue for quaint island life, these resorts are the best luxury resorts in the Maldives- 

    Soneva Jani

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    The pioneering Soneva team was the first to introduce over-water villas to the Maldives. The resort also has a robust environmental code and a determination to disconnect from the noisy outside world. The five tiny islets in the Noonu Atoll sets Soneva Jani apart from other resorts. Cycle across the island to an open-air floating cinema with your loved one, where you wear Bluetooth headphones to avoid disturbing the turtles. It is the drop-dead gorgeous one with green credentials, splendid villas, quality service, and pioneering vision of all the Maldives' openings. 

    Four Seasons Maldives Private Island

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    Four seasons has raised the proverbial bar when you have Baa Atoll lapping at your shores and your yacht to explore it. It is a remote wilderness where anything is possible and White beaches and crystal-clear water flank exotic jungle greenery. It is the world's first exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway for those who want to retreat, explore, connect or celebrate however they like.

    Six Senses Laamu

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    The only resort in the southern part of Laamu Atoll sets itself apart from the fly-and-flop brigade with its surf break. Regularly visited by reef sharks, manta rays and birds in a palm-fringed lagoon, we fill you with wonder and fuel your wanderlust. Villas in the resort are set on overwater stilts or beachfront. The 97 villas are designed to harmonize with the island's natural beauty and offer privacy, cosy, and comfort. With direct access to the sea, snorkel around the lagoon or relax on the overwater netting hammock.

    One & Only Reethi Rah

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    An immense and hugely successful hotel, The hotel is intensely glamorous with 12 private beaches. Climb to the treetop deck for catching an unforgettable colourful equatorial sunset and a unique panoramic view of the Indian Ocean. A place where cloudless azure skies meet turquoise clear waters. The resort makes its home on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll. Six kilometres of private coastline includes 12 pristine beaches and two swimming pools. The villas feature large living and dining spaces along with never-ending views of the glorious Indian Ocean.

    Velaa Private Island

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    A tropical paradise in the picture-perfect environment, Velaa is a place of pure seclusion. The villas are thoughtfully designed and offer effortless comfort and the perfect escape. Complete with elegant and contemporary design, interiors have been arranged with privacy in mind. 

    Present on a private beach, the residence offers 1,350 square meters of usable interior and exterior space. For outdoor adventures, there is a nine-hole golf course, tennis and squash courts. Meals are served over the water in a secluded dining pavilion with a kitchen and potential private chef and butler.

    Cheval Blanc Maldives

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    The Indian Ocean is an exhilarating playground for the senses, and this is the peaceful haven of the Maldives. A jewel nestled in the Noonu Atoll is an enveloping home where emerald gardens meet aquamarine waters. A place where Maldivian inspiration meets eternal privacy Sleep softly in a cocoon surrounded by the deep blue. The living room boasts views over the crystal waters, is idyllic for couples seeking privacy and offers an unparalleled invitation to relaxation. Sumptuous rooms for ultimate relaxation, Cheval Blanc celebrates privacy between ivory sands and leafy gardens.

    Soneva Fushi

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    Soneva Fushi, the first Robinson Crusoe' style hideaway in the Maldives, is set on the privately-owned tropical island of Kunfunadhoo, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The island, which is 1,400 m (4,600 ft) long and 400 m (1300 ft) wide, ranks among the Maldives' largest islands. Inspiring the imagination with 63 beachfront villas and eight Water Retreats, this is the Maldives' original desert island hideaway. Enjoy virtually unimpeded views out to sea, with islands located far away from the resort.

    Gili Lankan Fushi

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    With the natural greenery on the island and rich marine biodiversity in the surrounding lagoons, Wake up to that spectacular sunrise view at the water's edge each morning when you are in Gili Lankan Fushi. There's also a Private reserve with lavish perks such as – gym, spa, screening room, and waterslide leading straight to the ocean. Feel the ocean's breeze beneath you as you lay on the large catamaran net extended out into the ocean. The resort offers endless possibilities for relaxation and an incredible dining experience.

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    Romantic and family-friendly in equal measure, this remote resort offers spacious luxury villas spread across a tropical island wilderness. Present in the Baa Atoll Unesco Biosphere reserve, this is an innovative island sanctuary. Visitors can expect five-star facilities, world-class cuisine, pristine beaches and above all, impeccable service. A place where jungle greens, iridescent blues, and dazzling whites meet conservation, innovation and wellness with equal intensity. Take in gorgeous sunsets as you lounge in your villas and immerse yourself in the total serenity of the Maldivian way of living.

    Como Maalifushi 

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    Nestled in the archipelago's untouched southern corner, Como Maalifushi is the only luxury resort in the Maldives' pristine Thaa Atoll. The property offers excellent surfing and diving with seasonal whale shark and manta sightings. Designed by Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi, the resort reflects his sensitive approach to nature and cultural authenticity. It embodies the spirit of the Indian Ocean and the understated chic of the COMO brand. The resort's 33 overwater and garden villas feature refined decor, with oak floors, decorative swathes of netting around the beds and plunge pools with world-class comfort. The accommodation has indigenous architecture while reflecting the island's calming setting.

    Imagine enjoying your vacation on the tropical palms and staying afloat on the Indian ocean at one of these heavenly abodes. All of this is the default setting in some best luxury hotels in the Maldives. 

  • With unparalleled luxury, spell-binding white sandy beaches and a captivating underwater world, the Maldives is a summer island paradise. Here are some essential pointers when you finally decide to visit this paradise nation-

    No, you do not need a visa!

    A pre-arrival visa is not needed to enter the Maldives, and a thirty-day visa is issued on arrival for all nationalities. Travellers need to make sure that their passport has at least six months of validity. The immigration department can also check whether you have a valid ticket out of the Maldives and your hotel vouchers.

    You cannot bring alcohol into the Maldives!

    Visitors can not bring liquor to this island paradise. You have to leave any beer, spirits or wine with customs at the airport if you bought them from a duty-free shop on your way to the Maldives. Tourists are, however, allowed to take it back while on their return journey from the Maldives. You cannot buy and drink alcohol on a local inhabited island since the Maldives is an Islamic nation.

    The official religion is Islam!

    The vast majority of the population in the Maldives are Sunni Muslim by ethnicity. Alcohol and pork are forbidden on local islands. If you stay near a mosque, you may hear calls to prayer throughout the day. Do not expose too much skin on local islands, and keep in mind to avoid public displays of affection. It is recommended to refrain from wearing bikini/skimpy clothes unless you're on a dedicated bikini beach, and it is essential to respect the Maldives' local culture.

    December to March is considered the peak season!

    The temperature hovers at about 28-30 degrees Celsius on most days, and the climate is tropical. The Maldives witness rainfall from April to October, particularly from June to August during the monsoon season. Resort prices tend to be more expensive during these months, and the country has a heavy influx of travellers during these months.

    Get used to the time of the island!

    Suppose your hotel is a few hours ahead of Male's time; no need to be surprised. The resorts want to make the most of sunlight hours, and as a result, the resorts have their own "island time". Though you learn to forget about time altogether in this country, it isn't easy to get used to for the first few days.

    Taking seashells with you is illegal!

    The Maldivian government has strict policies on collecting seashells, coral and tortoise shells. Hermit crabs play a considerable role in controlling the sand fly population, and shells end up being homes for them. Tourists are therefore discouraged from doing the same.

    Impressive internet connectivity!

    Given the remote location of the islands, you would expect somewhat patchy internet connectivity. However, it is not horrific at all. You can get a SIM card from the airport for a minute fee, and you will get mobile data according to the telecom operator's plan. If you stay at a private resort, the wifi should be relatively stable and available in your room and all the common areas. We recommend buying SIM cards At The Airport itself.

    Refrain from Public Displays of Affection and Watch What You Wear!

    Since Maldives is a Muslim country, there are a few fundamental rules that exist. One of them is that women are barred from wearing a bikini or revealing clothing except on a bikini beach. There are no pork products supplied to the country. Public displays of affection, including quick kisses, are against the law and couples are discouraged from doing the same.

    Every Resort has its own Private Island!

    Every Resort is on its island in the Maldives. You will be around the same people all the time as most of the islands are extremely small. You are essentially on the same small square of sand for the entirety of your vacation unless you take a day trip. There are no malls, movie theatres, food, drink, and entertainment options outside of your Resort, so be sure to research your digs well.

    Local Ferries are not frequent!

    The ferries will be your most significant barrier if you want to visit several islands while you're in the Maldives. Ferries do not run on Fridays and typically run every other day to each atoll's main island. There are also inter-atoll ferries, but their timetables are not online and have to be coordinated locally.

    Local currency

    The local currency is Rufiyaa (MVR), but you can pay everything in US dollars. 1 USD = 15 Rufiyaa (MSR). Great attention to dollars bills because they are extremely strict. The bills have to look new. Otherwise, it is not accepted. However, it's still a good idea to bring some extra cash. Banks or ATMs do not exist in some islands. Tourists can make payment with a card at the hotel, but it is not recommended. The hotels usually charge a 3.5%-5% commission.

    Go For All-inclusive Or Half-board Meal Plan

    Opting for an all-inclusive deal can be quite expensive when you are out on the beaches or enjoying water sports in the Maldives. A half-board plan can be a great choice with access to A-la-carte restaurants. Read the fine-prints, and before choosing a deal, make sure there are drinks and unique delights included with your plan. Also, check if any activities or excursions are offered and whether there is a kid-friendly menu available if you have kids with you. Checking these things in advance will make your vacation more comfortable.

    Keep your eyes open For Hidden Costs and taxes.

    One of the essential tips is to look out for the extra costs involved in your vacation. The rapidly increasing cost for the imported food and drinks at the luxury resorts has a 10% service cost and 8% service tax, which can burn a hole in your pocket. Read the fine print on taxes on equipment rentals and spa sessions along with the public price on menus. You may offer additional tips as a gesture of appreciation, though it is not mandatory.

    Keep USD For Transactions

    Dollars are widely accepted everywhere in the Maldives, although Maldivian Rufiyaa is the national currency. Most of the shops have things labelled in USD, apart from the local islands. Keeping cash is also essential as there is a need to purchase odds and ends, though credit cards are used widely in the country.

    Bikinis Are Not Allowed Everywhere

    Try not to disregard the Maldives' conservative culture, which is still prevalent in the local islands. Practice modesty and wear bikinis or skin-tight clothing only when at the resort islands. Some "bikini beaches" on the local islands are specially meant for tourists to visit. Many resorts in the Maldives also have a "No Drone" policy to foster their guests' privacy, and violating these could land you in serious trouble. We recommend you to check with your Resort if they allow you to fly drones on the island.

    Glance into the deep blue all around, and you will witness firsthand why the Maldives is a favourite destination for vacationers from around the globe. Escape to the epitome of what you would imagine as an exotic island getaway. The Maldives delivers not only a luxurious getaway but an experiential vacation.

  • The Maldives is the heaven on Earth where time stands still. A string of thousands of coral islands is strewn across the Indian Ocean, where crystal clear waters beckon to beach lovers worldwide. A paradise protected for the deserving ones- If you have dreamy landscapes on your mind, Maldives is the place to be for all romantic souls and solace seekers. The resorts of Maldives are just as iconic as the quaint beaches of the island and offering a luxurious stay. Each abode tries to level up its game by giving you value for money. Think water villas vying for your attention, a whole island to yourself, deep dives into the ocean with the sharks and fishes, picnic on a sandbar surrounded by the ocean and the ultimate thrill of jumping from your villa straight into the ocean. The ocean surrounding the islands calls to all the gipsy souls and offers an unparalleled escape into the blue. It is impossible to escape the striking whites and sapphire blues at the Maldives - They will indeed cast a spell on you!

    Watch the Beach Light Up into a Christmas Tree

    People who love a sky full of stars should head over to the sparkling beaches of Baa Atoll. Originally thought to be caused by phytoplankton, the glowing and starry beaches of Mudhdhoo in the Maldives are courtesy of a crustacean called ostracod. Occurring from September to November, this phenomenon depends on the moon and weather.

    Swim With exotic Marine Life- Whale Sharks and Manta Rays

    Don your gear and get ready to spend time with some of the Maldives' most gentle giants. Visitors to the Maldives can swim with whale sharks and manta rays because of plankton-rich marine protected environments. Manta Point, which is near Hanifaru Bay, is the ultimate spot for enjoying this activity. Sharing space with whale sharks and whale shark hangouts while getting lost in a school of massive manta rays can feel quite surreal, but this is an experience for a lifetime.

    Savour an Underwater Meal

    Conrad Rangali's Ithaa is the world's first all-glass underwater restaurant. Though its not the world's only underwater restaurant, it is considered home to the Maldives' most extensive gourmet European menu and wine cellars. The restaurant serves set courses for dinner and luncheons by seating diners under a glass arch of swimming sea life. 

    Rent Your Own Private Island

    Johnny Depp, Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg and other notable celebrities own their private oasis on the sea and having your private island is, in fact, the ultimate dream. The Maldives is home to the land that screensavers are made from, and some islands offer the ability to rent your island. The Maldives can be your vehicle for a dream come true- even if it's just for an hour. 

    Befriend Dolphins on a Cruise

    Want to see some dolphins while you are in the island nation? The Meemu Atoll area in the Maldives offers a great chance of spotting these gleeful dolphins if you look closely in the waters around. While no tour company or resort representative can guarantee dolphin sightings, this atoll can be one of your best bets while you are at it. The best time for dolphin sightings is late afternoon and mid-morning. Spot the creatures jumping up in the air, chasing the boat, or playing games with your loved ones. You are witnessing a purely natural experience since there is no baiting or feeding of the Maldives' dolphins.

    Deepflight Adventure

    Explore the Maldives' UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and fly underwater in a personal submarine. Glide above coral formations alongside dolphins, turtles, sharks, manta rays and through massive shoals of colourful fish in a three-person submarine, which is the world's first DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S. When submerged, you are immersed in a 360-degree experience of one of the richest ecosystems on Earth. The dome of your cockpit seems to disappear into the water, immersing you in the Maldives' only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

    Indulgence at Underwater Spa

    Experience the ultimate massage lying face-up on the water, under the water in only Underwater LIME Spa in the world. Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives takes indulgence to the next level by offering an unrivalled treatment for comfort and relaxation. The water's heat soothes painful areas gracefully, and heated Hydrotherm water cushions embrace the body. Fluid massage movements evaporate muscular tension, leaving a blissful sensation. It is indeed the best massage experience in the world's unique treatment space.

    Play Golf at a Luxury Resort?

    The typical picture-postcard islands of the Maldives have brilliant white sandy beaches and blue seas. Of the 1000 coral islands, only 200 islands are inhabited. These islands lie in the Indian Ocean, and you should pack your golf clubs when you visit the Republic of Maldives.

    Kuredu Island resort became the first resort in the Maldives to offer golf and boasts one of the Maldives' only two golf courses. A 6 hole Par 3 course with an average length of a hole at 55 yards might not be the largest but one of the world's most beautiful golf courses.

    Visit a Local Island

    Notably, resorts' experience in the Maldives is a far cry from the way locals live. There are strict rules for alcohol, dress, and behaviour as of any Islamic country. That bathing suit-clad, cocktail-sipping life on the beach is non-existent on local islands. Except for Malé, one of the world's smallest capital cities is clocking at one-square-mile and the surrounding airport islands. Most local islands are tight-knit and comprise of small fishing or agricultural villages and inferior communities. 

    The Maldives are definitely for you if you enjoy the idea of a tropical paradise with unique opportunities. Adventure, romance, and comfort all come together in the Maldives to please even the most discerning traveller. Turquoise azure, decadent food, immersive experiences and white sands attract high profile corporate clients, celebrities and the occasional Billionaires. They are seeking a one-stop-shop for comfort and luxury. The Maldives offers several plushy things to do in comfort and style, from underwater gourmet dining to dive-butler service. Brushed with tropical breezes accompanied by star-studded nights, extraordinary sights and sounds await your visit filtered through year-round sunshine. Each meal is a celebration here, and each day brings discoveries that you will remember forever. 

  • Suppose you're planning a Maldives honeymoon- congratulations in advance. You have now narrowed down to one of the best honeymoon destinations in the universe. A Maldives honeymoon is everything honeymoon dreams made of - blue skies, sparkling turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, a dreamy diverse marine life, and world-class resorts with overwater bungalows. With an endless glittering sea, peachy sunsets, romantic overwater villas and perhaps the best service offered in the world-class resorts; it's hard to beat a honeymoon in the Maldives. It is indeed no wonder why this honeymoon hotspot tops many of the best Honeymoon destination lists' year after year.

    What is the Best Time to Visit Maldives?

    • May to October: This is the monsoon/wet season in the tropical paradise, with the rain's height coming in June.
    • November to April: These months mark the dry season in the tropical paradise, making it the best time to visit this. This period is also considered peak season by the tourism industry, and you are likely to see higher tariffs during this time of the year, particularly around the holidays.

    How Much Does a Maldives Vacation Cost?

    You can expect a minimum of $200- $600/night for most of the area's resorts. Many top-rated resorts are on an expensive side, offering lucrative and exclusive options. However, there are ways to get discounted room rates—by using points, taking advantage of packages by a local travel agent or finding off-season deals.

    How to Choose the right Hotel in the Maldives?

    The Maldives' resorts are located on private atolls or islands, so choosing the right resort is the most critical step for any trip to the Maldives. We recommend narrowing down to one resort, rather than bouncing around to multiple resorts (unless you have multiple weeks).

    There is also an option for SPLIT-STAY in most of the upscale resorts to lure travellers for an intimate experience.

    • Each resort is on its private island- You should be prepared to stay put for the duration of your trip in this island nation except for a few rare instances. It is impossible to hop from one island to another because of the distances between them.
    • Hotels- The hotels provide multiple modes of transfer to their guests-

    Speedboat transfer: These hotels are closer to the international airport and can be reached via a speedboat. The transfer is arranged by the hotels you confirm.

    Seaplane transfer: These hotels are very remote and require a seaplane or domestic flight transfer. These properties are considered more exclusive, in the middle of nowhere and hence pricey.

    When booking your flights to the Maldives, keep in mind that the journey is arranged via the Hotel and the plane only flies during daylight hours from 6 am – 6 pm. In the case of your flight landing at odd intervals, you might want to book a nearby hotel or spend the night at the airport.

    Rooms: The rooms have two basic categories -

    • Beach villas tend to be slightly less expensive than overwater villas and better options for anyone travelling with young children because of assured safety measures.
    • Overwater villas are the huts on stilts you have probably seen on the internet. They are generally considered more desirable and are often on the expensive side. 

    Which are the Best Hotels and Resorts in the Maldives for Honeymooners?

    Five Star Hotels

    • Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
    • Finolhu
    • Coco Bodu Hithi
    • Hotel Fairmont Maldives - Sirru Fen Fushi
    • Angsana Ihuru
    • Hard Rock Hotel Maldives
    • Sun Siyam Iru Fushi
    • Sun Siyam Vilu Reef
    • Sun Aqua Iru Veli
    • Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
    • Adaaran Prestige Vadoo
    • SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton

     Four Star Hotels

    • Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives
    • Adaaran Club Rannalhi
    • Adaaran Select Meedhupparu
    • Adaaran Select HudhuranFushi
    • Kuramathi Maldives
    • Sun Siyam Olhuveli
    • Holiday Island Resort
    • Paradise Island Resort, Maldives
    • Sun Island Resort
    • Kuredu Island resort and spa

    How long should you stay at a hotel in the Maldives?

    An ideal Maldives honeymoon can range from three to seven nights, which can be a perfect time to explore the island and indulge in Maldivian hospitality.

    Will you get bored in the Maldives?

    No, it is not possible. One of the biggest misconceptions about planning a honeymoon in the Maldives is the possibility of boredom. It is also a concern about not having enough to do for a week. While a Maldives honeymoon is definitely for the folks who love the ocean and the beach- there is plenty to choose from a selection of carefully curated activities/excursions and treatments offered by all the resorts.

    What should you pack for the Maldives?

    • The islands straddle the equator, making the Sun very intense in the Maldives and you will feel the same as soon as you land in the tropical paradise. Make sure to avoid the sunburn and stock up on some sunscreens before you leave. 
    • If you think of a perfect excuse to invest in an underwater camera or a GoPro, this is an ideal time to do the same. There are creatures everywhere you look in the Maldivian waters, including dolphins, fishes, turtles, sharks, and manta rays.
    • Most of the resorts here have a barefoot luxury atmosphere and encourage you not to wear your shoes the whole time.
    • You will be in the water for most of your trip in the Maldives – so pack your swimwear accordingly! 
    • Do not underestimate the Maldivian Sun. Having a couple of chic sun hats with you to protect your face and neck from the Sun is so crucial on your honeymoon! Not to mention they look chic in all those vacation photos you'll take in the Maldives! 

    Good to Know -

    • Please keep in mind that the Maldives is a Muslim country and tourists cannot carry alcohol. 
    • The Maldives is a conservative nation, especially when you are in public places like the airport. Bear in mind to keep with the customs.
    • Male's capital city is a proper city, and probably one of the least photographed places. An area where a lot of locals reside and tourists never seem to visit. It can come in handy when you want to avoid the crowds or look for an intimate local experience.
    • Individual resort islands in the Maldives are liberal and offer dress codes accordingly.
    • Peak season in the Maldives starts in December and ends in April. The prices during this period will reflect the same, and there is an excellent reason to visit in the peak season, but the Maldives is a year-round destination. Hence, if you want to save on some money, it's worth considering visiting outside of peak season.
    • Many of the local islands have their time clocks. Island time is a real thing here). It is typically an hour behind local time in Male. It leaves you with more time' to do things like enjoy the sunset before dinner and generally feel like you're somewhere entirely different.

    Escape into the infinite azure waters, pristine white sandy beaches and the diverse culture. Welcome to your dream tropical getaway destination, where the Sun waits to embrace you just as warmly as the Maldivian hospitality. The Maldives features many outstanding locations, where you can invite your family and friends to share your special day on an island paradise.

  • As the sun begins to set, Maldives' resorts become a vibrant oasis offering an unrivalled range of dining options. A wonderland of restaurants and bars provide a different culinary adventure for each day of the week. The endless options and range of meal plans ensure the guests feel in control. As the night unwinds, live entertainment provides a vibrant backdrop; be it a live Jazz duo, pop group or DJ party setting the beat. There are feasting venues to suit every client at the Maldives' resorts from wholesome breakfasts to playful Maldivian lunches and unhurried gourmet dinners. The resort also caters for various dietary requirements offering exceptional vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives.

    Let your feast begin in the island nation and enjoy a culinary experience to open your senses while you rest in the beautiful backstage of pristine waters at the Maldives. Feel the vibes of meal plans offered by the various resorts and awake your senses when you choose various options to rock your dining experiences, beyond the resort. Half board plans with breakfast and dinner served daily to all guests. Full board option has an addition of lunch completing all three meals. The All-inclusive package offers selected beverages and a 3-dish menu for lunch and dinner.

    The definition of such meal plans is pretty much the same in most of the resorts in the Maldives. 

    In General:- 

    • Breakfast – Room and Breakfast
    • Half Board – Room, Breakfast and Dinner
    • Full Board – Room, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • All-Inclusive (AI) – It's Full board plus Selected drinks and might include some additional perks.

    Maldives Resorts With Indian Food

    Many Indians travelling abroad are keen on finding locations that offer Indian vegetarian cuisines. Luckily, Indian tourism is a sizable chunk of the Maldivian market, and the industry has positively adapted to the growing needs of Indian travellers over the past few years. You will be surprised to see the number of Indians working in hotels.

    Here is an exclusive list of resorts that have Indian restaurants and cater to multiple Indian and vegetarian cuisines-

    Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi:

    The Adaaran group of resorts is renowned for its excellent service and continuous commitment to ensure a memorable holiday to its guests, and Hudhuranfushi is no exception. The resort offers fantastic water villa stays and an outstanding premium all-inclusive deal, giving you unlimited food and alcohol access. The resort also has an Indian restaurant called the Indian Pavilion, which serves authentic North and South Indian cuisine. 

    Olhuveli Beach Resort & Spa:

    An award-winning resort in South Male Atoll, Sun Siyam Olhuveli offers a luxurious retreat for all (separate adults-only areas). The resort spans three islands, and one of them is dedicated just to adults. Sun Siyam Olhuveli boasts excellent sporting facilities, an infinity swimming pool, and stunning ocean views from each villa. Vihamana offers extensive international daily themed buffets and live cooking stations to satisfy hunger cravings at each mealtime. Open from just after breakfast until late into the evening the Café serves crunchy salads, tasty sandwiches, pizzas, classic Maldivian dishes and home-made ice cream; it's an excellent place to take a break from the sun and enjoy a quick bite. As the sun begins to fall, Athiri barefoot sunset beach bar is the ideal spot to end the day.

    Kuramathi Island Resort:

    Kuramathi is an outstanding resort often getting sold-out in the peak season. It offers a wide variety of rooms on offer and has an inhouse Indian restaurant called Tandoor Mahal known for its Biryani and tandoor. Each evening after dinner, the resort showcases the hottest local music talent. The best local bands and DJs travel from the capital to perform and provide guests with a vibrant backdrop to their evening. For a chilled-out escape by day and a lively atmosphere in the evening, guests can head to an open-air pavilion serving drinks and cocktails around the clock. For those who are not just content watching the show, Kalhu, the resort's late-night and karaoke bar provides the perfect outlet for channelling inner lucky voices.

    Atmosphere Kanifushi:

    The Atmosphere group has multiple properties in the Maldives, including OBLU Sangli, OBLU Helengeli, VARU, OZEN, etc. Kanifushi is the first premium resort to have a pure vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives called Just Veg. The recipes for dining are traditional and lovingly served with natural ingredients. 

    Paradise Island Resort & Spa:

    Paradise Island Resort is home to a range of different restaurants and bars. It hosts Athiri Bar, and Bageecha to open up for multiple food preferences and requirements such as Jain and Hindu meals. It's super popular among Indians, mainly due to its affordable price and stellar service. It is quite a mainstay on many lists, and the resort serves great vegetarian and Indian food options. 

    Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Hura

    Baraabaru at Four Seasons is an award-winning restaurant that combines Indian flavours with local seafood, taking inspiration from the Architecture of the Indian state of Kerala, The restaurant specializes in Indian cuisines and is a paradise for vegetarians. They also offer half-day cooking classes to the guests.

    Here are some of the places to experience the best Indian food in Maldives restaurants.

    • Tandoori Flames – Hulhumale
    • Bombay Darbar – Hulhumale
    • Ravin's – Hulhumale
    • Acha's Poppadoms – Male
    • Symphony – Male
    • Novena Cafe – Male

    You can indulge in Biryani made by world-class chefs or mouth-watering tandoori dishes over the lagoon and experience some of the top Indian vegetarian food in the Maldives. The resorts in the Maldives usually feature more than four restaurants on the private island. The Maldives' resorts offer an unrivalled range of dining options to its guests, often boasting of a new culinary adventure for each day of the week with their restaurants representing cuisine from Italy, India, Middle East Asia. Awe-inspiring views of the lagoon are always on the menus and a stylish venue for enjoying alfresco dining and fine seafood. 

    A vacation in the Maldives is much more than just a holiday. This game-changing destination offers an incredibly stylish island setting with great restaurants and bars and plenty of on-site activities to choose from its curated menu.

  • Beautiful gardens, palm-fringed white sandy beaches and a vibrant house reef are the hallmarks of Maldivian vacation. Tucked away from the Maldives' turquoise azure lies a thriving culture, decadent food, and experiences that will please even the most discerning traveller. The overwater bungalows are a spectacular sight, and those images draw people from all over the world to the Maldives in the first place.

    A vacation in the Maldives is made for adventure, water sports, and romance. The Maldives conjure up idyllic images of overwater bungalows and pristine beaches. However, visitors are often surprised to find more things to do in the Maldives than they expected. Whether you prefer a secluded, cosy vacation or one filled with adventures, there is something for everyone making the Maldives a versatile destination.

    Private picnic on a sandbank

    Recline back in your sofas and bean bags as you sample a pre-ordered picnic hamper full of Maldivian delicacies, lobster, cheeses, and a bottle of champagne served by your butler and chefs. A sandbank picnic is special for lovebirds and is sure to be etched for a lifetime memory. You have the glowing turquoise hues of water surrounding you because the water is relatively shallow and surrounded by pristine, sugar-white sand.

    Snorkelling and diving

    Spot the usual suspects from schools of colourful tropical fish, reef sharks, tortoises and Manta Rays when you are in the Maldives. Take a diving expedition to dive with hammerhead sharks, whales and other sea creatures. Hanifaru bay is a UNESCO protected and the largest feeding station globally. The area is abundant in marine life because of heavy amounts of plankton which attracts big draw cards such as beloved Manta Rays.

    Underwater spa date

    The underwater spa is a new trend catching up with the couples and honeymooners on a romantic getaway in the island nation. A venue to enjoy hot rocks with ice couture facials complemented with a bottle of champagne and truffles for your skin completes an underwater spa experience. Imagine receiving a spa session surrounded by glass walls staring out into the beautiful turquoise ocean, while the marine life dances around you. It is the ultimate relaxation experience one can dream of in their lifetime.

    Explore Male

    Male, the Maldives' capital, is densely compressed onto an island of about two square kilometres or 1.25 square miles. It is perhaps one of the world's smallest capitals by area. Most visitors bypass it in favour of the country's idyllic uninhabited islands. However, culture vultures will find it an exciting place to explore. There are mosques, museums and markets.

    Traditional dhoni sunset cruise

    A dhoni sunset cruise on a traditional Maldivian boat is perfect for a family-packed holiday. A place where adults can enjoy the view while the children keep a lookout for the next school of dolphins. You might be lucky to spot spinner dolphins, somersaulting right next to the boat.

    Experience the local culture

    The country's environment has heavily influenced Maldivian arts and crafts. Coral carvings and calligraphy that adorn mosques hundreds of years ago bear witness to Maldivian craftsmen's deft skills. Much of the Maldives cuisine offers familiarity with many of the dishes from countries in East Asia and East Africa and Arabia. Although today dhonis are built using imported timber and modern tools, the craft still retains its basic traditional design.

    Nosh on Mas Huni

    While on a local island, we recommend the tourists to sample a plate of Mas Huni, a traditional dish served for Maldivian breakfast. The dish has finely chopped onion, coconut, tuna and chilli. Usually served with freshly-baked rosti, it can be a treat for the continental breakfast weary traveller. It is tangy and fresh with a little kick of heat on the tongue.

    Network in tropical surrounds

    The Maldives has several business venues to network and forge relationships, surrounded by turquoise blue. The Maldives' resorts conduct several events ranging from island buyouts, incentive programs, corporate events, afternoon sunset drinks, and wine tastings. These, in turn, are explicitly catered to give the business world a chance to thicken their contact list.

    Party it up

    For the folks willing to let their hair down in the Maldives, Finolhu in Baa Atoll has a vibe that attracts internationally-acclaimed DJs and often hosts three-day party events throughout the year on its one-kilometre sandbank and pool areas.

    Party at Subsix

    Considered to be the world's first and only underwater nightclub, Subsix offers a unique partying experience with exotic cocktails, premium wines, full-blown music, delicious food and breathtaking views, manta rays and other colourful fishes.

    Scenic flight over Maldives islands

    There is something magical when you see the different shades of water over the Maldivian ecosystem. Many resorts offer a domestic flight/ seaplane experience along with a ferry when you book your stay with them.

    Revisit History at Maldives National Museum

    Exhibiting and preserving a vast collection of royal antiquities and artefacts, this intriguing museum aims to teach the feelings of patriotism in the heart of the Maldives citizens.

    Dance along to the Boduberu

    Several resorts in the area often host Boduberu performances and often include it in their wedding packages or as a standalone service for culture enthusiasts. The Boduberu is a traditional Maldivian performance involving singing, dancing and rhythmic drumming. The tourists can hear the music from far and wide, and the atmosphere is exhilarating during a performance. 

    The Piano Deck at Baros

    An ideal spot to enjoy sunset cocktails, decadent breakfasts or spa treatments, the piano deck lies in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Entirely secluded from other guests and staff, The quaint little deck can be hired for a few hours by the visitors. The white canopy flaps away in the breeze, and there's nothing but you and the ocean. It's ridiculously romantic and one for the bucket list.

    Dolphin Watching Tour in the Maldives

    Get a chance to witness one of the most intelligent and beautiful creatures in the Indian ocean, when you indulge in a Dolphin watching tour. Watch these fantastic creatures swimming along your sides, jumping and diving into the ocean.




    There are so many cherishing experiences you can have with your loved ones on the scintillating beaches of the Maldives. One of them is A starry night spent with your better half in a thatched-roof bungalow on a private beach with dotted islands. The Maldivian region's resorts offer various accommodations spread amongst the island's lush tropical gardens with easy access to the beach. These range from comfortable rooms and villas to the spacious Royal Residences, where the Maldivian hospitality charms you with its unparalleled choice of dining experiences and a wide range of recreation activities and entertainment.

  • Fifty shades of blue, talcum powder beaches and a world without masks offering island exclusivity, enhanced safety standards and natural distancing make the Maldives one of the safest and most alluring destinations for travel right now. In a Covid-19 era of travel, where privacy and seclusion are paramount, the Maldives has only got more appealing. The paradisiacal island archipelago lends itself to social distancing, with islands spread across 26 atolls. The Maldives' one island, one resort is a policy adopted by most islands, so guest-to-guest contact is limited. 

    Due to the unprecedented global pandemic, Maldives had to close its borders due to the stringent public health measures taken to curb the COVID19 outbreak and tourism had to come to a standstill. After 110 days of closing the borders, when the world was recovering from the current situation, the government decided to reopen the international borders. The government is now fully confident in the safety measures and preparations to ensure all visitors and people working in the tourism sector.

    What are the restrictive measures within the Maldives?

    • A state of emergency for Public Health has been declared from March 2020 and Travel between resorts, safaris and inhabited islands are restricted from April 2020.
    • All excursion activities within the Maldives have been banned since April 2020.
    • Tourist entry inside the guesthouses and city hotels of Malé, Villimalé and Hulhumalé is suspended from March 2020.
    • All non-essential travel between islands in the Maldives is restricted from April 2020.
    • Resorts and liveaboards present in uninhabited islands resumed operations from July 2020. 
    • Suppose a case of COVID-19 is identified in a tourist facility. In that case, procedures are set in place for the property to work with Maldives' government to ensure the safe return of unaffected tourists to their home country.
    • Maldives' government is closely monitoring and enforcing measures to prevent any effective community spread of the virus.
    • Tourist establishments are regulated to ensure alignment with the COVID-19 tourism guidelines as mandated by WHO.
    • A certification program is mandated for proper safety and hygiene standards.
    • The Ministry of Tourism has issued COVID-19 guidelines to all the hoteliers and tour operators for additional safety.

    Before Departure to the Maldives -

    • A confirmed booking in a hotel/hostel/resort registered with the Ministry of Tourism is mandatory. A list of tourist establishments and their tentative reopening dates is available on the Visit Maldives website.
    • The guideline details what tourists can expect as they plan to visit the Maldives and aptly named Public Health Interventions to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission. 
    • Split-Stays are permitted between all tourist establishments that meet all compulsory requirements under the Split-Stay guideline approved by the local Health Protection Agency. Agencies must submit the Requests for approval of these Split-Stays to the Ministry of Tourism two days before the travelling date.
    • All tourists have to submit an online Health Declaration Form within 24 hours before departure through the IMUGA portal.
    • All tourists must hold a negative PCR test for COVID-19. The test must be conducted 96 hours before the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation.
    • If the tourist makes a transit in the itinerary, the initial PCR test will hold valid, if the transit time does not exceed 24 hours from the journey. If the tourist makes a transit exceeding 24 hours, the passenger must repeat the PCR test within 96 hours before the transit port.

    The document containing the PCR test result includes-

    Name and address of the testing laboratory, Name of the passenger (name as in passport), type of test stated as a PCR test and Date and time of sampling and Result. The PCR test result should be submitted through the IMUGA portal 24 hours before departure to the Maldives. Also, the lab result should be presented in paper or electronic format during the airline check-in.

    On Arrival in the Maldives -

    • All tourists are granted a 30-day visa upon arrival issued free-of-cost.
    • Quarantine upon arrival is not mandatory. However, if the passenger has any symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath on board the flight or upon arrival, it should be informed to the local Health Protection Agency.
    • Tourists arriving in the Maldives have to undergo a mandatory thermal screening at the arrival terminal.
    • All tourists should wear masks.
    • Tourists should sanitize hands thoroughly, Hand sanitization and hygiene facilities are available throughout the airport.
    • People should ensure Physical distancing. All physical distancing guidelines are marked with visible distance information and floor markings in passenger terminals.
    • All visitors are asked to install the Contact Tracing app "TraceEkee."

    Departure from the Maldives -

    • Tourists must undergo an exit screening before departure from the resort to ensure that an asymptomatic person or a person in quarantine does not exit the resort and travel.
    • The exit screening questionnaire should record any history of respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, high temperatures or shortness of breath during the past 14 days. The management should ensure that the guest is not under quarantine or isolation. Staff may check the temperature to exclude fever.
    • A tourist under quarantine or isolation should not exit the resort except for a medical emergency.
    • Routine testing for COVID-19 is not required before departure from a resort.
    • During exit screening, if any tourist shows fever temperatures or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 within the previous 14 days, they must undergo PCR testing for COVID19.
    • Testing services are available in the Maldives, arranged through the destination or resort representative for tourists who require COVID-19 results to return to their countries of origin.

    The Air Bubble Initiative

    The Air Bubble initiative took off on August 25 2020. It is a first for India within this region to boost tourism, and it has enabled a steady path with weekly flights between the two countries. With the gradual increase in in-flight connectivity and ongoing marketing efforts, India's arrivals are gradually increasing. The Maldives has unveiled a first-of-its-kind loyalty programme that will reward return visitors with exclusive benefits upon each visit. The programme, called 'Maldives Border Miles', is split into three tiers; Bronze (Aida), Silver (Antara) and Gold (Abarana).

    Make memories that you can cherish lifelong with romantic dinners on the beach, private barbecues in the villa, and romantic escapades to a deserted island during your stay in the Maldives. The wealth of accommodation options in the Maldives have been designed to suit every type of traveller. This Robinson Crusoe-style beach bungalow opens up onto a private stretch of golden beachfront, an overwater villa out on stilts overlooking the shimmering azure waters of a lagoon, or regal estate offering off-the-charts luxury with its private pool. 

  • The Maldives is famous for its picture-perfect beaches, crystal-clear waters, and the world's most luxurious resorts making it a regular hot spot for the rich and the famous. Hollywood celebrities, Bollywood stars and world-famous athletes head to the Maldives for a vacation with their loved ones. It is a little wonder that the A-listers of the world seem to flock to these islands as nothing says luxury travel quite like a trip to the Maldives. A look at the social media filled with those perfect beach shots and beautiful backdrops, it's almost impossible not to get wanderlust. The atolls feature waters that are beaming with incredible reef formations and abundant marine life, providing an unbelievable experience for divers and non-divers alike. It is also a nesting site for hawksbill and green turtles. This symphony of sounds, complemented by a richly colourful visual palette ? the lagoon's turquoise, the lush green vegetation, the pearl white beaches, azure blue sky and abundant supply of golden sunshine prompts the question: did heaven and earth meet?

    Island exclusivity, enhanced safety standards and natural distancing make the Maldives one of the safest and most alluring destinations for travel right now. In a Covid-19 era of travel, where privacy and seclusion are paramount, the Maldives has only got more appealing. The Maldives is amongst the most sought after destinations by high profile personalities and celebrity travellers worldwide. A few famous names have also made their obligatory journey to the number one luxury destination in the past few years. These include Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Kardashians, Justin Bieber, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin Hart, Tom Cruise, Ricardo Kaká, Milla Jovovich, Russell Crowe and Ronan Keating to name a few. No matter the outcome, the Maldives is The holiday destination for celebrities the world over; actresses, actors, sports legends, singers, supermodels, tech billionaires, genius investors.

    Let's take a peek into the glamour of turquoise waters of the Maldives. Here is a curated list of the celebrities who chose the Maldives for their sweet escape.

    Gordon Ramsay

    The celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay spent the Christmas holidays with his family in the Maldives. The MasterChef also partnered with Amilla resorts to host restaurant pop-ups at the trailblazing luxury resort. Amilla Fushi's tropic vibes is an experience one shouldn't miss. Gordon Ramsay shared festive snaps of his family wearing matching pyjamas on social media as well. 

    Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan

    The Maldives can be a stellar choice for Dubai's Crown Prince who wants to enjoy cosy time with your new bride. Prince Hamdan is known for his keen interest in photography and adventure sports. He was thoroughly enjoying a quality time in Maldives' beautiful natural wonders.

    Kareena Kapoor & Saif Ali Khan

    For Bollywood royal couple Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan, Soneva Fushi in the Maldives was the getaway of choice. With their family, they spent quality time under the sun.

    Brad Falchuk, Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dakota Johnson

    The ultra-luxurious Soneva Jani was the ideal holiday getaway for modern family Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Falchuk, Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson. The picture-perfect turquoise waters and the posh villa in Soneva Jani gave the fans major wanderlust vibes.

    Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner

    It was no news, no shoes for Hollywood newlyweds Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner, who stayed here for their honeymoon and fed us with spectacular photos that were trending on social media and hailed as goals by their loyal fans.

    Katrina Kaif

    The actress herself revealed the news about her vacation in the Maldives. She took to Twitter to share the news with her fans worldwide, looking stunning and gorgeous in her beach outfits while posing at various venues.

    David & Victoria Beckham

    Our favourite style icon Victoria Beckham, and her gorgeous football star husband, David, spent 11 days at the stunning One & Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives. According to sources, it was one of their best Christmas getaways.

    Sonam Kapoor

    Award-winning Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor picked Soneva Fushi in the Maldives to treat her family and celebrate her brother-in-law's birthday. It was a fantastic birthday blast, indeed!

    Floyd Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather enjoyed being retired when he hit up The Maldives in April 2016. According to Just Jared, the prolific boxer vacationed at the Four Season Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. While on vacation, he opted for stand-up paddleboarding, a bit of shopping, and a lot of sitting by the pool and ocean. 

    Taapsee Pannu 

    She was among the first ones in celebrities to head to the Maldives for holidays post-Covid. She had a gala time with her boyfriend Mathias Boe and sisters, Shagun and Evania Pannu.

    Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani 

    The rumoured couple flew to the Maldives for a mini-vacation during Diwali this year. Even though they didn't share photos posing with each other, they raised temperatures with their separate photos.

    Shah Rukh Khan

    The King of Bollywood had the entire country in an uproar when he arrived with family in the Maldives. Shah Rukh Khan stayed in the epitome of luxury at Jumeirah Vittaveli to celebrate his daughter's graduation and managed to carve out some time to meet with his Maldivian fans. 

    Pep Guardiola 

    Manchester City's current manager paid a visit to the exquisite Cheval Blanc Randheli, an exclusive property from Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy's luxury fashion group, for a brief escape.

    Maldives' island is the perfect setting for that romantic getaway or those two weeks of bliss away from work. Due to its geographical setting, the Maldives was an essential port for traders worldwide. They brought their cultures and their flavours with them, and over centuries, the country's cuisine was shaped. While the Maldives takes pride in a unique traditional fare, many dishes are influenced and fused with the flavours and techniques from the shores of the Indian Ocean. The sense of calm this place radiates is genuinely out of this world. The whistling breeze with a gentle lull of the sea and the rustling of the palm fronds on the beach will help transport you from the hurly-burly of daily life.

    Spread across 26 atolls, the paradisiacal archipelago of 1,200 islands naturally lends itself to social distancing. One resort is a policy adopted by most islands, so guest-to-guest contact is limited. And with safety standards assured, the Maldives must also be recognised as one of the world's most beautiful destinations. Islands filled with ivory white sands, tropical jungles and luxurious villas and bungalows provide the backdrop to a wealth of unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Experience the serenity and excitement in the Maldives while you explore and take in everything the enchanting islands have to offer. Your next island sanctuary is waiting, just a wave away.

  • Nothing is more delightful than staring at the stunning sights of the Maldives with the love of your life. The island nation is one of the very few places in the world where the natural habitat of marine life is unaffected by humans. The country boasts of an island necklace of as many as 1200 islands and it is up to you which ones do you want to visit. At this ultimate honeymoon destination, time stands still while you are holding the hand of your better half, soaked in the beauty of this serene coral beauty abode. A honeymoon vacation in the Maldives brings both of you even closer and creates the most romantic bond between you.

    Your honeymoon is among the most important rituals of your marriage. It is the time where everything is rose-tinted and you want it to be the best experience ever. You can augment this experience by visiting the Maldives for your honeymoon and give it the backdrop it truly deserves. 

    In this blog, we present the top reasons to plan your honeymoon in the Maldives.

    Reason #1: Diving or snorkeling amidst reefs

    Marine life is something that fascinates everyone. One of the best experiences that one can have in this world is exploring the underwater world comprising coral reefs and a plethora of marine species in the crystal clear waters. All this is sure to tantalize your senses. While swimming side by side with your partner, you can witness colorful fish, dolphins, mantas, turtles, eagle rays, and so much more. Its memories will remain in your heart and soul long after you have left the Maldives. Ari Atoll and Tewa Stross are counted among the best spots for diving. 

    Diving or snorkeling amidst reefs

    Reason #2: Exploring stunning islands

    This is the perfect thing to do on a honeymoon in the Maldives. It would be a highly romantic experience when you visit islands and explore the nooks and crannies with their hidden gems that make them absolutely incredible. Beaches are in abundance in this island nation. Lovely beaches dot the Maldives and you can explore as much as you like. There are a number of luxurious resorts for honeymooners that ensure complete leisure, luxury, and privacy. You can also choose to visit the capital city- Male. There is a lot to see and experience there with your partner. You are sure to get mesmerised by the experience. 

    Exploring stunning islands

    Reason #3: Indulging in a romantic massage

    When in the Maldives, massages are not restricted to a room with a relaxing bed only. Experience a truly blissful massage here that is absolutely different. You and your partner can indulge in a revitalising and refreshing couple massage wherein the native virgin coconut oil is used. Imagine having such a relaxing experience amidst the breathtaking views of the waters and the whistling winds.

    Indulging in a romantic massage

    Reason #4: Staying at an underwater hotel

    If you don’t want to dive to experience the diverse marine life of the Maldives, then there is a wonderful option for you. Imagine having a romantic date with your spouse under the water. You should visit the Ithaa Underwater Aquarium Restaurant and the Maldives Rangali Islands Resort. The restaurant space is turned into a romantic bedroom in front of your eyes at the hotel. You are left confused, dazed, and joyful! Here, you get to appreciate the rich marine life right outside your room along with amazing champagne and a scrumptious breakfast in the morning.

    Staying at an underwater hotel

    Reason #5: Enjoying a submarine ride

    After you have the experience of wine-and-dine in the ocean, taking a trip to the depths of the ocean in a submarine would be an amazing addition to your honeymoon vacation. Going for a submarine ride is one of the most fun things to do in the Maldives. You can choose to book a whale submarine from Male to your resort as well. You will be left awestruck when you will see the myriad of marine species present there and about which you never knew. 

    Enjoying a submarine ride

    Reason #6: Visiting historical hotspots

    Your honeymoon is the most special time of your life and you would want to feel the most special during this vacation. If you both are history buffs, then there are a lot of places that you can explore together in the Maldives. Strolling along the Tomb of Muhammad Thakurufaanu, Grand Friday Mosque, Feeboa Valhugandu, etc. would be a great experience for both of you. If you want to take a break from the blues and greens of the islands, then visit these places of historical importance for a refreshing change.

    Reason #7: Mesmerising your senses at the glow-in-the-dark beaches

    The Maldives is home to the world’s most gorgeous beaches. They are known for their azure waters and lush greenery. If you are willing to experience something unique and rare, then surprise your loved one with a visit to the bioluminescent beach. Bioluminescent plankton appearing in warm coastal waters causes this magical phenomenon. You can see a bright green-blue glow when the waves touch the shore or when you put your bare feet into the wet sand. The whole experience is totally dazzling that will also let you bond with your partner as you witness something so magical together!

    Mesmerising your senses at the glow-in-the-dark beaches

    Reason #8: Having an experience of a luxurious private boat

    The experience of your honeymoon in the Maldives will be further augmented when you stay at the Gili Lankanfushi resort in the North Male atoll. Here, you can book a Crusoe Residence- a private luxury boat comprising a king-sized bed and a private deck for enjoying the beauty of the Indian Ocean. Get spellbound by the sun’s rays bouncing off the waves. 

    Having an experience of a luxurious private boat

    Reason #9: Taking a safari boat

    Popularly known as ‘floating luxury’ in the Maldives, safari boats offer an unforgettable experience to honeymoon couples. Enjoying a ride in a safari boat would be a fun-filled experience. Sail through the wind while speeding towards numerous tiny secluded islands peppered all around. These are the little gems scattered all over the Maldives. Imagine enjoying your dinner with your partner under the stars while the gentle waves crash softly against your safari boat! These memories will stay with you forever.

    Reason #10: Go fishing and sunset cruising

    Sitting on the beachside and watching the lovely sunset is a beautiful experience in the Maldives. But what’s more memorable is watching it from a boat in the middle of the ocean. This splendid image will be etched in your heart forever. Your resort can make arrangements for this. You can also choose to go on a fishing expedition if you want to try something exciting. Madoogali Island Resort, Kuredu, and Meemu atoll are some of the best places to go fishing. 

    So what are you waiting for? Book your honeymoon package in the Maldives and fall in love with this island nation just as much you have with your better half! 

    Go fishing and sunset cruising

  • Owing to the oozing natural charm of the Maldives comprising white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise sea, splendid reefs, and pleasant weather, every romantic couple dreams of having their wedding in this paradise. This jewel of the Indian Ocean offers a number of options for the perfect destination wedding. Your D-Day will be unforgettable for everyone whether you choose to exchange vows at the beach or have a sunset cruise wedding ceremony. 

    In this blog, we present a few things that you should know in advance if you are planning a beach wedding in the Maldives.

    The legalities

    If you and your partner are foreign nationals, then your wedding in the Maldives is not legally binding. Although, everything will be real including your ceremony and the perfect beach wedding dress, it will not be considered legal when you get home. Most of the people have a legal wedding back at home and the lovely ceremony in the Maldives. This is the one and only way to have a Maldivian wedding. The island nation has a huge wedding industry for foreigners who want to have their wedding at a stunning beach on a tropical island. There are many lavish resorts that offer wedding packages that comprise the honeymoon as well.

    The ceremony

    Along with exchanging vows, rings, and your immense love for each other, there are other things to consider while you are planning a beach wedding in the Maldives. For instance, you can add Maldivian culture to your celebration if you are willing. Here, a Bodu Beru (drums) procession is included in a traditional wedding ceremony. A procession of nearly twenty drummers playing Bodu Beru dressed in traditional clothing, the happy couple is led down the aisle to their wedding ceremony. There is also a local Gazi (judge) presiding over the celebration. All this is done in the local Divehi dialect. You can also choose to wear traditional Maldivian clothing if you decide to go the conventional route. 

    Skipping all of the Maldivian cultural aspects, you can also choose to have a western wedding. However, there are many resorts that offer wedding packages inclusive of the bodu beru drummers as it is the best way to remind the couple and their guests that it is ultimately a destination wedding.

    The location

    The Maldives is known for its extremely gorgeous beaches all over the world. Thus, a beach wedding in the island nation is sure to be memorable. It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and thus, it has emerged as a dream spot for a beach wedding. It provides the incomparable background of shiny waters and swaying palm trees. Along with the wedding ceremony, couples also choose to have their reception at the beach complete with authentic food, music, and flowers.

    You can also choose to get married at a location other than a beach in the Maldives. Couples also get married on a luxurious yacht or a traditional dhoni in the sea, on a secluded sandbar far from noise and crowd, at the edge of a pool, or on a rooftop terrace during sunset. Top restaurants in the Maldives such as the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, or Botanica Restaurant also conduct weddings. 

    The cost

    Comprising expenses on the clothing, flowers, decoration, photographer, makeup and hair, cake, food, ceremonies, a wedding can be a very expensive affair. As per a report by Business Insider, the average wedding cost in the US is $33,391. This amount gets doubled if you get married in Manhattan. This price does not include the honeymoon. According to Forbes, honeymoon expenses would mean an additional expenditure of at least $4,000.

    Having a destination wedding in the Maldives is comparatively cheaper and lets you save a lot of money. A wedding package here ranges anywhere between $550 and $4,000. Flights cost still less than $10,000. The best thing is that you can have both your wedding and honeymoon at the same destination. You can get a great package deal as well. The entire expenses for wedding celebration and honeymoon can add up to be just $3,500. Therefore, a Maldives wedding is an affordable dream! 

    Maldivian resorts offer packages inclusive of decoration, makeup, food, photography, and venue. All these are included in even the most basic packages. You can choose to splurge and include add-ons such as bodu beru players, champagne, romantic sunset cruise, a relaxing couple massage, along so much more.

    In your entire life, the wedding day is one of the most special days. Two souls start their journey of life together after getting married. As it holds such immense significance in one’s life, it becomes mandatory that the venue where the wedding takes place should be special as well because that would be the place where you both will come together in holy matrimony. It is said that marriages are made in heaven. You can literally have your wedding at heaven on earth- the Maldives. The island nation is counted among the best places to tie the knot as destination weddings have become a trend of the century. Maldives destination weddings are amazing in the truest sense.

    Why get married in the Maldives?

    One of the most scenic destinations across the world, the Maldives is considered the best tropical destination. You can fulfill your dream of having a dreamlike wedding in this paradise. You will be left awestruck by the azure water, silky soft sand beaches, stunning reefs, and the pleasing weather. All this will make your special day even more special. From the middle of the sea on a cruise to the edges of the cliffs, you can exchange your vows with your partner anywhere as per your choice because you have numerous options here.

    Best resorts for a destination wedding in the Maldives

    There are a number of resorts where you can get married. The best ones are as follows: 

    • Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
    • One&Only Reethi Rah
    • Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa
    • Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa
    • Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
  • Maldives is a fascinating country for independent travellers. With the government and hoteliers efforts, the last decade has been a positive sign for the hospitality industry. Guesthouses are frequently springing up on local islands, offering budget travellers an affordable way to explore the country. Independent and Budget Travel, in general, is a new era for the Maldivian economy. The Maldives' first resort opened in the 1970s, and the destination gained momentum for its expensive island retreats.

    A few local options are ideal for the budget-conscious tourist out of a vast chunk of the thousand-plus islands. The most popular of these islands, Maafushi, can be reached in half an hour by speedboat from the Male international airport. It lies on the south Male atoll and has a wide range of accommodation options and food joints. For folks who want to visit the Maldives on a budget, Maafushi stands as an ideal choice.

    Visit in the offseason: 

    The months from November to April is considered the best time to visit the Maldives. The prices will generally be higher for most of the properties compared to their original tariffs. The peak season in the Maldives is from December to April each year. Most of the booking will be made this season to enjoy the soft sunshine on this tropical island. Folks can expect a 20% discount between the peak season and off-season.

    Pre-Book your hotels and flights online: 

    It is essential standard advice and a must-known for all the Holiday Packages planned for the Maldives. Tourists can check for the online cheapest flights and accommodation options, especially if you plan to stay in multiple OTA and Travel agents' resorts. One should thoroughly research and go through the review and rating and select the ones which suit your budget the most. On pre-booking individual resorts, you can expect to get great deals and offers. 

    Choose All-inclusive or Half board Meal plan option: 

    Opting for all-inclusive packages in the Maldives can be quite expensive if you consider staying on the beaches to enjoy water activities. The half board meal plan covers two meals, usually breakfast/ lunch or dinner and drinks at a few resorts. All-inclusive buffet breakfast and lunch can be the right choice for families. Make sure to post an enquiry about the coffee, drinks, and other unique delights included with your plan. Additionally, a few activities or excursions are usually included and keep an eye for the kid-friendly menu and places to travel with kids. 

    Research and compare prices for water activities: 

    The standard tip for all travellers to Maldives trip on a budget includes research and know-how to reach the islands independently. We also recommend knowing about the distance and timings required to travel between coral reefs and resorts. Tourists can enjoy few excursions via swimming, a few by ferry rides from the resorts for snorkelling or diving. There are other ways, such as boating, Sea-kayaking, jet-skiing, parasailing, standup paddling. You should enquire the prices from organizers and choose what suits you the best.

    Keep track of the taxes and hidden costs: 

    The primary factor that we usually neglect while budgeting our travel is taxes, which are always present directly or indirectly. Keep an eye on the food menu, local prices and imported drinks at the luxury resorts. You can Keep USD for general transactions on the island; even though the national currency of Maldivian Rufiyaa is used widely in the country, USD is widely used and accepted almost everywhere in the country. 

    Opting for your neighbourhood Travel agency:

    While planning this vacation, one of the best decisions is to consider booking your Maldives trip through a local Travel agent. These agencies know the islands incredibly well and can offer unbeatable packages to over 100 affordable Maldives resorts. One additional check is checking for their reviews/ratings on TripAdvisor, Google and Facebook.



    Since there's no alcohol on the islands, you don't have to worry about drinking away your budget. Here are some typical costs for the Maldives (subject to change, as of 2021):

    • Single room in a local guesthouse: $45-55 USD per night
    • Public ferry: $2-5 USD per ride
    • Airport ferry to Malé: USD 1
    • Speedboats: $25-35 USD per ride
    • Tea: $.50 USD
    • Snorkel rental: $8 USD/day
    • Diving for whale sharks: USD 200
    • Meals: $9-11 USD each
    • Buffet dinners: $15-20 USD each
    • Sandwich on Male: $4-5 USD
    • Bottle of water: $0.40-0.70 USD



    Good To Know-

    • Tap water is not usually considered safe to drink. As a result, people can expect to spend MVR 7.50 on bottled water in the Maldives on average.
    • The cost of a taxi ride is significantly higher than using public transportation in the Maldives. On average, past travellers have spent MVR109 per person, per day, on local transportation in the Maldives.
    • The Maldives' average cost of a meal is MVR 207 per day, though meal prices in the Maldives can vary from island to island. An average meal can cost approx MVR 83 per person when dining out, based on previous travellers' spending habits.
    • Prices for diving excursions range between $50-USD 100 and can vary from resort to resort. It depends on various factors like whether you have your gear, boat usage, guides, etc.
    • The average hotel price in the Maldives for a couple is MVR 1,292 ($84). A trip to the Maldives for a couple extending one-week costs on average MVR 12,910 ($838).
    • Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper compared to brunch, lunch or dinner at most places. The price in sit-down restaurants in the Maldives is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

    The Maldives conjure up images of reef-ringed atolls, luxurious bungalows and pristine beaches on the water where visitors can observe fish through glass floors and jump into the sea from their balcony. Travelling on a Maldives budget can be a great option than staying in luxury resorts, especially on a shoestring budget. When it comes to luxury resorts, each resort is built on its island, isolating you from the rest of the country. It means that visitors miss out on exploring local life.

  • A vacation to an island nation is seldom complete without a beach trip and bikini staple beachwear! With summer just around the corner, the Maldives, with its magnificent beaches, awaits your arrival. As a tourist, you might find yourself in a bit of a turmoil whether to carry your swimwear to this tropical paradise or not. While the Maldives has certain clothing constraints, especially the one restricting bikinis in local islands, you are better off because there are ample bikini beaches in the Maldives to visit. Local laws do not permit bikinis on public beaches, making bikini beaches a tricky matter. Still, fret not because we have compiled a list of the best bikini beaches in the country that lets you flaunt your summer body donning your favourite bikini. Scroll down to read about the top bikini beaches in the Maldives and make the most out of those Instagram-worthy bikini beach spots!

    Dhangethi Bikini Beach -

    Overview: A hotspot for exotic marine life, the bikini beach of Dhangethi offers unparalleled ocean views. The beach is cleaner than the rest and secluded, offering you ample privacy and solitude to bask in the sun in your bikinis. 

    Where: Dhangethi, Ari Atoll

    How to reach: Dhangethi island lies quite far from Male at a distance of 87 kilometres. After a 90 minute journey via domestic flight and speedboat, one arrives at Dhangethi. You can hire a speedboat to Dhangethi from Malé, for a price of USD 50 per person. A ferry ride costs a little less but takes a lot more time to reach as there are no direct ferries to Dhangethi. 

    Things to do: With sandy white beaches, clear blue lagoons, the Maldives is the best barefoot luxury destination. While reefs on Dhangethi Island are pretty distant from the beach itself, there are three sandbanks in proximity for you to visit. One can indulge in sea turtle snorkelling safaris which guarantees a 99% spotting of sea turtles. Also, there is a shark point and a manta point where you can dive with rays and sharks. Nearby guest houses offer more water sports like canoeing, surfing and kitesurfing.

    Dhigurah Beach-

    Overview: One of the Maldives' ardent spots, Dhigurah beach, is renowned for its gorgeous diving spots. This bikini beach is about five kilometres long and is apt for taking an evening stroll with your partner. 

    Where: Dhigurah Island, South Ari Atoll 

    How to reach: Dhigurah Island lies pretty far from Male at a distance of 97 kilometres. After a 60 minute journey via speedboat or 25-minute domestic flight on good weather leads you to Dhigurah. You can hire a speedboat to Dhigurah from Malé for a price of USD 60 per person or board a flight that costs USD 140 for adults and USD 70 for kids under 12. While a ferry costs much cheaper at USD 8 per person, the duration is longer.

    Things to do: From snorkelling with whale sharks to fishing excursions, private dinners on the beach, to cooking classes, if you think about it, Dhigurah probably has it for you! One of the most ardent beaches in the Maldives that lights up countless stars at night, Dhigurah is perfect for a quick midnight dip in the warm sea and a romantic dinner by the ocean. The solitude of the island grants you privacy to relish your vacation away from prying eyes. You can swim in the calm water as the currents are not too strong. You also have kayaking and canoeing options to indulge in.

    Gaafaru Bikini Beach -

    Overview: An offbeat and a locally inhabited island with few tourists, Gaafaru gives you the taste of authentic Maldivian experience. There is always something to do on land and in the ocean. Catch up with some friendly locals and explore the unexplored at Gaafaru.

    Where: Gaafaru Island, Kaafu Atoll 

    How to reach: Gaafaru island lies at a distance of 61 kilometres north of Male. After a 90 minute journey via domestic flight and speedboat, one arrives at Gaafaru. You can grab a ferry for the price of USD 5 per person, which takes less than four hours to reach Gaafaru Island. You can also hire a speedboat to shorten the journey to 90 minutes, at the price of USD 300 per person.

    Things to do: Go shipwreck hunting, swim with the sea turtles, dive for corals - there is no dearth of possibilities at Gaafaru Island! The island houses colourful aesthetic buildings lining the townscape. You can also hop on a dolphin cruise to greet the friendly creatures you will witness around. 

    Maafushi Bikini Beach -

    Overview: The cerulean waters, balmy sea breeze, swaying palms and white sand are bound to melt your heart! Step into the tranquil land of Maafushi. The bikini beach in Maafushi only allows entry to tourists.

    Where: Maafushi, Kaafu Atoll 

    How to reach: Maafushi island lies pretty close to Male at a distance of 27 kilometres. After a 30 minute journey via speedboat or 90-minute journey via ferry, one arrives at Maafushi. You can reach the property either by speedboat or ferry boat from the Velana International Airport, offering breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. The transfer costs for speedboat are USD 30-50 per adult, and for the ferry boats, USD 2 per adult.

    Things to do: The beaches at Maafushi island are perfect for you to relax and unwind. While some excursions at Maafushi let you spend the entire day out at sea, island hopping and breaking for a picnic; other comprehensive excursions will take you for a dolphin-watching cruise or night fishing. Revel in a friendly beach volleyball game outdoors, lounge and sip tender coconut water by the ocean, or ride a bicycle around the island. 

    Picnic Island Beach -

    Overview: Picnic island beach sprawls on a private resort island and remains open between Sunday and Thursday for tourists and rest of the days for locals. For an entry fee, the beach gives you the freedom to explore the exclusive bikini beach without staying in the resort. 

    Where: Kuda Bandos, North Malé Atoll

    How to reach: Picnic island lies at a ten-minutes distance from Male. However, there are no direct ferries as the Malahini Kuda Bandos resort privately owns it. You take the Safari Boat offered by the resort for a price of USD 50.

    Things to do: Build sandcastles on a picnic on the island. Or try your hand at parasailing, diving, snorkelling, canoeing, speed boating or driving water scooters. You have to bring your gear for snorkelling. 

    Rasdhoo Bikini Beach -

    Overview: The largest beach in the Maldives, Rasdhoo is famous for its velvety white sand and is one of the best bikini beaches to visit. Cafés, restaurants and guesthouses line the island, making it a tourist favourite. Do you need more reasons to fall in love with this whimsical beach?

    Where: Rasdhoo Island, North Ari Atoll

    How to reach: Rasdhoo island lies in North Ari Atoll, 60 kilometres west of Male. You can board a ferry or speedboat to Rasdhoo from Malé for a price of USD 40 per person. One can shorten the 60 minutes journey by hiring a private boat, but it costs about USD 500.

    Things to do: A canopy of coconut palms adorns the beautiful Rasdhoo beach, where you can snorkel around the breathtaking corals, build sandcastles, break out for a picnic, or bask in the glorious sun. 

    Good to Know -

    • The Maldives is a Muslim nation that prohibits bikini swimwear on public beaches.
    • Look out for a signboard permitting swimwear on the beaches.
    • Bikini beaches have designated areas where only tourists are allowed, so do not wander around public spaces.
    • Nudity is not permitted on public beaches. Do not go topless on the beaches, as there are no nude beaches in the country.
    • Carry a sarong and a tee if you saunter into a public beach.
    • Ask your resort if they impose any clothing restrictions so that you can choose better.

    P.S. Note that all resort islands allow bikinis on beaches and it is locally inhabited islands where impositions are placed.

  • The Maldives, a tropical destination for your exotic vacation, is so much more than being the most sought-after place for rest and relaxation. Tourists from all over the world go there to lounge on swaying hammocks, indulge in massages and spa treatments, and sip fruity cocktails during sunset. However, along with these lazy moments, the island nation also is home to a huge array of water adventure activities for all the adrenaline junkies out there!

    The huge and lavish resorts have their own water sports centre, which has a wide range of equipment available for hire for under and over-water fun activities. Many of the water sports are often included in the package if you book an all-inclusive resort. An extra fee is required for some water outings like sunset cruises, scuba diving, etc. The Maldives is the hub of water activities and you may find it difficult to fit them all in one vacation. 

    In this article, we present the top fifteen water sports to do in the Maldives.

    #1 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Scuba Diving

    The Maldives is ranked at a pretty high position when you search for the best scuba diving destinations across the globe. The perfect conditions for a growing underwater world are provided by the sparkling and warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Its thriving marine life includes turtles, rays, eels, dolphins, sharks (the friendly ones), and so much more.

    Most of the huge Maldives resorts have their own PADI-certified dive centre. Here, you can enroll in various programs and dives as per your preference. It is absolutely fine if you have never ever dived in your life. These centres are experts in teaching newbies. They often have special training pools where you are taught the techniques so that you can get comfortable with being under the water and feel familiar before going out for the actual dive. There is a lot on offer for more advanced divers. All you have to do is show your PADI certification to the dive centre when you arrive and me the most of the Maldives.

    There are some Maldivian resorts that specialise in conducting various diving programs. While choosing your accommodation here, make sure you pick one with either house reefs or nearby coral reefs as these are home to a wide variety of marine life. If you are someone who is willing to partake in a bit unusual dives, then go for night dives, deep dives, and wreck dives. You can scuba dive all year round, but the best time is between January and April when the water is clearer and calmer. That’s why, everything is extra costly here during the peak season.

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    #2 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Snorkeling

    If you are not confident enough to go scuba diving but are willing to explore the beautiful underwater world, then you should go for snorkeling. All resorts have snorkeling equipment and you can hire or purchase it as well. You will also be provided flippers that help you to swim in the ocean. But you really have to be very careful that you never accidentally step on the living corals as the ecosystem is very delicate here. 

    The resorts in the Maldives have a house reef that is located just out from the beach. You can go and swim there as per your own convenience. There are such resorts also that provide snorkeling boat trips wherein you stop at the most popular snorkeling hotspots. These often include a mouth-watering barbecue lunch or a sunset dinner as well. Clicking underwater photographs is highly recommended. So you can bring along a waterproof GoPro to capture the wonderful marine life in your camera.

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    #3 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Kayaking

    A popular water adventure activity in the Maldives, kayaking gives you an opportunity to witness the lovely palm trees and sugary sand beaches while you paddle around the island. Along with being a fun-filled activity, it is also a good workout for your arms. There are see-through kayaks also that offer you a glimpse of the marine world when you paddle in the cobalt waters of the Indian Ocean. You can see which creature is swimming underneath you! Moreover, always wear a hat and apply sunscreen lotion for your protection while you are out on the ocean. 

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    #4 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Glass-Bottom Boat

    If you are allured by the idea of a see-through kayak but are not willing to put so much effort and just want to sit back and relax while someone else does the hard work, then your best is to go on a glass-bottom boat ride. These special boats have clear glass paneling at the bottom. Thus, you can view the colorful corals and fishes underneath your feet while sitting comfortably. This adventure is also suitable for those who cannot swim. There are many resorts in the Maldives that offer tour packages including a glass-bottom boat ride with beach lunch so that you can make the most of your afternoon.

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    #5 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Jet Skiing

    Jet skiing is a popular water sport in the Maldives. You can rent jet skis from your resort and have fun out on the ocean. If you love speed and want to whizz over the powerful waters of the Indian Ocean, then this adventurous water activity is just for you! Also, if you don’t want to ride, then you can just enjoy the adrenaline rush by sitting behind your partner. 

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    #6 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Banana Boating

    Sign up for a banana boat ride if you want to laugh like there is no tomorrow! This is an amazingly fun-filled activity that you can do with your loved ones when in the Maldives. This special boat is inflatable and shaped like a banana. It is attached to a speedboat that pulls you around the island. When the speedboat takes a sharp turn, be ready to fall into the water. The best time to go for this fun activity is from April to October but it is available throughout the year.

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    #7 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Underwater Walking

    Underwater walking has emerged as the most sought-after water activity in the island nation. Definitely a unique experience, you must have seen its photographs on social media and craved to do the same! All you need to do is put on a special sealed oxygen mask that provides you air so that you can walk on the seafloor without any problem. You don’t go very deep when you do this exciting activity. You have to hold onto the rope so that you can walk along the bottom of the ocean. Underwater walking gives you unlimited memories for a lifetime that you can cherish with your friends and family. If you are someone who wants to do scuba diving but is a bit afraid to begin with, then you should go for underwater walking. People of all ages can do this. The best time to go for underwater walking is from January to April. 

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    #8 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Kitesurfing

    Try your hand at kitesurfing if you want to improve your balancing skills and also looking for a real thrill. While doing this, you are attached to a small board with a big kite that lets you skim across the sea at an extremely fast speed. Requiring a little skill, you may need to enroll in a few lessons at your resort to be able to get the hang of it. Go for kitesurfing when the southern-westerly winds arrive during the low season from April to October as it is considered the best time. However, some resorts offer this activity all around the year.

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    #9 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Windsurfing

    Something like kitesurfing, windsurfing is apparently a little easier to do. Even if you are doing it for the first time, it is a wonderful water sport to do in the Maldives. Imagine enjoying the cool tropical breeze brushing your hair as you sail over the Indian Ocean with the bright sun shining softly down on you. There will be qualified and experienced instructors of the water sports centre who will help you in learning the basics of windsurfing so that you get familiarised with this incredible sport. 

    Windsurfing in the months between May and October is considered the best as during this time, the winds pick up and provide an exhilarating experience. However, this water activity is available all around the year.

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    #10 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Catamaran Sailing

    Catamaran sailing is counted among the best water activities to do in the Maldives owing to a number of reasons. A relaxed outing in the ocean, this water sport lets you sit back, chill, and soak up those million-dollar views. The resorts in the Maldives offer catamaran packages that involve champagne, a food menu, and soothing music to create a peaceful aura. If you want, then you can also hire a private catamaran with a personal captain to show you the natural beauty around. You should surely include catamaran sailing in your Maldives itinerary as the experience of skimming over the Indian Ocean is unforgettable.

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    #11 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Wakeboarding

    Do you want to know how standing on a wave would feel? If you have this fantasy, then wakeboarding is the perfect water activity for you. This amazing sport includes holding onto a rope while you are walking on the water. All you need to do is maintain balance so you don’t fall. Swimming is preferable. While doing it, acquire an understanding of your center of gravity. The best time to do this is between April and October.

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    #12 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Flyboarding

    Flyboarding is one of the best and the most popular water sports in the Maldives. It is for all those adrenaline junkies who have the guts to do something that not everyone else is doing and that involves a little risk also. Recently invented extreme sport, flyboarding is an enthralling activity wherein you get on a flyboard that is attached to a jet ski by a hose. You are sent up in the air and the feeling is quite mesmerising. May to October is the best time to do flyboarding. You don’t need to know swimming to do this. Ensure that you wear safety gear properly and maintain balance, especially if you are a beginner.

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    #13 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Fun Tubing

    As evident from its name, this water activity is definitely fun-filled! In this, you have to get on an inflatable and unpowered tube that takes you over water at a high speed. You are sure to enjoy the bumpy ride on the water. When in the Maldives, go for this activity if you want to do something not requiring hard efforts and skills. You don’t need to know swimming. Wearing shoes would be better while doing fun tubing. April to October is the best time to do this adventure activity.

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    #14 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Parasailing

    If you are in the Maldives and want to do such a water activity that lets you fly high in the sky and forget all your problems for a while, then parasailing is the best water activity for you. This lovely activity offers a bird’s eye view of the stunning island. You will have the time of your life when you are up above in the sky alone. You are in the air with a parachute and towed by a motorboat. You don’t need to know swimming to do parasailing. May to October is the best time to do this adventure activity. You should check the weather beforehand and listen to your trainer cautiously. It is a tricky water activity and can be dangerous if not done carefully.

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    #15 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Big-Game Fishing

    Fishing is ordinary, but what about big-game fishing that involves confronting some of the rarest species such as tuna, sailfish, etc! The Maldives is known for its rich marine life and you can have a sneak peek for sure while going for this water sport. November to March is the best time to do this. You don’t need to carry anything with you as fish food is provided to you by the sports staff.

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  • Swayed by the postcard-perfect pictures of Maldives, millions of travellers plan their long-awaited vacation to this land of luxury. Landscape in the Maldives is so picturesque and uniform that even a regular photograph ends up looking like it has been lifted off a holiday brochure. Where else in the world do you ask yourself, do I want my private little beach to soak up the sun or my villa from where I can gaze into the countless variations of beautiful blue ocean as far as eyes can see? Home to the globally renowned eccentric water villas and beach villas, imagine waking up to a view of the beautiful ocean or sun-kissed beaches.

    Only in the Maldives do you have the opportunity to compare a spacious beach villa with an overwater villa. Beach villas grant you direct access to the beach and overwater villas as the name indicates grant direct access to the sea. If you think there is nothing better than stepping out from your villa right onto a beautiful beach, then beach villas are the perfect fit for you. And if you think there is nothing better than stepping out from your villa right into the gorgeous waters of the Indian Ocean, then overwater villas sound perfect for you. Our team has narrowed down some key elements of these villas to help you choose better. 

    Beach Villa:

    Those in search of a tropical island experience in the Maldives, with sand between your toes, the swaying palm trees, and the sound of the waves crashing against the shore, look no further. The Maldives have an array of beach villas, ranging from low budget simplistic beach villas to ultra-luxurious beach villas, with infinity pool, a smaller pool or even without one.

    Pros-

    • Beach Villas grant direct access to the beach.
    • Guests also have easy access to the sea from the beach.
    • Private gardens adorn some beach villas rendering extra privacy.
    • Some beach villas boast of romantic outdoor showers.
    • Beach villas grant you the best of both worlds - easy access to island amenities while still being relatively secluded.
    • Guests can move their sunbeds according to the moving sun.

    Cons -

    • Other guests can walk past your villa, intruding your privacy.
    • Private gardens might obstruct otherwise panoramic views.
    • Bustling bars and restaurants might cause annoyance to the guests.

    Who should stay at beach villas?

    Families - Lying just a few steps away from the shoreline, beach villas are a perfect choice for families. While adults can bathe in the warm sun, the kids can build sandcastles or play around the shallow waters.

    Highlights -

    • You get to rest under the shade of the palm trees while the gentle offshore breeze sways past you on a lazy afternoon.
    • You get to walk along the dreamy coastline at twilight, after dinner and cocktails at one of the eateries nearby.
    • You get to savour a cup of hot coffee on the terrace after waking up to the sound of the waves and witness the glimmering ocean upon sunrise.

    Our Favourites -

    • Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Bringing you the heart of both sand and sea, the beachfront villa at Banyan Tree offer direct ocean access along with a private pool with adjoining jet pool, poolside cabana, and a charming thatched rooftop.
    • Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa - Blending luxury and comfort, the park pool villas render private access to the beach that reaches the house reef in a few steps.
    • Six Senses Laamu - Hidden between the resort's lush tropical greens and the beautiful blue lagoon, the two-bedroom beach villa at six senses offers a perfect seascape for families and friends.

    Overwater Villa:

    Those searching for a quintessential luxury getaway in the Maldives, to make the most of their vacation by choosing a truly unique accommodation, look no further. Step on the Overwater Villas and sip in the views. The first overwater bungalow in the Maldives inaugurated in the '80s. Today, most of the 160 Maldives resorts offer an incredible variety of water villas. When in the Maldives, you absolutely must check off staying in overwater villas off your bucket list.

    Pros-

    • Overwater Villas grant direct access to the sea.
    • One gets unlimited, uninterrupted views of the ocean.
    • Overwater Villas tend to be private.
    • Water villas offer a more romantic setting.
    • Some water villas have glass-panelled floors, and one can watch the sea life underneath.
    • Some of the most uber-luxe properties on the Maldives boast of the finest overwater villas.
    • Guests can rest on their personal lounge deck with sunbeds.

    Cons-

    • Overwater Villas remain poorly lit at night.
    • Some guests might feel nauseous or seasick.
    • Overwater villas lie a long way from the resort's other amenities such as the restaurants and bars.
    • The water might be too shallow during low tides to get into the ocean or see the sea life underneath.
    • Sometimes the steps leading into the ocean can feel slippery to climb in and out of the water.

    Who should stay at overwater villas?

    Couples - Panoramic views of the surrounding lagoon alone is reason enough for couples to opt overwater villas. However, they also offer complete privacy and prove to be a once in a lifetime kind of experience. 

    Highlights -

    • You get to descend into the lagoon from your private staircase.
    • You get to spend an afternoon snorkelling in the shallow waters.
    • You get to swim in your private infinity pool without stepping out of your villa.
    • You get to swim in the ocean; period.

    Our Favourites -

    1. Soneva Jani - A benchmark for overwater luxury, villas at Soneva Jani have water slides from the top deck to the lagoon below.
    2. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island - The pioneer of the world's first underwater villa, Conrad offers more than a place to stay, an experience.
    3. One&Only Reethi Rah - The ultra-luxury resort, One&Only offers a curated collection of exclusive and immersive villas to create an unparalleled and unforgettable vacation.
    4. Adaaran Prestige- Nestled in the heart of paradise, luxurious Adaaran was crowned as the world's leading water villa retreat at various venues.

    Let us address the all-important question, "Beach Villa or Overwater Villa?" It depends on you, your personal preferences, the resort you will stay at, and the specific villa you are going to choose. And that is where we come in. We strive to understand your preferences and tailor-make the vacation for the same. Get in touch and let us help you plan your perfect Maldivian vacation.

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