The Maldives is a tropical paradise formed by collection of over 1000 picturesque coral atolls sitting in the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Only 200 of these beautiful islands are inhabited, with many hosting some of the world's most luxurious holiday resorts making a luxury Maldives holiday a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The ocean is where the Maldives really comes to life, rich in wildlife, color and breathtaking views. Fishing and diving are just two of the many once in a life time experiences available to guests. The Maldives really does offer a sensational and truly unforgettable luxury holiday experience.
A combination of perfect geography, climate, culture and environment has moulded together in the Indian Ocean to create the Maldives; an equatorial country made up of 1,190 coral islands formed around atolls. Exceptional is the only word to describe the marine habitat here, where an underwater world teems with life. On land you’ll find the people and the customs just as intoxicating. Place this backdrop behind world-class luxury resorts and you have found paradise.
Time Difference: GMT+5Hours
Flight Duration: 10Hours 20minuites (Direct)
Currency: Rufiya (The American dollar is widely accepted)
The language in the Maldives is Divehi, however English is widely spoken throughout the Maldives and in particular the resorts of Male.
Islam is the main religion in the Maldives, despite the warm and very humid conditions; women are expected to dress appropriately. This however is not the case when in the resorts.
Gaining entry to the Maldives is not difficult as no VISA is required.
Maldives holidays are extremely popular for enthusiastic divers, and it is not hard to see why, with its picture perfect white sand beaches and coral reefs. However it's the abundance of wildlife in the Maldives that sets it apart from other diving destinations. Many different species of sharks can be seen in these waters as well as an incredible variety of different fish. Explore caves, caverns and overhangs with an explosion of colorful sponges and coral.
The Maldives lies in the Indian Ocean, made up of 1,190 islands spreading over 90,000 kilometers. 99% of the Maldives consists of the sea. 200 Islands are inhabited by locals, with a further 90 being used as tourist resorts. The current population of the Maldives stands at 350,000. The islands lie 700 kilometers south west of Sri Lanka.
The Maldives has perfect holiday weather - a tropical climate that is determined by two seasons. During the wet southwestern monsoon season from May to Novemeber, there is a greater chance of winds and rainfall. The dry monsoon season stretches from December to March. Temperatures mostly remain consistent all year at around a glorious 30°C.
British Airways fly to the Maldives direct from London Gatwick. Emirates fly from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle via Dubai. Qatar Airways fly from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester via Doha.
Couples and families, beach living, watersports and romantic dinners on a private sandbank, superb spa facilities, peace and tranquillity. Combine with a luxury holiday to the Middle East for a very special dual escape.
For competent scuba divers, the 1981 Maldives Victory wreck is a challenging and stupendous dive site. The fossil encrusted wreckage is now a marine-laden goldmine, stretching 110 metres; expect to see batfish, barracudas and even the odd sea turtle. Due to its depth and strong currents, this is not a dive recommended for novices.
Ensure utter romance on your Maldivian luxury holiday and allow our Concierge department to arrange a Champagne picnic, set on a private sandbank whilst watching the sun disappear into the Indian Ocean.