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Maldives

Sprinkled across the Indian Ocean like precious gemstones, the 1,200 or so islands that make up the 26 coral atolls of the Maldives are a blaze of pure white sands, Tiffany-blue waters and decadent resorts. As your seaplane touches down, or you arrive by speedboat, it’s quite clear that this is going to be a special holiday. 

Sumptuous suites sit on stilts over the warm indigo waters, stylish à la carte restaurants serve up gastronomical delights and luxurious spas are primed to rejuvenate your body and soul. Each resort is on its own private island for that added touch of shipwrecked bliss. It’s an enchanting destination for honeymooners and couples, and a safe haven for families looking for watersports, beachfront living and warm hospitality. 

Service is flawless and accommodation consistently excellent, with everything from private infinity pools to your own butler on call 24 hours a day. Unspoiled palm fringed beaches are sugary soft and super white, the coral reefs are abundant with marine life including turtles and manta rays, and dolphin watching and deep sea fishing trips can easily be arranged. You can also take your PADI dive certificate, or enjoy a private sunset cruise across the unbroken Indian Ocean.

 

Getting There

Flying time from the UK is approximately 10 hours 15 minutes direct, 12 hours 45 minutes via Colombo, Sri Lanka and 13 hours 40 minutes via Dubai.

British Airways Departures from Gatwick 3 times a week direct in high season only.

Sri Lankan Airlines Departures from Heathrow daily via Colombo.

Emirates Departures from Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow daily via Dubai.

Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on Sri Lankan Airlines Economy flights. Prices with British Airways and Emirates are also available on request.

Language

Dhivehi is the national language. English is also widely spoken.

Time Difference

5 hours ahead of GMT.

Currency

The rufiya is the local currency, however US dollars are widely accepted. Major credit cards are also accepted at all hotels.

Useful Information

British citizens are eligible to obtain a tourist visa for up to 30 days on arrival in the Maldives. Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay. No special health documentation is necessary for residents of the UK who have not recently visited parts of the world where yellow fever is a problem.

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Diving

What better place to get your PADI dive certificate than in warm waters teeming with fish, rays and sharks. We particularly recommend Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru where you can explore the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and dive with whale sharks. 

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Maldivian Cuisine

With influences from around the world, Maldivian cuisine has a unique culinary identity of its own. Prior to the arrival of tourism, fishing was the mainstay of the economy, so it’s not surprising that seafood plays such a prominent role on local menus. You can also enjoy lobster and Champagne banquets, romantic private beach dinners and al fresco feasts as the sunsets over the ocean.

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Sandbank Sundowners

We all look for that truly magical moment when we’re away, and in the Maldives it has to be heading out to a deserted sandbank for sundowners. We think the best venue for this is Constance Halaveli, where you’ll be served Champagne in your own private slice of paradise.

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Manta Ray Season

January - April is when you have the best chance of seeing these majestic creatures, and at Olhuveli Beach & Spa (p65), there are two regular manta visitors, so head to the end of the illuminated jetty after dinner to see them in all their glory. They love to show off and can be seen doing graceful glide-bys and even the odd loop the loop!

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