MaldivesWhite beaches, all-year sunshine in bright blue skies, stunning coastal scenery with palm trees gently swaying in the breeze, plentiful sightseeing opportunities and abundant land and water adventures make Maldives an ideal holiday destination for visitors of all ages. Nestled in the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Maldives archipelago is composed of 26 ring-like atolls encompassing 1,192 low-lying coral islands, rising sharply from plateau, of which 200 islets are inhabited. Surrounded by shallow crystal lagoons, enclosed by coral reefs, the islands provide breathtaking views of the best natural scenery above and below the waves.
With luxurious hotels, over-the-water bungalows, abundant varieties of underwater tropical flora and fauna, Maldives, described by Marco Polo as the "Flower of the Indies" has long been a magnet for honeymooners, divers, surfers and snorkelers. Divers come here to experience the highest level of visibility, exceeding 50 meters, fabulous rainbow colored coral reefs and over two hundred species of coral as well as a wealth of marine creatures, found nowhere else on earth. All resorts without exception feature water sports centers equipped with boards and sails of different sizes, offering innumerable dive sites both for beginners and advanced divers.
In Maldives one can find a wide range of spectacular white-sand beaches offering leisure and fun in the sun. Once you are in Maldives beaches, do not miss out beach hopping to have experiences of lifetime. Snorkeling in the purest sapphire blue seas is almost a national pastime. You can also find several superb surfing locations, including Outer Atoll and the North Male Atoll. However, Kanifinolhu and Lohifushi resorts are the most popular surf spots. Apart from diving, surfing and snorkeling, visitors can also enjoy canoeing, sunset fishing, catamaran sailing and water skiing.
Maldives enjoys hot tropical climate, determined by two monsoons: the southwest monsoon (May to October) and the northeast (November to April). Located at the equator, Maldives receives plentiful sunshine throughout the year with temperatures hovering between 25C-31C. "Anytime" is the best time for a truly memorable Maldives Vacation.
Filled with diverse high rise buildings and candy-colored sky scrapers and with numerous palm trees lining the pavements, Male - the capital city and commercial center of Maldives, is a popular destination, boasting fabulous shopping malls, a wide range of cafes and restaurants, serving Thai, Indian, Italian and other international and local cuisines, as well as luxury hotels and resorts, offering top-notch service and warm hospitality. An interesting aspect about Male is that most of the houses out there have attractive names, like "Night Flower", "Lover's Paradise", "Forget-Me-Not", "Sea-Breeze" and so on.
Male tourist highlights include the Hukuru Miskiiy (Friday Mosque), featuring finely fluted coral block walls with elaborate coral carvings and containing some of the nicest samples of Maldivian workmanship; the Islamic Center with its lovely, geometric stretch of white steps leading up to grand mosque, as well as a conference hall, an Islamic library and classrooms and the Fish Market - a really exciting place to visit and see Dhonis, or the local fishing boats arriving with their fresh catch.
Maldives Hotels and ResortsWelcome to Maldives- a truly tropical paradise with barefoot breathtaking beauty and spectacular natural wonders! The accommodations offered by Maldives are luxurious and tourist friendly, boasting unique hospitality with top notching service. All Maldivian accommodations come in the form of water villas, honeymoon suites, water and beach bungalows and thatched cottages, promising exquisite dining options and unique living facilities ensuring comfort and safety. No matter you are planning a business trip, a simple vacation, a luxury holiday or a romantic honeymoon; Maldives resorts and hotels guarantee your perfect stay in an alluring environment.
The stunning Kurumba Maldives Hotel perfectly set on a tropical island in North Male Atoll and featuring authentic hospitality and professional world-class service combined with the resort natural beauty, is a dream destination in the cool shades of glorious coconut palms. You can find 180 spacious bungalows and villas dotted throughout the island each being a symphony of good taste and glorious space with ultimate amenities and facilities. The hotel boasts nine different restaurants offering seven cuisines to choose from, beach bar and cafes, babysitting service, gift shop, gym, spa, sauna, Jacuzzi and fitness center in a pure tropical bliss. Recreational facilities include board/leisure games, scuba diving and snorkeling, glass bottom boat riding, karaoke, tennis, yoga, massage, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is another exclusive romantic destination encircled by crystal clear waters of the largest lagoons of the Maldives and covered with tropical plants and coconut palms, offering genuine island experience. The hotel features 64 palm-thatched villas with stunning ocean, lagoon and garden views, brilliantly designed in natural tones and textures. Room amenities include premium bedding, LCD TVs with satellite service, big bathrooms, Kitchen, mini bar, air-conditioning and library. Hotel facilities offer gym and fitness center, outdoor pool, private beach, restaurant, sauna, steam room, babysitting, a sensational spa and treatments. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is within easy reach of the center of Male, Maldives capital, promising comfortable and hustle-free stay.
Banyan Tree Maldives Madivaru offers a true five-star hotel experience, featuring unprecedented standards of luxury accommodation in Maldives. Located in southwest North Ari Atoll, the resort hotel comprises six private Tented Pool Villas with inspired desert island décor, including timber flooring, handcrafted wood furniture and majestic tent canopies. You can find a pristine white sandy beach, a spectacularly beautiful shallow lagoon and breathtaking house reefs surrounding the island. Indulge yourself in leisure activities including scuba diving and snorkeling adventures, whale and dolphin watching, fishing, surfing and manta sighting cruises. The best time to visit Banyan Tree Maldives Madivaru is December to April.
Nestled in Dhigu Island in the South Male Atoll, Anantara Dhigu Maldives is another sparkling example of 5-star luxury hotel, surrounded by mystic lagoons and unspoiled crystal shores with an abundance of ultimate amenities offering a true Maldives experience. You can choose from sunrise/sunset beachfront villas, sunrise/ sunset pool villas, and over-water pool villas. Underwater adventures, personal boating activities and island hopping are things not-to-be-missed.
Constance Halaveli Resort (former Halaveli) is a deluxe 5-star luxury dhony-shaped (Maldivian boat) "hideaway" located in North Ari Atoll. The resort features 86 villas the shadow of which falls in the turquoise lagoon, including water villas, beach villas, double storey beach villa and presidential beach villa all with private plunge pool, as well as three restaurants offering local and international cuisines and a spa boasting single, double and Ayuverdic treatment rooms. Facilities and recreational activities include PADI diving school and active sports as tennis, aerobics, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, sports fishing, catamaran sailing and sunset cruising. Constance Halaveli resort is a perfect spot to rejuvenate and relax in overwhelming quietude and peacefulness.
All inclusive resorts in Maldives offer fabulous alternatives to those in search of exotic and tropical travel destinations. Only recently opened the brand-new Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa is a truly magnificent standard of accommodation, offering a unique premium four-star resort experience along with a range adventurous and exciting activities. The resort boasts 112 spacious suites and villa accommodations with modern amenities and facilities. You can find a variety of dining options, sports and fitness facilities, bar and lounges, kids club, a beachfront pool and Spa. Whether you plan a family vacation or honeymoon, this is one of the finest all inclusive resorts in Maldives.
Paradise Island Resort and Spa is another fantastic luxury resort located in North Male Atoll, only 9.6 km from the airport. Home 220 beach facing and elegantly furnished super deluxe rooms, and 40 water bungalows, the resort boasts 5 restaurants, serving delicious foods at all meal times, five bars, offering a huge variety of drinks and cocktails, stunning swimming pool, fully-equipped gym to keep your body fit and best conference facilities ever found. Recreational facilities and adventurous activities wonderful diving experiences with a perfect safety record, island hopping, day and night fishing, windsurfing, shopping, Submarine excursion, aerobics, discotheque, karaoke, floodlit tennis court and volley ball.
Sun Island Resort and Spa is the biggest resort in the Maldives, a dreamscape place to forget the outside world. In this exotic paradise you will lose yourself amongst the dense tropical vegetation, breathtaking lush greenery, tall coconut palms, crystal-clear waters of the lagoon and gorgeous white sandy beaches. The resort features a large 1,800 square meters swimming pool set amidst exotic landscaping, fully equipped and tastefully decorated rooms for business meetings, weddings, and other events, and a Spa villa, to ensure absolute relaxation for your tired muscles. Dining and wining is also available, with delicious cuisines, exotic drinks and tasty tropical juices.
All the resorts in Maldives offer paradise filled holiday with unforgettable memories to long a lifetime. Rich culture, genuinely friendly people, resort style living, pristine idyllic beaches and loads of adventures prove only one thing that Maldives is a beautiful island paradise destination and that a Maldives vacation is really all about luxury holidays.