If you’re looking for paradise, then it’s probably time to visit the Maldives. The tropical archipelago is open to tourists from any country and doesn’t require in-room quarantine. These are our tops picks, from activities, to accommodation, we’ve got ideas for every budget and traveller.
The Family Friendly Holiday
If you’re travelling with your family, particularly small children, you might not want to venture too far away from the main islands. Travel between the atolls isn’t always straightforward, so staying within reachable distance of facilities such as hospitals is a good idea. Touchdown in the Maldivian capital, Male, and start by exploring the vibrant markets and ornate historical mosques. As soon as the urge to laze under swaying palms overcomes, catch one of the short domestic flights, or boat trips to the atoll of your choice.
Spoil yourselves and head to Niyama Private Island Maldives. Here, your luxury beach side villa has everything you might need (down to a humidor with cigars). This is the ultimate getaway for kids and adults. Little ones can create their own memories at the Explorer Kids Club, while the grown-ups enjoy a well-earned massage, and a cocktail on the beach. Plus, just a 40 minute flight from Male, its not a headache to get there!
Alternatively, head for the all-inclusive package holiday with Club Med Maldives at their Kani Resort, just to the north of Male. Here, you’ll guaranteed a stress-free holiday!
Paradise on a Budget
To visit the Maldives doesn’t have to mean to spend a fortune. There are a number of lovely guesthouses scattered throughout the archipelago. Acqua Blue, for example, is an intimate guesthouse on the island of Rasdhoo, 60km away from Male. The guesthouse simple, modern rooms, which are all air-conditioned. Rasdhoo is the only inhabited island in its small atoll, and is popular for its excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities.
Plus, if you still want to stay in a hotel, there’s always the Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma where you’ll still be spoilt with pristine beaches and turquoise sea. And its just a 45 minute speedboat ride from the airport!
Visit the Maldives – Just the two of you
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway to rekindle passion dulled by nearly two years of sweatpants and do-it-yourself haircuts, the Maldives has more romantic resorts than you could shake a palm leaf at.
If you want to stay close to the main islands and the airport, try the Kurumba Maldives Resort. Located on an atoll just a short 10 minute flight from Male, you’ll be relaxing on the beach in no time.
If you prefer to stay in a children-free zone, then head to the Komandoo Resort. Stay in a luxury villa built on stilts in the lagoon, luxuriate in your own Jacuzzi, and enjoy world-class dining under the sea at the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant. Komandoo is in the Lhaviyani Atoll, just 40 minutes flight from Male.
Best Time to Visit: The weather is balmy all year round, however the ‘dry season’ is considered to be between November and April. The ‘wet season’ between May and October doesn’t need to be off-putting though – during this time there are fewer visitors, and prices are often lower.
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa
Official Language: Dhivehi, but English is widely spoken
Things to Do: The Maldives has something for everyone. The surfing spots in the north are world renown. Scuba diving, and snorkeling opportunities abound, with varying degrees of difficulty. Male is home to colourful markets, including the fish market, which is a must-see. The Maldivian cuisine, with its Islamic influences is an explosion of colour and flavour, and food tours can be arranged.
Important: The Republic of the Maldives is an Islamic nation. Alcohol isn’t freely available, and is generally only served in the resorts. When in public, visitors are encouraged to dress modestly.
Top Tip: Due to the pandemic, many resorts don’t accommodate guests who have already stayed in another accommodation elsewhere in the Maldives – double check in advance.
Please Note: Although a large number of them have re-opened, not all accommodations and tourism facilities have resumed operations yet. Most appear likely to have re-opened by October. You can find out more details here.