If you are looking for a luxurious long haul break, then there are few places that can match the Maldives for a dream HOT Holiday in the sun.
Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives comprises of a wide-spread network of more than 1,000 islands that cover more than 100 square miles.
Although many of the islands are uninhabited, there are a large number that have been developed to cater for the tourist industry, and now house top quality hotels where you can escape the rat race and enjoy some peace and quiet in the sun.
When it comes to visiting the Maldives, there are distinct seasons when you can expect to find better weather; something you might want to bear in mind when booking your break.
The tropical climate that affects the islands means the best time to visit is during the early part of the year, when temperatures are at their highest but a sea breeze will stop it from being uncomfortable.
Should you be looking towards the islands in the North East of the archipelago, then monsoon season arrives between November and April, whilst the South West gets similar weather from May to October.
As you would expect, sharp showers are a feature in the monsoon season, although the warm temperatures mean that the rain can soon clear.
When it comes to a trip to the Maldives, the main decision is deciding where you want to go and what you want to do.
The various different resorts sit on their own private islands across the 26 atolls that make up the Maldives, which is why it’s seen to be such a dream location for relaxing in the sun.
Stunning beaches and calm waters that are teeming with marine life are a major feature, with the islands being a haven for diving.
Even your transfer from the airport will be an experience, with the option of either travelling by speedboat if staying close to the main international airport, or of boarding a seaplane to fly out to your island.
You also don’t need to worry that a trip to the Maldives will break the bank either.
Although it’s true that you could spend a small fortune on the very best private accommodation sitting above the ocean, and dine on top class cuisine in restaurants that sit below the surface of the water, there are a number of more cost-effective options appearing that have opened up the Maldives to everyone.
So whether you are looking for romance on a honeymoon or simply want to make a summer holiday that extra bit special, the Maldives is a destination that is sure to deliver.
The opportunity to dine underwater is one you’d be mad not to take if the opportunity arises in the Maldives, offering an experience unlike anything you’ll have found elsewhere. Amongst the options are the 5.8 Underseas Restaurant that sits below Hurawalhi Maldives and the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali – the latter once being the winner of the most beautiful restaurant in the world.
Examine local life
Just shy of 200 of the islands within the Maldives are home to local people, and you can take a visit to a number of islands to examine how those people live. Explore local villages and purchase hand-produced goods as you see a different side to the islands; a world away from the mainstream resorts. There are few better ways to see the history and culture of the islands.
Relax in a spa
Relaxation is very much the order of the day on a trip to the Maldives and as a result, many of the top hotels feature impressive spas where you can enjoy all manner of different treatments. You could even relax on the sand and listen to the water lapping on the beach whilst undergoing a head-to-toe massage under the sun.
Snorkelling amongst marine life
The waters around the Maldives are packed with top quality reefs that are teeming with a varied selection of marine life, so it’s little wonder that the islands are popular with those who love diving. However, you don’t need to be an expert, with the shallow waters around the different islands being well suited to those who want to simple pick up a snorkel and explore close to shore.
Take a trip to Malé
The capital city of Malé is a world away from the resorts that have made the Maldives famous and is a real hive of activity. Situated on an island of its own, Malé is packed with markets where you can purchase all manner of goods as well as restaurants, museums, mosques and parks.
The sunsets in the Maldives are stunning – there is no other word for it. As well as taking in the views from your accommodation however, you could take a cruise on a traditional Dhoni to view the sun going down at sea – and might even get to see dolphins playing in the water as part of the deal.