Romance, desert island escapism… The Maldives is an aquatic dream, with some of the best beaches and clearest waters. Super snorkelling and diving…
Flying time from UK to Male, the main island, is approximately 11 hours – BA fly direct in the winter months. Or Emirates via Dubai. Onward travel to the inner atoll islands is usually by speedboat, by seaplane (daylight hours only) or domestic flight to the outer atolls.
Best time to Travel – Influenced by the weather, the resort rates are at their highest December to early April, frequently with demand to escape the harsh northern European winters exceeding supply of rooms. The spring and summer months are slightly less reliable weather-wise but the resort rates drop and the offers increase.
Romance, desert island escapism. The Maldives is an aquatic dream, with some of the best beaches and clearest waters. Super snorkelling and diving, with most resorts having house reefs. Fantastic and highly innovative top class resorts. Totally elegant, yet relaxed with tailored beachwear and leisure wear. Jimmy Choo’s could be ankle breaking, given that you have wooden boardwalks and sand!
Although most islands are couples focused, a few – like Atmosphere and Niyama – have good all round family appeal with good kids clubs and some unique adventures such as swimming with sharks and stingrays.
If We Were To Be Critical…
It will be important that you and your travelling companion are compatible, the islands would not be suggested for argumentative couples whose communication is based on huffs, stomps and scrowls, its far to romantic to be unhappy!
In recent years the dominant nationality of tourist arrivals in the Maldives has switched from the UK and Germany to India, Russia (particularly in the winter months) and now China which is the strongest and has come out of nowhere to be number one in many resorts. It will be noticeable and audible as they can get quite excited, and at times make Italians seem quiet and reserved!
Pros and Cons of Inner or Outer Atoll
Inner usually have 24 hour access, short speedboat from Male so connections are easy and you do not waste time in transit. Negatives is that the sea and the area can be busier and the true feeling of total escapism more difficult. The outer Atoll are more remote and wonderfully escapist, some linked by seaplane or domestic flights followed by speedboat – lengthy transits in Male may be necessary.