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 the UK to Male, the main island, is approximately 11 hours – BA flies directly 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 a demand to escape the harsh northern European winters exceeding the 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-around family appeal with good kids clubs and some unique adventures such as swimming with sharks and stingrays.
Holidays for Those Less Mobile
Whilst we are of course delighted to accept bookings for those with some disability, certain areas might be less suitable than others. For example, in the Maldives, many resorts are serviced by speedboats accessed from the jetty and you will require some mobility both getting in and out. Other resorts might be serviced by either speedboat and/or small aircraft or seaplane landing at a floating jetty. Once on land, most footpaths have sandy rather than concrete surface, plus you have wooden boardwalks. In some cases, we might need to ask hotels for their advice on their realistic suitability, their acceptance of the reservation and what qualification they (or their insurance company) might wish to impose. It is therefore vital we are correctly informed at the time of enquiry so we can all make an accurate assessment.
Accommodation Over Water and/or with Private Swimming Pool
For some, this is the ultimate dream, and the romance is undeniable, especially for couples. In our view, this type of accommodation might be less suitable for those with younger children who are unable or learning to swim, or who will need constant supervision. This has to be carefully considered by you. In some cases, resorts do not allow children below a certain age to use this style of accommodation or will ask you to sign a liability disclaimer, either at time of booking or on arrival.
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, it’s far too 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.