Locked away from the global zeitgeist until the 1970s, Maldives has rapidly emerged as one of
the most coveted travel destinations in the world. A stunning archipelago comprising 1,192 coral
islands, this tiny speck of paradise in the Indian Ocean serves up the unmatched combination of
world-class white sand beaches and hedonistic luxury.
Maldives’s tropical climate, plentiful sunshine and relaxed resort culture have won it numerous
admirers from around the world. Its islands have some of the best dive spots in the world – the
clear waters (so warm that you don’t even have to wear a wetsuit) are home to breathtaking coral
reefs, mysterious caves and brightly coloured tropical fish. Swim a little deeper and you will
come across manta rays, sharks, turtles and whale sharks – the world’s largest fish. The islands
are also rapidly becoming a popular surfing destination, thanks to its perfect water temperature,
idyllic waves and relatively less-crowded beaches.
True to its reputation of being a haven for resort lovers, the islands have over 100 resorts for you
to choose from, each of which comes with its own private island. While the five and six star
brands compete by offering you personal butlers, private lap pools, in-room massages and just
about any other comfort that money can buy, the smaller resorts are far more affordable for
families, backpackers and travellers seeking a quiet getaway that’s far away from it all. You can
also travel to the inhabited islands, which have affordable boutique hotels for price-conscious
Each resort has its own restaurant whose menu is themed as per the overall theme of the resort –
expect everything from modern European to Pan-Asian fare. The local cuisine is dominated by
fish and seafood, and is heavily influenced by Sri Lankan and South Indian culinary traditions.
The fish curries are delicious and are served with rice and roshi (like the Indian roti). Don’t
forget to try the Mas Huni – a popular breakfast that consists of shredded smoked fish, grated
coconut and onions, or the several fish-based deep-fried snacks.
Go to Maldives if you’re looking for a relaxed beachside holiday. Go to Maldives if you’re
looking to soak up some exquisite luxury in the midst of some of the most gorgeous landscapes
in the world. Go to Maldives to simply step back from worldly troubles and enjoy the warmth of
warm, sunny smiles.
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Best time to visit
Maldives’s weather is most pleasant between November and April, and the high season for
tourists is from December to March. The beaches and water sports are somewhat curtailed during
the monsoon, which runs from May through October.
How to reach Maldives
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Air: Maldives’s major airport is the Male International Airport on Hulhulé Island, next to the
country’s capital city. The airport is well connected to China, Sri Lanka, Dubai, and major
airports in Southeast Asia and Europe. Gan Airport in Addu is another international airport that
has several flights to Milan, Italy.