Maldives

The Maldives is a chain of some 1,190 low-lying coral islands spread across 26 atolls in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Each island is the crest of an ancient volcanic mountain range, yet the highest point in the archipelago is just eight feet above sea level. [See Maldives itinerary ideas]

Conforming to most people's idea of paradise, the Maldives deliver. Comprising pristine tropical islands covered with swaying palm trees, white-sand beaches, brilliant, turquoise lagoons, colourful corals and masses of marine life, they are true island getaways, ideal for sun worshipers, water sports enthusiasts and honeymooners.

Most visitors fly into the capital Male, the modern face of the islands, and then hop to one of the resort islands aboard a boat taxi or dhoni. Pause long enough though and you'll see some impressive artefacts, including Sultanese thrones and palanquins. For a different perspective and to put all the islands into context, take a short flight over the archipelago and watch the patterns of sea, sand, reef and island unfurl below you.

Snorkelers and divers are well catered for. The coral is at its most colourful at Maa Kandu and Kuda Kandu, whilst Banana Reef is one of the best dive spots, with dramatic sea cliffs, caves and overhangs hiding reef fish, turtles, manta rays and moray eels. Whale sharks and nurse sharks can also be seen, whilst hammerheads gather at Hammerhead Point off Rasdhoo Madivaru.

Alternatively, explore the wreck of the Maldive Victory, a sunken cargo ship that provides a home for coral, sponges and large schools of fish. Stay above water and take a surf safari and go in search of the different waves and breaks that crash against the atolls.

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Itinerary ideas [1]

The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Maldives. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0619.

Places to stay [21]

The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Maldives. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Maldives, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0619.

Niyama Maldives

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

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£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

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Beach Relaxation Spa

Niyama Maldives, the new kid on the tropical island block, is located 40-minutes by seaplane from Malé and offers plenty that its luxury neighbours don't. A …

Kuramathi Island Resort, Maldives

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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WEXAS price guide

£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £100 per room per night

Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

Beach Honeymoon Relaxation

Kuramathi island Resort is located on one of five tiny islands that make up the beautiful Rasdhoo Atoll, 56 kilometres west of the Maldivian capital Malé. …

Nika Island Resort and Spa

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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WEXAS price guide

£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £100 per room per night

Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

Beach Diving Relaxation

Surrounded by the crystalline waters of the beautiful Ari Atoll, Nika Island Resort & Spa enjoys a sublime location in the heart of the beautiful Maldives. Lush …

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Maldives

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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WEXAS price guide

£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £100 per room per night

Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

Beach Honeymoon Romance

Surrounded by some of the finest white-sand beaches in the Maldives, this romantic retreat offers exceptional value in an amazing location, 124 kilometres from …

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
£££££

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WEXAS price guide

£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £100 per room per night

Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

Beach Relaxation Spa

Set on its own private island just 30 minutes from Malé by seaplane, Constance Moofushi offers spacious villas with private terraces, thatched palm ceilings, …

Lux* Maldives

Deluxe

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
£££££

What does this price mean

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WEXAS price guide

£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £100 per room per night

Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

Beach Diving Relaxation

Lux* Maldives provides an experience of sublime beauty, elegance and service, with suites and villas perched over water or scattered along the beach in …

Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

Deluxe

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).

Huvafen Fushi is a 5-star resort set on its own private lagoon - the perfect escape into paradise. This chic and contemporary resort is modest in scale and …

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

This is a stunning, romantic island resort offering sophisticated barefoot luxury, surrounded by glorious natural beauty.

Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives is a luxury all villa-resort set amidst banyan trees and lush vegetation on powder-white sand beaches. There …

One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives

One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives is a superb all-villa resort offering unsurpassed levels of style, choice and personal exploration. The sleek and spectacular …

Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives

An intimate private atoll, just a ten-minute walk from end to end, Cocoa Island by COMO offers 33 luxurious overwater suites and villas in the form of dhonis …

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Maldives

The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is set on its own private coral island in an area of unspoilt wilderness and flanked by a large natural …

Vivanta by Taj - Coral Reef

Coral Reef is a hip, luxurious and affordable option for holidaying in the Maldives. Chic and comfortable accommodation is provided in water villas on stilts …

Viceroy Maldives

Viceroy Maldives offers a truly exclusive Maldives holiday experience, boasting a stunning location on the private island of Vagaru in Shaviyani Atoll, 192 …

Kanuhura, Maldives

There’s something about arriving by seaplane which heightens the sense of castaway excitement. The journey to Kanuhura in the Maldives takes 40 minutes from …

Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives

Lily Beach Resort & Spa is located in Ari Atoll close to some prime dive sites and reached by a 25 minute seaplane transfer from Male. Recently renovated, the …

Baros Maldives

A distinctive blend of laidback luxury, welcoming hospitality and first-class facilities makes Baros the perfect island paradise in the translucent waters of …

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa spreads idyllically along a pristine beach surrounded by a serene lagoon. This award-winning resort, seamlessly extends the magic of …

Constance Haleveli Resort

Floating in the North Ari atoll and shaped like a curved dhoni (Maldivian boat) is the Constance Halaveli Resort. It is a place where time seems to have stopped …

Coco Palm Bodu Hithi

Coco Palm Bodu Hithi is a Maldivian paradise. Its a perfect combination of modern design and barefoot luxury. The contemporary thatched bungalows shelter …

Soneva Fushi Resort & Six Senses Spa

After your scenic seaplane flight from Malé, kick off your shoes – you wont need them until you leave. The Soneva Fushi concept is a luxury version of the …

Holiday types [1]

The types of holiday listed below are just a flavour of the experiences available in Maldives. We can also suggest and plan alternative types of holiday to take into account your individual interests. To start planning what to do whilst away, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0619.


Offers [1]

WEXAS negotiates with a wealth of travel companies, airlines, cruise operators, hotels and tour operators to bring you the very best travel offers. For great value or a range of add-on benefits, review the list of offers below.

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