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Maldives

Maldives

Maldives luxury holidays

Introduction

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.

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.



At a glance

Flying time from UK
11 hours

Time zone
GMT +5

Currency
Maldivian rufiyaa (Rf) = 100 laari

Language
Dhivehi

Travel advice
Check the FCO for latest visa & travel advice

Special offers in the Maldives

Lux* South Ari Atoll, the Maldives

Contemporary resort from £2,225 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

25% hotel discount & air discount offer on selected dates – Save up to £510 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

Lux* Maldives provides an experience of sublime beauty, elegance and service, with suites and villas perched over water or scattered along the beach in authentic luxury style. It's all complemented by a stunning array of facilities and gourmet dining experiences.

One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives

Designer resort from £4,159 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

The One&Only sale - save up to 40% of accommodation cost
Book by: 30 September 2018

One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives is a superb all-villa resort offering unsurpassed levels of style, choice and personal exploration. The sleek and spectacular resort offers unprecedented privacy among the wonders of the crystal blue Indian Ocean.

Top itineraries in the Maldives

Sri Lanka & The Maldives

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,245 pp incl. flights

Offering idyllic islands, scenic splendour and cultural encounters, this best-of-both tour shows off both Sri Lanka and the Maldives at their absolute finest. Enjoy the sparkle of the Indian Ocean and stroll past giant-sized recumbent Buddhas in this tailor-made journey.

What our clients say about our Maldives holidays

  • I've been using Wexas Travel for both business and leisure travel arrangements for over 25 years. I have always been confident in the arrangements made and trust the staff at Wexas particularly Krishna to understand and meet mine and my husband's needs.

    Catherine C

Top places to stay in the Maldives

Baros Maldives

Contemporary hotel from £2,820 pp incl. flights

Just a few paces from the water's edge, the accommodation at Baros Maldives is something of a picturesque fantasy, with a number of superb restaurants, villas on stilts and truly outstanding dining and relaxation areas.

Lux* South Ari Atoll, the Maldives

Contemporary resort from £2,225 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

25% hotel discount & air discount offer on selected dates – Save up to £510 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

Lux* Maldives provides an experience of sublime beauty, elegance and service, with suites and villas perched over water or scattered along the beach in authentic luxury style. It's all complemented by a stunning array of facilities and gourmet dining experiences.

Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

Contemporary resort from £3,740 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free half-board and 30% long stay discount – Save up to £1160 pp
Book by: 23 December 2018

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 provides guests with a haven of peace and tranquillity.

Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa

Contemporary resort

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 are seven styles of accommodation to choose from beach and ocean villas to tree house villas.

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When to go to the Maldives

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