Composed of 1,190 coral reef islands forming an archipelago of 26 atolls, the Maldives are acclaimed as a tropical paradise of pristine beaches and clear cobalt and turquoise waters. The country was formed from ancient volcanoes now hidden under the Indian Ocean. It is the planet’s lowest country, resting at just 4 feet 11 inches above sea level. They cover 35,000 square miles, making it one of the world’s most dispersed nations. It is the least populated (300,000 people) and smallest nation in Asia, though its size belies its prominence as a tourist destination. It is the perfect destination to tie off a multi-nation trip, particularly to Sri Lanka or India. Male is the international gateway to the Maldives via Hulhule Island, and the surrounding island resorts are accessed by private speedboat.
Once a Buddhist nation, the Maldives is now predominantly Muslim. Ever resilient, the friendly people of the Maldives have battled el Nino, the 2004 Asian Tsunami and the uncertainly of climate change. Nonetheless, this singular country features some of the best sand, sun and surf to be found anywhere, with world-class diving and ultra-luxurious resorts.
A Blissful Break in Kaafu Atoll, Maldives
Spend 6 days enjoying the luxurious tropical surroundings of the stunning Kaafu Atoll, on this languid Maldives escape. You’ll cruise the crystal waters looking for dolphins, and see them from above in a sea-plane, while also Scuba diving, parasailing, and of course, relaxing by the beach at your luxury resort.
- 6 days / 5 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $6,400
An Unforgettable Honeymoon: Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Qatar
Get away on an exciting honeymoon to the magical destinations of Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Qatar. From lush tea plantations and wildlife safaris on the island of Sri Lanka to idyllic days on white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Maldives to Qatar’s unique landscape of heady traditional culture fused with modern metropolis. This 15-day journey promises romance, relaxation, and a dose of adventure.
- 15 days / 14 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $19,500
Living the High Life: Maldives and Dubai
Jetset between two of the world’s most luxurious destinations: the Maldives and Dubai on this 9-day tour. You’ll relax in the paradise of North Malé Atoll, dive into the lively azure waters that surround, and fly to Dubai, where you’ll see the city from a private plane, all the while staying in the world’s best hotels.
- 9 days / 8 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $14,700
Marine Conservation in the Maldives
Dive deeper into the Maldives’ underwater world and contribute to marine conservation. Get involved with the Maldivian Sea Turtle Conservation Program, dive the Maldives’ first and only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and aid The Manta Trust in critical manta ray research.
- 10 days / 9 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $13,400
The Ultimate Indian Ocean Adventure: India, Sri Lanka and Maldives
Spend nearly an entire month - 26 days - traveling in luxury through India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. You’ll visit religiously-important and UNESCO-listed sites including temples and palaces, watch baby sea turtles hatch in Tangalle, and relax at your luxury beachside resort on the stunning Kaafu Atoll.
- 26 days / 25 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $30,100
The Ultimate Maldives Getaway in Baa Atoll
Spend 6 luxurious days on a secluded Maldives island in Baa Atoll. You’ll explore the island’s surroundings by kayak, dive into its crystal waters and parasail above them, plant coral with a marine biologist, and spend time relaxing on the white-sand beach, while staying at the iconic Soneva Fushi.
- 6 days / 5 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $17,300
Situated along the pristine beaches of the Maldives’ Baa Atoll island archipelago, the Anantara Kihavah is the perfect place for a beach vacation getaway with villas and residences along the beaches and above water that offer a nearly unmatchable level of luxury and comfort. Private infinity pools, Jacuzzis, and oversized bathtubs are the norm at this resort of 80 spacious accommodations, and this kind of extravagance extends to the resort’s wide array of dining destinations, its spa, and its stargazing center. After days spend island hopping, viewing the nearby coral reef on a diving excursion, or simply sitting around enjoying the comfort of one’s villa, guests can dine at the resort’s one-of-a-kind underwater wine cellar and restaurant, at a hand-picked destination dining location, or at any of the resort’s other restaurants with cuisines that range from Asian and Japanese to International and tapas. There is an on-site gym, open-air movie theater, and even a trampoline park complete with basketball hoops. No expense was spared when constructing the Anantara Kihavah, and accordingly guests have no shortage of things to do is the tropical paradise.
The award-winning Baros Maldives is heralded as one of the most romantic resorts in the world, noted for its tranquility, lush vegetation, and pristine beaches, situated in a sparkling turquoise lagoon. The property's 75 luxury villas are available over seven categories, all of which are appointed with open-air bathrooms, outdoor rain showers, and private balconies, from which guests can enjoy either sunrise or sunset views. Many villas are overwater, though some are located on the island, while upgraded villas add private pools or gardens. Resort facilities include an infinity swimming pool, a gym (yoga sessions are complimentary), a spa, a dive center, and an on-site marine center with a resident marine biologist. For dining, guests can enjoy international dishes with a superb horizon view at The Lighthouse Restaurant, al fresco barbecue by the sea at Cayenne Grill, Asian plates at Lime Restaurant, or sundowners at Sails Bar or The Lighthouse Lounge. Destination dining is also available. The Baros Maldives Resort and Spa is a 25-minute boat ride from Malé's international airport.
Cheval Blanc Randheli
Cheval Blanc Randheli is luxurious new property in the Maldives' Noonu Atoll, inhabiting a handful of islands surrounded by teeming reefs. It's still new, having opened in November 2013 and is top of its class; a Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy property, only the second of its kind. The Randheli is around 40 minutes away from Male airport by seaplane, with a luxurious lounge at the airport so guests can make their transfer in comfort. The design and décor of The Randheli conveys relaxed island living in its light, natural palette and thatched roofs, yet a refined, contemporary edge shines through in its all modern interiors, up-to-the-minute technology and cathedral-style loft ceilings.
COMO Cocoa Island
Explore COMO Cocoa Island, a resort built amidst crystal clear waters and powdery beaches. Situated on its own island, Cocoa Island has 34 overwater suites modeled after traditional dhoni boats, the gently-curving, wooden vessels used by local fishermen. Simple wooden walkways built above the shallow lagoon connect the suites to the hotel’s facilities. Each room has its own private terrace, allowing guests to effortlessly slip from the bedroom straight into the warm turquoise sea. The resort offers a truly luxury experience with a highly customized level of service. Dining options include the luxurious Ufaa, which serves cuisine inspired by the foods of south India’s Malabar Coast; COMO Shambhala, which features fresh, organic ingredients and an authentic, Indian-style tandoor oven; and in-villa and beachside dining. Guests can indulge in holistic wellness treatments and explore world-class diving sites. COMO Cocoa Island is a 40-minute speedboat ride from the international airport at Male.
COMO Maalifushi is the only luxury resort in the pearly white and otherwise undeveloped Thaa Atoll in the southern part of the Maldives. Accessible by a 35-minute domestic flight to Thimarafushi Airport followed by a 25-minute speedboat ride, this is a truly remote and gorgeous getaway. Designed by Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi, the 65 villas and rooms are tastefully decorated with a combination of cultural authenticity and chic modern style. Built with New Zealand pine, floored with teak and artfully thatched, the accommodation options cater to all guests from honeymooning couples in search of peace and romance to families seeking adventure and fun. In the three restaurants, guests can take their pick of dining options to suit their mood. Crystal clear lagoon waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling, treatments at COMO Shambhala Retreat are sure to relax and rejuvenate,while a range of watersports and a fully-equipped gym are available for more active guests.
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Weather in Maldives
The best time to visit the Maldives is from November to April, when the weather is clear with no rain.
- The Maldives are situated in the Indian Ocean to the south-southwest of India. The country consists of approximately 1,190 coral islands spread over roughly 35,000 sq miles (90,000 sq km), making this one of the most disparate countries in the world. While there is a prevailing hot tropical climate that affects all islands, the weather can vary depending on the atoll where you are staying.
- The tropical climate means relatively high humidity tempered by sea breezes. Temperatures fluctuate between as low as 77° F (25° C) and as high as 92° F (33° C), depending on the time of year.
- There are two monsoons: the southwest from May to October, which is the true wet season, and the northeast from October to December that is relatively quieter. The driest period runs from January to April.
- Temperatures are highest in April and May; at other times of the year, the temperature rarely exceeds 86° F (30° C).
- Average rainfall per month during the southwest monsoon season can exceed 12 inches (205 mm) in a month.
- The driest period lasts from January to April, when average rainfall is closer to two to four inches (50 to 102 mm) per month.
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