Resorts By Seaplane
For intrepid explorers seeking thrills and adventure as well as tranquility and seclusion at the further reaches of the Maldives' pearl necklace of islands, there are a number of atolls that can only be reached by seaplane. With many of these remote getaways holding just one resort, they are the ideal choice for those who want to escape the world, kick off their shoes and bask in nature. Upon landing in Male, guests bound for those outer atolls can check in for their amphibious transport at the airport before taking a van to the seaplane terminal where the relaxation begins immediately in the private lounges. Once aboard, the journey of no more than one hour affords incomparable bird's-eye views of the tiny white islands, scattered in the deep azure ocean. It is worth bearing in mind that these destinations are best suited for travelers who are happy to pack light, since seaplane luggage is restricted to 44lbs.
On the return journey, the last seaplanes depart for Male at 3pm each day which, for travelers with late flight times, can allow for a little time to explore the city of Male or indulge in a little shopping at the airport.
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The Maldives may be an island paradise with incredible aboveground beauty, but it’s what’s under the water that will truly amaze. Divers flock from all corners of the Earth to plunge into these crystal-clear waters, which boast healthy, thriving coral, as well as sharks, manta rays, and thick schools of gaudy reef fish.
A cruise out into the ocean is all it takes to discover the different species of dolphins that live around the Maldives. Known as friendly, intelligent mammals, the dolphins may even swim up to the boat - allowing for a great photo opportunity and a lasting memory.
Visitors keen to get a glimpse of an incredible underwater world can advantage of their spot in the middle of the Indian Ocean by going on a snorkelling safari. A resident marine biologist will be able to point out all of the fish, sea creatures and coral frolicking amidst the turquoise water.
There is nothing quite like being totally pampered - head-to-toe - while in a tropical paradise. Guests can enjoy facials, massages, manicures, steam baths, and more at state-of-the-art spas hosted on-site at every high-end resort in the Maldives.
On the beach, under the stars, or in the turquoise water, romance is alive in the Maldives. Where could there be a better opportunity to renew wedding vows than in this tropical paradise, where the magic of the islands fans the flames of passion?
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Resorts By Seaplane Itineraries
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
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
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
Take in the best and most beautiful the Maldives has to offer on this 7-day luxury journey from Kaafu Atoll to Baa Atoll. You’ll stay in some of the country’s best resorts, and sleep aboard a private luxury yacht, while also enjoying interacting with the locals, diving the crystal waters, and relaxing on the beach.
- 7 days / 6 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $8,000
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.
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 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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