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Picture-perfect island resorts in the Indian Ocean
We’ve been offering holidays to the Maldives for over 30 years, and there’s a reason that it’s our most popular destination. Far-flung and exotic, with private islands of dazzling white sands and swaying palms fringed by crystal blue waters, it's the ultimate luxury beach escape.
- We're the original Maldives experts and have hand-picked our favourite islands
- There's nowhere better for an away-from-it-all honeymoon
- Don't just limit yourself to one island, a twin-centre Maldives holiday is easier than you might think
- Superb diving and snorkelling – many islands have their own house reef
- Great choice of island resorts where you'll find one perfect for you
Best time to visit Maldives
• Temperatures in the Maldives vary little throughout the year, averaging 25-30ºC
• The peak season is December to April, when it's hotter and drier
• May to July and September to November tend to have higher rainfall and some cloud, but still see plenty of sunshine amidst short downpours, and this is when you can benefit from the greatest value offers.
Maldives holiday highlights
The Maldives is the place for relaxation. Expect to lose all sense of time, what day it is and what’s going on elsewhere. This is the home of ‘no news, no shoes’ after all.
Savour gourmet dining and the most beautiful ocean sunsets. And if the stunning views aren’t enough, activities and experiences on offer range from Robinson Crusoe-style desert island escapes to a whole host of watersports.
The underwater world here has been the subject of countless documentaries – the highlight perhaps being the chance to drift alongside manta rays (best seen between June and October). Many of the islands are surrounded by wonderful coral reefs, often with fantastic marine life just moments from the shore. So if an all day diving trip isn’t for you, look out for hotels which have a house reef accessible directly from the beach. And if it’s man-made and underwater, then chances are that it’s a ‘world first’: there’s an underwater spa, underwater music club and underwater restaurant, all found on different islands.
The choice of accommodation in the Maldives is impressively diverse – from tiny boutique hideaways with just a handful of rooms to larger, all inclusive resorts with abundant facilities; authentic, rustic retreats to cool and contemporary hotels; and simple beachfront bungalows to the most exclusive overwater pool villas. But all of the resorts resort sit on their very own island. And boarding a speedboat or seaplane to transfer to your hotel is far more exciting than the everyday taxi ride.
There’s a reason why the Maldives ranks highly on honeymoon wish lists: romantic candlelit dinners under starry skies, secluded hideaway accommodation and palm-fringed beaches come as standard. If that isn’t enough, exclusive upgrades, seaplane transfers, private lounges and bespoke experiences make for an extra special honeymoon.
And, although it might not be the obvious choice for families, the Maldives is a natural playground and a number of family-friendly resorts offer kids’ clubs, activities and family beach accommodation.
Take a look through our hand-picked collection of Maldives hotels or make an appointment to meet one of our Personal Travel Experts – they know the Maldives really well and can help you find your perfect island.
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