In this year’s Worldwide Trends report, the Maldives was the number one destination once again, topping the chart for the 15th consecutive year. Our experts have taken a look at what’s hot for our best-selling destination and picked our Top 10 things to do in the Maldives for 2018.

The Wellness Revolution – Gili Lankanfushi

World-leading international wellness practitioners are visiting the luxury eco-resort of Gili Lankanfushi offering revolutionary treatments and workshops throughout the year. Helping guests switch off, clear emotional debt and restore energy abundance is meditation guide, inspirational speaker, writer and mentor Jody Shield who will be taking over the island from 22-29 August, while from the 10-17 November, Chloe Brotheridge, hypnotherapist and anxiety expert, will be leading workshops that help with issues including anxiety, confidence and sleep problems. Best of all, group sessions are free to guests staying on the island.

The Spa at Gili Lankanfushi

Stay in a unique over-water villa – Diamonds Athuruga

Providing privacy and exclusivity, water villas in the Maldives are a popular choice for Kuoni customers with around 50 per cent choosing to stay in one. Most islands offer this luxury residence but Diamonds Athuruga’s unique water villas in the South Ari Atoll have real ‘wow’ factor. Unmissable to the eye for their bright white exterior, they ooze class with an open wooden deck on stilts over the water, iMacs, hand-made parquet floors, contemporary Italian lighting and best of all water villa guests have access to their own restaurant.

Diamonds Athuruga Water Villas

Dine under the ocean – Conrad Maldives Rangali

The only restaurant of its kind in the world and winner of three Global Awards at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2017, Ithaa on Conrad Maldives Rangali Island can be found 16 feet below the ocean for a unique dining experience. Surrounded by views of marine life through glass walls, guests can dine on contemporary European dishes presented as a six-course set dinner menu with reef lobster the show stopper. Pre-booking a table two weeks in advance is advisable.

Ithaa Underwater Restaurant

See how the Maldives used to be – Biyadhoo

Many Kuoni customers return to the island of Biyadhoo each year for its simplistic and relaxed atmosphere and popular PADI dive school. There are a variety of top dive sites nearby and a house reef where snorkellers can get up-close with reef sharks, rays and turtles. This established island has managed to savour its Maldivian charm by keeping things simple and focussing on the natural environment. Biyadhoo can even arrange a visit to a nearby inhabited island so guests can experience the local way of life.

Lagoon Swing Biyadhoo

Watch the sunset with cocktails in the trees – Dhigali Maldives

An Instagrammers paradise, the two storey Haali bar on Dhigali is shaped like a giant birds nest and sits at the western tip of the island overlooking the sandbank. Head there around 6pm and enjoy a delicious cocktail on the top level viewing spot, or relax on a comfy beanbag out on the beach - the perfect place to capture the breath-taking views of the sky while it changes colour.

Haali Bar

Discover à la carte All Inclusive - Kuramathi Maldives

Kuoni’s most popular resort in the Maldives, the large island of Kuramathi offers a choice of nine à la carte restaurants, three buffet restaurants and seven bars. From Thai, Indian, fresh seafood, Mediterranean and teppanyaki dining to a choice of over 100 cocktails, it would be a shame not to sample as much as possible. Thankfully the island offers a flexible all-inclusive dine-around option so meals can be enjoyed in any of the restaurants as well as a wide variety of premium alcoholic and soft drinks, plus a range of experiences. It’s worth upgrading to this care-free package, particularly for foodies.

Inguru Restaurant, Kuramathi

Stay on a floating spa resort - ScubaSpa

Five per cent of the world’s reef area can be found in the Maldives and with it comes a great diversity of marine life; a reason many choose to holiday here. The Floating Resort by Scubaspa - a 50-metre purpose-built ‘safari yacht’ with PADI 5 Star Dive Resort Status - visits many different dive sites but does it in style and comfort with four spa therapists, a yoga master and four chefs. Whether you're dive enthusiast looking for a bit of self-indulgence or a couple with different interests – this floating island has appeal and can offer inclusive spa treatments, dives, or a combination of the two.

Floating Resort by Scubaspa

Dine in the world’s only over-water Maldivian restaurant - Milaidhoo

One of the real standout features on Milaidhoo Island Maldives is Ba’theli, the only restaurant in the world set on a boat in a lagoon featuring gourmet dishes inspired by island cuisine from the Maldivian spice route. The restaurant’s name and theme are inspired by the stories from the ancient world when the Maldives was an important point on the spice trade route between Arabia and South East Asia. In exchange for silks and fragrant spices like cardamom and turmeric, the merchants traded goods like coconuts, sun-dried fish and boat sails with the locals. All of these goods were transported through the area in cargo boats known then as ba’theli.

Ba’theli Restaurant

Dive or snorkel in the Maldives' best house reefs – Kandolhu

Many islands in the Maldives claim to have the best house reef. The tiny island of Kandolhu however is entitled to make this claim. A popular hotspot for honeymooners it’s most famous for its house reef where there is a high chance of seeing turtles, baby sharks and eagle rays which can be spotted while on the beach or just off the island’s jetty pier. The experience becomes even more extraordinary when snorkelling, with complimentary equipment and the only resort in the Maldives to offer all rooms a GoPro, guests can explore and capture marine life around the island or at nearby dive sites.

Kandolhu Island

Let your children become little VIPs – Niyama Private Islands

Resorts in the Maldives have evolved to embrace the family market. Niyama Private Islands is the perfect example of how resorts are creating unique concepts with flexible room types to appeal to different types of guests. Young VIPs at Niyama are able to embark on safaris, explore wildlife, go gourmet with Master Chef classes and scout for dolphins, with luxuries re-invented to thrill guests from 12 months to 12 years old.

Little VIP on Niyama

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If you want to discover more about the Maldives, visit our Travel Guide, read our Indian Ocean brochure or chat to one of our Maldives experts who can share their first-hand experiences and recommendations.

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