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Luxury Maldives Holidays

Castaway island paradise

Maldives

Made up of more than 1,000 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is the quintessential get-away-from-it-all destination. It's a one-hotel-per-island affair, with properties ranging from luxe hideaways with stylish restaurants and bars, to rustic-chic retreats that draw on traditional Maldivian design.

The islands come with a natural colour scheme of green, white and blue - green for the glossy palms, white for the sugary sands, and blue for the photo-perfect lagoons that surround them. Beneath the waters things are just as spectacular, with colourful coral reefs and exotic sea life just a short swim from the beach. The Maldives is also home to some of the best scuba sites in the world, and hotels can arrange boat trips for keen divers.

Being surrounded by the sea means that fish (tuna in particular) is a key focus in Maldivian cuisine. Coconut is also used liberally - mixed into creamy curry sauces, sprinkled on top of salads and used in rich desserts. You'll also find plenty of dishes inspired by Sri Lankan and Indian cuisine.

Karen Knight

One of my favourite experiences in the Maldives was actually the sea plane transfer. You can spot dozens of islands from the window – it’s so different from a regular flight

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Our pick of the top hotels in Maldives
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Maldives

Velassaru

Maldives

Coco Bodu Hithi

Maldives

Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa Maldives

Maldives

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

Maldives

Jumeirah Vittaveli

Maldives
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Multi-centre holidays in the Maldives

Dubai & the Maldives

11 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Stay in the city or desert in Dubai
  • Peer down from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa
  • Live on island time in the Maldives
  • Snorkel with sea turtles
From £1799 per person

Bangkok & the Maldives

11 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Tour the Grand Palace in Bangkok
  • Row through the floating markets
  • Spy the Maldives from a seaplane
  • Seek out peaceful whale sharks
From £1985 per person

Sri Lanka & the Maldives

13 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Explore Sri Lanka's rich history
  • Admire the stunning coastline and impressive scenery
  • Receive a warm welcome from locals
  • Spend a week relaxing in the Maldives
From £2059 per person
Flight Information

Flight time from the UK to the Maldives is approximately 10 hours.

When to go

The Maldives is a year-round destination, with temperatures around 30 degrees most of the time. December through to April are the driest months, making it the perfect time for those wanting to spend all day on the white sand. May to November brings the south-west monsoon, which means more rain - although it tends to clear fairly quickly. If you're diving, the western atolls will have the best visibility during the south-west monsoon, while the eastern atolls attract manta rays.

Visa Information

30-day tourist visas are available on arrival into the Maldives. The visa is free providing you have a return ticket home, and enough funds to cover your stay or a confirmation of hotel stay.

Tipping

A 10% service tax is added to bills in most hotels, restaurants and bars. If a tip hasn’t been included, consider leaving 10-15%.

Introduction to languages

The official language of the Maldives is Dhivehi. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy. 

Health

No vaccines are required or recommended for the Maldives, however all routine immunisations should be up to date. For full details, please contact your GP.

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