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IDYLLIC DESERT ISLAND GEMS


Marco Polo referred to The Maldives as the “flower of the Indies” and it is certainly a wonderful collection of desert island gems. In fact there are 1,190 tiny islands, in 26 atolls spread over 90,000 sq. km of the Indian Ocean. The roots of the local culture have become blurred in the mists of time, although records point towards 500 years of habitation. There are indications that The Maldives were part of the important Indian Ocean trade routes and there is a strong Arabic influence in the culture and language.
 
The Islands are all physically similar, just varying in size and reef accessibility. Islands which host local villages do not share with tourist developments, in an attempt to preserve the cultures of the indigenous peoples. While each resort island hosts only one resort. It is certainly possible to visit the local islands and most resorts offer trips to do so but we request that suitable clothing is worn out of respect for the culture.
 
The best flight options for The Maldives are utilising British Airways on direct flights from London Gatwick, with services thrice weekly, and then you can also travel via Dubai, Qatar or Sri Lanka with each of the these destinations making an excellent two-centre itinerary. Initially this may seem an effort as most of the journeys via these points require a change of aircraft in the small hours of the morning but it is an effort which is repaid the moment one steps foot on the sand of the chosen resort. Breaking the journey in one direction with your chosen “stopover” destination also rewards those seeking a bit more of a varied itinerary .
 
The vast majority of Maldivian resorts are reached from the capital city of Male by sea-plane, a journey that is exhilarating and part of the experience, whilst the resorts closest to Male can be reached by speedboat.
 
Care must be taken in selecting a Maldivian resort as, in many cases, rooms have been added to such an extent that there is little space left to escape to. Each island is flat and ringed by a continuous, palm fringed beach of white sand, lapped by crystal clear waters which stretch to the horizon while the interior of the less developed islands hosts tropical shrubs. Some islands have a ‘house reef’ close in, easily visited by snorkelling from the beach, while others require a boat to get to the corals with their shoals of teeming marine life.
 
The essence of a holiday in The Maldives is one of luxuriating on a glorious beach, living by the rhythms of nature and allowing the caress of the breeze to recharge the soul.

DIVINE MALDIVES

Luxury 5 star get away to one of the largest Maldivian Islands in North Male' Atoll. Surrounded by crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, with plenty of activity to keep you active on land and in the water.
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I SHOULD COCO

Located on the island of Bodu Hithi in the North Malé Atoll, the tear-shaped island was designed with comfort and convenience in mind. Surrounded by the beautiful Indian Ocean you are only a 40 minute speedboat transfer away from Male.
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INDIAN OCEAN EXPLORER

Explore the wildlife and surroundings of Sri Lanka for the first part of your holiday and look forward to a relaxing end in a beautiful beach resort which includes plenty of activities for you to enjoy.
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ONE&ONLY REETHI RAH – THE MALDIVES

One & Only Reethi Rah is an idyllic, picture-perfect location. This decadent, barefoot-luxury tropical island resort is located on North Male Atoll, just an hour from Male by luxury yacht transfer.
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SIX SENSES LAAMU – THE MALDIVES

The Laamu atoll is remote even by Maldivian standards and it’s latest edition, Six Senses Laamu, part of the Six Senses group keeps the standard luxury in the Maldives whilst setting a high level of sustainable tourism.
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HUVAFEN FUSHI – THE MALDIVES

Huvafen Fushi is set in a private lagoon in North Male Atoll and was created as a natural wonderland to meet exacting standards of luxury and impeccable service. Elegant and decadent, the resort has picked up a string of awards including Harpers Bazaar Travel Guide "Best Beach Resort in the World".
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FOUR SEASONS – KUDA HURAA

Just a half-hour speedboat ride from Male, discover an enchanting, charming Maldivian Island village surrounded by crystal waters at Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa.surround yourself with natural beauty and modern conveniences while enjoying impeccable Four Seasons care.
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FOUR SEASONS – LANDA GIRAAVARU

This divine Four Seasons Resort is located on Landaa Giraavaru Island in the northern, Baa Atoll and is accessed by a 30-minute seaplane transfer from Male. Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru is a remote island wilderness that offers a sophisticated and innovative choice of recreation and escapism.
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CONSTANCE HALAVELI RESORT

Close to its Maldivian counterpart but in truth, miles away from pretty much anything. Halaveli gives you everything you would expect of a 5-Star Constance resort, providing luxury and minimalistic comfort all in reach to make your stay a truly special one.
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NIYAMA BY PER AQUUM

Niyama Maldives by Per AQUUM is a luxury resort which dares to be different, located in the south western atoll of Dhaalu. Niyama offers a perfect romantic break for honeymooners and couples, in a natural tranquillity for the sophisticated, savvy, stylish traveller.
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COCO PALM BODU HITHI

This heavenly island aimed at high-end travellers looking for a piece of paradise, perfect for a honeymoon getaway. The idyllic island is surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, ringed by white sandy beaches and coconut palms for a serene and blissful retreat.
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THE RESIDENCE

Situated in one of the world’s deepest and largest atolls, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, within the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, The Residence is a secluded pristine island awaiting your visit. The island is 1km long by 120m wide, offering exquisite beauty through and through.
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BANYAN TREE VABBINFARU RESORT

Located on Vabbinfaru Island, and, only twenty minutes from Male Airport, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort is the ultimate in luxury holidays. In Maldividian, Vabbinfaru refers to a round island circled by a round coral ree – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort has it all!
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MEDHUFUSHI ISLAND RESORT

Medhufushi Island Resort & Spa is located in the Southern part of the Maldives on the unspoilt and tranquil atoll of Meemu, just 130km from Male International Airport.
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CONRAD MALDIVES RANGALI

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island conjures up an image of pure barefoot luxury, amidst the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.
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SHANGRI-LA VILLINGILI RESORT

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa is the first luxury resort in the Maldives south of the equator, the resort offers guests a stylish experience in a spacious, boutique-style environment.
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SONEVA FUSHI BY SIX SENSES

Set on Kunfunadhoo, the largest privately-owned tropical island in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi is a Robinson Crusoe-style retreat. Large villas are scattered along the island’s white-sand beach and, with being hidden among the foliage, are totally private.
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ANATARA KIHAVAH RESORT

Situated on Lankanfushi Island, on one of the country’s largest lagoons, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is the first Located in the Baa Atoll, this luxury resort in the Maldives is a large, pear-shaped beautiful coral island.
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MAALIFUSHI BY COMO

Como Maalifushi is the first luxury resort to open in the Thaa Atoll, in the archipelago’s southwest. This resort is perfect for families, couples, surfers and divers.
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      • Flight Time:Approx 12-13 hours
          • Time Difference: GMT +5 hours
             
              • Language: Dhivehi, although English is widely spoken
                 
                  • Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa is the local currency, although the US Dollar is the main currency
                     
                      • Area: 35,000 square miles although the total area of land is just 115 square miles!
                         
                          • Population: 340,000
                             
                              • Capital: Malé

    The Maldives are a group of tropical islands spread over a huge area of the Indian Ocean so there is are climatic differences from north to south. However, they are basically a year-round destination with a pleasant temperature in the late 20’s throughout the year and a great deal of sunshine. The weather is determined largely by the monsoons: the north-west monsoon from Dec-Apr is the driest and the south-west from May-Nov brings occasional showers and brief thunderstorms. Severe storms and prolonged periods of rain are rare. The highest temperatures and the highest levels of humidity occur during their summer months of November through March.
     
    BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
    The best months for sunshine are February to April, although in the winter months of May to October the temperatures remain very good. You will make significant financial savings between April and October and in our opinion this is still a good time as it is worth the risk of experiencing some showers as they tend to occur early morning or late afternoon. Scuba diving is superb year round but the best visibility is during the summer months, particularly from February to April. Families and honeymooners will find The Maldives a good option year round.

    Health & Vaccinations

    We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

    Passport & Visa

    British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not require a visa to enter The Maldives.


     
    Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel about holidays or honeymoons to The Maldives. Call 01778 382764