Ah, the Maldives. It’s truly like nowhere else on earth and the photos need no filter.
Deciding where to stay is one of the hardest things and definitely too much detail to cover in this one blog. There’s lots more information on resorts and islands at Fleewinter.com or feel free to email me.
However, here are some general tips to get you started in planning your trip and making the most of your visit to the atolls.
Spend LOTS of time underwater
99% of the Maldives is underwater. Plus, the water in question is the delightfully warm, crystal clear Indian Ocean. DIVE IN! Diving and snorkelling are great ways to explore the breath-taking coral, overwhelming numbers of colourful fish plus the manta rays, turtles and gentle whale sharks. Make sure you choose a resort with a house reef if you want to have really good snorkelling straight from the beach or directly from your water villa.
If you prefer, (and also ideal if you’re traveling with children) you can even explore the underwater world while staying dry. Glass bottomed kayaks and boats are widely available at many resorts, there are now several islands with submarines and don’t forget the outstanding underwater restaurants offering an unmissable dining experience. It’s the ultimate aquarium.
Embrace the luxury
No-one does luxury quite like the Maldives; 5 star has literally had to be redefined with different levels from ‘entry level 5 star’ right up to ‘luxury plus 5 star’. You just have to choose what kind of luxury suits you when selecting your resort, as everywhere is different. For me, it’s the worry-free enjoyment of free-flowing champagne from morning to night. For my boyfriend it’s having a villa with a private jacuzzi on the terrace. For you it might be having a dedicated butler attending to your every whim, or a villa with your own spa therapist offering unlimited treatments. Actually, I’m rethinking my priorities and really want a full body massage right now…
There’s no need to limit your time to one resort if you prefer a bit of variety – split your holiday between 2 or more islands and get the best of both. You can also take day trips to local inhabited islands or to spot dolphins. I just love the traditional Dhoni boats (though you also won’t see me turning down a thrilling speedboat ride, it never gets old) and am planning to spend a few days on a live aboard Dhoni next time I go.
Be guided by nature
My sister, normally a true sun worshipper, is planning her trip to the Maldives in July because she wants to see the baby turtles hatching. This is ‘low season’ so she may get some rain and some overcast periods, but really the Maldives is a year-round destination and there will also be sunshine. It’s a risk worth taking for some, as prices are lower and there are other seasonal highlights that fall in low season that you can plan your trip around. Manta ray and whale shark numbers peak between June and August for example, so its just the perfect time for diving and snorkelling. Surfers should go from March onwards. If you are really focussed on sunbathing then December to February is certainly the best – you’ll be guaranteed clear skies and intense sun. (Seriously intense. Pack plenty of sunscreen)
Increase the adventure
For some, 4 or 5 days in the Maldives is enough beach time, and a great balance is to combine your trip with a tour of nearby Sri Lanka or India. The Maldives is just a short flight from both of these intoxicating countries, making it the perfect place for a few days’ rest and pampering before returning home.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch or leave a note in the comments if you have any questions.
Have a great day!