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The Maldives

The Maldives are represented by a cluster of over 1200 islands deep within the Indian ocean. Of these islands 154 are resorts spread out over 26 atols.

 

Eleven and a half hours flight from the UK and a time difference of plus 4 hours, the Maldives is the ultimate in luxury for both couples and families .... yes families!!!

With BA running direct flights 4 times a week from Heathrow, November to May, the Maldives are quickly becoming a firm family fav.

Visa required?

No

Currency

Dollars $

Injections

No

What to take

Key information 

Currency

Foreign cash is generally accepted in all resorts with the US dollar being the most commonly used. You won't need to use the local currency, the Maldivian Rufiyaaa unless you're using local shops and services.

Visa

A 30 day tourist visa will be issued to each traveller upon arrival in male.

Best time to travel

Due to climate change the weather in the maldives is rapidly changing, however there are still wet and dry seasons.

High season, the driest and most expensive runs Novemeber to May with the rainiest months being July and August.

The southern Atol monsoon tends to hit May to November 

Average temperatures

Temperatures stay between 27 degrees and 33 dress all year round. April is the warmest month of the year.

Child friendly rating

Contrary to belief the Maldives are surprisingly child friendly. Most, if not all resorts have fully equipped kids clubs and daily activity schedules. All resorts have kids menus and baby sitting facilities available and cots are supplied upon request.

Jabs

No vaccinations are needed to travel 

Typical itinerary: 

Day 1 - Champagne and sunset cruise


Take a champagne sunset cruise. All resorts will offer this excursion. These shared cruises last approximately 2 hours and are usually complimentary




Day 2 - Watersports


Try your hand at watersports. The maldives is a hub of watersport activities, from diving and snorkelling to jet skis, parasailing and SUP yoga, its all there and available to both children and adults. Please note water sports usually come at an additional cost




Day 3 - Local island village


Take a day trip to a local island village. You can't find culture in the maldives..... It's just fancy resorts right? ... Wrong! Most resorts will offer day trips to nearby local islands and i can't recommend them enough. Visit the mosque, the school, and the community yard and taste the essence of true maldivian culture. Note that most local shops will only accept cash.




Day 4 - Under the stars


Sleep under the stars Sail away to your own desert island for the evening and enjoy a private BBQ and night under the stars with your loved one/family. Your hotel will drop you off in time for sunset and come and collect you in the morning for breakfast. Please note age restrictions may apply on some hotels.




Day 5 - Neighbouring resorts


Take a day trip to a neighbouring resort Some resorts will have affiliates with near by hotels. Catch the early morning boat and enjoy a spot of lunch on a nearby island. We particularly enjoy exploring what other resorts have to offer. Very much like a try before you buy option. For more info please see my reviews below




Day 6 - Wild dolphins


Spend the day with the wild dolphins Many resorts will do daily excursions to see the sharks, dolphins and saline. This is usually a complimentary activity.




Day 7 - Beach dinner


Book a destination beach dinner If its romance you're looking for why not book a private chef to come to your villa and cook for you. Design your perfect menu and relax while your butler serves you in the comfort of your own accommodation, or chose a remote spot on the island and have them come to you there. The ultimate date night.




Day 8 - Cookery class


Take a cookery class Most resorts will run cooking classes for their guests. Learn to prepare and cook local delicacies to impress your friends with on your return home.




Day 9 - Live aboard


Spend a few days on a live aboard The maldives hosts over 138 live board boats. Book a private or group yacht stay and enjoy your last few days sailing around the islands, discovering the joys of the indian ocean while your private crew members attend to your every need.





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