Maldives

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Our lodges in Maldives

Cocoa Island

Cocoa Island

South Male Atoll
Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

Emboodhu Finolhu Island
Hideaway Beach Resort

Hideaway Beach Resort

Dhonakulhi
Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Huvahendhoo
Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi

Baa Atoll, Kunfunadhoo
Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu

Olhuveli Island, Laamu Atoll

Why we recommend Maldives

  • Some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world
  • Explore this underwater paradise with some of the best diving worldwide
  • The ultimate beach destination for it's exceptional experiences
Map of Maldives
About Maldives

As a holiday destination, the Maldives only knows picture postcard luxury. The cluster of 26 coral atolls is home to hundreds of islands where white sands, crystal clear waters and gently swaying palm trees become a reality. For those looking to escape the stresses of work and lose themselves in paradise look no further, after all this is the home of ‘no news, no shoes’.

Located in the Indian Ocean off the southwest coasts of India and Sri Lanka, The Maldives is home to arguably the best beaches in the world. With their consistent and unabated beauty, it’s easy to see why the Maldives has become the Mecca for honeymooners and couples. For those with a restless twitch, there are plenty of activities on offer, from exhilarating water sports to stunning tennis courts looking out onto the ocean.

The Maldives’ also ranks as an unqualified playground for diving and snorkelling. For your introduction to the deep seas, this collection of islands is the place to be; the majority of resorts offer PADI qualification classes. The variety that exists is truly astounding as gargantuan caves, schools of bright coloured tropical fish and vast swathes of coral await you. Heading deeper and further out sit manta rays and turtles as well as the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. The water remains at a balmy temperate all year round, making wetsuits rather unfashionable around here.

The heartbeat of the Maldives, Malé is the pure antithesis of the serene and tranquil way of life so readily offered elsewhere in the country. One of the very few places in the country where you will experience the true Maldivian way of life, Malé is punctuated with tall, brightly coloured buildings and is the administrative hub as well as the key market trading ground. If anything, Malé is a reminder that the Maldives is real!

Direct British Airways flights take just over ten hours from London, alternative options are available via the Middle East and various flight routes. Once you’ve arrived in Male, the resorts are accessed by either sea-plane or speed-boat, you will quickly be whisked off to your slice of paradise. It is possible to island hop and combine a number of different hotels over your holiday but most visitors speak to their travel consultants to establish where will work best for them and stay put.

The Maldives is a year-round destination with a hot and tropical climate which rarely drops below 80oF, however, it is important to consider the two monsoon seasons and particularly the Southwest which can bring more wind and rain over June and July.

Snapshot of Maldives

Capital city: Male
Flight time: 10hrs from UK
Language: Dhivenhi
Population: 400,000
Religions: Sunni
Sun hours / day: 9
Max. temperature: 31
Min. temperature: 31

Seasons in Maldives

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Peak Mid Low
Where to go

Baa Atoll

Baa Atoll is an administrative division of the Maldives and a UNESCO world biosphere. It can be reached by a scenic 30-minute sea plane flight from Male. Apart from the highly sought-after crystal clear waters, white beaches and tropical climate, the island has unusually rich vegetation offering a unique natural experience, painting the perfect picture of paradise.

North Malé Atoll

Malé Atoll is a natural atoll of the Maldives. This atoll consists of two separate atolls: North Malé Atoll and South Malé Atoll. It is the most attractive island for surfers, with swells produced between March to October, however it is also the perfect destination for some relaxing beach time, the dream honeymoon or a family holiday with its shallow turquoise waters and pristine sandy beaches.

The Maldives is a particularly good location if you wish to combine some luxurious beach time with a trip to Sri Lanka, India, Oman or Dubai. Alternatively, if the island experience is all you are after, we can create the perfect island-hopping experience to give you the full flavour of the Maldives.

Other Atolls

The Maldives are formed by a number of natural atolls in the Indian Ocean, making up a tropical paradise of pristine beaches and idyllic turquoise waters. The atolls that make up the Maldives are renowned for their incredible snorkelling and diving opportunities, with their crystal clear waters and shallow lagoons, making it perfect for families or a romantic getaway for two.

Practical info

Currency

The currency of the Maldives is the rufiya, which is divided into 100 larees. Notes come in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, five and two rufiya, but the last two are uncommon. The value of the rufiya is pegged to that of the US dollar, so the exchange rate between the two currencies never changes. Most hotel and travel expenses will be billed in dollars. If you’re staying in a resort, all extras (including diving costs) will be billed to your room, and you pay the day before departure. Resorts accept cash, credit cards or travellers cheques in all major currencies, although US dollars are preferred.


Travelling with children

Lodge specific

Passports and Visas

Passports: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.
Visas: British nationals can get a tourist visa for up to 30 days on arrival in Maldives, provided you hold a valid onward or return ticket and enough funds to cover your stay. Staying for longer than 30 days without the proper authority is an offence.

Vaccinations

We recommend that you consult with your doctor 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. Make sure: Routine vaccinations are up to date including, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), chicken pox (varicella), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), influenza and Polio vaccinations. We advise: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Typhoid vaccinations. Consider: Cholera and Rabies vaccinations. Yellow Fever: Not required. Malaria: Very limited risk in The Maldives.

Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also highly recommend trip cancellation cover.

Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
A 30 31 29 28 27 25 24 26 27 28 28 29
B 22 22 21 19 16 13 13 14 16 18 19 21
C 130 125 125 53 28 20 13 13 28 48 81 97
A = Maximum average temperature (C)
B = Minimum average temperature (C)
C = Average rainfall (mm)

The Maldives specialises in winter sun for Europeans, making high season December to April, when the islands enjoy the dry monsoon with little rain and lower humidity while Europe shivers. February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian holiday week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts, especially the Italian-oriented ones.


Weather

Maldives JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
min. temperature ( ℃ ) 25 26 27 26 26 26 26 26 25 25 24 25
Max. temperature ( ℃ ) 29 29 30 31 30 29 29 29 29 29 29 29
Rainfall ( mm ) 75 50 73 132 216 172 147 188 243 222 201 232

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Every one of our team has a huge passion for travel and spend at least six weeks each year visiting our lodges, meeting new managers and guides, ensuring our high standards are met and maintained.

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Unlike other tour operators, we do not charge you a premium for our services and as such, our prices are often better than booking direct because we can negotiate deals with our long standing relationships.

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Our operations team are on call 24 hours a day to support you while you are travelling and to ensure that if something does go wrong, you are never left in the lurch. We are here to help so you can relax throughout your holiday. 

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We do not have any 'off the shelf itineraries'. Instead, we begin your booking with a blank piece of paper, to ensure that we only propose lodges that will fit your specific requirements and guides who will suit your personality.

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We are proud of our unrivalled network of guides on the ground who will turn your trips from a memorable one into a spectacular experience.

Hand Picked Lodges

Every single lodge that we propose to you has been recently visited by one of our team and meets the high standards that we set. Surprisingly, this is a rarity within the industry.

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