All Inclusive Holidays Maldives
The Maldives: a holiday destination like no other
The Maldives are often considered one of the most exclusive holiday destinations on Earth. This remote archipelago sits on the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean, approximately 650 miles south of Sri Lanka. Tourism in the Maldives has been a thriving industry since the 1970s, and currently nearly one million tourists visit these stunningly beautiful islands every year. The vast majority of tourists opt for an all-inclusive stay in the archipelago, as there is a large number of resorts to choose from that offer peace, serenity, first-class service, and the opportunity to stay in one of the world’s most splendid natural destinations.
What to see and do in the Maldives
Most visitors come to the Maldives attracted by the archipelago’s picture-perfect beaches and impressive landscapes. And certainly, when it comes to beach life and relaxation, few other destinations come close to what the Maldives have to offer. All-inclusive resorts in the archipelago make the most of their privileged location and offer guests the chance to indulge, relax, and unwind. Spas and wellness centres are set in magnificent surroundings and offer a great array of treatments, including those inspired in traditional healing methods.
Some of the world’s best beaches are located in the Maldives. Many are isolated and remain pretty much unspoilt, whereas others offer all the amenities that visitors require, such as gourmet food service, loungers, and atmospheric bars. In addition to sunbathing and swimming, the Maldives are an ideal destination to practise watersports like snorkelling, diving, windsurfing, kayaking, parasailing, jet-skiing, and catamaran sailing. The warm Maldivian waters are home to dolphins, whales, and several sea turtle species, and the islands are also great for birdwatching. Some of the Maldives’ must-see beaches include Reethi, Kanhura, Dhiggiri, Fihalhoni, Blyadhoo, and Meed.
Island hopping is another popular activity, as well as a fantastic way of discovering a lesser-known side of the Maldives. Some islands still depend on fishing and agriculture, and their quaint villages offer visitors a glimpse of traditional Maldivian life. Night fishing trips and day trips to deserted islands are other popular choices.
The Maldives’ unique culture is mostly evident in the local architecture and the islands’ food. The capital city Male is a great place to wander among old mosques, traditional stilt homes, and open-air markets offering delicious local produce. The city also has a number of exclusive restaurants where visitors can sample the flavourful Maldivian cuisine, which features exquisite fish and seafood dishes.
Getting to the Maldives
Direct flights operate between London Gatwick and Male (operated by British Airways) and London Heathrow and Male (Sri Lankan Airways). Non-stop flights take approximately 11 hours to reach the Maldives. There is also a number of airlines flying to the Maldives with stopovers in their regional hubs, including Qatar Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, KLM, Etihad Airways, Air France, and Air Berlin. Flights arrive at Ibrahim Nassir International airport, located a few kilometres away from Male.