The small republic of the Maldives is a luxury holiday destination that possesses some of the most astonishing and beautiful underwater life in the world. Consisting of over a thousand tiny coral islands, the Maldives is traditionally a fishing and trading nation which converted to Islam in the 12th century. Aware of its magnificent natural resources, in recent years the country has striven to maintain its traditional way of life and preserve the natural beauty of the islands whilst offering visitors a secluded and exclusive holiday experience. With turquoise seas, coral sand beaches, swaying palm trees and thatched huts and cottages, the Maldives represents for many the perfect picture of a typical deserted tropical island, a dream holiday destination offering peace and quiet with hotels which epitomise barefoot luxury. Our favourite luxury resorts in the Maldives include Dusit Thani, a family friendly resort which offers excellent diving possibilities; Filitheyo Island Resort, a four star resort which provides guests with authentic Maldivian hospitality; Lily Beach Resort, offering a fusion of contemporary style and elegance; Kanuhura Beach Resort, an idyllic getaway with a wide range of leisure activities; Soneva Fushi, a well-established resort offering chic yet rustic accommodation; and The Residence Maldives, an exclusive and secluded retreat which blends into the natural environment.
Capital: MaléAirport: 15 minutes by speedboat. Please note that the resort is one hour ahead of official Maldives time.Size: 298 square kilometres of land on 1192 islands in an area of sea measuring 754 kilometres long and 118 kilometres wide.Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa (£1 = 24.5 Rufiyaas)Population: 300,000Temperature: Temperatures are consistently hot averaging about 31 degrees Centigrade. Sea temperatures average about 27 degrees Centigrade. The year is divided into two monsoon periods, the north-east monsoon from December to March (drier) and the south-west monsoon from May to November (wetter months with stronger winds).
For many, the Maldives offer some of the most fascinating underwater exploration available, from both snorkelling and diving. There are over a hundred different species of fish, from angelfish to flying fish, snapper and triggerfish, stingray and shark, as well as turtles and numerous corals of a multitude of colours. If your resort is near Malé then the capital is worth a brief visit with its mosques, traditional houses with rounded corners and tea shops with a selection of `short eats` including rice pudding, curried fish cakes and small bananas. Other highlights in the Maldives include: Bodu beru traditional music and dance, traditional seating - the undholi (like a hammock) and the joli (a net seat hung from a wooden frame), local crafts includin mats, lacquer work and jewellery, traditional dhoni boats.
Your island resort is reached by boat or plane from Malé. Traditional transport from island to island is by dhoni, but it is not usual for visitors to the Maldives to visit islands that are not resorts as invitations and permits are required.
How you get there: British Airways flies from London Gatwick to the Maldives direct. The flight time is about 10 and a half hours. The flights are not daily. Emirates flies from London, Birmingham, Manchester or Glasgow to the Maldives with a change of aircraft in Dubai. The flight time is about 11 hours in total plus time for the change in Dubai. The connecting times are very good and the prices we offer you allow for a stopover in the Maldives, making the Maldives and Dubai an excellent two-centre holiday option. Qatar Airways flies from London to Malé via Doha. The flights are not daily. Sri Lankan Airlines flies from London Heathrow to Malé both direct and via Colombo. The flight time is about 12 hours in total. One you reach Malé we have included the most appropriate type of transfer to your hotel, either by speedboat or seaplane. Details can be found under the individual hotel descriptions.
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Capital:MaléAirport:15 minutes by speedboat. Please note that the resort is one hour ahead of official Maldives time.Size: 298 square kilometres of land on 1192 islands in an area of sea measuring 754 kilometres long and 118 kilometres wide.Currency:Rufiya (£1 = 17 rufiyas)Population 300,000Temperature:Temperatures are consistently hot averaging about 31 degrees Centigrade. Sea temperatures average about 27 degrees Centigrade. The year is divided into two monsoon periods, the north-east monsoon from December to March (drier) and the south-west monsoon from May to November (wetter months with stronger winds).
MauritiusCapital: Port LouisAirport: About 1 hour and 10 minutes by car.Size: 865 square kilometresCurrency: Mauritian rupee (£1 = 35 Rs)Population 1.1 millionTemperature: The hottest months are from January to April, although this is also the cyclone season and the weather can be humid with temperatures ranging from 25 to 35 degrees Centigrade. There is no distinct rainy season. The Mauritian winter months are June, July, August when temperatures average about 24 degrees Centigrade with the evenings being about 16 degrees Centigrade. However, the weather does vary from the east to the west coast. The east is breezier, and feels cooler during their winter months. The north-west near Port Louis is often the driest and the warmest part of the island. During their winter months you should have a jacket or jumper for the evenings. Dining is outside throughout the year.
Capital: VictoriaAirport: One to two hours on the boat from Mahe, or about 20 minutes by helicopter.Size: 455 square kilometres
Currency: Seychelles rupee (£1 = 8 Rs)Population: 73,000Temperature: The Seychelles fall outside the cyclone zone. The seasons divide into May to October, when the south-east trade winds blow and November to April when the winds are from the north-west which can bring rain, particularly in January. January is the wettest month, July and August are the driest months. The temperature is pretty constant throughout the year, ranging between 24 and 31 degrees Centigrade and humidity is around 80 percent.
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