Maldives is an archipelagic nation of interest as it offers some much needed R&R within its 26 atolls, some of which are inhabited by resorts. The privacy and seclusion offered within the Maldives, having each island leased exclusively to one property, warrants its inclusion into our destination portfolio, although lying south west of Sri Lanka and India, within the Indian Ocean (outside the African continent).
The archipelago consists of 1192 islands, of which only 200 are inhabited (atolls comprise a group of coral islands or encompass a ring-shaped coral reef). The islands are surrounded by pure white soft sand and clear shallow waters, that mesmerize each guest.
The islands' foundations consist of coral reefs and as such, research has gone into facilitating regeneration of coral reefs as the Maldivian economy heavily relies on coral. Fishing is the number one booster for the economy, followed by the gaining and thriving tourism sector. Manta rays and whale sharks also call the Maldives home, amongst a plethora of fish species in the reefs, proving to be a great destination for snorkeling and diving. Surfing is restricted to various resorts but kite surfing can be done from most resorts.
Most international flights route through the UAE. Domestic flights are available within islands, as are sea planes (operate till 3pm daily), scheduled ferry services and speed boat transfer services.
Maldives is the first destination in the world to introduce a loyalty program. Guests can enroll onto the Miles Program on the Maldives Tourism Website https://visitmaldives.com/en and points can be redeemed during every trip to the Maldives.
Most Maldives resorts have the option of Sunrise and Sunset rooms and guests can choose which side they'd love to be accommodated based on their preference viewing the sun, be it dusk or dawn.
Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR)
December to April