Holidays in the Maldives
Scattered like a broken string of gems, the Maldives, situated in the Indian Ocean to the west of Sri Lanka, is made up of over 1000 idyllic islands that are grouped into two chains of 26 coral atolls (these are coral reefs formed by extinct volcanoes). This mesmerising dream destination is everything you could possibly want from a tropical getaway in the heart of paradise; shimmering warm waters that sparkle in hundreds of shades of blue, a technicolour underwater world, soft, porcelain-white sand beaches, opulent, exclusive accommodation and sensational activities and experiences—holidays in the Maldives are nothing short of magical.
One of the most fascinating things about this swoon-worthy destination is that people only became aware of Maldives holidays in the 1970s when there were only one or two hotels to choose from (there are now well over 80). It has since transformed into one of the world’s ‘must-visit’ destinations for sun worshippers, honeymooners, surfers, divers and jet setters looking to experience the unparalleled oasis for themselves.
While there are a number of islands in the Maldives, only some 300 of them are inhabited either by locals or exclusive resorts. The islands are all quite small—your memorable holidays in the Maldives will probably take place along a gorgeous island no bigger than 8 km long (and almost definitely smaller than that). While a trip to Malé (which is highly recommended) promises a glimpse into the local Maldivian culture and history, with bustling markets and fascinating sites in the “floating city”, it’s the islands here that are the true draw cards of the destination, reserved for those looking for a relaxing holiday in the sun unlike any other.
A destination synonymous with luxury island paradise, here even the most discerning guests will be taken aback by the picture-perfect scintillating cerulean lagoons, teeming with vivid marine life, pristine beaches and overwater villas, exceptional offerings at the hotels, novel fine-dining experiences and so much more—holidays in the Maldives are truly unforgettable.
Naturally, snorkelling and diving here make for outstanding activities (and they are offered by most of the resorts in the Maldives), but the array of above-water sports that are offered also make for excellent ways to spend your tropical days. The climate year is favourable year-round, with exceptional sunshine and warm temperatures being the norm (this does change slightly during the wet “winter” months, however), making the Maldives an incredibly sought-after luxury destination throughout the year. The best time of year to go to the Maldives will depend heavily on your needs, flexibility and expectations.
Apart from lazing on the beach in style and making the most of the tropical crystalline waters, guests can enjoy day trip excursions (in search of dolphins or to a nearby turtle sanctuary), participate in a number of novel activities and experiences that make up the the daily programmes (such as sunrise yoga) at some of the resorts, indulge in sensational spa treatments and holistic healing rituals and enjoy gastronomic meals and tasting, with traditional Maldivian cuisine (with fish, starches and coconuts at the heart of it), classic international favourites and fusion dishes offered at many of the resorts.
There’s no doubt that no matter what you are hoping for from your holidays in the Maldives—memorable moments spent with your family, an unforgettable honeymoon or a special getaway with your closest people—you are sure to have the holiday of your life.
If you are looking for the ultimate place to stay on your once-in-a-lifetime trip to this unrivalled paradise (and are seeking the ultimate holiday bragging rights), then a stay in the Maldives at Kanuhura is a must. Designed with a modern gypset flair, this sensational five-star resort offers the best in barefoot island luxury; a trip to Kanuhura is sure to stay with you for the rest of your life.