Which Maldives island to visit?
The Maldives is a gorgeous idyll, known for its brilliant white sandy beaches and hypnotising tropical waters that dazzle in every hue of blue. Even the pickiest traveller wouldn’t be able to dispute the fact that this is a sensational island destination, the bucket list type that everyone should try and see at least once in their lives. Located in the Indian Ocean, to the southwest of India and Sri Lanka, this phenomenal archipelago is made up of 1 192 islands (200 of which are inhabited) that are grouped naturally in 26 atolls, any of which promises a sublime holiday in paradise.
While staying on a local island or one of the main islands like Malé is a wonderful experience (for a night or two perhaps), its the magical resort islands that really entice discerning travellers with their picture-perfect hotels, the amazing array of activities and absolutely breathtaking beaches and tropical waters. Of the 200 inhabited islands in the Maldives, around 100 of them are resort islands. While there is an unbelievable array of options to choose from it can also make it quite difficult to know which island to choose in the Maldives for your once-in-a-lifetime holiday here.
To help you with this process, here are a few things to consider when trying to figure out which island to choose in the Maldives:
While there is an incredible variety of hotels to choose from in the Maldives, not all of them are created equal. For a truly unforgettable experience, look for a resort island in the Maldives that offers novel accommodation types such as pool villas right on the beach, or even better, luxury water villas that lead straight into the ocean. When you are looking at the rooms offered, also keep an eye out for what exactly is included. Some hotels offer premium amenities, butler services, complimentary bicycles (to explore the island), stunning design elements and exquisite room locations. If you are confused about which island to choose in the Maldives, looking at the types of accommodation offered and what is included (as well as, naturally, the price, which is often discounted in the low season) is a great place to start.
The packages offered
Along with different types of accommodation comes different types of packages. While some of the islands in the Maldives have resorts that offer their accommodation with different board bases, many of them will also offer seasonal specials and honeymoon, early bird or last-minute packages. Take your time to figure out which of those is best suited to you and if you are not looking for a special per se, then figure out which of the board bases you would ideally like to stay on. You can typically find accommodation on the islands in the Maldives with the option of B&B (bed and breakfast), half board, full board or all-inclusive (the latter which makes for an incredibly carefree holiday in the sun).
When wondering what Island to choose in the Maldives, one of the things you need to figure out is what you want from your tropical holiday in this magical oasis. Do you just want to relax at your pool water villa and indulge in in-room service, explore the surrounding areas, make the most of the luxury spa or to spend your time enjoying culinary delights? Perhaps you want to embrace the activity programme and water sports or go diving and snorkelling every day? Or perhaps a combination of all the above? When figuring out which island to choose in the Maldives it’s a good idea to see if they have the activities that you envision being part of your tropical holiday.
While some hotels have exceptional opportunities for diving and snorkelling, stellar restaurants and bars, daily activity programmes (which include complimentary and premium activities, such as everything from outdoor cinemas to yoga classes), world-class spas, complimentary water sports and more, others might not. Take the time to find your ideal island in the Maldives for a holiday you won’t forget.
The Maldives is considered one of the best places in the world to dive, which is why this activity needs a special mention. If you are an avid or aspiring diver, then you need to make sure that the island you choose boasts excellent diving spots either at its house reef or nearby. It’s also a good idea to look for a resort island that has a dive centre on-site so you have the opportunity to get your certification (if you don’t have it already) or upskill in order to experience the exceptional underwater world in the Maldives to its full.
Restaurants and culinary offerings
Especially important for the foodies, when it comes to which island to choose in the Maldives, it’s vital to factor in the culinary experiences and variety offered. By staying on a resort island, you are limited to the food choices offered on the island itself so you want to make sure there’s enough selection for you. For longer stays (of a week or more), the resort islands in the Maldives you should consider would ideally have four or more restaurants and bars as well as additional dining experiences (like special pairings or novel dining experiences in unusual and memorable locations, such as ‘castaway picnics’ or ‘dig in dining’). There are resorts that truly help you to make the most of your time in paradise on every level—these resort islands are the ones to choose when you are in the Maldives.
When it comes to islands in the Maldives, while many of them have similar draw cards, no two are exactly the same. When deciding which island to choose in the Maldives, think carefully about the location. This has less to do about the actual atolls, which are all beautiful, and more to do with accessibility (how long it will take to get to the island and by what means, seaplane or speedboat), the particular conditions you want on the island—waves for surfing or gorgeous lagoons for snorkelling—and the overall experience you would like to have (do you want local islands nearby that you can explore on day trips or perhaps neighbouring deserted islands to enjoy castaway picnics?).
If you are looking for the ultimate resort island in the Maldives for your bucket list holiday, then look no further than Kanuhura. This exceptional five-star gypset paradise has a little bit of everything, so you can tailor your holiday to ensure that it’s everything you could dream of and more.