It’s summer for the rest of the world but for the little archipelago scattered across the Indian Ocean, it has always been so. Take some time off to relax and unwind in paradise, as Maldives takes you on a journey of serenity, luxury and elegance.
Explore ancient caves, overhangs and greet its multicolored residents. Dive deep into the blues with dolphins, whalesharks, manta rays and turtles. A team of experts is always at your helm and no prior experience is required. Whether you are a novice or an experienced diver, some of the most diverse and pristine diving sites welcome you here, ready to take your breath away.
Take a day off to revitalize, rejuvenate and pamper yourself. Soothe your body, mind and soul with ancient ayurvedic treatments, Balinese massages and therapies. The world’s first underwater spa beckons you here, offering new wellness packages where schools of colorful fish swim right by as you enjoy an exfoliating massage while the tranquility of the ocean surrounds you.
Adrenaline junkies rejoice, as plenty of options remain for you to quench your thirst. Have your pick between paddle boarding, parasailing, kayaking, fun tube, banana boat and waterskiing in world-class watersports centres. If you don’t want to get wet, glass-bottomed boats, dolphin cruises and whale watching are ways to explore Maldivian waters.
Surfers of all kinds flock to the Maldives to catch the perfect wave. Boasting world-renowned surfing spots, most of them are located near the capital, often a quick speedboat ride away from the international airport. The reef chains have waves all year round, with the biggest waves occurring from June till October. While some breaks such as Pasta Point, Honky’s and Lohis are great for left footers, others such as Cokes, Jailbreaks and Sultans are ideal for right footers.
Hop aboard a cruising safari and go on a journey across the Maldives. The traditional fishing vessel, the dhoni as your home for the week, travel from one remote island to the other, taking the path less trodden. Explore pristine snorkeling spots, stop by at uninhabited islands for a swim, go on the hunt for some coconuts and have a beach barbecue set up with the catch of the day as your meal.
From chocolate tasting rooms to homemade gelato, experimental gastronomical delights and fine wine pairings, the Maldives offers some exquisite culinary adventures. From authentic Maldivian dinner spreads with local families to grand buffets with food from across the globe, options here are endless. Be it dinner under the stars at a secluded sandbank, barbecue under the mid-afternoon sun, poolside drinks, or even a three course gourmet meal at the world’s first underwater restaurant, the venues are breathtaking.
Sunny all year round, the Maldives offers the discerning traveller an array of options from luxury to adventure and everything in between. Together with top-notch service and second to none luxury, the glistening turquoise waters, palm fringed beaches and the tropical sun makes the Maldives the ideal summer holiday destination.
The Maldives islands are known for its many charms; palm trees, turquoise waters, powdery beaches, the secluded adventures that come with it, and the quality family time spent in serenity. Here, luxury meets all your family needs, ensuring fun in the sun for everyone. For the little tots and teens to have a true Maldivian adventure-packed holiday, five top-notch resorts bring to you much to explore with personalized itineraries carefully crafted with games, culinary treats and outdoor delights, all backed by an expert team.
Niyama Private Islands
At the Isle of Play, Explorers Kids Club welcomes all ages. Here, the little ones discover the rich Maldivian heritage and culture, while absorbed in the natural beauty of the island. The little explorers are divided into four tribes based on age from 12 months to 12 years: the Globetrotters, Adventurers, Voyagers and Pioneers. The kids’ club comes with its own trampoline, a little gourmet kitchen, a playground and a stage for the little showmen. The young VIPs go on an adventure here, from dolphin scouting to gourmet master chef classes and exploring the wildlife and wilderness of the island
One&Only Reethi Rah
The resort’s KidsOnly and One Tribe whisks the little ones away with a list of activities to make their holiday away from home a magical experience. The former caters to kids of ages 4 to 9, with babysitters available for younger tots, while One Tribe welcomes kids of 9 to 11 to explore, discover and have an adventure. Baby meals with fresh puréed delights and a tempting culinary journey for older children await them here, with a team of certified counsellors and experts always at their disposal. From milkshake and swim time to island treasure hunts, movie nights, playful games of charades and even sushi and cupcake making sessions, the little ones have much to choose from.
Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa
The little guests are royalty here at the Cool Zone kids’ club. Whether they play a game of pirates, discover the creepy crawlies and the animal kingdom within the island, engage in an underwater adventure learning about their oceanic friends, or spend the day in a competitive hermit crab race, the possibilities are endless. The crafts section welcomes the little artists within them to explore what nature offers, while the gym includes competitive sports, yoga and other activities to keep the energetic ones occupied
Anantara Dhigu-Maldives Resort
From kayaking, lazing away in private sandbanks, planting corals together, and an array of beach sports, bicycles and a life sized chessboard beckons you here for some quality family time. The kids too, have their own share of fun at the Dhoni Club with Little Hermie and ocean friends. No two days are the same here, with different themes running to keep the tots entertained. The specially designed children’s menu too, is guaranteed to have the little ones on the edge of their seats for the next meal. The professional staff at the resort offer babysitting services from babies 3 months and above, and make sure that kids feel welcomed even in the villa, with their own Little Hermie goodie bag and amenities
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
The little explorers are spoiled here with activities and care, with island and marine adventures, sports, arts and crafts, and even cooking workshops for the little chefs. Conrad Maldives values itself for being family friendly, which is well reflected in their mostly complementary kids’ club, Majaa. From personalized kids meals upon request to babysitting services, an outdoor play area and fun in the sun with the expert team at Majaa Kids’ Club, the little ones are bound to have a time they’ll never forget. In addition, the kids’ pool in the main infinity pool has Bubble Making classes, where professionals assist the little ones with the basics of scuba diving and snorkeling to make sure they are not missing out when the parents are out in the sea.
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi will be opening soon located in the Shaviyani Atoll with 120 luxury villas on one of the largest resort lagoons in the Maldives, the stunning new property will feature the Maldives’ first underwater sculpture museum, created by British artist, Jason deCaires Taylor.
The island covers approximately 160,000 sqm (16 hectares) of land and features one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, while the resort includes a huge swimming pool, reinvigorating destination spa and the island country’s first Balinese-inspired Bamboo Bar.
With nature and art as your guides, dive into the resort’s unique, mesmerizing underwater sculpture park, explore the gently sloping 9 km house reef, castaway for a day, shoeless and carefree, and dine on gourmet cuisine by the light of the moon
Exploring the ocean and the many wonders within it is a passion for many. The Maldive islands host some of the most vibrant and unspoilt diving sites in the world, making it the ideal dive holiday destination. The tropical climate and the Indian Monsoon current of the region ensures that the waters are ideal for fish breeding and coral growth, allowing parrotfish, fusiliers, jacks and snappers, not to mention whale sharks, mantas, and turtle species to thrive.
With professional instructors providing dive gear and guiding you through, both novices and experts can explore the curves and ripples of the ocean floor studded with colourful corals as its residents come out to swim with you. Whether you come back from your holiday a licensed PADI diver, or you go on your first dive, there will be plenty of stories to share about the mysteries of the ocean.
While the best dive sites are concentrated around the South Ari, Vaavu and North Male’ atoll, the best spots for whale shark encounters are located in South Ari atoll. For a swim with mantas, be sure to head to Baa, Haa Alif or South Ari atoll. For shark enthusiasts, Fuvahmulah area is the place to be. Some of the best dive sites in the Maldives are:
Kudarah Thila, South Ari Atoll
The marine protected area is known for it’s soft coral formations and colourful fish species. One is sure to find an array of reef fish including fusiliers and snappers. Swim through the famous arch bejeweled with corals and the overhang here. A torch in hand, dive in further to find moray eels, nudibranchs, puffer fish and grown turtles hunting for their prey around the overhang.
Fotteyo Kandu, Vaavu Atoll
Arguably the best dive site in the Maldives, Fotteyo Kandu promises encounters with schools of shark species, including the occasional hammerheads. The site is a diver’s paradise complete with overhangs, swim-throughs and caves to explore while jacks, tunas and schools of snappers, unicorn fish and eagle rays trail around you. Keep an eye out for the yellow soft corals growing on the overhangs, and black coral bushes.
Okobe Thila, North Male’ Atoll
Consisting of three main pinnacle sections, the currents here will carry you spiraling your way up and around. Prepare yourself to be greeted by white tip reef sharks and moray eels bobbing their heads out for food. Schools of banner fish and batfish are also known to make appearances. In addition to the holes and cavities in the pinnacles, you will also find lots of interesting coral formations to explore here.
Kandooma Thila, South Male’ Atoll
A dive here will leave you breathless, and for all the right reasons. This teardrop shaped pinnacle does not hold back. It boasts schools of red bass, grey sharks, white-tip sharks, eagle rays and dogtooth tunas. Keep an eye out for the turtles that come out to greet you. The west point of the Thila, Jack Corner is a great spot for barracudas, and further down, a cave known to house snappers and big-eye trevally beckons you.
Broken Rock, South Ari Atoll
With a canyon that breaks the reef into two, the current is quite strong here. Here divers can swim through the canyon as schools of fish whizz past them. Look out for the pastel coloured soft coral formations on the canyon while jacks, butterfly fish, angelfish, moray eels, scorpion fish, puffer fish and the occasional napoleon wrasse comes out to play.
Palm fringed tropical islands, summer all year round, and turquoise waters brimming with aquatic animals waiting to be explored – here are a few of the things that puts Maldives on the map among other tourist destinations.
In addition to being geographically blessed, the Maldives also has some of the best resorts in the world, together with top-notch brands and excellent service. If personal butlers were not enough, Maldives now offers Instagram butlers to guests, to make sure you never miss a moment. With private islands, personalized cruises, world-class wine cellars, underwater restaurants and spas, and wellness havens, Maldives redefines luxury – with a tropical spin.
Be it with your family or on a romantic escapade, one way to experience undisturbed luxury is by booking a villa tucked away in a private island. These luxury villas come with personal butlers to prepare your favorite dishes, complete with infinity swimming pools, private spas and yoga pavilions. A private stretch of beach and thick island jungle surrounds you as you spend your vacation being pampered in paradise.
Forget romantic dinners under starry skies. In the Maldives, you get to dine below sea level with the ocean’s residents. A private speedboat takes you to your restaurant, and you wine and dine the night away, with a view like no other. From the panoramic glass, observe sly eels as they pop out of their caves, and let the multicolored fish put on a show for you.
Ditch the traditional speedboat transfer and hop aboard a cruise and really make a grand entrance to your resort destination. Explore everything the country has to offer, be it watersports, diving or island hopping. Enjoy gourmet four course meals, yoga on deck, private picnic islands, cinema under the stars and romantic sunsets with champagne, canapés and an evening of dolphin spotting.
A spa day is a requirement for any vacation. Maldives has taken it a notch higher with the world’s first underwater spa. Let the therapists pamper you with soothing massages while you learn the ways of the marine critter around you. Choose from a range of therapies and oils to revitalize your senses.
How about a night in a world-class wine cellar underground with some of best wine in the region? Spend the night with wine sommeliers and learn the art of wine tasting. Pair your favorite bottle with a gourmet romantic dinner from internationally renowned fine dining restaurants.
Fitness enthusiasts rejoice, as Maldives presents a wellness haven with a twist – a tree house. Embark on a journey of light bites, freshly pressed juices, yoga and meditation complete with a customized wellness menu. If this does not interest you, the infinity pool and view of thick jungle garden from the tree house definitely will.
An ocean lover’s paradise, Maldives offers much more for luxury seekers, from yacht hires, chocolate tasting rooms, culinary journeys across the continents, and experimental tasting rooms. It is all that together with personalized services and undisturbed privacy that puts Maldives on the list of the most sought after luxury destinations.
If thrill seekers were to make a list of the most exciting sports, parasailing is sure to be on it. The sport involves you being strapped carefully on a parachute, while attached to a vehicle. As the vehicle starts moving, you are pulled up in the air. In the Maldives, it is a watersport performed using a speedboat. As the boat drives off, you are taken on a journey of a lifetime. Enjoy the exhilarating feeling of the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin while you take in the view beneath you; the pristine Maldive islands, coloured in turquoise, green and white.
The sport does not take any effort on your part and requires no training. All you need to do is sit back and relax as you soar up in the air. An expert team is present at all times to assist you, from helping you with your kit to briefing you on the safety procedure. Look out for the playful dolphins and other aquatic fish that peaks out of the water to great you as in you immerse yourself in the view of the Indian Ocean beneath you. Whether you go parasailing with a loved one or solo, it gives you the thrill of a lifetime as you soak in the bird’s eye view of the ocean, soaring high above a motorised speedboat.
Here are some of the resorts in the Maldives offering parasailing. Every resort offers a captivating aerial view and an experience unique to it. The sport requires you to wear a life jacket for your safety, and if you are a first timer, you can even have an expert accompany you in the air. There is no wrong time to plan your trip, as Maldives has plenty of sunshine all year round. However, to make sure you do not get stuck in a drizzle, ask the hotel staff to check the weather before you make your booking.
Bidding farewell to the past year as yet another year makes its way calls for celebration. While many flock to popular destinations to celebrate New Year’s Eve with pomp and pageantry, the Maldive islands tops many lists, and not without reason. The scattered island nation offers something to satiate the palate of every traveller. From private islands, cruises along the Indian Ocean, mouthwatering seafood barbecues, traditional Maldivian dinners, and grand beach parties with renowned musicians, and large dinner spreads, Maldivian celebrations range from humble to all-out gala events.
While half of the world celebrates during winter, the Maldives beckons you with the sunny side of life. After a day of snorkeling around the house reef, exploring sea and swimming alongside juvenile sharks, mantas and schools of radiant fish, have a gourmet five-course dinner waiting for you at the end of the night. Enjoy a balmy evening at the beach, clad in sundress and shorts, toes curling into the powder white sand, listening to the waves lap against the shore in gentle strokes as you wine and dine under the stars in a private sandbank.
If you wish to get a taste of authentic Maldivian cuisine, that can be arranged too. Both small hotels and high-end resorts offer traditional barbecue dinners. Start your day in the ocean, and catch your dinner for the night with seasoned fishermen at the helm of traditional Maldivian fishing vessels, Dhonis. Afterwards, enjoy the fruits of your labour at a traditional Maldivian style barbecue feast. Marinated in rich Maldivian spices, the fresh catch is seasoned and seared. Octopus, squid and succulent reef fish tantalize your taste buds as you eat them hot off the grill. Dance away at the beach to a boduberu performance, with traditional drums and folk songs to beats that would get your blood pumping and even those having an aversion to dancing tapping their feet to the rhythm
Step into the world of luxury resorts, and you will find gala dinners, large beach parties with top notch drinks, fine wine and international DJs flying in just for the occasion. Spend the day trying your hand at adrenaline gripping watersports from parasailing to wakeboarding, or cruise along slicing the turquoise waters in a catamaran. Even better, venture deeper into the blue and become a PADI certified diver. Large dinner spreads welcome you at night with cuisines from all across the globe, enough to delight even the pickiest of eaters. Drinks and dancing are in order, and as the clock strikes midnight, everyone toasts to the year ahead. The festivities are often accompanied by traditional dancers and even show stopping fire dancers who promise to keep you on edge.
No matter what part of the country you are in, step outside and enjoy music shows and festivities often accompanied by fireworks, or make your way to the beach and gather around the large bonfire – all new traditions, which have become a mandatory part of Maldivian new year celebrations – as it crackles under the stars, welcoming the year ahead.
From being up close and personal with whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea, exploring the oldest ecosystems in the world, coral reefs, and swimming side by side with the ocean’s predators and preys in some of the largest fish feeding grounds in the world, the Maldives islands offer the discerning traveler a kaleidoscope of marine animals to swim with.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Offering some of the top snorkeling spots in the country, Lily Beach is sure to quench your thirst for ocean adventure. The house reef offers a chance for beginners to snorkel around side by side with sea turtles and baby sharks, while schools of fish put on a show for you. Allow the Prodivers team to take you above and beyond, with over 50 dive sites in close proximity to explore for novices and experts alike, where whale sharks and manta rays frequent the excited divers.
W Retreat Resort & Spa
Step into the world underwater armed with your gear. W Retreat promises an experience of a lifetime in their house reef teeming with aquatic animals. Explore the nooks and crannies of the reef and the eccentrically coloured inhabitants within it. Here, you are bound to come face to face with angle, parrot and schools of other fish, while turtles and sharks circle the overhangs of the reef. Step beyond the reef with your dive guide, and close proximity, swim along with rare whales and giant rays – a thrill not to be missed.
Dusit Thani Resort
Venture into the depths of the sea in search of turtles with the in-house Marine Biodiversity Educator. Explore the house reef and see where the brightly coloured schools of fish lead you. To learn more, allow the instructor to educate you on ocean conservation with their marine life presentation. Try your hand at scuba diving, or any of the other adrenaline inducing watersports from jetski rides to wake boarding and water skiing. For a completely mesmerising experience, head to Hanifaru Bay and observe as hordes of mantas gracefully glide around you to feed. If you don’t wish to get wet, sunset fishing and sunset dolphin cruise makes for the perfect family outing.
Anantara Kihavah Villas
Dip in to the pool of possibilities here. Located within the UNESCO declared Biosphere Reserve, Baa Atoll, Anantara Kihavah’s waters hold many unspoiled mysteries within it. Enroll in a PADI certification course and become a certified diver right here in paradise. For an afternoon of leisure, take a canoe, kayak or wind surf out into the sea and bask in the sun. Contribute to the regeneration of corals at the Coral Adoption Programme and protect the habitats of its peculiar residents, and even monitor the fruits of your labour as they grow to house brightly coloured fish, mollusks and crustaceans.
The snorkeling safari at Angsana Ihuru promises to leave you in awe. Swim through the underwater gardens and its residents and learn more about ocean conservation. The Marine Conservation Lab allows you to plant your own coral and contribute to protecting the habitat of the thriving fish species within it. Less than 100 metres away, the Rannamaari shipwreck beckons thrill seekers to explore it ruins. Try your hand at scuba diving with the expert team or enjoy a range of watersports from wakeboarding, big game fishing, to windsurfing with the team.
Break off from your routine and take some time off with your loved ones to unwind and make memories in paradise, in palm fringed islands that barely peak off the ocean. Quality family time entails serenity, adventure and bliss; all things offered by these resorts, with the perfect setting for a fun packed holiday.
Your little ones are royalty here, with a children’s kit given to them upon arrival, and the villas too stocked with little amenities for them. The resort offers family friendly sports such as volleyball, table tennis, badminton and a life-sized chessboard. The Dhoni Club for kids aged 3 to 12 has two traditional Maldivian dhoni boats, a treehouse, and climbing walls. Step into the world of Little Hermie and his friends and explore the island here. The resort offers babysittiing services for children over 3 months, with professional sitters trained in CPR and First Aid.
Your fun does not have to stop at the resort either. A boat ride away is the private picnic island Gulhifushi, complete with modern amenities. Kayak, snorkel and grill a bite by the beach. Let your resident marine biologist take you on a journey at the Anantara Coral Adoptation Programme and plant your own coral with the family.
Lily Beach Resort
Opt for the Family Beach Villa, the two-bedroom haven for your family. With your private stretch of powdery white beach and the glistening ocean in front, it is the perfect setting for some family fun. The Turtle Kids’ Club offers a wide range of adventure packed sports for the tots, from hermit crab races, watersports to treasure hunts. Inside, an array of board games, a library and kids movies keep them entertained, while a tree house, swings and a basketball court welcomes them outside.
To make things even more interesting, Lily Maa, the main restaurant has a kids’ corner, for the little ones to get together with their favourite snacks. Vibes Bar too packs a punch, with sun loungers, light bites, a separate playground and a pool for kids.
Niyama Private Islands
Niyama’s twin isles, “Chill” and “Play” offers much to explore. While the culinary journey through the private islands will leave you spellbound, their studios and suites make for the perfect tropical escapade with your family. Each villa comes with its own private pool, vast open spaces, thick island foliage and a private beach. The most grandiose of all, The Crescent stands perched on stilts in the lagoon, and the 5-bedroom villa can house up to 14 adults and 8 children, and comes with a personal chef, two butlers and even a private excursion menu.
A four-fold tribal programme awaits the kids at Explorers Kids’ Club set in isle “Play”. The Club takes the kids on a journey across Maldivian culture and natural wonders, from traditional Dhivehi lullabies to dolphin scouting. Complete with a trampoline, a splash park and a little gourmet kitchen, this will definitely be a highlight for your kids.
Cheval Blanc Randelhi
The villas are glamorous works of art on its own, with the most exquisite villa perched on its own private island, only reached by a speedboat. Ideal for families seeking privacy, the four-bedroom retreat is complete with a butler, gym, a vast swimming pool, a private bar, yoga master, and a spa. The culinary team prepares your personal favourites and fresh catch from the sea.
Perfect for private dining, La Table de Partage hosts up to 16 guests, with a custom menu for each party. The Carte Blanche in-villa menu is ideal for those nights in with the family, while an endless array of venues from private beaches to traditional dhonis can also be selected from. A state of the art fitness centre, professional tennis courts and PADI diving programmes are only a few of the excursions offered here. Get on board the Azimut for an unforgettable yacht tour with the family, finishing it off with dinner out on the deck, with the Indian Ocean serving as your backdrop.
Le Carrousel offers plenty for the little ones including children’s yoga, a large waterslide, treasure hunt, and cultural activities, while Le Paddock for teenagers come with observational astronomy sessions, subaquatic hikes and a multimedia station.
One & Only Reethi Rah
The Two-Villa Residence with Pool and Grand Beach Villa with Pool have all you could want in a vacation home, and possibly more. Step outside the comfort of your villa, and the resort has much to offer for families. An Artist Studio welcomes budding artists and professionals alike, while tennis, wall climbing and a range of water sports are offered as well. Try your hand at water skiing, parasailing or wakeboarding for an unforgettable day in the water, or better yet, pay a family visit to the gentle giants of the ocean; whale sharks. Afterwards, hop aboard a seaplane and have the captain take you around for a tour up in the sky, or have your butler arrange a fishing trip for the family.
While Easter themed activities welcome the little tots, complete with fashion shows, a pool and an arts and crafts area, Onetribe allows tweens to explore and learn the ways of the island. For teens, ClubOne has a juice bar and a homemade ice cream parlour to get to know each other and grab light bites during the day.