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Welcome to Maldives

Maldives

Maldives - where heaven meets earth

Even the sternest of travellers gets downright poetic when braced with the views and stunning local attractions to be seen on the little dots of coral in the Indian Ocean called the Maldives. "Outstanding", "Completely captivating", "Simply the prettiest place on earth," are just a few of the epithets you come across as you talk about the Maldives.

The warmest of tropical oceans laps at sparkling white coral sand, a cornucopia of local seafood graces every meal and the local people delight in having you here. The Maldives might not be famous for its nightlife or its cultural attractions - that's what Europe is for - but it does do tropical paradise almost better than any other place on earth. Book your Maldives holiday through Holiday Supermarket and find out for yourself. (And just think of all the envy coming your way when you announce it to friends and family!)

It comprises some 26 atolls and thousands of islands although the main resorts and island administration are located quite close together. The country's main income is from tourism and the resorts that dot the landscape include some of the most luxurious you'll ever see. Life here is relaxed and your holiday will consist mostly of eating, drinking and lying about in the sun, with burst of energetic water sports. Sounds tough.

The climate is largely tropical with a wet season but not much in the way of temperature variation all year round. Much of the population is Islamic and although you won't be bothered on the resorts, a more conservative dress sense would be appropriate if you're travelling into Male for shopping or restaurants.

Information & Facts

Climate

The weather is tropical and if you're after a seaside holiday with acres of white, sandy beaches to crinkle your toes in, this is the place. The dry northeast monsoon period runs from December to March, and the wetter period is generally from May to November. You can dive most months of the year although there are stronger winds and rain in the May - November period. April is a transitional period with lovely clear water and dry heat. The temperature is generally much the same at around 30°C all year long. It's a warm beach holiday so casual wear is acceptable although some restaurants require a more formal casual dress code in the evenings.

Eating Out

Cheap, expensive and everything in between

Male is the capital city and it's full of restaurants. Much of the produce, except for seafood is shipped in so you'll not find any bargain basement restaurants here, but the quality of the food and the delicious flavours that the mix of Sri Lankan, Indian and Portuguese settlers have delivered is nothing short of extraordinary. You'll be very pleasantly surprised at how different the food is on the Maldives.

The budget options – look out for a restaurant called I-berry Cafe on Hulhumale. It's a very simple place with very simple fare. Order the fish curry or chicken for dinner and you won't be disappointed. It's also great for what they call short eats in the afternoon. The juices are fresh and sublime.

Mid price options – Breakwater on Male takes in one of those breathtaking views the Maldives is so famous for and serves it up chilled. The food is pizza, barbecue with an Asian spin and is delightful. It's all freshly made each day and the tropical view as you're chowing down on an excellent Marguerita will stay with you for a long time.

Splurge – the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant on Rangali is one of those once in a lifetime experiences as you dine, literally, underwater. Tropical fish and the late sunset provides a never ending abundance of things to stare in wonder at. The food is up market and starts with cocktails. It's a big night out as you dine on lobster and caviar with all the trimmings.

Sightseeing

Maldives - a diving and beach-loving paradise

The Maldives is not a cultural or nightlife hotspot. The pace is very laid back. It's more your diving and watersport, lazing about on the beach kind of holiday, with some very up market activities at your fingertips if you so desire.

Diving  - if you love your diving, whether it's open water or coral reef based, here's where to go. The warm seas and relatively calm swells make it an easy, yet spectacular, place to dive. There aren't wrecks, but there are hundreds of thousands of fish of every hue and it's an underwater photographer's paradise because of the complete lack of pollution in the water.

Watersports - surprisingly perhaps, the islands are a surf mecca too. The southwest monsoon brings in big swells from June to September and the best breaks are in North and South Male Atoll. The beauty of having all year temperatures in the 30s is that all other watersports like canoeing, windsurfing, parasailing and jet skiing are easy to take part in. No freezing your bones off on a windswept beach! 

Excursions -  do take the time to visit a village on your resort atoll. The local villages have a charming custom of starting work early and finishing in the afternoon then taking bowls of curry and what not down to the beach areas to gossip while the children play. The other thing to do is organise a fishing boat which will take you to a deserted island, catch some fish on the way and then cook the catch over hot embers. Fresh fish caught 30 minutes ago while you watch the sun set - now that's magic!

This lodge is located on Maafushi Island, in the Kaafu Atoll. The lodge is set amidst a tropical paradise, surrounded by the shimmering, blue waters of the Laccadive Sea. Guests will find themselves surrounded by ample opportunities for exploration and..
Beachwood Hotel Unrated
Guests can truly relax at this comfortable guest house.
This hotel is conveniently located in Male City, just a short distance away from the airport. The hotel offers a great base, from which to explore this vibrant city. The excitement of the city centre is just 2 km away. The hotel is located just a short..
Well-positioned in Male International Airport, the hotel is the ideal point of departure for the excursions in Male City and Airport. As it is located only 2 km from the city center, the hotel's strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily..
The hotel is located in the Male International Airport area of Male City and Airport. With its location just 15 km from the city center and 7.8 km from the airport, this hotel attracts numerous travelers each year. With its convenient location, the hotel..
Fuana Inn Unrated
Within only a few minutes, guests can reach the Madinat Makadi Souk and a shopping centre. The bus station is about a 3-minute walk away. Hurghada airport is only about 30 km away.||The city hotel has a total of 13 accommodation units and offers a luxurious..
Hotel Elite Inn Unrated
This delightful hotel enjoys an idyllic setting in the heart of Hulhumale, a mere 8 minutes' driving distance from Ibrahim Male International Airport. Beautifully situated, this delightful hotel offers guests the perfect setting from which to explore..
The property is conveniently located in the heart of Male for guests to enjoy the various shopping and eating options, or just to wander around this fascinating city.||Hotel is a family run guest house offering a wide range of facilities assuring a comfortable..
Laguna Boutique Unrated
Located in Hulhumale , this popular property offers an ideal place of rest and relaxation. Hotel was constructed in 2015. The property consists of 9 rooms. The property consists of 9 single rooms and 9 double rooms. Situated in the city centre, the Hotel..
This property enjoys a magnificent setting in the Maldives, just a short distance away from Male International Airport. The property is set on Hulhumale Island, surrounded by an area of natural beauty and splendour. Guests can enjoy a host of activities..

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UI Inn

UI Inn

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 for 7 Nights

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Hotel UI Inn

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Liberty Guest House Maldives

Liberty Guest House Maldives

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 for 7 Nights

From London Heathrow

From £778
Elite Inn

Elite Inn

Bed & Breakfast

 for 6 Nights

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From £795
Hotel Elite Inn

Hotel Elite Inn

Unrated

Bed & Breakfast

 for 7 Nights

From London Heathrow

From £796
Newtown Inn

Newtown Inn

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Room Only

 for 7 Nights

From London Heathrow

From £797

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