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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!

The Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa is located amongst coral reefs, within easy reach of the top dive spots in the Maldives and relatively close to Male International Airport (MIA) with a seaplane air transfer time of just 25 minutes to the island..
Surrounded by nothing less than paradise- the fabulous Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives is set on a pristine island of the North Male Atoll. It boasts a marvellous house reef just 20 metres off the beach- and diving spots such as Giraavaru..
Built in 2007- this beach resort comprises 98 beautifully designed guest villas and a sumptuous array of dining experiences and is the epitomy of personalised service. It is a secluded hideaway washed by the waters of a crystal-clear turquoise lagoon..
Situated on the private Island of Bodu Hithi in North Male' Atoll, a 40-minute fast speedboat ride from Male' International Airport, this venue will take its guests as close to paradise as the beautiful Maldives can offer. The untouched natural vegetation..
Luxurious and unforgettable stay is guaranteed in these tropical-style villas located by the crystal-clear waters of a private island paradise. Opening out to stunning views of the ocean or surrounding greenery, the resort air conditioned villas are equipped..
This luxury resort situated in a private lagoon teeming with sea creatures, on an island full of lush vegetation and colourful birds, is considered one of the best in the Maldives. A combination of suites designed as local fishing boats and villas like..
Pure escapist fantasy is the hallmark of the resort, 'the epitome of every tropical paradise fantasy' to quote British Elle magazine. This stunning, romantic island resort offers sophisticated barefoot elegance, surrounded by glorious natural beauty...
**Awarded Tripadvisor Travellers¿ Choice Award 2014 for Luxury and Romance.** The Constance Halaveli Maldives is a stunningly luxurious island resort located just a short seaplane journey from Male in the Maldives. This beautiful hotel offers high-end..
This exclusive resort is located in the North Ari atoll, on a small island only 500 meters long and 200 meters wide. The island is 25 minutes away from Male by seaplane and 1 hour and 15 minutes by speedboat. The resort is a place where time seems to..
Effortlessly blending natural simplicity with luxury, the Constance Moofushi Maldives boasts a position on its own secluded island ensuring a tranquil and relaxing holiday in the Maldives. Take a stroll along the wooden jetty to hover over the crystal..

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