When you really want to get away from it all, nothing compares to marooning yourself on an island in this tropical paradise. Read more...
Endless sunshine, fish dancing in azure water, powder-soft sand and swaying palms – when you picture paradise there’s no doubt it resembles the Maldives. There is, however, more to this cluster of gorgeous atolls in the Indian Ocean than the lure of an underwater playground and days spent beachside. Travellers who fall for this country also have the chance to learn about the history, folklore and ancient trading routes that shaped the communities that have existed here for the past 2500 years.
Luxury abounds in the Maldives, and hotels and resorts with impeccable service and beautiful design blend harmoniously with the delicate islands. Incredible snorkelling and diving sites boasting more than 2000 species of fish flourish just metres from overwater bungalows. Afternoons can be whiled away in lagoons or by indulging in romantic afternoon picnics on sandy islands, with only sea birds for company. When it’s time for a change of pace there’s traditional music and dance to enjoy and stone carving and intricate handicrafts to see. Take to the capital Malé by boat, where the National Museum, as well as colourful mosques and the Medhu Ziyaaraiy shrine, are worthy of a visit and learn about the nearby human-made Hulhumale Island, which was officially settled in 2004.
The bustle of day-to-day life exists worlds away from this blissful destination – and any remnants of tension will be long forgotten after a signature wellness treatment at a resort spa. With aquatic adventure and relaxation both available in spades, an island getaway in the Maldives offers travellers the chance to recharge in unrivalled beauty. This is true paradise.