Embark on a journey to the Maldives, a tropical haven where white sand beaches meet turquoise waters, and luxury awaits at every turn. This travel guide is crafted for those planning their first visit to this idyllic destination and looking for an unforgettable experience.
Where to Stay
Enjoy the vacay you deserve by staying on a private island in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll at properties such as NH Collection Maldives Havodda Resort. Arrive in style with a combination of plane and speedboat transport and choose between a beach and overwater pool villa providing direct access to the shore or lagoon respectively. Such ideal resorts offer diverse dining options, a kids’ club for little ones and spa rituals for couples seeking sublime relaxation. Suffice it to say that in the Maldives, pampering is not just an option, it’s a way of life!
Top Things to Do
Kickstart your day with guided yoga overlooking the ocean, setting the tone for a blissful experience. Explore a thriving house reef on snorkelling adventures and enjoy more thrilling underwater escapades when you stay at a reputed diving resort. Maldives also offers plenty of other water sports from Zayaking and surfing to jet skiing and sailing. Don’t miss out on enchanting excursions be it a dolphin safari, a mesmerising sunset cruise or visits to local islands for some cultural immersion and shopping.
Best Times to Go
The Maldives, a year-round paradise, basks in tropical sunshine with average temperatures ranging from 25°C to 32°C, so there never really is a bad time to plan your holiday. That said, the optimal travel period is during the dry season from November to April but be sure to book early during this peak season. However, don’t overlook the wet season from May to October either; intermittent rain showers won’t dampen your spirits, and you can enjoy lower rates for your tropical getaways.
Other Tips to Remember
Stay connected with local SIM cards available at the Velana International Airport or opt for resorts with complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. The Maldives operates on 230V and 50Hz and you can look to bring a universal travel adapter to ensure your devices stay charged. Pack reef-safe sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and apply plenty of it when spending long hours in the sun.
While you can wear your favourite swimsuit and casual attire on resort islands, remember that this is a Muslim nation; thus, when on local islands you need to wear more conservative attire covering bare shoulders and legs.