Switch off the mobile phones and shut down the laptops – this place is all about living the desert-island dream. The beaches come milky-white and virtually empty. The ocean is impossibly blue and hides rainbow-hued coral and multi-coloured marine life. This amazing part of the world is the ultimate Indian Ocean retreat. A luxury Maldives holidays and honeymoons packages from Dublin offer dazzling beaches, turquoise lagoons, superb sunshine and the warmest of welcomes. And as for the hotels, they tick off gourmet restaurants, rustic-chic villas and overwater spas as standard. It is the perfect destination for a honeymoon, a luxury scuba-diving experience, or simply as an escape from the stresses of everyday life.
The Maldives is a stunning archipelago scattered across the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Just over 1000 coral islands are strung together in 26 clusters or atolls. Only 200 are inhabited and are home to our blissful resorts, typically with just one hotel per island. Each of the 26 atolls in the Maldives has its own unique selling point. The North and South Ari Atolls offer easy access to the Maldivian capital, Male, the islands in the Ari Atoll have a reputation for their world-class dive sites, the more northern atolls, like Lhaviyani and Raa, are known as the least chartered, and the atolls in the south are becoming the focus of cutting-edge hotel designers. Accommodation in the Maldives can be extremely unique, from relaxing on your very own private island to instantly recognisable water bungalows. These water villas stand on stilts above cool waves of the Indian Ocean.
Lagoons teeming with marine life and house reefs just moments from the shore make your holiday in the Maldives ideal for snorkelling and diving. A host of other water sports including sailing are also available whilst sun downer and dolphin spotting trips are not to be missed.
It’s well-worth spending a day getting to know the colourful town of Male, the Maldivian capital. Start with the hustle and bustle of the traditional fishing boats being loaded and unloaded at Male’s harbour, before wandering over to the excellent market to see the island’s bountiful fresh produce on display. Don’t leave without sampling a sweet and refreshing coconut juice from one of the local vendors. Then, stop by the Hukuru Misikiiy Mosque, built over 350 years ago, with its delicate coral stone structure and intricate carvings. There are also some lovely local handicraft shops where, amongst other things, you can buy gorgeous jewellery made from local coral.
Chill out and relax with a good book and enjoy the stunning surroundings or pamper yourself with a blissful spa treatment. Some of the best and most unique spas in the world can be found here, whether underwater, in the jungle, or over the ocean.
Evenings on the islands complement the relaxed days and visitors can watch the sun go down with a pre-dinner drink, enjoy good food in a luxurious restaurant and then sip on after-dinner cocktails. While travellers won't have wild nights out on the Maldives, certain islands have more bars than others or offer evening entertainment, so do your research to find the island for you. Dining is a real pleasure in the Maldives with a vast array of cuisines on offer from around the world, all set in beautiful surroundings. Where else in the world do you get the opportunity to enjoy a meal on your very own private island?
A fantastic destination for honeymooners, the Maldives is an appealing location for honeymooners and couples looking for a scenic and romantic retreat. But the islands have much to offer families as well, from stunning secluded beaches to exhilarating water sports, historical landmarks and cultural hotspots to explore. Many hotels in the Maldives have excellent kids clubs which offer a mix of energetic and creative activities from arts and crafts to hermit crab racing. Younger children can enjoy an introduction to snorkelling and diving in the safe lagoons, whilst teenagers can have a go at surfing.
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