About The Maldives
The beautiful archipelago of the Maldives comprises of 1192 islands scattered over 26 atolls. Taking up 90 square km in area these stunning white sandy islands are surrounded by the azure Luccadive Sea in the Indian Ocean. Located 700km south west of Sri Lanka and 400km south west of India this famous island nation holds a population of just under 330’000.
Despite being Asia’s smallest country, the Maldives still attracts half a million visitors a year with attractions to the island including diving, surfing and fishing.
Diving and Snorkelling are popular given the amazing visibility and plentiful species of fish. Surfers from around the world flock to the Maldives especially from June to September when the swells are massive due to the south-west monsoons.
There are also a number of less active things to do whilst visiting the Maldives, like taking a trip to a local fishing village. These villages are quiet and unassuming but also very interesting. Home to the traditional holhuashi, a wooden wall-less hut where local fisherman can relax after a day’s fishing, catch up with friends, relay stories and play a few games of cards. Fishing itself is also something that visitors can try, with many resorts offering night trips out to the reef at sunset.
The Maldives Hotels
If you are planning a The Maldives holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
The Maldives Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to The Maldives.