A thatched ocean cottage resting on stilts above a lagoon of such crystalline, turquoise water it takes your breath away when you see it from your pillow in the morning ... Days spent lazing on palm-backed beaches of fine, sugar-white sand, with nothing more to think about than what to have for lunch, or whether to spend the afternoon dhoni cruising, snorkelling off the reef or enjoying a massage in the spa.
If this sounds like your idea of a perfect holiday, then the Maldives are for you. The formula couldn’t be simpler. This is life stripped back to basics: no distractions, no culture shock to contend with or shopping to quicken the pulse. Just sublime sea water, pristine sand, blissfully blue skies, gently swaying palm trees and coral reefs filled with kaleidoscopic fish – quite literally on your doorstep.
When faced in the 1970s with the quandary of how best to exploit their one and only natural resource – pristine coral atolls – the government of the Maldives chose high-end exclusivity as a strategy. Guests would be whisked directly to luxury resorts, sited on their own individual island at a respectful distance from the largely Muslim local population.
The philosophy has evolved somewhat in recent decades. Independent travel is now permitted. And ‘low-impact’ and ‘environmentally sustainable’ have become the watchwords –hardly a surprise given the threat posed by rising sea levels.
Highlights of the Maldives
Perfect paradise beaches of sugar-white shell sand and shallow turquoise water
Dreamy accommodation in sea-facing chalets and over-water villas
World-class reef diving and snorkelling
Succulent fresh seafood, expertly prepared by gourmet chefs
Transfers by sea plane and speedboat
Maldives Travel Highlights
Seaplane flights in the Maldives
Seaplanes – basically amphibious light aircraft with big, fat skis on the bottom that allow them to land on water – are the way to scoot between remote islands in the Maldives. If you’re lucky, you’ll be transferred to your resort in one. ...
Fresh Seafood in the Maldives
The Maldives are paradise for lovers of fresh seafood. Fish is delivered to resort kitchens straight off the reef each morning, and the portions tend to be gargantuan. Lobsters and scallops take centre stage at many midday buffets, and you...
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