You won't find a single echoey corridor anywhere in the Maldives.1/43
Make friends with the local wildlife on an expert led dive or snorkel excursion.2/43
The Maldives is the perfect destination for the most ardent of divers or for the first time snorkeller with a huge range of marine biodiversity and exceptional visibility.3/43
Listen to the gentle sound of the sea as you fall asleep.4/43
Take in the spectacular ariel views as you arrive on Baros resort by seaplane transfer.5/43
Listen to the waves lap the shore as you dine on the beach front at Taj Exotica.6/43
Sail away into the sunset with one of Taj Exotica's romantic cruises.7/43
Dine tete-a-tete with only your dedicated butler and stunning sea views as company at the Taj Exotica.8/43
Get up close and personal with shoals of tropical fish.9/43
Watch your children hone their culinerary skills as part of the excellent family packages at Soneva Fushi.10/43
Enjoy a romantic lantern-lit dinner on your own private sand bank at Soneva Fushi.11/43
Let your kids run wild around the island, safe in the knowledge that they aren't going anywhere!12/43
Swim in a pool with sea views at Park Hyatt Hadahaa for the best of both worlds.13/43
One of the most remote resorts in the Maldives, the Park Hyatt Hadahaa has an excellent house reef, Maldivian restaurants and real desert island feeling.14/43
Gaze out over 360 degrees of ocean views from your base at the lovely Huvafen Fushi resort.15/43
Avoid the maddening crowd on one of the Maldives many secluded beaches.16/43
With restaurants laid out in the sand, like the Totem Bar at Constance Moofushi, you can stay barefoot for the length of your holiday.17/43
Enjoy being marooned out at sea (or at least on the lagoon) while staying at one of Constance Moofushi's Senior Water villas.18/43
Sample a range of Maldivian and international delicacies at Constance Moofushi's Manta Restaurant & Bar.19/43
Make the most of Cocoa Island's COMO Villas with their secluded sea terraces.20/43
Splash out on the Rehendi Presidential Suite at Taj Exotica; an over water villa with oomph.21/43
Sparks are sure to fly at one of Taj Exotica's private sunset dinners.22/43
Snorkel from a sand bank at Soneva Fushi.23/43
Admire the view from above as you fly to the exclusive resort of Soneva Fushi by seaplane.24/43
Watch your favourite film al fresco under the stars at Soneva Fushi.25/43
Snorkel surrounded by shoals of tropical fish.26/43
Snorkel through cystal clear waters directly from your over sea villa.27/43
Arrive in style by seaplane at the W Retreat & Spa.28/43
Walk down the jetty towards your desert island fantasties at the Park Hyatt Hadahaa.29/43
Dine surrounded by sealife at Conrad Rangali's Ithaa Undersea restaurant.30/43
Spoil yourself with a private sunset barbecue at on a secluded sand bank at Conrad Rangali Island.31/43
Arrive by traditional Maldivian Dhoni at Conrad Rangali Island.32/43
While away an afternoon on your own secluded sand bank. No where else in the world will you find such an array of deserted islands, clear calm waters and picture perfect white sand beaches. MALDIVES >33/43
Discover an underwater world. Whether a keen diver or a novice snorkeler, the Maldives offers an almost untouched natural landscape to explore.34/43
Channel your inner Robinson Cruseo at one of Gili Lankanfuhsi's Cruseo Residences.35/43
Dive and snorkel on Constance Moofushi's fantastic house reef or at one of more than 30 dive spots in and around the island.36/43
Take sun downers amongst the palm trees with your feet in the sand at Constance Halaveli's Totem Bar.37/43
Walk down the longest jetty in the Maldives at Constance Halaveli, taking in the idyllic views of the emerald green lagoon as you go.38/43
You won't get restless at Anantara Dhigu. One of the Maldives largest resorts, you can water-ski and surf to you heart's content39/43
Explore the crystal clear lagoon directly from your over water villa at Constance Halaveli.40/43
Soak in your private hot-tub on the deck of one of Conrad Rangali's over water villas.41/43
Embrace your inner calm at COMO's Cocoa Island. Home to one of the brand's COMO Shambhala retreats, Cocoa Island has a strong focus on well-being and is the perfect resort for spa lovers.42/43
Tuck into a fresh feast every day. Maldivian cuisine is an enticing blend of South Indian and Sri Lankan flavours and is made even better by the abundant supply of fresh seafood.43/43
Maldives: Best time to go
The 26 natural atolls (ring-shaped coral reef or island) floating together in the midst of the Indian Ocean rarely see temperatures dropping below 25°C or punching above 35°C, meaning this tropical cluster of turquoise lagoons and white sand beaches is a paradise destination all year round.
Like any other holiday destination, there is still a best time to visit for one reason or another. For the Maldives this period is between November to April, with high season falling between December to March. During this time the islands are at their driest, skies are clear, and humidity is low, perfect for some winter sun and with the warm and calm sea waters, marine wildlife explorations and water sports are particularly enjoyable.
Although temperatures remaining high, the southwest monsoon comes and goes, beginning in May and continuing until the shouldering months of late October to early November. A lot of visitors ideally still like to play it safe, pay the higher prices and travel when consistent sunshine is guaranteed, meaning this time of year sees fewer tourists and lower resort prices. One should not be put off though, as low-lying islands tend to see rain clouds quickly blow over and during these short-lived bursts of rainfall, why not book yourself in for a Maldivian treatment, making the most of your resort’s spa. This period is also an opportunity for surfers to travel with their boards from one atoll to the next, whilst most of the small nation is religiously participating in Ramadan (May), Kuda Eid (June) and Bodu Eid (August).
N.B. All information given here is to the best of our knowledge, however, changes do occur, sometimes at short notice. Ampersand cannot be held liable for such happenings. Of course, if you have any tips that you feel would benefit other travellers, please pass them onto us and we will add them.
From the UK, the Maldives can be reached via Dubai. You can also fly directly from Kerala, Bangalore and Sri Lanka, so you can combine your luxury holidays to the Maldives with a holiday to Sri Lanka, India or Dubai.
All visitors with a valid passport are issued with a 30-day tourist visa, free of charge on arrival. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your return from Maldives and have at least 2 blank pages.
It is essential to visit your GP as soon as possible to check if you need any vaccinations prior to travel. Risk for vaccine preventable diseases can change at any time. MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) can supply a quick and easy online Travel Health Brief. This includes easy to understand vaccination advice for single or multi-country trips. Their website is www.masta-travel-health.com.
London - Male: There are no direct flights from London to Male. The best route would be to fly with via Dubai with Emirates. With a short connection, the flying time is usually 12 hours 35 minutes.
We highly recommend you reconfirm your onward and return international flights at least 72 hours prior to departure.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka