The tropical nation of the Maldives is made up of 1,200 coral islands off the coast of India. It’s one of the world’s most sought-after destinations for a glamorous getaway – attracting the likes of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and countless celebrities and glitterati. The remote tropical islands feature incredible marine life, pristine beaches, sparkling lagoons, and extremely hospitable locals. The luxury resorts here are nothing short of blissful, as the country is dotted with opulent five star accommodations that deliver you directly into the lap of luxury.
The Maldives is sunny all year long and temperatures hover around 30°C throughout the seasons. When at your resort, you can often see nothing but endless blue ocean and clear bright sky. The islands feel like a deserted paradise – they’re never crowded. Most resorts are set on their own private island, and getting there is half the fun. When you arrive into Male International Airport, you will be met and transferred to either a small sea plane or speedboat for a 20-60 minute journey to your island. Along the way you’ll have amazing views of turquoise waters, picture-perfect islands, and whiter-than-white beaches.
The Maldives is pure heaven on earth and there’s nothing more indulgent than staying at a secluded resort on a far-flung private island. Maldives resorts are the ultimate in decadence and luxury, and they have the amenities to prove it. The finest resorts feature personal butlers, private lap pools, and in-room massages. Maldives is one of the few places in the world where you can stay in an exclusive overwater bungalow. Maldives are renowned for their incredible spas, allowing you to be pampered in a tropical sanctuary and emerge feeling renewed and energized. Many spas overlooking the ocean have glass-bottom treatment rooms, so guests can watch schools of fish swim happily during a rejuvenating massage.
Sea and Land Activities
Maldives has some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world. It’s home to a delicate underwater ecosystem of coral that supports hundreds of species of fish, as well as magnificent mantas, sharks, and hammerheads that you can swim with if you’re brave enough! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro diver, the clear waters and thriving sea life make for unforgettable underwater exploration.
For those that wish to keep their head above water, top-notch water sports are available on many resorts. Sail the ultra-blue waters of the coral atolls, climb aboard a windsurfer for a fun-filled afternoon on the water, or get your feet wet surfing the waves.
There are tons of activities to while away the days on Maldives resorts, including snorkelling, diving, sunset champagne cruises, sailing trips, and golfing on world-class golf courses.
Fine Dining, Maldives-Style
The Maldives are best known for bountiful fresh seafood caught in the island’s sparkling waters. Tuna is unbelievably fresh here, along with red snapper and char-grilled king prawns. Local specialties include creamy and spicy curries, such as the delicious miruhulee boava – made with octopus, chili, and curry leaves and served with rice.
Dining at your resort will be a highlight of your Maldives vacation. The food is cosmopolitan and most resorts have several fantastic restaurants on site. Many resorts offer meal packages or all-inclusive options, allowing you to indulge with abandon. The resort’s specialties will taste all the better when dining on a candle-lit beach or in a beautiful dining room built over the glimmering ocean.
If you stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort, be sure to check out Ithaa, the world’s first underwater restaurant. The 14-seater glass dome sits five metres under the sea, giving you spectacular views of the sea life above. The restaurant serves plenty of fresh fish, while the wine cellar is dug two metres down into the island’s depths. It’s pure paradise!
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