The Maldivian archipelago comprises of pristine white coastlines, enthralling islands and sapphire shores. Situated 250 miles southwest of India and 430 miles from Sri Lanka, the Maldives is an impressive chain of 26 atolls containing almost 1200 islands.
This cluster of spectacular isles sit in the vast Indian Ocean and are nothing less than a picture-perfect haven for honeymooners. Divers and snorkelers are also among those drawn to the islands, in search of more than 2000 varieties of sea life that feed amongst the vivid coral reef. A trip to the Maldives is simply not complete without an underwater adventure in the warm and peaceful lagoons. With dazzling white sand beaches, wonderful diving, and romantic resorts, the Maldives offers a complete escapist paradise.
The Maldivians themselves are renowned for their warm welcome, embracing travellers from around the world and introducing them to the breath-taking nature and sheer beauty of their home. As a melting pot of cultures, including Arabic, Indonesian, Malaysian, African, French and Creole, the Maldivian cuisine and art reflects the vibrancy and diversity of its cultural heritage. Get stuck in like a local and learn the all-time favourite ‘Bodu Beru’ songs and dance moves that are deeply rooted within the Maldivian lifestyle. With the waves of the Indian Ocean establishing the rhythmic beating, feel free to give in to temptation and dance the night away, under the moonlight.
Located south-west of Sri Lanka and India, you will be dazzled by the array of cultures that eagerly contribute to the Maldives, and make it such a diverse destination to explore. As one would expect, there is a great Asian influence in Maldivian cuisine and this is most proudly presented through a selection of signature curries. These tend to be spicy and exotic, using coconut milk and fish, accompanied with ‘roshi’ (a thin flatbread). Those who aren’t curries fans will also find freshly-caught seafood, island-grown fruits and European dining options; let’s just say all tastes buds are lovingly catered for.
Under the Sea
The Maldives can be aptly described as an aquarium, given that 99% of the country is made up of water; and turtles, manta rays and rainbow fishes are year-round guests of these waters. Thanks to the abundance of marine life, it is not hard to understand why the Maldives is accredited as one of the world’s top destinations for snorkelling and diving.
Begin with a whizz over the Indian Ocean in your very own private speed boat, then dive
For the Mind & Body
Whether you are wanting to renew your energies after the big day celebrations or simply relax, the spas of the Maldives are synonymous with outstanding luxury. With spas surrounded by lush tropical vegetation; spas on their own islands; spas on the beach and in temple-like sanctums; you are spoilt for choice. All kinds of treatments are available from the spa menus, many incorporating Reiki, a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy in to the patient by means of touch, to activate the body’s natural healing processes.
For the most heavenly hotel that ensures to soak away the stresses from your big day, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa has a resident yogi that offers private and group classes in a variety of yoga styles, including Hatha Yoga. With the sun’s rays breaking through dawn to greet the day, or slipping below the horizon at dusk, the picture perfect islands provide a breath-taking ambience of serenity, ideal to commence your peaceful yoga journey.
Photos: Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa
Home to enticing pearly shores, it should come as no surprise the tropical beauty and emerald equator is a well-established favourite for newlyweds. If you’re dreaming of a beautiful beach wedding, the Maldives has a plethora of sun-kissed stretches of sand to choose from, such as Cocoa Island. The beaches are on this island are heavenly and offer the perfect backdrop for your love story.
Surrounded by corals with brightly coloured fish, Nika Island is full of sun, sand, and sparkling waters. As there is no sea current snorkelers and swimmers can enjoy a dive in the placid waters during the day before sampling Maldivian dishes during the evening. Perfect for scuba divers, snorkelers and sun worshippers alike, Vabbinfaru offers a sprinkling of villas as well as several romantic beaches. Conclude a day of sublime relaxation and thrilling water-sports with an intimate candlelit dinner under the stars. ❤