Each Maldivian island is unique, yet they are all idyllic, and offer some of the finest luxury resorts. A tropical idyll of dazzling beaches and swaying palms, it also has the ultimate in eco-friendly spa luxury. Once you’ve arrived, the focus is on pleasure and relaxation – and the Maldives is an ideal setting for some serious spa indulgence. They range in sophistication from straightforward Balinese massage centres, to world-class holistic sanctuaries.
Scuba-diving and snorkelling rank amongst the finest in the world here – the waters around the Maldives are home to over a thousand different types of marine life with a vast array of reef fish, turtles, stingrays and friendly sharks, which provides a spectacular sight. Water sports abound with windsurfing, sailing and water-skiing all on-hand, while the surrounding seas boast some of the world's best big-game fishing year-round.
Truly the most blissful of destinations, the Maldives may well be the last real paradise on Earth.
For couples, honeymooners and incurable romantics, the crystal-blue lagoons and stunning coral islands are a perfect destination.
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Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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The Maldives' climate is almost perfect, balmy mornings and sun-filled days are followed by gentle breezes in the evening and a star-filled sky. Temperatures are fairly constant – around 30 degrees Celsius. The only difference is the dry and wet seasons.
The period from May to November is the Hulhangu Monsoon season, leading to significantly higher rainfall, particularly on the southern islands. During this time there may be strong winds and stormy, overcast skies. Whilst less popular as a summer destination during this time, the temperature remains hot and there is a strong chance of extended periods of sunshine in between showers.
During the Iruvai dry season which starts in January and continues through April there is a reduction in humidity and rainfall, whilst February and March provide the most sun. The Maldives is at its most popular between December and April, when visitors come to take advantage of the long warm days. However, whilst the temperature is relatively consistent, the weather is always unpredictable and storms can suddenly strike, regardless of the season, although they do tend to be short lived.
Whatever time of year you choose to visit, the Maldives offer azure blue seas and sunshine, making it perfect for a relaxing luxury holiday.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Maldives.
With just two-hundred inhabited islands and only around ninety developed for visitors, a holiday to the Maldives is both fascinating and tranquil. Twenty-six natural ring-like atolls are home to 1,190 coral islands. The atolls each boast a glorious coral reef and lagoon which gives each island its unique natural quality above and below water. No trip to the Maldives would be complete without an exploration of the beautiful coral reefs, whether you’re snorkelling or diving there are thousands of species of marine life to discover in the warm, crystal clear waters. You’ll find that the resorts feature PADI dive centres and offer snorkelling equipment allowing you to explore this glorious underwater world.
Other Water-based Activities
Staying above water can be just as exhilarating, with all manner of water-sports, dolphin-watching, ‘dhoni’ boat fishing, sailing in splendour on a private yacht, or rowing to a deserted island for a candle-lit dinner or Champagne breakfast. At Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa , children between the age of 8 and 12 years can participate in the Bubblemaker Experience – a team of experienced instructors will take them through the steps to exploring the underwater world.
For a unique holiday experience, why not discover the Maldives on a luxury yacht. Yachts provide the perfect addition to a hotel stay, an unforgettable two-centre holiday or even the ideal interlude between islands on a three-centre experience. Four Seasons Explorer , a three-deck, 128ft catamaran, has been navigating the most sought-after dive locations in the Indian Ocean since 2002 and is quite simply a floating Four Season resort, with all that implies – guests enjoy everything from three dives a day, to gourmet cuisine, exemplary accommodation and even castaway massages on idyllic sandbanks. Three, four or seven-night cruises depart from Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa or Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru on all-inclusive itineraries, uniquely tailored for each guest. Combine a trip on board with a stay at one or both of the resorts for the ultimate Maldivian adventure.
In conjunction with the Maldivian Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru has initiated a series of projects to protect, monitor, relocate, release, rear and rehabilitate Maldivian sea turtles. Since 2010, the Rehabilitation Centre has nurtured and cared for nine severely injured turtles, seven of which have been successfully released back in to the wild. One of the Centre's greatest successes is Olivia, an Olive Ridley turtle who came to the centre to recover from a nasty head injury. She was released in February 2012, equipped with a satellite-tracking device mounted on her carapace. Because there has been so little research into Olive Ridley turtles, Olivia is a pioneer for her species, contributing to valuable research into the movements of the world’s smallest sea turtles.
Built in 1656 during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar I, the Hukuru Miskiyy, (Friday Mosque) is the oldest mosque in the Maldives. A rare and exceptional site the mosque is built from coral stone with different types of wood (sandalwood, redwood and teak) for the windows and doors. Intricate Arabic writings and ornamental patterns decorate the walls inside and out.
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From London Gatwick to Malé: 10 hours, 10 minutes.
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Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
Aside from the spa facilities and coral reefs, many resorts say their biggest attraction is the ‘lagoon villa’ accommodation. These luxurious wooden over-water bungalows often come with outside Jacuzzis and lounging decks, perfect for a spot of private tanning. Slide straight from the villa into the ocean for a dip. They are also the first type of accommodation to be booked up so do speak to your Travel Consultant at the time of booking to avoid disappointment.
Many of the resorts we feature, offer excursions such as big game fishing, private island picnics and traditional dhoni boat trips − at Cocoa Island by COMO, the perfect end to the day is a sunset cruise − as you sail towards an empty horizon, you might spot dolphins in the cerulean sea.
Low-lying coral islands such as the Maldives are fragile landforms susceptible to seasonal oscillations in shoreline change.
Ramadan is observed for one month each year and is a period of fasting when the pace of life is slower, public areas are busier and there are certain restrictions, for example, consuming food in public, drinking alcohol and use of restaurants.