A tropical destination situated in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are very relaxed and the experience can best be described as a luxurious version of a week or two on a deserted tropical island, with quality accommodation, spectacular food and usually an extensive range of watersports.
Sub aqua diving in particular is superb, with many deep reefs to explore and virtually every resort has a fully equipped dive school offering a range of courses. Each resort occupies it's own island and often there are fishing trips, excursions to other islands and, for those staying at resorts accessed by speedboat, a day trip to Male; the experience is very much about taking life slowly and unwinding on the beach or in the water. Service is excellent, with a staff to guest ratio often exceeding 1:1. The only indigenous goods in Maldives are fish and coconuts - just about everything else is imported.
A typical day in the Maldives might involve a leisurely breakfast, either served in your room or buffet style in the restaurant, normally situated somewhere with a spectacular view of the horizon. Once breakfast has settled a swim, snorkel or dive would be an exciting way to spend the morning. When lunchtime comes around, a range of foods can be enjoyed at the poolside or alfresco on the beach, and of course served in the restaurant. Afterwards, full stomachs and a morning full of sunshine, this normally leads to a nap in the shade!
After the hottest part of the day it's probably time for another swim, dive or perhaps a game of waterpolo or volleyball. Then a quick change of outfit, followed by cocktails watching the sunset and dinner in the restaurant, or perhaps al fresco on the beach, or even a deserted sandbank under the stars!
There is no self catering accommodation and all meals need to be taken at the resort's restaurants. All inclusive or full board options are therefore better value and recommended. Any additional meals or drinks purchased in resort will cost significantly more than booked as part of a package and will be subject to a 10% service charge.
The Maldives are easily accessible from Europe and Asia and many resorts have a very cosmopolitan environment and whilst British visitors account for the largest number of guests after Italians, the islands are also very popular as a holiday destination for German, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian holidaymakers.
In summary the Maldives are particularly good for: