It may sound clichéd, but the Maldives are as picture-postcard perfect as you imagine them to be. It is the ultimate destination to kick-back and indulge in a luxurious and relaxing break, where all you have to do is pick up a book and with some effort a drink or two.
You can already picture its pristine white sand beaches, and warm crystal clear waters which are teeming with marine life and swaying palm trees with striking sunsets in the background - it's not hard to see why they're such a popular escape for those looking for some serious R&R.
Lying in the Indian Ocean to the south west of India and Sri Lanka, the Maldives archipelago consists of 26 atolls dotted by nearly 1,200 islands. Days are spent daydreaming on the beach, lounging with a book by the pool and indulging in a spa treatment, interspersed with sampling some world class food and sleeping! Explore the Maldives' clear and warm waters by taking part in some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world featuring an astonishing array of marine life. Surfing and kite-surfing are also fast becoming popular and can be enjoyed at some resorts.
With just one resort per island you can really indulge yourself in that Robinson Crusoe moment! Each has its own charm and appeal; with something to suit every taste and (most) budget. Whether you’re looking for maximum pampering (personal butlers & private pool villas); a small rustic hideaway or a more family friendly island, the Maldives offers something for everyone. Anyone craving even more isolation can also consider a private charter cruise on Dhoni Stella, its twin cabins making it just suited to honeymooners and families.
We particularly love combining your choice of stay in the Maldives with another of our Asia destinations. Flight times are generally short and any combination will give you a chance to include some cultural exploration on your travels before kicking back on the white sands for a well-earned break. These idyllic tropical islands are an easy beach addition, and in many instances share good flight connections, with Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal or India, and also combines particularly well with Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.
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The Selective difference
With us, you are taken care of from enquiry until your reluctant homecoming. Your holiday is designed by a specialist who knows your destination first-hand. Throughout your travels, you'll have expert personal guides where requested & our full logistical support. And, it goes without saying, we'll be waiting to hear all about it once you're home.
Our Brighton-based Destination Specialists spend each day working closely with colleagues and partners across Asia. This ensures we stay several steps ahead when designing inspiring holidays, staying up to date and overcoming obstacles, which means your holiday will be crafted using both local and international expertise.
The welfare of our destinations and their communities is incredibly important to us. We are focused on ensuring that your money makes a positive impact, as often as possible, by supporting communities and wildlife conservation through dedicated initiatives and by very carefully choosing our partners in Asia.
We may be partial to the occasional bad pun, but we don’t joke around when it comes to designing first class travel experiences. Over 90% of our clients rate us 5/5 after their holiday, and we're not ashamed to crack a proud grin on behalf of our award-winning teams in the UK and Asia.
We know your time is precious, before and during your trip. We want you to have a smooth and relaxing experience so that your main concern on holiday will be whether to order noodles or rice. There will be no hidden extras, and your holiday will be orchestrated seamlessly by your Destination Specialist plus our local guides and behind-the-scenes crews in your destination.
When is the best time to visit the Maldives
The Maldives are a year-round destination, promising hot and sunny conditions throughout the year with temperatures remaining reasonably consistent, with highs ranging between 28°C and 32°C and lows rarely dropping beneath 24°C. That said there are unquestionably some months that are better than others, and to understand these it's best to start with the two seasons.
November - April: Dry season
Peak season at most resorts runs from January to April which is also the driest time of year. So whilst resort prices are peaking (other than Christmas and New Year in some cases) conditions are optimum for that idyllic Maldives honeymoon or holiday.
May - October: Wet season (read on to understand this better)
Responsible Travel in the Maldives
It should come as no surprise that the realities of the climate emergency weigh very heavily on the minds of the Maldivian people and the many businesses invested in the islands. 'For the idyllic, 1,200-island archipelago in the Indian Ocean, forward-thinking sustainability initiatives—such as the effort to be carbon neutral by 2020—are a matter of survival' —Marie-Amélie Carpio, senior editor, National Geographic Travel France
In 1987 the Maldives was the first nation to champion the need to address climate change in the UN General Assembly and have continued to be a leading voice on an environment-first approach ever since. The lowest lying country on the planet, with an average elevation of less than two meters, could disappear in the coming decades due to rising sea levels. We actively encourage clients to consider the many resorts and hotels in the Maldives that are taking industry leading approaches to minimising their contribution to global warming and to help protect the UNESCO listed Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve which helps protect the Maldives’ fragile coral reefs and therefore in turn the its accompany marine and bird life.