Meet the Maldives
A dream destination that sits atop many travelers’ bucket lists, the country of Maldives is a beautiful and fascinating place located in the Indian Ocean southwest of India. Consisting of over more than 1000 individual islands spanning only 115 square miles, each resort in the Maldives is on its own private island. It's as about as luxurious and secluded as you can get. And it's currently open to American travelers. Here's why a vacation to this tiny island is on every world traveler's bucket list.
A Glamorous Tropical Getaway
Imagine this: Every resort in this cherished honeymoon destination is on its own private island, each more unique than the other. With over 100 properties to choose from, you can look forward to a range of breathtaking features and services. From the world’s first underwater hotel to accommodations with personal butlers, private pools, and in-room massages, luxury doesn’t get better than this.
Tranquility and relaxation come with every Maldives vacation, so a rejuvenating spa day is the cherry on top of a restful trip. In this South Asia sanctuary, they go above and beyond your expectations—think spas built over lagoons or on beaches with infinity views. You can even book a stay at a spa on its very own island. Complement the gorgeous locale with an exotic menu of treatments and skilled therapists, and you’ll feel sheer bliss.
Thrilling Water Adventures
Once you’ve had your fill of R&R, get your adrenaline pumping with an ocean adventure. Under the surface of tranquil blue waters, you’ll discover vibrant and diverse marine life.The Maldives have some of the world’s best snorkeling and diving destinations, and most resorts can arrange excursions that get you up close with beautiful corals and tropical fish.
If you go diving, you can swim with turtles, manta rays, and sharks. But if you’d rather stay dry, you can admire rich aquatic ecosystems on the Whale Submarine, the world’s largest deep diving submarine. Windsurfing, catamaran sailing, fishing, and water skiing are also fun ways to enjoy the water’s surface.
Live Like a Local
Get a taste of Maldivian culture on one of the inhabited islands. Enjoy a walking tour of the capital island Malé. Visit the fish market to see the catch of the day, straight from the Indian Ocean. Admire impressive landmarks, like the President's Palace, Sultan Park, and Friday Mosque. The hotaa’s or cafes will provide the perfect pick-me-ups when you need a break from sightseeing. You’ll love local favorites like riha folhi (tuna curry crepes) and mas huni (a blend of tuna, coconut, and chili).
No matter how you choose to spend your time in the incredible Maldivian islands, one thing’s for sure – this bucket list destination will leave a lasting impression and keep you coming back for more. Contact one of our expert travel consultants to plan your next island getaway.
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