The Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean and with Sri Lanka and India as its closest neighbours, means ‘garland of islands’ in the local language Dhivedi.
The Maldives are an island nation, made up of 1,190 islands, of which only 200 are inhabited, half of those being peaceful fishing villages and the other half comprising of some 90 resorts.
With each resort occupying its own private island, the Maldives are a haven for those seeking that true island paradise. With the soft white sand beneath your feet, it bears the epitome of sophisticated ‘barefoot luxury’ with many of the resorts encouraging a ‘no shoe’ policy!
The resorts themselves are luxurious beyond your wildest dreams. Stay in a wonderful beach front chalet or perhaps a beautiful water villa on stilts overlooking the turquoise sea. Superb spas feature highly at each resort with many of the treatment rooms overlooking picture perfect blue lagoons.
With the emphasis on peace and tranquility, each resort does still offer a range of water sports for the active and the Maldives are renowned as one of the world’s premier scuba diving destinations. Take advantage of some of the luxury sailing and cruise boats available, allowing one to explore some of the seldom visited isles and atolls.
298 sq km (115 sq miles)
Flight time from London
GMT + 5
When to go
The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the drier northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wetter southwestern monsoon from May to November, which can bring more occasional strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.
The Maldives are perfect for winter sun making high season December to April, when the islands enjoy the dry monsoon with little rain and lower humidity. February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period.
May to November is the period when storms and rain are more likely but it is still a popular time to travel but most holidays will still be full of sunshine. It’s still warm, but skies can be cloudy now and then and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.
Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.
The surfing season runs from March to October, which is also when resorts tend to be at their cheapest.
- High Season
- Mid Season
- Shoulder Season
Where to stay
These are just a selection of the properties we can personally recommend. Please get in touch to hear more about our full portfolio.
Cocoa Island by COMO is an intimate private Maldives island resort with just 33 overwater suites. Encircled with powder white sand, the carefree, understated luxury experience at Cocoa Island includes holistic wellness treatments at COMO Shambhala Retreat, South Indian-influenced cuisine and worldclass diving.
The first all over-water villa resort and located in one of the largest lagoons of Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi surrounds the bijou island of Lankanfushi and exudes sophisticated barefoot luxury. The 44 villas are all crafted in a traditional style from natural materials, sustainable woods and traditional fabrics.
Milaidhoo is a tiny tropical island, an emerald drop of paradise wrapped in soft white sands, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef, lapped by warm turquoise waters and hidden in the heart of a UNESCO biosphere reserve. It is a boutique luxury resort in the Baa Atoll UNESCO biosphere reserve, close to Hanifaru Bay, 126km north west of Male.
NIYAMA is a luxury contemporary and vibrant resort for the stylish aspirational traveller, incorporating traditional Maldivian elegance in a naturally modern aesthetic. Split over two islands, Niyama Private Islands Maldives offers up the luxury of choice for active couples and fun loving families.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa
Located near Gan in the south of The Maldives, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is the definition of luxury, a place where all experiences are tailored to suit your passions. Retreat in style in one of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa’s private villas perched atop the emerald green jungle or strung along the turquoise shoreline.
Six Senses Laamu
Just an inter-island plane trip from Malé International Airport and a short boat ride brings you to the pristine palm-fringed paradise of Laamu. The resort features 97 villa accommodations, with most being set over the lagoon’s turquoise waters and some on the island, and all constructed of sustainably sourced materials.