Which Maldives Island is Right for Your Holiday

by Travelbag on 05 December 2014, 13:12PM

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If you've ever been tempted by an unidentified spec of land, floating in a turquoise sea, there’s a good chance that you were looking at a photo of the Maldives. Thanks to its white sands and azure waters, it’s exactly the kind of place that frequently fronts travel magazines and holiday brochures. These islands and atolls, with their promise of seclusion and relaxation, really are the image of paradise.

But, how do you choose where to stay in the Maldives? Well, the first thing to understand about the Maldives is that it’s made up of 26 separate atolls, with nearly 1,200 islands. This means that you won’t find ‘normal’ hotels here – although there is a handful in Malé, the capital city – but full-island resorts. In fact, most islands only have a single resort. They range from luxury superstars, with extensive spas and world-class facilities, to simpler affairs, designed to help visitors get back to nature. You’ll also find several family-orientated resorts in the Maldives, putting paid to the notion that this place is just for adults.

All in all, it can be a little daunting having to pick an island for your first Maldives experience. But the decision doesn’t have to be a stressful one. Each island offers something unique and different, so it’s worth taking a little time to get to know the largest and most popular resorts. Not sure where to start? Take a look at our handy guide, to help you decide which island in the Maldives is right for you.

 

Best Island for Couples – Meedhupparu

The Maldives is dripping in romance, so no island would be a bad choice for a holiday for two. But Meedhupparu goes the extra mile. Floating in the Raa Atoll, with powder-soft beaches and beautiful turquoise lagoons, this charming, pocket-sized isle was made for couples. As soon as you step off your seaplane and arrive at Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, you’ll feel like you’re on honeymoon – even if you’re not. Unwind with a side-by-side massage in the spa, stroll hand-in-hand along the sands, and enjoy a romantic dinner as you watch the sun sink below the horizon.

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Best Island for Families – Huvahendhoo

Believe it or not, the Maldives is actually a great choice for your family holiday. But the standout family-friendly island is Huvahendhoo. Part of the South Ari Atoll, this spec of land is surrounded by colourful reefs and turquoise waters. But the best thing about it is its size. Huvahendhoo is small enough to feel cosy and personal, but slightly larger than some of the more remote islands – so the kids have plenty to explore. Family-friendly Lily Beach Resort & Spa is all-inclusive, and has a variety of clubs and activities for children, including digging for buried treasure, snorkeling safaris and banana boating.

 

Best Island for Peace and Quiet – Ellaidhoo

If you want your island to look like a real-life postcard, with genuinely empty beaches, check out Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon. Nestled in the North Ari Atoll, this resort has bagged a great location. You can only reach the island of Ellaidhoo by seaplane or speedboat, so you’ll really feel like you’ve left the world behind you. And the diving is incredible. The reef is right outside your overwater bungalow, so all you need to do is jump in, snorkel with rays, and scuba dive with sharks.

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Best Island for a Bit of Everything – Furanafushi

For a holiday that showcases all the very best that the Maldives has to offer, choose the island of Furanafushi. Home to the five-star Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, this little island is just a 15-minute speedboat ride from Malé. And it has everything you could wish for. If you want a varied, exotic holiday – featuring lazy beach days, water sports and day trips to the capital city – this place ticks all the boxes.

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Tempted? Find out more about our Maldives Holidays or call our travel experts to start planning your trip to paradise. 


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