Which Maldives Island is Right for Your Holiday

by Travelbag on 05 December 2014, 13:12PM

If you have ever been tempted by an unidentified slice of faraway paradise, by a somehow flawless image of white sand and azure blue sea, there is a good chance that you were being seduced by a picture of the tropical haven that is the Maldives. It is exactly the kind of place which is frequently used to front holiday magazines and brochures, because it really is the image of a dream getaway. The Maldivian islands and atolls, with their promise of seclusion and relaxation, are truly delightful.  

The first thing to understand about the Maldives is that it is made up of twenty six, distinct and separate, atolls. This means that there are no real hotels – there are a handful in the capital – but full island resorts. These resorts span from the ultimate in luxury, with extensive spas and world class facilities, to simpler affairs, designed to help visitors get back to nature. There are also several family orientated resorts in the Maldives, putting paid to the notion that this tropical paradise is a playground suitable only for adults. 


It can be a little daunting having to pick an island for your first Maldives experience, but the decision does not have to be a stressful one. They all offer visitors something unique and different, so it is worth taking a little time to get to know the largest and most popular resorts. The Maldivian capital of Malé is the most populous city and sits at the edge of the North Malé Atoll. It is the best choice for travellers looking for a true cityscape getaway, but it is certainly not the only option – here is a guide to deciding which Maldives Island is right for your holiday.


Sunny Side-Up

Fancy a holiday break that not only takes in the best that the Maldives has to offer, then choose Makunudu Island. A mere 2.4 hectares of pure bliss, this tiny island holds everything you could wish to find when jetting off to and island paradise – complete with golden beaches, lush vegetation and accommodation to simply admire. Located in the North Malé Atoll, the island is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your holiday through a range of activities from being pampered in the resident spas to taking part in various watersports.


Redefining The Word Tranquillity

If you prefer your island getaways to look like the picture postcards, with genuinely empty beaches and the sort of relaxation that makes a hard year suddenly seem worthwhile, you need the Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo resort, on the North Ari Atoll. This resort is ideally situated, nestled in amongst a secluded tropical paradise, filled with wonders both above and below sea level. The only way to reach this resort is via seaplane or speedboat, so your holiday is guaranteed to start with a bang even before you reach your intended destination. 


Getting A Little Romantic

Is there anywhere more magical than this? The Adaaran Select Meedhupparu island resort is a mystical hideaway located in the Raa Atoll. Featuring powder soft beaches and beautiful turquoise lagoons, the island is one that if you were to escape for a romantic break, then it would be right up your street! Magnetism is what draws you here, as the island’s natural charm is something that you cannot escape from. It’s of course an island where you can let your senses surrender and enjoy the incredibly laid-back atmosphere that greets you as soon as you step off that plane.


The Good Life

Your holiday begins with a comfortable flight to Male International Airport before a 15-minute speedboat ride to your very own tropical island paradise.  The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa offers a holiday that you simply couldn’t dream of. Perfect for those who are seeking a mixture from their holiday – a relaxing holiday a sun-drenched, exotic location or an adrenaline-fuelled adventure whereby you can sample everything from watersports such as scuba diving and snorkelling to a return speedboat trip to the islands’ capital Male to enjoy the Maldivian culture.  


For The Family

The Lily Beach Resort & Spa at Huvahendhoo, on the South Ari Atoll, recently underwent a major makeover. These days, it is designed to be an all-inclusive family resort, safe and fun for visitors of any kind. The best thing about this island is that it is small enough to retain a personal touch, but slightly larger than some of the more remote islands – making it a little more accessible and engaging for younger travellers. The resort on this island offers a variety of clubs for children, as well as exciting activities such as digging for buried treasure.     


For more information on Maldives Holidays click here or call 0845 543 6615.

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