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Winter Escapes – Maldives

If you want to escape the busyness of your life in the UK and go somewhere you can totally relax for a week or two this winter, then the Maldives could be just the place. It’s a unique destination as it’s made up of more than a thousand islands which together form 26 atolls.

The best time to visit the Maldives is between December and April as temperatures are around 28°C and there’s little chance of rain or storms spoiling your holiday.

Choosing your resort

Every luxury resort is set on its own island so picking the right resort is very important. Whichever resort you choose for your winter getaway, you can be sure that you’ll have a great time as Maldivian resorts are extra special. If you want to spoil yourself, then you should stay at the 5+ star Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. It’s been named the Best Hotel in the World twice so is pretty unbeatable. The resort has beach villas, water villas and spa villas which are split over two islands, the main Rangalifinolhu island and the more private Rangali island.

The resort has a top of the range spa, with each treatment room having a glass floor so you can watch turtles and fish swim as you enjoy a massage. There are more than a dozen restaurants and bars for you to dine in, from the world’s only all-glass undersea restaurant to a cheese bar which offers 101 of the best cheeses in the world. If you want to have a romantic meal with your loved one you can hire a private island and enjoy lobster and champagne on the beach.

Alternatively, you could stay at the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa or the Jumeirah Vittaveli. The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa has 64 beach and lagoon villas and was named the top luxury hotel in the Maldives by TripAdvisor in their 2015 Traveller's Choice Awards. The Jumeirah Vittaveli has 89 villas and they each have their own private swimming pool as well as access to the beach or lagoon. This is the perfect resort for families wanting to stay somewhere luxurious as there is a great kids club and plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained.

For more recommendations on where you can stay this December, January or February please call 0845 543 6615 to speak to one of our friendly consultants. They’ll be happy to help you plan your perfect holiday to the Maldives. Alternatively, click here to see our latest Maldives package deals >

Exploring the Maldives

You’ll probably want to spend a lot of time in your resort, taking things easy but you should go island hopping at least one day. Your guide will be able to take you to some of the best uninhabited islands and small fishing villages for you to explore. You’ll learn about the Maldivian culture and have plenty of opportunities to go snorkelling and diving in the beautiful lagoons.

If you find you want to learn more about the Maldivian way of life, then take a trip to Dhangethi and spend time in its cultural centre. You can learn a lot from taking a tour of this island and visiting the island’s school. If you want to give something back during your holiday, take some stationary or colouring books with you, the children at the school would really appreciate any gift.

One morning, you should visit Manta Point which is famous for its manta rays and go for a dive. You’ll also be able to see plenty of turtles and sharks so if you can, bring an underwater camera with you so you can take lots of photos. Why not visit the capital of the Maldives, Malé? It mightn’t be the biggest and most vibrant capital city in the world but it’s still worth spending a morning or afternoon here. You could go shopping and have lunch in one of the city’s excellent restaurants or perhaps spend time at the National Museum or the Malé fish market?

If you’re a keen angler why not ask if you can go line fishing with one of the fishermen you meet or go on a deep sea fishing trip and catch tuna, wahoo and sailfish? Whatever you decide to do during your winter holiday, we’re sure you’ll have a wonderful time.

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