MALDIVES HOLIDAYS

Immaculate beaches, turquoise waters and endless sunshine make the Maldives the perfect choice for your dream getaway. Holidays to the Maldives are fantastic for romantic retreats, fun family breaks and honeymoons. Paradise awaits you on these tiny Indian Ocean islets! Part of the Maldives’ appeal is that there is something for everyone here, from watersports and scuba diving excursions, to luxury-laden days spent at the spa.

Once in a lifetime experiences are just one of the many things we love about Maldives breaks. Take a boat tour around the island to watch dolphins at play in their natural habitat. Whales are also commonplace. So, If you crave luxury and an escape from the hustle and bustle, holidays to the Maldives are just the ticket. We guarantee you’ll have to pinch yourself more than once during your stay.

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Maldives Holidays

Indian Ocean Beauty in the Maldives

Situated in the exotic surroundings of the Maldives holidays have long been popular with families, couples and honeymooners.

You’ll find sun-kissed beaches and lavish resorts in this exotic haven. Geographically, the region is situated to the south west of Sri Lanka, in the azure Indian Ocean.

All Inclusive Indulgence in the Maldives 

Holidays to the Maldives have become synonymous with luxurious all-inclusive resorts and exclusive hotels. Stunning pools, fabulous restaurants and secluded beaches are just a few characteristics of these opulent residences. We have a wide-selection of offers on Maldives holidays for 2016/2017. You’ll find many of these hotels, villas and apartments on the Travelbag website at affordable prices.

We’ve also a selection of offers on two of the island’s most famous resorts, the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and Meeru which both occupy their own private island.

We also have a number of Maldives holiday deals on the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, which has previously been voted the Best Hotel in the world. The palatial resort even boasts amazing water bungalows which sit right above the Indian Ocean. But that’s not the best part; the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island also lays claim to an underwater restaurant where you can watch sharks and stingrays, while dining out. 

Maldives Highlights 

Looking to make long lasting holiday memories that will stay with you for a lifetime? An unforgettable stay awaits you in the Maldives. You’ll fall in love as soon as you arrive on the region’s exotic shores; the sheer beauty of the place will leave even the most seasoned of travellers breathless. Aside from immaculate beaches, crystal clear waters and coconut palms, there are plenty of things to see and do in the Maldives. Of course, you couldn’t be better placed if you’d just prefer to sit in the sunshine, with a cocktail in your hand and an unspoiled view of the Indian Ocean.

If you’re in the mood to explore, we recommend finding your closest scuba diving centre or boat tour. It’s here that you’ll be able to get up close and personal with harmless whale sharks and manta rays – dolphins are also commonplace.

From there, it’s a trip to the Maldives’ capital city of Malé. It’s here that you’ll be able to visit the local fish markets – seafood lovers take note – and the city’s famed Grand Friday Mosque.

Malé is also home to the captivating National Museum where you’ll find everything from ancient Islamic monuments, textiles and statues – with some artefacts dating back as far as the 11th-century.

And what about those days where you just feel like being pampered? A visit to the spa is a must during Maldives holidays.

From steam rooms, to sea facing massage centres and Jacuzzis, close your eyes and let all your stresses drift away.

Key Highlights of the Maldives:

 

  • Unwind on a wide-selection of paradise beaches
  • Visit one of the Maldives famed traditional spas or relaxation centres
  • Browse the local fish markets and quaint village stalls
  • Visit the Maldives capital city and cultural hub of Malé
  • Explore the spectacular Grand Friday Mosque and historic National Museum

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Luxury Maldives Holidays

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Indulge yourself on a dream Maldives holiday by booking a fabulous luxury holiday resort with Travelbag. The Maldives is home to some of the world’s most incredible luxury resorts and Travelbag offers the widest selection at only the very best prices.

Book Your 2016 or 2017 Maldives Holiday with Travelbag 

There’s nothing separating you from the holiday of your dreams. Booking Maldives breaks through Travelbag.co.uk couldn’t be easier. We can tailor holidays to the Maldives to your specific needs and requirements. We’ll take care of all the hard work, meaning you can get excited about your trip right away.

Browse our Maldives holiday deals below or speak to one of our trained travel experts on 0871 402 1628 Book your dream Maldives holiday on Travelbag.co.uk today. 

Maldives

The Maldives is the perfect all-year holiday destination. There’s plenty going on around the year, from international surfing competitions to Chinese New Year. Check out our calendar for the main annual events taking place in the Maldives:

  • The Maldives in January:
  • New Year’s Day
Where better to ring in the New Year than during a holiday to the Maldives? A pampering session on the beach is also the best way to recover after a night spent partying on the beach.

  • The Maldives in February:
  • Chinese New Year
Parties and colourful parades take place all over the Maldives during Chinese New Year. Venture to the capital of Malé for fantastic street celebrations, dragon dances and performers.

  • The Maldives in March:
March is typically the Maldives hottest month, with temperatures averaging around the 29°C. If you’re travelling to the islands during this time of year, it’s advised that you take extra care in the sun. Stay hydrated and choose a higher factor of sun cream.

  • The Maldives in April:
Treat yourself to an extended Easter break by booking your holiday to the Maldives. The region experiences hot weather throughout the month, with temperatures averaging around the high twenties.

  • The Maldives in May:
May is seen as the Maldives low season for tourism, mainly because it coincides with monsoon season. But don’t let the weather put you off. While rain is to be expected, showers only often last a short time before the sun is out again.

  • The Maldives in June:
Monsoon season continues into June. Rain is to be expected here and there but you can still expect the sun to shine. Affordable Maldives holiday deals and fewer tourists make June a great time to visit the region.

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  • The Maldives in July:
  • Maldives Independence Day
The Maldives’ Independence Day falls on July 26 every year and is one of the biggest events on the country’s annual calendar. Parades, parties and firework displays commemorate the country’s independence from Britain.

  • The Maldives in August:
  • Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy
Expect big waves and impressive tricks at the annual Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy. The event attracts some of the world’s best surfers who compete for the sport’s prestigious prize.

  • The Maldives in September:
  • Eid celebrations
Being an Islamic country, the Maldives celebrates the holy festival of Eid. The event marks the end of Ramadan, when Muslims are expected to fast for a month during daylight hours. Lavish banquets, parties and parades are just a few of the goings on during these yearly celebrations.

  • The Maldives in October:
  • Islamic New Year
The Islamic New Year usually takes place around October time. Celebrations are usually toned down. But parades and cultural gatherings often take place to commemorate the event.

  • The Maldives in November:
Holidays to the Maldives during November are very popular amongst travellers due to monsoon season being over. You can expect drier weather around this time with the temperature reaching the low thirties on particularly hot days.

  • The Maldives in December:
  • New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve in the Maldives is no different from the UK; you can expect lots of fireworks, dancing in the street and staying up late. The only major difference is that you can do it all on the beach!

Packing tips

Maldives holidays enjoy year-long hot weather and sunshine so swimwear, shorts, sandals and t-shirts are a must. Opt for lightweight fabrics to keep you cool during your time in the sun.

It’s also worth stocking up on a higher factor of sun cream or other protective clothing like a sun visor, especially if you’re susceptible to sunburn.

Insect repellent and mosquito spray should also feature highly on your list of things to pack.

You’ll find a number of fantastic bars and restaurants in the Maldives. Certain high-end establishments may have a smart dress policy so pack an evening shirt or dress.

You won’t be expected to go full black tie, but some restaurants have a “no vests policy”.

Essential Information

Planning your trip to the Maldives for 2016/2017. Check out our quick tips on the language, time zone and more.

  • The capital of the Maldives is Malé. The island is the most populated in the region with a population of more than 100,000.
  • The Maldivian rufiyaa is the main currency used in the Maldives. Order these from a bureau de change in good time. They may not be readily available at the counter.
  • Dhivehi is the official language of the Maldives. But don’t worry, English is widely spoken through the region.
  • Islam is the Maldives’ primary religion. You’ll find a number of beautiful mosques and monuments in Malé.
  • The time difference between the Maldives and the UK is four hours. The region is ahead of us in time.

Weather in Maldives

One thing that’s certain during holidays to Maldives is a healthy dose of sunshine.

You can expect warm weather throughout the year with temperatures averaging around 30ºC, making it the perfect holiday destination for sun worshippers.

The Maldives do experience rain due to the tropical climate; monsoon season lasts from May up until October/November time. But while rain is to be expected at times, this usually lasts for a short period of time before the sun burns through the clouds. Your holiday won’t be a complete wash out.

The drier season lasts from December to March. This is by far the most popular time for Maldives breaks. March is the region’s hottest month so if you’re planning to travel during this time, take extra precautions when protecting yourself from the sun.

Maldives

By Kristin Addis

@bemytravelmuse

The Maldives is a dream island destination located in the Indian Ocean between Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka. For a while, it was limited to being the playground of the rich and famous and financially, it was out of reach for many. In fact, the first resort in the Maldives didn’t open until 1973. Since then, the tourism industry has boomed, bringing along all kinds of options for tourists of various walks of life.

With the rising availability of highly affordable flights from Europe and Asia, travelling to the Maldives is becoming cheaper and easier. Additionally, accommodation options meant to fit a much broader budget range are becoming the norm for would be visitors to the islands. Now, whether you want a super luxury holiday or something more in the “affordable luxury” category, there’s an option out there for you.

Maldives vacations begin and end in Malé where the international airport is located. From there, there are three options for reaching your destination: additional flight, private speedboat, or public boat. Depending on where your destination is and how many amenities are included in your tour package, this may already be arranged for you.

When in the Maldives, apart from enjoying the sun on white-sand beaches, the best experience of the islands is under the dreamy clear waters. Scuba diving, particularly on a live aboard boat (locally called a ‘safari’) is one of the best ways to catch the best diving spots around the Atolls. Please keep in mind it is recommended that your flight home is 24 hours after the time of your last dive, so at least one additional night on land is a must!

The island nation is pretty big, so it is worth noting that visiting this exotic paradise usually means spending one’s time in one spot, unless, of course, you opt for a vacation at sea. Boats are typically sure to depart during the high season from December to May, though are out and about all year-round. They range from a few days to a week or longer, depending on your interests.

For those who want a mix of land and sea adventures, staying in the Ari Atoll grants access to the best underwater sea life viewing. Since the fishing industry is limited to line fishing, meaning no nets and no dynamite fishing, the sea life is abundant and hasn’t fallen prey to over fishing. Be sure to book either a diving or snorkeling trip to see the Manta rays and the Whale Sharks, both of which are harmless creatures that are huge and truly spectacular to see. There’s also a good chance of seeing Hammerhead sharks when diving and the great thing is the Maldives is one of the only places in the world where you’re likely to see at least one if not all of these all year round.

If you’re not the underwater type, going deep-sea fishing is particularly fun, again because of the abundance of sea life. Both nighttime and daytime fishing excursions are a unique and exciting way to experience the sea without having to dive in headfirst.

There are a total of 1200 islands in the Maldives, and only 200 of them inhabited. Several resorts offer excursions to private beaches, where you can have a whole island to yourself. This is the perfect romantic getaway for honeymooners, and even for parents looking to enjoy some quality family time with their children at the beach with a picnic.

For those who want a cultural experience, visit one of the local islands, or spend some time in the capital city of Malé. It’s a great opportunity to mix with locals and explore a side of the Maldives that you can’t see or get from staying in a resort. Visit the golden-domed Grand Friday Mosque – the largest in the Maldives – in the Islamic Centre. Try the local foods, such as flat bread called Roshi, grilled fish, rice, curried vegetables, and a salad of shallots, lime juice, and canned tuna. Although locals abstain from alcohol, they imbibe in betel nut mixed with leaves and a dried powder of coral. If you’re feeling particularly brave, give it a try!

When visiting these beautiful islands, keep in mind that it is a Muslim country under Sharia Law, which means that pork and alcohol may not be brought in. If you’re staying at a resort, alcohol will be available for purchase within the hotel grounds. This also means that women should have their shoulders and knees covered when in Malé and/or any of the “local” islands, and men cannot go shirtless. On the resort islands, bikinis and clothing that does not cover the knees and shoulders is permitted. Be sure to withdraw money from the ATM when in Malé, as ATMs are not readily available elsewhere. US Dollars are typically also accepted and even preferred locally.

The Maldives is a fascinating vacation destination with a lot to offer visitors from a range of budgets and with varying activity levels. Any time of year, a visit of a week or longer is simply an unforgettable experience and a real treat for everybody.

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