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Maldives Holidays

Cradled in the bosom of the Indian Ocean are the 1,190 islands that make up the Maldives. Travelbag’s Maldives holiday packages read along the lines of luxury villas accessible only by seaplane, spa resorts on private islands and five star hotels with their very own dive schools. All of this tropical hedonism is piled on top of nature’s own extravagances; secret lagoons, top-notch dive sites and beaches so solitary, they inspire soul searching.

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Life on the Open Water

The Maldives are coral. They’re formed of 26 atolls – reefs that encircle lagoons – and can be further split into 1,192 individual islands. From the air, they appear as crop circles in the Indian Ocean, a spread of vivid beryl lily pads. In the past, they were treacherous waters for sailors. Nowadays they’re arguably the most luxurious destination on the planet. It starts under the water, the reefs supporting all manners of marine life, from molluscs, anemones and schools of small fish, to larger five species of turtle, the fiendish grins of moray eels and migratory whale sharks. The calm waters and abundance of life make it a good choice for beginner and expert divers alike. Back on land, Wedding vows are renewed in luxurious settings and honeymooners kick married life off by savouring quality time together in pampered isolation. Award winning luxury resorts and bend-over-backwards hotels have installed infinity pools, glass floored spa retreats, plunge pools, under the sea restaurants and even their very own PADI pools.


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3 Star Maldives hotels



Experience the Maldives holiday of a lifetime by choosing from our excellent selection of 3 star hotels and resorts, specially chosen by our expert consultants. Indulge yourself on your own private island with a 3 star resort that offers tempting value in a truly spectacular setting.

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4 Star Maldives hotels



Relax in elegance with a stay in one of Travelbag’s specially selected 4 star resorts. Travelbag has chosen only the very best 4 star hotels and resorts for your pleasure, most of which are located on their own private island with stunning beaches and incredible unbroken vistas.

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5 Star Maldives hotels



Experience the holiday of a lifetime by treating yourself to a stay in an outstanding 5 star resort. With spectacular private island locations and world-class standards of luxury, our 5 star Maldives hotels are the ultimate choice for anyone seeking paradise for a dream holiday.

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Maldives Luxury Accommodation

Here, a private island for honeymooners; there, a submerged hotel with underwater views. Maldives holiday packages are all about the pursuit of luxury. Trademark water-top villas on stilts, like those of the Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa, blend seamlessly with empty shoreline. Interiors maintain the beach-minimalist vibe of the exteriors, despite innovative and deluxe features concealed within. Take the suites of Kurumba on the Vihamanaafushi atoll that feature the likes of garden bathrooms, rain showers and private coconut-screened courtyards. All inclusive packages like the ‘Presidential Villa’ come with free flowing champagne, breakfasts cooked to order and a private garden Jacuzzi. The best resorts in the Maldives are the specialists. Some have on site dive schools complete with instructors and practice pools, others are ideal for special occasions like the restaurant at Hurawalhi Island Resort – a Michelin experience in the South India Ocean.

Diving and Snorkelling

The atolls may look like just beach but below the water surface is a different story. Complicated ecosystems thrive on the ebb and flow of nutrients that follow water networks between islands. Creatures big and small; whale sharks in pursuit of the summer surge of krill, fevers of stingrays half buried in shallow lagoons and full time residents of the coral jungle – schools of fish, sea anemones and itsy hermit crabs. Shallow lagoons and ring reefs are better suited to snorkelling whilst SCUBA divers will favour the deeps where larger, predatory fish like grouper and trevally lurk. December to March is when visibilsity is best but then there are special events to consider like the May – November manta ray feeding fest. The Constance Moofushi Resort has some of the best diving opportunities close by but most resorts offer boat trips out to the nearest reefs.

Maldives Honeymoons

It’s not hard to see why the Maldives is a top honeymoon destination. Island living is a powerful tonic to the manic of planning and booking a wedding. Take a look at our range of 2018 Maldives honeymoon packages and kick off married life in the remoteness of the Indian Ocean. Mornings are best spent barefoot on secluded beachfronts punctuated by refreshing dips in the sea. Return for a leisurely breakfast before hitting the spa for a couples massage or hideaway in total relaxation and privacy in your honeymoon suite. Sip champagne on a romantic sunset cruise on a traditional dhow boat and return to shore to dine by candlelight whilst you’re waited on by a personal butler. We recommend Velassaru on the South Malé Atoll, its two bars, Fen Bar and Chill Bar, are both well suited to younger couples whilst maintaining distinctive atmospheres.

Spas and Wellness

Diving is the Maldives’ forte but it’s by no means the only activity it excels at. Health and wellness is taken much more seriously than a little sun and sand. Complimentary amenities are standard and you can choose a hotel package itinerary to include the likes of morning yoga classes (Velassaru offers three free sessions a week) to stretch the body and calm the mind. The spas, however, are where the magic is at. Techniques are drawn from all over the world from ancient Japanese Shiatsu massages to secret elixirs and essential oils of aromatherapy. Sit in steamy saunas, brave freezing plunge pools and slather in coconut oil. Arrange your treatments in advance to be sure of booking. Tip – even the best hotels are lower priced than resorts which can save you money for expensive spa treatments.

Maldives Dining

Dining, despite the remote location, is a fine affair. Things tend to kick off with early cocktail receptions and move onto dinner down at the beach at low tide. Order wine fetched from underground cellars and take in the darkening horizon between courses. Ithaa Restaurant at Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island takes things to a new level – 16 feet underwater. Dappled light shifts and dances across your plate and the 180 degree views of the surrounding water gives you full visibility of the marine wildlife passing by. The ‘Sea. Fire. Salt. Sky.’ dining complex in the Anantara Kihavah Villas resort best demonstrates the range of dining options available. Sea is another underwater restaurant; Fire serves Japanese Teppanyaki from its flat-top grills; Salt plates-up on blocks of Himalayan salt and Sky is a rooftop bar with a telescope for star gazing that hosts cocktail parties.


Malé (mar-lay) may be a small capital but it’s one of the most densely populated in the world. The Maldives take their name from the capital, literally meaning ‘islands of Malé. Islam is the official religion and has been since the 12th century when Dhovemi, the last Maldivian Buddhist King, converted due to the prominence of Arab traders in the Indian Ocean. The biggest cultural icon of the Maldives, the Hukuru Miskiy Mosque, built from coral boulders and is internationally recognised for its sea-culture significance. The fish market is the other major cultural insight into Malé. Fisherman unload the catch from dhonis (local boats) handcrafted from coconut palm timber. Nets are forbidden, so all produce is supposed to be line caught. Expect to see tuna so big they require a wheelbarrow, octopuses and locals busying about the stalls.

North Malé Atoll

This is where Malé’s tourist industry started in 1972 when Kurunma opened. The Velana International Airport is located on the south side (Hulhule Island) as is capital Malé. Most of the better known resorts are located nearby as well as a surging guesthouse scene that looks to simultaneously undercut the pricier resorts and offer a more culturally dynamic Maldives holiday to visitors. Ring reefs are ten a penny here – great for snorkelling.

South Malé Atoll

The southerly atoll is separated from the north by the Vaadhoo Kandu channel. It has deeper lagoons and stronger currents – in short better for SCUBA diving. It’s still only a short distance from the airport but has a different vibe altogether. It’s noticeably quieter, partly because of the lack of resorts that tend to claim the palm tree clad islands of the north and because its uninhabited islands are spread more thinly. If it's Crusoe landscape you're after, come here.

Best Time to Visit Maldives

The Maldives have a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons that vary little in temperature. The Maldives weather is best characterised by the dry season (December to April) and the wet season from May to November. The shift from the dry north-easterly monsoon to the wet south-westerly monsoon is between the months of April and May. The best time to visit is the dry season when the water is calm and tepid plus little to no chance of rain.

Divers may want to think a little differently. Visit in late-July to early October when the southwest monsoon pushes huge quantities of krill up against the westerly Baa Atoll and whale sharks and manta rays flock to take advantage of the abundance of food. This is within the Maldives’ low season so there’s great chances to score low rates on accommodation.

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Why Travelbag?

Find great offers and cheap bargains on all inclusive resort and hotel deals to the Maldives with Travelbag. Our package holidays are customised to suit your needs, whether that be the best place for diving lessons, cool accommodation features or your very own private island.

Use Travelbag experts to narrow down the bewildering range of flight and accommodation options to tailor a holiday package that suits your needs. Whether you want to learn how to dive, flop on the beach after quality spa treatments or take in the remoteness from a deserted beach, we can help.

Call our customer services department on 0203 139 7074 or visit us in one of our branches to arrange and book your Maldives getaway. Our phone lines are open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 6pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays.

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