Dreaming of the Maldives? What you should know!

By Adene Cassidy | Aug 23, 2017 |

The Maldives is a picture perfect destination, with its white sandy beaches, and tropical climate, it’s one of our most popular layby holidays. Made up of 26 natural atolls positioned in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, it’s popular with honeymooners and those wanting a pure getaway.

How long should you book for? Five days is plenty of time, even if you are on honeymoon and don’t want to get back to the real world in a hurry. This is long enough to make the most of all the activities on offer and will still give you hours to laze around on sunbeds! 



Where to stay? If you layby your holiday with us, you have three options (makes it easy!). The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, a 5 Star Hotel located just 20 minutes from Male. Our package includes breakfast and there are a range of villas available from over water to beachfront. The Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa, a 4 Star hotel, offers an all-inclusive package which can help you manage the overall cost of the holiday. This resort is popular with honeymooners, they’ve built a reputation with their romantic extra touches … hand-made chocolates and champagne on arrival sound good? The Anantara, an adults’ only resort is pure luxury, their overwater bungalows (yes, just like the pictures) and private plunge pools will guarantee you more likes on Instagram! If this has your name written on it but you’re worried about budget, book your holiday layby for longer to reduce the payments. 




How to get there
- After you arrive in Male transfers to your resort will either be by boat or seaplane. Make sure you understand exactly what your layover time is to avoid frustration or disappointment when you get there. Sea planes don’t operate before dawn or after dark so if your flight arrives after 4pm you will need to stay in male or at the hotel on the airport island. 



What do you do there?
Sleep, eat, relax repeat. But if you want more there are plenty of water activities available. Check what activities are included in your package and what will cost you extra but here are some of the cool things you can do: dive, visit whale sharks and manta ray points. Jet skiing, wake boarding, kayaking and stand up paddling. If you want a day off the water there are four-wheel drive tours available on some of the islands. Many resorts offer romantic picnics on private islands or you can rent a boat with a skipper for an island tour. Make sure you experience Ithaa, a very popular underwater restaurant!



Tips
and extras can add up! No matter where you stay each resort applies a 10% service tax and an 8% goods and services tax, so be prepared any extra drinks, food or activities will attract both taxes. It’s a great idea to always check your bill half way through your stay to see where it’s at. Even better plan a daily budget before you go and add it to your spending money when you layby your holiday.


Wifi not everyone wants to switch off on holiday, even in the Maldives, so if you want to stay connected check if your resort offers Wifi and at what cost, it can be expensive! 





Food if you want to keep that beach body you’ve been working on it won’t be too hard! The food is generally very light and healthy, most of the dishes are cooked using coconuts in some form, there is plenty of seafood available and rice dishes. Washed down with plenty of cocktails of course! Remember alcohol is only served at the resorts. 



What to pack
– sunscreen, flip flops, maybe some trainers and plenty of swimsuits! If you plan on snorkelling and exploring the islands, take your snorkels, reef shoes and any gear you own with you, it can save on the hire costs if the resort charges extra. An underwater camera or go pro if you have one, there are some magical reefs you will want to capture!

If you have any tips on the Maldives, please share them with us below and don’t forget to tag us on your holiday!

Although the sun is shining in the Maldives for most of the year, it is a tropical climate with both a wet and dry season. The best weather is between November and April,  and high season is from December to March.



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