If there’s one place in the world that seems to epitomize luxury and exclusivity, it must be the island nation of Maldives in the Indian Ocean. There are few destinations that are more expensive, as well. Therefore, a visit here can be the trip of a lifetime.
Traveling to the Maldives from North or South America can be a challenge. Direct flights to Male, the nation’s capital, tend to originate in the Middle East, India, Sri Lanka, and some cities in Asia such as Hong Kong and Singapore. Direct flights from London and istanbul are also available. If you live near one of the theses areas, then you’re in luck. If you don’t, expect a fairly long and hectic journey.
However, once you arrive, you’re in paradise, which makes it all worth it.
Where To Stay
Aside from the capital of Male, there are no hotels in the Maldives, only resorts. That being said, the resorts are exquisite, and many of them take up their own islands. Resorts tend to be specialized as well, with some focusing on diving, others focusing on family stays or luxury accommodation. All are very expensive. It is common for $1000 USD or more to be an adequate weekly budget for a couple for food, drink, and activities only. Transport and accommodation is above that cost.
However, the overwater bungalows that Maldives is famous for are a real treat. There’s not a lot that more tropical or more fun than being able to come right out of your room and jump into the ocean. Some even have glass floors so you can watch the fish swim around in the water just below.
Eat and Drink
Naturally, menus in the Maldives focus on seafood. The culture of the food draws heavily from its Sri Lankan and Indian roots, with some Arabic tastes thrown in as well. Alcohol is illegal in this Muslim nation, but resorts have licenses to serve it to their guests. However, there is a steep markup on the cost of alcohol. Many visitors have noticed that alcohol is the most expensive part of their stay.
Maldives is known around the world as a premier SCUBA destination. The remote location of the islands mean that the water is crystal clear and the sea life is abundant. Whale shark sightings are very common in the area and these gentle giants draw large crowds. Many avid divers choose live aboard dive boats to maximize the experience.
Surfing has also become more popular in the area. Large international surfing competitions have been held in the Maldives recently, putting this destination on the surfing map. Many local tour operators cater specifically to surfers, offering boat trips to various breaks.
Ultimately, it all comes down to finances. If you can afford it and if you have the time to get there, Maldives is a fantastic, exclusive vacation that you will talk about for years to come. Why not consider this amazing destination for your next special trip?