Popular Maldives Resorts
Welcome to the Maldives
Welcome to the Maldives, where sands are white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you their arms.
Country at a Glance
Maldives has deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees. It is also a place full of character, where its people have long spent their days languishing in the very essence of idyll living. Read More Location and GeographyThe country is made up of 1,190 coral islands formed around 26 natural ring-like atolls, spread over 90,000 square kilometers.
For Maldivians, who love a good story, it is somehow fitting that the early history of the country is enshrined in myth and legend.
The islands of Maldives appear in-between the trading route of the Indian Ocean. Thus settlers, and visitors from neighbouring regions and around the world have come in contact with the islands for as long as history has been recorded.
The islands are protected by thousands of reefs that need to be alive for this unique archipelago to exist in future. The corals on our reefs need its countlessinhabitants to feed on them for the corals to re-grow.
Weather and Climate
The weather in the Maldives is usually picture perfect: sunlit days, breezy nights, balmy mornings, and iridescent sunsets.
Travel to the Maldives has truly boomed in the past decade to the point that its resorts now set the standard for long-haul luxury beach holidays and are regular winners of international travel awards. Outside on the lagoon at the airport, red Maldivian Air Taxi Twin Otter seaplanes line up like black cabs outside Paddington Station, ready to spirit new arrivals away to their resorts. Flown by their famous barefoot pilots and seating a maximum of 20 people, these 'air taxis' are the closest most of us will ever get to travelling in a private jet - you sometimes find yourself as the only passenger on board. The ride is thrilling (provided you're not a nervous flyer, of course), not least the splash-landing in the lagoon of an island paradise that will be your home for the next week. Jumping out of the plane, you're then delivered by traditional dhoni fishing boat to the island's dock where crisp linen-uniformed staff line up to welcome you bearing cold compresses for your brow and a welcome cocktail for your thirst. Welcome to the Maldives, where things are really rather lovely. +4The luxury you experience in the Maldives is incomparable. Made up of more than a thousand equatorial humps of sand poking their heads above the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are as strange and delicate as they are heavenly.Famously at risk from rising sea levels (the islands' highest point is just 8ft above sea level), the Maldives have turned their geographic uniqueness into their main selling point and fashioned themselves into an unparalleled luxury destination by limiting development of each tiny coral island to just one resort and nothing else.
Choose the right resort
We cannot stress enough how important it is to choose the right Maldives resort. Its white beaches, crystal clear waters and incredible service makes the Maldives Heaven on Earth.
The Maldives are known for their pristine natural environments. Outside of the capital island Malé, this made-for-tourism destination is just resorts, resorts and more resorts, punctuated by endless stretches of empty beach.But picking the right Maldives resort for you will keep things exciting. Here is a selection of the best ones for those looking for sports, romance, family fun and more.