It’s the ultimate dream vacation: a luxurious escape to a private island. Whether you’re looking for a luxury family holiday or romantic getaway, in the Maldives, your dream can become a reality. Here, there are no beach hawkers peddling sarongs or souvenir t-shirts. No taxi touts trolling for business. And did we mention that the Maldivian islands are among the most beautiful in the world?
Welcome to paradise! Holiday dreams come true in the Maldives
Born of towering volcanoes that have long since sunk into the sea, the nation’s 1,200 islands are scattered across a far-flung corner of the Indian Ocean. The Maldives’ remote location has kept it pristine. Not only has its popularity grown slowly over the last 40 years, avoiding the sudden surge in tourism that can overwhelm infrastructure, its coral reefs shield its atolls from devastating tropical storms.
Now, more than ever, is an exciting time to visit. Colourful coral reefs and deep-water denizens like the giant manta ray and whale shark are still a major draw for divers from around the world, and crystal-clear waters and some of the most stunning white sand beaches on the planet lure holiday-goers in search of tranquil escapes. But nature is no longer the only draw.
Far from quaint cottages and rustic beach shacks, Anantara Vacation Club Escapes resorts like Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa and Anantara Veli Resort & Spa have evolved in high style. Home to overwater villas, private infinity pools and spas and nightclubs under the sea, these tiny islands offer experiences that rival those of the best cities in the world, all against a backdrop of turquoise lagoons and green palm trees. Plus, in addition to local dishes and simply grilled fresh catches, there’s award-winning cuisine, world-class cellars of wine, cheese and charcuterie along with in-house chocolate experts.
But on the Maldives, even amidst the decadent there’s plenty of opportunity for simple living. Feel the sand squish between your toes or sway gently in a hammock. Plunge into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean or sip a cocktail and watch the sun set. Under a dome of brilliant stars, enjoy your private paradise—however long you stay.
When to go
January, February and March are the most ideal months for a trip to the Maldives, but there’s really no bad time to visit: Temperatures between 26°C – 30°C year-round. Monsoon season is in November, but even then, rains howers typically come in short, afternoon bursts. The high season stretches from November to April (It’s a particularly popular place to spend Christmas and New Year).
The Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa, but you won’t need it! Resort bills are best paid by credit card, and American dollars are preferred for other expenses, such as tips and purchases on excursions.
Local laws and etiquette
Sheltered on private islands, tourists are generally free to relax without worrying about the minutia of local customs or etiquette. If you venture out on an excursion, however, you’ll want to dress a bit more modestly than you might at the resort.