The Maldives islands are home to some of the very best scuba diving in the world. Even if you’re not a diver, snorkelling in the warm waters offers wonderful opportunities to spot a wide variety of marine life. Some resorts have their own diving schools, whilst others have their own reefs and you may even see whale sharks.
Surrounded by the blissfully warm Indian Ocean, the Maldives is one of the most popular and sought after holiday destinations on Earth. Find out why in our travel guide to the Maldives …
The Savile Row Travel Guide to the Maldives
The Maldives is a collection of islands surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean. It is among the most popular holiday destinations in the world and particularly noted for its wonderful beaches and natural beauty.
Why Visit the Maldives?
The Maldives islands are some of the most beautiful islands of their kind. They almost perfectly match most people’s image of an ideal island paradise. Yet the reality of the Maldives actually exceeds the pictures in the brochures. Pictures just don’t do it justice, you have to experience the Maldives yourself. The region is also far quieter and more private than many similar destinations.
The Maldives is also noted for the high quality experience it offers to visitors. Thanks to 40 years of thriving tourism, the area has very high standards in food, service, accommodation, and other amenities.
When to Visit?
The Maldives benefits from plenty of sunshine and year-round warm weather. As such, it is an ideal place to visit whether for a summer break or a winter getaway. Throughout the year, temperatures vary between 26-30 degrees centigrade (79-86F), so the islands offer warm weather even at the coolest times. The only real month to avoid is monsoon season in November. Christmas and New Year is also a great time to visit the Maldives.
The first three months of the year are the most popular time to visit, as this period tends to be blessed with the clearest skies and the warmest, calmest waters. This is followed by April which is a “shoulder” period and often benefits from lower prices. After this, less predictable weather results in a low season, but until the monsoon period asde, it’s highly unlikely the cooler weather will ruin any holidays.
Sightseeing in the Maldives
The Maldives has a long history. It has been inhabited for many centuries, possibly more than 2,000 years, and is now home to a fascinating culture. As a result, it is also home to many cultural sites, including fascinating heritage sites. Among these are the Old Friday Mosque and Grand Friday Mosque, both found in Male. The wooden palace of Utheemu Ganduvaru on the Haa Aliff Atoll is also a truly fascinating site.
The Maldives is well-known for its natural beauty. There are many natural sites to see as well as man-made and historical ones. The beaches are exceptionally beautiful, with particular sites such as Sun Island Beach gaining particular praise from tourists. Many visitors to the Maldives say that scuba diving in locations such as Banana Reef and Manta Point is also unmissable.
If sustainable tourism is your ideal, then look no further than the Soneva Fushi resort. Nestled amongst beach front jungle and within touching distance of pristine, protected coral, this luxury resort is the perfect unforgettable getaway for couples and families alike.
Romance in the Maldives
The Maldives is the epitome of a lover’s paradise. Whether you are looking for that idyllic honeymoon, or to spend precious alone-time with your special someone, the Maldives guarantees to deliver.
Things to Know
Visitors to the Maldives should expect to dress modestly. This does not mean that women are required to cover their heads, but it is generally best not to show too much flesh outside of the most private settings.
The local currency of the Maldives is the Rufiyaa. However, tourists often find it best to use a combination of credit or debit cards and US dollars.
Because of its locatation, the Maldives works really well as part of a luxury multi-destination holiday. Some of the most popular destinations to combine with the Maldives are Dubai or Sri Lanka, to make your trip even more memorable. We specialise in luxury bespoke multi-destination tours and can help you to make the very most of your precious time away.
How to book your luxury Maldives holiday
It couldn’t be simpler to book your perfect holiday in the Maldives. At Savile Row Travel, we take care of every detail. And we mean every detail.
From the taxi that collects you from your home, to the overnight airport hotel if you have an early flight and everything you could wish for when you land at your destination. You don’t need to scour the internet for flights, we take care of all that hassle for you – at no extra cost than if you do it yourself. Our local connections in the Maldives also mean that we secure the best possible rate for your accommodation.
Call 01491 575 987 or pop in to see us in our Market Square office in Henley-on-Thames to begin your next holiday in paradise.