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maldives

maldives indian ocean

A double string of 1,190 coral islands to the southwest of Sri Lanka, stretching north to just south of the equator, make up the Republic of Maldives.

We have hand picked just a few of the spa best resorts here, but have many more on our books.  So, if you're looking to go somewhere that we have not published on our site, please let us know. 

In the meantime, we have 7 night trips (including return flights) starting from around £1,300 per person, rising to around £7,000. There's so much choice!  See all places to stay

This archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 130 km (81 miles) at its widest point and 820 km (510 miles) in length, is also the flattest in the world, with the highest natural land less than 2.4 m (8 feet) above sea level.

Grouped into 26 atolls – ring-shaped coral formations enclosing a lagoon, which provide a natural defence against wind and wave – the Maldives covers a total area of 859,000 square kilometres (331,661 square miles), yet only 1% of this is land. Not surprisingly, this aquatic nation is considered one of the top 10 diving spots in the world. With only 200 inhabited islands and an additional 98 islands developed exclusively as tourist resorts, tourism is the dominant support for the economy.

Malé is the capital of the Republic of Maldives, an island 2 km (1.2 miles) long and 1 km (0.6 mile) wide.  Though built to the edge, Malé is clean and quaint, with markets, mosques and a maze of small streets that approximately 103,000 people call home.

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Weather and seasons

The weather in the Maldives is exactly what you expect from your tropical paradise.  Pleasant temperatures all year round, with two main seasons:  the dry season (from the end of October until the end of March), and the rainy season (from the end of April until the end of October).

The dry season is therefore the prime time to visit the Maldives, when the weather is ideal for simply lazing on the beach, or diving in and around the hot spots in the Maldives.  The average temperature during the dry season is around 27C (80F).

The water temperature in Maldives never drops below 25 degrees, and with the average sunshine surpassing 8 hours in a day, it is difficult not to enjoy the blissful weather conditions.

Seasonal highlights

January - December:  See Napoleon wrasse, reef fish and turtles while diving and snorkelling.

February-March:  Seas are generally calm with a glass-like surface. You can see coral spawning during night dives, with the greatest display in late March.

May-October:  See manta rays while diving and snorkelling.  A combination of large swells from ocean currents and the western monsoon creates ideal conditions for surfers.

November-March:  This is the season to see sharks, eagle rays and dolphins during dives.

bandos island resort

bandos island resort


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights full board from £1,255

Bandos Island resort (4*) is nestled in lush green vegetation, with white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters in its own lagoon, and just a 20 minute speedboat ride from Malé.

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reethi beach resort

reethi beach resort


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights half board from £1,360

Located on a tiny island in Baa Atoll, a scenic 35 minute seaplane flight from Male. Fantastic combination of land and water based activities, plus a lovely little spa.

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soneva jani

soneva jani


maldives, indian ocean    room per night from £1,415

The newest luxury resort to open in the Maldives (November 5), Soneva Jani is the perfect combination of nature and luxury, providing guests with an exceptional experience in idyllic surroundings.

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palm beach resort and spa

palm beach resort and spa


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights full board from £1,435

Set on a pristine island within the Lhaviyani Atoll, Palm Beach Resort & Spa offers Italian hospitality in a Maldivian paradise surrounded by white sandy beaches and protected by a magnificent lagoon and coral reefs.

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lux maldives

lux maldives


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £1,615

Lux* Maldives (previously called Diva) is located in the South Ari Atoll, which is renowned for being one of the best dive sites in the world, accessible by a 25 minute seaplane from Male. Due to the way the resort is configured, it's great for both families and couples.

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kandooma

kandooma


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights full board from £1,650

A speedboat ferries you across the turquoise waters from Malé International Airport to this contemporary resort hotel in just 40 minutes. Slip into island life from the moment you arrive...

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coco palm dhuni kolhu

coco palm dhuni kolhu


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £1,759

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is a delightfully escapist resort island in the Baa Atoll, surrounded by pure white sandy beaches with a breathtaking lagoon, accessed by a 30 minute seaplane transfer from Male airport.

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komandoo

komandoo


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights half board from £1,795

Komandoo Maldives Resort is an idyllic private island retreat for adults only. A tranquil haven of charm and elegance, only 100m wide and 500m long, surrounded by sugar white sand.

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coco palm bodu hithi

coco palm bodu hithi


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £1,810

This wonderful luxury island retreat has earned a reputation for exceptional standards of service combined with superb accommodation. Perfect for a romantic escape.

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baros

baros


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £1,865

Baros is a gorgeous island retreat in the North Male Atoll and just a short speedboat ride from Male Airport. The perfect retreat destination for couples.

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constance moofushi

constance moofushi


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights all inclusive from £2,129

A holiday to Constance Moofushi is all about relaxation and rejuvenation and combines the Robinson Crusoe barefoot elegance of an elegant luxury resort with the hotel's renowned levels of service. This is an exceptional scuba diving destination. All inclusive packages available.

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kanuhura

kanuhura


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £2,500

This is a well established deluxe resort, combining superb beaches and extensive facilities. Kanuhura is located on the secluded island of Lhaviyana, 45 minutes by sea plane north of Male.

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six senses laamu

six senses laamu


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £2,680

Located on the beautiful, privately-owned Olhuveli Island, this luxurious resort offers beach and over-water accommodation which combines elegant, organic design with eco-awareness to stunning effect. And a fabulous Six Senses spa.

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como maalifushi

como maalifushi


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £2,750

The first and only luxury resort to open in the pristine Thaa Atoll, COMO Maalifushi has just 62 sublime over-water villas and garden suites. Is this the ultimate private island escape?

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ozen maadhoo

ozen maadhoo


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights all incl from £2,899

Opened in July 2016 and located on an idyllic island that's just a small strip of platinum white sandy beaches, surrounded by the vibrant blues of an expansive lagoon; it's a magical island paradise in which to relax and unwind.

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cocoa island by como

cocoa island by como


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £2,950

This stunning private island resort offers the ultimate in stylish simplicity, total relaxation and gourmet dining, just a 30 minute speedboat journey from Male airport. The house reefs and nearby dive sites are amongst the best in the world for diving and snorkelling.

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hideaway beach resort

hideaway beach resort


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £2,995

This luxurious retreat is situated on the otherwise uninhabited island of Dhonakulhi. Nestled in a lush, verdant paradise, it offers an effortless blend of nature-inspired luxury and pure opulence.

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gili lankanfushi

gili lankanfushi


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £3,125

Gili Lankanfushi (formerly Soneva Gili) was the first all over-water villa resort in the Maldives and still leads the way with its spectacular villas-on-stilts. It successfully combines barefoot luxury, stylish sophistication and exceptional service.

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shangri la villingili

shangri la villingili


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £3,545

Located at the southern tip of the Addu Atoll, just south of the equator, the luxury Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa sits on a long narrow island with over six kilometres of coastline, superb white sand beaches and lush tropical foliage. Unlike many resorts in the Maldives, there's lots to keep you active here.

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soneva fushi

soneva fushi


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £3,595

The ultimate Robinson Crusoe island, Soneva Fushi by Six Senses is a 30 minute seaplane journey from Male airport and offers a fabulous barefoot luxury experience.

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reethi rah

reethi rah


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £3,615

Stylish, trendy and very popular, One & Only Reethi Rah offers high quality accommodation combined with extensive leisure facilities. This award winning resort is on one of the largest islands in the North Male Atoll.

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the residence maldives

the residence maldives


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £3,689

Wrapped in sweeps of sand and peaceful seas, occupying the southern Maldivian island of Falhumaafushi, this stunning modern resort enjoys state of the art facilities and offers a variety of activities.

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four seasons kuda huraa

four seasons kuda huraa


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £3,695

Find adventure and relaxation for all the family at the Four Seasons' colourful private island of Kuda Huraa, voted the number one Travel Experience 2011 by readers of Condé Nast Traveller.

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four seasons landaa giraavaru

four seasons landaa giraavaru


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £4,215

This luxurious island retreat is situated in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. This Four Seasons is set in 40 acres of lush natural vegetation, encircled by white sand beaches lapped by clear turquoise lagoons - the perfect oasis for visitor seeking tranquillity and relaxation (or active sporting relaxation!)

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cheval blanc randheli

cheval blanc randheli


maldives, indian ocean    7 nights from £4,700

On the Noonu Atoll in the north west of the Maldives, Cheval Blanc Randheli encompasses five pristine islands in a stunning lagoon, offering the ultimate in exclusivity, minimalist luxury design, fine dining and the best spa treatments.

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