Breathtaking, picture-perfect, heaven on earth – there are countless ways to describe the thousands of tropical island that make up the Maldives, but none quite do it justice. This stunning hotspot has long been a favourite with jet-setters, celebrities and holiday-makers from around the world. The Maldives, officially known as the Republic of Maldives, actually consists of a chain of 26 atolls, and over 1200 coral island sandbanks, of which around only 200 are inhabited – 110 of which are home to Maldives resorts. These atolls are broken down into 21 administrative divisions by the government. The Maldives lie just southwest of both Sri Lanka as well as the southern tip of India. The Maldives span over 297km2, which makes it a very dispersed country.
The Maldives has become one of the world's best scuba diving destinations because of the white sand beaches, coral reefs, clear warm waters, numerous scuba diving sites and rich marine life. The stunning turquoise ocean is beautifully warm and has a host of exotic and exhilarating marine life from vibrant corals, unbelievable tropical fish to larger pelagic species that include a variety of sharks.
Snorkelling is the first step into seeing a different world. Anyone who can swim can do it, it’s cheap (and often free) to use the equipment and the rewards are immediately evident. The colours of the fish and coral are far better at shallow depths, because water absorbs light. This means a visual feast awaits any snorkeller on any decent reef.
One of the best excursions you can take while in the Maldives is one on a dhoni, a traditional Maldivian boat. Have a look around to see which option appeals to you, but the sunset cruise, complete with champagne or cocktail offerings, is something special. This remarkable experience is bound to stick with you for the rest of your life and is made even more memorable if a pod of dolphins graces you with its presence.
Whichever luxury island resort you choose, once you are there, you are probably going to find it very hard to leave (especially when your stay actually draws to an end). Visitng some of the local islands such is a hugely enriching experience and allows you to get a real feel of the local people. Explore the heritage of this wondrous and diverse country by island hopping and make the most of your time.
The Maldives in recent years has attracted professional surfers. Maldives has hosted international surfing competitions which put her as a world surfing destination. Dhonveli Beach and Spa fomerly Thari Village, is reputed to be the best surf stop-over in the Maldives. The resort has access to two of the best surfs in North Male. Surfers are given accommodation at Dhonveli Beach and Spa itself and in the nearby resorts.
Massages in Maldives are performed with high quality ingredients, rich in premium coconut to hydrate, passion flower to soothe, and premium flower essences to relax, rejuvenate and calm your body and mind. Enjoy a rejuvenating and life-changing experience near the ocean, while listening to the swaying of the palm trees and waves.