For one of the ultimate beach destinations, some of the best snorkelling and luxury overwater villas in the world, it can only be the Maldives. Quite rightly the atolls, coral islands, reefs and lagoons of the Maldives have a reputation for providing that quintessentially luxurious beach holiday, where pure indulgence and gastronomy rule supreme. However, there are more things to do in the Maldives than you might’ve thought, with watersports and a snapshot of local culture there to intersperse days spent relishing your overwater villa, or unwinding in the spa.
Of course, the main draw of any trip to the Maldives, whether on a family holiday, short break or romantic honeymoon, are the bone-white sandy beaches, irresistible cobalt seas and five-star thatched casitas which demand pure relaxation. At Elite Travel Concierge, we only work with the best Maldives villas and resorts, meaning you can be sure of a perfect infinity pool, four-poster bed overlooking the Indian Ocean and private beaches to stroll along during your stay. Some of those unmistakable resorts really are special, perched above the water with their own terrace and pontoon, gourmet cuisine served straight to your door, and the kind of traditional spa treatments that will have you coming back time and time again.
Undoubtedly, it’s the views from your villa, that sense of isolation and paradise look of these islands which are the Maldives’ greatest attractions. This is an exclusive escape and it really is as good as it looks. Yet between the pampering, sunbathing and cocktails, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained, when the time is right. Watersports are extremely popular here, with all Elite Travel Concierge resorts operating their own fantastic programme of fun-filled adventures including paddle-boarding, sea kayaking, parasailing, surfing and tubing. You can take a boat tour in search of dolphins, or even jump aboard a speedboat and go island hopping, catching sight of more heavenly beaches and local life too, particularly if visiting Male, the capital, known for its Friday Mosque, National Museum, fish market and bustling harbourfront.
Then there’s the scope for snorkelling and scuba diving, possibly the most popular pastime in the Maldives as these idyllic shores are crying out to be discovered. No matter where your hotel is located, there will be bountiful marine life to admire all around: colourful corals, tropical fish and sea turtles, with Maaya Thila, South Ari Atoll, Banana Reef, Miyaru Kandu and Sun Island among the best Maldives dive and snorkel sites.
Finally, this region is also known for its delectably fresh seafood and passion for fine dining, a fact which makes every candlelit, sunset meal with ocean views even more special. Welcome to the Maldives.