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The Maldives - Picking Your Perfect Slice of Paradise

If the Maldives is on your wish list, chances are you've already indulged in daydreams about the idyllic experience awaiting you. 


The pristine white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life, and the allure of a barefoot escape create a captivating image. However, with over 150 resorts and countless picture-perfect images, finding the ideal island can be overwhelming.


Scroll down to read some key considerations to help you select your perfect slice of paradise in the Maldives.


Let's start by discussing your budget. Providing me with an idea of how much you're willing to spend on your holiday will help narrow down the possibilities.


When to go:

The Maldives is a year-round destination, but it's worth considering the weather patterns. January to April are generally the driest months and peak tourist season. From May to October, there may be more rainfall, but you can still enjoy long periods of sunshine. If diving and snorkelling are your priorities, it's important to discuss visibility and the marine life you can expect during different times of the year.


Island Size:  

Consider how important the island's size is to you. Some islands can be strolled around within 10 minutes, while others offer more extensive grounds for exploration by foot, cycle, or buggy. Larger islands often provide additional facilities like tennis courts, communal pools, and multiple dining options.

Getting to your island:

After landing at the main airport in Male, you'll have three transportation options to reach your island paradise:

  • Speedboat: The closest islands are usually accessible by speedboat, offering a quick and convenient transfer directly from outside the airport to your resort.

  • Seaplane: For islands located a bit further away, seaplanes are used. While they can be noisy and lack air conditioning, the aerial view during the journey is breath-taking and adds a unique experience to your trip.

  • Domestic Flight: If you're arriving in the evening or heading to the outer atolls, domestic flights are available. Once you land at one of the 10 domestic airports in the Maldives, you'll usually be transferred to your resort via speedboat.


Accommodation Preferences:

The style and location of your accommodation can significantly enhance your experience. Discuss your preferences for modern or rustic decor and whether you'd prefer a beachfront villa or an bungalow. Drawing from personal experiences, I can provide insights into the pros and cons of each option.


Dining Plans:

Since you'll be enjoying all your meals on the same island, it's worth considering the available dining plans.  Typically, resorts offer options such as breakfast-only, half board (breakfast and dinner), full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and All-Inclusive.  Variations exist across different islands.  I usually recommend half board as a minimum.


Activities and Facilities:

Determine your priorities among the range of experiences the Maldives has to offer. Whether it's indulging in spa treatments, engaging in water sports, exploring marine life through diving, or seeking pure relaxation on a secluded island, we'll find the perfect resort that aligns with your preferences.


Twin-Centre Options:

If you are not sure if you want to spend your entire holiday on a little island there are plenty of combinations you could consider… could try a couple of islands or Sri Lanka, India, South Africa, Singapore, or the Middle East are just a few of the potential combinations worth exploring.


By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision when choosing your perfect slice of paradise in the Maldives. Whether it's finding the right budget, timing, accessibility, resort size, accommodation preference, dining plan, or activity selection, there is an ideal island waiting for you.


On my last trip to the Maldives back in 2023, I was fortunate to hop around and explore the wonders of Soneva Fushi, Amilla, Como Cocoa, and Baros. Each spot had its own vibe and charm, giving me a taste of paradise in multiple flavors—I'm still dreaming about them!


If you would like to plan a holiday to the Maldives please do get in touch.


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