Planning a trip to the Maldives?

Martin Lake on 28 August 2019
When planning a trip to the Maldives, there’s quite a lot to consider…

With 1,192 coral islands (only 200 of which are inhabited) and over 140 resorts to choose from, where do you start?

The Maldives is the lowest and flattest nation in the world. Its beaches are pristine and the shimmering azure blue ocean is a haven for marine life.

If you’re planning a trip, you’ll probably already know the type of holiday to expect. Most are looking for an idyllic setting with nice beach, good quality accommodation, maybe some snorkelling or diving, and decent food and drink at a reasonable price. Not too much to ask for then?

The first thing to consider is the climate. Is there a good time to visit or is it really a year-round destination? The Maldives Tourist Board will suggest the latter of course. But in reality, dry season runs from December to March / April, and wet season from May to November. Wet season tends to bring short downpours (usually in the afternoons) and the rest of the time the sun will shine and the temperature will be in the late 20s. It’s worth noting that visibility is not at its best when diving during the wet season.

In terms of pricing when in the resorts, food and drinks can be quite expensive. Expect to pay at least on a par to London prices. A five-star resort can charge £20 for a burger and £7 for a pint of beer. This can start to run up a large bill, so my advice would be to opt for ‘All Inclusive’ so that you’ve budgeted in advance and can then simply enjoy your holiday without the worry of looking at the menu (with a gulp) each time you fancy a tipple.

Your international flight will fly into Male, the capital. Male itself has little to offer so it’s best to head straight to your chosen resort. This can be done in one of three ways. Access to each resort will differ – it will either be by speedboat, domestic flight and speedboat, or by seaplane. The cost for this will be incorporated into the initial price of your holiday.

Accommodation choices within the resorts are wide and varied. You may be looking for a beachfront villa, an overwater bungalow or something somewhere in between. Thankfully, all the options are low-rise and although the quality will vary depending on price, the standards are usually very good wherever you choose. On the subject of price, it’s usually a good idea to have some idea of budget and what you have available to spend on your trip. The difference in cost between the resorts can quite literally be thousands of pounds per night.

So, where’s the best place to stay? Of course, this comes down to individual choice and your particular requirements. It’s also where I come in as I have first-hand knowledge of a number of resorts (not all 140 though!) and can help choose the perfect one for you at a price that fits your budget. I have quick access to all available options at discounted rates and by working together I can create a tailor-made Maldives holiday to suit.

You may even be tempted to add-on a trip to see Sri Lanka at the same time..!