The Maldives is the ultimate picture-perfect destination. The sand really is that white and the sea really is that azure. But you still want to know the right place to go – I’m afraid not every resort lives up to the promise of its website. Some of the resorts I have visited have had that pristine first impression but disastrous food or complete lack of privacy whereas others have gone beyond all expectation with the sort of service which ensures that the fresh coconut juice is there before even you even knew you wanted it.
You really don’t want to travel to a paradise island only to find the accommodation more akin to a business hotel in Manhattan. Equally you don’t go for loud music and an underground club. The key is finding the right resort for you, with the right atmosphere, the right style and therefore the right crowd. Passepartout’s personal focus will enable you to cut through the confusion of all those conflicting online reviews.
Need to Know
– Male is about a 10.5 hour flight away from London.
– Within the Maldives you’ll either reach your destination by speedboat, scheduled domestic flight or seaplane.
– Temperatures are a constant 30 degrees year round (86 degrees in old money) and there is always a chance of rain. January-April are technically the driest months but May-December (except Christmas) represent much better value for money.
Visa/ entry requirements
– Visas can be obtained ahead of travel or on arrival.
When to go:
Temperatures hover around 30 degrees year round and although there is always a risk of rain, they should only ever be short, sharp showers.
From £3000pp in low season up to £10,000pp in peak season in the best places.
"Fish of the Maldives" by Andrea Ghisotti
At least one swimsuit. You'll rarely be out of the sea.
Did you know?
The highest point in the Maldives is on the Wilingili Islands in the Addu Atoll. It’s 7 feet 11 inches above sea level.