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Located southwest of India, the Maldives is a group of nearly 1,200 small coral islands that form an archipelago of 26 atolls spread out over the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The geography of the islands is such that they are completely flat, which makes them ideal for effortless scenic strolls. Powder-soft beaches with spectacular ocean views lead to beautiful lagoons and beneath the water, the coral coastline forms an intricate underwater paradise resplendent with marine life. With its warm temperature and exceptional clarity, the water off the Maldivian coasts is renowned for breathtaking snorkeling and diving spots.

Each resort is set on its own island, offering seclusion and privacy, and many are well-known for having some of the largest and most luxurious over-water villas of any island destination. The Maldives is in the forefront of resort development and there are a unique variety of superb resorts offering luxury's finest trappings. Several features of note include spectacular over- and underwater gourmet restaurants, underground wine cellars, over-water villas with private plunge pools, private island picnics, and some of the most expansive spa facilities – even with underwater spa treatment rooms. Many guests choose to simply relax and soak up the soothing atmosphere on some of the world's most picturesque beaches.

Options for transferring to resorts are based on distance, and short jaunts from the airport are achieved via speedboat or yacht, while resorts further out are reached by seaplane or domestic flight.

Insider's Guide:

  • Each resort is on its own Island
  • Most Luxurious Over-Water Villas in the World
  • Amazing Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
  • Some of the most innovative and luxurious resorts

Resort Overview

Weather is great year round in the Maldives. The wet season in the Maldives is comparable to the dry season in many other destinations. There are two main seasons, the winter months tend to be dryer (October to May) and the summer months are typically a little more humid (June to September).

The driest months tend to be February to April. Peak season is from Christmas through New Years and this is the most expensive time to go. The weather in the Maldives can be fairly hard to predict, as rain can happen any time of the year. When rain falls, it typically falls for an hour or so in the afternoon or evening and tends to cool people off.

The Maldives is often visited as a destination in itself, but can also be combined with trips to India, Sri Lanka, Dubai, cities in Asia, or even a European holiday. Flights to the Maldives most often go through Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, London, Sri Lanka, and Doha, though there are flights from other cities in Europe and Asia.

From North America the most popular flight route is to fly through Dubai in getting to the Maldives. Emirates Airlines has twice daily flights from New York to Dubai. Emirates Airlines also has daily flights from Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles to Dubai. Emirates Airlines then has connecting flights from Dubai to the Maldives.

Singapore Airlines fly's via Singapore to the Maldives from many major cities around the World. From the U.S. there are flights from New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to Singapore. Singapore Airlines then has connecting flights from Singapore to the Maldives.

British Airways fly's from London to the Maldives twice a week. This allows travelers to fly to London from a number of cities in North American and then connect on to the Maldives using London as a gateway.

Malaysia Airlines fly's to the Maldives via Kuala Lumpur.

There are flights on Qatar Airways via Doha, Qatar. Qatar Airways fly's from Washington D.C. and New York to Doha with connecting flights on to the Maldives.

Sri Lankan Airlines and Bangkok Airways also fly to the Maldives from Colombo and Bangkok respectively.

There are a number of great excursions in the Maldives. Contact Linara Travel for more details. A few excursions are:

  • Private Island Picnic
  • Sandbank Dining
  • Local Village Tour
  • Traditional Dhoni Sailing
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Boat and Yacht Charter
  • Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Maldives Facts

  • The population is over 300,000.
  • The capital is Malé. Malé is on its own island. The International airport is on its own island next to Malé.
  • 26 different atolls with 1,190 islands make up the Maldives.
  • There are no hills or mountains in the entire country. The highest point in the Maldives is only 8.5 feet above sea level. Most of the islands are less than 6 feet above sea level.
  • The official language is Divehi which is an ancient form of Sri Lankan Sinhalese, however, English is widely spoken at resorts and in Male.
  • The currency is the Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR), though paying with credit cards in US Dollars is standard at resorts.

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