• Maldives, Indian Ocean

Maldives Holidays

Maldives holidays take you to a nation of over 1,000 islands, each surrounded by white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. It’s an idyllic spot, perfect for a romantic break, with some of the best scuba diving in the world and iconic over-water hotels offering a host of facilities. 

The Maldives is home to 26 atolls, with its many islands hosting just one hotel each. You’ll find some of the world’s best and most picturesque hotels, many offering over-water villas. Here you can fall asleep listening to the lapping of the waves of the Indian Ocean beneath you, or experience undersea restaurants featuring gourmet menus. Adventurers will find plenty of activities too, including hiking through rainforests, stumbling across waterfalls and exploring colourful coral reefs. If that wasn't relaxing enough, many Maldives holidays are all-inclusive so you can be as indulgent as you like.

Experience island paradise in the Maldives

At Hayes & Jarvis we offer tailor made luxury holidays to over 60 destinations. Our 65 years of experience mean we have the inside knowledge and expert advice you need to build the perfect holiday in the Maldives. Whether you want to spend long lazy days with the sand between your toes on your honeymoon or experience more than one of the world’s top hotels, we’ll help you choose the right holiday.

Pair our Maldives holidays with Dubai and combine a lively city and adults’ playground with miles of beach to yourself. Alternatively, choose our Sri Lanka and the Maldives Multicentre for wonderful culture and exotic animals before a relaxing break on white powdery sands. Expert divers will love the Bangkok and the Maldives Multicentre, while a stop off in Doha combines sun, sea and sand with a fascinating culture.

Destination Highlights
  • Explore tropical jungles
  • Experience vibrant coral reefs
  • Stay in world class hotels
  • Relax and unwind at a spa
  • Unique arrival, with a seaplane or speedboat transfer
  • Admire crystal clear waters

Our favourite hotels

These are our some of favourite places to stay. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like then we'd be more than happy to help.

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Maldives

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,399 pp

LUX* South Ari Atoll
Aerial view

Six Senses Laamu

Maldives

H&J Rating
Six Senses Laamu
Island Aerial

Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa

Maldives

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,489 pp

Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa
Constance Moofushi Resort

Constance Moofushi

Maldives

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£3,499 pp

Constance Moofushi

Time Zone

GMT +5 hours

Flight Time

10 hours and 25 minutes; direct flights from London Gatwick are available from October to March and indirect flights are available via the Middle East from the UK all year round.

Currency

Rufiyaa (MVR)

Visa Information

British citizens will need to obtain a tourist visa on arrival, allowing a maximum of 30 days. Passport validity must exceed six months, and an onward or return ticket must be available on arrival.

Language

Divehi; English is widely spoken.

Health Information

No special vaccinations are required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

Maldives attractions

Let’s talk about the Maldives, a necklace of more than 1,000 stunning coral islands made up of 26 coral atolls. You’ve probably heard, it’s stunning and the moment you alight from your seaplane, you’ll be wowed by its good looks and genuinely warm hospitality. Let’s not forget those pristine beaches and reefs either, that teem with a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life.

  • Scuba Diving, Maldives

    Scuba Diving

    The Maldives’ crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs are home to some of the world’s most fascinating species of fish, making it a paradise for scuba divers. Head to a PADI certified school and earn your licence, or simply head out with expert guides who will take you to canyons and caves along the seabed. There are over 700 species to meet, as well as protected turtles.

  • Talise Spa, Maldives

    Spa Experiences

    The Maldives has long been world renowned for its exceptional spas, where you can choose from a range of treatments. Relax with a manicure or massage, or indulge with a full body treatment which will leave you feeling fully immersed in holiday mode. Choose a massage bed on the beach, or over the water where you can unwind as you listen to the gentle lapping of the waves.

  • Traditions Indoceylon Restaurant, Maldives

    Maldivian Cuisine

    Tasty and fresh, Maldivian food makes good use of the island's locally caught fish, drawing flavours from the fragrant, coconut based curries of southern India and Sri Lanka. Local ingredients include seafood like tuna, grouper, octopus and swordfish, as well as refreshing watermelons.

  • Seaplane, Maldives

    Maldives Island Hopping

    At Hayes & Jarvis we can help you get the most from your time away. With so many islands to explore, experience each one’s individual personality as you indulge in excellent cuisine and spa treatments, extensive menus and beautiful beaches. Sip cocktails with the sand between your toes or head underwater and see the tropical fish below the surface. It’s easy to hop between the islands by speedboat or seaplane.

  • Special Occasions

    Where better to celebrate your special occasion than in the Maldives, whether you're celebrating your honeymoon, anniversary or birthday our Destination Specialist can help make your trip a memorable one.

Best time to visit the Maldives

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Average weather in January

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31ºC
8mm

Average weather in February

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31ºC
3mm

Average weather in March

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31ºC
7mm

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32ºC
10mm

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31ºC
20mm

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31ºC
18mm

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31ºC
18mm

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31ºC
26mm

Average weather in September

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30ºC
11mm

Average weather in October

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30ºC
31mm

Average weather in November

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30ºC
25mm

Average weather in December

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30ºC
12mm
  • Natalie, Destination Specialist

    Natalie

    Destination Specialist

    "You won't need to pack too much – chances are you'll be barefoot most of the time."

  • Val

    Destination Specialist

    “If you get the opportunity, travel to your castaway island by seaplane transfer. It's a stunning flight of fancy providing you with a bird’s eye view of these beautiful islands, and a great way of starting your holiday in style.”

  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist

    Charlotte

    Destination Specialist

    "Don't limit your stay to one room type. Stay on the beach, with direct access to the sandy beaches surrounding the islands, before moving onto a water villa and resting over the stunning Indian Ocean.”

Types of Maldives holidays

Maldives Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
Over water villa Maldives

Maldives Honeymoons

Maldives Honeymoons

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights take around 10 hours. During the winter, there are direct flight options to Malé International Airport from London Gatwick Airport several times a week with British Airways. There are also indirect options from various UK airports with Sri Lankan, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar year-round.

There are around 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 natural atolls and around 200 of these islands are inhabited. Some of the islands are sandbanks and the highest land is just eight feet above sea level. 

Some resorts will require you to take an 18-seater seaplane while others give you the option of taking a speedboat. The seaplane is quicker and the cost varies between $250.00 (£192.00) and $450.00 (£346.00) return, while the speedboat will cost from $75.00.

There is a 20kg limit per person, excluding infants. Some domestic flights are possible allowing 30kg per person. There is no restriction on speedboat transfers. 

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