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Maldives Holidays

Desert island paradise

With over 1,000 idyllic islands, the Maldives boast stunning lagoons, beautiful white sand beaches, and dazzling underwater coral gardens. Famous for incredible diving opportunities, the Maldives is home to three quarters of the world's reef fish. Add fantastic luxury hotels, seamless service, and world-class spas, and you’ll soon discover why holidays to the Maldives are the perfect romantic retreat.

Twenty-six stunning atolls spread across the Indian Ocean with 1,200 gem-like islands, each home to just one exclusive resort for ultimate solitude and seclusion. Whether you’re after an island getaway for that dream honeymoon, a breath taking diving adventure to explore the stunning marine life and coral reefs, or an all-inclusive resort with beautiful water villas and a luxury spa – the Maldives offers the ultimate escape.

Luxury Maldives holidays are guaranteed to exceed expectation. Encapsulating outstanding service, world class gourmet experiences, and luxurious comforts. Discover the glorious Indian Ocean from a panoramic viewing platform or a sunken all-glass bathtub at Six Senses Laamu, to a  round of golf at the stunning, picturesque Shangri-La's Villingili. Offering uncapped luxury and privacy, head to Jumeirah Vittaveli and indulge within your very own stand-alone private water villa. 

Complete your dream holiday by combining your stay with another one of our iconic destinations. Spend a night or two in Dubai before or after your Maldives holiday. Or, soak up a bit of the culture and history of Sri Lanka before relaxing on the white Maldivian sands with a cocktail in hand.

Destination Highlights
  • Island paradise with one hotel to an island
  • Spectacular coral reefs to be explored
  • Luxurious resorts with accommodation on the beach or over water
  • Heavenly spa retreats to rejuvinate and pamper
  • Unique arrival with a seaplane or speedboat transfer
Essential Information
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  • Time Zone GMT +5 hours
  • 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 and English is widely spoken.
  • Flight Time 10 hours and 25 minutes; direct flights from London Gatwick are available from November–April and indirect flights are available via the Middle East from the UK all year round.
  • Health Information No special vaccinations are required for travel to the Maldives.

Top Tips from our Experts

Natalie

Destination Specialist

"Don't pack too much for a Maldives holiday - chances are you'll be barefoot most of the time."

Emma

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

"Don't just limit your stay to one room type in the Maldives - 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

Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to the Maldives 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 in the Maldives 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 (£192) and $450 (£346) return, while the speedboat will cost from $75.

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. 

Our favourite hotels

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

Jumeirah Vittaveli

Maldives

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Jumeirah Vittaveli
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Six Senses Laamu

Maldives

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Six Senses Laamu

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

Maldives

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OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Maldives

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LUX* South Ari Atoll

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