A number of elements make Maldives holidays the unparalleled vacations that they are. Part of it is the scenery: over 1,000 islands, dusted in the finest, whitest sand and embraced by waters so clear and so turquoise it’s hard to believe they’re real. Then there’s the crucial detail of luxury, from the world’s most exclusive resorts to private beaches that truly give meaning to the words “your very own slice of paradise.”
Maldives beaches alone would be reason enough to venture to this Indian Ocean paradise. Boasting some of the world’s best, with a velvet sand unique to the archipelago, find yourself soaking in the views with no one else around. Each Maldives resort has its own island - expect luxury in every detail, from personal butlers and elegant spas, to submerged restaurants featuring world-class cuisine. If you’re looking for an unforgettable honeymoon or the trip of a lifetime, this is the place for you.
Unparalleled natural splendour and unrivalled luxury
When you’re not indulging in over-water massages and al fresco dinners, there’s an astounding underwater wonderland to explore - with some of the best diving spots in the world. Technicolour fish schools and dazzling coral gardens greet you in the sandy shallows; further in, a diverse array of creatures glide through the water - manta rays, sea turtles, reef sharks, dolphins, even the giant and gentle whale shark.
Adventure-enthusiasts will find plenty of on-land excitement too, whether it’s hiking through the jungle or leaping into waterfalls. The journey itself - aboard a small seaplane - provides extraordinary panoramic vistas of the ocean, studded with strings of green and white atoll jewels.
For luxury Maldives holidays - with attention to all the finer details - look no further. And if you fancy an exotic multi centre trip, why not combine your Maldives beach bliss with the delights of Dubai? The possibilities are as endless as the Maldives are breathtaking. Get in touch to discover more.
Great sample itineraries
Here’s a selection of the bespoke itineraries we offer for luxury Maldives holidays. We can tailor make every element of your trip - get in touch today and we’ll make your paradisal dreams a reality.
Dubai And Maldives Twin Centre Holidays
Bangkok And Maldives Holidays
Our favorite hotels
One of the best things about the Maldives is the abundance of opulent hotels and luxury resorts. From private over-water villas to all-inclusive spa resorts, find your haven here.
Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa
Veligandu Island Resort
OBLU Select at Sangeli
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The Maldives is sunny and warm all year round - with average temperatures of 23ºC-31ºC - but does have a wet, rainy season and a dry season. The best time to visit the islands is from the end of November to the end of April.
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"Many Maldives resorts have their own small castaway island or private sandbank, accessible by boat from the resort, where you can indulge in a secluded picnic lunch or a romantic dinner."
“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.”
"The South Ari Atoll offers the best chance of seeing whale sharks and manta rays, with the area’s diverse marine life present all year round (as opposed to only seasonally in other places).”
Events & Festivals
All of the Maldives resorts put on grand celebrations for Christmas, New Year’s, Valentines, Easter and Eid and Diwali. Some of the festivities are truly spectacular and these holidays are an amazing time to visit the islands.
Christmas & New Year
Over Christmas and New Year, many resorts have elaborate week-long celebrations, with different activities and special parties put on each day, as well as a glamorous Gala Dinner on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Maldivian cuisine - known as Dhivehi cuisine - has a wonderful abundance of flavours and authentic dishes - from crunchy fried snacks to rich and complex curries. Expect fresh fish, fragrant coconut curries and refreshing tropical fruits.
Garudhiya is a Maldivian fish soup, eaten by locals almost every day. Packed with fresh tuna, chilli and lime, the soup is often served with Handulu Bondibai (sweetened sticky rice).
A traditional deep-fried snack, Kavaabu is comprised of rice, tuna, coconut, lentils and spices.
Continuing the fish theme, Kulhi Boakiba - fish cakes - have been enjoyed by Maldivians for thousands of years, particularly during celebrations and special occasions. They are prepared with fresh tuna, ginger, grated coconut, chilli peppers and rice.
The love for tuna even appears at breakfast time with the traditional dish of Mas huni: mashed tuna, coconut, onion and chilli, often served with a Roshi (chapati).
Types of Maldives holidays
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