Maldives, Indian Ocean

Destination

Maldives Holidays

Experience island paradise in the Maldives

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.

Beautiful luxury on holidays 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 for the perfect holiday. 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 relaxed 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
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • 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; English is widely spoken.
  • 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.
  • Health Information No special vaccinations are required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

Top Tips from our Experts

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

"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.”

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.

Jumeirah Vittaveli

Maldives

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£3,249 pp

Jumeirah Vittaveli
Aerial view

Six Senses Laamu

Maldives

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£3,409 pp

Six Senses Laamu
Aerial view OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

Maldives

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£3,229 pp

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo
Constance Moofushi Resort

Constance Moofushi

Maldives

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,799 pp

Constance Moofushi

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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