We all love to get away from our hectic everyday life, occasionally, and what would be a better escape than a holiday to the sunny side of life – the Maldives? A paradise where you feel the warmth of the sun and the sand between your toes.
The Maldives, as enchanting as it is wonderful, is a country composed of islands and atolls, and while we may think that they are all the same in terms of powdery white sands and turquoise waters, each single one is individually unique in its natural features. So, if you are planning to spend your holidays in this awesome destination, you must ask the ultimate question, what am I looking for in this trip? To help you on narrowing down your options to that perfect island for you, here are some things you should consider:
1) Island size.
Families especially with kids would be more suited to stay in a larger island with more activities to do for everybody while couples looking for a romantic time together would do well in a smaller island with more privacy and seclusion. Then again, it really is a matter of your own personal preference.
Most of the resorts in the Maldives are equipped with the latest amenities matched with excellent service standards one would expect in 4 or 5 star resorts; however, each island is unique in its natural features. Some have house reefs (reefs within swimming distance from the shore) which means smaller beach areas. They provide easy access to snorkeling and diving which are the two must-do the Maldives offer. Others have wider beach for swimming which means reefs are farther out and would need a boat to get to. They offer a more idyllic landscape perfect for a relaxing time by the beach to get that perfect tan. A few also offer awesome wave breaks which are ideal for surfing.
3) Island feel.
Resorts complement their natural island features with their own concept incorporating their own brands allowing them to stand out and it will be up to you which one fits you best. Some islands take the “castaway” theme to a whole new level giving you a “Robinson Crusoe” experience, while other islands tend to go more contemporary and “out-of-this-world” like dining or having a spa massage underwater. All these however are truly amazing. So, ask yourself, “do I want a modern feel or a more rustic type of atmosphere?”. Again, everything is all up to you.
4) Room by the Beach or Over Water.
Either by the beach or over water, waking up in paradise is an experience to remember – it is just a matter of how close you want to be to the water!
5) Speedboat, Seaplane or Domestic Flight.
Unknown to most, transfers from the airport to the actual resort you are staying at is not as easy as hailing a cab like in city destinations. There are technical aspects to consider such as schedules and limitations of your chosen island’s mode of transportation.
Seaplanes might be the fastest mode of transportation and offer stunning aerial view of the atolls but they can only operate during daylight hours so best to match these timings with your international flights. Speedboat transfers might take a bit longer than their aerial counterparts but have more flexibility in accommodating evening international flight arrivals. In any case, you can always stay at a local airport hotel on your first night if you land after seaplane hours and get to the resort by seaplane the morning after. You may just see the sunrise over the spectacular atolls – this I tell you is a magnificent sight to see!
There are some resort islands which are in the southernmost or northernmost tip of the Maldives and these locations are best reached by a combination of a “short hop” domestic flight and a quick speedboat ride. The Maldives is located 4 degrees above the equator and if you travel by domestic flight to one of the resorts going south, you may just get a certificate from the airlines for crossing the equator – How cool is that?
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