The Maldives make you feel like you've been marooned on a desert island - in a good way. Each island is a hotel in itself, meaning you can usually step right out of your room and on to the sugary sands. You'll probably have to pinch yourself as you arrive and see how bright the turquoise sea really is.
Head underwater and discover some of the planet's most beautiful marine life, or take a boat trip through the breathtakingly blue waters. If you're looking for extra special accommodation, The Maldives have plenty of glass bottomed chalets over the Indian Ocean and thatched seaside huts. We've handpicked a collection of beautiful Maldivian hotels to ensure your stay in this tropical paradise is truly unforgettable.
Indulge in outdoor spa treatments, watch sublime sunsets and enjoy freshly caught seafood under the stars. With its poster-perfect scenery and barefoot beach vibe, the Maldives is quite simply one of the most relaxing and romantic places in the world.
The Maldives' tropical climate means temperatures hardly vary and you can always expect highs in at least the mid twenties. The islands are at their driest between December and April, but they're a popular choice for holidays at every time of year.
There isn't a great deal to do in the Maldives - that's kind of the point of holidaying here. Still, if you can bear to tear yourself away from the dreamy beach and into the warm, clear sea, you'll discover some of the most amazing coral and tropical fish in the world. Visit capital Malé to see the Maldives National Museum and the outstanding fish market. Many hotels offer a good choice of water sports, diving instruction and fishing trips. Most have spa facilities, where the treatments are truly relaxing and indulgent. For the ultimate romantic experience, take a boat out to a tiny island and have it to yourselves for the day, or step aboard an early evening cruise and be treated to some of the most stunning sunsets you'll ever see.
It should come as no surprise that freshly caught fish features heavily on the Maldivian menu – and many hotels give you the chance to go out and catch dinner yourself. As well as seafood, most hotels have a selection of international restaurants, serving up cuisine from China, India, Italy and beyond. Dining in the Maldives is often done under the stars, with a backing track of gentle waves lapping the sands: bliss.
While some hotels lay on local dancing shows and low-key entertainment, evenings in the Maldives are about dining al fresco dining and completely kicking back.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.