Pristine beaches line the coast of this piece of heaven on earth and you don’t need to break the bank to succumb to its many wonders. Beach and ocean enthusiasts, scuba divers, honeymooners and anyone seeking serenity in the arms of a magnificent ocean will find this chain of coral islands in the Indian Ocean a perfect destination.
Although the tsunami of 2004 destroyed many hotels and resorts on this island nation, many were rebuilt, and good planning and advance research into various deals offered throughout the year can offer great results for the budget-minded, savvy travellers.
Whether you are inclined to the more upscale or the rustic and local, the Maldives has a wide variety of resorts for a peaceful holiday experienced unmatched anywhere else.
Located in the village of Embudu, this “last paradise on earth”, offers easy access from the airport of Hulule and is surrounded by the purest of the blue seas, spectacular views and snorkelling in the reef teeming with fish and marine life. With 16 water bungalows and 106 superior rooms to choose from, all of which are comfortably appointed with amenities such as a mini-fridge, tea and coffee maker, air-conditioning, you can rest assured you will find one that’s right for you. The water bungalows also feature a satellite television and a bath tube with jacuzzi. All meals are served on-site in the resort’s restaurant.
Kuramathi Island Resort
Kuramathi captures the azure beauty of its surroundings in its spa resort and is a great choice for families. It offers a kids’ club, Bageecha, that engages children in pirate play and several activities throughout the week. Beach and pool events, barbecue, a kitchen for them to dine in with their captain and crew members, and a host of daily activities keep the younger members of your family well-entertained and cared for.
In addition, this island resort features a library and a medical centre equipped with modern diagnostic devices and the capability to handle various medical needs.
The accommodation ranges from garden villas to superior and deluxe beach villas and water villas. Rain showers and herbal essence steam baths relieve and renew body and soul at the relaxing spa set amid abundant foliage and overlooking the shimmering ocean.
Delicious cuisine prepared from fresh ingredients, extensive wine selection and plenty of aqua sports make this resort a very appealing destination.
If small, personal and local is more to your taste, a guesthouse such as Batuta Maldives Surf View may be the right choice for you. Located on North Male atoll, this guesthouse has just 5 rooms, clean and simply furnished, free wi-fi, and a rustic atmosphere. Surfing is a native sport here on this little island and the food served is an authentic experience of native Maldivian flavours.
Summer Villa Maldives
Situated on South Male atoll, the Summer Villa Guesthouse is friendly and locally operated, and at an unbeatable price. With 6 rooms to choose from, all of which are equipped with a mini-bar, you can enjoy the beauty of the ocean and a variety of boating and sailing activities, which can be arranged at the resort.
Photo credited to Milli Marshall.