The Maldives live up to their ‘desert island’ reputation – and then some.
The saying ‘No news, no shoes’ began in The Maldives and as soon as you arrive at your idyllic island resort by speedboat or seaplane you will realise why. Famous for it’s under-water restaurants and over-water bungalows, outdoor bathrooms and private plunge pools, it’s no wonder that The Maldives are a top destination for honeymooners and for getting away-from-it-all. You won’t need shoes to walk in the white powder sand that surrounds your resort, or to watch the dolphins leaping past or sample some colourful coral at one of the world’s best diving sites. Choose anything from a luxury five star all-inclusive resort to a ‘homestay’ with a local family on a non-resort island, which has just been allowed by their government.
A few facts : Ninety-nine percent of the maldives is made up of sea. Yes, 99 per cent! Sat over the equator, the Maldives is made up of 1,190 coral islands, which are formed around 26 atolls creating sheltered crystal-clear lagoons are teeming with marine life. Only about 90 of these little pieces of paradise are tourist resorts, and each one has its own unique personality and style.