Reasons to Visit
Protected by reefs and lagoons, the islands that form the Maldives have beautiful white sandy beaches with little or no waves, allowing for a refreshing swim to escape the tropical heat.
A relaxing or romantic break is not complete without a rejuvenating spa treatment, so it is no surprise that the resorts that we work with have great spa facilities. Huvafen Fushi has an underwater spa with windows looking straight out onto the reef.
Famous for its immense variety of fish, corals and other underwater flora and fauna, the Maldives is amongst one of the best places in the world to enjoy snorkelling and diving with comfortably warm and often crystal clear waters. Turtles, sharks, Manta Rays and Whale sharks can be spotted, depending on the season.
The Maldives is renowned for its luxurious resorts. Whether you wish to stay in a villa on stilts in the water or on the beach or fancy your own plunge pool, we have a small selection of resorts offering the best value for your money.
Surrounded by tropical waters it is no surprise that the Maldives are a haven for some of the best and freshest seafood, but it doesn't stop there. The resorts that we work with all have great restaurants all employing experienced chefs guaranteeing a culinary delight.
Tiny palm clad islands, wonderful accommodation, tropical weather and the nearest big city at least 50 min flying time away, it is no surprise that the Maldives offer a relaxing escape from the hectic lives lived by most of us. As they say on the islands, 'no shoes, no news'.
Small intimate islands, lovely weather and luxurious, well appointed resorts make the Maldives a great romantic escape whether it is for a honeymoon or to celebrate an anniversary. Most resorts offer a private moonlit dinner for two on the beach.
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Our Maldives specialists are experienced and passionate about these islands - between them they have spent many weeks a year researching new experiences and ensuring everything is of the highest standard. They know the Maldives inside out.
StuartThe Maldives Specialist01993 838 331
With approximately 100 different resorts, deciding where to stay in the Maldives can be confusing.
Unlike many worldwide destinations the resort island is the complete focus of the trip so it's imperative that you stay on an island that suits your requirements. We have our favourites but the following collection offer a variety of grades, styles and hotel concepts to suit your interest.
Our specialists have visited a large number of resorts and their feedback as well as comments from previous Audley clients has guided us in our selection.
The local language is Maldivian Divehi, a dialect of Sinhala (spoken by the majority of Sri Lankans), while the script is derived from Arabic. Most officials speak English and it is the first language in most resorts.
You will find a huge variety of international cuisine in resorts around the Maldives and an excellent choice of fish and seafood dishes. Most resorts also serve a variety of Asian and European cuisine as a buffet or from an A La Carte menu. All drinks are imported and prices for alcoholic drinks can be high.
Service charges are already included on the services booked by Audley Travel. Some resorts automatically add 10% to bills for additional services. Where is not included a 10% tip is expected.
Cocooned on your luxury island, it is easy to forget that the Maldives is an Islamic country, and while bikinis and alcohol are allowed in the resorts, the inhabited islands, including Male, insist on more decorum. It is recommended that women wear modest clothing without baring too much when visiting these areas.
Indigenous Divehi stories have an oral rather than written tradition. The only well-know novel to feature the Maldives is Hammond Innes` thriller 'The Strode Venturer'.
Bodu beru, 'big dru' African influenced music at a cultural show.
Fresh tuna - straight from the sea and barbequed.
'Assalaamu alaikum' - (Hello - formal) 'Kihineh?' (Hello - informal) 'Haalu kihineh?' (How are you?).
Palm-fringed tropical islands, powder-white sand beaches, world-class snorkelling and scuba diving, crystal-clear lagoons, marine life, Indian Ocean sunsets, watersports, over-water villas, pampering, spa treatments.
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