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Maldives trip ideas

Maldives trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

Resting in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are the ultimate getaway with their pure white beaches, turquoise waters and abundant marine life. Total relaxation beckons and, with little else to do but sit and unwind or dive, snorkel and sail, it's an ideal place to relax and recharge. There are 1200 islands here and our specialists have used their expert knowledge of the region to produce itinerary ideas that showcase the islands' diversity as well as combining time on the beach with cultural stops in Sri Lanka, Dubai or Istanbul.

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Beach itineraries with a touch of exploration

These trip ideas, from our Hidden Beaches collection, are our answer if you’re looking to relax but still want to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent either on safari, taking in a city, discovering the local culture or hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a specialist will plan your holiday individually.

Beach + Culture

Kurumba and Cinnamon Lodge

Discover the historic sights of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle, including ancient capitals and the mighty rock fortress of Sigirya before a week of pure relaxation enjoying the Maldives' soft white sands and clear water.

12 Days from £2,365pp

3 nights Cultural Triangle including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Kurumba including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + City

Velassaru and Dubai

Combine a few days exploring Dubai with a relaxing week enjoying the white sand and dazzling waters of the Maldives.

12 Days from £2,512pp

3 nights Dubai including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Velassaru including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Culture

Baros Maldives and Kandy

Spend a few days hiking and biking round Sri Lanka’s countryside, visiting tea factories and exploring Kandy’s temples before flying to the paradise island setting of the Maldives for a week.

12 Days from £3,244pp

3 nights Kandy, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Baros, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Culture

COMO Maalifushi and Kandy

Explore the beautiful countryside around Kandy, discovering tea plantations and small villages, before spending a week by the beach on a secluded Maldives island.

12 Days from £3,449pp

3 nights Kandy, including breakfast & excursions; 7 nights COMO Maalifushi including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach +

Conrad Rangali Island and Resort and Abu Dhabi

Discover museums, souks and one of the most impressive mosques in the world as you explore Abu Dhabi and the surrounding desert before flying to the white sands and crystal waters of the Maldives for a relaxing week on the beach.

12 Days from £3,898pp

3 nights in Abu Dhabi including breakfast and excursion; 7 nights Conrad Maldives Rangali Island including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + City

Cocoa Island and Dubai

Spend a few days exploring Dubai's contrasts between old and new, city and desert before flying to the Maldives for a relaxing week relaxing on a beautiful island.

12 Days from £4,465pp

3 nights Dubai, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Cocoa Island by Como including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Wildlife or Scenery

PER AQUUM Niyama and Rub’al Khali Desert, Abu Dhabi

Discover the striking desert dunes of Abu Dhabi’s Rub’al Khali Desert before flying on to the incredible clear waters and soft white sands of the Maldives.

13 Days from £4,576pp

3 nights Rub’al Khali Desert, including breakfast; 7 nights Niyama, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + City

Huvafen Fushi and Dubai

After three nights in Dubai to see the landmarks of this city state and experience the desert fly to the Maldives for seven nights in a luxurious resort.

11 Days from £4,889pp

3 nights Dubai, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Huvafen Fushi, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Culture

Constance Moofushi and Dubai

A few nights in Dubai to explore some of its history and the lifestyle of the desert nomads, followed by relaxing for a week on a beautiful all-inclusive five star resort in The Maldives.

11 Days from £4,980pp

3 nights Dubai, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Constance Moofushi, all-inclusive. Includes flights and transfers.

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Luxury holidays in the Maldives

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