The Maldives conjure up images of pristine beaches, reef-ringed atolls, and luxurious bungalows on the water, where lucky guests can observe fish through glass floors and jump into the sea from their deck.

Life On The High End

Glamorous overwater resorts, pristine white-sand beaches, and a spectacular underwater world make the Maldives the ultimate travel destination for the discerning traveler. The sovereign archipelagic nation – positioned in the Indian Ocean southwest of India – consists of 26 breathtaking atolls boasting rich cultural traditions and natural treasures. All 1192 coral islands and sandbanks (200 inhabited islands, plus 100 islands with tourist resorts) are the visible coral tips of an oceanic volcanic mountain range whose outer edge at some points plunge to depths of over 3 km (10,000 ft).

The tiny islands are encircled by magnificent beaches and incredibly beautiful lagoons, blessed with crystal clear waters and protected by reef structures. Every resort in the Maldives is built on its own private, picture-perfect palm island, with all of the world’s most exclusive hotel brands competing with each other to offer their guests unprecedented levels of mind-blowing luxury.

A holiday in the Maldives can be easily combined with a stay in Sri Lanka as there are numerous direct flights – most of them operated by SriLankan Airlines – between Sri Lanka and the Maldives (with a flight time of around one hour).

Getting Around

The majority of the Maldives’ secluded resorts on far-flung private islands are within a one hour boat or floatplane ride from the Maldives’ main airport, Male International Airport (MLE; also known as Velana International Airport), which is located in the North Male Atoll near the capital of Male. The airport is served by a wide array of international Asian and European airlines, both charters and mainstream carriers. Click here for a list of airlines that offer direct flights to Male International Airport.

Transfers from Male airport to the hotels are taken care off by the resorts

By Speed Boat
Hotels located in the North and South Male Atoll are reached by boat from the airport, with a transfer time between 15 minutes and one hour. Due to their proximity to the airport, these resort experience more boat traffic and noise levels as compared the more remotely located resorts in other atolls. Boat transfers run 24 hours a day.
By Seaplane
Hotels located in all other central atolls (except the Laamu Atoll) as well as the northernmost atolls are reached by seaplane from the airport, with a flight time between 20 minutes and one hour. Admiring the picture-perfect archipelago from a bird’s eye perspective is one of the ultimate experiences that the destination has to offer. However, keep in mind that seaplanes operate during daylight hours only, so you may have to stay overnight near the airport when you arrive at the Maldives after 4 pm. In addition, getting to and from a resort in a remote atoll by seaplane does take more time as compared to reaching one of the hotels closer to the airport, because of additional waiting time at the airport, although most five-star hotels offer a private lounge near the airport to ease the waiting process which seldom exceeds two hours.
Domestic Flight
Hotels located in the Laamu Atoll and all southern atolls are reached by a domestic flight, operated by a turboprop plane, followed by a speedboat transfer. Getting to these resort requires an often lengthy and tiring trip, something you may not be looking forward to after your long-haul flight arrives in the Maldives. Besides the 30 to 60 minute domestic flight, you also have to take into account waiting time – varying from one to maximum five hours – at Male airport, both at the start and the end of your journey. All in all, it means that getting to these resorts may take a large chunk of your holiday time on the day of your arrival and departure, making the southern atolls not ideal for a short trip. I suggest you stay at least 5 nights here to make the most of the long journey getting there. The good news is that once there, you will completely relax in otherworldly tropical scenery.
In recent years, a second international airport has opened in the southern atolls, Gan International Airport, which mostly receives domestic flights but also gets international flight from Colombo, operated by SriLankan airlines. Click here for a list of airlines that offer direct flights to Gan International Airport. If you are staying at the Sangri-La Villingili resort, flying to Gan is your best option, since its only a 15 min boat ride from Gan airport, saving you a 90 min domestic flight from Male (excluding the often long waiting time at Male airport).

Things To Do

Enjoy a sky-high view of the island
Take to the skies on a flyboard adventure. This unique activity takes you up into the sky, flying through the air and over the water in front of the resort. It’s like nothing you’ve experienced before. Discover the thrill of a personal water craft that uses water to propel you up to 15 metres into the air. Ages 5 through 12 will ride tandem with an instructor, while G.Ms 12 years old and up can choose a tandem ride or ride solo under our instructor’s supervision. There are always experienced instructors on hand to ensure a safe experience. Flyboarding is available every day, so you can keep learning new skills and having even more fun.
Discover the underwater world of the maldives
The crystal-clear waters of the Maldives are brimming with sea life. At Club Med Kani, you can choose between these not-to-be-missed offers to discover what makes this destination so unforgettable: Try the turtle safari where a team of experts can also take you to a protected snorkelling area where the turtles come to feed. Uncover magical snorkelling locations where you will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime underwater experience during our turtle safari. Take part in this incredible opportunity to be up close to these amazing creatures and see all matter of life just under the surface.
Dinner under the stars
Indulge in a lively dinner on the beach and celebrate into the night at our White Party Discover the magic of the Maldives during a white dinner on the beach along the sea and lapping waves. Dress in all white and gather on the sand where white linens wrap the tables and chairs. Savour a fresh seafood barbecue buffet, as well as Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and Indian specialties, a dinner with a French touch prepared for your enjoyment. As the night goes on, the entertainment and live music set the scene for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime celebration.