Once you’ve decided that Maldives is your holiday destination, the first thing you need to figure out is if you want to stay in the city capitol (Male) or hop on to the next sea plane, sea boat or both to a resort(s) on one of the atolls.
There are 26 atolls and over 1,000 islands. The country has about 300k people in which 200k people live in the main capitol of Male. Even though there are over 1,000 islands they are not all occupied land. Some new man-made ones are in the works right now. Fyi: It’s Asia’s smallest country in size and in population. It’s sad to think that every year the land is sinking at least one inch.
During my research for the perfect resort for me and Mr. Hubs, I had to consider how much time we wanted to spend getting to our destination and how much of it to start enjoying it. That is why we chose to stay at the Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa North Male Atoll – We chose this resort based on the location. We were able to get there via sea boat and the travel time from airport to resort was under 35 minutes.
The resort was luxurious and intimate. It was a small yet more then adequate island for a weekend getaway and we hope to one day return.
Arrived by sea boat to a drum beats and dance. The check in process seamless. We were offered welcome drinks before taken to our Sunset Bungalow. The room was fully stocked with anything you could possibly need to just lounge all day. There was a chocolate cake, chocolates and bottle of champagne chilled on ice and a plate of fruit brought in every morning. We spend our first day just scoping out the resort and relaxing.
Dinner – Events & Promotions – Kandu Ray Night
Every Friday evening, Kandu fires up the grill for a sizzling barbecue buffet by the pool. Choose the freshest seafood from a sumptuous spread, then let Kuda Huraa chefs grill your choice to perfection before you enjoy it with a mouthwatering array of condiments and sides. When you’ve had your fill of the dinner buffet, head over to the dessert counter for a sweet finale.
Breakfast buffet (included in our room price) displayed an array of delicious bites. We ventured on to snorkeling and spent most of the day by the Infinity edge pool. Dinner was room service and more relaxing then star gazing at night.
Breakfast buffet and fed the sea turtles. Afterwards we had to check out of room and start heading back to the airport. It was really difficult to leave. I think if you can stay for at least a week, you should definitely do so.
Overall, they offered top notch service and delicious food. We stayed in a bungalow surrounded by water and it was amazing. Snorkeling equipement was available for complimentary use.
If you like what you see at the Four Seasons Resort in Kuda Huraa but want to do more activities and be surrounded by more trees. The sister resort
at Landaa Giraavaru Baa might be a better fit. Though, will you need to take a sea plane to get to the resort.
There are so many resorts to consider in which they all offer wonderful experiences but it can be overwhelming at first. Trip advisor sure made that process one step easier. Kayak.com will also help your search with flight prices and flexibilities.
A bit about Male/Maldives: The major religion of Maldives is Islam and all the people are Sunni Muslims. Learn more about Maldivians here: http://maldives.tourism-srilanka.com/travel-tips/religion.html
Rules: No religious items, no porn, no alcohol may be brought into Male. Items found will be stored at the airport or discarded. Women going to visit the city capitol Male must cover shoulders and legs. On the resort you may wear your bathing suits and drink the alcohol that they provide. Evening dining will require you to cover up. So no bikini only and short shorts during dinner. 😉
Airport Arrival/Departure: The airport in Male (MLE) is very easy going. However, you will notice that there is a large area for a prayer mat. So covering up legs and shoulders is a must for women.
Language in Male/Maldives: Multilingual on the resorts and Dhivehi in Male.
Best time of year to go: You can pretty much visit Maldives any time of the year. The best time to go is after the heavy rain season which is from June-early September. I went in towards the end of September during the lower season and it was amazing. The weather was just right and it rained mainly at night.
How far in advance to book: Depending on your length of stay. Anywhere between 2-12 months in advance is acceptable and 6-12 months is possibly recommended.
Additional Transportation: Unless you are staying in the capitol once you’ve arrived at MLE airport. You will have had to book in advance your extra cost for transportation via sea boat or sea plane. Expect costs anywhere from $150-$300 per person roundtrip or each way. The resort where you book will probably be able to assist in making arrangements for you.
Tipping: United States currency is welcomed and recommended on Male/Maldives. So bring extra single bills for tipping.
Is a Visa required? http://www.immigration.gov.mv/index.php/entry-to-maldives.html
Learn about which atoll you want to visit and will you be taken by sea boat/sea plane or both?
Best time of year to go. http://www.thebesttimetovisit.com/weather/male-idvilleeng-58.html
Health Check. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/maldives.htm
Water is safe in Maldives but not Male. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293953-i7445-k5484823-Using_tap_water_to_brush_our_teeth-Maldives.html
I hope you all enjoyed this post on Maldives and will be booking your trip to this dream destination in the near future! It’s certainly a place worth visiting. Please check back to this post as information will be updated over time.