Just back from... the Maldives!

The Maldives, a network of idyllic island paradises adored by discerning travellers for their luxurious resorts. Our personal travel expert, Garry, has recently been carrying out some first-hand research in the Maldives so that he can recommend the best of the best to you.

The lowdown…

The Maldives is a perfect destination for honeymooners and couples looking for a desert-island experience in a peaceful haven.

Swap the British Winter weather for sunshine, luxury, fantastic food, first-class service, and superb snorkelling.

Emirates fly daily from Newcastle with a stop-over in glamorous Dubai.

10-14 nights is the perfect time to completely relax and unwind on the pristine Maldivian beaches. Alternatively, culture vultures can opt for a twin-centre with Sri Lanka just a short hop away. City slickers may wish to extend their layover in Dubai.

Hotel spotlight…

Dusit Thani – This resort provides a warm and friendly, professional welcome making each visitor feel extra special. Garry was impressed by the personal service, excellent facilities and superb dining.

HIGHLIGHT: Dusit Thani has a great house reef which is part of a UNESCO World Biosphere reserve.

Baros – A true 5 star resort whose spacious and luxurious accommodation is complemented by amazing dining and exceptional service – attention to detail in every aspect.

HIGHLIGHT: Beds to die for, so comfortable you might never want to get up!

Kandolhu – A small, quiet and calm resort with modern, boutique-style accommodation and another excellent house reef for snorkelling. For a petite island Kandolhu provides excellent dining choices with four à la carte restaurants.

HIGHLIGHT: Garry loved the intimate and peaceful atmosphere of this romantic retreat.

Garry’s top tips…

  1. Relax! Enjoy the general calm, peace and tranquility of the Maldives.
  2. Seafood lovers will be in heaven, make sure to try the lobster.
  3. The most popular time to travel is December to April in the hot and dry season but good deals can be obtained during low season, June to October.
  4. Go for all-inclusive where you can to avoid escalating costs, alcohol in particular can be expensive.
  5. Islands reached by speedboat represent better value generally as seaplanes and transfers are more expensive.

Don’t leave without…

Everyone should give snorkelling or diving a go. The water is warm and clear and the fish so colourful, it’s a wonderful experience! You may be lucky and see both turtles and rays as Garry did during his trip. Diving novices should not be put off as most resorts have their own dive schools: make sure to pre-book your lesson and you’ll be in safe hands!

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