The Ultimate Luxury Escape
Visit the Maldives and discover a world of natural beauty and some of the most breathtaking beaches and resorts on the planet, as well as a peaceful population with a rich history of culture and survival in the middle of the ocean.
Pure soft white sands without a footprint, crystal-clear waters, swaying palm trees, dense tropical vegetation; the natural wonders above the water in the Maldives speak for themselves.
The underwater world here is also unparalleled; at least three-quarters of the world's reef fish species are found in the Maldives. The incredible marine life is so abundant, that there's no need to go deep-sea diving to spot it; simply sit back on your villa deck or snorkel in the shallow waters and you will see psychedelic-coloured fish all around. The Maldives also rank as one of the top five places on earth for watching whales and dolphins, with more than 20 different species of the majestic mammals regularly visiting these pristine waters, as well as the world's largest fish, the whale shark.
Male is the best place for shopping in the Maldives. On the main road of the island is the Majeedhee Magu, lined with shops selling everything from clothing, perfume and cosmetics, to handbags and electronics. The shops generally stay open untill 11pm. For fresh produce and handicrafts, visit the local market on the northern waterfront. Caution: the export of products made from turtle shell, black coral, pearl oyster shell and red coral is strictly prohibited.
- Watch the Art of Local Boat Making: Admire skilled craftsmen build dhoni fishing boats using traditional methods.
- Secrets of the Sea: Learn more about the coral reef and Maldives sealife at the Marine Discovery Centre at the Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru.
- Lunch on the Equator: You can take a cruise on a luxury yacht for lunch on the equator from Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa.
For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Maldives chapter in our online Indian Ocean brochure. Click here.