Even if you’re not a newlywed and planning your honeymoon, a holiday to the Maldives should be on your bucket list.
If the reasons why aren’t obvious, our friends at travel news site KarryOn have put together their top reasons why your next holiday should be to the picturesque part of the world!
Due to its strategic position on popular exploration and shipping routes, the Maldives have long benefited from being influenced by other cultures for thousands of years,
This melting pot of Indian, Portuguese, Dutch and British flavours and methods helped shape their current cuisine into a dazzling array of choices for travellers. More recently, the islands have adopted methods and styles taken from China and Japan.
Travellers can expect to be treated to handmade dumplings for breakfast, fresh sashimi for lunch and perhaps a Sri Lankan curry for dinner.
Offerings in the wine department are extensive as well – you’ll find bottles from all over the world on the menu, with some exclusive resorts boasting huge cellars for the discerning Oenophile.
Obviously the Maldives aren’t unique in providing this favourite style of accommodation for travellers – but the sheer amount of availability means that they are probably the most affordable in the world.
Because the country is made up of a chain of atolls stretching almost 1000km from north to south, this creates perfectly shallow, crystal blue waters around each island – which is necessary to build an overwater villa.
Not only does this create a truly unique experience for guests, it also allows the islands to retain most of their tropical vegetation and natural feel.
Maldivians are devout followers of Islam, which means the country is alcohol-free (outside the resorts) and in Malé you can visit a beautiful mosque, which is made from coral. Local islands outside the capital have only recently been made accessible to independent travellers, as prior to 2009 any visitation by foreigners was considered illegal.
This now makes the Maldives feasible for the ‘cheap and cheerful’ holidaymaker, with locally owned guesthouses an option rather than resorts.
Maldivians are expert woodworkers; the most obvious examples are their boats, called Dhoni, which are used for inter-island transport.
These lovely, lacquered vessels are built without nails and steered with a hand-rudder between reefs throughout the country. Miniature versions are popular souvenirs taken home by tourists.
Maldives is one of the top destinations in the world for snorkelling or diving. The sheer number of reefs, shipwrecks and marine life is awe-evoking, and you can even spot whale sharks under the surface!
By simply slipping into the water off the edge of your overwater bungalow you’ll find turtles, reef sharks, dozens of species of fish from needlefish to huge trevally and brightly coloured coral reef.
With most resorts offering seaplane transfers from the International airport in Malé, travellers will be treated to stellar views of tiny islets, submerged reef and chains of atolls.
This type of landscape – or seascape, is simply unmatched anywhere else in the world and it must be seen to be believed!
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