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first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Luxury designLuxury is a combination of both service and product excellence, and many places in the Maldives tick both boxes. Bungalows are often constructed using indigenous materials, natural colours and local building expertise. Vivid tropical foliage surrounds sun decks, luxury beach lounges, romantic viewpoints and plunge pools, and everywhere brands itself a little differently. Stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort for some novel aquatic attractions, including dining below the waves in an all-glass underwater restaurant. 8. Dining your wayIf you’d rather explore gastronomically instead of geographically, you can enjoy many high quality restaurants or personalised dining experiences, from sunrise breakfast on your own private beach at Jumeirah Vittaveli Resort to a beach BBQ with your own personal chef and server. Round everything off with a tailor-made sunset cruise or a paradise picnic at resorts like Velassaru Maldives. Okay, enough with the superlatives. Here are eight reasons why this island archipelago can easily claim the status of ‘ultimate luxury holiday’.1. Getting there in styleTravelling to the Maldives is where your adventure begins. International flights generally arrive at Male Airport on Hulhule Island, but it’s the transfers that happen in style. The journey to your – often private – island could be by speedboat (where you’ll be welcomed by staff with fresh towels and cold beverages) or some resorts even fly you in by 13-seater seaplane, à la James Bond. However you travel, you can bet on attentive service like you’ve never encountered before, and some of the broadest smiles this side of the Equator. Direct flights to Male are available from some of the UK’s major airports including London, Manchester and Birmingham. Enjoying the sound of luxury holidays? Here a few more dreamy destinations to think about:Where to find your perfect luxury honeymoonFive-star city break or beach paradise? With a healthy budget and the world at your feet, just where do you choose for your perfect honeymoon?Top swimming pools for view-gazingPool with a view: imagine sunning yourself beside one of these stunning 5-star swimming pools, from Morocco to Mauritius.The best glamping sites around the worldSleeping under the stars has never been so stylish. Discover these 16 luxury glampsites.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 3. Five-star serviceThere is one stand-out reason why people treat themselves to a holiday in the Maldives: it means a different type of break altogether. Your every need is anticipated, from the quality of your silk sheets to the luxury products in your bathroom – even extending to a personal concierge ensuring the rose petals are arranged just so on your pillow, whilst running your candlelit bath in anticipation of your return and making preparations for dinner as relaxing and stress-free as possible. Hotels are typically located on individual islands, so you never have to walk too far before a golf car driven by the friendly hotel staff will pick you up. Physical effort? What’s THAT? 4. Natural beautyIt’s very easy to connect with nature when you are constantly surrounded by it. It starts with spectacular sunrises, which you can admire from your terrace, with shades of coral and turquoise lagoons that stretch out for miles. Maldives resorts are typically built on the water, so you’ll hear the waves crash against the pillars of your private balcony, and watch shoals of tropical fish shimmer below. When you’ve enjoyed the perfect temperatures both in the water and out, you can head out to enjoy a magical sunset between swaying palms. If you are lucky (and staying at the Taj Exotica Hotel on Emboodhu Finolhu) you can also catch the school of stingrays heading to shallow water for an evening feeding.5. Limitless relaxationLandscaped swimming pools, paradise-level surroundings and endless varieties of pampering make for a supremely relaxing visit. Families, couples and friends alike come here to rest, recharge and, well, do as little as possible. Spa hotels like W Retreat & Spa offer everything from open-air hot stone massage next to the waves to simply floating away on the Indian Ocean on your own personal catamaran. Bliss in every sense.center_img Pin it for later 2. Pack for endless sunshineWhat to pack? Not that much! Remember, you’re going to be in a warm, reliably sunny climate, and one of the Maldives’ great pastimes is simply basking on the beach. It’s a great excuse to don that sun hat and sarong – but don’t forget the sunscreen, including when you are snorkelling, as you’ll hardly notice the sun on your back when you’re chasing fish along the sea floor. To make the most of your experience, bring a disposable underwater camera or a good-quality waterproof housing for your camera. Come evening time, all you’ll need is a bit of sparkle on your strappy dress to accompany those romantic sunsets – just keep that insect repellent handy to ward off pesky mosquitoes. Image: ©Lezaan Roos7. Activities to dive intoIf you do want to stir yourself and get the blood pumping, you’ll never be short of an activity to suit your mood. Windsurfing, kiteboarding, kayaking, beach volleyball – the list is quite literally exhausting. But it’s underwater where the real treats lie here: go snorkelling and enjoy the luminous rainbow coloured corals, or dive deeper with the shipwreck scuba services. The variety of marine landscapes over the 26 atolls here is what turns the Maldives from a honeymoon destination with frills into a fully-fledged professional diving destination. Expect to see whale sharks, manta rays and even hammerheads down below, and if it all gets too much like hard work – there’s always the infinity pool. RelatedLove islands: are these the most romantic islands in the world?It’s only week two and although we promised ourselves it wouldn’t happen this year, we’ve done it again – we’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for Love Island. And while Majorca is the home of that villa, there are plenty of other destinations that will set hearts a flutter, and…All aboard: 8 of the world’s most amazing floating hotelsBe lulled to sleep by the sound of crashing waves, without staying in a cramped cruise ship cabin. If you’re after the riviera lifestyle book into the brand new OFF Seine in Paris recently launched on the famous Seine river. Start daydreaming about spending the night in one of these…Sleeping with the fishes: the world’s best underwater hotelsFan of unusual hotels? Well, staying in a room with an under-the-sea view is no longer a sci-fi dream; get your snorkel gear on and take a peek at these crazy underwater hotels, from Dubai to the Maldives.last_img