- Maldives Luxury holidays
The Maldives are a luxury holiday destination in the heart of the Indian Ocean, an archipelago of 26 atolls in total, south-west of India's mainland, with 'King's Island' of Malé the capital. This is a country of contrasts, as the development to make the atolls inhabitable is balanced by environmental commitments and a pledge to become an entirely carbon-neutral nation. This is perhaps inspired by the very low elevation of the land masses, whose highest point is just about 2.4m above sea level, set against concerns about the impact of climate change on seawater levels.
Malé - the Maldives' city in the sea
Malé is one of the world's most unusual sights, with its main island taken up almost entirely by the city itself. Every available patch of land has been used for development, giving the tiny atoll a striking appearance – with buildings almost floating on the waves. Four of Malé’s six divisions are on this main island, with two others on nearby islets - one of which is artificial - while arrivals into the region land on the airport island of Hulhule. Further local land masses are being considered for development too, while ongoing efforts are reclaiming land in Malé’s harbour and elsewhere around the island's perimeter.
New additions to the Maldives?
As well as reclaiming coastal waters around the islands and developing what other patches of dry land remain, the government of the Maldives are looking to buy nearby islands from neighbouring nations. The idea is that if sea levels do rise in the coming years, the population could be moved on to dry land, and this could lead to new tourism opportunities too.
When should I visit the Maldives?
If you share the concerns about climate change, then it may be wise to visit the Maldives as soon as possible, as they are arguably at risk if sea levels rise further. Other than that, the climate is reasonably consistent all year round, with high temperatures in the 27-30°C range, and high humidity at about 80%. Rainfall peaks around the end of the year and is very high from September to December, while May also has higher rainfall than the other spring or summer months. Precipitation is at its lowest from January to March, making the Maldives a great option for some winter sun.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays are all about once-in-a-lifetime experiences and enjoying your own piece of paradise. If you are an adrenaline-junkie looking to try out some water sports, take advantage of one of the many excursions offered by your luxury hotel. If it’s top-class dining you’re after, indulge in gourmet delights at your all-inclusive accommodation. While many beach holidays blend into one, the purpose of a luxury holiday is to provide you with experiences of a lifetime - and ones that are well worth paying extra for. The Maldives offers an amazing island paradise that’s just waiting to be discovered. With crystal blue waters and pristine white sand, plus plush spa offerings at every hotel, you’ll enjoy pure, secluded luxury here.