An archipelago nation located 450 km south of India, the Maldives comprises some 1,200 islands, of which about one hundred are tourist resorts. The islands’ hotels offer out-of-this-world getaways featuring diving, pampering and a whole range of oceanside luxuries.
The Maldives are rightly considered to be the promised land for high-end tourism. Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, scattered from north to south over an area of more than 800 km, the tropical archipelago is the perfect example of what island landscapes offer the most discerning of guests: breathtakingly beautiful atolls, protected lagoons, immaculate beaches and stunning sea beds. The idea of holidaying in the Maldives in luxury, fully equipped island hotels appeals primarily to European and Asian guests who are looking to relax and enjoy a host of water-based activities.
While coming to the islands to do sightseeing is relatively rare, most visitors come to recharge their batteries and take advantage of a range of water sports. Boat trips to go sport fishing, snorkelling, sailing and scuba diving to search for coral and tropical fish are the preferred activities of tourists. With hotels more often than not equipped with spas, the Maldives are the ideal place to escape to in winter to get away from the bad weather and the stresses and strains of everyday urban life. And a stay on the islands is not without a bit of Maldivian society. A day spent in the capital, Malé, represents an opportunity to sample the everyday life of the islands’ inhabitants who strongly embrace Islamic culture.
Located in the south of the Maldivian archipelago, this island-resort boasts a five-star eco-hotel nestled in lush vegetation. Tropical happiness at its purest! Kunfunadhoo Island is said to be ""at the end of the world"". In the far south of the Maldives, this islet in the Baa atoll, a 30-minute flight or two-hour boat ride from the capital Malé, is an unrivalled tropical paradise. Its crystalline waters and white sandy beaches fringed with frangipani, coconut and palm trees prompted the Soneva Fushi hotel to choose this as the setting to welcome its very special guests. The island’s compact 40 hectares are criss-crossed by a network of pathways leading to secluded beaches and romantic hideaways. At nightfall, guests can watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean from the comfort of their villa with private terrace, before observing the night sky through a telescope…
Sustainable luxury resort. A turqoise lagoon, beaches with soft white sand and luscious vegetation – that’s the gorgeous setting of Soneva Fushi: protected by its own house reef, a gem of an island, where turtles nest. Designed to be in total harmony with the environment, the villas with palm-thatched roofs hide amongst the trees; set right on the beach and opening out towards nature, they make you feel as if you’re the only person there. A modern take on Robinson Crusoe, it is easy to forget everyday life on the edge of the Indian Ocean, or in the spa, swimming amongst fish, admiring manta rays in one of the most stunning diving locations of the world or picnicking on a desert island. ... Learn moreless