The Maldives is one of those places that’s synonymous with luxury travel. An archipelago of over a thousand tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, it’s one of those true paradise-on-earth places. White sand beaches, blue lagoons, and extensive coral reefs. Not to mention stylish resorts that simply ooze luxury, over-water villas, and spas like you wouldn’t believe.
It’s definitely a real dream destination for me, and I’d love to visit the Maldives some day. So when Emirates Holidays asked me to come up with a plan for my dream trip to the Maldives, I was really excited to write the post. There are just so many amazing things to do on Maldives holidays! Here’s my absolute, dream-come-true wish-list…
Swim with Manta Rays
Remember when I was lucky enough to snorkel with manta rays in Indonesia last year? That was hands-down one of my all time travel highlights, and one I’m dying to repeat. Snorkelling in the Maldives would be an absolute dream come true. Not just the chance to see those graceful giants, the dreamy mantas, but also coral, colourful tropical fish, turtles, and whale sharks. It’s snorkelling paradise!
Fly Over the Maldives
Forget island-hopping, what you want is to go island spotting from a teeny-tiny seaplane. Those stunning aqua waters and white sandy islands look even more stunning from the air, if that’s possible!
Explore the Culture
The Maldives may be known for tropical beaches and stunning coral reefs, but that’s not all there is to this gorgeous archipelago. And while this is a mega-luxury dream trip, we all know I couldn’t possibly sit still relaxing for more than a few days at a time! Thankfully, there’s plenty of culture to discover, from Male’s bustling local market and the shopping street of Majeedhee Magu, to the “Old Friday Mosque” Hukuru Miskiiy which was built way back in 1656 from carved white coral.
Spot Fish from a Bathtub
If there’s one thing that’s surely on every Maldives to do list, it’s got to be staying in one of those iconic over-water villas. The most luxurious ones have private pools or hot tubs overlooking the ocean, so you can watch the waves while you bathe. Some hotels even take it a step further with incredible glass-bottomed tubs. They’re set right above the sea so you can watch the fish pass underneath you while you relax in the bath!
Catch Your Own Dinner
There’s no better way to get a glimpse into a place’s culture than through it’s food, so I’d love to try something like a cooking class in the Maldives. Better still, I’d love to take a deep sea fishing lesson and catch my own dinner. In the Maldives you can do day or night fishing, or even go on the hunt for giant squid. Whatever you catch, you can take home for dinner. Ask your hotel or a local restaurant to help you cook it and you can have all the satisfaction of knowing you’re meal is as fresh as possible.
Dine Under the Sea
For the ultimate dining experience in the Maldives, though, there are the underwater restaurants. At Niyama resort’s Subsix restaurant you can dine 20 feet below the Indian Ocean, gazing out of the windows and the sandy seabed and local coral regeneration programme. And in Ithaa on the Hilton Maldives Resort it’s even more immersive; the tiny restaurant (which seats just 14) is housed in an acrylic underwater tunnel. Great food in the most unreal of settings – this is the extravagance of the Maldives at it’s best!
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Emirates Holidays UK, but all words and opinions are my own.