The islands of the Maldives, left to the mercy of the gentle and lapping Indian Ocean, were sculpted and shaped into one of the most unquestionably beautiful tropical places on the globe.
The whole nation can be found strewn across the turquoise waters some way from the Indian subcontinent, ranging from the powdered beaches of the northern atolls to the earthy sea shacks and fishing hamlets of the southern isles.
The island of Hulhumale is rising and rising forever, just across the sparkling waters from the capital of Male, as more and more land is reclaimed to house the city’s sprawling urban tendrils.It is also home to the Velana International Airport, which for most people is the main gateway to these paradise islands.Don’t be put off, however, by how it all sounds-Hulhumale is actually a charming spot.
The sprawling luxury resorts and opulent 5-star hotels that many of its neighbouring brothers do might not have Maafushi, but it’s got plenty of charm.
Sadly destroyed by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, in the last decade, the place has been busy restoring its salt-washed fishing jetties and laborious sailor huts.
Whenever you go, go with all your heart
From clublike resorts to trendy luxury resorts, those that give fun in the family
If you are on business visiting the Maldives, it’s convenient to stay at a hotel in Male.
Liveaboards offer a chance to see more of the Maldives.