Did you guys know that the Maldives is one of the most Instagrammed tourist destinations in the world? Yes – this island located in the Indian Ocean is kind of a big deal! Known for its captivating turquoise waters, palm trees, blue skies and powder-white shores, the Maldives is a tropical paradise made up of a collection of gorgeous coral islands. It might just be your next dream vacation, and we’ll tell you why. Here are 5 reasons to add the Maldives to your bucket list. And what’s even better is that you could win a trip there, if you enter our competition!
It’s super romantic
Perched on stilts above turquoise waters, water villas in the Maldives are the epitome of secluded luxury. There’s nothing more romantic than waking up to the sound of gentle waves, or panoramic views of the crystal-clear Indian Ocean.
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Sure, a sunset is a daily occurrence… But have you witnessed a Maldivian sunset? Simply extraordinary. Daytime in this tropical island lets you experience half of the colour spectrum – blue hues of the Indian Ocean and lush greenery of the palm trees. And when the sun goes down, make sure you’re ready for fiery hues of yellows, oranges and reds – and watch them materialise before your eyes. This golden hour is one for the books.
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A plethora of marine life
A trip to the Maldives will be incomplete if you don’t take a dip in the crystal clear waters – to swim amongst marine wildlife! The Maldives is known for its amazing species of marine life and is classified as one of the best diving and snorkelling sites in the world. Did you know that resorts in the Maldives are ready with private house reefs? You get to embark on an underwater escapade in the Indian Ocean while being surrounded by cute sea turtles, reef sharks and a colourful array of corals – at any time of the day! Just picture yourself swimming in a giant aquarium. How cool is that?
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The Maldives is well-known for its scenic views and tropical island life, but let’s not forget the exotic local cuisines! The capital city, Malé, is inhabited by a cultural mix of Arabs, Sinhalese and South Indian influences – which explains the colourful Maldivian cuisine. Local Maldivian dishes are usually made up of fresh seafood and locally grown ingredients like taro, breadfruit and coconuts. Curries are made out of these ingredients and are often consumed – but don’t be fooled, there are various cooking styles to this dish! Get your taste buds ready, because the Maldives will spoil you with choices as vast as the ocean. And if you’re a foodie, then this is your true calling.
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Sensational spa experiences
Maldivian resort spas are simply the most relaxing way to unwind from the hustle and bustle of life. Let’s face it – it’s not every day that you get to watch baby sharks while you’re face-down getting a massage at a spa! SpaCenvaree, an adult-only spa at the Centara Ras Fushi Resort Maldives was rated the Best Luxury Emerging Spa in the Indian Ocean at the World Luxury Spa Awards. Meanwhile, the Six Senses Spa Laamu will pamper you to the fullest with Ayurvedic treatments and the Jiva Grande Spa at the Taj Exotica is sure to cast your worries with their indulgent treatments. Talk about treating yourself!
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Now that we’ve let you in on all the magic and beauty surrounding this incredible place, why don’t you picture yourself lounging around your private water villa, watching the sunset far into the horizon of the Indian Ocean? Here’s some good news: you can turn this daydream into reality by joining our Late Checkout Competition! Simply share your best late checkout excuse by the 30th June 2018 to win a 4-night stay in the Maldives!
And if you’re feeling inspired to jet away for longer this summer, book your Maldives vacation with our summer offer and get a 2 for 1 hotel stay for up to 6 nights until 31st August 2018!