Chelsey loves the Maldives

Peter R Stewart

Peter Stewart writes exclusively for Kenya Safari  as well as Worldwide Vacation Spots  and he has in depth knowledge of the places he writes about.

Being a recently engaged person I have started fantasizing about exotic honeymoon destinations and right now the Maldives is number one.

Before booking a luxury holiday in the Maldives, or a cheap holiday in the Maldives, any hotel in the Maldives, or you might just be looking for any island hideaway in the Maldives, it is important that you know where you are going to, and what you will find when you get there.

Too many people arrive at their holiday destination having chosen it only for the price, and a dubious guarantee of sunshine, and have never investigated their destination for its suitability for themselves and their family. A disastrous holiday can often be rescued by the surrounding countryside, but this won’t be possible in the Maldives, because you are probably going to be trapped on an island, and that hotel in the Maldives may be on an island you can walk round in a few minutes. So you need to know something about where you are going at the very outset.

The Maldives are in fact an archipelago consisting of 1190 low-lying coral islands scattered across the equator, in groups of 26 naturally occurring atolls. The Maldives is 45 minutes from Colombo, 3 hours from Dubai, 4 hours from Singapore, and most importantly, about 14 hours from New Zealand.

On the map it is in the Indian Ocean just south west from Sri Lanka, and you don’t need a visa.

The Maldives literally sits on top of the Equator so it is a year round 25-30 degrees Celsius, and has frequently been described as paradise on earth.
If your idea of paradise is is a pristine tropical island with swaying palm trees with a pure white sand beach all the way round and then a limpid blue and turquoise sea, then the Maldives is just exactly that.

It is sunny, quite unique, and almost totally unspoiled.

The hotels range from the top of the range giving you the perfect luxury holiday in the Maldives to the other end where there are plenty cheap Maldives Holidays, as well as the total hideaway Maldive islands. They all have one thing in common and that is they are perfect for people who are looking for peace and tranquillity, a chance to rejuvenate and relax. This is not the place to go if you have to spend your holiday visiting places. This is however the place to go if snorkelling or diving are your thing.

It is little wonder that a huge proportion of tourists in the Maldives are returning for a second or third time - simply put the place is addictive, with its sun kissed white sand beaches, crystal clear warm lagoons, and multi coloured coral and incredibly exotic marine life. When you consider out of all of the islands only about 200 are inhabited., and of the remaining islands around 100 have become island hotels, there will be more beautiful deserted atolls than you know what to do with.

 
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  • KH says
    I'd feel weird visiting as a single!
  • coco says
    It looks sensational, this is not somewhere I would have thought of going to - but will add it to the list now
  • monique says
    I'm going to be in the Maldives in 4 weeks time!! Can't wait!
  • Wice says
    Fantastic Monique. Promise to report back. What made you choose this destination? Is it very expensive? Are you staying on an island hotel or an inhabited island? Love to hear all about it - a bit like the consumer vs expert reviews somewhere here on the Chelsey forums.
  • Anna says
    lol if someone is willing to pay for my trip i can give a great consumer review =P
  • flowery3 says
    That's a really useful guide - Im busy learning about the holiday destinations this side of the world now, rather than grubby crowded Europe! My first two years as a kiwi have been spent exploring NZ, which is the MOST AMAZING country, but sometimes a bit of tropical snorkling does appeal, especially in the winter....but home is where my heart is, beautiful NZ, never fear
  • flowery3 says
    I think you could have a magical time as a single - just imagine, lazing on the beach, reading all those books youve promised yourself, swimming with the fish, eating what and when you like, becoming totally relaxed! And who knows who you could meet, holiday romance could be lovely too!
  • flowery3 says
    That was meant as a reply to KH - doesnt seem to be posting replies under the post they reply to any more - ah well!
  • New Member says
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