About The Maldives
The Maldives is a group of low-lying coral islands, forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls, situated south-west of Sri Lanka. A small percentage of the islands are inhabited and 87 are exclusive resorts, boasting tropical landscapes hugged by picture-perfect beaches festooned with palm trees. The myriad islands are surrounded by coral reefs enclosing shallow lagoons.
The Dhivehi people of the Maldives are descended from an ethnic mix of Aryan, Negroid, Sinhalese, Dravidian and Arab cultures. The history of the area was dominated by a succession of bids for control that began with Muslim rule in the 12th century. The Arabs were later supplanted by Portuguese then the British, until 1965 when the Maldives finally achieved full independence as a sultanate. The majority of Maldivians are Sunni Muslims and their lifestyle follows the traditions of Islam. Traces of ancient beliefs have endured in the form of superstitions centred on evil spirits.
The Maldives rely on tourism and fishing for their income, and with a large number of foreign visitors, eco-friendly tourism is gaining popularity in order to maintain the Maldives' natural beauty for future generations. Very little tourism in the Maldives is independent, with most visitors opting for all-inclusive resorts and package tours.
AN EDEN TO EXPLORE AND ENJOY AN ALL-INCLUSIVE OPTIONS
A Club Med resort that surrounds you in refinement; in the settings, dining and activities. A new concept of luxury in a relaxed atmosphere. Between diving in the underwater world and the pleasure of sampling the exquisite flavours of cuisine from all over the world, Kani is an Eden of all lovers of relaxation and discovery.
YOU & ME BY COCOON
You & Me is a private, rustic and romantic island, in a beautiful, untouched corner of the Maldives. A world away from the stresses of everyday life, You & Me is the place to relax, curl up, and spend some quality ‘us time’. A brand new, 5-star resort, opening 1st February 2019, You & Me is located in Raa Atoll, northern Maldives, just 20 minutes by speedboat from Ifuru domestic airport, or a 45 minute, scenic seaplane ride from Male’ international airport. Adults only island, targeting couples, honeymooners and friends, the resort is a quiet, relaxing retreat, far away from other hotels.
MALDIVES IS A TROPICAL PARADISE OF PALMS, WHITE SAND AND CLEAR WATERS
Twin sister to Meeru but you reach Vilamendhoo by 25-minute seaplane flight. The same laid-back and relaxed philosophy and, like Meeru, the sole occupant of the island. There is the most beautiful house reef and you should just kick off your shoes and feel the soft white sand between your toes. Refurbished in 2010, there are 4 restaurants – 2 a la carte – and 4 bars to choose from. Evening entertainment and that special atmosphere that makes the Maldives so inviting.
BE AS ACTIVE OR AS QUIET AS YOU WANT - THIS TIME IS YOURS !
Want a true Maldivian style? With soft sand walkways lined with Frangipani trees, a turquoise lagoon and spectacular marine life, Olhuveli is the epitome of the region. Family or romantic getaway; it matters not for the island is perfect for both. Magnificent beach villas or a variety of over-water accommodation will make you feel like royalty. The house reef is accessible from the end of the jetty and the resort plays host to the very first kitesurfing school in the Maldives. With a huge lagoon, there is plenty of snorkelling and all the water and land sports you could wish for and, although there is no kids club, there is a children’s play area. Evenings are taken care of with 4 restaurants and 3 bars with evening entertainment laid on.
INDULGE YOUR SENSES IN THE MALDIVES AT KUREDU
40 minutes by seaplane brings you to this firm favourite with South African holidaymakers. A large (by Maldivian standards) and vibey resort which caters for every taste; basic accommodation or a luxury villa with Jacuzzi; lots of activities or simply lounging on the beach or by the pool. A six-hole par 3 golf course is a first for the Maldives and the Pro Divers PADI 5-star facility is one of the best dive schools in the region. The whole resort has a small town atmosphere to it and is equally great for families or a romantic getaway. No less than 7 restaurants and 8 bars cater for every taste and what could be better than a cocktail while watching the star-filled night sky.
THE CRYSTAL WHITE SANDY BEACH IS READY TO UNFOLD YOU -
Located on the pristinely stunning island of Ookolhufinolhu in Lhaviyani Atoll of the Maldives, the first glimpse of Cocoon Maldives will take your breath away. Seemingly floating over the shimmering azure lagoon, the lush green vegetation and the crystal-white sandy beaches are ready to enfold you in its warm embrace and comfort you with every luxury imaginable as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to achieve nirvana.