If there’s a place that people like to call a tropical heaven on earth, it’s definitely the Maldives. This paradise located in Southeast Asia has long been one of the most important travel destinations especially among honeymooners and sun worshippers.
A Country of Natural and Manmade Splendor
The Maldives boasts an abundance of natural beauty – pristine, white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters, and a healthy marine life.
Likewise, the air in this archipelago is fresh and fragrant with the scent of the spices that are always present in the local fare paired with the salty tang of the Indian Ocean.
Apart from the gorgeous natural surroundings, the Maldives is also home to luxury accommodations that appear to be created expressly for a beautiful novel.
You’ll discover overwater villas, grand hotels and isolated island mansions to choose from for those who only want the fine things in life.
Considered one of the best hotels in the Maldives, the exclusive hideaway JA Manafaru has 84 villas and suites, many of which have their own private pool and direct access to the ocean and various amenities.
This resort hotel is considered among the best places to stay in the Maldives. JA Manafuru reviews are consistently high – earning 5 out of 5 stars from guests and a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor. A lot of visitors actually don’t mind spending their entire time in the country just enjoying the elegant services and facilities this resort hotel provides.
In between enjoying the luxurious facilities and paradise views at your chosen hotel in Maldives, take the time to also explore the country more extensively.
You’ll find several breathtakingly beautiful places to check out, with the following topping the list:
1. Maafushi Island
Take sea transport to this island for some of the best foods you’ll ever have during your vacation. Here, you’ll find everything from local fare to Malayan cuisine to European food.
You will not only delight in the awesome food selection offered at this island; you’ll surely marvel as well at the restaurants themselves. Most of them are designed to appeal to the high-level aesthetic leanings of well-traveled tourists – just absolutely beautiful.
This is definitely the most cosmopolitan area of the Maldives. There are beautiful colorful buildings and many have impressive architecture. It offers many of the conveniences of city living and so much more.
The harbor is particularly spectacular in the afternoons when boats are docked. Many of these sea vehicles serve as ferries for tourists while some are personal yachts of well-to-do personalities.
You’ll also find the Artificial Beach here and it’s always nice to see a man-made wonder.
But despite being the most progressive city in the Maldives, Male still possesses that proud island vibe. You can buy the best souvenirs here and meet loads of friendly locals, many of which will be more than happy to inform you about other places to visit that are off the beaten path.
3. South Ari Atoll
If you want to see a fantasy-like side of the Maldives, South Ari Atoll should be one of your stops. Typically, from October to January, the bioluminescent phytoplankton appears in various beaches here and the sea turns into a blanket of gorgeous fairy lights.
Many claim the glow-in-the-dark beach is such a treat, especially on a moonless night.
There aren’t too many beaches in the world that provide this experience and it’s rather tricky to exactly determine when the glow-in-the-dark ostracods will appear. However, you’ll increase the probability of chancing upon them if you head to South Ari Atoll during your trip to the Maldives.
4. Islamic Centre
No matter what religion you adhere to, the Islamic Centre remains a must-see because of its stunning architecture. It seamlessly combines traditional and modern elements.
A lot of locals point out that the Islamic Centre’s appearance morphs throughout the day because of its light color and golden elements. If you visit during different times of the day, you will find obvious and lovely nuances to the building.
To take advantage of the best Maldives offers on accommodation, activities, dining and adventure, book your stay early.
To ensure a totally satisfying getaway to this tropical paradise, it’s best to avoid the wet monsoon which occurs from May to November. It will be difficult to enjoy the Maldives when there are heavy rains – ferry trips get canceled and it’s dangerous to go from island to island. Accommodation costs may be higher after the wet monsoon but you’ll definitely get to explore more conveniently and safely.
Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”