A country that protects its cultural heritage and fragile ecology from the onslaught of Western consumerism, the Maldives is almost exclusively a place of package tourism. Despite the worst fears of most independent travelers, package travel offers the best value for money, the simplest organization and generally favors preferential treatment. This is how the Maldives is organized and everyone from the government to the resorts prefers you to travel this way. Independent travelers are a rare breed, but with good planning it is an equally possible way to travel. No matter how you arrive, you’ll find the same amazing white sandy beaches, surreal blue waters and exceptional service. While it may seem like this place is all about crowds and rush, you’ll be able, contrary to appearances, to bask in an intimate setting and find yourself. As the cold sets in quickly, the Maldives is a top-tier yachting destination to warm up under the sun from November to April.
The city of Malé
When you decide to spend your vacations in the Maldives, you obviously wish for a destination that will change you from your daily life, where you will be able to sunbathe under a blazing sun. The capital is very populated, and the population density is very high. That’s why, if you stay there, don’t hesitate to dock in Male, a homonymous island, located in the atoll of Kaafu. It is the political, cultural, economic and financial center of the country.
Here you can quench your thirst for knowledge and culture. Visit the National Museum in the Sultan’s Park which is a must stop! This gem houses all the country’s Buddhist and Islamic period collections, including clothing, jewelry, weapons and other cultural objects. You can stay in one of the many hotels surrounding the mosques.
What to do in the Maldives apart from basking in the sun ? Even if this destination is the perfect definition of idleness, there is a lot to discover and do. For example, it’s the perfect place to indulge in all kinds of water activities. Dive into the turquoise waters of the lagoons and admire the rich underwater fauna.
Initiate yourself to diving, and swim in harmony with coral reefs and multicolored fishes that you will not soon forget. Among other activities, try snorkeling, sunset padel and even night fishing. This is the time to hook the biggest fish and relax after a long day of sunbathing. Why not even offer you the luxury of buying your own yacht to come to the shores of Hanifaru Bay for an extraordinary experience.
Relaxation and Wellness
For those who wish to spend unique moments of relaxation and zenitude, let yourself be seduced by the spas. The setting lends itself well to this activity, which has developed a lot with the arrival of tourism on the island. The villas on the beach or on stilts have the luxury of having a privatized hotel service and therefore makes possible massage-type treatments directly in the rooms. It is also very common to find “spa suites” which are privatized spaces. With their treatment space with massage table and all the comfort, you will live a real moment of relaxation in the Maldivian style.
These spaces generally give you a breathtaking view of the lagoons. After being pampered, the small attention continues with a passage to the sauna and/or the relaxation area. This is a vacation that could be described as relaxing.
When to go
November - April
December - March
Malé is your starting point for a yacht charter in the Maldives, where a string of atolls invite you to explore for a few days or a few weeks. Because the atolls spread across a long distance, each one feels remote and special in itself. The Maldives are not like other island destinations, where yachts crowd into the harbors and cruise ships abound. Instead, the Maldives offer solitude and a sense of personal space— a true luxury in the modern world. The landscape of the Maldives is unique. Its average ground-level elevation is just 1.5 meters. When the sun sets and you look out over the water from your charter yacht’s deck, you see nothing but a sky bursting with rich reds, flame oranges and warm yellows. It is a view that cannot be found anywhere else, a reminder of just how special the Maldives are. Itineraries here can include visits to five-star spas and restaurants on a handful of the atolls, or exclusive and remote areas for charter clients who want the utmost personal privacy. The waters are warm and inviting, and the beaches are beautiful. The Maldives are a wonderful place to fall in love with nature.