Maldives Holidays – Heaven on Earth?

What is it about the maldives? It only takes a few holiday reviews, a little bit of background research, and a glance at some typically jaw-dropping pictures to realise that people just love the Maldives. Anyone even vaguely aware of the place is likely to go ‘Ooooohhh…’ at the very mention of the islands, a sentiment echoed by the ‘Ahhhhhh…’ people emit when they arrive there and the majesty of it starts to sink in.

Palms in the Maldives

Visitors return with overwhelmingly good feelings for the Maldives, to the extent that most customer reviews of holidays there are so bursting with happiness that readers could suspect they were written by a travel rep. But no, look around, and the evidence mounts for my case – are the Maldives really heaven on Earth?

Whether you call it a tropical paradise, the perfect island fantasy or a picture-postcard dream, everyone can relate to these powerful mental images.

Shipwrecked in the Maldives? Yes please

For many people, finding heaven on Earth is all about peace and quiet, solitude, and getting away from the stress, dirt, pollution and chaos that characterise our surroundings in modern life. Just like the classic Robinson Crusoe adventure, the Maldives are a place where you could be shipwrecked forever and never miss home. Your supermarket would be the bountiful seas, coconut palms and fruit-laden branches. The odd barrel of Rum would float ashore, and who knows, maybe even a companion.

Relaxing Indian Ocean luxury

Other kinds of traveller can think of nothing more heavenly than lounging year-round in the perfect tropical climate, with kind, attentive hotel staff bringing fine food and drinks at the ring of a bell. Days would pass in bucolic satisfaction, gazing at the sparkling sand and glittering waves, taking a dip, reading, living like royalty might in a better world. As the sun sets over a calm ocean, fine dining, flickering candles and good conversation feels all the more natural knowing that your refuge is just metres away, and there is no work in the morning.

Coconut on beach

Intrepid adventures in the Maldives

For those with a more adventurous spirit, all 1000sq.km of the Maldives island chain becomes a sun-drenched tropical playground. Exploring the hundreds of uninhabited islands by boat could be a lifetime’s work, and no-one can claim to have seen every spectacular reef, teeming as they are with tropical fish and exotic sea life. In their vision of heaven on Earth, days are filled swimming with Dolphins, scuba-diving into the fantastical submerged realms of the Indian Ocean, claiming undiscovered coves and sunken ships.

Boat and Atoll

Are the Maldives all things to all people?

Whichever of these visions of a Tropical heaven might suit you best is largely unimportant; most travellers to the Maldives enjoy a combination of all of them. The luxury market orientated, high-quality resorts and facilities in the Maldives are testament to the local understanding of why we love their islands; tourism is by far the largest industry, and with the ‘high season’ being almost all year round, providing a great experience for visitors is at the heart of many people’s lives.

As for what kind of package – the choices are vast. I for one love the freedom of live-aboard accommodation; waking up to a new view every morning, navigating the reefs and lagoons, and putting ashore wherever catches your eye is a fine way to experience the stunning beauty of the Maldives. If a resort, well-appointed villa or even a private island is more your style, all inclusive packages can be a great idea as you never have to count your pennies.

After all, who needs their wallet in heaven?

 

Gerry Bern is an independent writer who loves travelling, music, food and all the finer things in life. Gerry is currently getting excited about getting away this year, watching out for the best Maldives holidays deals, and counting the days…

All-Inclusive Honeymoons

Sandals Grande Antigua
Sandals Grande Antigua - Image by by kim.panian

When choosing a honeymoon destination, many couples often choose a place with soft sand and beautiful ocean views. A great option for honeymooners is to consider all-inclusive resorts because the last thing you will want to do on your honeymoon is be stuck at a hotel with nothing to do but watch allied satellite tv. If you book a stay at an all-inclusive resort, your trip is practically worry-free. One rate will take care of the costs of your entire stay. This includes not only meals and drinks, but also entertainment, tips, taxes, airport transfers and more. What all of this means is that you will not have any surprise costs and you will avoid reaching into pockets for tips. If you think an all-inclusive resort is the best option for you and your other half, there are many to choose from, but these are the top 5 all-inclusive resorts.

Jamaica, Couples Swept Away—Last year this Jamaican resort was recognized by Travel & Leisure with a “World’s Best Award.” Couples Swept Away features white sand beaches and tropical gardens that surround the resort provide the perfect romantic setting for honeymooners. You will have access to seven restaurants, each with their own specialties to enjoy. The inclusions that couples can take advantage of are romantic accommodations, unlimited fine, gourmet dining, entertainment each night, green fees for golfing, and much more.

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Dominican Republic, Excellence Punta Cana—Just a few steps from the Caribbean Sea sits Excellence Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Here you will also find eight different restaurants with varying international cuisines. If you are looking for a cold drink, there are numerous bars and lounges all around the resort. Excellence Punta Cana is also well-known for its exciting activities offered. Some of the activities include cave exploring, whale watching, and zip lining. This resort is perfect for the active couple.

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Mexico, El Dorado Royale—Another great site for active couples or even those who like to just sit back and relax is the El Dorado Royale in Mexico. At this resort there are so many things to do for all types of people. Activities that include hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, volleyball, and swimming are sure to keep restless couples busy. The spa at the resort will appease those just looking for pure relaxation. Options for dining and entertainment seem limitless. This Mexican resort boasts seven different restaurants, four bars, and ten swim-up bars.

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Antigua, Sandals Grande Antigua—If you are looking for romance, the Sandals Grande in Antigua is just the resort for you. For the last twelve years this all-inclusive resort has been voted the “World’s Most Romantic Resort.” You will also have dining options at ten restaurants. Located on Antigua’s very famous beach Dickenson Bay, this resort and spa has all of the amenities necessary for the ultimate romantic getaway.

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St. Lucia, Sandals Grande St. Lucian—In St. Lucia there are three different Sandals resorts, but the top pick is the Sandals Grande St. Lucian. At this resort, you are surrounded by incredible Atlantic Ocean beaches and mountain views. The seven restaurants at the resort are plenty, but Sandals offers a stay at one, play at three promotion. So you can take advantage of all of the restaurants and amenities at all three resorts. Many of the activities like kayaking, sailing, and snorkeling are included, while the spa and golf are optional. You will never run out of things to do in St. Lucia.