Book a break to the Maldives, a paradise archipelago of 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean and make all your travel dreams come true. This gorgeous island nation is one for all bucket lists, and is especially popular with celebrities and couples for honeymoon packages or to relax and rejuvenate with its ultra-luxurious beach resorts, many of which boast water villas, a la carte restaurants, and private stretches of coastline. Brightsun Travel offers the best holidays to Maldives, including great value all-inclusive packages.
Away from the beaches of the Maldives, there is a fascinating cultural side to the island country. Malé, the Maldivian capital is a must-visit where you can browse bustling markets, admire colourful ancient buildings, people-watch in coffee shops, and marvel at religious sites. The Hukuru Miskiiy, aka the Old Friday Mosque is located in Malé, which is the oldest mosque in the Maldives, built with coral stone. The National Museum is also a highlight, which allows you to delve deep into the cultural heritage of this island nation.
Visit the Maldives and admire awe-inspiring natural wonders such as blue lagoons, vibrant coral reefs, exotic flora, and best of all picture perfect beaches with some of the world’s clearest blue waters. The Maldives offers the best of both worlds; you can enjoy pure relaxation on a secluded bay, or take part in thrilling adventures such as snorkelling and scuba diving to get up close to colourful marine life, or maybe even a glass-bottom boat trip and some island hopping.
The Maldives in general is a honeymoon hotspot, so all islands with exclusive resorts are equally as idyllic for a honeymoon. Check out our Maldives blog which includes some of our favourite islands and information about Maldives honeymoon tour packages. You can also explore our Maldives holiday packages, many of which we recommend for couples planning their honeymoon, and some which offer free added extras for honeymoons.
There is no direct flight service between Manchester and the Maldives islands, however you can reach the Maldivian capital Male via a one-stop flight service with several of our partner airlines including British Airways, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, and Emirates. With Emirates you’ll connect via Dubai (7hr flight to Dubai & 4hr 25m flight to Male), with Etihad you’ll connect via Abu Dhabi (7hr flight to Abu Dhabi & 4hr 10m flight to Male), and with British Airways you’ll connect via Doha (6hr 50m flight to Doha & 4hr 50m flight to Male)
It depends what type of holiday you’re looking to book, and whether you go for a Maldives holiday package deal. We offer an extensive choice of all-inclusive Maldives holidays – and by all-inclusive we mean all meals and drinks included, plus return flights. Our all-inclusive offers to Maldives currently start from as little as £948pp for a six night package in a five star hotel . Going all-inclusive is great value for money, and for the holiday itself you’ll only need to budget for spending money if you’d like to buy souvenirs and book excursions.
The Maldives is renowned as a luxury holiday destination, so budget holidays aren’t a thing here – generally, expect to pay high prices all year round. However, you can save money depending on what time of year you decide to visit. The archipelago has a tropical climate with warm weather to enjoy all year round, but there is a rainy season between May and October; visiting during this off-peak season will save you a considerable amount of money on your flights and hotel, and although there will be plenty of sunshine, you’ll also have to expect some rain. November to April is the peak season for tourists, but your holiday will ultimately be more expensive. We say if your budget is low, visit during the off-peak season for a more affordable package.
In terms of weather, the best months to visit Maldives are between November and April, as the weather is generally dry with optimal sunshine. January to April are considered as the driest months which see less humidity, but this time of year will be busier as it’s the peak season, and also more expensive. If you want to save money, then the best time to go to the Maldives on holiday is during the off-peak season of May-October.
Because the Maldives is a long-haul destination, we recommend that you stay for at least 6 nights, as a lot of your time will be spent travelling so it may take a couple of days to adjust to a different time zone. You can stay longer than this, but the Maldives is quite an expensive destination so generally our customers book Maldives holidays for six or seven nights.
All islands in the Maldives have their own appeal and are equally as impressive. It all depends on your budget and what you plan on getting up to during your holiday. Check out our blog for some island inspiration based on your interests and travel preferences, whether you’re looking to travel for a honeymoon, adventure-filled family getaway, or luxury and tranquil break.
A number of our partner airlines operate one-stop flights to the Maldives from UK airports including Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, and Newcastle. You can book Maldives flights from London with Etihad Airways, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines, to name a few.
Bali and the Maldives are both tropical island nations offering a slice of paradise, but it would be impossible to answer whether one is better than the other, as they both offer a different kind of holiday. The Maldives is perfect for a retreat-style holiday to simply do nothing other than soak up some sun and sunbathe beside crystal-clear waters, with the option to take part in exciting water-based adventures. With the Maldives, you’re likely to use most of your budget on your accommodation, so if you plan on spending lots of time relaxing, then Maldives may be a better option for your holidays. On the other hand, Bali is perfect for those who want to explore. There are temples galore, plus rural landscapes, yoga centres, and artsy towns such as Ubud offering a slice of culture, not to mention breath-taking beaches with bustling beach resorts.
The Maldives is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world, so if you have a flexible budget, then this is the place to be. The Maldives really does offer the definition of paradise, with private islands surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Beaches here are picture-perfect with silky white sands and swaying coconut palms, and there are some unforgettable adventures to take part in, from snorkelling and scuba diving to glass bottom boat tours and island hopping excursions.Check out our Maldives holiday offers with great prices and book confidently with our flexible change policies.
Travellers on TripAdvisor have rated the following Maldives hotels and resorts in the top 10 list for travelling in 2021-2022, so if you’re looking to stay in the best hotel in Maldives or best resort in Maldives, then this list would be useful to go by.
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