The Maldives used to cater just for honeymooners. But, now it offers a treat for solo travellers, backpackers and couples alike. The crystal blue waters invite you to relax, soak up the sun and enjoy your well earned holiday! If you want to know what it is like to spend 7 days in Paradise at a Maldives beach resort read on below.
DREAM YOUR DREAMS WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED, BUT LIVE YOUR DREAMS WITH YOUR EYES WIDE OPEN. -UNKNOWN
I’m in heaven right now!
The Maldives offer everything you’d expect to find on a tropical island. It is also the only 99% Muslim country in the world. Thus, it is much more conservative in the common areas; people are not getting around in their bikinis and alcohol is not permitted. It’s important to respect the local culture and ensure shoulders and knees are always covered.
* Some beaches on the islands do cater for tourists, so do your homework before visiting
Luckily, visiting the Maldives does not require a visa. You can visit the Maldives for 30-days as long as you have:
- 6-months remaining on your passport
- An onward ticket
Further details can be found on the Maldives immigration website.
A real life piece of paradise!
Maldives has a year-round tropical climate, heavily impacted by monsoon patterns.
- Summer: December – April
- Winter: May – November
- Sunny & cool
- Christmas is the busiest period
- Southwest Monsoon: July – August
- Northeast Monsoon: November – March
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Check out overviews of the islands we visited:
- Hulhumalé: The international airport is located here. It’s a man-made island, built to help cope with the overpopulation on Malé (150,000+ living in a 5.8 square km radius).
- Eriyadu: A Maldives beach resort which is absolute bliss! A 45-minute speedboat ride from the airport, in the North Ari Atoll, you’ll find yourself at Eriyadu Island Resort. Here, you’ll be surrounded by blue waters, the sunshine, delicious food and an incredibly attentive and caring staff.
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STAYING IN MALDIVES
You have a couple of options when staying in the Maldives:
- Resort: Staying at a Maldives beach resort generally affords you a bit more flexibility (ie. the dress is less restrictive & alcohol is served on the premises) but also typically comes with a higher price tag. Room choices range from garden view, to beachfront villas, to the infamous overwater bungalows. You can also select from different food and beverage packages such as room only, half-board, full-board & all-inclusive.
- Guesthouse: In 2009, legislation changed with allowed locals to commence owning and operating guesthouses on the islands. This brought competition to the market, and opened the doors for budget-friendly holidays. Visitors can now visit other islands and stay in a homestay environment.
- Hotels: These are popular throughout Malé and Hulmalé. Most people that utilise this option are visiting on business or in transit to another island the airport.
Infinity pool or ocean – the choice is yours
We budgeted for $213.30 USD/day (for 2 people). Actual was $279.21/day x 7 days = $2,234 total.
All costs include 10% GST & an extra 12% surcharge.
We were over budget because we decided to turn this trip into our honeymoon (8-years later). As a result, we opted for an all-inclusive package at the Maldives beach resort Eriyadu, which included all our food and drinks for 7 nights. Costs outlined below:
- Accommodation, Food & Beverages – $1,827
- Transport – $333 *
- Entertainment – $74 **
*includes speed boat to and from the island; excludes flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Malé, Maldives & flight from Malé, Maldives to Kochi, India
**includes massage; excludes diving
This is the Maldives!
OUR MALDIVES HIGHLIGHTS
- Walking out of the airport & boarding a speedboat to the island (we felt a bit like James Bond)
- Seeing both Eagle & Sting Rays
- Swimming with turtles
- Snorkelling Eriyadu’s house reef
- Tearing up the dance floor at the Friday night disco
A magical sunset!
- A boat trip to a Maldives beach resort can be rough so ensure you have travel sick medicine if required
- All-inclusive packages typically have some restrictions, so ensure you’re across those before booking.
- An example of our restrictions as per below:
- All-inclusive drinks limited to beer, wine, house spirits, juices & soft drinks
- All-inclusive drinks only served in main bar & restaurant (takeaway not allowed)
- All-inclusive meals served between specific hours
- No deal breakers, but good to know nonetheless
Back to reality
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