The Maldives Attracts Increasing UK Tourism
Lookout for your fellow British travellers in 2017 in the Maldives, as tourism figures rise. Revealed at the World Travel Market last year, numbers increased to 76, 083, up from 68, 519 during the same period in 2015.
On top of that, new tourism developments from Visit Maldives mean more infrastructure, with new resorts, an airport redevelopment and global channel, Maldives TV, to promote tourism options.
Though it’s often considered one of the pricey options for an island holiday, a trip to the Maldives can be surprisingly affordable. Especially when you take advantage of all-inclusive packages.
Here’s a look at some of the top choices, from ultra-luxury to resorts that’ll keep your wallet happy.
One&Only Reethi Rah (£££)
An all-villa resort in North Male Atoll, One&Only Reethi Rah is a private hideaway that’s worth the luxury price tag. The spa was ranked in the top 20 ‘World’s Best Spas’ by Condé Nast Traveler, there’s 12 private, pristine beaches, an infinity pool, an over-water restaurant, a beach club, tennis courts, yoga and meditation courses and designer boutiques.
Gili Lankanfushi (£££)
The experience that waits at Gili Lankanfushi is pure fantasy, especially if you have the privilege of staying in the decadent Private Reserve or a Crusoe Residence. No matter what type of villa you choose though, you’ll only need to step off your deck into the aqua waters of the Indian Ocean. A spa, a wine cellar, an Underground Chocolate Cave, gourmet dining and a wealth of activities add to the indulgence.
Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa (££)
Situated in the Meemu Atoll a 40-minute seaplane ride from Male, you’ll find the 6-acre island resort of Hakuraa Huraa. With charming white tent-roofs, villas dot the ocean around a gorgeous, winding pier. Dining options include the seafront Crab Bar, with succulent seafood to go with the balmy salt breeze. There’s also a spa and all your favourite activities, including water sports, fishing and island hopping.
Meeru Island Resort (££)
Encased in a sparkling lagoon with palm trees, reefs and white sand galore, Meeru Island Resort is snorkelling, sunbaking and water sports heaven. Choose from a range of accommodation options, from cute garden villas to over-water bungalows. When you’re feeling energetic, scuba dive or play a round of golf. Your stomach will always be satisfied, with a range of buffet and a la carte restaurants.
Fihalhohi Island Resort (£)
South Mali Atoll is home to Fihalhohi Island Resort, where you get all the delights of an island holiday, for a more affordable price. You can choose a classic room with all the mod cons, or a water villa for extra luxury. The tour desk gets you out on the water with sports, fishing and diving. Restaurants serve up local and international cuisine and the spa offers all-important holiday massages and facials.
Fun Island (£)
Who can resist a name like ‘Fun Island’? Just a 45-minute speed boat ride from Male International Airport, in South Male Atoll, here you’ll find affordable rooms on the oceanfront. Fun is easy to find, with sailing, beach volleyball, snorkelling, windsurfing and canoeing. Eat till your heart’s content at a buffet or main restaurant and try the Araamu Spa to relax and rejuvenate.