The Maldives looks like heaven, filled with remoteness and secrecy. Pure sunshine and gentle peace. Soft air, glossy water and silky coral sand. Lying South-West of India there is a host of small coral islands boasting spectacular white beaches lined by masses of palm trees and turquoise water with pristine coral reefs. This collection of tiny Island paradises in the Indian Ocean is the Maldives, arguably one of the best island holiday destinations. With World Leisure Holidays, finding the perfect getaway to the Maldives is easy with our wide range of superb value packages. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, family holiday or partying with friends, there is something for everyone.
Ibrahim Nasir International Airport more commonly known as Malé International Airport, is the main and only international airport in the Maldives. It is located on Hulhulé Island in the North Malé Atoll, nearby the capital island Malé. The Maldives Tourism Promotion Board has an information counter for the convenience of tourists visiting Maldives. Duty free shopping is available in the departure terminal of Male’ International Airport, where there are specialised shops for electrical goods, watches, cameras, fashion, liquor, jewellery, tobacco and more. Distance from the airport to some popular destinations in the Maldives include: One&Only Reethi Rah – 35km/45 mins by luxury yacht Kanuhura – 150km/35 mins by seaplane. Diamonds Athuruga Beach & Water Villas – 90km/20 mins by seaplane Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas – 80km/20 mins by seaplane.
Maldives has a tropical climate with two monsoons. The rainy south-west monsoon lasts from April to October, when there are brief downpours followed by sunshine. The less rainy north-east monsoon occurs from December to March, when weather is light and fairly dry. The average temperature ranges from 25°C to 30°C and is highest in April and May.
The main place to do shopping in the Maldives will be in the capital of Male, Chandhanee Magu and Majeedhee Magu are two more popular shopping places in the city. Local craftsmanship can be found in things like wood carvings, teas, key rings, napkin rings, fridge magnets and mats. Please note that the Maldives Government has banned export of products made of turtle shell, black coral, pearl oyster shell and red coral. So, don’t deal in these items.
There are so many amazing things to see and do around the islands. Here are a few of the natural and cultural attractions available: Sultan Park – An oasis of greenery within the capital of Male The National Museum – A Museum that features a comprehensive selection of items that belonged to Maldivian Royalty The Mulee Aage Palace – An elegant 18th century colonial palace built by a Maldivian Sultan. The Grand Friday Mosque – A beautiful mosque in the capital.
Maldives Passports and Visas Entry permits are granted to visitors on arrival at designated ports of entry. Visitors entering Maldives should possess the following to obtain an entry permit: a valid passport, a valid return air ticket and a minimum of US$30.00 per person per day or confirmed hotel reservations.
It is advised that you ensure that your hepatitis and typhoid vaccination be up to date before traveling to the Maldives. If you are coming from a yellow fever source country, you need to ensure your yellow fever vaccinations and their certificates are up to date, as customs may ask for these upon your entry into the Maldives. It is advisable to pack an adequate supply of essentials such as painkillers, plasters, sun block, antihistamines, anti-nausea and anti-diarrheal. Please keep personal medication in your hand luggage and not in your suitcase. It is also advised to consume only bottled water. You are allowed to bring in one month’s supply of pharmaceutical drugs or medicines for your personal use. Any other pharmaceutical drugs or medicines must be accompanied by a letter or certified prescription from a registered physician, and have to be declared.
Telephone, fax and internet facilities are available at all resorts. To use your mobile phone you will need to activate your international roaming at least 10 days before you depart. International roaming is not available on prepaid packages.
You are advised to obtain travel insurance covering personal accident, medical expenses, emergency repatriation, baggage loss and loss of funds through cancellation or curtailment. Speak to your travel agent about the various options available.
Certain duty-free allowances are available to visitors over the age of 16. This includes 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco, and a reasonable quantity of Eau de Toilette. Exceeding duty-free allowances may result in extra duty charges or confiscation of goods. It’s important to note that while you can drink alcohol in all resorts, it’s illegal to import any alcoholic drinks. A doctor’s prescription is required for all medication.
Powder white beaches, crystal clear waters, fairy-tale sunsets and luxurious accommodations, what else do you need for a fairy-tale wedding or the honeymoon of a lifetime. The many luxurious World Leisure Holiday resorts cater for couples new and old, with various nuptial options, to ensure your Maldives experience is unforgettable.
Travelling to the Maldives as a group can be made much easier when taking advantage of a tailored group package from World Leisure Holidays. Our Groups, Incentives & Conferencing will take care of everything, whether you’re travelling on conference, for business or for a family function. From corporate conferences to themed parties to team-building, whatever it is your group requires, no one can meet the needs better than World Leisure Holidays.
From aroma therapy to reflexology, massage to meditation, hairstyling to manicures and pedicures, your body will receive the attention of experts. At One & Only Reethi Rah, you can experience Ayurvedic ESPA treatments, nutritional analysis and podiatry and pedicure by Bastien Gonzalez. You can attend Thai Chi, yoga and pilates classes in the sea-facing Chi Pavilion. At Kanuhura, you can experience pampering in the exclusive Veyoge spa, alone or with your partner .Otherwise receive cutting edge personal fitness training in the hi-tech Gymnasium.