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Maldives
Holidays in the Maldives

A nation of never-ending beauty


With crystal white sands and sheltered lagoons, the Maldives redefines paradise. For those seeking relaxation, our all-inclusive Maldives holidays help you make the most of some of the world's best beach resorts. Meanwhile, adventure lovers can experience world-class diving, surfing, fishing, kayaking and more. With over 1,000 coral islands to enjoy, there's no shortage of things to see or do on trips to the Maldives.

Maldives

Hotels in the Maldives

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Dubai

Dubai and Maldives

The Middle East and Indian Ocean lend themselves very well to a multi-destination holiday, a stop over in Dubai en-route to the Maldives is a very popular option. Combine a few days hitting the shops in Dubai City before heading to the idyllic island resorts and white sand beaches of the Maldives.

Essential information for the Maldives

Local time
+ 4hrs
Currently
Language
Maldives flag
English widely spoken
Currency
Maldivian Rufiya
Official currency of Maldives
Flight information
12h 20m
Male (MLE)
Fly via Dubai
Flight schedule
Emirates flights (via Dubai) depart 5 times a week from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow. Flights with other airlines also available.

Do I need a visa?

British citizens do not require a visa.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Island transfers

When you’ve touched down, it’s time to transfer to your island paradise — either by speedboat, seaplane or domestic aircraft. Look out for us or someone from your hotel who will take you to your departure point. If the weather isn’t playing ball or there are lots of flight arrivals, you may not be able to leave straight away. If you are flying, you may need to wait up to 3 hours. Seaplanes only operate when it’s daylight (that’s when you get the best views, after all), so you may need to spend a night at an airport hotel.

The best of the Maldives: Discover picture-perfect paradise

An idyllic location, tropical sunshine and breathtaking natural beauty – the Maldives has it all. The nation is made up of 1200 coral islands, with each luxurious resort found on its own private isle. Seclusion, serenity and simplicity are the pillars of life in the Maldives.

Sun, sea and sand lovers are in their element on Maldives beaches. Some of the world’s best beach resorts can be found here, each with its own twist. For the perfect Maldives holiday package, here are just a few options to help you decide:

  • The Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives is a fabulous spot for both couples and families, with bright white sands and a gorgeous lagoon. Experience fine dining at its best with Atmosphere’s spectacular à la carte offering.
  • Sun Island Resort on Nalaguraidhoo Island is a serene spot of secluded coves. It’s perfect for nature lovers and water babies, with stunning surroundings and plenty of thrilling water sports.
  • Finolhu is a unique, high energy resort in a stunning setting. If you’re looking for a fun holiday, you’ll love the resort's exciting activities, funky beach club, retro pool parties and quirky dining options.

When it comes to pampering, Maldives all inclusive resorts tick every single box. Watch a dazzling sunset as you unwind on a private deck, or embark on a personalised snorkelling adventure among thriving coral reefs. Whether it’s a Maldives honeymoon you’ve got in mind, or a treat “just because”, we’ve hand-picked luxury Maldives holidays for our customers. Spoil yourself with one of the following:

  • Choose a spa treatment that uses Maldivian virgin coconut oil produced by age-old extraction techniques and feel refreshed in a matter of minutes.
  • Tranquil seas and sensational views are yours for the taking. Stay in a water villa and wake up to the sound of lapping waves every morning.
  • Discover the very definition of luxury at Jumeirah Vittaveli, with secluded villas and private pools, feet-in-the-sand dining and overwater spa treatments.

A cornucopia of fresh fruits, fish and wines await you in the Maldives. If variety is the spice of your life, you’ll be enchanted by the wide range of cuisines available.

  • OZEN by Atmosphere Maadhoo, Maldives has five restaurants and bars to tempt you. Start the day with a Champagne breakfast, dine on authentic South Asian and Chinese cuisine or head out to the resort’s modern underwater restaurant, M6m, for an exceptional dining experience surrounded by marine life.  
  • If you’re a fine wine connoisseur, then we’ve got just the place for you. From 3,000 different wines at the JA Manafaru underground cellar.

Fancy yourself as a part-time adventurer? The Maldives offers all sorts of water sports and activities, tailored to you. What more could you expect from this side of paradise?

  • Book yourself an ecologically sound diving excursion to take in the islands’ abundant sea life. The OBLU by Atmosphere on Helengeli Island is located next to a teeming reef and the adults-only Centara Ras Fushi has its own diving school. Head to LUX* South Ari Atoll and spot gentle but giant whale sharks.
  • If taking to the water is out of your depth, try a spot of yoga. The LUX* South Ari Atoll will provide you with a tailor-made Vitality Program as well as those breathtaking views, while One&Only Reethi Rah hosts complimentary classes in its serene gardens.

When you head to the Maldives, there’s no better way to experience the nation and all it has to offer than to jump head first into the local culture. Experience the richness of the Maldivian way of life, whether you’re on a romantic break for two or holidaying with the whole family.

  • Experience life as the islanders do. Take a leisurely stroll around Male’s markets and snap up some foodie treats from the incredible fresh produce on offer.
  • Pick up a memento from your Maldivian adventure from a local stall. You’ll find everything from dhoni crafts (miniature boats), woodcarvings and souvenirs made from shells across the isles. What better way to remember the islands than taking home a little slice of them?
  • If you’re looking for a little alone time, a kids club will take the little ones off your hands and give them some cultural lessons to boot.

Now that the best bits of our Maldives all inclusive holidays have tantalised your senses, here are a few important notes:

  • Seaplane and domestic aircraft luggage allowance is 20kg plus 5kg hand luggage per person.
  • Excess may be charged at approx $4 per kilo and/or carried later.
  • As you board, all luggage including handbags will be stowed, so make sure you have your camera on hand to capture every moment.
  • When it’s time to start packing your suitcase, as well putting in your beachwear favourites, please bear in mind that a dress code may apply at your resort. Beachwear is fine for a wander by the sea, but not usually permitted in restaurants. Smart casual in the evening is the way forward (men may be requested to wear long trousers and collared shirts), so it’s time to dig out those outfits you’ve been waiting to show off.

Our range of Maldives packages are tailored to you, so you can make the most out of your island retreat. Now that you’ve sampled what’s on offer, take a look at our Maldives holiday offers.

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We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know.

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For extra piece of mind, new bookings made before 31 August 2020 for travel up 30 April 2021 also have the flexibility to amend free of charge. If you need to change don’t worry, you can move your holiday as far out as 31 December 2021 subject to availability.

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Over the past few weeks, we have repatriated our customers from overseas who wanted to come home.  

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With many customers needing our help, we are prioritising those customers due to travel before 06 October 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

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Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected.  

We are prioritising those customers due to travel before 06 October 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

We're flexible with your holiday plans


We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. Log in to Manage my booking to request a call back to amend your holiday. Please bear in mind we’ll work through requests in departure date order so may take longer than usual for us to get back to you

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding


Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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To finalise the amendment, one of our customer advisors will phone you. We need to work through amend requests in departure date order so we can prioritise those with the most imminent travel plans, so you may have a longer wait than usual until we’re able to ring you back. We will help everyone that wants to move their holiday.

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