The Maldives consist of more than 1000 islands. Did you know that only citizen of Maldives are allowed to own an island? It's the lowest and flattest nation in the world. It has a wonderful underwater life. Therefore, it is a great place for snorkeling or scuba diving. When choosing the perfect island for you I would always go with an all inclusive resort and one that you can reach by boat from Malé. Otherwise, it can happen that you have to stay overnight in Malé if the weather is bad or if there are no more connections to your island on that day. Like this you loose one day. Malé is not really a city you want to visit. It's all the other island resorts that you are interested in. Don't be afraid to stay between 10 to 14 days. There is plenty to do even though you might think that you will be bored. I have worked in the Maldives for 6 months and all the guests that stayed less than 10 days were super sad to leave. You can of course combine the trip with an adventurous vacation in Sri Lanka or India beforehand. I will present you two great all inclusive resorts. One which you can reach by boat and was opened in 2018 and one that you will have to reach by seaplane.
When to Visit
Best time to visit is between December and May
when there is almost no rain. Of course this is also
when it's most expensive. If you don't want to spend
that much money I suggest you visit around June, July
Oblu Select At Sangeli, North Malé Atoll
Cost: $8200.- (All inclusive, 2 people, beach villa during High Season
If you book for August: $7000.- for the same thing
Oblu Select at Sangeli is a small island around 40min from the airport by speedboat. Everything is organized upon your arrival. The great thing about this island is that everyone has his/her own bungalow. This is very rare on other islands. The entertainment every evening is fun. The only thing I missed a little bit was the entertainment during the day. In the evening you can visit the sunset bar and watch the sun going down with a drink. After that you can go to the buffet restaurant and enjoy your meal. There is a huge variety of dishes to choose from. Oblu has a smaller island at the end of the overwater jetty which is only accessible by adults. Once per stay you are allowed to have a meal in each of the two served restaurants on the small island. Food is delicious! Oblu Select at Sangeli has a lot of Maldivian and Asian staff. I missed the European staff actually.
Athuruga Diamonds Resort, South Ari Atoll
5* (not official)
Cost: $12'000.- (all inclusive, 2 people, beach villa during High Season)
if you book for August: $7000.- for the same thing
Athuruga Diamonds Resort is a small island around 25min from the airport by seaplane. Everything is organized upon your arrival. But be careful: if you do not book through an agency you will have to book the seaplane separately and costs between $250 and $450 return.
Once you arrive on the island someone will pick you up by Dhoni (Maldivian boat) and brings you to the reception. On your first evening you will get a tour of the island which is quite helpful. If you booked a beach bungalow you will be able to dine in the buffet restaurant but have the possibility to book a table at the overwater served restaurant during your stay. The island is very small but you will always find a space where you are alone. It's smaller than Oblu. The staff is amazing and is from all over the world. The Maldives have a rule that there need to be more Maldivian people working than foreigners. Every evening you can join the entertainment or just sit at the bar and have a drink.