The Maldives is now more affordable and accessible than ever, with several wallet-friendly resorts and local island guesthouses attracting UK holidaymakers who may not have considered the Indian Ocean as a holiday destination before.
Sunseekers who wish to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters the Maldives is famous for but don’t want to break the bank can visit resorts such as Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, a four-star eco-orientated resort in the UNESCO biosphere reserve of Baa Atoll, or Olhuveli Beach and Spa Resort, which boasts a Lagoon Bar on the water’s edge and offers diving excursions. For explorers who like to experience local island life, guesthouses such as Liyela Retreat Maldives offer budget-friendly accommodation and access to white sand beaches in the Indian Ocean.
Seven-Night All-Inclusive Stay at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, From £1,549 Per Person
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is an eco-orientated resort where luxury is seamlessly woven into the natural surroundings. The four-star deluxe resort is accessible via a 30-minute seaplane journey from Velana International Airport and located in the UNESCO biosphere reserve of Baa Atoll, which is renowned as one of the world’s finest destinations for diving and snorkelling thanks to the incredible marine life and coral reefs that call the area home. Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu’s villas are all carefully located to make the most of the island’s natural beauty and the resort boasts a choice of restaurants and bars. Guests can also take part in on-resort activities, including dolphin watching and local village visits, or visit the resort’s Coco Spa to indulge in a range of tempting spa treatments.
Best At Travel is offering a seven-night all-inclusive stay at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu from £1,549 per person. Price is based on travel from 1st May – 7th June 2019 and includes international flights from London Heathrow plus domestic flights from Malé. For further information or to book, call 0203 733 5363 or visit www.bestattravel.co.uk.
Stay At Liyela Retreat Maldives, From £106 ($140) Per Room, Per Night
Liyela Retreat Maldives is a boutique guesthouse on the vibrant island of Maafushi, which is just 27km south of the capital island of Malé. Inspired by the rustic charm and raw beauty of the island, the guesthouse embraces local traditions and boasts 14 suites and rooms, plus a spa, dive centre and water sports centre. The property offers guests exotic flavours and cuisine at the candlelit Raha restaurant, which is just steps away from the ocean. For more adventurous guests, the island’s surrounding waters are well-suited for surfing and the reefs are teeming with marine life, including whale sharks and manta rays.
A stay at Liyela Retreat starts from £106 ($140) per room, per night, on a bed and breakfast basis. Price is based on two sharing accommodation in an Ocean Palm Deluxe room, which includes a balcony and ocean view, and includes non-motorised water sports and free Wi-Fi. Price is valid for stays from 1st May – 31st October 2019 and is subject to 10% service charge, 12% T-GST and Green Tax, which is £2.30 ($3) per person, per day. For more information or to book, visit www.liyelaretreat.com.
Seven-Night Stay at Olhuveli Beach and Spa Resort, From £1,549 Per Person
Olhuveli Beach and Spa Resort is a four-star deluxe resort located on its own island in the heart of the Maldives and accessible in just 45 minutes via speedboat transfer from the capital of Malé, where Velana International Airport is located. Each of the 225 villas at the resort blend natural materials and a contemporary chic design with open-air living quarters to help holidaymakers make the most of the Maldivian sunlight and tranquil views. The resort boasts a spa, five dining venues, plus two bars, including a Lagoon Bar on the water’s edge. Visitors to the resort can also choose to take part in off-island excursions and water sports, or swim with sea turtles and reef sharks during a diving trip.
Travelbag is offering a seven-night stay at Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort on an all-inclusive board basis. Price starts from £1,549 per person and includes flights from London Gatwick with Qatar Airways via Doha. Price is valid when booked by 15th April 2019 and is valid for travel between 12th June – 12th July 2019. Transfers are not included. To book, visit www.travelbag.co.uk or call 0203 139 7026.
For further information on the Maldives, visit www.visitmaldives.com.
Image 1: Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Image 2: Liyela Retreat Maldives
Image 3: Olhuveli Beach and Spa Resort
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