7 Reasons The Maldives Aren’t Just For Honeymooners
When you think of the Maldives, you think of honeymooners.
Retina-meltingly beautiful sunsets, miles upon miles of white sandy beaches, hundreds of private islands for you to choose from, and Insta-exploding pictures to be taken at every turn.
And while we’re sure honeymoons are nice and lovely and all that coupley, emotional guff, we’re also here to say the Maldives are just as amazing if you’re there on your own (or, even better, with a best mate).
MTV spent four nights at the LUX* South Ari Atoll, and it was pretty much heaven. Here are seven reasons why you have to book a holiday to the Maldives, stat.
Planes are great. Boats are great. PLANE-BOATS ARE AMAZING.
This is the simple vehicular-math fact that we learned very swiftly after touching down in the Maldives’ main international airport, and being introduced to the joy of seaplanes.
The Maldives are spread across 1200 islands, although only 300ish are inhabited by locals and tourists. As such, you have two key options when it comes to getting around - speedboat (fun and wet, but comparatively slow) or seaplane (super-fun, dry and pretty zippy).
Not only do you get to and from your hotel quicker, but you’re gifted absolutely stunning bird’s eye views of the islands and reefs as you fly.
The colours and patterns are a psychedelic aquatic-vape-ring smorgasbord for the eyes.
Try Literally All The Watersports
Unsurprisingly for a country surrounded by thousands of miles of stunningly beautiful ocean, the Maldives are pretty big on watersports.
From snorkelling (more on that later) to scuba diving, kite surfing, windsurfing, wake boarding, paddle boarding, jet skiing, sailing, and the awesomeness that is flyboarding, resorts like LUX* South Ari Atoll literally have it all.
MTV tried flyboarding, and got to live out our Iron Man repulsor-rays-in-our-shoes fantasies IRL. Who needs a significant other when you’re flying through the air giggling like a mad-person?
So. Much. Fun.
Live Out Your Little Mermaid Dreams
No, we don’t mean the sexy ones involving Prince Eric and Ariel.
The Maldives is home to an astonishing amount of marine life, and you’d have to be completely bonkers (or aqua-phobic) to not dip your toes into the gorgeous, warm, inviting waters of the Indian Ocean.
As well as over 1,000 species of colourful, fascinating fish (which you can see by strapping on a snorkel and diving into the surrounding waters), it’s also home to reef sharks (surprisingly cute), sea turtles (hilariously similar to the chilled turtles in Finding Nemo), rays (gentle and hypnotic), and whale sharks (the Maldives are one of the only places on the planet you can see whale sharks all year round).Obvs, wildlife is not entirely predictable - but the good news is that even if you don’t see the animal of your dreams, you’re guaranteed a blissful boat trip out on the waves.
Soak up literally all the sun
Honeymooners be damned - if you’re looking for a place to veg out and soak up all the D (VITAMIN), then you can’t go wrong with the Maldives. Even during the wet season, you’re guaranteed at least 200 hours of sunshine a month.
It’s the perfect place for some ‘me’ time, with exceptional service and stellar weather combining to provide the ultimate relaxing break.
Whether you’re catching up on all the books you haven’t read…
Dozing off in a hammock over the ocean…
Or bobbing along in an achingly beautiful infinity pool…
You’re guaranteed to head back home refreshed, tanned and all kinds of chilled.
Eat literally all the food
The joy of each island being both isolated and self-sufficient is that they boast some incredible menus to cater to an array of tourists’ tastes.
LUX* South Ari Atoll alone has seven (you read that right) restaurants on one island. Each one has its own distinctive cuisine and vibe, meaning you can dine at a different restaurant every night of a week’s holiday.
Mixe offers chilled beach vibes and hearty food (pizzas and open-air grills FTW), East Market brings Asian food in abundance (with to-order wok and dumpling choices galore), Beach Rouge delivers chilled club moods and an amazing funky house soundtrack that’ll have you dancing until the wee hours (oh, and a gaggle of tasty wood-fired menu options_, Umami is near Michelin-starred fusion deliciousness (Australian lamb and world-class sashimi go surprisingly hand-in-hand), Allegria has an Italian menu that’s far more nuanced and fresh than you’d imagine from an Italian menu, Senses boasts Eastern and Indian-inspired fusion (check out the vege-spread below), and then there are a sprinkling of bars and coffee stops all eager to entice you in throughout the day.You will come back heavier, and you will definitely com back happier.
Make everyone home very, very jealous
If you’re heading someone as beautiful as the Maldives, it’s a rite of annoying-everyone-back-home passage that you social the hell out of your constant, near-giddy happiness.
And the best thing? If your Mum/Nan/second cousin twice removed isn’t on Snapchat, you can ring them - FOR FREE - from this amazing red phonebox on LUX* South Ari Atoll.
It’s been a stressful week/month/year/decade. You deserve to, you know…It’s so important to spend some time looking after yourself, and the Maldives is tailor made to treat you like a King/Queen.
Grab a massage in a treatment room overlooking the ocean (the cooling sea breeze comes as standard), swing by an incredible ice cream bar (you can even make your own flavours!) whenever you desire, indulge in an Open Air cinema under the stars (with a whiskey or bottle of wine - or both - in hand), embark on a host of quirky workshops (learn Tibetan sound healing, how to pimp your Instagram account, or 'watercolour and wine painting' - amazing), or go on an early morning hunt around the island to see if you can nab a ‘message in a bottle’ hidden in the shrubbery - each of them has a special prize within, from a spa treatment to a candlelit dinner on the beach.
Welcome to heaven.
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