Arrive by Seaplane
My feelings about the Maldives are mixed. On the one hand, the islands are just fabulous with pristine beaches, crystal clear waters plentiful fish, Dolphins, Turtles and more to see. One is spoiled for choice with top five star hotels on the islands represented by many of the top hotel groups.
The beaches really are just as perfect as they look in the pictures and fish swim around your feet as you paddle in the shallow water.
Heavenly, pristine beaches
On the other hand, if like me, you enjoy visiting countries for their culture, exploring and finding different restaurants and special places – you will be bored after a few days. I dislike, intensely, an ‘all inclusive’ resort. The mere mention of the word makes my heart sink! In the Maldives you are pretty much trapped on an island and forced to eat in the resort/hotel complex. Unless you are sailing and island hopping, of course.
Firstly, the things I did enjoy: I loved hiring a speedboat with the watersport staff to accompany us and show the best spots for snorkelling and diving. Sadly, I didn’t have an underwater camera – I definitely intend to buy one! The seas are filled with Turtles, Dolphins, Stingray and too many fish to name.
Who wouldn’t enjoy whizzing around on a jetski without any one else to be seen except for a few dolphins!
Friendly and helpful staff and delicious food. I’m aware that you will think that I’m living up to my diva name by complaining! BUT … the terrific staff are woefully underpaid and I for one find it very uncomfortable when relatively wealthy guests are paying more for a bottle of wine that the staff are earning in a month.
I know this is true of many poor areas of the world, but I try and contribute in some way to the communities I visit, and this is not possible here. The only ones profiting from tourism are the super-wealthy Hotel groups.
Sadly not, although I have attended conferences with the Tourism Department and they are trying to make improvements. However, the rubbish is dumped on one of the uninhabited islands, which is not great. Absolutely everything has to be imported, again not very eco friendly and the number of hotels is growing year on year along with the number of tourists.
Where to go in The Maldives:
If this is your idea of a great holiday, I would recommend going to one of the islands accessible by Seaplane (we did this) because the Marine life is still superb.
The guests are so well looked after and pampered from the moment they arrive on a Seaplane and luggage is whisked away by buggies.
We loved sipping cocktails watching the sunset going down on the beach, so relaxing, romantic and just magical- there is so much to enjoy.
Will you get bored:
This is all very lovely for a few days ….. and then you start to go stir crazy! Trapped on a small island – you can’t pop out to a local restaurant or visit some sites because there aren’t any!
You can’t go anywhere because there isn’t anywhere to go – particularly if you are staying on an island that is a plane ride away from Male! Also, our fellow guests were mainly from China. They obviously had never seen Westerners before and would gather round to watch us!
Again, this was funny for a while …. but quickly became very annoying! However, I should add that Mr Diva loves lying about doing nothing and he did not get bored at all! So I am sure many of you will love the islands.
Classic Maldives Jetty at our Resort
Another downside to staying here is the price. Now, I don’t mind paying for a top quality holiday – but I feel the Maldives is way too expensive for what you get for your money. Everything has to be imported and so this makes everything expensive. There are many places in the world just as idyllic and a fraction of the price.
To recap – you will love the Maldives if you want a complete get away from it all break, enjoy all inclusive set-ups and have a devil may care attitude to cost! Will I return? well, never say never I suppose! However, I prefer these islands which have stunning resorts, hotels and Villas, are just as beautiful, with some local culture and much much better value for money!
- El Nido Resorts in The Philippines
- Sri Lanka – neighbouring The Maldives, beaches stunning and incredible culture, history and interesting things to do for a fraction of the price. Check out Tangalle in the South away from the tourist areas.
- The Caribbean – Stunning remote islands with stunning Villas, local culture and cuisine.
We flew with British Airways http://www.britishairways.com