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Luxury Maldives

Mark and David's verdict:

Most destinations fail to live up to the glossy brochure hype. The Maldives is an exception. No photographer can do justice to the splendid natural colours – the cobalt seas, the turquoise lagoons, the fiery orange sunsets. The standards of hospitality are outstanding and the modern world is a million miles away.

Recommended tour operator: Hayes & Jarvis

Constance MoofushiSheer Maldives romanceOver the water accommodation optionsWaterfront dining

Hayes & Jarvis says

The secret to the perfect holiday in the Maldives is to pick the right hotel and island experience to suit you. As one of the first UK tour operators to offer holidays in the Maldives, we know the destination inside out and continue to hand-pick a wide range of hotels and resorts to suit all budgets from barefoot simplicity to the ultimate in luxury.

  • All-inclusive options
  • Private islands
  • Superb beaches

Holidays in the Maldives start from under £900 per person with a wide range of flights from the UK’s regional airports.

Some of our luxury resorts offer an all-inclusive plan, an increasingly popular option. Constance Moofushi is one of our favourites, with a mix of delicious buffet meals and a la carte dining in a luxury barefoot setting.

Although the Maldives is justifiably renowned as a romantic paradise, it’s also a great destination for a family holiday. Our top choice for families is Constance Halaveli – a stunning and sophisticated resort with an excellent kids clubs, a wide range of water sports and spacious beach villas, some with a private pool, to accommodate all the family.

Families with active teenagers might want to opt for LUX* South Ari Atoll which has particularly good sports facilities and a wide choice of restaurants.

For barefoot romance on a budget, check out the Reethi Beach Island Resort and the all-inclusive Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon.

It’s easy to combine a dreamy beach holiday in the Maldives with another, contrasting destination such as Sri Lanka, Dubai or Thailand for example. Discover our Maldives multi-centre holiday ideas.

We pride ourselves on our well-travelled, knowledgeable team, offering you first-hand advice and detailed information on all our resorts in the Maldives. Explore our latest Maldives special offers.

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