Escape to a picture-perfect island resort in the Indian Ocean

Why not take a trip to the Maldives, with dazzling white sands, swaying palm trees and crystal blue waters, this is the quintessential picture-perfect holiday – with an added sprinkling of something special. Far-flung and exotic, it is the ultimate luxury beach escape.

The Maldives is situated on the Equator and comprises more than 1,100 islands forming 26 major atolls. Eighty seven of these islands are exclusive island resorts and just over 200 are inhabited.

Temperatures in the Maldives vary little throughout the year, averaging 25 to 30ºC. May to July and September to November have a higher rainfall with some cloud, but still see plenty of sunshine amid short downpours, December to April is drier and hotter.

Travellers and early settlers from the days of the Silk Road have also brought influences from both East Africa and South Asia. The majority of Maldivians are Muslims and Islam is the national religion. Due to the geographical nature of the Maldives, there is a lack of natural resources which means that almost everything has to be imported. This can mean that certain items are expensive when compared to home.

With each individual resort set on its own island this is the perfect place for sun lovers, divers, honeymooners, and even families who desire peace and tranquillity. Comprehensive environmental policies in each resort ensure the natural ecosystems of the islands stay just that, natural and unspoilt.

The Maldives is the place for relaxation. Expect to lose all sense of time, what day it is, and what’s going on elsewhere. This is the home of ‘no news, no shoes’ after all. Savour gourmet dining and the most beautiful ocean sunsets. And if the stunning views aren’t enough, activities and experiences on offer range from Robinson Crusoe-style desert island escapes to a whole host of water sports. The Maldives offers some of the finest beaches and crystal clear waters you will find and boasts some of the best diving opportunities in the world.

There is a reason why the Maldives ranks highly on honeymoon wish lists: romantic candlelit dinners under starry skies, secluded hideaway accommodation, and palm-fringed beaches come as standard. If that isn’t enough, exclusive upgrades, seaplane transfers, private lounges and bespoke experiences make for an extra special honeymoon. And, although it might not be the obvious choice for families, the Maldives is a natural playground and a number of family-friendly resorts offer kids’ clubs, activities and family beach accommodation.

The Maldives offer an incredible experience, it really is an island paradise and Corrib Travel can help book your dream holiday or honeymoon. Call 091 564713 for more information.

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