Discover the Maldives
Over the past three decades the Maldives has carved itself a place within the travel industry as an exclusive, glamorous getaway destination. Mention the name and you instantly evoke images of newlyweds strolling hand in hand along palm-lined beaches, basking in the bliss of their recent nuptials and the evening sunlight. Of course, if you are looking for a perfect honeymoon destination, you’d be hard-pressed to beat the Maldives. But beyond the resorts the country has so much more to offer, and as the atolls have opened up to tourism in recent years, travellers have begun to discover another side to the Maldives - one rich in culture and traditions, but very much a modern country diving headfirst into the 21st century.
So for those tempted to forego another afternoon spent relaxing on the beach, we present our slightly different guide to the Maldives - one for the explorers, the adventurers, the foodies and the culture vultures. Get out and about and you might just be surprised by what you found - UNESCO biosphere marine reserves, archaeological sites, internationally acclaimed spas and Ayurvedic centres, and world-class surf breaks. Whatever kind of traveller you are, there’s a side to the Maldives that will captivate you.