The Maldives comprises of a collection of islands in the Indian Ocean, which have become a paradise for travellers over recent decades. The country has a total of 1,192 islands, only 192 of which are inhabited. These spread out over an area of 35,000 stunning square miles. For relaxing beach holidays in tropical surroundings, the Maldives is hard to beat.
The Maldives first became popular with tourists in the 1970s when the first resorts opened, and tourism is now the most important industry in the country. There are over 100 resorts to choose from in the Maldives, all of which are located on tiny islands and each of which offer something unique. Many are surrounded by coral beaches, and each one has a range of accommodation options to suit your budget.
The clear, warm ocean waters and stunning scenery make the Maldives one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. Two of the major activities here are scuba diving and snorkelling, both of which will provide you with an insight into the tropical sea life below the waves. With countless coral reefs, over 1,000 species of tropical fish, sea turtles, dolphins, whales and more, you will never get tired of diving in the Maldives.
Apart from the beaches and the warm, clear ocean waters, the Maldives attracts travellers due to its wonderful weather. Because it is on the equator, it does not have a winter; instead the year is marked by two major seasons: the dry season and the wet season. The dry season lasts from November to April, and this is usually the best time to visit. However, travellers visit throughout the year and you can always expect to find warm beach weather, whenever you arrive. In the wet season, you may even be able to enjoy lower rates.
A trip to the Maldives is all about relaxation. With stunning beaches, isolated islands, warm waters and a seriously chilled out vibe, you will not find it hard to relax and unwind here. However, for the ultimate relaxation experience, you really need to enjoy a trip to a spa. Nearly every island resort comes complete with its own spa, so you will not find it hard to arrange a relaxing treatment session during your holiday. Some are located on the beach, while others are surrounded by tropical vegetation. Most offer a wide range of treatments, from Shiatsu to Thai-style massages and more. Many of the massages are performed with locally made virgin coconut oils, which are particularly known for their skin hydrating properties and are naturally free of preservatives and additives.
One of the most unique experiences is the sand massage – a speciality in the region. Enjoy the exfoliating properties of warm sand on the beach, followed by a coconut oil massage. It is a gentle, soothing massage that will leave you relaxed from head to toe – perfect for soothing muscle aches and pains. Traditionally, the sand massage was used by the islanders to soothe muscle and joint pains after a long day out fishing.
If you are looking to get away from it all, there are resorts that are designed to make you feel like you are the only one there. Meet the local fishermen who are more than happy to show you their live bait and various fishing techniques. You can get involved in water sports, boating activities or even try an island tour or an island safari. You will quickly discover that there really is something for everyone. With a combination of massages, spa treatments, relaxing in the water and chilling out on the beach, failing to come back from a holiday in the Maldives relaxed and rejuvenated is almost impossible. This tropical paradise is the ideal location for romantic getaways, or for anyone who simply needs to escape from the stresses of everyday life. Sound like something you would like to do yourself? Then consider the Maldives for your next holiday.
Extra Information: You can find out more about a luxury break from companies such as Clubmed for a package holiday and more general help from the Maldives Tourist Board site. Interested in other holidays in Asia? Learn also about backpacking in China and watersports breaks in Thailand. Do make sure also that you have the right holiday cover for Asia.