Description:Country: Maldives / World Region: Indian Ocean / "Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an island nation ... more
Maldives ... consisting of a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives are located south of India's Lakshadweep islands, and about seven hundred kilometers (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka. The twenty-six atolls encompass a territory featuring 1,192 islets, roughly two hundred of which are inhabited by local communities. Islands housing Hotels, antennae, fuel tanks, and other such premises, are not counted as inhabited islands by the administration. Following the introduction of Islam in 1153, the islands later became a Portuguese (1558), Dutch (1654), and British (1887) colonial possession. In 1965, Maldives obtained independence from Britain (originally under the name "Maldive Islands"), and in 1968 the Sultanate was replaced by a Republic. However, in thirty-eight years, the Maldives have seen only two Presidents, though political restrictions have loosened somewhat recently."
Newest Review: ... already spent 10 days wonderful days travelling around Sri Lanka and the 5 days in the Maldives was supposed to round off my beautiful Kuoni inspired two centre holiday ...but at the end of the second day I phoned and arranged another tour guide in Sri Lanka to meet me so I could go travelling around Sri Lanka again. I'm a skin flint - I don't change travel plans if its going to cost me loads ... more
Customer Maldives Reviews (11)
by - written on 25/01/09 (Very useful, 491 readings)
OK I've probably given the Maldives one of the worst reviews compared to others - but why is that? Is it not a beautiful place? Are the waters not turquoise and warm like bath water? Are the corals and fish not pretty enough? Are the islands not small enough? or relaxing enough? or the food not nice enough? or the people not friendly enough?....well - yes they are as a matter of fact. This place is so perfect in terms of tranquility, relaxation and beauty (although the coral-sand was a tad coarse underfoot if you want to be peevish about it!) - that I promised myself the next time I felt in need of total relaxation and was heading towards a ... Read the complete review
by - written on 06/11/08 (Very useful, 189 readings)
The Maldives is like no other place on this planet. I have been lucky enough to go on holiday there twice and can honestly say that the pictures in the brochures just don't do it justice. Geography: The Maldives is situated in the Indian Ocean to the south of India. As 99% of the Maldivian territory is underwater, the country is actally made up of over 1000 small low lying coral islands. These form 'atolls' which are the natural geographic regions of the country. The capital of the Maldives is Male. Resorts: Each resort is on it's own seperate island and most islands offer the same sort of thing - white sandy beaches, ... Read the complete review
by - written on 25/09/08, updated on 26/09/08 (Useful, 55 readings)
My Perfect Holiday- we visited Thurlhagiri Island resort over Xmas and New Yera 06/7. Thurlhagiri is in the North Male Atoll, approx 30 mins from Male. Staying all inclusive in a water bungalow for 2 cost around 3,600 GBP. Flew with Air Lanka (which was the only bad part of the experience). Leg room limited by boxes under seats. Service generally average, and food poor. However, arrived at Male airport, smoothly, picked up luggage quickly, stepped out of airport onto the port. From the moment we arrived we were treated like kings. They carried out bags to the boat, and off the 2 of us went to the resort . A cool flannel and fruit cocktail awaited us ... Read the complete review
by - written on 29/10/04, updated on 03/11/04 (Very useful, 2462 readings)
It's always the same old story when you go abroad.....yes, it's nice but not quite as nice as it was in the brochure, well NOT the maldives, it's even better in reality! There's no getting away from the fact that as holidays go, the maldives are expensive but not really any moreso than the caribbean, which is much more spoilt and commercialised. It's also generally quite a lot cheaper than mauritius...the closest alternative. A string of tiny islands in the indian ocean, the maldives is a fantastic place to go if you love sun, sand, sea and everything natural and unspoilt. If you've got the cash to splash then definitely go for the whole caboodle and rent a ... Read the complete review
by - written on 27/12/01, updated on 27/12/01 (Useful, 824 readings)
I went to the Maldives in May 2001. We booked the holiday about a week before we left! It cost us £399 for 2 weeks B&B! You really cannot beat Teletext! We jumped on the plane & set off for our two week holiday in paradise. The flight, unfortunately, was very hard work & not very pleasant. They pack you onto a small plane for 9 hours (the reason they get away with this is due to a stop in Bahrain half way over, they class this as two short haul flights!) I would seriously suggest some of those stockings they are now recommending for DVT. I have what is called restless leg syndrome & being on that plane for that amount of time with only an hour in the ... Read the complete review
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