There is no better destination for a tropical getaway than the cluster of tiny islands in the Indian Ocean known as the Maldives. Villas on stilts which offer luxury accommodation, cab rides that are replaced by boat rides or flights aboard sea planes and diving expeditions to encounter the most fascinating ocean dwellers are a few things you can expect if you visit the islands. The unspoilt beauty and tranquillity of the surroundings will wash over you and instantly put you in a relaxed holiday mode.
The perfect vacation begins at such holiday resorts as Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives. Next choose how you want to spend your vacation: whether it is with your feet up, sipping a drink or creating an adrenalin pumping adventure for yourself. The Maldives is well known for its spa and wellness culture: discover new ways to pamper your senses or promote health and vitality. Indulge in a massage to relieve tension, remove toxins and revive muscles or practice some specialised yoga, tai chi or fitness. Different activities await the adventurous: water sports which include diving and swimming with sharks. A visit to Manta Point promises a unique experience with majestic manta rays swimming all round you. Those who wish to soak up some culture can visit Sultan Park with its rolling landscaped gardens, the National Museum that is housed in a building of the former royal palace, the local fish market and even shop for some souvenirs on Majeedhee Magu in Male.
Throw off any formal clothes and kick off your shoes: flip flops, beachwear and sunscreen are all you need while in the Maldives. The best time of year to visit is between the months of December and April, when the tropical weather is at its finest.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.