The charming archipelago of the Maldives, nestled in the warm embrace of the Indian Ocean, is home to a startlingly intriguing culture, that is apparent from the minute you set foot in your Maldives island resort. Although steeped in luxury, the friendly hospitality and charming décor of a hotel such as the Kumarathi Island bespeak a unique brand of Maldives excursions not replicated anywhere else. The capital city of Male is without a doubt one of the best places to soak up the nation’s traditions, whether it is in the beautiful mosque of the Grand Friday, one of the largest in South Asia, or the antiquated Hukuru Miskiiy, the oldest place of worship in the country, composed of beautiful aged coral for an antique finish.
Walk through the Maldives market and witness the locals ply their wares. Sip on a cool beverage whilst you people watch and haggle with the shopkeepers for some of the best deals on handicrafts, spices, or even fresh tropical fruit if you are feeling particularly peckish. And of course, what visit to the Maldives is complete without witnessing one of the vibrant local dances, such as the Bodu Beru (translating to “big drum”, which finds its roots in Africa. Featuring about 20 performers, the Bodu Beru is a high-energy creative performance that is sure to get the toes tapping and fingers snapping, so soak up a slice of Maldivian culture when you are next in the country!