The Maldives is a cluster of small islands in the Indian Ocean. Though the land area makes it one of the smallest countries in the world, there is plenty to see and do. The islands are often considered an ideal tropical holiday destination; with its white sandy beaches, warm sunny weather and luxury hotels. Maldives is also known for its spas that have mushroomed across the country to promote health and wellness. This new trend has branched out to include Ayurvedic treatments, yoga and tai chi programmes as well as medical spas and treatments that use traditional healing techniques and products. PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi goes one step further to offer a spa experience that is underwater courtesy of their LIME Spa.
Visit The National Museum, located inside Sultan Park, which is on the island of Male. The park is situated where the Royal Palace once stood. The museum is housed in the only remaining building of the Royal Palace. A comprehensive collection of royal artefacts is on display: among the noteworthy pieces are several thrones, ceremonial parasols, sedan chairs and some boxes with intricate lacquer designs. There are many statues and other pieces gathered from around the country: statues of monkeys, Buddha heads, Bohomala sculptures, divine figurines, etc. The museum building also houses the National Library and an exhibition space that is regularly used to display Maldivian art.
Sultan Park is also a symbol of Maldivian history. It once played an integral role in the lives of the local people as a popular leisure park. The scenic lawns featured tropical plants, ponds with lilies and large shady trees but is rarely visited by locals today. Two imposing iron gates grant entrance to the park, opposite the Islamic Centre on Medhuziyaaraiy Magu.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.