With the magnificent Maldives now back on the UK’s safe travel corridor list, a slew of bargain breaks, some offering savings of up to 45 per cent per person, have hit the TLR news desk, intended to entice those eager to escape the winter gloom for brighter skies.
This cherry-picked selection could send you packing…
A small lush island in the heart of the Maldives, in North Ari Atoll just a 20 minute seaplane flight from the airport, the five-star Kandolhu resort pledges to offer guests an ‘island experience’ instead of a typical hotel stay. With just 30 rooms, visitors can dine at any of the five world-class restaurants, indulge in romantic private dining by the sea or sample cocktails at the Vilu Bar.
Seven nights at the Kandolhu, in an Ocean Villa with breakfast, start from £4,179 per person for select departures in November 2020, a saving of 25 per cent says Kuoni.
lti Maafushivaru, Maldives
Located in the South Ari Atoll, Maafushivaru is a 25-minute seaplane journey from Malé and offers an idyllic island experience that epitomises the Maldives. At just over 350 metres in length, the five-star Maafushivaru is a haven of lush vegetation and white-beaches, fringed by a house reef. 81 villas spread on the land and over-water offer a choice of 5 different categories to choose from. There’s also an array of diverse dining options with multiple meal plan options.
Seven nights at the Maafushivaru with Kuoni in a Beach Villa on Half Board, for select departures in November 2020, begin at £2,749 per person, a 40 per cent saving.
Located in the diminutive Maldivian archipelago of Rasdhoo Atoll, Kuramathi is a family-run private paradise. Known for its kilometre long white sandbank and tropical jungle, Kuramathi was one of the first resorts to open in the Maldives and has an reputation as a family destination, with dedicated family room categories, an array of dining options and All Inclusive packages. Kuramathi also operates an extensive sustainability programme; with a resident Marine Biologist and Horticulturist. Education plays a big part in its kids club’s programmes.
Seven nights at the four-star Kuramathi in a Beach Villa on Full Board, for select departures in November 2020 with Kuoni, start from £2,299 per person. A package deal for a family runs to £10,899.
Velassaru is a 21 acre coral island, situated in the quiet South Malé Atoll. Accessible via speedboat, this five star resort boasts 129 intimate villas and bungalows along with high quality dining, leisure and spa facilities. Think of it as a resort with a distinctive personality that combines affordable chic with local Maldivian hospitality.
Turquoise Holidays offers seven nights at the Velassaru from £1,799 per person.
Located in the Raa Atoll, Dhigali brings modern minimalist design to a wonderfully remote part of the Maldives. The resort is a 45-minute journey by seaplane from Malé Airport. Surrounded by a pristine coral reef and crystal clear lagoon, this 5 star sanctuary has recently introduced a Premium All-Inclusive package which invites guests to indulge in a range of premium drinks across the resort’s restaurants and bars, as well as in-villa mini bar, a la carte cuisine and an array of exciting excursions.
Seven nights at the five-star Dhigali start at £3,245 per person, via Turquoise Holidays.
Set on a tropical island in the North Malé Atoll, the multi-award winning Kurumba is a brief 10 minute speed boat ride from the airport. Dotted with coconut trees that are the island’s namesake, Kurumba was the first private island resort in the Maldives, opening its doors in 1972. Lush gardens, palm fringed white sandy beaches and a vibrant house reef are the hallmarks of this five-star Maldivian destination.
There are eight styles of accommodation, ranging from comfortable Superior rooms to the spacious Royal Residence, all with easy access to the beach. The resort offers eight different restaurants and two bars.
Kuoni offers seven nights at the Kurumba in a Deluxe Bungalow with breakfast for select departures in December 2020, starting at £1,779 per person, representing a huge 45 per cent saving, it says. There’s also a family package, priced at £6,079 per clan.
The Nautilus, Maldives
And if you really want to get away, the multi-award winning Nautilus Maldives has just announced an extra-long stay offer. $82,200 will get you 30 nights in a luxury beach house, and all manner of premium extras, including its renowned ‘Cinema under the stars’ evenings and gastro dining experiences…