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With so many different islands to choose from, the options seem almost endless. And It's not just the islands that are different, but all those room types on each island! But we can help in narrowing down your selection to maybe just 2 or 3, leaving you with a much simpler choice.
Whichever island you may choose to book with us, you'll get a highly competitive price! But first, if you need a few recommendations then we'll look at the main differences between the islands and which are important to you, such as
And any questions about the weather, visa requirements, and luggage restrictions etc will be answered.
All this is at no extra cost...  •   Explain passport, visa, health and covid 19 requirements and to make sure that you have everything in order
One point of contact from your first phone call to arriving home!
Q. When is the best time to go?
A. The driest months are from January to April, with other months having an increased chance of showers and storms. However the good news is that rain showers don't last for very long, so you should still get lots of sunshine. Temperatures change little throughout the year, hovering around the 30c average maximum.
Q. So I should definitely avoid May to December then?
A. No - because prices can be significantly lower, especially during the low months of May & June, and you'll often find added benefits such as room upgrades.
Q. Should I book all-inclusive?
A. The majority of resorts are now either all-inclusive or have an all-inclusive option. It's popular because food and especially alcohol is expensive so your room bill can easily mount up otherwise. If you tend not to have lunch and drink no or very little alcohol, then B&B or Half Board might be better if it's available. As with any all-inclusive package, you need to know what is included such as premium brand drinks, access to speciality restaurants etc.
Q. Are transfers always included?
A. Yes - when we book your holiday. These can be either speedboat or seaplane. Normally it would be a boat if the transfer time is around 1 hour or less, or seaplane if more than this.
Q. What is there to do?
A. Most of the islands are very small so there aren't any of the 'excursions' that you might find in Mauritius for example. There will be boat trips, diving, snorkelling, fishing, perhaps a trip to a neighbouring island. But the main reason for coming is to relax!
Q. How do I choose which resort to stay at?
A. Things to think about are... Whether you want a very peaceful holiday or something a bit more lively in the evenings? Do you like a big choice of restaurants? Do you like the idea of a very small island that you can walk around in a few minutes, or something mucg bigger which will have more facilities? And of course, how much are you comfortable spending? As part of our service we'll ask these sort of questions to come up with a few suggestions.
Q. How do we get there?
A. There is a direct flight with British Airways in the winter months (not daily) and soon to be a direct service with Sri Lankan Airlines. However, you still might prefer to travel with a Middle East carrier such as Emirates via Dubai or Qatar via Doha. Flight time is around 10.5 hours if flying direct.
Q. Can we do a stopover somewhere?
A. If you would like a little adventure before your Maldives escape then Sri Lanka is perfect with its temples, wildlife and dramatic scenery. Dubai is also popular and now also Oman where you can visit the souks of Muscat or take a trip into the desert. ** Please note that at the moment it may be best to keep things simple and save these places for another day **
Q. Can we do two islands?
A. Yes you can - just remember that there are very few direct transfers between islands so you will have to come nback to Male, and this could involve long delays especially if one of the islands requires a seaplane transfer.
If you would like to combine the Maldives with another destination, there are several possibilities. One popular option is Dubai because your flight might be going via Dubai anyway. But if you'd like to do some touring then Sri Lanka is a fantastic stopover destination. You can see wild elephants on safari, visit the temples of Kandy, and the cooler tea plantations before ending up in the UNESCO city of Galle. So you could easily have a week or so touring around, and using the Maldives as your beach time at the end.
Here is a typical Sri Lanka and Maldives itinerary, and most of the trips we organise for clients are a variation on this, with hotels depending on budget. The touring part is done with your own private car and driver.
FLY to Sri Lanka overnight
1 night in Negombo
TO DO: After the overnight flight it's nice to relax for the rest of the day by the seaside as it's a fairly long journey to your next stop.
3 nights in Habarana
TO DO: Sigiriya Rock, Dambulla Caves, Elephant safaris, Minneriya National Park, Activities on the lake, jungle treks, mountain bike hire, Puranagama Ancient Village, Polonnaruwa
2 nights in Kandy
TO DO: Royal Botanical Gardens, Temple of the Tooth, Cultural Show, Udawattakele Sanctuary Kandy (small jungle with lots of monkeys)
2 nights in Nuwara Eliya
TO DO: Visit the tea plantation, dinner in the old train carriage, Hakgala Botanical Gardens, bike rides, waterfalls, walks
1 night at Uda Walawe
TO DO: Visit the elephant transit home, see some of the 400 wild elephants, plus possible sightings of crocodiles, golden jackals, water buffalo, grey languor
1 night back at Negombo
FLY to the Maldives
6 nights in the Maldives (flexible)
Kuramathi Island Maldives - If this is your first time visiting the Maldives then the choice can seem overwhelming - so many stunning resorts, and yes from personal experience they really are as beautiful as the pictures show. For many people having a nice dinner is one of the highlights of any trip, and this is where Kuramathi excels. There are 3 main restaurants but if you upgrade to 'Select All Inclusive' then you have access to many more including fine dining, Thai, Indian, Asian, Teppanyaki, Mediterranean and seafood. In addition there is the Island Coffee Shop and Island Barbecue on the beach. Please contact us and we would be delighted to guide you towards the right accommodation choice, transfer and flight options
Here's a few images from Kuramathi Island but you can see more and get full details from their website at Kuramathi Island Resort
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