If heaven is a place on earth, it is surely the Maldives, the fabled Indian Ocean archipelago whose blazing white beaches have been the setting for some of the most breathtaking photography and movie backdrops ever seen.

    And the camera doesn’t lie. All you need do is flop in a hammock, watch palm trees sway against a clear blue sky and listen to the sound of waves lapping the sandy shore to realise you’re in paradise.

    Given the unspoilt beauty of its 1,200 sundrenched islands surrounded by coral reefs, it is hardly surprising that this is a favourite with honeymooners and rightly so – it's a gloriously romantic destination – but you don’t have to be a doe-eyed couple to fall in love with the Maldives. It’s equally perfect for families, friends, watersports enthusiasts and anyone seeking to nourish their soul with a luxurious spa break. Your holiday begins with a scenic sea plane transfer from Malé airport to your chosen resort, where you can stay in a private villa overlooking a turquoise lagoon. For the iconic overwater experience, Topflight recommends upgrading to a water villa, an elegant bungalow sitting on stilts with direct access to the ocean.

    Why the Maldives?

    The Wow Factor:Whether you want to channel your inner Robinson Crusoe on a secluded beach, enjoy a sunset dhoni cruise or sample delicious Sri Lankan-influenced food, this desert island dream is the place to do it.

    Diving: Most resorts have professional diving schools where you can get up close and personal with turtles and other amazing sea creatures during a diving or Snorkeling session – unforgettable!

    Sun & Spa:Treat yourself to a massage or other pampering treatment, preferably outdoors for a blissful indulgence under the sun.

    Shopping & Culture: Experience the bustling capital of Malé – a fantastic place to visit for a day.

    When to go

    Straddling the equator, the Maldives enjoys constant year round temperature between 26ºC and 30ºC. You may experience a little rain in the monsoon period from May to October, but on average the overall rainfall is minimal. High season is November to April, with April being the hottest month.

    Important Information

    Currency:Rufiyaa. US dollars are widely accepted

    Time Difference:GMT +5

    Visa:This is required for Irish passport holders, but don’t worry – it is issued on arrival at Malé airport

    Vaccinations:No compulsory vaccinations


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