• Maldives, Indian Ocean

Maldives Holidays

With over 1,000 idyllic islands, the Maldives boast stunning lagoons, beautiful white sand beaches, and dazzling underwater coral gardens. Famous for incredible diving opportunities, the Maldives is home to three quarters of the world's reef fish. Add fantastic luxury hotels, seamless service, and world-class spas, and you’ll soon discover why holidays to the Maldives are the perfect romantic retreat.

Twenty-six stunning atolls spread across the Indian Ocean with 1,200 gem-like islands, each home to just one exclusive resort for ultimate solitude and seclusion. Whether you’re after an island getaway for that dream honeymoon, a breath taking diving adventure to explore the stunning marine life and coral reefs, or an all-inclusive resort with beautiful water villas and a luxury spa – the Maldives offers the ultimate escape.

Luxury Maldives holidays are guaranteed to exceed expectation. Encapsulating outstanding service, world class gourmet experiences, and luxurious comforts. Discover the glorious Indian Ocean from a panoramic viewing platform or a sunken all-glass bathtub at Six Senses Laamu, to a  round of golf at the stunning, picturesque Shangri-La's Villingili. Offering uncapped luxury and privacy, head to Jumeirah Vittaveli and indulge within your very own stand-alone private water villa. 

Complete your dream holiday by combining your stay with another one of our iconic destinations. Spend a night or two in Dubai before or after your Maldives holiday. Or, soak up a bit of the culture and history of Sri Lanka before relaxing on the white Maldivian sands with a cocktail in hand.

Destination Highlights
  • Island paradise with one hotel to an island
  • Spectacular coral reefs to be explored
  • Luxurious resorts with accommodation on the beach or over water
  • Heavenly spa retreats to rejuvinate and pamper
  • Unique arrival with a seaplane or speedboat transfer

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Maldives

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€2,699 pp

LUX* South Ari Atoll
Aerial view

Six Senses Laamu

Maldives

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€3,619 pp

Six Senses Laamu
Island Aerial

Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa

Maldives

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€4,649 pp

Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa
Constance Moofushi Resort

Constance Moofushi

Maldives

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€4,329 pp

Constance Moofushi

Time Zone

GMT +5 hours

Flight Time

Approx 11 hours; Indirect flights are available via the Middle East from Dublin daily.

Currency

Rufiyaa (MVR)

Visa Information

Irish citizens don’t need to obtain a visa for travel to Maldives. Passport validity must exceed six months, and an onward or return ticket must be available on arrival.

Language

Divehi and English is widely spoken.

Health Information

No special vaccinations are required for travel to the Maldives.

Maldives attractions

Let’s talk about the Maldives, a necklace of more than 1,000 stunning coral islands made up of 26 coral atolls. You’ve probably heard, it’s stunning and the moment you alight from your seaplane, you’ll be wowed by its good looks and genuinely warm hospitality. Let’s not forget those pristine beaches and reefs either, that teem with a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life.

  • Scuba Diving, Maldives

    Diving

    Whether you’re an experienced diver or are yet to do your PADI, you’ll want to get a glimpse of the marine life here. Otherworldly manta rays, turtles and reef sharks, and lagoons festooned with unique coral make for some spectacular underwater scenes.

  • Talise Spa, Maldives

    Spas

    The Maldives are famed for their world-class spas and you’ll find some irresistible wellness sanctuaries here featuring shiatsu, acupressure and ancient ayurvedic principles. Many blend seamlessly into the natural setting and have breathtaking over-water treatment rooms.

  • Traditions Indoceylon Restaurant, Maldives

    Maldivian Cuisine

    Tasty and fresh, Maldivian food makes good use of the island's locally caught fish, drawing flavours from the fragrant, coconut based curries of southern India and Sri Lanka. Local ingredients include seafood like tuna, grouper, octopus and swordfish, as well as refreshing watermelons.

  • Seaplane, Maldives

    Maldives Island Hopping

    With over 1,000 islands in the Maldives, it seems a shame to just visit one. Hop from atoll to atoll by seaplane or speedboat and experience something new on each island you visit; from spa treatments to diving and fishing to gourmet dining.

Best time to visit the Maldives

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Average weather in January

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31ºC
8mm

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31ºC
3mm

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31ºC
7mm

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32ºC
10mm

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31ºC
20mm

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31ºC
18mm

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31ºC
18mm

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31ºC
26mm

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30ºC
11mm

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30ºC
31mm

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30ºC
25mm

Average weather in December

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30ºC
12mm
  • Natalie, Destination Specialist

    Natalie

    Destination Specialist

    "Don't pack too much for a Maldives holiday - chances are you'll be barefoot most of the time."

  • Karen

    Destination Specialist

    “If you get the opportunity, travel to your castaway island by seaplane transfer. It's a stunning flight of fancy providing you with a bird’s eye view of these beautiful islands, and a great way of starting your holiday in style.”

  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist

    Charlotte

    Destination Specialist

    "Don't just limit your stay to one room type in the Maldives - stay on the beach with direct access to the sandy beaches surrounding the islands, before moving onto a water villa and resting over the stunning Indian Ocean.”

Types of Maldives holidays

Maldives Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
Over water villa Maldives

Maldives Honeymoons

Maldives Honeymoons

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to the Maldives take around 10 hours. During the winter, there are direct flight options to Malé International Airport from London Gatwick Airport several times a week with British Airways. There are also indirect options from various UK airports with Sri Lankan, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar year-round.

There are around 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 natural atolls in the Maldives and around 200 of these islands are inhabited. Some of the islands are sandbanks and the highest land is just eight feet above sea level. 

Some resorts will require you to take an 18-seater seaplane while others give you the option of taking a speedboat. The seaplane is quicker and the cost varies between $250 (£192) and $450 (£346) return, while the speedboat will cost from $75.

There is a 20kg limit per person, excluding infants. Some domestic flights are possible allowing 30kg per person. There is no restriction on speedboat transfers. 

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