Cheap flights to Maldives

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Where to stay in Maldives

Where to stay in Maldives

The Maldives is home to a sun-soaked string of islands and secluded sandbanks – over 1,200 in total. They’re grouped into small clusters and, of these islands, approximately 200 are uninhabited. In most cases, private resorts boast their own island, so it’s possible to savour a classic beach holiday without having to share the experience with hundreds of other beach-goers! In short, you can’t go wrong no matter where you stay in the Maldives. Having said that, here are some top picks.

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Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Located in the Huvadhoo Atoll, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa promises gorgeous overwater villas and 5-star hospitality. The resort’s 3-bedroom Overwater Reef Residence is particularly sought-after, teetering on the very tip of the house reef with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

Heritance Aarah

When it comes to Maldives holidays, Heritance Aarah is Insta-iconic. Featuring an overwater spa, easy access to various enthralling water activities (like fly boarding, diving, wind surfing and snorkelling) and offering a slew of restaurants catering to every palate and mood, there’s little wonder why it’s one of the most popular luxury hotels and resorts in the Maldives.

Ayada Maldives

Planning an escape with your partner and wondering where to stay in Maldives? Ayada Maldives is sure to tick all the boxes, serving up bucketloads of romance. Not only is it one of the best luxury hotels and resorts in the archipelago, but it’s also considered one of the top 25 in the world! Along with rooms that are nothing short of heavenly and a variety of adventures in store, there are also curated resort experiences for every type of traveller. Fishing at sunset, private house reef snorkelling, a deserted island picnic and a glass-bottomed boat tour are just a few to get excited about!

LUX South Ari Atoll

Vibrant thatched villas, (some of which have private pools), plenty of bars and restaurants and the opportunity to enjoy leisurely bike rides along the jetty are just a few reasons why you might opt to settle in at LUX South Ari Atoll. It’s a resort that welcomes couples and families alike (yes, there’s a kids club for the little ones so that tired parents can finally put their feet up for a bit – goodness knows you deserve it!). Plus, great news for the vegans and vegetarians: it was the first resort in the Maldives to be recognised as “vegan-friendly” by Vegan Welcome.

Champa Central Hotel

As most holidaymakers know, there’s more to the Maldives than the beach (although there needn’t be, if we’re being completely honest here!). If you’re keen to stick close to Male, the more densely populated capital city where you’ll find bright and bustling markets, museums and mesmerisingly beautiful mosques, then Champa Central Hotel, located close to shopping mecca Chaandhanee Magu, is sure to make for a blissful base. Along with its gorgeous rooms and views, the hotel is also known for its rooftop restaurant that dishes up mouth-watering Indian cuisine.

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The dry season months (Dec - Apr) are generally considered to be the best time to visit the Maldives. The average temperatures range from about 20 - 30 degrees Celsius. This is the best time to visit if you want to enjoy outdoor activities, such as exploring the beaches, snorkel the outer reefs & enjoy watersport activities.


The cheapest flight season is between May - Nov - this is due to the wet season being in full swing, so expect less people travelling!


The best time of day to get the cheapest flight to Maldives is either early in the morning or late at night - you'll beat the rush!


The closest airport to the Maldives is Velena/Male International Airport which also serves as the best airport for all flight routes.


An IATA (International Air Transport Association) airport code is a three-letter code that is used to identify airports around the world. For example, MLE is the IATA airport code for Velena/Male International Airport. Sometimes, it's just that simple!


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