Asia + The Middle East The Maldives Pristine Beaches, Over Water Villas, Luxury Spas, Coral Reefs Teeming with Sea Life, Private Islands A spectacular double strand of 26 atolls, containing 1200 islands, scattered across 90,000 sq km of the Indian Ocean the Maldives epitomise the escapist idyll: powdery white beaches, turquoise water and coral reefs teeming with sea life. Every resort is on its own private island, which means that you’re not really going to a country at all, but straight to your island hideaway. And there’s the rub: the Maldives has an increasingly wide range of world-class holiday resorts, each with its own style and character – which makes insider knowledge essential. Because your resort is your holiday destination, getting it wrong can only mean trouble in paradise. We have spent a lot time seeing and staying at all of the different properties in the Maldives, understanding what makes them tick and what their pluses and minuses are. This enables us to match the right island or combination of islands to your style, taste and the particular experience that you’re looking for. The Maldives is the ideal luxury holiday destination for a one week escape or as a sybaritic contrast to a journey in India or Sri Lanka. All our itineraries are individually designed to suit each client, but as a guide, we can create a seven day luxury holiday in the Maldives from £2800 per person (not including flights). Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. Total relaxation in the Maldives Caroline Pennington wanted somewhere to relax, to unwind and really get it away from it all. We suggested The Maldives and it really did the trick, she really didn't want to leave this peaceful and relaxing paradise. Find out more A Family Holiday In Paradise The Maldives is a perfect retreat for a luxury family holiday. Staying in an over water villa on the island of Laamu the Six Senses Resort which they fell in love with. They loved the vast choice of restaurants and activities and never once felt like they were on and island. Find out more A jam packed adventure in the Maldives The Maldives are a wonderful holiday destination for families with children of all ages. Martha Wilmot-Sitwell had "the best holiday ever" whilst staying at Soneva Fushi which has fantastic activities for children including snorkeling, cycling and wildlife encounters. Find out more Cocoa Island Sandcastle When Duncan Hancock reached picture perfect Cocoa Island he lost all sense of time with nothing to do except indulge in blissful relaxation and attempt making a giant sandcastle. Find out more Maldivian Bliss Howard Rankin and his family experienced exactly what The Maldives are all about - barefoot luxury. Amongst the incredible diving and impeccable service, the highlight for him and his wife was being taken by private speedboat to their own deserted sandbank to watch the sunset, champagne in hand. Find out more A Luxury Holiday to the Maldives A memory that Jo Clancy will never forget from a stay at the exclusive Niyama resort, was arriving by private speed boat to the resort's incredible underwater lounge bar set in the middle of the sea. It was the most blissful holiday, leaving Niyama relaxed and content, as well as trying some exquisite food and cocktails. Find out more Dolphin Sighting in The Maldives Emily Briars spent two weeks in The Maldives enjoying all that these beautiful islands have to offer. Read about her most memorable and magical moment - spotting 30 spinner dolphins swimming right next to the boat, jumping clean out of the water. Find out more A First Encounter With A Shark Emily Briars got the chance to join a specialist marine biologist in The Maldives on a snorkelling trip of a lifetime. They saw tiny neon fish clustering around mushroom shaped coral, a metre-long jack fish along with a black-tipped reef shark. The whole experience was topped off by spotting an enormous turtle gliding past in the shallow waters. Find out more Show All Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. PER AQUUM NIYAMA A short sea plane will transport you Southwards from Malé over rings of deserted islands and azure waters to Niyama’s two islands. Part of the Per Aquum collection, Niyama is the sister property of one of our most-loved Maldivian properties, Huvafen Fushi. Find out more Gili Lankanfushi Previously known as Soneva Gili, Gili Lankanfushi excels in supreme style, comfort and service. It was the first all water based property in The Maldives and we feel the over-water villas are still the best that we know of anywhere. Find out more COMO Maalifushi COMO Maalifushi opened in November 2013 and is the only resort located on the eastern side of Thaa Atoll, one of the more southerly and less-visited in The Maldives. Accessed by seaplane from Male airport it is perfectly suited for those sparkling turquoise waters and is worth the extra journey time to get there. Find out more Soneva Fushi Soneva Fushi is the original Robinson Crusoe Island in The Maldives and the epitome in barefoot luxury. The villas have been stylishly built using natural materials to create a luxurious retreat that compliments the natural beauty of its surroundings whilst incorporating all of the modern conveniences that our clients could wish for. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. SPEND A DAY ON A PRIVATE ISLAND Exclusively yours for a whole day, take a private speedboat to your own private palm fringed island, champagne barbecue with private chef, parasols and snorkels. What better way to relax in paradise? Find out more INSIGHT INTO LOCAL MARINE BIOLOGY Here you don’t just look at the fish, you lie in the shallows at sunset and feed the rays by hand. Learn about the sea surrounding The Maldives, and how it works with a local resident marine biologist to guide you. Find out more Excursion by seaplane Explore the pristine picture perfect islands by seaplane to see more than just the beach and gain a different perspective of paradise form high up in the air. This fantastic experience will really allow you to get to grips with what these paradise islands are all about and is also a great way to spot dolphin. Find out more Spas in the Maldives If the sandy white beaches, warm turquoise waters and soft sea breeze aren't relaxing enough, why not indulge more and unwind with a beauty treatment or massage from a world class therapist at one of the incredible spas. Find out more Extraordinary Diving The Maldives has some of the world’s best diving spots and is rated by divers from around the world. Not only is the range of underwater life absolutely unbelievable, but due to the formation of the atolls there is incredible diving for all levels – from novice to expert. Find out more Show All Location We know The Maldives better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit The Maldives Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go Best visited December to April, however July to December are also popular times for families to travel but expect some rain. It tends to be tropical downpours towards the end of the day, however it is always warm which makes us see The Maldives as an all year destination. For those wanting to combine a bit of culture with beach India or Sri Lanka combine well with The Maldives which are 100% beach paradise. Meet the Team Asia + The Middle East Venetia Chris Penny Florence Auriole We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.