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

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.

Luxury holiday to the Maldives

My Very Own Castaway Island

Florence Evans, Asia+The Middle East Destination Expert, paid a visit to the super luxurious Maldives. She was treated to cazenove+loyd's personal touch when she was whisked away on a surprise visit to a private island.

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Tropical Peter Pans

Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell took his family to The Maldives on a luxury holiday whilst researching the area for our clients. He was blown away with Soneva Fushi due to the detail the managers have put in to making it extra special for families and couples alike.

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Total relaxation in The Maldives

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Maldivian Bliss

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.

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venturing into the ocean

In the safe hands of a marine biologist, exploring the underwater world of the Indian Ocean can be a fascinating and educational experience. Fearing for her life at first, Alex Wix soon embraced the close company of the sea life and enjoyed feeding stingray by hand and swimming with reef sharks.

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Niyama The Maldives

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.

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Dolphin Sighting in The Maldives

Emily Briars, our South+South East Asia Destination Expert 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.

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Snorkelling in The Maldives

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.

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Places to Stay

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration.

Luxury holiday to The Maldives

Park Hyatt Hadahaa

The Park Hyatt Hadahaa is well worth the slightly longer journey time of 55 minutes domestic flight from Malé, followed by a 25 minute speedboat ride. Once there, it feels far more secluded than many other resorts with only a handful of uninhabited islands in the far distance to be seen from certain parts of the island.

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Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

The Taj Exotica Resort is located right on the tropical Emboodhu Finolhu Island surrounded by one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives which hosts some of the most vibrant coral reefs of the Indian Ocean.

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Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Encased by panoramic views of the bath-warm clear waters of the Indian Ocean, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru provides a splendid oasis for any guest. Located just 25 minutes North from the airport by speedboat, your villa hosts its own private garden area with a pool and jacuzzi along with both indoor and outdoor showers.

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Soneva Jani

Set to open in October 2016, we think Soneva Jani looks promising. In case you haven’t heard of Soneva, the brand’s reputation excels in upscale ‘castaway’-type resorts that adhere to a barefoot luxury ethos.

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Six Senses Laamu

VIEW OUR EXCLUSIVE OFFER TO STAY AT SIX SENSES LAAMU. All it takes is a small aircraft flight from Male International Airport and a short boat ride to the Laamu Atoll to feel the complete seclusion of a paradise getaway.

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JA Manafaru

JA Manafaru is located on the Northern end of the Haa Alifu Atol, 75 minutes North by seaplane from Male. Although wearying after a 12 hour flight, the extra time in the air by scenic seaplane is worth it.

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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.

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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.

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Huvafen Fushi

Set within its own private lagoon, Huvafen Fushi has recently undergone a huge renovation which we feel has impressively brought it to the forefront of minimalist, sophisticated luxury in The Maldives.

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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.

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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.

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Cheval Blanc Randheli

After LVMH’s remarkable success in Courchevel they have now opened a sister hotel in The Maldives. Cheval Blanc Randheli has placed itself at the very top, both in price and quality. The resort was designed by the same architect as The One & Only Reethi Rah, Jean-Michel Gathy, and imbues a similar contemporary and chic style but we feel it is even more polished.

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Anantara Kihavah

Anantara Kihavah is an impressive hotel and island. Large, spacious with excellent privacy it is designed for those who are less into rustic island living and more into swanky island life. Even the thick greenery is slightly more manicured than other islands, and the beaches are perfect with soft, groomed white sand.

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Baros

At cazenove+loyd we love Baros in the Maldives. It is an intimate, friendly and relaxed island without any pretension, perfect for honeymooners or couples wishing for a peaceful getaway. Baros is slightly more affordable than many of our other favourite places in The Maldives but full of individuality and charm with great service and very comfortable accommodation.

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Amilla Fushi

The much awaited Amilla Fushi opened in December 2014. Designed by the creator of Huvafen Fushi, the pioneer of contemporary luxury in The Maldives, the style of Amilla Fushi is no less interesting. Cool whites, clean lines and a minimalist design with a few touches that give it a natural warmth, we think this could well be a refreshing addition to The Maldives’ luxury hotels.

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Velaa Private Island

Velaa Private Island opened in The Maldives at the end of 2013 and only a few months later was closed for further works to improve their beaches. Open once again it is a new, swish and sleek hotel – great for those who like an elegant getaway but not to everyone’s taste.

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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.

Luxury holiday to The Maldives

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?

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Snorkelling in The Maldives

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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