T h e  M a l d i v e s 

A republic of 19 atolls comprising approximately 1200 beautiful coral islands situated in the Indian Ocean 450 miles South West of Sri Lanka. Whilst most of the islands are uninhabited some seventy have been developed as resorts, ranging from fairly basic to distinctly luxurious. The capital Malé lies close to the international airport on the North Malé atoll and is served by regular flights from the UK via the Middle East. Onward connections from Malé by ferry, catamaran, helicopter and light aircraft are available to all the resort Islands. Most resorts feature water sports including sailing and scuba diving and offer an opportunity to experience deep-sea fishing. Island hopping is also available and inexpensive. With the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the sun kissed beaches and the relaxed lifestyle, the Maldives must rank with the South Pacific as the ultimate 'Get away from it all' experience. Information

Capital: Male

Currency: Ruyifa - but US dollar widley accepted

Geography: 1000 coral islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, to the west of southern India

Time Difference: GMT + 5 hrs


Amazingly beautiful weather almost all the year round. Expect temperatures around 30°C during the days and only falling to a mild 23°C at night. During the April to October period rainfall is higher, but the temperatures are much the same.

Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa

Soneva Fushi, in the North Baa Atoll region of the Maldives, is the ultimate island experience. A little off the beaten track, the adventure begins with a thirtyminute seaplane journey from Male. Just sixty-five residences on an island surrounded by a coral lagoon. A community offering 'Intelligent Luxury' in which guests can do a host of activities, or nothing at all. Furnishings that reflect the rustic theme of a designer tropical escape. Dining diversities that range from simple barbecues to gourmet feasts - and an amazing wine cellar.

6 nights from £1254pp
Extra nights from £90pppn
Based on Rehendi room

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

The Taj Exotica combines unstinting luxury with the tranquility of being in harmony with nature. Brilliantly designed, it is perfectly integrated with the island's natural beauty. Nestled on one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, this romantic retreat is a style-conscious haven of relaxation, peace and tranquility. The resort is just 20 minutes away by speedboat from the International Airport. Accommodation comprises of 24 semi-detached Lagoon Villas on the water, 31 private detached Deluxe Lagoon Villas, Four Beach Villas, Four Deluxe Beach Villas (including private plunge pools facing the beach), or exclusive two-room Rehendhi Suite.

6 nights from £1248pp
Extra nights from £107pppn
Based on Beach Villa, B & B basis

Prices include flights with Emirates from London and other UK airports
For reservations and tailor made holidays, please call 0161 437 4371