While Banana Bread became our favourite lockdown recipe, Maldives became the favorite holiday destination for many.
As the restrictions on travel were lifted, an air bubble arrangement was made between India and Maldives and since the holiday destination follows the system of “one-island-one-resort”, travellers don’t run the risk of being affected by the novel coronavirus during their travel.
So, our home for the next few days is a stunning over-water villa, your acquaintances for the day are colourful tropical fish, reef sharks, turtles, and the elusive manta ray .... Lounging on a Postcard-perfect sandbank, with feet tucked in the sand, a glass of Champagne or two and gorging on the most amazing food with the freshest of produce…If beach dining is not your thing, then you may look at dining overwater, or underwater or even in the water. You ask and we give you on a platter.. quite literally!
And when the sun bids goodbye by painting this gorgeous canvas with pink, orange and red hues, you will be serenaded to exotic secret coves under the starlit sky in the glowing light of candles, or get enthralled by the same starlit sky with the resident astronomer in a floating observatory, or even a private cinema under the stars... well.,, starry starry nights, it sounds like!
When to go? Anytime is a good time to go for Maldives. With temperatures averaging 27-30 C, it’s the perfect holiday destination year-round. December to April is typically the peak dry season (northeast monsoon) where you can expect constant sunshine and blue skies, perfect for lounging, sipping cocktails, spotting dolphins, swimming with the mantas and more!
This Robinson Crusoe-style getaway is the bucket-list holiday of everyone’s dreams and guess what each villa comes with its own slide. Number of villas: 24 Transfer time: a 30-minute seaplane from Malé
The original barefoot Maldives retreat. Soneva Fushi is a “no news, no shoes” eco-chic jungle hideaway with Robinson Crusoe-style villas and a fabulous children's den Number of villas: 63 beachfront villas and eight Water Retreats Transfer time: a 30-minute seaplane from Malé
Local Maldivian accents and the brand’s own Thai touches merge seamlessly throughout the contemporary villas, an underwater wine cellar and a restaurant and a really long swimming pool Number of villas: 80 Transfer time: a 35-minute seaplane from Malé Nautilus New bohemian luxury, the Nautilus Maldives is a highly exclusive, fully private resort best suited for honeymooners Number of villas: 26 Transfer time: a 30-minute seaplane from Malé
Velaa Private Island
Contemporary and 'polite' luxury without being ostentatious Number of villas: 47 Transfer time: 50 minutes by seaplane from Malé
Cool, classy, sophisticated and seductive ideal for Honeymoons Number of villas: 73 Transfer time: a 45-minute seaplane from Malé
Cheval Blanc Randheli
Sumptuous, yet tasteful, villas; vast in scale, yet detail driven, guests are immersed in sensory hedonism Number of villas: 45 Transfer time: 40 minutes by seaplane from Malé
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
Sleeker look with a little Robinson Crusoe-chic vibe Number of villas: 138 Transfer time: a 30-minute speedboat ride from Malé
Four seasons Landaa GIRAAVARU
Traditional Maldivian architecture is complemented with chic contemporary interiors Number of villas: 103 Transfer time: 30 minutes by seaplane from Malé
Understated elegance exuding calming ryokan vibes Number of villas: 15 Transfer time: a 40-minute seaplane ride from Malé
Niyama’s two immaculately kept islands – covering one-and-a-half miles of pure unadulterated bliss – are connected by a wooden bridge. 'Chill' is for the romantics, while 'Play' has a more family feel. Gili Langkanfushi Maldives Rustic-chic style and eco-friendly Number of villas: 45 Transfer time: a 20-minute speedboat ride from Malé
Eye-popping organic architecture flows through the resort, design inspired by Maldivian Lagoon life
Number of villas: 77
Transfer time: a 45-minute seaplane from Velana International Airport.
Maldives can be curated to encompass everything from celebrating milestones to friend getaways, for tiny tots to adventurous grandparents, to bespoke luxury honeymooners to diving getaways, we have you all covered.
Encompass Experiences is a conscious travel company and our aim is to bring mindfulness & depth to the travel landscape. We are an emerging brand, redefining industry standards with our conscious luxury ethos. At Encompass Experiences, we can help create and plan Maldives, Mauritius or the Seychelles. Over the last few months, we have had many clients make their way to the island nation and have been working very closely with each of our resort partners and local Maldivian tourism and government boards to ensure that the appropriate health and safety measures have been taken and are in place, ready to welcome our clients.
Come and explore this paradise with us.
Did you know: As of 14th March 2021, The Maldives welcomed over 235,000 tourist arrivals with a total of 671 tourist accommodation establishments in operation, throughout the Maldives