The Maldives is one of the most popular vacationing destinations in the world. Every year it attracts up to 680,000 visitors, more than twice the population of the country. Their beautiful beaches, quaint resorts, and ideal weather are the main reasons why this is an ideal holiday spot for tourists. This group of island is located southwest of Sri Lanka.
Although it is well known as a tourist destination, only a small percentage of these islands are inhabited. The populated areas hold 87 exclusive resorts, boasting perfect beaches and tropical landscapes interspersed with palm trees. Shallow lagoons and coral reefs enclose many of the islands, making them ideal areas for exotic fish and other ocean life.
Even though Maldives is well known as a scuba diving haven, all spa resorts, luxury resorts, and inclusive resorts have become very popular over the past few years. International supermodels, Hollywood celebrities, and even football players have taken Maldives holidays to enjoy the pure beauty of these island chains. Their resorts provide you with the opportunity to have a great time either alone, or with friends and family.
Wealthy holidaymakers can be accommodated at luxury resorts that provide numerous appealing amenities. Luxury Maldives hotels are famous for two things: luxury spa treatments and total privacy. These hotels are usually located in villas over the water with direct access to a lagoon and a private sun deck. Overall, they will make you feel like you are living on your own private island with no one else around. The spas are also equipped with specialist staff from countries like Indonesia, India, and Thailand.
The native population of the Maldives descended from an ethnical mix of Sinhalese, Aryan, Dravidian, Arabic, and Negroid cultures. Over the centuries, a number of empires, starting with Muslim rule in the 12th century, dominated this area. The Portuguese and finally the British later colonized the islands until they achieved independence. All Maldivian locals are Sunni Muslims and their lifestyle follows Islamic traditions.
Almost every resort in Maldives has their own spa treatment facilities and PADI certified diving center. In addition, you will find many common hotel facilities such as gyms, jet pools, tennis courts, water skiing, and exotic restaurants. Ocean lovers will be able to take trips to see manta rays, dolphins, and a variety of other fish. Snorkelers can also explore the beach shallows in the vicinity of their own hotel.