The Maldives is no longer just a fairytale destination for honeymooners and affluent travellers. New resorts and flights are making this Indian Ocean paradise more accessible than ever.
The archipelago will welcome 40 resorts between now and the end of 2018 on top of the spate of openings in the past few years.
A wide range of accommodation – from affordable guesthouses, to mid-tier resorts and ultra-high-end resorts, as well as live-aboard cruises – has also spread the playing field to the outlying atolls.
Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation deputy director Rafil Mohamed says the number of Australians visiting the Maldives has risen in the past 12 months and there is huge potential for more.
“Numerous factors are contributing to the increase,” he says. “Among them, a greater propensity for Australians … to explore far-off exotic locations, increasing disposable incomes, greater awareness and word-of-mouth recommendations by travellers (and) our 30-day free on-arrival visa. The Maldives is (also) an attractive prospect for surfers, due to the pristine surfing conditions of the Maldives.”
Not since the Maldivian government gave the green light for tourists to stay in guesthouses has a stay in the Maldives been so affordable. This month, Mercure will open its first Maldives property in Gaafu Alifu Atoll.
It may be budget friendly but it certainly won’t skimp on the expected luxuries such as restaurants, pool with pool bar, spa, gym and a dive centre. The 68 villas — including 43 overwater and 25 set along the beach — all come with the type of outdoor shower and deep bathtubs you want in a Maldives stay.
Lunch and dinner is served overlooking the pool and that dreamy lagoon at Alita Restaurant while VISTAS is set out over the water and serves a tapas-inspired menu.
The resort will be accessed by a 55-minute domestic flight from Male International Airport rather than private charter.
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