The islands of the Maldives are renowned for their unusual shapes - from the heart-shaped island to one shaped like an eye, a fish or a flower; from those which are elongated, round or pointed, to a simple sandbank or one pierced by strange-shaped lakes.

Your unique holiday experience starts as soon as you arrive at the airport, when a boat will take you to your island escorted by a school of brightly coloured fish.

Voted ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Luxury Resort’ and ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Villa Resort & Spa’ at the 2014 and 2015 World Travel Awards, Ayada Maldives is a 5-star private island resort offering a truly luxurious retreat with a genuine Maldivian style with contemporary traditional Maldivian and Turkish design elements. Some of its villa and room types offer private pools, which ensure complete privacy for your family group.

Traditional thatched-roof water-villas stand on stilts over the resort’s peaceful lagoon, while beach villas offer absolute privacy amid tropical greenery alongside powder-soft palm-lined white beaches.

Visit Daghetti island to see the local village and enjoy a spot of shopping in the numerous boutiques. The island is home to a superb banyan tree that is several hundred years old and an impressive size. It symbolises the pride of the island's habitants.

Make a stop at Manta Sand Bank, a small island often frequented by Manta rays, where you can swim along with them, snorkel and relax on the fine sandy beach.

If you stay in an over-the-water-bungalow, you will be able to jump right into the waters and snorkel or swim and feel as if you were in a giant aquarium. Explore the incredible diversity of coral and fish life on UNESCO-protected Baa Atoll. The reefs are perfect for snorkelling and diving.

Stay at Pearl Sands of Maldives

Located on the quaintisland of Huraa just 30 minutes away from Male Airport, the 4-star Pearl Sands of Maldives offers the chance for a glimpse of charming Maldivian life, warmth and hospitality.

It offers theperfect blend of a resort setting combined with an insight into  island life, but within a private compound, Pearl Sands features its own 300 m long private beach. Each of its tastefully designed rooms opens up to the stunning view of the sea.

Welcome to Malé!

Stay inthe capital of the Maldives, set on the sea, and immerse yourself in the local culture. Experience a sensory overload at the fish market and local market. Discover the President's Palace, Sultan Park and have a rest at a Garden Café or enjoy a meal of fresh fish whilst soaking up the views.

Visit Male’s crown jewel, the Grand Friday Mosque, and the beautiful Islamic Centre built with coral rock carvings. It is an excellent architectural work - a fusion of  traditional Maldivian and Islamic concepts. The magnificent golden domes ornament the skyline of the capital.

Explore the well-labelled collection of historic artefacts in the National Museum, which traces the unusual history of the islands, devoted to the ancient and medieval periods of Maldivian history. It includes many impressively engraved pieces of wood with Arabic carving commemorating the conversion of the Maldives to Islam in 1153.

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