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Handhuvaree Hingun Goalhi 03, Hulhumale Island, Kaafu Atoll, Malé, Maldives, 960
Lot 10092 Nirolhu Magu, Hulhumale Island, Kaafu Atoll, Malé, Maldives, 20057
Aabaadhee Hingun Road, Kaafu Atoll, Maafushi Island, Medhu-Uthuru, Maldives, 08090
Plot No 10718 Kaani Magu, Beach Road, Hulhumale Island, Kaafu Atoll, Malé, Maldives, 20025
Lot No. 10787 Unigas Magu, North Male Atoll, Hulhumale Island, Kaafu Atoll, Malé, Maldives, 20021
Aabaadhee Hingun Road, Kaafu Atoll, Maafushi Island, Maldives, Maldives, 08090
Kandooma Fushi, South Male Atoll, Kaafu Atoll, Medhu-Uthuru, Maldives, 23211
Discover nature at its best with none other than Asia’s most renowned hidden Eden, the archipelagos of Maldives. Etymologically, the word ‘Maldives’ means islands that are geographically scattered. This is especially true for the Maldives since it is indeed a garland of spectacular islands that drapes across the Indian Ocean in the Arabian Sea. The Republic of Maldives is one of South Asia country which situated southwest, just below the land of Sri Lanka. With the total of 1, 192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, Maldives spreads from the north atoll of Ihavandhippolhu to the south-most atoll of Addu City. Hence, making the Maldives as one of the world’s farthest geographically dispersed sovereign states with its span of 298 square kilometres. Nonetheless, Maldives is yet the smallest Asian country accounted by its land area, and some population, around 341, 356 inhabitants with additional of 60, 000 registered foreigners reside here.
Indeed, the beauty of Maldives nature is a mesmerising sight to be reckoned with. But, don’t be blinded just by that! The Republic of Maldives has loads more to offer than meets the eye. It also possesses an immense historical value which you can discover throughout your sightseeing here. Maldivians share a similar ancestry, culture and heritage. Their ancestral roots went as far back circa 483 BC, marked by the arrival of Sinhalese of Sri Lanka. Maldivians who were once before practising ancient paganism, the settlement of Sinhalese signified a great change to the local demographics, culture and development of the Dhivehi language.
Meanwhile, during the expansion of Emperor Ashoka, Buddhism spread to the Maldives and became the dominant religion until the 12th century AD. These resulted in highly developed sculptures and architectures which you can see from the remains of stupas and monasteries today. The ancient Buddhist ruins are preserved, and antique artefacts are displayed in the National Museum in Malé City.
By the end of 12th century, the Indian Ocean became one of the most important routes for traders, especially from Arab subcontinent. Hence, explaining the spread of Islam to this islands. According to Ibn Battutah, it was said that Islam was brought to this land by a Somali Muslim named Abu’l Barakat al-Barbara. After the last Buddhist king of the Maldives named Dhovemi converted to Islam, he adopted the Muslim title of Sultan Muhammad al Adil in the year 1153 AD. Since then, Maldivians embraced Islam and adhered to the Sunni School of Islam, initiating a series of 6 Islamic dynasties which lasted until 1932. Thus, this religion has played a key role in shaping the Maldivian society, making it the state religion, till today. Famous landmarks spread across this continent has greatly been influenced by Islamic architecture.
Portuguese was the first to have reached this land in 1558, establishing a small military garrison to supervise a trading post in the Maldives. Eventually, they were driven out of after attempting to impose Christianity on the locals. However, in the mid-17th century, a hegemony by the Dutch was established after they overpowered the Portuguese in Ceylon. Unsurprisingly, Maldivians were left uninterrupted to govern their local affairs according to customs and religion. Until 1796, when the British came and expelled the Dutch. The Maldives was then included in one of British’s crown protectorate until 1953. Within three years later, United Kingdom received permission to reestablish its wartime Royal Air Force (RAF) Station Gan in the southernmost of Addu Atoll. Despite the fractions of support and disagreements, this RAF Gan was left open for thirty years to serve the purpose of Maldives’ economic evolution. The base was later closed in 1976 simultaneously with British’s withdrawal from permanently stationed forces, East of Suez.
In line with British policy of decolonisation in July 1965, Maldives and British signed an agreement to end colonisation and achieve complete political independence. Consequently, resulted in the withdrawal of British responsibility for defence and external affairs of Maldives. In three years, a national referendum was held as a parliament to decide whether the Maldives should continue as a constitutional monarchy or become a republic. Breathing a new air of republic, Maldives was put under the presidency of Ibrahim Nasir in 11th November 1968. Thus, making an end to the 853 long years of monarchy. Within two years, the Maldives began flourishing under the tourism sector until today. This upturn of the event ensures the Maldives to be a renowned spot for vacation even up to these days!
Being the centre of trading routes from worldwide traversing the Indian Ocean, Maldivians customs and social behaviours are greatly influenced by it. You can witness the colourful and vibrant culture of Maldivians are influenced by various cultural elements from India, Sri Lanka, Arab and even North Africa. These dispositions made Maldivians a mixture of races with a unique and enriched culture like no other. Nevertheless, Maldivians are indeed praise-worthy for their great hospitality and affability toward their guests. Furthermore, Maldivians still communicate in Dhivehi; an Indo-Aryan language originated from India subcontinent. But don’t sweat! As English is widely taught and being practised by the local community.
Regardless of nationalities, tourists are not required to have a pre-arrival visa to enter the Maldives. A thirty-day free visa is issued upon arrival at Malé International Airport provided one should have a valid passport that is readable by Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) with at least six months validity, a valid ticket to continue journey out of the Maldives and enough funds to cover the expenses throughout the stay in the Maldives. Apart from visas, a wise traveller needs to plan by studying through the climates of the country that you are travelling to. Situated in South Asia with the geographic coordinates of 3°15′N 73°00′E, Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate which is dominated by two seasons; 1) dry northeast monsoon and 2) moist southwest monsoon. Hence, December to April is the most popular time of the year to go to the Maldives. The temperature of Maldives ranges only between 24 to 33oC throughout the year. This constant humidity is bearable with the perpetual sea breezes that help to keep the air moving.
To all the foodies out there, rest assured! Surrounded by the sea, Maldives will enlighten your palates with it's on exquisite cuisines, mainly on freshly caught seafood as the starring role. Authentic traditional Maldivian dishes are waved upon these three main derivatives; coconuts, fishes and starches. The great infusion of culture from India, Sri Lanka and Arab makes Maldivians to also have similar dishes, for instance, curries and rice, but the taste is more uniquely Maldivian. Freshly caught wild tunas, packed with the great flavours from mixtures of spices and heavenly aromas woven around the dishes, will undoubtedly leave your stomach churning with delights. Here, are some of the Maldives specialities worth sampling; garudhiya, mas huni, fihunu mas and hedhikaa. Besides, eat and enjoy your way around the world with the diverse international menus prepared by hotels and restaurants. And what’s more interesting is their tradition to welcome guests by serving them fresh coconut water. So, do not be surprised, if your resort offers a beautifully decorated coconut water upon your arrival at their doorsteps.
The flight from Changi International Airport in Singapore to Maldives’ Male International Airport takes about 4 hours and 42 minutes, with the average flight price for this trip, is approximately SGD 411 only. There are 20 direct flights from Singapore to the Maldives with various airlines offering affordable prices for both one and two-way tickets. A few of the airlines that go directly to Malé are; SilkAir, Singapore, Scoot and AirAsia. Upon arrival at the airport terminal, you can grab a taxi or a ferry to get to your resort.
The Maldives is but a magnet like no other when comes to its breathtaking nature, from its amazing lands down to its majestic underwater world. Thus, making it a place that’s suited for all kinds of excitements. A romantic ambience dedicated solely for you and your loved one to enjoy just so… The Maldives! Imagine a panoramic view of crystal-clear blue lagoons along the golden-white sandy beaches and the gentle sea breeze, whispering of romance, oh what a blissful moment isn’t it? With secluded villas and luxurious furnishings, couples are given the perfect and detailed services, touches and finesse to enjoy each others’ presence.
Moreover, Maldives is also a paradise of relaxation and spiritual embodiment. The scores of spas built in the Maldives offer different ambience with their unique architecture and settings. Some were built in lush tropical floras, some on stilts over a lagoon, some in temple-like sanctums and even some serenaded by nature’s sunken garden. Delivering unmatched heavenly spas will rejuvenate your tired cells.
Meanwhile for those who love taking up extreme water sports, here is the place to do so! With 99% of Maldives is the far-stretched ocean, the Maldives is also well-known for its leading watersports hubs. A few of the water sports are fly-boarding, fun tube riding, kite surfing, parasailing, surfing, water skiing and underwater scooters. Despite the usual loud motorised water sports like jet skiing, Maldives too offer more minimal and peaceful water activities. For instance, canoeing and paddle surfing around the lagoons. Also, hop on and join the daily excursions to islands which include fishing, cruising, dolphin-watching, swimming, picnics and beachcombing. Well simply to be put, the list of fun and thrills galore here in the Maldives is just never-ending!
As to which atolls are the best to stay and enjoy your vacation, is subjective. Relatively, different atolls give different settings and nature in different ambiences. There is a north to south variation among the atolls. The northern side has smaller islands with an enormous number of underwater ring reefs. Meanwhile, the southern side has deeper lagoons with fewer but stronger channels in and out of the atolls. Therefore, you may even say that the north is for snorkelling and the south suits diving better. With these different settings, some atolls are best for surfing and water sports, while some are just the excellent spot for nature strolling.
The National Museum of Maldives constitutes of immense historical value that the islands possessed. That development and progression of Maldives from an ancient paganism worshipper to a modernised republic, are displayed exclusively for visitors to reminisce. Hence, this national museum isn’t just a pit stop out of the heat and traffic of Malé City. The two-floor exhibits are properly arranged in such; visitors can understand and vividly visualise the transformation eras from the ancient Maldives to the fascinating Hinduism and Buddhism period, the flourishing of Islamic era and the modernisation of the Colonial period. A walk in here will be a rewarding insight into the country’s heritage indeed!
Situated just 6.9 kilometres from Male International Airport, this resort is a dream come true. With the highest quality of service that accompanies the extensive amenities that the resort offer, will surely make your stay a memorable one. Having to enjoy and relax by the pool surrounded by the panoramic view of the ocean is a bliss! Prices differ accordingly, to types of rooms and holiday seasons, ranging from SGD 456 to SGD 721 per night.
A prestigious six-star hotel, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is awarded ‘The Best Water Villas in the World’, ‘The Best Suites in the World’ and ‘Best Spa Resort in the Maldives’. Any further explanations needed? Oh well, a glimpse or two wouldn’t shouldn’t matter as a courtesy to their dearest guests. This hotel has unquestionably amazing wide range facilities alongside their quintessential top-notched services. The stay varies from 50 romantic water villas to 79 beach villas secluded amongst the tropical floras and to another 21 lovely over-water villas.