Valerie Wilson Travel

The Maldives

The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It is known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. The capital, Malé, has bustling fish markets, restaurants and shops on the main road, and is home to Hukuru Miskiy, a mosque carved from beautiful white coral. The customs and people of the Maldives were greatly influenced by Indians, Sri Lankans, North Africans, Arabs and Europeans traveling through the trade routes of the Indian Ocean. However, Maldivians developed their own language and unique cultural identity. In 2011, UNESCO designated an area comprised of 75 islands as the Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve. This reserve supports approximately 250 species of coral and many other ocean life species.

In terms of tourism, the Maldives is one of the world’s safest travel destinations. Adventurous travelers can choose from flyboarding, free diving, jet skis, kayaking, kite surfing, parasailing, surfing, wakeboarding, water skiing, and underwater scooters. Located close to the equator, the sun’s rays shine almost directly down on you, so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen!

Fun Facts

  • The world’s first underwater cabinet meeting was held in the Maldives. In 2009, President Mohamed Nasheed, along with 13 government officials, strapped on their scuba gear and conducted their meeting at the bottom of the ocean. They did this to call attention to rising water levels on the islands and to raise awareness around their proposed sustainability projects.
  • It is the lowest and flattest nation in the world! The ground level of the Maldives on an average is around 1.5 meters above sea level, that is just 4 feet 11 inches. The highest point in Maldives is on Villingili Island, which is only 2.3 meters above sea level or 7 feet 7 inches.
  • The islands’ beautiful sand is white and extremely fine as it is coralline in origin and not made from quartz, as beach sand typically is. Representing less than five percent of the world’s beaches, coralline beaches are a rare find.

Where We Would Stay: Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

Away from the sparkling lights of Malé, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is spread across the Emboodhu Finolhu island at the heart of one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. Renowned for its rich flora and fauna, this tropical isle, also known as the Three Coconut Isle, is situated amidst the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean. A 15-minute speedboat ride from the airport brings you to the Taj Exotica. This postcard-perfect getaway offers 64 sea-view villas and suites that are luxurious and lavish yet maintain a modern aesthetic. Take advantage of Taj Exotica’s world-renowned butlers, who are happy to arrange a variety of outdoor activities, including snorkeling, jet skiing and scuba diving. Lounge by the infinity pool or at your private beach, laze in a hammock over the blue waters, go on a wildlife walk, or sample the best from the Maldivian culinary world. The resort is home to several restaurant options. Enjoy the freshest of seafood at Deep End or choose from the extensive carefully crafted menu at 24 Degrees. After dinner, sip on craft cocktails at the Equator Bar as you take in the awe-inspiring views of fiery Indian Ocean sunsets.

Our Exclusive Amenities for 2020

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Welcome In-Room Fruit and Chocolate Platters
  • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom, served in restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Departure gift
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

For stays of 3 nights or more, receive the following additional amenities:

  • Complimentary round-trip combined Speedboat Airport transfers
  • Complimentary lunch or dinner for up to two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
  • $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

For additional information, contact a VWT Advisor or [email protected].