Flights to The Maldives just got better !

We often talk in this travel blog about how good a holiday in The Maldives is so here we go again !

It is a truly luxury holiday destination in an exotic tropical island setting. Couple this fact with excellent accommodation and you do really have the perfect holiday destination. However, don’t expect much night life. The Maldives is a romantic holiday destination for couples or honeymooners wanting a luxury break away from it all.

The Maldives is one of those places where you forget all about life back at home and the daily commute to work ! As soon as your flight lands at Male airport you have landed in another world where all you have to worry about is the day you have to go home.To show how popular a holiday to The Maldives is becoming British Airways launched new direct flights to Male in October 2009.

Flights depart from Gatwick on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The service will feature Club World lie-flat beds. Also, Oman Air has launched a new Maldives service from Heathrow via Muscat, the capital of Oman. Oman Air will have the airline’s new Airbus A330 aircraft on the route and will feature First Class, Business Class and Economy seating.Accommodation on The Maldives is generally of a high standard and prices can vary.

A week at a 3 star hotel can cost as little as £950 per person at certain times of the year. If you want an extra special holiday to The Maldives you may want to try the top class W Retreat and Spa. 7 nights in a Beach Oasis room, including breakfast, seaplane transfers and Club World business-class flights costs £3800 per person.

About W Retreat & Spa

W retreat is Starwood’s premier resort in the Maldives, this is a gorgeous, understated and exclusive little island. Ultra-chic facilities blend seamlessly with barefoot luxury, and traditional Maldivian exteriors house deliciously elegant interiors.W Retreat occupies a tiny island in the North Ari atoll, 35 minutes by seaplane from Male’ airport.W Retreat & Spa, The Maldives - Luxury at its best

Accommodation at W Retreat Beach Retreat  – Contemporary facilities, plasma screen TV, spacious indoor and outdoor living area, plunge pool, daybed and BBQ for private dining.

Ocean Retreat –  With stilts over the water. Contemporary facilities, plasma screen TV, spacious indoor and outdoor living area, plunge pool, daybed and BBQ for private dining.

Ocean Retreat Lagoon  – Views out over the lagoon, with stilts over the water. Contemporary facilities, plasma screen TV, spacious indoor and outdoor living area, plunge pool, daybed and BBQ for private dining.

Call Global Holidays on 0800 433 2300 for details of holidays to The Maldives

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Book a bargain cruise aboard the Atoll Explorer – Fantastic Savings!

One of our best selling holidays is cruising the Maldives aboard the wonderful Atoll Explorer. This small and intimate cruise ship cruises the exotic islands and crystal clear water of The Maldives. It’s cabins are fairly small but it makes up for this with the experience that it provides. The Atoll Explorer is popular with both divers and non-divers.This cruise is a unique experience, as the Atoll Explorer sails through the beautiful Maldives, offering the opportunity to see a number of its stunning pearl islands. A friendly crew, attentive service and All Inclusive on board, this has all the ingredients for an outstanding holiday, and unsurprisingly many guests repeat the experience year after year.

 Take a look at this short video about the Atoll explorer.

If you want to book a cruise on the Atoll Explorer give Global Holidays a call on 0800 433 2300.

 

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A unique experience, as Atoll Explorer sails through beautiful Maldives, offering the opportunity to see a number of its stunning pearl islands. A friendly crew, attentive service and All Inclusive on board, this has all the ingredients for an outstanding holiday, and unsurprisingly many guests repeat the experience year after year.

DAY 1→ Depart on Monarch Airlines from Gatwick.

DAY 2 → Arrive Male’ and transfer 20 minutes to the Atoll Explorer for lunch.

DAY 3→ An early departure for the uninhabited island of Kodhipparu. Time to relax on the sundeck or go ashore to relax on the beach. Evening underwater marine slide show.

DAY 4→ Sail to Kuramathi crossing the Ari channel. Afternoon visit to Rasdhoo, a local fishing village for shopping. This evening enjoy a night fishing excursion.

DAY 5→ Visit Madivaru, a desert island for snorkelling or windsurfing. Stop overnight at Maayathila. In the evening be entertained by Bodu Beru – local dancing on board the ship.

DAY 6→ Visit the island of Ali Koi Rah, then depart for the beautiful island of Dhiggiri for snorkelling, swimming and a picnic lunch. In the evening enjoy a beach barbecue at Dhiggiri, against the flickering flames of a wood fire.

DAY 7→ Snorkel, dive or sunbathe off the tranquil desert island of Dhiggiri all day with a picnic lunch. This evening, the captain officially ‘hosts’ dinner.

DAY 8 → In the afternoon, return across the Ari Channel to Kurumba and then on to the capital island of Male’, for shopping and sightseeing. A live band will play on board the ship for the evening.

DAY 9 → Disembark the Atoll Explorer and transfer to the airport for your flight arriving Gatwick later the same day. Alternatively extend your stay on your chosen island.

Call Global Holidays for a price on the Maldives Atoll Explorer on 0800 433 2300.

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Kuramathi – The Maldives, completes renovation project.

Kuramathi in The Maldives has recently completed a large renovation project and opened its doors in January 2010. Kuramathi seamlessly blends contemporary style with the natural elements of the island and is a true paradise. Live in harmony with laid back Maldivian life and enjoy the vast range of accommodation, facilities and great all inclusive options at this luxury holiday island.

WE WILL NOT BE BEATEN ON PRICE FOR A HOLIDAY TO KURAMATHI SO CALL NOW !

One week at Kuramathi starts from ONLY £1070 per person for departures in January 2010.Kuramathi, The MaldivesNB: Group, speedboat transfers are included for all flight arrivals before 12noon. Any arrivals after this time (within seaplane daylight flying times) MUST have a seaplane transfer (at extra cost). For arrivals after 5pm, an overnight stay (at extra cost) at the airport hotel or Male will be needed and then a transfer to the resort the following day by speedboat.Kuramathi is in the north Ari atoll, 1½ hours by boat or 20 minutes by seaplane from, Malé airport at a supplement from £42pp one-way.

Earlybird Saver

Book minimum 6 nights at Kuramathi by Jan31 for stays between 1 May  and 19 Dec  for a guaranteed room upgrade to next available category, plus stays booked in a Beach villa with jacuzzi and above will also receive a massage, valid with Free Nights.

Alternatively book a Deluxe beach villa with jacizzi by Jan31 for stays between 1 May  and Dec 19  and receive a free meal upgrade from Full Board to All Inclusive, or from All Inclusive to Select All Inclusive (A La Carte).

Room types at Kuramathi –

The Maldives Garden Villa  – Simply designed, with natural decor with a kingsize bed.

Beach Villa – Has a four poster bed, wooden deck with daybeds.

Deluxe Beach Villa – Located at Kuramathi’s narrow tip.

Beach Villas with Jacuzzi – With natural decor and kingsize bed, enjoying a spacious garden bathroom and large outdoor deck.

Superior Beach Villas with Jacuzzi – Has a great beachfront location. Kingsize bed and natural decor.

Deluxe Beach Villa with Jacuzzi Kingsize bed with a spacious bedroom; iPod docking stations, espresso machines and an outdoor bathroom with jacuzzi.

Water Villa On stilts over the water with large deck and steps down to the sea, some with outdoor jacuzzi. Kingsize bed.There is an All Inclusive option at Kuramathi which includes :- Meals/drinks 2010: All meals in designated main restaurant, all drinks (soft, mineral water, selected spirits, house wines, beer), High Tea at Island Coffee Shop (3-5pm).Watersports in 2010: Windsurfing (tuition not included), snorkelling equipment.Other All Inclusive features for  2010: One sunset cruise and one local island visit per stay. [NB: A la carte Dining (ALC) offers the same as (ALL) except lunch and dinner can be taken in your chosen restaurant plus a selection of bottled wines.]

Please note that offers for Kuramathi can change. Please call us for all our latest special offers at Kuramthi

Call Global Holidays FREE on 0800 433 2300 for a great price on a holiday to Kuramathi

Paradise Island – The Maldives – Special Offer

Spending a week or more in The Maldives is many peoples idea of the perfect holiday destination. The Maldives is not just for honeymooners or for couples wanting a romantic holiday. If you enjoy your peace and quiet and want to relax in tropical surroundings but at the same time you like luxury then a holiday to the Maldives  might just be what you are looking for.

Spending a week on The Maldives is not the cheapest place in the world for a holiday but neither is it the most expensive and it is worth every penny!

Imagine spending a week in your own beach villa where you will be just a few steps away from the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Many bathrooms are outdoors and in the restaurants you might not have to wear shoes but the sophistication is without question.A week on Paradise Island in The Maldives, departing from Gatwick on 17 January costs just £1150.00 per person. This prices includes flights, transfers and Half Board accommodation. An All Inclusive option is also available at Paradise Island.

If you want more information about booking a holiday to Paradise Island or any other holiday to The Maldives please call Global Holidays on 0800 433 2300.

Take a look at this excellent short video about Paradise Island, The Maldives

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Meeru Island – The Maldives – Special Offer !

The string of islands in the Indian Ocean known as The Maldives make a true luxury holiday destination, so when this special offer arrived in our office we had no hesitation in advertising it !

Meerufenfushi is one of the larger islands in The Maldives, so there’s a real space and tranquility, Sand floor bars and thatched open restaurants add to the laid-back feel. As an All Inclusive holiday the popular “Meeru” is truly excellent value.Meeru Island, The Maldives - Jacuzzi water villa

Among many activities on land and sea,included in the great price is one snorkelling and one golf lesson; one night fishing trip and a sunset cruise. Meeru Island has the Duniye Spas where you can enter a world of complete sensory heaven.

Here at Global Holidays we can offer you a week at Meeru Island on an All Inclusive basis and staying in a jacuzzi water villa for a great low price of £1859.00 per person during November  saving upto £124 per couple. You can fly from Heathrow, Gatwick or Birmingham. You can also flty from Manchester, Newcastle or Glasgow for an extra £35 per person.Meeru Island is one of our most popular holiday destinations in the Maldives.

If you want more information or want to book a holiday to Meeru Island in The Maldives please call us on 0800 433 2300 or check out our web page for more islands in The Maldives here – Holidays to The Maldives

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10 Reasons To Visit The Maldives

 The string of small coral atolls in the Indian Ocean that are known as the Maldives has to be one of the most idyllic places on planet Earth. They make the perfect holiday destination for a honeymoon, a romantic holiday or just a relaxing luxury holiday with great diving thrown in just for good measure ! Here are ten reasons why you should visit the Maldives –madivaru tent

1. Amazing unique accommodation

The Maldives are well known for providing luxurious accommodation, beach front villas and water villas but now the Banyan Tree has introduced a new style of accommodation to the Maldives with its premium resort, Madivaru. Just six tented pool villas – each with large living, eating and bathing tents – provide guests with a luxurious alternative to the traditional Maldivian beachfront properties and over-water villas.The bathing tent features a pair of spa beds for enjoying private in-villa treatments, including signature Banyan Tree Spa massages and facials, while the resort’s in-villa dining option offers guests a romantic and intimate evening meal.

 

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2 Underwater restaurant

Spanning two islands and joined by a wooden bridge, the lavishly-refurbished Conrad Maldives offers a range of dining experiences, topped by the innovative Ithaa – the world’s only undersea restaurant. Eight metres below sea level, the restaurant enjoys views of reef and marine life thanks to an aquarium-style arched roof.

Booking two weeks in advance is recommended as the restaurant can only seat 14 diners – but the planning is well worth it for this sensational dining experience. Rays and sharks will swim and swoop overhead as you tuck into delicious pan-fried Maldivian white fish and other local delicacies.

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3 The Ultimate Spa Holiday

One&Only Reethi Rah,  Maldives is true excellence, featuring an ESPA spa that supersedes many luxurious well being experiences on the planet. Guests can luxuriate in swirling vitality pools and crystal steam rooms, or feel the invigorating affects of stimulating ice fountains before experiencing signature treatments devised by renowned spa guru, Susan Harmsworth and her team. Couples can also book into one of two over-water private spa suites.World-renowned podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez offers a range of magical manicures and chiropody treatments, and a resident nutritionist is on hand to devise a detox, weight management or stress-reducing menu for the duration of your stay.

4 Great for families – Island Hideaway, Donakulhi

Despite its romantic name, this beautiful resort has excellent facilities for families – from youngsters through to teenagers, including the Tender Hearts supervised kids’ club, with various activities, bicycles and a playground. Experiences for active families include speedboat trips, dolphin safaris and big-game fishing cruises.Head to the water sports centre and try your hand at water-skiing, wake-boarding, windsurfing, canoeing, diving and snorkeling, or, for lazier afternoons, spend time in the infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. Land activities include a gymnasium, two tennis courts, table tennis, beach volleyball, billiards and bicycles to cycle around the island at your leisure.

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5 The Chic Maldives Retreat  – W Retreat, Fesdu

Modern comfort and aesthetics are key to the ambiance of this resort, and the W Retreat features 78 villas in four different styles, all with private pools, sundecks and outdoor tropical showers. The two bedroom Ocean Haven retreat also comes with an infinity-edge plunge pool and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.It’s the tiny details that make this retreat extra special. Dotted around the resort are Sweet Spots – mini bars with complimentary drinks and ice creams – while the W approach to tailor-made service is evident through services such as checking what time guests prefer their turndown service to allow optimum privacy.

6  The Green Retreat – Banyan Tree Maldives, Vabbinfaru

Environmentally-conscious visitors can do their bit to secure the future of Maldivian marine life with a stay at Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru. The resort ensures minimal damage to the environment by constructing villas on the footprint of previous properties, obtaining water by desalinating sea water and avoiding pesticides in the resort’s thriving herb and vegetable garden.Marine biologists create ecological awareness by teaching guests about the ocean and its fragile life. There is also the opportunity to participate in reef cleaning, coral transplantation and support the unique Green Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, rearing young turtles in a natural lagoon habitat.

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7  Out-of-this-world diving –  Baros

Baros is known for its world-class diving and just a short boat ride away are 25 outstanding dive sites that guests return to year after year. Closer to shore is the house reef, one of the best in the Maldives, just 30 metres from the beach.The large dive school at Baros is run by an experienced team who can instill a wealth of knowledge about the local sites and marine life. Baros is the perfect place for both novice and seasoned divers, and instructors will be able to suggest outstanding locations according to currents, seasons and weather conditions.

8  The escape for lazy, luxury seekers: Huvafen Fushi

Small and sumptuous, Huvafen Fushi nestles on a tiny island and is an idyllic retreat for couples looking for an indulgent escape. Sleek, over-water beach bungalows feature delectable Italian Frette bed linens, designer furnishings and Bose or Bang & Olufsen music systems, while the superb staff caters to your every whim.Stroll to one of the three restaurants or the lively bar where you can take part in wine tasting with the resort’s sommelier, assisted by the Maldives’ largest wine cellar, and book in for a massage at one of the world’s first underwater treatment rooms. Huvafen Fushi is escapist bohemian luxury at its best.

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9  The private retreat: Soneva Gili

Check in to Soneva Gili’s Private Reserve and you’ll enjoy the ultimate in Maldivian escapes. The Private Reserve comprises of five buildings with two master suites, each featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views, plus a relaxing two-person bathtub built over coral gardens and an open-air private bathroom.An en-suite guest room is available and a large central open-plan living area includes a sea garden, natural coral pool, sun decks and dining area, plus a private spa facility with sauna, steam room and treatment pavilions. The resort’s Six Senses spa is excellent and treatments can be transferred to the Private Reserve, easily arranged through your personal butler.

10 Island hopping and cruising –  Four Seasons resorts

Island hopping isn’t easily done in the Maldives, however, if you like the idea of a dual-resort stay or a stay on land one week and a cruise the next, Four Seasons resorts offers a solution.Landaa Guraavaru on the Baa atoll is a luxurious retreat with 102 thatched beach and water villas that cater for both active families and couples seeking romance, or choose Kuda Huraa, featuring 106 luxuriously-appointed beach pavilions, stilt-mounted bungalows and suites, geared towards adult-only holidays and honeymoons. Stay in either resort and add on the Four Seasons Explorer cruise, a private three-deck, 11-cabin catamaran to explore all that the Maldives has to offer.

Alternatively try the Atoll Explorer where you can spend a week on this 20 cabin small ship and explore several of the islands and be pampered at the same time !

Atoll Explorer, The Maldives – A Unique Experience.

atoll explorer cruise ship in The MaldivesHave you ever looked at a glossy holiday brochure and seen those stunning tropical islands in the Indian Ocean that look like paradise ?

If so, it’s likely that you were looking at the small group of islands called The Maldives.

Each island is a holiday resort itself and on each island you will find a few luxury beach bungalows, some water villas, one or two restaurants, usually a swimming pool, pristine white sands and crystal clear water and coral reefs.

The Maldives are the perfect place for an extra special holiday, maybe a honeymoon or for somewhere to get away from the stresses of everyday life. They are a place for relaxing, swimming and being pampered in the spa.Most people who visit The Maldives spend a week or maybe two weeks on the island itself, but did you know that you can also cruise around some of the islands in The Maldives on what’s called the Atoll Explorer ?

Why not spend one week cruising The Maldives on the Atoll Explorer and then spend 6 or 7 nights on an island of your choice ? This holiday is an undiscovered secret !

The Atoll Explorer cruise ship is only a small ship with only 20 cabins on board. It is very informal with no dressing up. There is one restaurant serving international cuisine. The cabins are small and simply furnished. All are outside cabins with a window or balcony, air-conditioning, telephone, shower and limited wardrobe space.

The Atoll Explorer though is a unique experience which offers you the opportunity to see several of these stunning islands. It is also possible to dive from the ship.

There is no other place in the world that offers this type of holiday experience and if you combine the cruise with a stay on an island it will certainly be a holiday that you will never forget.Global Holidays have a special offer on the Atoll Explorer cruise at the moment. If you travel in June 2011 then the price is only £1449 per person, which includes all flights and transfers.

If you wanted to combine the Atol Explorer cruise with a stay on a Maldives island, for a truly memorable holiday then we also have a special offer on the cruise and the beautiful Sheraton Full Moon resort. The price for a November departure is £2300 per person.

Call Global Holidays on 0800 433 2300 for more details

or send complete our online enquiry form for The Atoll Explorer

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Go Green On A Holiday To The Maldives.

The Maldives is a stunning holiday destination. The stunning tropical islands of  The Maldives in the Indian Ocean make a fantastic destination for a luxury holiday. The Maldives though are very low lying small islands surrounded by coral reefs, which actually protect the islands from storm surges. However, with the threat of global warming and the resulting rise in sea levels these stunning islands have an uncertain future.

Now though the Maldives government has decided that it will go carbon neutral within 10 years under an ambitious plan unveiled at the weekend.President Mohamed Nasheed said the islands intended to virtually eliminate fossil fuel use on the archipelago by 2020.

The low-lying islands are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels caused by global warming, as even at their highest point they are no more than six feet above sea level.Nasheed said the Maldives will need to spend about $110 million a year to create the renewable energy infrastructure.

The plan will involve more than 150 wind turbines, half a square kilometre of rooftop solar panels and a biomass plant burning coconut husks. Nasheed said he hoped it would prove a model for other nations, however it’s not quite certain how it will fit in with the governments long term strategy of looking for an alternative homeland for its people.

Many of the islands of the Maldives have invested heavily over the last two years. Many of the holiday destinations have been renovated and upgraded and a holiday to the Maldives is now more luxurious than ever. Many of the resorts offer contemporary living with luxurious water villas on stilts. Many islands offer spa facilities. Despite all this many of the islands in the Maldives offer a simple type of holiday with outdoor private showers and sand on the floor of the restaurant, which means that you don’t have to wear shoes. Your day will revolve around relaxing by the swimming pool, spending time in the spa, snorkeling on the house reef or learning to dive.