Vilu Reef in The Maldives becomes”All Inclusive”

Holidays to The Maldives

The recession is having an impact on the number of visitors to The Maldives. 2009 saw a drop in visitors to The Maldives but many hotels are fighting back by adopting the All Inclusive concept and offering better value for money.If you are looking for a bargain holiday to The Maldives then now is the time to book as there are plenty of special offers around to take advantage of.

Vilu Reef Resort and Spa

One island in The Maldives that has become an All Inclusive resort is Vilu Reef and Spa  on South Nilandhe Atoll. Vilu Reef is a 4 star resort but if you are looking for ultra luxury then you should look at another island but Vilu Reef does offer very good value for money. The spa is not up to the standard of what you would expect at a top class resort on The Maldives, although, there are plans to improve it.

Also, the gym is very basic and the water villas don’t have some of the features that you would expect elsewhere like a glass floor.What Vilu Reef does give you though is low prices and, of course, you still get what all the islands have in The Maldives, which is beautiful white sand beaches with palm trees and clear water. Another advantage about Vilu Reef is that it is a small island with only 122 villas and rooms of which 40 are water villas most of which have a jacuzzi. The island is friendly and well managed.

Rooms at Vilu Reef

As far as the rooms are concerned the basic rooms are the Deluxe Garden Villa rooms but they are comfortable and excellent value for money. If you have money to spend and you are on honeymoon then you might want to consider the Honeymoon Water Villas where you get the service of your own private butler.

Seaplane Transfer

Vilu Reef itself is quite a distance from Male, the capital, and you will need a seaplane transfer to get there, but that adds to the exitement.


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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.


Atoll Explorer Cruise 1

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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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.

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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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