Sun-drenched white sand beaches, turquoise blue Indian Ocean, crisp tropical air and a line of elegant palm trees stretching into the distance. This is the nirvana of the Maldives. If there’s a serious contender for paradise on earth, it’s the Maldives.
The Maldives is where luxury embraces nature, where opulence goes hand in hand with sustainability, and where you can slow down and enjoy the finer things in life. It is more than a thousand islands and 26 coral atolls are a paradise for lovers of nature and peace. And this summer, everything is ready to welcome you for an unforgettable holiday with friends or family. (Pro tip: For the perfect serene vacation, choose the one-island, one-resort concept from Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of resorts in the Maldives.)
Here are 7 reasons why this must-see destination should be at the top of your 2022 travel destination list:
World-class wellness to rejuvenate your soul
The islands are the perfect place for those who just need to relax and recover from busy work schedules or a stressful year. A ring-shaped sanctuary nestled above the turquoise lagoon, The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands offers nine spa treatment rooms including a spa suite with its own relaxation lounge, salon and boutique. The cardinal directions of each treatment room radiate powerful energy complemented by healing massages and a collection of organic skin and body treatments from Bamford, providing guests with a luxurious wellness experience for their visit to the Maldives. On the westernmost of the resort’s four islands, built in keeping with the “boduberu” flow of resort design, the Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands hovers above the crystal clear waters of the lagoon. Designed with sustainability and nature in mind, the relaxation areas are elegantly luxurious, allowing guests to be enveloped in a sense of calm as they leave the outside world behind. Equipped with wellness facilities like steam showers, sauna, bath and a carefully curated menu of treatments, it’s the perfect way to unwind.
Solitude by the sea to chase away the blues of the city
If you’re looking for a bit of respite from city life, there’s nothing like a getaway to paradise, where you can focus solely on rejuvenation, rest and a healthy dose of pampering! Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of resorts is ready to meet your every need – from those delicious floating breakfasts to the finest spa treatments, all catering exclusively to your needs. Known as one of the largest overwater villas in the Maldives, the John Jacob Astor Estate in The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is called “the piece de resistance” of the property. Housing world-class amenities like an expansive sundeck, infinity pool, private overwater sandy beach, large living room, home cinema, dining room, butler pantry, combined with impeccable design where the extravagance meets simplistic minimalism and panoramic views—the estate offers its guests everything they need at their fingertips.
Memorable family vacations
For those traveling with children, the Maldives is the ideal destination, because there is something for everyone! At the FAMiLY by JW™ Little Griffins Kids Club in JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa, there are over 100 activities for children to choose from. The kids’ club is inspired by an underwater theme, with beach cabanas, a 13-meter-long pirate ship, an arts and crafts center, reading areas and educational programs available for children. children of all ages. There are also family programs like scavenger hunts, pizza making, cupcake decorating, and other fun activities for parents and kids. One thing is certain, the children will be well supervised throughout the trip!
Unforgettable experiences of a lifetime
The Maldives offers the best of luxury amid the beauty and serenity of nature. Its gorgeous beaches offer the opportunity for long sunset walks, games in the sand, or just lazy mornings with a book. The turquoise waters are the perfect playground to experience marine life like you’ve never seen it before – from the wild to the wonderful, there’s plenty to explore! West Maldives offers guests the chance to experience the wild and untouched paradise of a remote island, Gaathafushi – which is waiting to be discovered. One can indulge in exquisite serenity while exploring the surrounding silent lagoon or relax on the exclusive W bed under a thatched roof as they relax like never before while a private chef hosts a special candle-lit BBQ while as the sun sets on the horizon. It’s the ultimate castaway experience amidst luxury, waking up to the sunrise, to an innovative breakfast with bubbles. It’s also the perfect place to renew your vows!
The best gastronomy for the connoisseur in you
With each resort offering a unique setting and a wide range of destination dining experiences curated according to cuisines, locations and occasions, one can get ready to dip their toes in the pristine sands and savor a romantic private barbecue dinner on the beach, or enjoy a family movie night under the stars by the ocean or even sail and get away on a boat for sunset cocktails. Savor the good life with Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa, where the sun never sets on the jet set. Guests can explore unique culinary experiences in addition to dining venues, including learning about sustainable farming practices tied to foraging and conservation traditions – garden-to-table philosophies and their impact in a nation formed by the archipelago; Zero Waste Tabletop Experiences; a weekly summer evening, Au Soleil or savor the BBQ on the beach where you can feast on freshly grilled meats and seafood, vibrant produce and international bites.
Traveling with Purpose: Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy
Sustainability and conscious consumption play an important role in the daily life of each of Marriott Bonvoy’s resorts in the Maldives. There is a keen interest in preserving the sanctity of the islands’ biodiversity, and guests are encouraged to learn more about marine conservation. In the context of the global pandemic, and with travelers increasingly yearning to have a positive impact on the communities they visit, whether locally or abroad, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa introduced “Adopt a Coral”, as part of Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy, aimed at creating opportunities for guests to connect first-hand with local communities and the environment during their stay, promoting both the cultural understanding and positive change. The initiative invites guests to participate in the activity of planting coral fragments with the aim of promoting reef habitats and generating new corals.
The bounty of nature: a UNESCO biosphere reserve
The Maldives are home to some of the most exquisite natural treasures on land and at sea. Scuba divers and nature lovers can enjoy crystal clear views of the most incredible marine life. Nestled in Baa Atoll, the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort offers an ethereal and indulgent experience to swim with manta rays at the world’s largest natural manta feeding destination. A diver’s paradise, located just 18 kilometers from the resort, guests are invited to snorkel with the gentle giants of Hanifaru Bay, which can attract over 100 rays around a full moon.