Spectacular resorts in lagoon settings, beautiful beaches with powdery white sand, a warm climate throughout the year, exotic gourmet cuisine and some of the world's most breathtaking scenery beckon visitors to Maldives.
Located in the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka and India, the Republic of the Maldives is a sparkling cluster of over 1,200 islands and 26 atolls (circular coral reefs) surrounded by crystal blue water. The largest island is Gan in the Laamu Atoll. The population is under 400,000.
After visitors arrive at Ibrahim Nasir Male International Airport in the capital (Male on the North Male Atoll), they are whisked to their resorts by speed boat. Swissair, Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines and Singapore airlines are some of the carriers that offer service to Maldives.
Activities give guests an opportunity to full explore the water through snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, water skiing, yachting and island hopping. The ban on spas has been lifted. Major attractions include the Maldives Esjehi Art Gallery, the National Museum.
The best times to visit Maldives is during national holidays with colorful festivities including:
- independence Day on July 26th when parades celebrate the independence of the Republic of the Maldive which was a British protectorate from 1887 - 1965.
- Martyrs Day commemorating the Sultan Ali 6th's resistance of the 1558 Portuguese invasion
- National Day celebrating Muhmmad Thakurufaanu's liberation of Maldives from Portuguese rule in 1573
Places to stay in Maldives include Jumeirah Vittaveli, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, Kuramathi Island Resort and Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa. In Addu City, there are conference facilities at the Equatorial Convention Center, where the 17th SAARC summit was held in 2011.
For more information about Maldives, also consult Jumeirah's New Maldives Property Will Cater to Meetings and Maldives Venue Spotlight: Conrad Resort Celebrates Under the Sea on the Cvent Event Blog.
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