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Luxury awaits in the Maldives

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Published Time: 13.05.2024 - 12:40:16 Modified Time: 13.05.2024 - 12:40:16

If this Indian archipelago is your dream, there's a realistic way to make that dream a reality with these spa resorts ou’d be forgiven for associating the Maldives with once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon indulgence, although this Indian Ocean archipelago is the ideal destination for all-inclusive escapism, with average temperatures ranging between 24C and 30C

If this Indian archipelago is your dream, there's a realistic way to make that dream a reality with these spa resorts


ou’d be forgiven for associating the Maldives with once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon indulgence, although this Indian Ocean archipelago is the ideal destination for all-inclusive escapism, with average temperatures ranging between 24C and 30C.

Any visitor to the Maldives is likely to see some of the vast array of marine life that calls the Indian Ocean home, from dolphins to reef sharks and sea turtles in their natural habitat.

The Maldives remains a firm favourite for Britons seeking sun and it is still one of the world’s most aspirational holiday destinations – its overwater villas occupy the stuff of dreams. Here are two wonderful all-inclusive hotels that offer fun for couples and kids alike.

Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa

If you are after a lively stay, this Italian-owned all-inclusive hotel offers everything from aqua noodle fitness classes to spa treatments to cookery lessons. The private island is in the quiet northern reaches of the Maldives, 35 minutes from Velana International Airport by seaplane. Thanks to the exclusive setting, the house reef is thriving, which creates a glorious sense of peace and tranquility.


When you stay at the all-inclusive Emerald Faarufushi, you may choose between sunrise OR sunset views from the water villas, or prioritise beachfront access from the beach villas. If you have children, they can jump into the kids club while older family members take lessons in water sports or get a workout in the gym. You can also find tennis, pilates, windsurfing and fitness classes, plus two complimentary off-island excursions per week.

After all of that, be sure to schedule some time by the pool. The popular spa is set on the prettiest part of the island, with an ancient banyan tree at its centre and flower-filled gardens surrounding it.


At sundown, guests enjoy Emerald Faarfushi for the buzz: there’s live music most nights, and a weekly fire show.

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa



The stunning coral reefs that surround the Emerald are home to more than a 1,000 native species, including turtles, dolphins, manta rays and more.

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