Maldives yacht charter
The definitive island-hopping bucket list destination, the Maldives’ 27 atolls are synonymous with overwater romance and undersea adventure. The lure of an endless expanse of open azure water overwhelms in the most delightful way, with world-renowned swimming, snorkelling and diving locations spread across the country’s distinctive atolls. The Indian monsoon current creates an ever-changing underwater vista with abundant marine life including turtles, manta rays and reef as well as whale sharks. Made for water sports, ardent surfers can catch a wave with endless surf breaks and thrilling barrels to discover. And lazy beach days on powder-white sands backed by swaying palm trees absolutely have to be done.
For a slice of local culture best enjoyed barefoot, take a tender ashore at Maafushi for some authentic Maldivian R&R. A laidback island known for its traditional Dhivehi culinary offering, expect coconut served in every way imaginable plus the freshest fish and seafood, and amazingly fragrant curries. Local Maafushi dining hotspots include Kaalama restaurant, where it’s all about the grill, with a menu featuring tiger shrimp, octopus and crab. The Stingray Café is a beachfront institution where a cocktail can be enjoyed from a hammock before sitting down to a plate of signature tuna fried rice or the seafood platter.
Mother Nature informs virtually every Maldivian itinerary and the sight of a pod of leaping dolphins dancing in your wake is an incredibly soul-affirming experience and a privilege afforded to few. Body, mind and soul experiences of a different kind are a treat on offer at any one of the countless luxury spas found dotted across the islands. Go local with an indulgent treatment that showcases Maldivian products, from a coconut scrub to seashell massage or ritual using ancient healing techniques.