The Maldives is an archipelago of around 1,200 small islands set in the ocean off Sri Lanka. It is a very appealing holiday location, especially for those who love the idea of relaxing on the pristine beaches of a tropical island. Clear tropical waters wash up onto powder white sand shorelines and colorful fish abound in the surrounding coral reefs. There are many different packages offered for holidays to the Maldives, with each one tailored specifically for certain occasions.
It is a favorite spot for honeymooners, with many resorts offering special package deals for honeymooners, like the Four Seasons Resorts in the Maldives, which include secluded dinners on the beach in isolated locations away from other holidaymakers. It is also an ideal spot for anyone with a love of snorkeling as the coral reefs abound with sea life.
While holidays to the Maldives are usually not cheap, there are ways that you can cut back on costs and yet still enjoy a magnificent and relaxing holiday. One of the best ways to cut back on your holiday expenses is to look for cheap air flights there, as the cost of traveling, there by air can be sometimes quite expensive. Most resorts are set on their own island. While some resorts are quite expensive, others are more reasonably priced. Of course, there are also differences in pricing depending on your choice of room as well. Generally, it is not considered a cheap holiday location but if you are able to afford the cost it is definitely well worth the trip there.
While not promoted as a fun holiday spot for families with children, some resorts cater for families with small children. Bandos Family Resort is one of them. It may be a better choice for families with older children however, who are able to somewhat entertain themselves and who do not mind relaxing, swimming, diving and enjoying a more laid back holiday.
If you are planning to holiday there, it is a good idea to take all of your toiletry needs and medicines with you. Although toiletries are available on the islands, prices are generally quite a bit more expensive. You are also not allowed to bring alcohol with you onto the island, any duty free picked up on your way in must be left and then picked up again as you leave. However, the resorts do have bars and alcohol is available.
In general, each resort and each island is self-contained. All that you need is provided for you on the island and there is really no need, nor much opportunity, to travel to other islands unless you are taking an organized tour. When you think of holidays to the Maldives, think of relaxation, rest, plenty of sunshine and swimming; in other words look forward to a relaxing low-key holiday in a tropical paradise.