The Spa at Hideaway is an invitation to experience total wellbeing in a beautiful garden setting. Spa products by Natura Bissé, the cutting-edge, science-based wellness brand loved by celebrities, offers ultra-relaxing treatments and delivers results that really work. The sun, sand and sea motif lingers throughout the Hideaway Spa with internal waterways and water walls, open areas and sandy floors. The delicate combination of coconut and teak timber furnishing, sukabumi stone, java rosso tumble stone, sandstone, pink slate, onyx and silk fabrics offer a journey for the senses. Both intimate and comfortable, the 12 private treatment rooms, steam room, manicure/pedicure station, waiting and retail area welcomes you to the sound of the waves. You merely have to let go to the hands of team, experts dedicated to your relaxation and the rejuvenation of your mind, body and soul. The Spa menu has a wide range of special tailored treatments that they have been created to help you shake off stress, improve circulation and deliver sweet, sweet relief to stiff, achy muscles or just to simply relax. The expert massage therapists will provide a 100% controlled and comfortable deep-massage sessions that will leave you and your muscles feeling completely rejuvenated and renewed.
Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa
The Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is a hidden boutique resort inspired by its lush surroundings. It’s located on the virgin island of Dhonakulhi in the north of the Maldives and boasts a pristine white-sand beach, a unique natural harbour, calm waters and tropical trees, a perfect setting for a unique and luxurious beach getaway. With some of the largest villas in the country, the stunning five star resort offers guests the luxury of space and privacy across 297.000 sqm. Home to a unique double coral reef, endless sandy beaches and some 48 dive spots close by, the natural beauty of the resort has to be seen to be believed. Guests can embrace the beach culture in style and relax on the white-sand beach or lounge by their private pool with views of the calming India Ocean. For those you can drag themselves away from the beach or pool, there are plenty of activities to get involved in. Characterised by its intimate ambience and remote location, the expansive island resort offers guests “a true hideaway” to relax, rejuvenate and restore their well-being in complete privacy. Set against a beautiful backdrop of coconut groves, pristine white sands and turquoise waters, the island resort provides a tranquil retreat for those in search of an exotic getaway.
Featuring 103 superbly generous villas which are amongst the largest in the Maldives, guests can choose from ten different categories of accommodation, ranging from beachfront to garden and family residences, as well as the new addition of 50 over-water villas that sit over the sparkling blue lagoon. Ensuring complete relaxation for guests, a personalised butler service is provided to anticipate and attend to all wishes and requests. The villas are designed to create the impression of a floating paradise. Inspired by the exotic, unspoiled landscape of Dhonakulhi Island, the villas combine tropical tones with contemporary touches with local Maldivian influences. Incorporating the latest high-tech amenities with handcrafted coconut and teak timber furnishings, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa takes a creative approach in the art of luxury living. The spacious villas at Hideaway Beach Resort come with private outdoor gardens and direct beach access. Rooms have a satellite TV, DVD players and a minibar.
Guests can indulge in an array of taste-infusing cuisine at the resort which boasts a selection of culinary options, ranging from contemporary à la carte dining, to the entertaining art of Teppanyaki-style cooking and intimate destination dining, the ultimate personalised dining experience. Matheefaru Restaurant serves international dishes and offers stunning sea views. The over-water Samsara restaurant serves modern Indian cuisine. The Blue Heron Beach Club is located next to a gorgeous sunset-facing infinity pool and overlooking the beach and ocean. The Blue Heron hosts some of the top-name DJs from the trend-setting beach clubs of the south of France, playing chill out music in the day time and dance beats later at night. Open from morning till late at night, The Blue Heron offers a raw bar (oysters, fresh seafood, sushi, sashimi), tapas and an a la carte menu of modern European dishes for lunch and dinner. 24-hour in-villa dining is available.
The Hideaway Spa is an invitation to experience total wellbeing and features 12 private treatment rooms, steam room, manicure/pedicure station, waiting and retail area welcomes you to the sound of the waves. The island resort offers a wealth of wellness because this Hideaway Spa is certainly one of the major assets of Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa. A temple of calm, a peaceful heaven, with natural rock walls, the finest teak wood and Italian marble. Surrounded by tranquil waters and vegetation, the Spa is situated right next to the beautiful ocean to preserve the serenity of the place. Hideaway Spa has beautifully designed treatment rooms, an outdoor pavilion with a relaxation zone, a boutique and a beauty salon offering hairdressing, manicures and pedicures.
The hotels recreational facilities, which include billiards, sauna, tennis courts, games room, fitness center are designed for escape and relaxation, as well as a kid’s club to keep the little ones amused. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa hits the spot in many ways.
Whether your a couple or travelling with your family, Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Maldives Islands. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to must-see places. Adventurous guests and nature-lovers who wish to explore the hidden wonders of the ocean can sail out on a traditional Maldivian Dhoni or on a high-speed jet ski to one of the nearby inhabited islands. Additional water-sports activities, including kite boarding, kayaking and wind surfing, are also available for all to enjoy. Located within the grounds of the resort are two full-sized tennis courts and a tennis academy by Nikolay Davydenko for guests who wish to enjoy their favourite sport on sunny days.
Unrivalled luxury combined with pristine white-sand beaches and some of the best diving in the world, the Maldives is an obvious choice for those looking for the ultimate five-star beach escape. Over 1000 sun-drenched, white-sand fringed islands make up the Maldives, some of which are mere slivers of sand and vegetation, 200 are inhabited and 100 are luxurious resorts offering island living and complete seclusion. There is just one resort on each island, so guests can expect an uninterrupted holiday complete with calm lagoons and pristine beaches. The Maldives are made up of 90% water, so unsurprisingly the country’s local cuisine is fish based, and in particular tuna which lives in abundance off the islands. Traditionally, fish is served with rice and spices, and the fish curry is a firm favourite with the locals. Hideaway is also easily reached by more exclusive transport: its marina offers a berth for yacht owners while those arriving by private jet can land at Hanimaadhoo International Airport (HAQ), which is a short 25-minute speedboat journey from Hideaway. The resort is a 75-minute seaplane flight from the capital Malé.
Sunset Beach Villa
Feeling less like a hotel room and more like a private home, the rustic yet elegant Sunset Beach Villas are an idyllic setting for a serene beach retreat. Scattered across the island’s beaches, these villas all have a private beach and garden and can’t be overlooked by neighbouring villas. You enter your villa through the spacious living room (sofa which can convert to an extra bed, chairs, coffee table, TV) which has sliding doors leading to the terrace (outdoor table and chairs) and private beach. On the beach is a traditional style Maldivian swing, a beach dining table and sunloungers with umbrella. Next to the living room is a large dressing room with double-wardrobes and ample storage which leads to the bedroom. Bright and airy, the spacious bedroom (double bed, TV) also has doors leading to the terrace and beach with views of the beach from the bed. The enormous open air bathroom has a Jacuzzi, walk-in rainshower and double sinks and offers toiletries by Bulgari, eau de the vert. The villa’s teak flooring, tiled terrace and simple chalk-white walls contribute to the tranquil feel. Maldivian nature deeply inspires the architecture of the Sunset Beach Villas, enhanced by earthy shades of brown and green.
Deluxe Water Villa
Set on wooden stilts over the turquoise-blue lagoon, the Deluxe Water Villas offer a typical Maldivian experience. The large contemporary-style bedroom with sitting area and separate dressing area has floor to ceiling windows leading to the terrace where you’ll find an 18 sqm infinity pool, steps into the lagoon, and a sundeck with loungers, umbrella, table and chairs that’s perfect for lazy days. The indoor bathroom has T.V, vanity counter with two wash basins, separate rain shower and Jacuzzi bath. There is also an in-villa dining area with amazing views of the endless blue horizon and lagoon. Toiletries are by Molton Brown.
Deluxe Sunset Beach Villa
These beachfront villas feel like a home. Set on the beach, these villas all have a lap pool in the garden, a separate living room and bedroom, as well as a private beach and garden and can’t be overlooked by neighbouring villas.
Beach Residence with Plunge Pool
A true home from home, these beachfront residences have their own private beach set in landscaped garden and can’t be overlooked by neighbouring villas. A kitchenette with dining table, wine fridge and mini bar leads to the living room (with a sofa which can convert to an extra bed, chairs, coffee table, TV). Sliding doors lead to the terrace (plunge pool, table and chairs) and private beach where you’ll find a traditional Maldivian swing, a beach dining table, sun loungers and sun umbrella. The large dressing room with double-wardrobes and ample storage leads to the bedroom. Bright and airy, the spacious bedroom (double bed, TV) also has doors leading to the terrace and beach with views of the beach from the bed. The enormous open air bathroom has a Jacuzzi, walk-in rainshower, ‘his and hers’ sinks and toiletries by Bulgari, eau de the vert.
Beach Residence with Lap Pool
With a very homely feel, these beachfront residences have their own private beach set in landscaped garden with a private lap pool and can’t be overlooked by neighbouring villas. A kitchenette with dining table, wine fridge and mini bar leads to the living room (with a sofa which can convert to an extra bed, chairs, coffee table, TV). Sliding doors lead to the terrace (pool, table and chairs) and private beach where you’ll find a traditional Maldivian swing, a beach dining table, sun loungers and sun umbrella. The large dressing room with double-wardrobes and ample storage leads to the bedroom. Bright and airy, the spacious bedroom (double bed, TV) also has doors leading to the terrace and beach with views of the beach from the bed. The enormous open air bathroom has a Jacuzzi, walk-in rainshower, ‘his and hers’ sinks and toiletries by Bulgari, eau de the vert.
Set on stilts over the Indian Ocean, these fabulous villas are perfect for honeymooners and offer elegant living with a glass-floored living room, huge open-plan bedroom, a 22 sqm infinity swimming pool, outdoor deck area, indoor bathroom with TV, walk-in closet, free-standing Jacuzzi bathtub, two sinks, separate shower and toilet cubicles and in-villa dining area on the sundeck, with views of the endless blue horizon. They offer absolute indulgence to those who are looking for exclusivity and privacy, augmented by the services provided by your private island host.
These enormous beachfront villas offer a true holiday in style. The Family Villas with Pool span 705 sqm of land located on a unspoiled beach. Perfect for families or couples who want to stay in style, each of the villas is designed to be like a private home and enjoys a private infinity pool, an open-air terrace a private beach, an outdoor sitting area as well as a lush private garden that can’t be overlooked by neighbouring villas. In the garden are sun lungers and umbrella and a Maldivian swing. Enter your Family Villa through the spacious lounge overlooking the pool (twin sofas can be converted to beds). Stairs lead up to the rooftop terrace. Villa features include: a dressing area, a huge en-suite indoor/outdoor bathroom with a ‘two-person’ handcrafted Jacuzzi bathtub. The living room has an en-suite guest toilet and shower.
Perched on wooden stilts in the translucent lagoon, the two bedroom and two bathroom Ocean Suites are ideal for families travelling with older children. Each bedroom has its own sitting area and private indoor bathroom with shower, his and hers sinks and toiletries by Bulgari, eau de the vert. The large living room has a dining table leading onto the huge veranda, in which is home to the 25 sqm infinity swimming pool. In addition you’ll find a walk-in closet, outdoor sundeck, and in-villa dining area. Views of the endless blue horizon are some of the most romantic in the Maldives.
A magical hideaway, the three-bedroomed Hideaway Palaces stretch over an expansive 1.420 sqm of land on the very private tip of the island and can’t be overlooked by neighbouring villas. Each Hideaway Palace comprises three separate villas, connected by a timber deck surrounded by two private infinity swimming pools, creating the magical impression that the villas float above water. Each palace consists of a master bedroom with a walk-in closet, en-suite indoor and outdoor bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub with separate rain shower and open air shower in the garden, two guest villas with en-suite indoor and outdoor bathrooms and walk-in closets, a spacious indoor dining pavilion with a roof-terrace for star-gazing and romantic candle-lit dinners, an indoor living room, an open-air alfresco dining pavilion on the deck, a pantry pavilion dedicated to the preparation of light snacks and exotic cocktails by the dedicated Hideaway Palace Butler and a Maldivian Swing (Undholi) Pavilion for those warm summer evenings lulled by the sound of the waves.
Family 2 Bedroom Villa
Located on the beach, each of two-bedroomed Family Villas sits in its own garden and can’t be overlooked by neighbouring villas. In the garden is a private 53 sqm infinity swimming pool with a dining island built on it. The master bedroom has its own dressing area and a huge en-suite indoor/outdoor bathroom with a two-person handcrafted Jacuzzi bathtub, rain head shower and enough space to hold a party. The spacious living room has views of the pool, as does the second bedroom which has its own indoor bathroom. Other features include an open-air roof terrace overlooking the pool and the beach, an outdoor sitting area, a dressing area in each room and a guest toilet and shower.
The Hideaway Spa
There are two beautiful open-air, infinity pools on the island. While the world’s largest pool (the Indian Ocean) is right on your doorstep, it is sure that sometimes a splash in one of two pools is equally appealing. At 32 mt long and 22 mt wide, the majestic free form infinity swimming pool next to Meeru Bar & Grill has ocean views and great service. Great for families, the little ones have their own splash pool by the side of the main pool. This is also a great place to explore the coral reef which is just a few metres from the beach. At the southern tip of the island lies their best kept secret: an ocean-front inifinity edged pool with a distinctly grown-up vibe. Chill out music, sun loungers and an attentive bar service ensure this is a great place to work on your tan.
Sports, Fitness and Gym
Fitness enthusiasts are truly spoiled here at Hideaway. Team players can enjoy a game of tennis on one of two outdoor, hard surface courts, pick up a game of beach volleyball, shoot a few hoops on the half- basketball court or join the team members for a kick about on the astro-turf soccer pitch. If you prefer practicing alone, you can jog along the beach, bicycle along the hidden trails, or work out at our gym. A resident fitness instructor and yoga teacher are on hand to guide, advise and perfect your performance. The two floodlit tennis courts are open around the clock and the gymnasium is equipped with all the latest fitness gear such as sky walkers, treadmills, cycles, and dumbbells. In addition, there are table tennis, table football and pool. If you’re looking for a partner, the certified instructors are here as a hitting partner or to instruct and advise.
This is the new tennis academy by Nikolay Davydenko. The Russian professional tennis player, who achieved a singles world ranking of 3, and his team offer coaching clinics for all levels, from absolute beginner to professionals. Guests can choose whatever training best suits their needs; from a one-off class or an entire training programme with a coach.
Hideaway Kids’ Club
The Kids’ Club makes sure both children and parents have a fun filled, adventurous, happy and exciting holiday. Its 50 sqm playground area hosts a variety of games and activities for your little ones. They also have a small library, board games and bicycles, and their dedicated, well-trained and creative team is on hand to take care of the youngsters.
Wibit Aqua Sports Park
Set in a calm lagoon, the inflatable floating aqua park will include slides, climbing area, trampolines, balancing beam and relaxing zones. Great fun for all the family.
Hideaway Beach hosts the first marina in the Maldives. A fully equipped, state-of-the-art marina, built by Walcon Marine, it can accommodate your yacht without any problem.
They believe that your wedding day needs to be special, and here it will be. Your wedding or renewal of vow ceremony with us will be a memorable day in a romantic setting by the beach, where you will exchange your vows and create everlasting memories. The wedding team at Hideaway will go the extra mile to help you make your day effortless and memorable. Choose from their two wedding ceremonies and then personalize the occasion with your choice of decorations, bridal bouquet or cake with their wedding planner.
The Hideaway Bazaar is a treasure trove of presents and souvenirs for friends and family. Finely-crafted items such as Maldivian art pieces, jewellery and hand-made fabrics using traditional weaving methods are exhibited and retailed in our lifestyle boutique. You will also find at the Bazaar a wide choice of last minute essentials such as sun protection lotions and other toiletries.
“One of the 10 Best Hotels in the Maldives 2015” – awarded by Elle Magazine Russia
“One of the 10 Best Hotels in Asia 2015” – awarded by Elle Magazine Russia
“Certificate of Excellence 2015” – awarded by Trip Advisor
“Best Luxury Hideaway Resort 2014” – awarded by World Luxury Hotel Awards
“Seven Stars Global Hospitality Award 2013” – awarded by Seven Stars & Stripes
“Top 25 Hotels for Families in Asia 2012” – awarded by Trip Advisor
“Best Small Hotels Maldives 2011” – awarded by International Hotels Award
“Best Spa in Beach Resort 2010” – awarded by Senses Wellness Awards
“Indian Ocean’s Best Leading Villa 2009” – awarded by World Travel Awards
“Best Independent Hotel Worldwidem Runner Up 2008” – awarded by Luxury Travel Awards
The Ecological Plan of Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa:
“Do drink the local water” is the advice given to Guests staying at the all-suite Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives as it begins producing its own drinking water this August 2015. The move to produce fresh water, made from desalinated ocean water, is one of the luxury resort’s newest steps towards delivering services with a sound environmentally-friendly purpose.
“With the move to producing our own drinking water, we expect to save around 3.000 kilos of empty plastic bottles per year,” said the General Manager, Carsten Schieck. “Producing our own water saves on importing tonnes of bottled water each year and more importantly of course, greatly reduces the number of plastic bottles we need to dispose of in a country that’s still working on refining its recycling capabilities.
The five-star island resort expects to produce around 400 litres of drinking water every day, including both still and sparkling varieties, saving the importation of around 12 tonnes of drinking water per month. Tucked away in the middle of the staff village, the bottling plant is located behind the resort’s water desalination plant from where the water is piped in and undergoes two more rounds of filtration and sterilization to ensure it meets international drinking standards. The water is served to Guests in glass bottles which are then returned to the bottling plants for washing and re-filling.
Future ecological plans include the planting of organic herb gardens on the island, collecting rain water, recycling “grey water” to use for watering the gardens in times of drought, identifying composting and waste re-use opportunities and increasing usage of solar power in various areas.
When to go:
Although most Europeans choose to vacation in the Maldives during Europe’s winter months, the scenic Maldive islands are a year-round destination. Any time of the year is basically ideal for visiting these picturesque islands. The best time to visit Maldives often depends on your plans. Surfing and diving, for example, are better during certain months. The Maldives has a tropical climate and experiences dry and wet seasons during the year. The dry season lasts from approximately mid-December to mid-April, while the wet season takes place generally between May to November. April is usually a transition period with hot temperatures and the clearest waters. The dry season features little rain and less humidity, offering travellers from colder climates a tantalising escape. With gentler seas and the best visibility, these months also make for perfect conditions when snorkelling or diving. Although diving is possible throughout the year, aim to reach dive spots on western sides of any atoll from May to November or between December and April on eastern sides. Storms and rain are more likely between May and November. Although still warm, the period is characterized with cloudier skies and much higher humidity. With rougher seas, the wet season is also the best time to visit for surfing enthusiasts. March to October is a great time for surfing in the Maldives.
This sand-floored ocean-front restaurant offers a warm welcome to food lovers with its expansive and daily changing buffet. A dining highlight at Matheefaru, which means coral reef in the local language, is the team of talented chefs who offer live cooking for the perfectly seasoned dish made the way you like best. Breakfast here can be enjoyed outside on the deck overlooking the lagoon or indoors, where large windows offer a refreshing ocean breeze. Dinner is a magical affair where diners sit on the open air deck under a sea of stars. For an utterly romantic experience they recommend booking one of the two over-water private dining pavilions.
With its romantic location on stilts over the lagoon, Samsara is a food-lover’s paradise. With an exquisite blend of modern Indian and Japanese specialties on the menu, this is where fine dining becomes a pleasure. With a menu as dramatic as the setting, Samsara deserves at least two visits: once to begin exploring the outstanding a la carte menu and once to experience the teppanyaki table.
Meeru Bar and Grill
At the beachfront Meeru Bar and Grill you’ll find casual dining served to perfection. Open from late morning until late at night, this poolside restaurant is the home to an appealing international menu alongside a tempting range of cocktails, spirits, soft drinks, wines and freshly squeezed juices. At night Meeru comes into its own with its extensive bar and friendly bar tenders ready to mix up a cocktail, aperitif or digestif of your choice. Dine outside on the deck overlooking the lagoon and watch sting rays, baby sharks and fish swimming in the ocean below. Do not miss include a crispy pizza, fresh from the pizza oven; a tender premium cut of dry aged beef; or for a spectacular start to the meal, live lobsters and local seafood, scooped from the aquarium while you watch, perfectly prepared on the lava stone grill.
The Blue Heron
Sunbathing at the stunning infinity pool has never been so relaxing. Here they serve refreshments and all-day dining offering international specialties. Have your order delivered to your sun lounger or dine at a poolside table with the mesmerising views of the ocean. Expect a raw bar, fresh oysters, sushi, sashimi and tapas selections.
This sumptuous resort, freshly renovated, provides the perfect backdrop for a glamorous retreat. Escape from the buzzing life, and taste the exquisite charms of Hideaway and once you’re ready to step outside your huge villa and start exploring the area, this is where you’ll find the true magic of the Maldives. Here at Hideaway, they aim to make every day unique, fun and unforgettable. The exclusive Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is located in the northern Haa Alifu Atoll, on the sickle-shaped private island of Dhonakulhi with heavily overgrown, lush vegetation and a breathtaking house reef.
Snorkeling – The House Reef (the coral reef that runs alongside the island) is spectacular. At some places it’s less than 3 metres from the beach, making it easily accessible for keen snorkellers. Turtles are often spotted on the reef, as are colourful tropical fish, many kinds of corals and some of the bigger animals such as eagle rays, sting rays, manta rays and sharks.
Diving – Meridis Dive & Relax invites you to explore the unrivalled underwater beauty of the Haa Alifu Atoll. The famous Dhonakulhi reef sits only 10 to 30 meters away from the shore, and manta rays, dolphins, turtles and whale sharks often visit. There are over 28 incredible dive sites within 60 minutes of the resort by “Dhoni”, the traditional Maldivian sailboat. Meridis is a professional centre equipped with the latest diving gear, and where you benefit from the expertise of passionate instructors. You may choose between short-guided excursions or you may seek certification as a basic or master diver, as Meridis is a PADI 5* Gold Dive Resort licensed centre.
Water Sports – Curious guests and nature-lovers who wish to experience local adventures can sail out on a traditional Maldivian Dhoni or on their own yacht to one of the nearby uninhabited islands. If you wish to experience an exhilarating watersport, why not take a ride around the island on a jet ski? The Deep Blue Water Sports Center offers varieties of water sports to choose between catamaran sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddling, private speed boat hire, water skiing, wake boarding, inflatable fun ride, jet ski, kite boarding and kayaking. An experienced team of instructors is always on hand to provide an exclusive personalized service. As a VDWS-approved Water Sports Center, guests can take basic courses in windsurfing and catamaran sailing, and be certified with an internationally recognized basic license after a successful completion of the course.
Excursions all around – From exploring the ocean on a private yacht to creating a romantic picnic on a tiny, unmapped sandbank, the recreation team is there to create adventures, romance and excursions that will leave you with memories you’ll treasure forever. Culture vultures will want to see Utheemu Island, a 10-minute speedboat ride from here, which is the historical and cultural capital of the Maldives with its palace and history of uprising against the Portuguese two hundred years ago. Robinson Crusoe day trips to deserted islands, star gazing from a traditional wooden dhoni boat, dolphin spotting or snorkelling with turtles on our coral gardens are all options designed to introduce you to the beauty of the Maldives.
Yoga – Yoga is a centuries-old system that originated in India and is a workout for both the body and the mind. At Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, their yoga instructor, Ashok, offers private and group classes in a variety of yoga styles, including Hatha Yoga. Guests also have the option of doing a Personal Yoga Synergy program, which comprises a customized personal yoga instruction.
Whether you long for pampered nights in a 5-star resort or fish-filled days some 24 mt underwater, your tropical wishes are sure to come true on one of the 87 resort islands of the Maldives. Straddling the equator, the 1.102 islands that make up the Maldives form 26 atolls, or rings, of coral scattered over an area of land 820 km long and 120 km wide. The air of tranquility enveloping the archipelago makes the Maldives the ideal place to escape from the real world to a palm-fringed haze.
Malé International Airport is located on its own private island, Hulule, next to the capital city of Malé. This landing strip of an island is the checkpoint for all international visitors. While direct flights to the Maldives are difficult to find from the United States, you can easily fly to Singapore from the West Coast or to Europe (London, Zurich) from the East Coast and catch a connecting flight to paradise.
Resort usually arrange transportation from the airport to the islands via powerboat or jet. Another way to travel the waterways snaking through Maldives is on a dhoni, or small waterbus.
Although the high season (December through April) attracts more crowds, this time of year offers the best weather and the longest days on the islands. A visit between May and November is more of a gamble, as this is the rainy season and humidity is high. The high season also provides the best weather for scuba diving. Temperatures during the high season remain a steady 30° C to 32° C during the day and drop only to 25° C to 27° C degrees at night. […]
One of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, Maldives is a wonderful tropical island that boasts of white sandy beaches, azure sea waters and exotic, colorful coral reefs. Private beach huts are the best accommodation option at this tropical paradise lying amid the Indian Ocean. One of the best option is the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives which is an exclusive all-suite resort for those who demand genuine luxury. Space and privacy is a hallmark at Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa which boast some of the largest beachfront villas in the Maldives that provides the perfect backdrop for a glamorous yet relaxing retreat. After a resort-wide renovation and refurbishment, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa reopened in October 2014 with 103 beach and over-water villas, with their own private pool and jacuzzi. Famous for its outstanding double coral reef that brings a vibrant underwater world just a few meters from its shores, Hideaway has the only operational private marina in Maldives. This wonderland island has several interesting realities that one may not know. Here are 10 interesting facts about Maldives that you must know:
1 – World’s First Underwater Cabinet Meeting was Held Here
For an island country like Maldives, drastic climate change and rising level of oceans is a major threat. A number of islands have already been cleared because of the rising waters in the ocean and their interference in fresh water resources. For drawing attention towards the same, Mohamed Nasheed, The President, transferred the cabinet meeting of October 2009 right to the ocean’s bottom. President along with his 13 government officials adorned scuba gears and placed themselves on the desks that were sunk at the sea bottom in order to increase attentiveness about the threats that the island chains are facing. Another point was raising awareness about sustainability projects he was thinking about in order to reduce carbon footprints in the whole country. These projects were on sustainable tourism, biodegradable resorts along with garnering all the energy sources available on the islands, including solar power, water as well as wind.
2 – It is an Island that was Formed by an Exiled Indian Prince
From the time the history of Maldives has been chronicled, this island country has always been of a great importance because of its apt placement along some trade routes. The people who first colonized the island, came here from India only. Though the exact date is not known, but the tentative date was sometime before 269 BC. If legends are to be believed, at that time there was no government. Only a peaceful community who worshiped Sun and Water, was living there. It is said that the first real kingdom here was founded by Sri Soorudasaruna Adeettiya, the son of a ruler of Kalinga, a kingdom in India. The king was extremely angry from his son and had sent him away to Maldives, then called Dheeva Maari. The prince established Adeetta Dynasty in Maldives. Also called the Solar Dynasty, its time came to an end after the wedding of the queen of this dynasty with a prince of Lunar Dynasty of Kalinga. As far as the early days of history of Maldives is concerned, nothing is much clear. Information about the same poured in from later on. Copper plates belonging to a princess were lost from her home island in 1100s but it is later probably were founded by a scholar in the 14th century, who later translated but then buried them back in the sand, never to be found again. […]