Last Minute to the Maldives
The Maldives are renowned for their sparkling sandy beaches and crystalline shores. They conjure up images of island paradises where the blue skies are limitless and coral reefs thrive with colourful life. With some 1,200 islands to choose from, you’ll find a great variety of resorts and hotels on offer. Here at Voyage Privé, we’ve handpicked the best options for your last-minute escape to the Maldives. Whether you're looking for a pampering resort with glamorous treatments or just some simple and serene island seclusion, here's what makes the Maldives so great.
The top 5 things to do last-minute in the Maldives
1. Coral reef diving
The Maldives is one of the world's premier scuba diving locations. Consisting of varied and vivid reef ecosystems teeming with turtles, rays and moray eels, you’ll never want to leave the water. You can book serious excursions out to remote reefs or stick to a resort island close to a known diving spot, like Ari Atoll.
2. Water sports
You can experience a generous range of water sports in the Maldives. Whether you're into water-skiing and parasailing, or you simply want to kayak in the crystalline waters, you can book most sports through your resort. In fact, one of the best activities to enjoy here is surfing, with top spots off Huraa Island and Hudhuranfushi.
3. Wildlife watching
The Maldives is renowned for its friendly pods of dolphins. You can book a trip to watch dolphins and other marine life from your resort. Dolphins have even been known to swim past and up to holiday water villas themselves, so keep a keen eye out for these magical creatures. For something truly special, why not consider a sunset dolphin cruise?
4. Beach-bound relaxation
You’ve come for the beaches and you’ll likely be spending a lot of time here. With direct access from your resort, this is the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Better yet, enjoy a sumptuous seashore walk at sunset when the light is at its most enchanting.
5. Explore Male
Male is the capital of the Maldives. It's a riot of colour, sight and sound, which many visitors pass by in favour of their island resorts. You'll likely arrive in the Maldives through Male, so take your time to explore the city, especially its historic museums and bustling markets. It doesn’t take long to explore, but you’ll be glad that you did.
Our best last-minute hotels in The Maldives
Escape to your own private paradise with You & Me. This island resort is the perfect romantic getaway complete with delicious restaurant options, including a unique underwater eatery with ocean floor views. Rooms are finished with rustic wooden castaway-inspired furnishings and offer direct lagoon access (with a private pool option, too).
This charming island resort offers a unique combination of breathtaking beaches, crystalline waters and luscious vegetation. If you're wanting to explore the Maldives' kaleidoscopic coral reefs, this is a great option. The resort has a renowned diving centre with excursions out to premier spots. Back at base, you'll find impeccable facilities and luxurious rooms decorated with plush hardwood furniture.
This serene and chic resort complex has a beautiful mix of natural beauty and opulent services. From the sumptuous spa treatments to dining entertainment, it's a fantastic option for couples and families alike. What's more, the rooms are funkily designed with splashes of lively colour to compliment the hypnotic ocean views.
For those seeking remote relaxation with quiet and undisturbed panoramic views, this resort is for you. The island's calm and cooling tropical forest is the perfect escape, with secluded beach spots and a tranquil swimming pool. The villas are equally enthralling, with grand four-poster beds and private terraces offering once-in-a-lifetime morning sea views.
This palatial paradise offers an idyllic blend of immersive natural beauty and fun and funky activities. For one, the ocean-view bar hovers over the sea with a glass dance floor, which delights both the young and old. Rooms are bright and airy, with private pools and terraces looking over the sparkling ocean. As for food, you are spoilt for choice with four restaurants serving dishes from around the world.
When is the best time to go on a last-minute holiday to the Maldives?
The Maldives' warmest weather arrives between December and February, with higher prices over Christmas and New Year. You'll find cheaper deals from March through April, along with prized surfing conditions. The low season lasts from May to November and brings generally warm weather and cheaper prices, but with the potential for rains and heavy storms. Nevertheless, this latter season is a good period to experience the marine life of the Maldives.
Going on holiday in the Maldives
New arrivals in the Maldives generally arrive by air into Velana International Airport in Male. From there, it's a chartered seaplane transfer to resorts outside of the Male Atoll. If you're staying inside the Male Atoll, you'll find quick speedboat connections to your island resorts. Boats will be your principal mode of transport throughout your stay and cars are practically non-existent outside of Male. If you’re staying on a larger island, bicycles are a fine and easy way to get around.
Enjoy your last-minute family holiday in the Maldives
The Maldives is an absolute pleasure for children with spectacular swimming waters and snorkelling activities. You’ll find excellent kayaking, fishing and water sport excursions catered toward families. However, it's best to opt for a family-friendly resort with activities for young ones to avoid potential boredom. Some resorts are adults-only, so make sure you check before booking.
The Voyage Privé travel expert’s opinion on the Maldives
Running the gamut of romantic and soul-searching resorts to opulent palatial retreats, the Maldives is about as luxurious as vacationing gets. Maldives villas don’t just offer sea-view rooms – they provide direct access to the Indian Ocean and its crystalline waters. There are a wealth of options to choose from here at Voyage Privé, including family-friendly and couples-only last-minute escapes. Whatever resort you choose, you'll gain access to some of the world's best beaches in which to stop, unwind and soak in the views 24/7.