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The best of Sri Lanka and The Maldives in this luxurious journey that takes in Sri Lanka's ancient cities and tea plantations before flying off to one of the finest islands in The Maldives. It combines culture with some of the world's finest beaches.
Staying in luxurious boutique hotels, enjoy the best of Sri Lanka in this enchanting getaway. This is an ideal journey for honeymooners or couples, taking in the ancient cities, Kandy, the tea growing region, Galle and the glorious coast.
Possibly the most spellbinding archipelago on earth, honeymooners, families and divers are besotted by holidays to the Maldives - a series of nearly 1,200 tiny ancient coral islands grouped into 26 atolls that glitter like gems in the Indian Ocean. Promising whiter-than-white beaches, luminous crystal-clear waters, decadent spa resorts, and a kaleidoscopic underwater world, it is little wonder that the textbook desert-island paradise of the Maldives has become a by-word for unrivalled luxury.
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Spread out like shimmering turquoise-lapped dots across some 500 miles in the Indian Ocean, the low-lying Maldives offer some of the best beach lazing holidays for loved-up duos. Still a relative newcomer - tourism only kicked off here in the 1970’s - the nation operates a ‘one-island-one-resort’ policy so each of the resorts is its own private island. The pay-off is much the same everywhere; iridescent white sands, bath-temperature seawater, top-to-toe spa pampering, and romantic candlelit dinners under the stars.
As a hub for scuba diving and snorkelling, the Maldives cater to your every nautical need. Hop from one far-flung island to another by speedboat, windsurf around the open-water reefs, and charter a dhoni - this hand-crafted fishing boat resembling an Arab sailing vessel is kitted out with lateen sails. Most spectacular is the Maldives Victory Wreck, the 110-metre long cargo ship that hit a reef and sank in 1981. Located just ten minutes from island capital Malé (pronounced mar-lay), the bottom of the wreckage sits around 30 metres below the surface and is home to vast Technicolor coral reef formations and plenty of fish action.
If you ever tire of the sand and sea, it is worth spending a few hours in Malé, the world’s smallest capital city where the gold-lacquered Grand Friday Mosque dominates the skyline. Shop in the boutiques around Chandani Magu for woven mats, coir ropes and coconut carvings, visit the National Museum to seek out sunken treasures from the 11th century, and marvel at the elaborate Old Friday Mosque (Hukuru Miskiiy), the city’s showstealer with walls made from coral.
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Did you know?
In 2009, the President of the Maldives, and other government officials held a cabinet meeting underwater to raise awareness about climate change and highlight the consequences of rising sea levels for the islands which are an average of only 1.5 metres above sea level.
Did you know?
Approximately 800 of the 1192 islands of the Maldives are unpopulated. Some have completely disappeared from history, eroded away or have been assimilated by other islands.