Looking for an easy to organise, last-minute escape from Dubai for the upcoming Eid holiday? It’s not too late. Prep yourself for a summer to remember in the Indian Ocean where luxury islands in the Maldives are wooing travellers with nights in paradise, open air cinemas and fun-filled adventures for families.
Conveniently accessible with just a four-hour flight from Dubai, Maldives has an impressive record for an isolated island nation. With in-resort PCR testing offered across the islands, the Maldives is leading the way in offering visitors a smooth, ‘mask-free’ safe travel experience, in the ultimate paradise setting.
Besides, you don’t have to worry about splurging big bucks, as we’ve handpicked a bunch of last minute deals, which are all-inclusive and perfect for the whole family. Read on and book right away!
1. Atmosphere Kanifushi, Kanifushi Island
Kanifushi is one of the First Resorts in Maldives to launch the ‘Kanifushi Plan’. The premium plan, offers an all-encompassing 5-Star Resort Experience at ONE Price. The resort’s lush green island surroundings, endless turquoise lagoon together with vast variety of offerings make it a leader in the 5-Star Segment in the Maldives.
Situated in the Lhaviyani Atoll and just 30-minutes via a scenic Sea Plane transfer from the International Airport, Atmosphere Kanifushi is home to 172 detached villas and suites. Guests can enjoy access to the pristine white beaches and beautiful turquoise lagoon surrounding the island. The Resort’s ‘Kanifushi Plan’ offers a Hassle-Free safe Holiday – including dining, accommodation, activities and water sports all in one package along with one of the longest uninterrupted stretch of beach in the Maldives.
With its own unique variety of marine life and reef formations, Lhaviyani Atoll is a paradise for divers. And if you fancy something a little more relaxing, Akiri Spa by Mandara can help to relax and balance your mind and body.
2. Oblu Select Sangeli, Sangeli Island
OBLU SELECT at Sangeli takes you on an exclusive romantic journey with its honeymoon water suites, providing you the ideal setting for some of your life’s most unforgettable memories. Situated at the North-Western tip of Malé Atoll, the island of Sangeli, home to OBLU Select, is a five-star resort.
Offering the discerning traveller a ‘best-in-class’ 5-Star holiday with an upgraded plan – THE SERENITY Plan. The resort has a variety of ‘contemporary designed’ stand-alone villas and suites, including the very exclusive Honeymoon Water Suites with Private Pool. To keep your appetite duly sated, the resort has a variety of restaurants to match every taste. The Courtyard is the main restaurant, which provides a combination of sumptuous buffet, live cooking stations, and theme nights. Other offered services include Fine Dining experiences at two specialty restaurants – JUST GRILL & SIMPLY VEG as well as In-Villa Mini Bar replenishments with no extra charge!
3. Varu By Atmosphere, Madivaru Island
VARU by Atmosphere is nestled in the pristine Indian Oceans of the Maldives. Accessible under 40-minutes via a speed boat, the resort offers a truly Maldivian experience. It offers 108 villas dotted around the white sandy beaches and expanding over the turquoise lagoons onto three jetties with the over-water accommodation types. The beach front villas and suites that are based on the island have direct access to the surrounding pristine white sandy beaches with views of the ocean beyond. Split across three separate water villa jetties, spanning around the South-Western side of the island, are the resorts’ over-water villas featuring exotic surrounding and direct access to the lagoon from the deck. These water villas also come with the option of having a private 10m2 infinity pool.
While you are there, don’t miss the ‘Indian ocean Gala Dinner’ every Friday at Lime & Chilli, or the ‘Bay Rouge lunch’ every Tuesday and Saturday. The first Maldivian progressive fine-dining restaurant ‘KAAGÉ’, over water seafood speciality restaurant – ‘NÜ, and beach à la carte dining restaurant CHARCOAL are VARU’s three speciality restaurants.
Adventures for families are aplenty here too. Go for non-motorised water sports such as wind-surfing, stand up paddle-boarding, jet-skiing among others.
4. Oblu By Atmosphere, Helengeli Island
OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, a four-star superior resort, offers guests a unique all-encompassing holiday plan. Situated in the North Atoll and just 50-minutes away by speedboat from Male’ International Airport, the resort comprises of 136 villas in 4 categories, on a premium plan – ISLAND Plan, with high quality world cuisine, combined with a range of activities including snorkelling and Channel Diving along with a serene Garden Spa.
Here again, there is no shortfall for adventure. Helengeli Island has a very renowned reputation for its incomparably exotic house-reef, snorkelling, water sports and superb channel diving, just meters from the shoreline. Thus, a significant part of the OBLU at Helengeli holiday experience lies under the azure blue waters, ideal for snorkelling, diving and sighting predatory deep-sea fish. This little island paradise has over 30 exotic dive spots in the nearby vicinity.
All of these resorts are ideal for the whole family to relax, keeping their minds at rest that they are in the safest of surroundings while creating exceptional memories to last a lifetime.
5. Adaaran Prestige Vadoo
Take advantage of the upcoming long weekend and escape to one of Maldives’ luxury resorts in the South Atolls, Adaaran Prestige Vadoo. Just a short four-hour flight from the GCC, and a 15-minute ride by speedboat from Maldives International Airport, Adaaran Prestige Vadoo features 50 water villas, each located above the turquoise waters, offering unrestricted access to the crystal clear, warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Couples looking for a quiet escape in solitude, can choose one of the three water villas – Sunrise Water Villas, Sunset Water Villas or Honeymoon Water Villas. All villas feature teak wooden floors, cozy living spaces, ample sun decks, plunge pools with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean as well as a butler that will action every whim. Venture out of your water villa and explore all that the resort has to offer from Whale Submarine Adventure, Sunset Fishing to traditional therapies at the Mandara Spa while dining on gourmet cuisine with a tropical twist. Booking is valid until 30 April, for travel until 31 October 2021. The resort offers flexible cancellation policy.