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Summer in the Maldives

With its all-year-round tropical climate, the Maldives is the perfect holiday choice regardless of the season.

We explore some of the best options for travellers looking to visit the Indian archipelago this summer.

Nestled on Vagaru Island overlooking the azure waters of Shaviyani Atoll JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa is a multi-generational luxury resort offering guests an immersive and eco-friendly holiday experience.

Families can bask in the unspoiled beauty of the island's pristine white beach, savour diverse dining experiences, and embark on daily excursions for diving, snorkelling, dolphin watching, and sunset fishing to explore the vibrant marine life.

Children are well taken care of at FAMiLY by JW™ Little Griffins Kids Club, which runs over 100 activities, ranging from arts and crafts to cooking classes, some of which are specially designed for the whole family to enjoy. Among the best kid’s clubs in the Maldives, the club features a 13-meter-long pirate ship and a separate children’s swimming pool. Additionally, its educational programs, such as 'Marine Talk' sessions led by resident marine biologist Jessica Rose-Innes, focus on coral preservation and island biodiversity.

Eclectic dining is offered throughout the resort’s five restaurants, three full-service bars, wine room and private beach dinners. Guests can choose from various cuisines and menus, including an extensive vegan offering.

Aailaa offers relaxed all-day dining where guests can enjoy authentic local cuisine, in addition to international fayre, within the heart of the restaurant is the Wine Room, which houses 1620 bottles and 320 labels of both new and old-world wines.

Al fresco Italian restaurant Fiamma offers classics such as woodfired pizzas, pasta and risotto. Located in the treetops Thai restaurant, Kaashi, is the perfect spot for lunch. Japanese, Hashi, features a teppanyaki grill, Japanese-inspired cocktails, Japanese whisky and sake.

Signature fine-dining overwater restaurant, Shio, provides guests with the best the world has to offer.

Fine dining experiences can be elevated through bespoke destination dining services, ranging from in-villa barbecue dinners and traditional Maldivian Malafaaiy dinners on the beach to a sublime eight-course interactive Indian fusion dinner in the hidden oasis of RIHA.

The resort's sustainability efforts are centered on the vibrant JW Garden, which sources fresh produce for creative cuisine. The JW Garden to Table concept celebrates locally sourced ingredients, ensuring a farm-to-table experience for eco-conscious travellers.

For accommodation, guests can immerse themselves in luxurious island living amidst the modern and spacious Duplex Overwater or Beach Pool Villa, each featuring private pools and personalised Thakuru Butler service.

For the ultimate relaxation, the stunning overwater Spa by JW offers a wide selection of luxurious and tailored treatments, there are six couple's treatment rooms and one deluxe treatment suite.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, situated in Baa Atoll, the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site in the Maldives, offers the perfect tropical retreat.

Ideal for families and couples the resort’s key mission is to take guests on a journey of wellbeing.

The intimate resort features 69 beach and overwater villas, which come with their own private pool and deck, to enjoy the stunning views of the Indian Ocean, and with Westin’s signature Heavenly® Bed guests can be assured of a restful night's sleep.

At the five-star family resort, parents and children can enjoy spacious suites, the Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids, and a range of activities at the lively Westin Family Kids Club® which features a pool, indoor/outdoor playgrounds and marine-themed activities.

The resort has also partnered with Savvy Sleep to introduce ‘The Westin Maldives Kids Sleep Manual’  which helps families get the restful and rejuvenating sleep they deserve while enjoying quality time in the Maldives.

Diners are spoilt for choice, with four unique dining outlets offering diverse cuisine. The unique and elegant, Pearl serves a Japanese-inspired menu, all day dining is on offer at the light and airy Island Kitchen, a buzzy beachfront restaurant, Hawker boasts an open kitchen and showcases authentic Asian street food and the Sunset Bar, is the perfect spot for end of the day drinks.

The overwater Heavenly Spa by Westin™ provides rejuvenating treatments, to replenish mind and body as well as the state-of-the-art WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio and a multi-function recreation ground, which caters to fitness enthusiasts.

The area is home to Hanifaru Bay, one of the world's largest natural manta ray feeding destinations. Guests travelling from May until early November have unique opportunities to snorkel alongside these gentle giants.

Hanifaru Bay, a protected site within the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives is located just 40 minutes away from the resort by speedboat. During peak season, guests visiting the bay, have the opportunity to see more than 100 mantas at one time.  Renowned for its diverse marine biodiversity and breathtaking coral reefs, the Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve offers enchanting snorkeling and diving experiences, marine life includes vibrant reef fish, including Batfish, Fusiliers, and Anemone Fish, dolphins, turtles, sharks and even Whale Sharks


Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa is a stunning luxury resort surrounded by tropical waters and unspoilt beaches in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

Secluded in a southeastern pocket of Atoll Lhaviyani and located on Thilamaafushi, a natural island, guests can unwind in true paradise and enjoy the crystal-clear waters fringed with reefs and marine life.

Accommodation ranges from one and two-bedroom overwater villas to beach villas with private pools. The 3 bedroom Thilamaafushi Villa is tucked away in its own alcove and is perfect for those wanting more privacy.

At the stunning Explore Spa, which is perched over a turquoise lagoon with clear panelled floors providing breath-taking views into the coral gardens below, guests can enjoy a range of relaxing treatments.

During their stay at Le Meridien Maldives, guests can take advantage of activities such as water sports and scuba diving, and there is also the dolphin cruise to see these majestic animals in their natural habitat.

For little ones there is a wide selection of activities to keep them entertained at Kids Club Hub, with its amazing facilities, they can also relax and enjoy a range of new bespoke children’s treatments at the Spa.

Le Meridien Maldives also boasts their own private island, Bodu Finolhu, an untouched idyll with a flourishing tropical forest and stunning beach, accessible only by private boat.

The resort is an eco-conscious haven with its own Marine Biologist and greenhouses, they also recently earned the prestigious BCA Green Mark GOLDPlus Award.


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