With the Maldives on the UK’s safe travel corridor list and 2021 just around the corner, there’s no better time to start planning for next year’s getaway to paradise.
To help holidaymakers with inspiration for their trip to the idyllic Indian Ocean destination, Chef Amila Silva, Aitken Spence’s Executive Chef at the five-star all-inclusive Heritance Aarah, shares his ten reasons why the Maldives should be at the top of everyone’s travel list in 2021.
Check out Chef Amila’s top ten reasons to visit the Maldives in 2021 below:
1. The Maldives is a safe haven
Thanks to its natural geography and one-island-one-resort offering, the Maldives is an ideal holiday destination for those seeking a secluded escape during this pandemic-era of travel. Without compromising on luxury, meticulous safety measures are in place across the Maldives, from pre-arrival testing to thorough sanitisation, find out more about the safety measures of hotels here.
2. Travel in style on a seaplane
Ever wondered what it is like to fly in a plane that lands on water? The Maldives is the place to travel by seaplane direct to your resort. See how glamourous seaplane travel can be here.
3. Magical marine life
Where else can you get within touching distance of manta rays, bottlenose dolphins and not to mention whale sharks, turtles and coral reefs teeming with tropical fish? Our resort is located in one of the most pristine atolls, rich in natural vegetation.
4. Taste cuisines from around the world
The Maldives is famed for its quality gourmet cuisine by globally acclaimed chefs. At Aitken Spence’s resorts, our premium offerings include dishes from the Maldives, Sri Lanka, the Mediterranean and east-meets-west fusion flavours prepared by Culinary Olympic winning chefs.
5. Water sport experiences
The Maldives is a hidden gem for thrill-seekers looking to catch their next wave when surfing, jet ski across the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean, or try their hand at catamaran sailing and flyboarding on offer at Heritance Aarah.
6. Maldivian warm hospitality
I wish more people realised how warm Maldivian hospitality is. I am originally from Sri Lanka and my Maldivian colleagues at Heritance Aarah have always made me feel so welcome. Guests really are able to find their home away from home in the Maldives.
7. Melt stress away with an overwater spa treatment
Spas treatments in overwater treatment rooms are a true delight in the Maldives. Feel stress just melt away at one of the six treatment rooms at Heritance Aarah, all set above tranquil lagoon waters.
8. Romance is grown here
Dreamy white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, private villas, and secluded sandbank picnics - it’s no wonder the Maldives is the world’s leading destination for honeymoons!
9. Hop on board a Dhoni boat
Experience an authentic adventure in the Maldives on board a Dhoni boat. Traditionally used in the Maldives for fishing, ferrying, and trading, visitors now have the chance to hop on board and tour the Maldives’ islands, an activity on offer at Heritance Aarah. Not sure what a Dhoni boat looks like? Check one out here.
10. Marvel at the sensational sunsets
After a day in paradise, set sail on the Indian Ocean to marvel at the sunset and experience the beauty of the Maldives’ stillness and silence aboard your own private sunset cruise or lap up the luxury of the destination whilst sipping cocktails at the resort’s infinity pool, like at Aitken Spence’s Heritance Aarah, pictured here.