Travel Guide - Maldives the Indian Ocean Hotel

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Maldives

In travelling in search of new countries you will find the continent inside you

The Maldives archipelago is composed of 26 coral atolls, each one of which contains within it nearly 2000 small islands of white sand and dense tropical vegetation. The Maldives are the ideal destination for diving, nature, relaxation and water sports enthusiasts.

The Maldives are the ideal destination not only for diving enthusiasts but for anyone seeking a relaxing journey immersed in unspoilt nature. In fact, the beauty arises directly from the natural scenery, where the blue of the ocean contrasts effectively with the white sand and the green lagoons which form around the reef. The Maldives archipelago is composed of 26 coral atolls, each of which contain nearly 2,000 small islands covered in white sand and dense tropical vegetation. These are magnificent pearls studded in the Indian Ocean and must be explored and experienced at least once in a lifetime!

The Maldives have a tropical climate which is characterised by two distinct seasons: a hot and dry period which runs from November to April, and a very wet period which runs from May to October; the temperature is warm year-round and rarely goes below 23 degrees or above 30 degrees. The sea temperature is a constant 28 degrees.

The Ari atoll is one of the most popular and important in terms of tourism in the archipelago. The atoll is divided into two parts, Alifu Dhaalu to the south and Alifu Alifu to the north, commonly called Ari South and Ari North. The administrative capital of Ari South is Mahibadhoo, home to around 1,800 of the 8,400 residents on the south part of the atoll. The atoll is around 64 km from Malé. and can be reached via seaplane in about 25 minutes.

The spoken language in the Maldives is Divehi, the main religion is Islam and the capital is Malé.

Get in

A valid passport is required to enter the country.

Each home country has its own regulations, so we recommend having your documents checked by your Embassy or travel agency in advance before departure.

Hotels Point of interests

By plane

Malé International Airport is well connected with most international airports.

Airport transfer

Air Taxi Maldivian will take you from Malé directly to the islands of Athuruga and Thudufushi in approximately 25 minutes.

It is recommended to prebook the taxi before departure.
If you book your vacation through our website, you will be able to directly buy the transfer.

We will take care of the organization of the transfer according to Air Taxi Maldivian’s flights timetable.

HOW TO REACH THE MALDIVES

International Hubs:
Colombo
Istanbul
Singapore
Dubai

From 31.10.2017 it will be possible to enjoy a direct flight from Rome to Malè on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

New procedure and requirements on Tourists staying longer than 30 days.

It is necessary for guests to take a local insurance policy.

Before arrival – Request for sponsorship

  • Passport copy
  • Ticket copy
  • Details of each passenger (Name, ID card or PP number, Date of Birth, Full Address and contact number etc.)
  • Duration of stay including the hotel names

Please note sponsorship process takes at least 6-7 working days.

After arrival – VISA extension

  • Original passport
  • Passport size photo
  • Application form

Please note Visa processing takes minimum 6-7 working days.
Medical is not required

Typical maldivian dishes

For a truly complete experience, try these traditional Maldivian dishes:

  • Chichandaa satani: Snakeskin, onions, coconut cream, chilli, lemon juice and salt
  • Cutlu: Tuna, potatoes, onions, garlic, chilli, lime juice, pepper, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and oil
  • Dhan’di Aluvi Kan’dhi: Manioc, rice, sugar, coconut milk, Jasmine water, water and coconut cream
  • Dhon Huni Havaadhu Curry: Coconut, ground turmeric, onions, garlic, pepper, ginger and curry
  • Fihunumas: Tuna, red chilli, onions, garlic, cumin, curry powder, ground black pepper and salt
  • Geri Riha: Beef steak, onions, garlic, chilli, curry powder, coconut oil, coriander curry powder, coconut cream, coconut milk, water and salt
  • Hanaakuri Rehi: Silver sprat, onions, garlic, curry, coriander curry powder, coconut oil and salt
  • Huni Havaadhu Curry in coconut paste: Coconut, fennel seeds, cumin, chilli, ground pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ground turmeric, onions, garlic, ginger and curry powder
  • Kaliyaa Birinjee: Patna rice, onions, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, fennel seeds, clarified butter, coconut milk, curry powder and salt
  • Kandumahu Mussanmaa: Tuna fillets, onions, curry powder, coconut oil, coriander curry powder, sugar, raisins, peanuts, coconut milk, coconut cream, salt and palm leaves
  • Kukulhu Bis Riha: Eggs, potatoes, coriander curry powder, onions, garlic, chilli, curry leaves, coconut oil, coconut cream, coconut milk, water and salt
  • lhoamahu Kirugarudhiya: Smoked tuna, onions, curry powder, chilli, mango, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, coconut milk, coconut cream, water and salt);
  • Lonumirus Havaadhu Curry spice mix: Coconut, chilli, cumin, fennel seeds, pepper, onion, garlic, ground turmeric and ginger
  • Mahu Bis Riha: Tuna, onions, garlic, coriander leaves, coriander curry powder, chilli, coconut milk, coconut cream, water, coconut oil and salt
  • Masbaiy: Patna rice, tuna, garlic, chilli, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ground turmeric, curry powder, clarified butter, coconut milk, water and salt
  • Raiymahu Riha: Snapper, onion, garlic, curry powder, clarified butter, coconut milk, coconut cream, water and salt
  • Thelulimas – Tuna, chilli, onions, garlic, cumin, curry powder, ground black pepper, salt and oil

Must see

Underwater Marine life

The Maldives are an incontestable leading destination for the underwater world and here you can experience extraordinary emotions. No matter how many times you come and go, each time feels like the first: new experiences, new encounters, new discoveries.

In the Maldives you can see turtles, stingrays, manta rays, eagle rays, grey sharks, hammerheads and even whale sharks, as well as huge humphead wrasse, schools of barracuda, tuna, trevally and a multitude of small reef fish, angelfish, triggerfish, clownfish and brightly coloured anemones, surgeon fish and nudibranchs!

For many diving enthusiasts, seeing the whale shark, one of the largest fish in the world, is the most exciting moment and is not to be missed. Naturally there is no shortage of different types of coral.

There are resident marine biologists on the Athuruga and Thudufushi Islands who accompany our guests as they discover the island’s flora and fauna. As such, marine enthusiasts can increase their knowledge and satisfy their curiosity during their stay.

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Fishing villages

Discover the fishing islands a short distance away from Athuruga and Thudufushi for a truly Maldivian experience.

Discover their ways of life and the places and traditions which characterise these small islands inhabited by native people.

Malé’s Mosques

When visiting the capital, consider paying a visit to the beautiful seventeenth century coral stone in Malé.

The nearby Islamic centre, capped with a huge golden dome, can also be visited outside of prayer times. There are more than 20 mosques scattered around the capital.

Malé National Museum

The interesting collection of artefacts including the Sultan’s thrones and sceptres at the Malé National Museum is well worth a visit.

It is located in the Sultan’s park, the town’s main green area.

Fishing

Fishing in the waters of the Maldives is an unforgettable experience for experienced and novice fishers. The diverse Indian Ocean offers a wide variety of fish species such as tuna, snapper, common dolphinfish, stone bass, amberjack, rainbow runner, barracuda and trevally.

In addition to these there are also many ocean species such as marlin, sailfish, mahi-mahi and wahoo, which will add an extra element to your fishing. Fishers can test themselves with deep sea or night time fishing.

fromJanuary 6, 2019toJanuary 14, 2019

SAŠA BEGAN

Diamonds Thudufushi
His cuisine is a combination of traditional Croatian-Dalmatian cuisine with Mediterranean influences. This is the concept philosophy at his restaurant Foša, immersed into the sea in the heart of the...
fromJanuary 13, 2019toJanuary 21, 2019

ERNESTO IACCARINO

Diamonds Thudufushi
He is the head chef at the legendary family’s two Michelin stars Don Alfonso 1890 restaurant, taking over from his father. Don Alfonso 1890, nestled in a 19th century Neapoletan...
fromJanuary 20, 2019toJanuary 28, 2019

RUDOLF ŠTEFAN

Diamonds Thudufushi
His philosophy is based on a creative combination of tradition and innovation. He is passionateabout their gastronomic heritage and strive for excellence every day. Chef Rudolf Štefan puts emphasis on...
fromJanuary 27, 2019toFebruary 4, 2019

LUCAS KAPPELER

Diamonds Thudufushi
Lukas started his career in 2004 at the Restaurant Rahofer, widely known for its Mediterranean food and its remarkable location. After having spent a few years abroad, collecting a lot...
fromFebruary 3, 2019toFebruary 11, 2019

JULIEN GAUSSARES

Diamonds Thudufushi
The young chef made a remarkable entrance in the Gault Millau. He opened in2014, in the former space of a tea room bakery, the Héliantis restaurant at Massongex, that has...
fromFebruary 10, 2019toFebruary 18, 2019

ANDREA SARRI

Diamonds Thudufushi
With over thirteen varieties of fish and produce from his family farm on the menu, Andrea Sarri has made a name for himself as one of Italy’s most accomplished chefs....
fromFebruary 17, 2019toFebruary 25, 2019

LUKAS NAGL

Diamonds Thudufushi
Nagl’s artistry has been widely recognized and under his leadership, the restaurant Bootshaus, chosen as the best restaurant in Upper Austria by Guide A la Carte 2016, has become the...
fromFebruary 24, 2019toMarch 4, 2019

RAYMOND REEB

Diamonds Thudufushi
In 2003 with his partner he took over Tante Kee, located on the picturesque Kaag Island with a delightful view of the Kaag lakes. Raymond Reeb updates always his menu...
fromMarch 3, 2019toMarch 11, 2019

DANIEL CANZIAN

Diamonds Thudufushi
Born into a family of “osti” and trained professionally in the best kitchens in Italy and France, Daniel Canzian has an illustrious career that includes working as Executive Chef in...
fromMarch 10, 2019toMarch 18, 2019

DANIELE USAI

Diamonds Thudufushi
After working abroad, in London and in San Francisco, and moving back to Italy, to gain experience in some of the top restaurants in Rome, he was able to turn...
fromMarch 17, 2019toMarch 25, 2019

MASSIMILIANO MASCIA

Diamonds Thudufushi
He began working in the kitchens at just 14 years old and he has important work experiences, as at Ristorante Vissani in Italy, in the United States at Osteria Fiamma...
fromMarch 24, 2019toApril 1, 2019

JESUS MONEDERO

Diamonds Thudufushi
Jesús represents the fifth generation of bakers. He learned the trade of being a chef in different restaurants of recognized prestige and in 2009 he opened with his brother the...
fromMarch 31, 2019toApril 8, 2019

KEVIN GILLIAMS

Diamonds Thudufushi
He leads the family ‘Family Maison’, the bi-century restaurant gastronomique L’Aigle d’Or near Paris, founded in 1788, which stands as a French Gourmet Institution, visited also by a lot of...
fromApril 7, 2019toApril 15, 2019

RALPH HERMANS

Diamonds Thudufushi
His style is characterized by the basis of the classic cuisine from France but with influences from Spain, Italy and Asia. He offers an innovative, high quality and creative cuisine...
fromApril 14, 2019toApril 22, 2019

DANIEL FEHRENBACHER

Diamonds Thudufushi
With passion and perfect craftsmanship Daniel Fehrenbacher charms the palate of his guests with modern, cosmopolitan cuisine with classic French roots. At the Hotel Restaurant Adler, on the edge of...
fromAugust 4, 2019toAugust 19, 2019

PAOLO FROSIO

Diamonds Thudufushi
Paolo Frosio owns, together with his brother Camillo, the wonderful restaurant Frosio, inaugurated in 1990, with a nearly thirty-year history, that can be considered as one of the excellent catering...

Ari Safari Excursion

Diamonds Athuruga
Join us on board of our big speedboat as we discover and snorkel the untouched coral reefs located on the eastern part of the Ari atoll. You will have a...

Sandbank Cocktail at sunset

Diamonds Athuruga
Join us for some cocktails and cheers at the sandbank of Diamonds Athuruga while enjoying the beautiful Maldivian sunset. At every Wednesday, our resort manager and his team will serve our...
fromJanuary 6, 2019toJanuary 14, 2019

MICHAEL KAMMERMEIER

Diamonds Athuruga
He is the young head chef at the Michelin star restaurant ENTE, whose popularity has spread further afield than the state capital to the entire Rhine-Main region and beyond. Since...
fromJanuary 13, 2019toJanuary 21, 2019

ANA ROŠ

Diamonds Athuruga
A self-taught cook, she helms the kitchen of Hiša Franko, a beautiful countryside house&estate which refuses to be a classical hotel or a fine dining restaurant: it is simply Hiša...
fromJanuary 20, 2019toJanuary 28, 2019

TANJA PINTARIC

Diamonds Athuruga
She represents the fourth generation of the Rajh family, who took over the management of the traditional family inn, with the restaurant Gostilna Rajh, which could be described as an...
fromJanuary 27, 2019toFebruary 4, 2019

LISA CALCUS

Diamonds Athuruga
After working for 18 years at the restaurant Les Gribaumonts in Angre, where she obtained the rewards ‘Great   of   tomorrow’ by Gault & Millau in 2009 and ‘Golden Whip’ Vif...
fromFebruary 3, 2019toFebruary 11, 2019

KSENIJA MAHORČIČ

Diamonds Athuruga
She runs the family style restaurant Gostilna Mahorčič, located in a region with a rich culinary tradition. Herkitchen tells the story of small producers and producers of the local environment....
fromFebruary 10, 2019toFebruary 18, 2019

KARS VAN WECHEM

Diamonds Athuruga
After working at the Librije for years, Kars wants to set his own course. In 2007 he opens his own restaurant, De Saffraan, located at the ‘Hope for Prosperity’ a 100 year old clipper, which is...
fromFebruary 17, 2019toFebruary 25, 2019

PIETRO D'AGOSTINO

Diamonds Athuruga
After travelling the world and cooking for famous Guests as the Queen Elisabeth and the Sultan of Brunei, in 2003 he goes back to his homeland, Sicily, to open in...
fromFebruary 24, 2019toMarch 4, 2019

DAVIDE BOTTA

Diamonds Athuruga
A journey begun many years ago, when he was a child and his parents, passionate about cooking, took him to the best restaurants of the world, and a choice against...
fromMarch 3, 2019toMarch 11, 2019

DENIS SCHMITT

Diamonds Athuruga
Since 2012, he is the Director and head Chef of the Michelin star restaurant Le Murenberg in the community of Bubendorf. Le Murenberg is a restaurant which focuses on the...
fromMarch 10, 2019toMarch 18, 2019

RAYMOND CORNELISSENS

Diamonds Athuruga
He works at the Restaurant Le Vauban in Antibes, in the South of France, where it’s possible to taste a market cuisine, with fresh products and menus made in accordance...
fromMarch 17, 2019toMarch 25, 2019

PAWEŁ DOŁŻONEK

Diamonds Athuruga
He is faithful guardian of Polish cuisine, seeker of flavors and inspiration in an untainted environment. At the Gourmet Restaurant 1906 you can find pure poetry instead of prose together...
fromMarch 24, 2019toApril 1, 2019

GONZALO LUZARRAGA

Diamonds Athuruga
He is the Executive Chef and co-founder of RIGO’ in Fulham. Always immersed in food from a young age, he spent his childhood on the French border of Italy in...
fromMarch 31, 2019toApril 8, 2019

HERIBERT DIETRICH

Diamonds Athuruga
The restaurant Gasthaus Höhwald, located in the small Walser village of Monbiel at 1300 m altitude, under his management has been awarded one Michelin star and 15 points in the...
fromApril 7, 2019toApril 15, 2019

MARKUS PAPE

Diamonds Athuruga
He has worked and managed some of the most decorated establishments in Germany before choosing to settle down with us in his culinary homeland. Markus Pape’s cooking is influenced by...
fromApril 14, 2019toApril 22, 2019

TOBIAS BÄTZ

Diamonds Athuruga
Tobias Bätz is a real pleasure craftsman. He and his team at Alexander Herrmann restaurant know how to surprise and delight their guests with new flavors. Together with the host...
fromAugust 4, 2019toAugust 19, 2019

ISIDE DE CESARE

Diamonds Athuruga
After numerous work experiences in the firmament of Italian restaurants, in 2005 Iside arrived in Trevinano, a peaceful village perched between Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria, and opened La Parolina, the...

Maldivian night

Diamonds Athuruga
Enjoy a unique night while staying in Diamonds Athuruga by experiencing the Maldivian Night. The Maldivian night takes place every Friday at 8pm, and has the aim of tasting local flavors...