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All inclusive in the Maldives: An overview

The Maldives comprises 1,190 coral islands spread across an area of 90,000 square kilometres. These isles are all formed around a total of 26 natural ring-shaped atolls, which are large protective coral reefs, with the islands also surrounded by their own stunning reefs. Within the atolls are deep, calm lagoons that are protected from the ocean's wind and waves.

What makes the Maldives such a wonderful place for a luxury all inclusive holiday is its exclusivity - only 200 of the isles are inhabited, with just 90 having been developed for tourism. In many cases, there won't be more than one resort per island, so you can enjoy the amazing surroundings in total peace and quiet.

Due to its diverse marine life and beautiful reefs, scuba diving and snorkelling are among the most popular pastimes in the Maldives, although you may be content to simply soak up the sun and the surroundings on your own little stretch of its paradise sands.

Be pampered in the Maldives

One thing that the Maldives is famous for, aside from its excellent diving and fantastic tropical beaches, is its spas. Many of the all inclusive resorts here will have their own wellness centre where you can be totally pampered and really unwind, leaving the stresses and strains of daily life behind you.

Spas in the Maldives often utilise traditional healing techniques, with the therapists having learnt their trade from previous generations of their family. Certain spas also make use of local products in their treatments, with Maldivian virgin coconut oil said to be excellent for hydrating the skin, while the gandhakolhi leaf is often used to treat minor aches. One therapy to look out for is the traditional Maldivian sand massage, which is designed to relieve aches and pains all over the body.

Aside from the treatments themselves, the setting of the spas in the Maldives is enough to induce relaxation, with many of the treatment rooms located in the midst of lush palm forests or in huts that stand above the calming waters and the colourful reefs.

Discover romance in the Maldives

As well as being an incredibly relaxing destination, all inclusive holidays in the Maldives are wonderful if you're looking for a romantic trip that includes every romantic meal. The exclusivity of the resorts ensures you won't have to worry about crowds of other holidaymakers and can simply wander around your island to find a secluded spot of sand that's perfect for two.

Breathtaking sunsets and sunrises await you each day and there's no better place to watch the sun come up or down than snuggled in the arms of your loved one while lying on a pristine beach with the sea quietly lapping at the shore.

All the resorts in the Maldives have outstanding restaurants where you can enjoy an intimate meal for two in the evening. Most of them will also have fantastic views across the sea or may even put tables on the beach for a memorable candlelit evening you won't forget in a hurry.

While international cuisine is available it would be a shame not to sample some of the local dishes, many of which have been influenced by nearby India and Sri Lanka. Seafood is a staple of most menus, with fihunu mas (barbecued fish with chilli), bajiya (a pastry stuffed with fish, onion, chilli, and salt) and mas huni (shredded smoked fish served with grated coconuts and onions) among the dishes you shouldn't miss out on.

Leave everyday life behind

There are few places in the world nowadays where you can truly escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, but a holiday in the Maldives will allow you to do just that.

The all inclusive resorts in the Maldives are designed to be calm oases where you can unwind and forget about all the stresses and strains you deal with every day. The staff are welcoming and attentive without being intrusive, ensuring you'll have everything you need to enjoy your holiday in the Maldives. Plus your meals, your drinks, the entertainment...everything will be included, so you can leave your wallet at home and truly relax.

When you arrive at your hotel, you'll notice the pace of life here is much slower than back at home, with nature allowed to take centre stage and work its calming magic. So, turn off your mobile phone and simply enjoy the seclusion, beauty and peace that the Maldives offers - this truly is the holiday of a lifetime.

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