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Best Hotels To Stay At In The Maldives

Ever wondered why the Maldives is so sought-after among leisure seekers? Well actually, there are multiple reasons – the romantic overwater villas, mouth-watering cuisine, water excursions and state-of-the-art spa retreats, to name a few.

If you’re wondering where to stay when you travel to the Maldives, look no further. We’ve handpicked a list of seven stunning resorts sure to satisfy from the moment you check-in…

1- W Maldives

W Maldives Resort

A perfect example of style meets comfort; 5-star island resort W Maldives has been satiating the needs of visitors with its panoramic ocean views and unmatchable service. You’ll find everything you need and more at this elegant resort, from private access to white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and alluring reefs to discover. This heart-shaped island resort is perfect for couples seeking ultimate R&R.

Location: Fesdu Island, North Ari Atoll.

Rooms: Overwater villa, Ocean Escape Suite, Beach Oasis Villa, Ocean Haven Suite, Beach Oasis Villa.

Activities: Snorkelling, Luxury Yacht Tour.

2- Taj Coral Reef Resort & Spa Maldives

We love boasting about this property due to its long list of salient features. Located on Hembadhu Island by a coral reef lagoon, this luxury resort includes access to the beachfront, a stunning outdoor swimming pool, pampering spa treatments and a selection of activities available. The Vivanta By Taj diving school is a must for those eager to discover the rainbow-coloured marine life, have fun snorkeling or organise island-hopping trips. Plus, guests can indulge in superb Pan Asian, Italian and Japanese cuisine at the on-site restaurant – or perhaps you want to order romantic in-villa dining, instead?

Location: North Male, Atoll.

Rooms: Water Villa, Nirvana Presidential Suite, Beach Villa.

Activities: Diving, Fishing, Coral Regeneration, Fish Feeding.

3- Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

If you’re looking for a home away from home, then you’ve just found it. You’ll feel pampered as soon as you step foot in this incredible resort, which is set on two separate islands and connected by a bridge. Relax in the private villas packed with amenities, indulge in some R&R at the lagoon Spa Retreat and Over Water Spa – or why not treat yourselves to an unforgettable dinner at the famous underwater Ithaa Restaurant? Whatever you do while you’re here, you can be sure it will be luxurious.

Location: Rangali Island.

Rooms: The Muraka, Beach villa, Beach suite, Water villa (Sunset, Premier, Grand).

Activities: Catamaran sailing, Jet skiing, Paddleboarding, Scooter-snorkelling, X-Jetpacking, X-Jetblading.

4- Hurawalhi Island Resort

Hurawalhi Island Resort

You’ll certainly experience world-class service at Hurawalhi Island Resort. Set on the idyllic Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, this adults-only luxury resort is one you’ll swoon over long after you’ve visited. The stylish overwater villas serve up panoramic views of the blue water and comfortable amenities, making the perfect base whether you want a laid-back or lively retreat. The Duniye Spa is an oasis of relaxation perfect for those who like to be pampered, while the action-packed activities are sure to keep the adventurous guests entertained, from snorkeling to diving, yacht experiences and even an on-site marine biology centre for those eager to learn more about the exotic reefs. What better way to end the day than at the resort’s underwater restaurant, an incredible experience matched by mouth-watering cuisine crafted by sought-after chefs? Need we say any more?

Location: Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island.

Rooms: Ocean villa, Pool villa (Sunset, Beach).

Activities: Snorkelling, Dolphin Safari, Parasailing, Kneeboarding, Canoeing, Catamaran sailing.

5- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Maldives

This luxurious 5-star beach resort on Embooghu Finolhu Island – nestled in the middle of one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives – is the perfect hideaway for those seeking tranquility. Renowned for its unique flora and fauna, this tropical isle is a haven for wildlife lovers and is surrounded by coral reefs – so don’t forget your snorkel! The sea-view villas and suites come complete with an infinity pool with views over the twinkling lagoon, plus there’s the Jiva Grande Spa, which is perfect for unwinding. If you need to blow off some steam, why not take part in a variety of watersports activities on the island, from fishing to windsurfing, diving and boat trips. There’s never a full moment when you’re on Taj time.

Location: Emboodhu Finolhu, South Male Atoll.

Rooms: Lagoon villa, Premium villa, Ocean suite, Beach suite, Beach villa, Presidential suite.

Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkelling and Parasailing.

6- Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort

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Indulging in delectable cuisine and admiring the sunset is one of many pleasures you’re signing up for when you stay at the iconic Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort. Renowned for providing unique experiences, there’s an abundance of things to see and do at this resort situated on the private Furanafushi Island, North Male Atoll. When you’re not relaxing in your deluxe suite or soaking up the sun at the beach, how do you fancy an afternoon getting pampered at the award-winning Shine Spa for Sheraton? For something faster-paced, go on a snorkeling safari or try your hand at diving or parasailing – a few of the popular watersports to do while you’re on the island. When it comes to gastronomy you’ll be spoilt for choice, with no less than seven spectacular restaurants to dine in under the stars from Asian-influenced cuisine to Maldivian, Arabian, Indian and Thai to choose from. With a family programme fit for tots to teens, this spectacular resort has got everything covered.

Location: Furanafushi Island, North Malé Atoll.

Rooms: Ocean pool villa, Water suite, Cottage, Water bungalow, Water villa.

Activities: Dolphin watching, Wakeboarding, Boating, Bobbing.

7- Cocoon Maldives

Cocoon Maldives

Located on the island of Ookolhufinolhu in the Lhaviyani Atoll, this stunning resort boasts stylish interiors by Italian designer Daniele Lago, plus private beach access and exciting watersports facilities. A perfect choice if you like to be at one with nature, lush vegetation and the turquoise Indian Ocean surround the guest rooms – creating a calm and tranquil atmosphere you’ll feel relaxed in. If you want to lap up the luxury (why not, you’re in the Maldives after all!), the XXL All-Inclusive package is ideal, offering delicious meals at award-winning restaurants, a BBQ dinner on the beach, a daytime excursion and 20% discounts on all SPA services.

Location: Island of Ookolhufinolhu, Lhaviyani Atoll.

Rooms: Beach Villa, Beach suite, Lagoon villa, Lagoon suite, Lagoon suite pool.

Activities: Snorkelling, Jet skiing, Dolphin cruise, Sunset fishing.

We hope we’ve inspired you with our list of the top hotels in the Maldives. If you’re interested in booking a holiday here, give us a call on 0207 612 0500 and allow us to tailor your holiday to best suit you – plus, our fantastic flight deals mean you can enjoy a Maldivian adventure for even less.

Best Winter Sun Destinations to Visit around the World

Eager for a splash of winter sun? We don’t blame you. Escape grey skies and woolly jumpers for warmer weather in some of the world’s most exotic destinations in 2021. If you’ve been wondering where is hot in January, we’ve handpicked a list of some of the best places for year-round sun so you can start packing your suitcase for 2021.

1- The Maldives

Maldives

Say goodbye to the gloomy dark skies and welcome the bright sunshine in the unmatched beauty of the Maldives. With over 1190 islands in the Maldives archipelago (185 uninhabited), there’s an abundance of paradise isles to unwind on. Stay in a luxurious Water Villa, get active with watersports, pamper yourself with rejuvenating spa treatments and indulge in world-class food from the finest restaurants. Wherever you stay, you’ll have an unforgettable time in the Maldives.

Best time to visit: November – April

Average Temperature: 29.9°C

Top Attractions: Meeru island, Maafushi, Ari Atoll.

2- Malaysia

Full of luxurious hotels and resorts, Malaysia offers an enchanting escape in Southeast Asia. Whether you want to explore the incredible wildlife, admire skyscrapers in the bustling city, or relax on a white-sand beach, no two days are the same in this gorgeous destination. With almost 900 islands, water adventures, beach resorts and innovative cities, there really is something for everybody in this corner of the world.

Best time to visit: December – April

Average Temperature: 27°C

Top Attractions: Batu caves, Mount Kinabalu, Perhentian islands.

3- South Africa

South Africa makes for a perfect coastal escape in the winter months, with the best beaches, wildlife and adventure sports available to lap up. If you like to surf, you’ll be in for a treat as this part of the Atlantic experiences fantastic waves all year round. Or, if national parks and wildlife is your thing, head to Kruger National Park for an iconic safari experience or admires famous Table Mountain National Park. South Africa is one of the best winter holiday destinations for its diversity.

Best time to visit: December – February

Average Temperature: 28°C

Top Attractions: Cape of good hope, Robben Island, Boulders beach.

4- Thailand

Verdant forests, stunning islands, and paradise-worthy beaches, Thailand is one of the most popular places to spend your January holidays. Hop from island to island and discover all this incredible destination has to offer, from its beautiful animal sanctuary to lush forests, eclectic nightlife, drool-worthy street food and much more. Go rock climbing, discover hidden lagoons, scuba dive or spend a day with the elephants all while soaking up the toasty whether – the list is endless.

Best time to visit: December – February

Average Temperature: 31 – 34°C

Top Attractions: The grand palace, Railay beach, Similan islands.

5- Barbados

A tropical climate blesses Barbados throughout the year, making it a perfect destination for any month or season. However, if you wish to experience the dry season of Barbados then January is the best month to do so. Mouth-watering dishes, swimming with the turtles and lots of well-earned lazy afternoons can be spent here with your loved ones.

Best time to visit: December – April

Average Temperature: 29°C

Top Attractions: Harrison’s cave, Carlisle bay, Animal flower cave.

6- Dubai

If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, Dubai certainly has the wow-factor. Perfect to visit in January, you’ll be met by an abundance of things to see and do here – from shopping in city-sized malls to attending cultural events, taking part in adventure sports and wandering exotic souks – there really is no end to the entertainment. This world-class destination isn’t short of luxurious resorts either, so you’ll be sure to stay in style while you’re here. The summer warmth is quite unbearable in Dubai, but the winter months are the most pleasant times to explore the place.

Best time to visit: November – April

Average Temperature: 26°C

Top Attractions: The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Dubai safari.

7- Sri Lanka

Golden beaches and blue skies calls are what you can expect on holidays to Sri Lanka, a perfect winter escapade this season. Aside from picture-perfect beaches, history lovers can also spot some amazing UNESCO world heritage sites with olde-worlde ruins to discover. With amazing views from different cliffs, enchanting fortresses and breathtaking temples, this Sri Lankan holiday might be all that you have been waiting for.

Best time to visit: November – February

Average Temperature: 27°C

Top Attractions: Sigiriya fortress, Yala national park, Galle Dutch fort.

8- Cyprus

Cyprus may not be far-flung or exotic as our other featured destinations, but it certainly brings the heat. The sun shines for almost the entire year here, (approximately 340 days) and it’s one of the warmest places to visit in the Mediterranean. Whisk the family away to a landscape of beautiful beaches, rich history and lush forests, each of which sure to help you forget about the drizzly weather back home. Cyprus can offer you both unspoiled natural beauty and atmospheric streets, so you can have a holiday that’s as laid-back or lively as you wish.

Best time to visit: November – February

Average Temperature: 23°C

Top Attractions: Tombs of the kings, Nissi beach, Coral bay.

9- Laos

Laos serves up spiritual and cultural vibes to visitors that wish to explore this corner of Southeast Asia. You’ll discover intricate ancient temples, cascading waterfalls, verdant jungles brimming with Gibbons and plenty of adventure sports – from kayaking to white-water rafting, zip line experiences and more.

If you like to shop, there’s plenty of market stalls oozing spilling with handmade arts and crafts for those all-important keepsakes.

Best time to visit: December – March

Average Temperature: 27°C – 29°C

Top Attractions: Phousi hill, Kuang Si waterfall, Wat Xiengthong.

10- Morocco

You are going to the right place if cultural beauty, bustling street markets, opulent buildings and intricately handcrafted ceramics is what you’re after. Morocco has a mild temperature in the winter months making it a perfect sunshine destination to beat the chills. There’s plenty for you to see within its cobbled streets, from colourful belly dancers and snake charmers to intimate shops selling unique souvenirs. One of the best destinations to put on your bucket list.

Best time to visit: November – March

Average Temperature: 20°C

Top Attractions: Bahia palace, Ouzoud falls, Koutoubia.

11- Egypt

The winter months in Egypt are certainly toastier than in the UK, with average highs of 19°C in Cairo and 22°C in a popular tourist resort, Sharm El Sheikh. Prepare to be enchanted by your visits to Cairo, Giza, Sphinx, Luxor, Aswan and more amazing places the country holds. You’ll notice ancient buildings, monuments and pastimes in abundance when you visit this interesting destination, with ornate carvings, statues and sculptures around every corner. Prefer a little R&R while you’re away? The luxury hotel resorts lining the Red Sea are sure to satisfy sun-seekers…

Best time to visit: December – February

Average Temperature: 19°C – 22°C

Top Attractions: Great Sphinx of Giza, Karnak, The Egyptian museum.

12. Vietnam

Vietnam experiences warm weather in January, with average temperatures of 26°C in the south, 23°C in the central regions and a cooler (and more comfortable) 18°C in the north. Discover the vibrant cities including Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chin Minh City, with their rich history and bustling atmosphere – or, go more rural and visit Halong Bay with its turquoise waters or verdant Cat Ba Island and you’ll feel a million miles from home.

Best time to visit: November – February

Average Temperature: 25°C

Top Attractions: Chu chi tunnel, Temple of literature, Ha Long bay.

13- Mexico

The perfect destination for exploring white-sand beaches, ancient Mayan architecture and an underwater world of exotic marine life – Mexico holidays are a fantastic option if you want an all-round sunshine escape in January. This sunny winter holiday destination is well-suited to those who enjoy being close to nature, love to adventure and lap up their fair share of buzzing nightlife and tasty food. Whether it’s cenote swimming, scuba diving, or simply lounging on Cancun beach that you’re looking forward to most, your Mexico holiday won’t disappoint.

Best time to visit: November – April

Average Temperature: 25°C – 27°C

Top Attractions: Tulum, Xcaret park, Pyramid of the sun.

14- Myanmar

Myanmar is generally a humid destination, but during the winter months, the climate becomes dry and a little cooler, making it a perfect stop for you. Typically there are fewer visitors around this time, so you won’t be overwhelmed by large crowds. You can admire the spectacular ancient sights, temples and amazing natural wonders at your leisure – ahh bliss.

Best time to visit: November – February

Average Temperature: 21°C – 24°C

Top Attractions: Inle Lake, Sule Pagoda, Ananda temple.

15- Oman

Oman’s diverse landscapes can be best experienced when the summer desert heat gets over-shadowed by pleasant winter temperatures. A scintillating sea breeze is going to embrace you when you’re exploring what this Middle Eastern gem has to offer, from its valleys and ravines to swaying palm trees and clear waters…

Best time to visit: October – April

Average Temperature: 26°C

Top Attractions: Jebel Shams, Wadi Ash Shab, Nizwa fort

So, there we have it, our list of the best places to visit in winter around the world. Call our experts at Crystal Travel and let us help you plan your trip this upcoming January 2021, for less.

10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in January around the World

There’s no better time than January to beat the winter chills and start the New Year with a bang, in some of the worlds far-flung destinations. Why wait any longer for blue skies, sandy beaches and pockets full of sunshine? Dive into our list of the most beautiful places to visit in January around the world.

1- Norway

If you don’t mind the cold, why not wrap up and experience a proper winter wonderland in Norway. January is the coldest month in Norway, which is one of the obvious reasons why it attracts fewer tourists, allowing you to explore the place at your own pace (and with plenty of space). Indulge in exciting snow sports or get lost in the dreamy landscape with frosty nights and lazy sunrises.

Top Attractions: Pulpit rock, seven sisters waterfall, Kjosfossen falls, Fonna glacier.

Average Temperature: High -1.8°C (28.8°F)

2- Bali

One of the best places to travel in January if you’re a sun-seeker, is Bali. This exotic Indonesian Island destination boasts fantastic sunshine ideal to warm things up when the winter chills hit the UK. It’s worth bringing your umbrella though since January is the wettest month with unpredictable rain spells – often a welcome cool-down from the heat!

Top Attractions: Mount Batur, Sacred monkey forest sanctuary, Bingin beach, Sanur.

Average Temperature: 26°C (78°F).

3- New Zealand

You can’t visit this amazing destination without soaking up an aerial view of the glaciers – a stunning experience. January is the warmest month in New Zealand with average temperatures of 24°C in the north and 19°C in the south, making it one of the most popular times for visitors to explore this island country.

The place is divided into North and South Island and it all depends on your curiosity where you land, as both the areas have attractive exploration options. From rooftop bars, beaches, erupting geysers and more, New Zealand makes for the perfect place to visit in January.

Top Attractions: Lake Tekapo, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Fox glacier, Abel Tasman National park.

Average Temperature: 25°C (77°F)

4- South Africa

South Africa blooms the best in January, boasting a mix of moderate temperatures and no rainfall. It’s a great stop to explore everything this beautiful destination has to offer, from exotic wildlife to quirky party locations and dozens of natural attractions. Wander comfortably in the South African sun with a glass of wine in hand, touring the country’s renowned vineyards.

Top Attractions: Maclear’s Beacon, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, Robben Island.

Average Temperature: 18°C (64.4°F)

5- Dubai

This man-made wonder nestled in the heart of a golden desert attracts tourists from all over the world. Dubai is renowned for its sheer luxury, world-class experiences, grandeur and record-breaking architecture – with exciting attractions sure to make for a memorable trip. The temperature in January is a comfortable 24°C, making it the perfect option if you’re seeking a splash of winter sun. Explore the bustling city or spend time relaxing on Jumeirah beach – Dubai can be as lively or laid-back as you wish.

Top Attractions: Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Creek, Jumeirah Beach.

Average Temperature: 24°C (75.2°F)

6- Maldives

No list is complete without a mention of the Maldives. Crowned as one of the best January holiday destinations, these paradise islands are a haven for those who want to lap up the luxury in style, with fun-loving watersports, rejuvenating spa treatments, first-class restaurants and state-of-the-art water villas to match. What better way to unwind after the festivities?

Top Attractions: Ari Atoll, Hukuru Miskiy, Fuvahmulah, Kuda Rah.

Average Temperature: 27°C (80.6°F)

7- Vietnam

Dry and sunny weather awaits you in Vietnam, a country that has natural beauty in abundance. There’s so much to discover here, from the world’s largest caves to beautiful Halong Bay, or take a hike up Cat Ba Island. Catch the enchanting Lantern Festival in Hoi An for the perfect way to see in the New Year. The early months serve up an eclectic blend of lively and serenity in Vietnam, making it one of the best holiday destinations in January.

Top Attractions: Cu Chi tunnel, Temple of Literature, The marble mountains, Ben Thanh market.

Average Temperature: 24°C (75.2°F)

8- Sri Lanka

The best time to visit Sri Lanka is from December to March, perfect if you wish to escape the winter chills. Mix beautiful mountain backdrops and natural attractions with fast-paced urban life, and you’ve got the perfect balance for your Sri Lanka holidays. The landscapes, greenery, tea plantations, blue skies, Buddhist temples and golden beaches will make you fall in love with this corner of South Asia.

Top Attractions: Sigiriya Fortress, Adam’s Peak, Galle Dutch Fort, Elephant orphanage.

Average Temperature: 27°C (80.6°F)

9- Australia

Where better to find the sunshine than by travelling halfway across the world? If you want to see in the New Year before everybody on the planet, then Australia is the place to do it. With an average and super toasty temperature of 28°C, it’s no wonder it’s classed as one of the top January holiday destinations. Celebrate In style and watch the epic fireworks display in Sydney and Melbourne.

Top Attractions: Honeymoon Bay, Cumberland River, Cedar Creek, Coorong Beach.

Average Temperature: 28°C (82 °F)

10- Thailand

Thailand is known to show it all in only one trip, right from amazing cities to rainforests, the place has it all and in full glory. The days in Thailand in January are sunny and dry, making it one of the best places to go in January. Drive the Great Ocean Road, have a BBQ on the beach or wander Darling Harbour.

Top Attractions: The Grand Palace, Railay Beach, Khaosan Road, Ko Samet.

Average Temperature: 27°C (80.6 °F)

So there you have it, our compilation of some of the best places to visit in January – just in time for2021! Did you found your dream winter escape? Call us now to book a tailor-made holiday this January, for less.