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October 2015

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Tina, TUI’s Best tour guide World Wide from Kuredu Maldives

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Tina Zündorff is TUIs representative on Kuredu for the past 5 years. After their holidays, TUI guests receive a questionnaire from the company which they send back with their feedback. Last year for the first time, TUI compared all the forms that were collected from all over the world. The out come was that a single tour guide stood out from the rest and we are proud to say that Tina is TUI’s best tour guide in the world.

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When Tina was asked what her secret was, she replied;

“There is no secret, I think what is most important is to do everything with heart and soul. This feeling carries over to the guest. As the saying goes: W   hat goes around, comes around. “
She added “Remain true to oneself, always be authentic and never lose enthusiasm for the profession.”

We are very proud and lucky to have Tina on the resort. Always smiling and ready with a helping hand to anyone who needs it!

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8 Eerie Places to Visit Around the World

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We’ve rounded up where to find some of the world’s most frightening spots. From a silent abandoned town in Namibia to a haunted former prison in Australia, these creepy haunts and local legends will have chills running down your spine.

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YOUR DREAM WEDDING at Lily Beach Resort & Spa

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Nothing says I love you more than a dream wedding in the Maldives.

See, feel and taste the wedding spell that Lily Beach casts upon lovers: the glittering Indian Ocean reflecting in your eyes, Equatorial sunrays caressing your skin, and oodles of sweet and salty kisses… It all adds up to a one-of-a-kind celebration of your love for one another.

The Maldives is the most wished-for romantic destination in the world and saying your vows and tying the knot at Lily Beach is bound to captivate your hearts. The stunning scenery is an epitome of the beauty that endows this planet and a truly enticing place to begin your life together as Mrs. & Mr.

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Ooredoo & Facebook Partner to Launch Free Internet for Everyone, Everywhere Maldives

Facebook’s Free Basics in Maldives

A first for Maldives, Free Basics is aimed to bring more people online and connected to valuable resources and services

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Today, Ooredoo Maldives and Facebook have partnered to connect more people in the Maldives to the internet and its limitless opportunities with the launch of Free Basics in the Maldives. Free Basics, a Facebook-led initiative, is aimed at making internet access available to the two thirds of the world’s population who have never been connected to the internet before.

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With today’s launch, Ooredoo and Facebook are partnering to connect more people in the Maldives to a range of free basic services like news, health, travel, local jobs, sports, communication via the Free Basics website and mobile application. Free Basics is available to more than one billion people across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

“As we celebrated 10 years in the Maldives, Ooredoo made a strong commitment to support the development of smart cities in the Maldives, connecting them to new opportunities that can truly enrich people’s lives. With our partnership with Facebook, we are linking our communities to a wealth of fundamental knowledge, and taking another significant step in our goal to empower people with smart sustainable solutions to prevalent issues across the nation” said Mr. Vikram Sinha, CEO of Ooredoo Maldives.

“Affordable access to information is crucial to the well-being of our citizens. And what can be more affordable than being free? Free Basics, I understand will do just that.” said Hon. Umar Naseer, Minister of Home Affairs.

Dr Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Ooredoo added, “We are passionate about the benefits of connectivity and are therefore delighted to further strengthen our existing partnership with Facebook with the aim of bringing even more people into the digital economy. Following the launch of Internet.org in Indonesia, with Free Basics we now seek to facilitate access to a range of valuable online resources and services also in the Maldives, hoping to achieve the same positive economic and social impact we are observing in other regions.”

 

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Facebook to all our customers. Free Basics allows host of services and websites access which are free of data charges to all Ooredoo customers Maldives

Ms. Anna Nygren, Head of Growth Partnerships, APAC at Facebook, said, “The internet is a powerful enabler for social and economic progress, and Free Basics will help connect more people in the Maldives to the internet. By bringing people essential internet services like jobs, health and education, Free Basics gives them the power to improve their lives. We are excited to partner with Ooredoo to help bring more people online.”

Ooredoo customers in the Maldives will be able to receive free access to a number of essential services, by logging onto FreeBasics.com or downloading their mobile application via the Google Play Store.

The full list of free services for Ooredoo customers will be available on ooredoo.mv.

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HEARTY HONEYMOON at Lily Beach Resort & Spa Maldives

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You have found the love of your life. Tied the knot for a happily ever after. Started off your life as Mr. & Mrs. with a gorgeous wedding ceremony. After the I dos it is time for the second most-awaited day in your marriage agenda: your honeymoon!
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You and your better half are unique personalities, and your honeymoon should be no different. Lily Beach will sew up your wedding celebration with plentiful little meaningful moments and complimentary tender loving care throughout your stay.

At Lily Beach, we have made heaven a place on Earth. While you may feel you have got more than what you could possibly wish for, allow us to give some finishing touch to your love for one another with an otherworldly honeymoon experience.

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The complimentary Honeymoon Offer is valid for guests, staying at Lily Beach for a minimum of 4 nights. Please contact us for more details on how to confirm your offer.

Lily Beach fuses contemporary design i with traditional Maldivian living to create unique villas dotted around the Huvahendhoo based resort.

Beach Villas are located on the resorts pristine beach and include an open-air bathroom including Jacuzzi bath.

Each of the 16 lagoon villas located half over water feature an ocean-facing terrace and a private beach area. These villas also include an open-air bathroom including Jacuzzi bath. Depending on the time of day and tide level, guests also have direct access to the lagoon.

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The Deluxe water villas have a magnificent glass floor separating the bedroom and bathroom areas, direct lagoon access and a private sun deck come with spectacular views of the endless azure blue lagoon.

 

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The exclusive sunset water villas are truly outstanding, offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the house reef. A Jacuzzi-infinity pool is placed on the villas deck, alongside direct lagoon access and a large day bed. Choosing this accommodation provides guests with an elegant area for their perfect honeymoon.

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Another Review about Maldives by a Turkish, Alper Daçe

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The smallest Asian country in population and land area, the Maldives consists of 1192 coral islands to the southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. Only 200 of the islands are inhabited and more than half of these are touristic centers. The most populated city of the country is the capital city Male with a population of 100 thousand.

The Maldives also has the lowest ground level (1.5 m) above the sea in the world. The biggest concern of the country is that the sea level is rising, due to global warming, and the country could sink under the water. Australia has given the right to asylum to the citizens of the country which is estimated to completely sink under water in the next 150 years. As the President of the country announced their plans to buy a homeland in India, Sri Lanka or Australia, he also declared war on global warming and greenhouse gases.

The Maldives’ economy depends on two industries, tourism and fishing; the soil is too salty and infertile for a productive farming industry to develop. Besides some tropical plants only coconuts can grow. Due to this the locals tend to be very poor. Food, drinking water, fuel and many other necessities are imported. Even the electricity is produced by generators working with imported fuel. All things considered, you get the feeling that it’s a false paradise.

The official language of the country is Dvehi. Besides the Maldives it’s also a common language on Minicoy Island which is in the offshore waters of India. The written form resembles Arabic and Hindi. The pronunciation also resembles the same mixture.

The common religion in the Maldives is Islam. The Maldivians’ origins go back to when Sri Lanka used to be Buddhists, but in the 12th century, after contact with Arabic sailors, they converted to Islam, and for 800 years they were ruled by Islamic Sultanate. On the island where most of the local citizens live selling alcohol is forbidden.

A journey to a Tropical Paradise

One of the first places that comes to mind when you think of a tropical paradise like the Maldives is a difficult journey. We went there in December 2009 with a connecting flight from Doha, but today Turkish Airlines have a direct flight to the capital city Malé from Istanbul. The flight lasts 8 hours. Ibrahim Nasır International Airport is on Hulhule Island, which is just across Malé.

It was really interesting to descend down to the ocean without seeing any land till the plane touched down on landing. After getting off the plane, we skipped Malé, whose dense settlement could be seen from where we were, and boarded a minibus to the seaplane port, which is on the other side of the airport, to catch the seaplane that would take us to the island where we would stay. After a short ride we reached to the Maldivian Air Taxi which is one of the two companies that transport people to some specific islands with charter seaplanes.

After waiting for half an hour in the waiting room, we got on the seaplane. Since this would be our first experience we were kind of excited. Our pilots met us wearing green shorts, white shirts and sandals. As we settled in the plane our only cabin attendant made an announcement glamorized with jokes. The boring procedures in the plane somehow became something quite amusing. During our flight at 6500 feet the view was fabulous. Before landing on our island, we stopped by another one, some of the passengers got off and our plane took off again. After a fun 45 minute flight, we reached the Medhufusi Island Resort where we would spend our holiday.

We chose to stay in the villas on the beach instead of in the overwater bungalows. Our single story villa was under a coconut tree 10 m away from the ocean. It had a small porch which we enjoyed during the whole holiday. Generally couples on their honeymoon choose to stay in the overwater bungalows which stand on piles over the ocean and are reached by boat. The porches of the bungalows face the ocean and you can use the stairs in front of them to get into the ocean. The little sharks we saw from the jetty on our way to the villas made us question the idea of using the stairs to get into water.

A 45 minute tour was enough to see our little paradise island. Diving tours from different places saved us from swimming at the same place every day. There were diving courses lasting for a week for interested parties. Scuba diving or snorkeling are attractions you really should try while you’re in the Maldives as there is such a colorful and varied underwater life. You can rent an underwater camera from the diving centers for 25 US$ per day to document what you see underwater. The price includes a CD of all your pictures so that you can take them home and enjoy them.

One day when we sailed away for diving, we passed by the island next to ours. Before that, on a windy day, I had heard the call for prayer coming from a distance but never thought there might have been a mosque. To my surprise it was true. Passing by that neighboring island, we also saw the generator that worked continuously to supply electricity to our island. Probably there was a power line under water. Seeing all these things we realized that the Maldives in fact suffer from the lack of a lot of basic amenities.

Sailing 15-20 minutes we reached the spot outside the reef of our atoll. Before jumping in the sea, I checked the list of the fish we might find. I was sure that I couldn’t keep their names in mind but tried to keep their images. The spot where we stopped was on a group of coral reefs that had come up from deep water to the surface. In the middle, it was around 2m deep, and on the sides it was endless. After a while I started to see some of the fish on the list, but it wasn’t easy to take their photos. Just as I got close in an attempt to get a shot, they fled. It became kind of a game between me and the fish, but eventually I managed to get shots of most of them.

What we saw under the water was much more colorful than the photos. The reason for that is under the water, when you go deeper, the colors subside and fade away. Our eyes can get over this but cameras without a flash can’t. Besides fish there were interesting sea creatures; starfish, mussels with colorful edges, brain shaped round things which I don’t know the name of, they were all very beautiful. After staying for two hours we returned to the island.

Another day, we strolled inland and explored the center of the island. Though it was full of trees, there was a white sand looking layer on the ground and a plant that looked like bush has grown among it. I liked them so much that I couldn’t help putting some in a bottle and bringing them to Istanbul.

On beach we very often came across crustaceans. A little different from ours but these ones were cute. When you approach them they stop and wait for you to go away. We chased their traces to our villa.

We couldn’t go back home without enjoying a nice massage session. That’s why we surrendered to the girls from Bali at a massage center above water. Maybe because of the mood that the ambiance created, it was miraculous. It might be because I had never had a massage at a place where I could watch the turquoise ocean when I looked out of the window.

During the holiday, evenings were very steady. In the evening the best thing to do on the island was to watch the view. The clouds always changing their shapes on the horizon created a perfect sunset.

When the evening fell, we pushed our limits especially with the seafood on the buffet. There wasn’t much attraction at night. After dinner, you hang out at the bar on the jetty and watch the fish. One night there was a show with some local music and dances. As a matter of fact after all the sun and the ocean, in the evening, we were too tired to lift a finger and the best attraction would be to choose a movie from the archive.

After enjoying 5 days and nights on this tropical island it was time to go back home. At sunrise we got on the boat with our captains who also spent the night in our island and sailed to our plane which was offshore. A short while after our plane took off, just like we had done at our arrival, we took some more passengers from the neighbor islands before continuing on our way to Male.

The view of the islands sprinkled on the ocean in the sunrise was out of this world. Without being sure whether we may come back some day or not we tried to save the memory with every detail to our minds. Every once in a while we saw little hills of sand that couldn’t even be defined as islands. We thought about what will happen to all these island if the sea level keeps on rising. I wondered what the Maldivians felt about that. Imagine, after a hundred years your country will be under water. It’s hard to establish even empathy with them.

As our plane started descending over Male, Male and the airport seemed so surreal in the middle of ocean. Though we were fascinated by the view once more, as a matter of fact the Maldives no longer felt as surreal for us. We were on our way home with a feeling as if we had been here for such a long time and became much too familiar with everything. This is what I like most about traveling. The spot on the map no longer seems that far and foreign for you anymore.

Short list of things to do in the Maldives:

Stay at an island far from the center.
Use a seaplane.
Dive either with snorkel or scuba.
Eat seafood which is served in abundance.
Get a massage session somewhere with an ocean view.
Either rent or take with you an underwater camera.
Tour Male, though we didn’t, you should.
Keep in mind:

The best season to go to the Maldives is between November and March.
Turkish citizens don’t need visa to go to the Maldives.
One week is enough for Maldives, or else you may get bored.

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Maldives Tops Favourite List for Chinese Tourists

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Maldives has topped a list of 20 island destinations most favoured by Chinese tourists, who have been the world’s No 1 cross-border visitors for the past three years, spending billions of dollars on outbound tours.

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The announcement was made at the 2015 International Islands Tourism Conference in east China’s Zhejiang Province.

Taiwan, Bali, and Thailand’s Phuket Island have also been favoured by Chinese tourists in the list, which was created after a poll by the conference’s organisation committee and after evaluation by an expert panel.

The poll began in June, drawing more than three million responses for more than 70 destinations. The poll was conducted via the committee’s website, and some other portals and microblog services.

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Chinese islands filled five spots on the list, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

China has been the world’s No 1 source of cross-border tourists since 2012, according to the World Tourism Organisation. In 2013, the organization said, Chinese outbound travelers spent a total of USD 129 billion.

 

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China’s outbound tourists made nearly 24 million trips to islands in 2014, and the number is likely to exceed 30 million this year.

China’s outbound tourism has grown dramatically in recent months despite its economy economy contacted sharply. The World Bank recently revised its projections for China’s economic growth from 7.1 per cent to 6.9 per cent.

The conference, which was held in Zhujiajian Island of Zhoushan City, was organized by China’s National Tourism Administration and the provincial government of Zhejiang province.

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Maldives population rises above 400,000, census 2014 shows

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The population of Maldives has increased above 400,000.

According to the official census results released Tuesday, the total amount of locals and expatriates in the Maldives numbers 402,071.

Male population > Female population

The total population of locals in the Maldives in 338,434, of which the male population numbers 171,962 and the female is 166,472.

While the number of Maldivians living abroad were not included in the census, the National Bureau of Statistics stated the numbers would be above 5,000.

“President Mohamed Nasheed has said that experts estimate the population of Maldives to reach 400,000 by the year 2025.

President Nasheed urged everyone to work in unity in sustaining achievements in improvement of primary health of elderly, the reduction in the rate of mortality due to illness, and the technological advancements achieved in the recent years.” 28 October 2011, Ref: 2011-733 Its 2015 yet? We have reached and crossed 400,000, http://www.presidencymaldives.gov.mv/?lid=11&dcid=6201

MALE’, MALDIVES, 11 July 2011-As humans reach 7 billion, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, highlights the critical role population play in shaping our future.

Growing population, declining fertility, rising mobility and a changing age structure pose profound challenges to Maldives, but also opportunities.

The population has more than doubled since 1977. The population projection for 2025 stands at over 400,000 without expatriates. Today, for every 3 Maldivian there is 1 foreigner. The population of Maldives will continue to grow, the largest-ever generation of young people are entering their reproductive years. The 15 to 24 year olds account for 1/4 of the population.   To meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities, Maldives needs to invest in today’s young people.

 

The number of male expatriates in the Maldives are 55,787, while female expatriates numbers 7850.

This marks the first time expatriates were included in the census.

Census statistics show that the population of capital Malé until last year was at 153,904, of which the local population was 129,381 and the expatriates numbered 24,523.

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Census statistics show that the population of capital Malé until last year was at 153,904, of which the local population was 129,381 and the expatriates numbered 24,523.
Maldives population rises above 400,000, census shows
Census statistics show that the population of capital Malé until last year was at 153,904, of which the local population was 129,381 and the expatriates numbered 24,523.
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Aside from Malé , the most populous atolls are Haa Dhaalu, Raa and Seenu, with populations above 15,000.

Maldives population rises above 400,000, census shows

Aside from Malé , the most populous atolls are Haa Dhaalu, Raa and Seenu, with populations above 15,000.

The least populous atoll is Vaavu with a total population of 1601.

Gender ratios

The ratio of men to women in the local population is 103:100. While the total male population is higher, the number of women is higher in inhabited islands. In Malé, the male to female ratio is 99:100, while in the atolls the ratio is 93:100.

The ratio of men working in resorts is significantly higher than women.

Population growth rate

The population growth rate in the nation between 2006 and 2014 is an average yearly increase of 1.65 percent in the local population. This is fairly similar to the 1.69 percent average increase from 2000 to 2006.

In Malé, the local population’s growth rate from 2006 to 2014 is an average 2.69 percent annually, which is lower than the growth rate from 2000 to 2006.

However, the growth rate in the atoll islands is higher compared to 2006.

Population of Malé and other islands

Over a third of the nation’s population, which is 38 percent, resides in capital Malé. Meanwhile, 58 percent of the population lives in the islands and 2 percent in resorts.

Age groups

The age group with the highest percentage last year was ages 25 – 29, while in 2006 it had been the age group 15 – 19.

Around 28 percent of the population are children. A major fraction of the population is aged 15 – 64, with the total youth population (ages 18 – 34) taking up 35 percent. Percentage of the population above 65 years of age is 5 percent.

According to census results, total 68,383 individuals lived in households last year, while 64,482 resided in flats and apartments.

Average 5.4 people lived in each household or flat unit, according to statistics, with average 5.5 in Malé households and 5.3 in island households.

The census was recommenced in 2014 after an eight year hiatus since the last census in 2006, while the official results has been released a year later. The statistics were officially released by the Chancellor of the Maldives National University Mohamed Latheef at the ceremony held at Dharubaaruge to celebrate World Statistics Day.

 

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Turkish Airlines to Start Flights to Maldives

Turkish Airlines to Start Flights to Maldives

Maldives Promotion House – Turkish Airlines is launching direct flights from Turkey to Maldives. It was confirmed that Turkish flag carrier will fly nonstop, 5-day-a-week service from Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport to the Malé’s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport starting from 24th November. Flights leave Istanbul at 8:25pm and arrive at 7:10am. On the return they leave Male at 9am and arrive at 230pm. Tickets now open for reservation and prices start from USD 800 for round trip.

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Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 184 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 195 cities around worldwide. One of the fastest growing airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several “Passengers Choice Awards” from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner in 3 categories, “Best Airline Europe”, “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best Airline Southern Europe”. It has also received awards for its catering and holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of top quality carriers. Turkish Airlines was also given the Skytrax designation of “World’s Best Economy Class On-board Catering” in 2010, and Skyscanner’s “Best On-board Food 2011″.

 

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Resort in: Kani (Maldives). A paradise island for divers in the Maldives, with a magnificent lagoon. Family all inclusive resort and exclusive last minute vacation deals with Club Med.

Resort in: Kani (Maldives). A paradise island for divers in the Maldives, with a magnificent lagoon. Family all inclusive resort and exclusive last minute vacation deals with Club Med. Resort in: Kani (Maldives). A paradise island for divers in the Maldives, with a magnificent lagoon. Family all inclusive resort and exclusive last minute vacation deals with Club Med.

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Resort in: Kani (Maldives). A paradise island for divers in the Maldives, with a magnificent lagoon. Family all inclusive resort and exclusive last minute vacation deals with Club Med. Resort in: Kani (Maldives). A paradise island for divers in the Maldives, with a magnificent lagoon. Family all inclusive resort and exclusive last minute vacation deals with Club Med. Resort in: Kani (Maldives). A paradise island for divers in the Maldives, with a magnificent lagoon. Family all inclusive resort and exclusive last minute vacation deals with Club Med. Hydropool-From-Above KANC_LUXE_A115_002Kani Maldives Asia and Indian Ocean

A Paradise island for divers in the Maldives, with a magnificient lagoon.

In the heart of Lush nature inhabited by multi-coloured birds, the rooms offer tailor-made services for demanding Robinson Crusoes.

Between Scuba diving* and the pleasure of sampling the qxquisite flavours of Asia, Kani is a Garden of Eden for all those who love to explore and discover.

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MALDIVES – Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination – World Travel Awards 2015

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Maldives with its fine white sandy beaches has been awarded as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination in the 2015 World Travel Awards which was held at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare.

Maldives is renowned for its white beaches all throughout the country. No beach is any shade darker than the colour we call “white”. Most of the beaches of these uniquely formed islands are fine sand beaches though you might come across coral pieces washed on the shore. This should come as no surprise as the Maldive islands are built on coral beds and have delicate eco-systems and a fragile environment.

The beaches of the Maldives have powdery white sand and clear turquoise lagoons and this fact brings many visitors to these beaches. Maldives is a one island one resort destination. One island is one resort.

Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making this one of the worlds most dispersed countries.

Maldives is the lowest country in the world, with maximum and average natural ground levels of only 2.4 meters and 1.5 meters above sea level, respectively.

The enchanting beauty of these Maldivian beaches will always be a memorable experience. Tan, frolic and run under the sunny blue skies during the day and take a relaxing walk or have your party under the full moon sky. The white sandy beaches of the Maldives are breathtaking under the full moon sky. It is romantic, ethereal, silvery and full of enchantment. The different layers of the beaches of Fuvahmulah are awe-inspiring and just another story. Fuvahmulah lies right across the equator and is the only one island one atoll existing in the Maldives.

There may be wider and longer beaches all over the world but you cannot beat the Maldives for its fineness of the sand, the clear color of white, the privacy and access from your accommodation on any resort island. The Maldives beaches are the perfect choice for your tropical holiday.

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Cultural experiences in China

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China Specialist Shane shares his experiences exploring the deeper side of China, from meeting monks in Zhongdian to local cooking courses in Yangshuo.

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Fez: a Moroccan city on the cusp of change?

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Secretive and labyrinthine Fez has never had Marrakesh’s celebrity status. But with a new airport terminal now open, award-winning travel writer John Gimlette visits an exotic city on the cusp of change.

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