Located just south of the shores of the Indian subcontinent lies the Maldives, a gorgeous chain consisting of nearly 1,200 islands and 26 atolls. The tropical archipelago sits within the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea and epitomizes everything you could ever ask for in an island destination–crystal clear waters, white-sand beaches, palm trees and sunny weather all year-round. What started as a relatively unknown tourism destination now stands to offer an unrivaled experience of tropical luxury. Whether you find yourself on a romantic honeymoon getaway or hope to get your fix of world-class underwater activities, the Maldives is an unforgettable adventure. The islands are as rich underwater as its on land, and the plethora of extravagant resorts makes for the holiday of a lifetime.
Many travelers come to Malé surprised by the direct contrast to the laid-back lifestyle that characterizes the rest of the islands. the pint-sized Maldivian capital sits at the epicenter of the nation’s culture and economics, known for its tall and brightly colored buildings and wonderful dining scene. The island is densely packed with historical mosques, parks and museums open to the public. Dating back to 1656, the Hukuru Miskiy, also known as the Old Friday Mosque, is one of the most fascinating manmade sides throughout the archipelago.
These Loeffler Randall Luisa Knotted Kitten-Heel Sandals are a wonderful option for exploring the dense urban area of Malé. The checked fabric and knot are a carefree summer look for strolling the streets, while the kitten heel is a chic touch for one of the few occasions in the Maldives that don’t call for swimwear. Complement the style with this Loeffler Randall Lorna Woven Rattan Tote. The chic woven basket doesn’t skip a beat in the style department as the checked fabric accent works is a subtle touch that really pulls the two accessories together.
Considering the nearly 1,200 idyllic islands that make up this archipelago in the Indian Ocean, it’s no wonderful that the beaches are consistently regarded as the most stunning in the world. The cliché term of white sand beaches and azure waters seems to have originated here in the Maldives, but whichever island you find yourself on, be ready for postcard-ready views in every direction.
With its one-shoulder neckline and deep red color, this Johanna Ortiz Ruffled One Shoulder Swimsuit is a bold statement for the Maldives. With this swimsuit, however, it’s the standing of ruffles that does all the talking. A little extra detailing can go a long way in the world of swimwear and this one-shoulder swimsuit strikes the perfect balance for a beautiful beach-ready look. Glam the look up with a pair of oversized glasses such as these JPLUS Classic Black Acetate Sunglasses.
Sitting just southwest of Malé, Mahibadhoo is a charming island which locals volunteer to clean once a week. The capital of the Alif Dhaal Atoll is known for its vibrant buildings whose color palette seems to have been taken directly from a rainbow. Remember, Maldives is a Muslim nation and as such it’s conservative nature by western standards limits things like alcohol or what’s considered appropriate at the beach. Although it also doesn’t have a “bikini beach,” as the beaches for foreigners are called, there are still a number of island exploring and underwater activities at your disposal.
The matching Zimmermann Blouson Tie Top and Zimmermann Border Wide Leg Trouser are the perfect in-between look that will take you around the island comfortably and in style. The set will pay respects to the local culture, traditions and people, while having you looking airy and on-trend.
Private Island Resorts
The Maldives really takes luxury living the a new level completely as most resorts in the throughout the archipelago actually have their own dreamy, untouched island. What’s more is that with over 100 to choose from, you’ll have no shortage of options. The Maldives’ sterling reputation for over-the-top accommodation is as strong as ever with properties such as the Shangri-La Villingili, which features its own 9-hole golf course, or the brand new Soneva Jani, which has its own waterslides that loop down into the nearby lagoon. Elsewhere, most of the world’s leading hotel brands have a footing in the Maldives with private beaches, 24-hour personal butler service, outdoor spas and exquisite local cuisine.
These Vilebrequin Moorea Solid Swim Trunks in a classic navy hue is cut from a quick-dry fabric that will have you comfortable underwater and on land. The effortless underwater option is great whether you find yourself at the beach or indulging in the natural riches your resort has to offer.
Diving & Snorkeling
Put quite simply, scuba diving and snorkeling in the Maldives is second to none. The underwater world is a lush garden as a result of the nutrient-rich waters fed by the currents of the Indian Ocean. The rich marine life consists of brightly colored tropical fish, manta rays, sea turtles, eels, reef sharks and whale sharks. The archipelago is also characterized by its gorgeous coral reefs. Rasdhoo Madivaru, or Hammerhead Point, is a famous dive spot where along an outer reef with exceptionally clear waters that are frequented by hammerhead sharks. The Banana Reef is an internationally known for its unrivaled underwater beauty and dramatic caves and cliff lines.
While models like the Submariner and Sea Dweller have been classic watches among diving enthusiasts, the Rolex Deepsea is the latest model to join the family. First released in 2008, the Deepsea is Rolex’s most serious dive watch that is water-resistant to an outstanding 3,900 meters. Having a Rolex Deepsea by your side is the ultimate choice for the underwater adventures for a lifetime.
Fun in the Sun
Besides the embarrassment of natural riches scattered throughout the archipelago, the Maldives is blessed with fantastic weather all-year round. This also means that there will be sun–and lots of it. While this time of year is towards the end of low season (high season kicks in around November or December) leaving us with an increased chance of rain and storms, there is still guaranteed to be plenty of sunshine and warm weather.
As pictured on Louis Hamilton, these Thom Browne 804 Sunglasses are a wonderful choice. These shades display the prestigious brand’s meticulous attention to detail that carries over to eyewear. The round frame delivers strength, lightness and comfort, while the double bridge is plated in 18-karat gold. These are a versatile pair of sunglasses that can go with any outfit and protect your eyes for the duration of your stay.