Tips on travelling to Maldives from Alex Wix

As one of her favourite destinations, Alex has returned to The Maldives time and again and she has a wealth of knowledge about the islands that she would be more than happy to share! 

Alex is the Asia and Middle East expert for Cazenove & Loyd, and can be contacted on +44(0) 208 003 6204 (UK) or 1 800 409 4233 (US/Can). Alternatively, more information can be found on our website, http://www.cazloyd.com/

Where do you stay in The Maldives?

I have stayed at more than 20 hotels in The Maldives but my last trip was to Cheval Blanc, which I loved for its sheer elegance. The villas are some of the largest and most beautiful I have ever come across. However, my all-time favourite Maldivian island has to be Soneva Fushi for its laid-back style, wonderful house reef and incredible food - the best sashimi I have ever tasted.        

What was your first impression of the country?  

The pictures of The Maldives do not lie! The sand really is that white and the water even more turquoise than you can imagine.

What's the first thing you do when you arrive?  

Take off my shoes and feel the powdery sand between my toes. I am in heaven!

When is the best time of year to visit The Maldives?  

Traditionally December to April is the best time to visit The Maldives. However, with weather patterns becoming less predictable and The Maldives remaining gloriously hot year round, it is often better to go in the off-season and chance the rain, which generally does not last long. In the rainy season, between May and November, you also get some great deals.

Anything special one should pack? 

Mosquito spray. Even though most of the islands fumigate, the little devils still manage to attack me.

What's the highlight of a trip to The Maldives? 

A seaplane flight over the atolls to witness the beautiful natural formations from on high.

Where would you send a first-time visitor?  

To be honest it depends on their budget, age, interests, purpose of the trip etc. Which is why it is worth coming to cazenove+loyd as each island suits a different clientele and we have been to most of them!

And anywhere they should avoid?

The islands that are less than 10-minutes speedboat ride from Male as you will still hear planes overhead and not have that castaway desert island experience.

What kind of accommodation would you recommend in The Maldives?  

The more remote the better in my opinion, although again it really depends on the individual for the type of accommodation. But for our clients we only work with hotels offering faultless service, including a butler for your villa, delicious food and plenty of activities.

What is there to do away from the famous beaches?

The more culturally curious can visit a local island to understand how the Maldivian people live. Alternatively, venture below the famous beaches to an underwater world which will never disappoint with stunning corals and interesting marine life either by day or night.