Paradise Island Travel Guide
Sunset in the Maldives © Ibrahim Iujaz
The aptly-named Paradise Island Resort is located on North Malé Atoll, less than six miles (10km) from the airport. The resort, referred to locally as Lankanfinolhu, is very small, as the entire island is only 3,200 feet (1km) long and 750 feet (230m) wide. The resort uses the space well though, and offers activities like squash and volleyball, and watersports and scuba diving in the crystal-clear waters. Paradise Island also has a spa and three restaurants serving Japanese and Italian cuisine and international staples, and a 24-hour bar with a disco. It is a small, luxury resort most commonly frequented by couples, but families are welcome.
There are one or two shops near the reception but Paradise Island doesn't aim to be a shopping destination; the shops are sufficient to provide cameras and beach gear you may need, and some souvenirs. For a real Maldivian shopping spree hit the capital, Malé.
Paradise Island has three main restaurants, a coffee shop and some bars. The dining experience is very scenic, and the chance to have a private meal in a beautiful setting shouldn't be missed. The resort is not as famed for its food as some others, but the selection is more than satisfactory and there's something for everybody.
The main bar at Paradise Island has a disco dancefloor and is open 24 hours a day. The resort also hosts various forms of entertainment, featuring lots of live music and some dancing.
Surfers often favour Paradise Island as it is close to a few great Maldivian surf spots, but there are many watersorts to indulge in, including scuba diving and snorkelling, parasailing and various kinds of boating and sailing. There is also basketball and volleyball to enjoy and a small spa with saunas and Jacuzzis.
Although it's a knock-out destination, Paradise Island is expensive and doesn't offer quite as much as some of the other luxury resorts.