This atoll of 1,200 isles spread over some 90,000 square kilometers of Indian Ocean is endangered long-term by sea-level rise, but for now is still a spectacular if pricey destination of pristine beaches, nature, and absolutely delicious diving.

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10 of the best things to do in the Maldives

  If there were ever a paradise on earth, the Maldives would be it. Lying in the lap of nature’s exquisite beauty, this archipelago of 26 atolls and nearly 1,200 islands and islets in the Indian Ocean several hundred miles southwest of Sri Lanka and India has become one of the world's most popular travel getaways. This country is famous for its pristine waters, clean sandy beaches, luxurious resorts, exciting leisure activities, and lip-smacking cuisine. There are myriad exciting things you…

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Maldives cited in 'Using Astrology to Plan Travel this Holiday Season' Still vibrant and popular today, the five-thousand-year-old art of astrology can identify, say, business and romantic opportunities or challenges. And those celestial bodies slinking about the stars can also help pinpoint optimal times and places for travel. And since destinations have their own astro-charts -- which interact with yours -- astrology can even serve as a kind of spiritual travel agent. It can tell you, for example, about places likely to be harmonious or challenging…

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8 of the best luxury hotels on Hulhumalé Island

This Indian-Ocean archipelago has in recent years become reknowned as a spectacular luxury beach destination, and one of its highest profile and most ambitious projects of the past two decades is the creation of a two-square-mile artificial island immediately north of the Maldives' capital Malé, and connected by bridge. Hulhumalé has become another wonderful destination known for its beaches, parks, water sports, and more. Here are eight of the island's top luxury beach resorts: read post

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The top 10 spots to enjoy the Maldives at night

A destination much loved especially by honeymooners, the Maldives offer a great balance of romance, adventure, and exciting nightlife that's more varied than you might expect. Besides bar hopping and clubbing options, you can watch crab racing and jungle cinema as well. Here are its top 10 experiences, from the coolest parties to unique Maldivian outdoor experiences to the most popular restaurants and bars. read post

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  • Just over a week ago during a celebration in Malé of International Yoga Day, rabid Muslim extremists attacked participants and vandalized the venue - underscoring once again the strain between the permissive, luxurious tourism sector (though this wasn't specifically tourism related, it occupies a similar space in being oriented toward cosmopolitan internationalism) and this country's Muslim culture, which though generally less radical than, say, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, and the like, still possesses some deeply reactionary currents. What might this portend for the future of tourism in the Maldives?
    Protesters attack Yoga Day event in Maldives
    Police in the Maldives used tear gas and pepper spray to control a crowd of people who disrupted a yoga event organised by the Indian High Commission…
  • Dreaming to visit one of the most beautiful regions in the world, Maldives is one of those holiday destinations. Maldives is the place for attractive beaches, resorts, perfect weather, wonderful surf, superb cuisine, and one of the world's favorite places to visit on a much-needed vacation.

  • I think that somewhere in the Caribbean will be much better. I though the point of the Maldives was to go to Spas, relax and have a drink.

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  • True, but tourism is very perception sensitive business. Video footage and news clips are enough to dissuade young honeymooners.

  • Maldives , if you have knowledge about the issues and realize that the main atoll , where the Gov. and 450K Citizens are living, than you will realize that Male is very easily bypassed. Any anger is not directed against the Tourists as the people depend on the Health of Tourism, There are reasons for what is reported that I will not discuss, There is no reason not to keep Vacationing in the Far spread island Paradise, we are not seeing Terrorism...

  • This past few weeks, Maldives is undergoing a political turmoil and low simmering protests. The President was deposed and another one has taken over. There were protests that became violent.

    I am in India at the moment, and the news reports indicate that domestic tourism has been hit. Maldives is a popular honeymoon destination for a lot of Indians who do not need a visa to visit the country.

    Without delving into the political issues involved, it is presumed that high end resorts are bound to have minimal impact, but others may see a decline for a couple of weeks or months. 

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  • One week later, and the government has retreated on its vow to shut down spas at high-end resorts. So okay, they're open again, but how much p.r. damage has been done? 

  • The government of the Maldives has shut down spas at high-end resorts because their practices do not conform to sharia. How badly will this hit Maldives tourism?

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