Why do all the celebrities and influencers travel to the Maldives? What to do in the luxury destination we dream of when the pandemic ends

COVID-19 has stolen too many things from us and, without wishing to be frivolous, the spirit of travel has been one of the collateral damages most affected by the pandemic. All our plans were cut short in March 2020, although it seems that, very little by little, we will be able to return to the ‘new normal’ and we will pack our bags again, take planes and make our dreams come true in amazing places. The influencers and celebrities have gone ahead of us, and many of them criticized and unrelated to the virus, have made Maldivesthe most desired destination in 2022. But why does everyone want (and want) to go to these islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean?

Tamara Falcó with Isabel Preysler, Laura Escanes with Risto Mejide and their children, Dulceida, Paula Gonu… The Maldives archipelago, made up of 26 atolls and almost 1,200 coral islands in the Indian Ocean, It is a true tropical paradise where you can enjoy the sun, the beach, water sports and the most exclusive luxury. which the most followed celebrities and influencers in our country have not wanted to resist in recent months. It may all be a (successful) marketing strategy, but the reality is that after seeing your photos on Instagram, we only dream of going there. And it is that for something in 2020 it was considered one of the best destinations in the world at the World Travel Awards, the Oscars of tourism.

Most of the islands of the Maldives are destined for luxury tourism, with imposing exclusive resorts that occupy land and sea, since the ‘typical’ for those parts is that the villas rise above the crystal clear waters and turquoise lagoons, allowing sharks, rays, giant turtles and all kinds of fish to roam freely under the houses (NO TOUCHING ANIMALS, please), to the delight of tourists and their Instagram feeds. do The best time to travel? Between November and April because, although the weather is warm throughout the year, from May to October it is the monsoon season.

And it is that Maldives seabed, with its imposing coral reefs, its warm transparent waters, its white sand and an impressive fauna delight lovers of the snorkeling and diving, in addition to other water sports such as surfing, windsurfing or kayaking. But, beyond the dives and the exclusive relaxation in its spas and luxury resorts, the archipelago offers much more for tourists: do not forget to soak up the culture and tradition of the country strolling through male, its capital, or visiting its curious fish market, its National Art Gallery or one of its imposing mosques (the Friday Mosque or Hukuru Miskiiy is the largest and one of the hallmarks of national identity).

If you want to feel like a ‘deluxe castaway’ for a few hours, most resorts offer excursions in dhuni (the typical boat of the area) to deserted islets where you can get lost (with a gourmet picnic basket) and enjoy virgin beaches and its imposing nature. In addition, it is essential that you book a night to travel to the island of Vaadhoo, in the north of the archipelago, to enjoy a unique natural spectacle of bioluminescence: when the sun goes down, “a sea of ​​stars appears in the sand produced at low tide, when the plankton is exposed and comes into contact with the hot oxygen in the air,” they say from Exoticca. Finally, let yourself be seduced by Maldives food culture, influenced by the flavors of India, Sri Lanka, Arabia, Persia, Indonesia or Malaysia, have a tea in one of its shops (authentic social centers for the locals) and try typical dishes such as hedhikaa (puff pastry filled with tuna), rihaakuru (tuna paste) or mashuni salad (a mixture of tuna, coconut, chilies, lemon and onion wrapped in roshi, the typical bread).