The Maldives belong to the small and exclusive list of the Ultimate Place to see.
From the sky, the Maldives Islands appear like an emerald necklace set on navy blue background.
Ultimate paradise, their name itself is enough to make us dream and the surreal natural beauty of their landscapes make this dream a reality.
The ideal beauty of their crystal-clear lagoons, beaches of fine white sand, combined with the splendour of their aerial views make it an absolute paradise and one of the most popular Dream destinations on Earth.
For centuries, Maldives splendour has inspired and captivated generations of travelers.
Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, at the South of India and West of Sri Lanka, the Maldives owe their beauty to a unique geological formation.
All 823 km ( 512 miles ) of the Maldivian archipelago is exclusively composed of Atolls, about 26 in total, protecting in their hearts some marvelous 1200 small and perfectly drawn tropical islands and thousands of kilometres of coral reefs.
The origin of the word "atoll" itself derives from the Dhivehi - Maldives language - "Atholhu" and is now used in many languages worldwide.
Of these 1200 islands, about 200 are inhabited by Maldivian people, about 800 islands and sandbanks remain completely deserted and a bit more than 100 are allocated to Resorts.
The largest reach more than a kilometre like Male, the capital, with 1.5 km or others, like Gan, the largest, located in the Southernmost part of Maldives, in the beautiful Addu Atoll, with 6 kilometres long and 3.4 kilometres wide.
Most of the resorts barely reach an average of 400 meters and home of the largest resorts include Atmosphere Kanifushi, Kuredu, Meeru, Kuramathi and Sun Island whose lengths are between 1 to 1.7 kms.
Their name comes from the word "Maladiv", given by the first Indian merchants and literally means "Garland of Islands" in Sanskrit.
Nowadays and since the beginning of tourism in Maldives (70's), travelers have also beautifully named them the "Indian Ocean Pearls".
Maldivians refer to their country as "Dhivehi Raajje" which means in Dhivehi, "The Island Kingdom"
Secret destination of well informed travelers and divers in the early 70s, the Maldives opened their first international Resort in 1972 with Kurumba.
Few of these travelers have resisted their beauty and many shared their amazing experiences on their return, bringing each year more and more curious adventurers in search of a perfect paradise.
Maldives tourism boom has rapidly continued and increased in the years that followed.
Many deserted islands, the closest to the capital Male, were then transformed into Resorts to accommodate a growing number of visitors.
Until the early 90's, Maldives Resorts were mostly simple and charming 3 stars and a few ones were offering 4 and 5 stars comfort.
In 2015, the Maldives are home to the largest concentration of luxury Hotels in the world with some the most prestigious names in the hospitality industry. From a few thousands of visitors in the early 70's, Maldives were welcoming around 200 000 tourists in 1990 and in 2015, 1 000 000.