The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #11 Male, Republic of Maldives
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The Maldives is made up of approximately 1200 coral islands, grouped in a double chain of twenty-six major atolls. It is nirvana for many scuba divers, who come for the amazing diversity of sea life. Overwater bungalows are the most common type of accommodations found here, along with thatch-roofed villas and ocean pavilions. Five Star Alliance offers 29 luxury properties in or near the capital city of Male.
What Makes Our Guests Love Male?
-Male is host to Hanifaru Huraa, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve renowned as a feeding ground for manta rays and whale sharks.
-Night reef fishing trip (offered by a lot of resorts) give visitors the opportunity to catch their own dinners.
-The warm seas of Maldives have high visibility throughout the year, with water clear enough to see the passing fish as far as fifty meters away.
-There's still availability for New Year's Eve in Male! Nightly rates range from $272USD at Traders Hotel Male Maldives to $1570USD at Dusit Thani Maldives (pictured right) to $2205USD at Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives.
-Plan ahead for a spectacular Valentine's Day, where nightly rates range from $675USD at Vivanti by Taj Coral Reef to $875.50 at LUX Maldives to $1575USD at One&Only Maldives at Reethi Rah (pictured below).
Did You Know?
Maldives holds the record for being the flattest country in the world and for being the smallest Muslim country in the world.
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