Flight time from London to Maldives: 10 hours
Airlines flying direct from London to the Maldives: British Airways (seasonal)
Airports in the Maldives: Malé International Airport/Velana International Airport
Business Class flights to Maldives
British Airways offers a direct seasonal service to the Maldives in the winter months, with a flight time of roughly ten hours. BA’s Maldives flights depart from Gatwick Airport several times a week between November and March, or you can fly all year round with the airline’s partner Qatar Airways.
When flying in British Airways Club World you’ll be able to get into the vacation mood by enjoying a complimentary treatment in the Elemis Travel Spa, before relaxing in the airline’s Business Class lounge. Onboard the aircraft, the Business Class cabin features lie-flat seats with power points and 10.4-inch entertainment screens. As part of a £400m investment program, BA has introduced luxury bedding by The White Company and an improved dining experience that includes starters, desserts and cheeses wheeled around on a display trolly.
Other airlines offering Business Class flights to the Maldives include Emirates, Etihad, and Sri Lankan, although flight times usually average around 13 hours and include a one-stop connection on the way.
Getting to and from the airport
Most flights land at Velana International Airport – also known as Malé International Airport – which is situated on Hulhule Island very close to Malé. To get to Malé you can take a dhoni (a traditional Maldivian boat) or ferry, which will get you to the city in about 10 minutes. If you need to travel to other islands then domestic flights or sea planes are available to get you to your hotel.
Where to stay in the Maldives
The Maldives is known for being home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, many of which have rooms that sit right on the water. One of the most well-known is the Six Senses Laamu, which boasts a combination of on-land and overwater villas constructed of sustainable materials. The hotel also offers a total of six bars and restaurants – most set over water – ensuring every meal will be romantic and truly memorable.
Another famous hotel is the One&Only Reethi Rah, which is located on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll. The island has over six kilometres of coastline peppered with white sandy beaches and turqoise blue lagoons. Some of the villas sit on stilts in the Indian Ocean, some are on land, and some have their own private pools. When it comes to dining you’ll have plenty of options: dine on healthy cuisine in Botanica, modern Japanese dishes at Tapasake or Middle Eastern delicacies at Fanditha, which is situated right on the beach.
Things to do in the Maldives
Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is one of the most idyllic holiday destinations in the world and is a very popular place for honeymooners and leisure travellers. This is primarily where people go to do absolutely nothing except lay on the beach, enjoy a pampering spa treatment, read a book or enjoy world-class diving and snorkelling. Still, if you’re itching to get out and explore, here are some of the top things to do in the Maldives:
Malé – Malé is a walkable city and is home to several beautiful mosques, including the very ornate Malé Friday Mosque, which dates back to 1656 and is the oldest in the country. There are also several museums and attractions to explore here, including the National Museum, Sultan Park and the President’s palace, Mulee Aage. If you want to have a glimpse of daily life here, pop down to the fish market and watch the fishermen unloading their daily catch.
Maldive Victory – The Maldive Victory is an impressive shipwreck which is covered in coral and teeming with fish. The cargo ship sank on Friday, 13 February 1981 and today it has become a popular diving destination.
To enter the Maldives no no visa is required as you’ll receive a thirty day free visa on arrival. The Maldives experiences a year-round tropical climate, although there are two distinct seasons: wet season and dry season. Wet season runs from May to October, while dry season runs from November to April. Dry season is therefore the most popular time for British holidaymakers to escape winter in Europe and seek sun in the Indian Ocean.