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Coconut palm fringed islands, sparkling white beaches, tranquil lagoons, turquoise blue waters studded with coloured corals, and an abundance of marine life, all combine to form the breathtaking beauty that distinguishes the Maldives. The best way to experience this natural beauty and to gain an insight into the culture and tradition of Maldivian life is to travel to an inhabited island. This provides the opportunity to combine local island life with water sports and a little relaxation. This short stay culinary package is ideal for those looking to experience the Maldives on a budget or for travellers who also wish to experience resort life in the Maldives.
All of the accommodations offered are handpicked to provide a balance of comfort, good service, local atmosphere, and value for money. Secret Paradise has chosen a locally operated guesthouses that provide comfortable clean rooms, friendly service, and good food. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and complimentary Wi-Fi; also, water, tea, and coffee are always available. Most of the guesthouses have one or two stories and are comprised of a maximum of 10 rooms. Some are set facing out to the ocean with a terrace or balcony.
Overlooking a spectacular turquoise lagoon, Ripple Beach Inn brings you all the contemporary comfort and stylish design of a boutique hotel, within easy reach of Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) and the sea plane hub. Situated in front of the beach, on the island of Hulhumale, it is just ten minutes by direct shuttle from the airport, meaning you can be in your room within half an hour of touch down. You will find that all the activities and excursions expected of a resort are provided, including diving, water-sports, fishing, and island-hopping. A stay at Ripple Beach Inn also gives you the opportunity to get a glimpse of real Maldivian life on a local island, set against the backdrop of a two kilometer-long white sandy beach and tranquil lagoon.
With an outstanding view of a Maldivian beach, the hotel’s 10 guest rooms are designed with class, style, and comfort to meet the needs of the most sophisticated guests. Guest rooms are decorated in soft natural hues and furnished with modern facilities to accentuate the relaxing atmosphere and a sense of space. Room categories include: sea view super deluxe, sea view deluxe, standard partial sea view, deluxe, standard and suites.
All rooms are equipped with individually controlled air conditioning, flat screen televisions, smoking and non-smoking options, coffee and tea making facilities, and king-size beds. sea view super deluxe, sea view deluxe, and standard partial sea view rooms offer private balconies, allowing guests to gaze at the blissful turquoise sea. Free high-speed Internet access is available to all guests throughout the hotel.
After being picked up from your hotel, venture on a Male City tour. A guide will be with you at all times and you will visit the fish market, the local market, the President's Palace, Sultan Park, and the Friday Mosque. Stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants overlooking the water front before taking the public ferry to Villimale. There, you will join Save the Beach and discover the quieter side of city life by exploring the smaller island of Villimale, located south west of Male.
Wander the quiet streets, learn the names of local trees, visit the spice factory, and learn more about the conservation work being carried out by Save The Beach. You will also be able to sample traditional hedika at a local café on the beach. You will enjoy traditional sweet and savory snacks with black tea, before returning to Hulhumale.
You cannot beat home cooked food and, with this experience, you will live in a wonderful experience. You will not only assist in selecting the ingredients from the local market in Male, but you will also get to spend time with a local family, preparing local dishes, which you will then get to enjoy along with the family in their home.
Hulhumale, North Male Atoll, is a suburban island just a 10-minute taxi ride from Male International Airport. This artificial island was reclaimed from the sea to offer alternative living space outside of Male and whilst not a 5-star resort Hulhumale provides the ideal base for a short holiday or as a start or finishing point to a longer stay in the Maldives.
There are plenty of local coffee shops, a handful of restaurants and a small local shopping area. The beach located along the east side of the island is an endless stretch of sand and provides the ideal location to swim, snorkel or just relax after a great days diving. The capital Male is just a 20-minute ferry journey away and for those who like to end their day with a beer the only hotel serving alcohol on a local island is a short bus journey close to the airport.
The traditional food of the Maldivians is based around fish, specifically tuna, chilli, and coconuts; while white rice and roshi, a flour based flat-bread, are staple items. Fish is normally smoked, fired, barbecued, or roasted. Pork products are strictly prohibited. When eating on local islands, it is worth noting that Maldivians traditionally eat with their fingers; therefore, food is not always served piping hot. Tap water is perfectly safe for brushing your teeth; however, you are advised to drink bottled or boiled water. All food on local islands is halal.
Additional water sports, snorkelling, and excursions to visit resorts are available to make the most of your stay in this island paradise.
Arrive at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE). Secret Paradise will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
A number of airlines provide direct and indirect flights to Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) from most international departure airports. As your plane breaks through the clouds revealing the emerald islands below, prepare for one of the most exciting flying experiences. The runway of Hulhule’ airport runs parallel to the shore, creating an adrenalin rush for a second when it makes you think that the plane is landing on water. Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) is just fifteen minutes from Male. The airport is small, but well-equipped with souvenir and duty-free shops, restaurants, medical facilities, and provides banking and postal services.
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